The Smart Set: Lauren Cerand’s weekly events

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.

MONDAY, 9.25: At the Spiegeltent, “Black Rock Coalition And Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls present Four Women (And Then Some): A Tribute to Black Women Songwriters. At this star-studded fundraising event, non-profit organizations Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls and the Black Rock Coalition call upon some of today’s most talented women in music to pay tribute to such sister artists as Rosetta Tharpe, Big Mama Thornton, Nina Simone, Odetta, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Joan Armatrading, Betty Davis, Nona Hendryx, Poly Styrene, MeShell NdegeOcello, Cassandra Wilson and others. Under the musical direction of Tamar-kali, expect to see a passing of the torch as young women aged 8-18 from Willie Mae Rock Camp perform alongside some of music’s brightest luminaries.” Highly recommended. 6:00pm, $30.

TUESDAY, 9.26: Lay off the talk, talk, talk and just take your bad reputation down to Mo Pitkin’s for the Freedy Johnston show. 9:30pm, $15.

WEDNESDAY, 9.27: Housing Works Bookstore and The National Book Critics Circle bring you a panel on blogging and book reviewing, with a discussion about what happens when the two intersect. The panelists will be Maud Newton (<3), Lizzie Skurnick (Old Hag), Laurie Muchnick (Newsday), and Frank Wilson (The Philadelphia Inquirer).” 7:00pm, FREE. Also, Amanda Stern’s Happy Ending series presents Karen Russell (St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves), Kelley Kerney (Born Again), and Lynne Tillman (American Genius: A Comedy), with music by Marcellus Hall. 8:00pm, FREE. And, if you live in New York, of course you know How to Kick People.

THURSDAY, 9.28: Karen Heuler hosts “Snappy Fiction, a reading of stories fast enough and short enough to keep your synapses flaring.” with a focus on “quick tales about false legs, false hopes, nasty food, and love without a clue.” At Cornelia Street Cafe. 6:00pm, $6 cover includes house drink.

FRIDAY, 9.29: Friday night is my favorite time to go to the movies. There are the presumably bad book-to-film adaptations out right now (The Black Dahlia, Marie Antoinette) and those that could be good (All The King’s Men, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Factotum). I rely on Romancing the Tome for all the latest goss and inside buzz.

SATURDAY, 9.30: ” For 10 exhilarating days, feel the rush…the exuberance…the sheer joy that is dance – from New York City, across the country, and around the globe! Experience the world-famous alongside the cutting-edge, treasured favorites surrounded by undiscovered gems. This year, Fall for Dance offers 4 additional performances including two matinees. Five companies appear in each performance, offering four repeated programs and two one-night-only programs, expanding the Festival from six to ten nights.” Highly recommended.

SUNDAY, 10.1: Sunday’s at Sunny’s, hosted by local novelist Gabriel Cohen, presents an afternoon in Red Hook with readings by Maggie Estep (Flamethrower: A Ruby Murphy Mystery), Robert Fass (As Long As We Both Shall Live), and Katherine Lanpher (Leap Days). “The series, co-sponsored by BookCourt bookstore ( (718-875-3677), will continue on the first Sunday of every month (except September) at 3:00 p.m. at Sunny’s, a legendary old bar on the Brooklyn waterfront in Red Hook at 253 Conover Street (between Beard & Reed Streets). You can buy books and get them signed by the authors. Suggested donation: $3. The bar (cash) will be open. Free coffee and Italian pastries and cookies will be provided. Bar telephone (only available when the bar is open): 718-625-8211.” I’m so there. Later on Sunday evening, The Hold Steady (who Jeff from Syntax of Things tells me — how else would I know these things? — named their new album after a line from On the Road) play Irving Plaza. 9:00pm, $17.50.

On heavy rotation: Kelley McRae, Never Be (catch her October 10th at Mercury Lounge, opening for Eef Barzelay of Clem Snide, 8:00pm, $15.)


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