The Smart Set is a weekly feature, compiled and written by Lauren Cerand, that appears Mondays 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 submit details to firstname.lastname@example.org by the Thursday prior to publication, with the date of the event in the subject line.
MONDAY, 11.7: Laila Lalami and Chris Castellani read from their new novels at Barnes & Noble, Astor Place. 7:00pm, free. A Wanderer’s Notebook (aka Her Lonely Lane) is screened at Film Forum: “(1962) Grub Street in Japan, as real-life novelist Fumiko Hayashi (adapted six times by Naruse) slugs it out with dire poverty, repeated affairs with losers, crummy day jobs, and snot-nosed male chauvinist publisher rebuffs. In a ‘luminous performance’ (Variety), Hideko Takamine embodies the author of some of her and Naruse’s greatest hits.” The film screens at 1:00pm & 3:30pm, $10.
TUESDAY, 11.8: Melanie Rehak and James Marcus take the stage as part of KGB Tuesday Night Non-Fiction. 7:00pm, no cover. Also, poets Jim Moore and Annie Wright read at Teachers & Writers Collaborative. 7:00pm, free.
WEDNESDAY, 11.9: Adrian Tomine and Seth discuss their latest hits at Strand Books. 6:30pm, free. And, “two seasons ago, Belgian dancer and choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker caused a sensation in the New York dance world with her company RosasÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ performance of Rain. Now, The Joyce offers a rare opportunity to see Ms. De Keersmaeker up close in a critically acclaimed solo performance to the timeless music of Joan Baez. Witty, edgy and lyrical, Once is a revelatory work of dance theater, performed by one of EuropeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most captivating artists. Contains partial nudity.” at The Joyce, through 11.13. Wednesday’s performance: 8:00pm, $36.
THURSDAY, 11.10: Marcy Dermansky and Robert Long read as part of the PAGE series at the National Arts Club. Noted: “free and open to the public, open bar and refreshments, books sold at discounted price, jacket requested.” 7:00pm, free. And, “The All-Girls School,” photographs by Mara Bodis-Wollner, opens at Jen Bekman. 6:00-8:00, free. [Full disclosure, as always: I’m working with both Marcy and Jen to promote their respective projects.]
FRIDAY, 11.11: One word (and five peonies!): Shopgirl. And, “The Obligation to Endure: Art & Ecology since Silent Spring” is showing at the New York Academy of Sciences. Mondays through Fridays, 9:00am-5:00pm [via newsgrist].
SATURDAY, 11.12: Peter Sis appears at Books of Wonder. Noon, free. And, poets Aaron Belz, Jordan Davis and Robin Beth Schaer read at the Ear Inn reading series. 3:00pm, no cover. Also, Marcy Dermansky takes the stage again at KGB, along with authors Mark Goldblatt and Sally Koslow for the Trumpet Fiction series, presented by Ducts. 7:00pm, free.
SUNDAY, 11.13: Emily Gordon’s Feast Reading Series, at Camaje, features Kazim Ali, Paula Bohince, K. Dimma, and Robin Beth Schaer. 5:00pm, no cover. And, Alan Michelson’s powerfully affecting, often site-specific work is on display as part of the “New Tribes” exhibition at NMAI. Sunday hours are 10:00am-5:00pm, free.