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 lauren [at] by the Thursday prior to publication, with the event’s date in the subject line.

MONDAY, 11.13: I killed my dinner with karate – kick ’em in the face, taste the body; shallow work is the work that I do… Neohippie harpist Joanna Newsom plays Webster Hall. Two shows: doors at 5:30 & 9:30pm, tickets are $20. And, a new literary magazine, Smyles & Fish, launches with an event at the Strand, featuring Jonathan Ames, Arthur Nersesian, Neil Swaab, and Mike Topp. Afterparty details TBA at the bookstore. 7:00pm, FREE.

TUESDAY, 11.14: “Green Apple Talk #1: Eating Green explores the common ground between eating for pleasure and eating politics. How are consumers changing the way they eat, and what impact do those trends really have on the environment? Can people – individually, and as a society – really be healthier? Join us at the Strand for a sure to be lively panel discussion with Tim Fitzgerald of Environmental Defense, who will discuss the Oceans Program on conservation and human health issues related to the U.S. seafood market as well as projects to improve aquaculture and develop meaningful organic standards for fish; Organic Inc. author Samuel Fromartz; and Makalé Faber of Slow Food USA, the American branch of a global movement with over 80,000 members who recognize that the enjoyment of wholesome food is essential to the pursuit of happiness. Moderated by award-winning journalist Bryan Keefer.” 7:00PM, FREE [Full disclosure, as always: I put this event together].

WEDNESDAY, 11.15: “The official NYC Book Launch Party for SIGNS OF LIFE! At GALAPAGOS Art Space… Fernet-Branca will razzle with *complimentary* cocktails, the Hungry March Band will dazzle with their unique musical stylings, We’ll entertain you with a big screen slide show, Signs of Life Books & gorgeous, affordable prints will be available for purchase. As always, the best part: ALL proceeds go to benefit Common Ground and Hands on Network!!” 7 – 10pm, FREE. And, although I too loathe nostalgia, it’s freaky how much I love the emotive, energetic movement of David Dorfman Dance: “The 1960s’ groundswell of social protest, brought to a violent boil by the incendiary activities of the Weather Underground, inspires David Dorfman Dance’s underground, a compelling and provocative exploration of political activism.” At BAM. 7:30pm, $20-45 (performances continue through the 18th). Related: what do dancers warm up to?

THURSDAY, 11.16: Katharine Weber gives her final reading of Triangle in New York for the year at the Jewish Book Center, followed by a reception. 6:30pm, FREE [Full disclosure, as always: Katharine is one of my PR clients].

FRIDAY, 11.17: The Brooklyn Rail Fiction Anthology Reading Series continues at the Community Bookstore (143 Seventh Avenue in Park Slope). Hosted by Donald Breckenridge, the evening features readings by Jonathan Baumbach, Sharon Mesmer, Marie Carter and Jim Feast. 7:30pm, FREE. Also, in Chelsea, the NY Art Book Fair: “The first annual fair of contemporary art books, art catalogues, artists’ books, art periodicals, and ‘zines offered for sale by over 70 international publishers, booksellers, and antiquarian dealers.” Continues through the weekend; check site for details.

SATURDAY, 11.18: In an event entitled “The Erotic & the Domestic: The Pitfalls of Modern Intimacy,” Esther Perel and Laura Kipnis discuss the politics of sex and desire in contemporary culture with moderator Paul Holdengraber as part of the LIVE from the NYPL series. 4:00pm, $15. Additionally, Japan Society screens Typhoon Club (“Youthful excitement bubbles over into reckless abandon on campus as a typhoon approaches town. Somai directs in his unique style of wide ‘one scene one cut’ shots, and his playful scene of naked students dancing in a rainy field poignantly expresses the teenagers’ frenzied anxiety…”) as part of a series that delves into “the cultural phenomena and images of girlhood and femininity … in contemporary Japan.” 7:15pm, $10.

SUNDAY, 11.19: At the Whitney, Albers And Moholy-Nagy: From The Bauhaus To The New World: “Josef Albers and László Moholy-Nagy were two of the greatest pioneers of modernism in the twentieth century. This exhibition focuses on their individual accomplishments as well as the parallels in their work and examines their groundbreaking development of abstract art beginning in the early 1920s. Though their paths only overlapped for the five years between 1923 and 1928 when both were teaching at the Bauhaus, their artistic practice was informed by similar concerns, including an emphasis on material properties, the subversion of traditional boundaries between media and high and applied art, and a probing into the status of the work of art in an age of mass production.” The museum’s Sunday hours are 11:00am – 6:00pm, $15. In Brooklyn, Sunday Salon (one of my favorites) presents an evening with Alison Smith, Jami Attenberg, Scott Snyder and Melissa Petro. 7:00pm, FREE.

Please note: The Smart Set returns the week after next following a brief holiday hiatus. Miss me? You will.


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