The Smart Set is a weekly feature, compiled by Lauren Cerand, that usually appears Mondays at 12:30pm 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 send details to lauren [at] maudnewton.com by the Thursday prior to publication, with the eventÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s date in the subject line.
Just one item on the usually packed calendar this week: The MetaxuCafÃƒÂ©.com Holiday Mixer. Highlights of the agenda for the rest of the month include strolling aimlessly, going outta the way for art, cozying up to? — in? — bars with a fireplace. You know, holiday stuff. My gift to myself this year: permission to tune out the cacophony and enjoy the quiet elegance of the perfect season. The Smart Set will return January 2nd.