The Smart Set is a weekly feature, 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.
TUESDAY, 2.1: Chris Regan, three-time Emmy Award-winning writer for The Daily Show and co-author of the briefly-banned-in-Mississippi bestseller, America (The Book), joins other funny people (including How To Kick People’s Todd Levin) for a P.S. 122 fundraiser to benefit post-tsunami relief and reconstruction efforts in Southeast Asia. 8:00PM, $25.
WEDNESDAY, 2.2: 192 Books presents an appearance by Alice Munro, with a reading from her Giller Prize-winning Runaway by Oscar-nominated actress Joan Allen. 7:00PM; FREE, but reservations required: call 212.255.4022. Buddhist pop star Duncan Sheik performs selections from his new musical score of Spring Awakening, “Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play about tragic young love,” as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. 8:30PM; ticket prices vary: call 212.721.6500 for details on availability.
THURSDAY, 2.3: The tastefully hot Phillip Gourevitch, staff writer at the New Yorker and award-winning nonfiction author, discusses his work, which also includes extensive reporting from “Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States for numerous publications, including Granta, Harpers, and the New York Review of Books,” at the New School. 6:00PM, $10. Elsewhere, Allison Bojarski, aka The Brazilian Muse, guest hosts the Reading Series at Barbes, featuring For Fuck’s Sake author Robert Lasner, and Mary Morris, author of Revenge. 7:00PM, FREE. Also, the artist Jes Cannon, who paints her hometown of Brooklyn from perspectives as varied as interior shots of the F train and shimmering lights on satellite maps, shows new work in a group show at Heidi Cho Gallery. Opening reception, 6-8:00PM, FREE.
FRIDAY, 2.4: North Carolina-based author Quinn Dalton and Elizabeth Merrick, author of the forthcoming novel Girly and my partner-in-crime on all things Cupcake-related, read from their soon to be released, buzzed-about work as part of a special event entitled, “Spring Forward: Women on the Verge, ” at Bluestockings. 7:00PM, FREE. [Full disclosure: I organized the reading, I’m working with both of them to publicize their respective projects this spring, and lucky you: I’ll be there, so do come by and say hello…]
SATURDAY, 2.5: “Co-organized with The Institute for Figuring and Cabinet Magazine, Cornell University mathematicians David Henderson and Daina Taimina talk about their discovery of crocheted models of ‘hyperbolic space’, a geometric form that is found in the crenellation of lettuce leaves, the anatomy of sea slugs, and the shape of the physical cosmos.” At The Kitchen. 5:00PM, $5.
SUNDAY, 2.6: Take in the dazzling exhibition of Latin American portraiture at El Museo del Barrio (Sunday hours: 11:00-5:00PM, $8), or stop by to see what’s cooking at Freebird, recently profiled by Konundrum Engine Literary Review editor Pitchaya Sudbanthad for The Morning News.