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 YorkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s independent booksellers and venues, and low-cost and free events. Please send details to lauren [at] maudnewton.com by the Thursday prior to publication, with the eventÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s date in the subject line.
TUESDAY 1.2: At McNally Robinson, “Join Mark Crispin Miller and Peter Rost for a discussion of Rost’s The Whistleblower. McNally Robinson Booksellers is restarting their First Tuesdays political series, hosted by Mark Crispin Miller. The goal of the series is to
highlight issues-oriented titles that may be a little too dangerous to receive a great deal of mainstream media attention, and bring the authors into conversation with their customers. 7:00pm, FREE. Also, Les Ballets Trockadero at The Joyce: “When Leonide Massine choreographed Gaite Parisienne for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1938, he probably never imagined that the colorful female characters in a fashionable Parisian cafe would be danced by male primo ballerinas in size 12- pointe shoes.” 7:30pm, $44. And, “America Fantastica: Art, Literature, and the Surrealist Legacy in Experimental Publishing, 1938Ã¢â‚¬â€œ1968” at the Museum of Modern Art, through January 22.
WEDNESDAY 1.3: Joanna Fuhrman & David Shapiro read from their work at the Poetry Project. 8:00pm, $8. Check out jen bekman [where, full disclosure, as always: I am the gallery’s PR director] for The Girl’s Room, an exhibition of arty art on the cheap cheap (lots in the $200 range, with nothing more than $800). Through January 13.
THURSDAY 1.4: “Created in 1965, Fresh Tracks is Dance Theater WorkshopÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s longest running series of new dance and performance.” 7:30pm, $20. And, at Julie Saul, new work by Brian Ulrich: “In 2001 citizens were encouraged to take to the malls to boost the U.S. economy through shopping, thereby equating consumerism with patriotism. The Copia project, a direct response to that advice, is a long-term photographic examination of the peculiarities and complexities of the consumer-dominated culture in which we live” [thanks to ms. personism for the tip!].
FRIDAY 1.5: At KGB, “kick off the new year with an evening of readings from Barrelhouse issue three… Come see/hear authors Greg Ames, Joe Oestrich, Paul Hostovsky, Catie Rosemurgy, and Wendy Wimmer.” Highly recommended. 7:00pm, FREE. And, gather round ye cosmic Americans: I’m a live wire/ I’m a shortwave radio/ Do you copy?…Anais Mitchell plays Pete’s Candy Store. 9:45pm, FREE.
SATURDAY 1.6: At P.S. 1, “Music is a Better Noise brings together musicians who make art and artists who make music, or for whom music is an integral part of their creative process.” Through January 29. Uptown, JoÃƒÂ£o Carlos Martins conducts the Bachiana Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. 8:00pm, “priced at one dollar a ticket to help raise the consciousness of New Yorkers about the preservation of the Amazon Rain Forest and its crucial role in the earthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s environment, through ARPA – Amazon Regions Protect Areas – the most important conservation program of the Planet.”
SUNDAY 1.7: At Miguel Abreu Gallery: Patience … Fortitude, an exhibition of mixed media work by Sam Lewitt. Through January 21. And, literary adaptions abound at the cinema (or the multiplex): Notes on a Scandal, Perfume, and The Painted Veil are all showing now.
— “Life is not like a novel,Ã¢â‚¬Â …but an opera maybe? Don’t miss Eugene Onegin at the Met (if that’s your thing; it’s totally my thing).
— “I Love Dan Flavin… a tongue-in-cheek retro futuristic dance with fluorescent light and techno music pioneers Kraftwerk.”
— David Byrne, Songs from Here Lies Love: “selections from his new multimedia song cycle written in collaboration with DJ Fatboy Slim — Here Lies Love. The songs invoke the life of Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines, and the servant who raised her.”