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, 7.10: T.C. Boyle makes his sole New York appearance on his Talk Talk tour at Barnes & Noble’s Lincoln Center location. 7:00pm, FREE. Downtown, McNally Robinson presents the third edition of its Vacation House Summer Poetry Series, with Sarah Manguso (Siste Viator) and Paul Violi (Breakers). 7:00pm, FREE.

TUESDAY, 7.11: And, “Atlantic Gallery invites you to attend a panel discussion on Trash devoted to understanding where it comes from, where it goes, and how we are to tackle the great amount of it we create.” Highly recommended. 6:30pm, FREE. In Chelsea, Paula Cooper Gallery hosts “the launch of SOFT TARGETS, a new handheld journal of poetry, artwork, criticism, short fiction, found images, sound, and other ephemera.” Featuring readings and “cold beer.” 7:00pm, FREE.

WEDNESDAY, 7.12: At Rocky Sullivan’s, Katharine Weber reads from her acclaimed new novel, Triangle, which Entertainment Weekly deemed a “crackerjack historical mystery, [that] may be the most effective 9/11 novel yet written — and it isn’t even about 9/11.” 8:00pm, FREE [Full disclosure, as always: I’m delighted to be working with Katharine to publicize Triangle].

THURSDAY, 7.13: Perhaps all of the buzz attendant to the new film version of A Scanner Darkly, directed by Richard Linklater and now in theaters, will bring the sadly lost Phillip K. Dick robot head back to its creator. In New York, you can place your ten dollar bet at Landmark Sunshine Cinema.

FRIDAY, 7.14: jen bekman presents “Meditations in an Emergency,” a group exhibition of work in various mediums inspired by and interpreting Frank O’Hara’s poem of the same name. Participating artists, all of whom are represented by the gallery, include Agnes Barley, Mara-Bodis Wollner, Christine Callahan, Christine Collins, James Deavin, Benjamin Donaldson, John Glassie, Anne Hall, Addie Juell, Holly Lynton, Dana Miller, Katie Murray, Leon Reid, Eliot Shepard, Tema Stauffer and Jeffey Teuton [Full disclosure, as always: I am the gallery’s PR director]. The gallery’s hours on Friday are noon – 6:00pm, FREE.

SATURDAY, 7.15: As part of the Sitelines 2006 festival, “New York is Here! is a site-specific performance that honors the mythology of our great metropolis. Parts funhouse, historical narrative, and performance art, New York is Here! goes inside the City’s chaotic mass. A combination of texts and referential sagas, like the one about the Chinese food delivery man stuck in an elevator, McGurk’s Suicide Hall, the flu epidemic of October 1918, hooks and scales of the Fulton Fish Market, number-running lotteries, love, baseball, politics and more are fused together as vignettes to explore New York lore.” 9:00pm, reservations essential and going quickly.

SUNDAY, 7.16: At 59E59 Theaters, FAHRENHEIT 451 is presented by Godlight Theatre Company, as a play by Ray Bradbury based on the novel of the same name, directed by Joe Tantalo. Noted, “Ray Bradbury’s play about censorship and defiance is as resonant today as when it was first published more than 50 years ago.” On Sunday evening, there is a special benefit performance to help cover the company’s travel costs to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. $75 “ticket includes: 7:15pm performance of FAHRENHEIT 451, a post-show reception at the 59E59 E:Bar with the cast and director and a parting gift.” Highly recommended.


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