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 by the Thursday prior to publication, with the date of the event in the subject line.
MONDAY, 1.9: There’s the Strip Show. And, “David Johnston’s new play, Candy & Dorothy, is based on the lives of bohemians Dorothy Day and Candy Darling. Candy Darling was one of Warhol’s ‘superstars‘ and starred in The Chelsea Girls. Born James Slattery, Darling died of Leukemia on March 21, 1974, at the age of 29. She was memorialized in Lou Reed’s songs ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ and ‘Candy Says’ and was played by Stephen Dorff in the 1996 film I Shot Andy Warhol.” At Theatre Three through January 28. 7:00pm, $15. [Via our favorite anonymous correspondent at Living With Legends: The Hotel Chelsea Blog].
TUESDAY, 1.10: jen bekman presents the inaugural Hey, Hot Shot! ne plus ultra, which selects three winners from the finalists of the previous calendar yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s quarterly competitions to be given a group exhibition and represented by jen bekman through 2006. The winners are Christine Collins, James Deavin and Youngna Park. The Hey, Hot Shot! competition for emerging photographers gives talented unknowns the opportunity to compete for exposure and gallery representation. Jen Bekman hosts an opening at the gallery from 6:00-8:00pm, free [Full disclosure, as always: I am the gallery’s p.r. director].
WEDNESDAY, 1.11: At Amanda Stern’s Happy Ending Reading Series (see also: Lessons in Curating), authors Phil Campbell (Zioncheck for President) and Rafi Zabor (I, Wabenzi) share the stage with musician Bari Koral (see also: The Confessions of an Indiegirl podcast). 8:00pm, no cover. And, “The Reading Series at The International Center welcomes three writers who will read and discuss their latest works: Terrence Cheng, author of the novel, Sons of Heaven, Han Ong, author of the novel The Disinherited and Lara Vapnyar, author of the forthcoming novel Memoirs of a Muse.” The International Center is located at 50 West 23rd Street, 7th Floor. Tel: 212.355.9555. 7:30pm, free. Additionally, Joe Heaps Nelson, an artist whose paintings I find warm, witty and inviting (example: Do You Know Your State Bird?) has some work in a group exhibition entitled “Visual Residue” at CB’s 313 Gallery from January 11 through February 3. Joe notes, “I’m especially excited to show with Winston Smith, as I have been a fan of his work for more than 20 years. He used to do stuff for the Dead Kennedys and Alternative Tentacles Records.” There is an opening for the show at 6:00pm, free.
THURSDAY, 1.12: Lila Cecil, “co-founder of Paragraph a workspace for writers,” sends word of Paragraph’s reading series, which features the literary stylings of novelists Rick Moody, author of The Diviners, and Heather McGowan, author of the forthcoming Duchess of Nothing on Thursday evening at Teachers and Writers Collaborative in Union Square. 7:00pm, free. And, at the Opium Reading Series at Happy Ending, host Todd Zuniga welcomes Hannah Tinti (Animal Crackers), Amanda Stern (The Long Haul), Tony Antoniadis and Late Bloomer, a short film from Craig Macneill (an official selection at Sundance 2005, based on a short story by Clay McLeod Chapman). 8:00pm, no cover [full disclosure, as always: Craig Macneill is a one of my p.r. clients]. Meanwhile, Behind The Book, a local organization dedicated to nurturing an early love of literature in children, presents authors (and once teen sensations) Ned Vizzini, author of the forthcoming It’s Kind of a Funny Story, and Nick McDonnell, author of The Third Brother, as part of its relatively new reading series at KGB. 7:00pm, no cover. Additionally, “826NYC & pbnoj productions are proud to present a Special Benefit Screening of As Smart As They Are: The Author Project (a film documenting the collaboration between McSweeney’s Brooklyn house-band One Ring Zero and an ensemble cast of award-winning authors)….Preceded by a screening of Ever Vigilant, Ever True— a short film starring Patton Oswalt (originally shown as part of the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. Fashion Show).” 7:00pm, suggested donation $10. [Full disclosure, as always: director Joe Pacheco and I worked together to promote his documentary last Fall].
FRIDAY, 1.13: The always inventive Clay McLeod Chapman, author of Miss Corpus, one of my favorites, inaugurates Galapagos new theater series, EVOLVE with BAR FLIES, in its second performance of a month-long Friday night residency. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Also, a couple of months ago, I discovered the pleasures of Spottiswoode & His Enemies when the band played Amanda Stern’s Happy Ending reading series. This Friday night at midnight, the band plays a free show at The Living Room. Notes Jonathan Spottiswoode, “each song will be a statement in itself, an encapsulation of hard-earned wisdom. nothing frivolous, no words wasted. searing and profound.”
SATURDAY, 1.14: “DCKT Contemporary is pleased to present EXENE CERVENKAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first New York exhibition. On view in America the Beautiful will be journals and mixed media collages dating from 1974 through 2005 by one of the founding members of the seminal Los Angeles punk group, X. The exhibition was originally organized by the Santa Monica Museum of Art and guest curators Kristine McKenna and Michael Duncan.” The gallery’s Saturday hours are 11:00am – 6:00pm, free. Also, I am very tempted to take advantage of a free fencing lesson. Who wouldn’t be? Especially any Method Writers contemplating a madcap fencing aristo who just happens to be an early proto-feminist for their next novel, naturellement. And for Saturday evening, ever since Dana turned me on to Heloise and the Savoir Faire, it’s now a frequent occurrence that I visit their Myspace page and hit “refresh” a couple of times to hear as much of “Odyle” as possible. Saturday night, the band plays The Slipper Room.
SUNDAY, 1.15: The always eclectic and well curated Sunday Salon, easily one of the top five independent literary series in New York, presents emerging writers Cheryl Burke, David Harlan Webber, Elizabeth Harris and Brett Leveridge (Men My Mother Dated: And Other Mostly True Tales), at Stain Bar. 7:00pm, no cover.