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, 1.17: Sustainable business practices are a hot topic these days amongst a certain crowd. If that’s your beat, join the conversation at the Half King, which hosts an event featuring new publishing endeavor Plenty magazine. 7:00pm, FREE.
TUESDAY, 1.18: Elliot Perlman (Seven Types of Ambiguity) and Adam Langer (Crossing California) read from their work at Housing Works Used Book Cafe. 7:00pm; FREE, but bringing a book to donate is the classy thing to do. And, the PAGE series presents readings by John Haskell (American Purgatorio) and Sam Lipsyte (Home Land), at the National Arts Club. 7:00pm, FREE; jacket required. Also, poets Wendy Wisner, Amy Meckler and Kate Light read at Bowery Poetry Club. 7:00pm, $5 + 1 drink.
WEDNESDAY, 1.19: Media critic Bryan Keefer moderates a discussion featuring Jon Friedman, media editor of CBS Marketwatch; Jesse Oxfeld, online editor of Editor & Publisher; and Chris Regan, Emmy-winning writer for The Daily Show, at Makor. 7:30pm, $12 in advance. Also, Jordan Davis hosts The Million Poems Show. 6:30pm, FREE. Elsewhere, “an illustrated lecture presented by the authors, Lorraine Diehl, author of The Late Great Pennsylvania Station, and Marianne Hardart, granddaughter of the Automat co-founder Frank Hardart, that traces the history, special foods, and contrivances of the unique eating establishment,” at the New York Public Library. 5:30pm, FREE. And, Terri Windling (The Wood Wife) and Ysabeau Wilce (The Tygers of Wrath) read from their work as part of the Fantastic Fiction Series at KGB. 7:00pm, FREE.
THURSDAY, 1.20: The gorgeously logo’d Lilies and Cannonballs Review “casually celebrates” a new issue with readings by contributors Matthew Thorburn and John Paul O’Connor. 7:00pm, FREE. And, Suzan Sherman, Beth Ann Bauman, Ronna Wineberg and Victoria Vinton, all 2004 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Recipients, read from their work at Housing Works Used Book Cafe. 7:00pm, donate a book [note: this is the second part of a two-evening program: Andrea Kleine, Heidi Durrow, Jerry Gabriel and Nova Ren Suma read on Wednesday, 1.19]. Also, J Milligan and Hannah McCouch read from their newly-published novels, Jack Fish and Mountain Betty, respectively, at Freebird Books & Goods. 7:00pm, FREE. Elsewhere, The New Museum hosts a launch party for Alphabet City, the new street art book inspired by artist Michael De Feo’s childhood memories. 6:00-8:00pm, FREE.
SATURDAY, 1.22: “NURTUREart Non-Profit, Inc. presents cracker: re-thinking the American South, a group exhibition of contemporary art curated by Kathleen Brady, … running through February 13, 2005. This exhibition runs simultaneously at Naked Duck Gallery … cracker explores the contemporary American South through paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and video art that examine issues of race, history, memory, place and spirituality. In addition NURTUREart presents a Curator’s Talk, “Tapping In: Heritage as Inspiration,” on Saturday, January 22nd at 4pm at NURTUREart Gallery.” FREE. The gallery is open to the public Fridays, Noon-9:00pm, Saturdays and Sundays from Noon-6:00pm, and by appointment: 718.782.7755. And, buzz, buzz, buzz! The National Books Critics Circle will announce the finalists for this year’s awards in a not-so-secret ceremony at Housing Works Used Book Cafe. 5:30-8:00pm; be advised that “you will have to tell them you’re a journalist or a trashy celeb to get in.” Where’s Tara Reid when you need her? Oh, that’s right.
SUNDAY, 1.23: John Reed (The Whole) and Merrill Feitell (Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes) read from their work at KGB. 7:00pm, FREE.