The Smart Set is a weekly feature, compiled 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.
MONDAY, 1.3: Fantastic scribes John Langan and Samuel R. Delany read from their work at The New York Science Fiction Review reading series, which takes place at the South Street Seaport Museum. 7:00pm, $5 suggested.
TUESDAY, 1.4: Alliance Francaise screens two films by celebrated auteur Claire Denis, each involving Cameroon in some aspect: Chocolat and Man No Run. Times vary, $9.
WEDNESDAY, 1.5: Join traveling playwright Martin Dockery and award-winning editor Dave Koch for an evening of storytelling at Freebird Books, a marvelous little gem of a shop that offers “wine, beer, Moxie, and the coolest selection in Brooklyn of used books for sale.” 7:00pm, FREE.
THURSDAY, 1.6: Both the “lo-tech spectacle” of New York’s Black Leotard Front and Berlin-based Discoteca Flaming Star’s”hardcore karaoke” are included in the mix that is Dance Dance Revolution, an exhibition at Columbia University’s Neiman Gallery that explores the power of dance as a form of expression that can be used to creatively refuse and resist. Through January 21, FREE.
FRIDAY, 1.7: Poet Jackie Sheeler hosts the Pink Pony West reading series at Cornelia Street Cafe. 6:00pm, $6 (your first drink is free with admission).
SATURDAY, 1.8: “[Katharina] Sieverding firmly believes that the responsibility of the artist is to act as a politically engaged being, absorbing, synthesizing and commenting on the rapid advancement of our technology-driven age.” P.S. 1’s exhibition is devoted to putting the provocative, intellectual work of the Czech-born, German artist before American eyes. Through February 7. $5 suggested. And, don’t miss the “very new world” created by Tokyo-based artist Chie Fukuo at ATM Gallery. Through January 9, FREE.
SUNDAY, 1.9: Jami Attenberg takes the sexy stage at East Side Oral, “the reading series your mother warned you about.” 5:00pm, Two-drink minimum. Not to be confused with the Atomic Reading Series, “the reading series with something for everyone,” which takes place later on that evening and features a line-up including blogger-around-town and Gothamist.com contributor, Nichelle Stephens. 7:00pm, FREE.