The Smart Set: Lauren Cerand’s weekly 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.

MONDAY, 7.3: Brooklyn Independent presents a double feature of two New York premieres: Billy Childish is Dead (“Billy Childish is reputed to have recorded 100 LP’s, painted over 2,000 paintings and written 30 plus volumes of poetry during his 24-year career…”) and When I Die (“Hunter S. Thompson stated in a 1978 interview that he wanted a 150 foot obelisk built in his backyard from which his ashes would be shot five hundred feet into the air over his beloved Owl Farm in Woody Creek, Colorado…”). Highly recommended. 7:00pm, FREE.

TUESDAY, 7.4: I agree with Stay Free that the ticketing system for Belle & Sebastian’s free concert on Tuesday in Battery Park is absolute garbage. Significantly cooler: Japanther, Parts and Labor, and other bands play a benefit show (and BBQ; $8-12 sliding scale) for Common Ground, which endeavors “to provide short term relief for victims of hurricane disasters in the gulf coast region, and long term support in rebuilding the communities affected in the New Orleans area.”

WEDNESDAY, 7.5: Via our friends at the Hotel Chelsea Blog: “Wednesday, July 5, 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30, 9:30 The Lost Weekend. (1945) Failed writer Ray Milland hits the sauce and bottom in Wilder’s first Best Picture Oscar-winner. Famous sequences include the bat and mouse hallucination and a desperate search for a drink on Yom Kippur (filmed on Third Ave. locations). The Lost Weekend is based on the bestselling novel by former Hotel Chelsea resident Charles Jackson. Jackson took an overdose of sleeping pills in the Chelsea in 1968. At Film Forum.”

THURSDAY, 7.6: The New York Younger Women’s Task Force, a “coalition of women working to provide a stronger voice in the policymaking process, increase the impact of younger women activists through a common agenda, and define the next generation of the women’s movement,” discusses Are Men Necessary?. 6:30pm, FREE.

FRIDAY, 7.7: “Colin Channer reads from the Jamaican anthology he has edited for Akashic, Iron Balloons: Hit Fiction from Jamaica’s Calabash Writer’s Workshop, at the Jamaican Consulate (767 Third Ave). For this event, please r.s.v.p. to the Consulate at 212-935-9000 (ext. 22 or 23). Drinks and refreshments will be served. Highly recommended. 6:00pm, FREE.”

SATURDAY, 7.8: The South Street Seaport Museum is very much worth a visit for a unique perspective on New York history, especially in light of its current exhibition, “Antwerp = America: Eugeen van Mieghem and the Emigrants of the Red Star Line.” The museum’s Saturday hours during the summer are 10am – 6pm; admission is $8 for adults.

SUNDAY, 7.9: Heavyweights even among the new breed of “starchitects,” Swiss duo Herzog & de Meuron assemble Perception Restrained, an exhibition from the collection of the Museum of Modern Art: “Bringing together painting, sculpture, design, photography, and film, the installation draws surprising spatial relationships among the artworks and the viewer in a single gallery that functions as a kind of ‘perception machine.'” The museum’s Sunday hours are 10:30 am – 5:30pm; admission is $20 for adults.


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