Saturday, September 27

Before you cry into your Balenciaga bag, remove your fake “smart glasses” and put them on your face and stagger through the Lit Crawl, imported from San Francisco, naturally, where co-curator Suzanne Russo told us “it’s so big that we make maps and you see people walking around the Mission District with them. Hopefully soon we’ll have people crawling all over New York carrying lit maps.” Wouldn’t that be something! Three neighborhoods—the Lower East Side, East Village and Williamsburg, shockingly—participate in this extravaganza of booze and prose, staging five or six readings at once, helping “a young crowd, late 20s and early 30s, the intellectual types,” according to Ms. Russo, turn en masse to literary bliss to shield them from financial ruin. Later, the rich around here may not be getting any richer, but at least the Danes are still willing to drop $800 on a hotel room with C.O. Bigelow products, which means the Bowery still needs saving! The Bowery Alliance of Neighbors bands together to fight the unceasing tidal wave of gentrification, promoting height-restrictive zoning on the Bowery’s East Side with the Poetic Notion Chorus. “They recite poetry to a musical background,” said Mitchell Grubler, a member of the alliance. “There has been a proliferation of late-night clubs, entertainment that’s bringing activity of a lot of young people in the evening,” he added, detailing his organization’s gripes. Whereas the Bowery used to specialize in “writing and restaurant supplies.” Finally, relive meaningful female angst at Dar Williams’ show at the Fillmore, flooded with visions of that halcyon period before Sarah Palin froze your brain. And yes, we’d say it’s a fair bet that Ms. Williams will let some anti-Palin zingers fly…

[Lit Crawl, Lower East Side, 6 p.m., www.litcrawlnyc.wordpress.com; An Evening to Save the Bowery, Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, 6:30 p.m., http://boweryneighbors.org; Dar Williams at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza, 8 p.m., www.ticketmaster.com]

mbryan@observer.com

Saturday, September 27