The Smart Set: Lauren Cerand’s Six-Day Forecast

The Smart Set is a weekly feature, compiled by Lauren Cerand, that usually 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.

TUESDAY, 5.23: “Originally a diary on the popular website Daily Kos, Confessions of a Former Dittohead is a unique personal and political memoir that follows red-stater and social conservative Jim Derych on a unique journey from right to left. ” Derych reads from his book, out now from Brooklyn-based Ig Publishing, at Barnes & Noble in Greenwich Village. 7:00pm, FREE.

WEDNESDAY, 5.24: I am pretty sure that Brendan O’Shea, the singer-songwriter, is also Brendan O’Shea, the bartender at Scratcher, the Irish dive bar. In which case, he is a fox and everyone should check him out at Arlene’s Grocery on Wednesday evening. I’m sure he’s very talented or whatever. 9:00pm, FREE.

THURSDAY, 5.25: Macadam/Cage authors Michelle Herman, author of Dog and Peter Rock, author of Unsettling, read from their respective novels at the Barnes & Noble in Greenwich Village. [Full disclosure, as always: Michelle and I have worked together to promote her essay collection, The Middle of Everything] 7:30pm, FREE.

FRIDAY, 5.26: “Set against the nautical backdrop of the South Street Seaport – at once a reminder of New York’s maritime past and its overwhelmingly mercantile present – Hope & Anchor dredges up ghosts and modern-day denizens then sends them crashing together in a gruff display of bad temper, dashed hopes and delayed deliverance. Fleeting images and tarnished sea shanties conjure semblances of sailors, sirens and impending storms. Garfield and Morris remind us of our potent connection to the sea, and our reliance on its good faith.” Dance, baby — it will set your heart on fire. 7:00pm, FREE.

SATURDAY, 5.27: “At once drawing on Minimalist strategies of repetition and seriality, and pushing nontraditional materials toward new modes of expression, Hesse created an art that evoked emotion, absence, and contingency. The large-scale sculptures she created in latex and fiberglass for her only solo sculpture exhibition, Chain Polymers at the Fischbach Gallery in November 1968, secured her reputation. Eva Hesse: Sculpture focuses on that critical moment in Hesse’s career, bringing together most of the sculpture from that show as well as other significant latex works, key drawings, and test pieces from 1967–68.” At the Jewish Museum, and so highly recommended it’s ridiculous. On Saturdays through September, the museum’s galleries are open from 11 am – 5:45 pm and admission is FREE.

SUNDAY, 5.28: The French thriller and literary adaptation par excellence La Moustache screens at IFC Center. I saw it last week, and was enamored of the way that the tautly structured plot cuts like a knife through cozy bourgeois sentiments. So Parisian, and yet… it could happen here. Highly recommended.

UPCOMING: Beer for Bags.


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