Notable New York, This Week 7/12 – 7/18


This week in New York Diane Williams, Rebecca Curtis and Joshua Cohen read at The Bastille Day Soirée, Chuck Klosterman is back Eating Dinosaurs, Candance Bushnell embodies Carrie and takes us back to college,  Christopher Finch tells us about Chuck Close’s Life, David Mitchell Reads, Soda Pop hosts a reading series, Williamsburg promotes Martial Arts, Crash Mansion begs us to black out for a $5 open bar, and The Kids are All Right.

MONDAY 7/12: Brooklyn Bowl is urging you to put on your dancing shoes and join them for a special tribute to prince at this week’s Karaoke Killed the Cat, karaoke for those that don’t like karaoke. Brooklyn Bowl. Free.10PM.

TUESDAY 7/13Chuck Klosterman (Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs) celebrates the paperback release of Eating Dinosaurs with fellow author and friend Rob Sheffield (Love is a Mix Tape). Lulu’s. $20. 8PM. (Recommended to get tickets now!)

5 Bands $5? Don’t mind if I do. Bring your drinking shoes to Crash Mansion tonight for a ReThinkPopMusic sponsored event with indie bands such as Old Wives and Every Boy. RSVP in advance to get yourself and two guests in at 7:30 for their open bar, lasting a whopping two hours (let me reiterate, that’s open bar from 7:30-9:30 for $5). Crash Mansion. $5. 7:30.

WEDNESDAY 7/14: Bastille Day Soirée. NOON and Gigantic bring you the best literary event going on this Bastille Day with Diane Williams, Joshua Cohen and Rebecca Curtis reading and John Pugh (formerly of !!!) spinning. And if that’s not enough enticement, special cocktails–The Witz, Stupefaction and 20 Grand–will be on hand to get you liberated. The Library Bar at Gild Hall. 15 Gold Street. 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

Go back to college and listen to authors Candace Bushnell (The Carrie Diaries), Cecil von Ziegesar (Cum Laude) and J. Courtney Sullivan (Commencement) recount their dorm lives. Barnes and Noble Union Square. Free. 7PM.

THURSDAY 7/15Chuck Close, the imaginative and breathtaking photorealist signs copies of Life, his biography written by popculture author Christopher Finch. Strand’s Rare Book Room. $50. 7PM

FRIDAY 7/16: David Mitchell reads from his latest The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoe, a Japan set novel. BookCourt. 7PM. Free.

SATURDAY 7/17: Nothing better than a good used literary book store with a large specialty section in… Martial Arts? BookThugNation is a relatively new used book and event space in Williamsburg. We all love cheap books. Start your Saturday here. 100 N3rd St. Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Tues-Sun Noon-9PM

~Saturday Night Movie Pick: The Kids are All Right~

End your Saturday with Annette Benning and Mark Rufullo in Sundance favorite The Kids are All Right. Check for times and theatres near you.

SUNDAY 7/18: Come to Soda Bar and enjoy some pop and conversation, or conversation and pop, with four young writers, Matt Bell, John Madera, Jeff Parker and Amber Sparks. Soda Bar. Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. 629 Vanderbilt Ave.

ARTBetween Here and There: Passages in Contemporary Photography features an impressive variety of artists in The Met’s latest exhibit.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Until February 2011.


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Caitlin Colford is a New York City based actress and writer. She blogs short stories over at and is currently hard at work on her first novel "The Obituary Hunter." More from this author →