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 firstname.lastname@example.org by the Thursday prior to publication, with the eventÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s date in the subject line.
TUESDAY, 5.9: San Francisco-based Planet fetes its “Visionaries Issue” with the “Issue 13 Release Party” at China 1. Giveaways include: beer and sake bombs, asian massage, free cds, and “magazines for all.” 9:00pm – midnight, FREE.
WEDNESDAY, 5.10: McNally Robinson hosts an evening with Niall Griffiths (Wreckage), “who is immensely popular (and controversial) in Wales and Great Britain, for a rare American appearance.” 7:00pm, FREE.
THURSDAY, 5.11: At Aperture Gallery, “William Christenberry, known worldwide as a pioneer in the field of color photography and a master of multiple visual media, will discuss his photographs, drawings, sculptures, and paintings and his poetic documentation of the landscape of the American South. . This event coincides with the release of an Aperture monograph and upcoming exhibitions at Aperture Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.” 6:30pm, FREE. And, Chris Elam and Misnomer Dance Theater present “Throw People” at P.S. 122, featuring “serious play, jarring tenderness and sincere theatrics in a manner that manages to be simultaneously other-worldly and innately human.” Highly recommended. Thursday evening’s show is at 8:00pm, $20 (Check site for details on performances through Sunday).
FRIDAY, 5.12: Journalists Darcy Frey (The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams) and Alan Burdick (Out of Eden) read from their narrative nonfiction at Paragraph: A Workspace for Writers, followed by a reception. 8:00pm, FREE. And, Mike Daisey premieres a new show, “Great Men of Genius” — “four “bio-logues” about megalomania and desire constructed from the interleaved life stories of Bertolt Brecht, P.T. Barnum, Nikola Tesla and L. Ron Hubbard” — at Galapagos Art Space. The subject of this Friday’s show is, “P.T. Barnum, gifted entrepreneur, showman, raconteur, hoaxster, freakshow and circus promoter who changed the face of nineteenth century America through blatant, shameless lying.” Best of all, the first Smart Set reader to email me the correct answer to the following question wins a pair of tickets for this Friday evening’s performance–
Q:What opera singer did Barnum book to play 100 dates in America, at a then-exorbitant $1000 an engagement, without having ever heard her sing?
8:00pm, $10 (advance ticket purchase recommended).
SUNDAY, 5.14: Beijing-based expat Roy Kesey reads from his new novella, Nothing in the World, at KGB. 7:00pm, FREE. And Niall Griffiths reads from Wreckage at Sunday Salon, with Chris Castellani, David Winner, and Danyel Smith at Stain Bar. 7:00pm, FREE.