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 email@example.com.
MONDAY, 1.24: Poets Barbara Cole (author of the chapbooks “little wives,” “postcards,” and “foxy moron”) and Noah Eli Gordon (“The Frequencies” and “The Area of Sound Called the Subtone”) read from their work at the Poetry Project. 8:00pm, $8.
TUESDAY, 1.25: Stephen Elliott (“Happy Baby”) and Sam Lipsyte (“Home Land”) read from their work at Barnes & Noble, Astor Place. 7:30pm, FREE. Photographer Teun Voten gives an opening talk for his new exhibition focusing on, “the megalomanic architecture, the hideous monuments, the tacky hotel bars, the desolate cityscapes” of North Korea, at The Half King. 8:00pm, FREE.
WEDNESDAY, 1.26: How To Kick People returns with an evening devoted to the theme, “International Male,” accompanied by the musical stylings of Kimya Dawson. 8:00pm, $7. The winner of the Story Prize, “a major new annual book award for the best short story collection of the year,” is announced after an evening of readings of finalists’ work at Symphony Space. 8:00pm, $25. Elsewhere, the Boxcar Reading Series kicks off the new season with readings by writers Johanna Gohmann, Lucy Lehrer, and Vanessa Hidary. 7:00pm, FREE. And, Rachel Kramer Bussel joins other contributors to read from Best Lesbian Erotica 2005 at Bluestockings. 7:00pm, FREE.
THURSDAY, 1.27: Charlie Ahearn, Lady Pink and Patti Astor join senior curator Dan Cameron for a discussion entitled, “Then and Now – The Art of Graffiti,” at the New Museum. 6:30pm, FREE. Elsewhere, One Ring Zero performs with Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra at the Knitting Factory. 7:00pm, $12.
FRIDAY, 1.28: “Her impressive filmography would span four decades, but none of the fifty films from Anna May Wong’s diverse career (The Thief of Bagdad, 1924; Peter Pan, 1924; Song, 1928; Piccadilly, 1929; Shanghai Express, 1932; Dangerous to Know, 1938) would ever compare to the inspirational true story of talent and determination that was her life… A rare screening of Picadilly is followed by a panel discussion on such topics as Hollywood racial politics, gender discrimination, and how these issues still exist today. ” At the New School. 6:00pm, FREE.
SATURDAY, 1.29: The excellent Konundrum Engine Literary Review hosts an evening at KGB, with readings by poets Michael Burkard, Adam Clay, Eric Elshtain, Cate Marvin, and Jon Woodward, with introductions by KELR poetry editor Alex Lemon. 7:00pm, FREE.
SUNDAY, 1.30: “Monologuist Mike Albo returns with his latest solo show My Price Point. Albo brings his fast-paced mix of dance, monologues, and vignettes back to Performance Space 122 for a full-frontal solo assault on our time of placed products, screeching divas, botoxic beauty, and constant reality show orgasms.” 5:00pm, $15.