The Smart Set: Lauren Cerand’s Monday events

The Smart Set is a weekly feature, compiled by Lauren Cerand, that appears Mondays at 12:30pm and highlights the best of the week to come. Special favor is given to New York’s independent booksellers and venues, and low-cost and free events. Please send details to by the Thursday prior to publication, with the event’s date in the subject line.

I’m still laughing too hard at New York magazine’s listing of “Influentials” to file The Smart Set. The full listing will appear tomorrow. In the meantime:

MONDAY, 5.8: The Reader’s Room at Mo Pitkin’s hosts an evening with New York-based contributors to Half/Life: Jew-ish Tales from Interfaith Homes, edited by Laurel Snyder. 7:00pm, FREE. And, The Civilians’ benefit features a politically-inspired concert and afterparty [Full disclosure, as always: I am on the benefit committee]. Given how low the bar has been set these days, you’d think I’d have low expectations. But I don’t… last year’s benefit for The Civilians was sublime, so expect more of the same this year unless, like me, you find this year’s co-presenter, The Nation, tiresome and out of touch at best. Still, culturally relevant theater is a worthy cause and highly recommended. 7:30pm; ticket prices vary.


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