French Kicks, Passion Pit, Salt & Samovar
I know French Kicks are headlining, but all I really care about right now is that Passion Pit song "Sleepyhead," which is MGMT's "Kids" except slightly frozen for fall temperatures. You need it in your life.
8pm; $15. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancy St, at Bowery, boweryballroom.com
Alec Baldwin in Conversation with Janet Maslin
The Times book and film critic (who also penned my favorite thing ever written about the Gossip Girl novels for The New Yorker) interviews the actor about his latest book, Promise to Ourselves: Divorce, Fatherhood, and Family Law. There's a separate singles mixer after the event, where you will probably meet a terrible person to have a rebound with. Happy hunting.
8pm; $27. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave, at 92nd St, 92y.org
Happy Ending Music & Reading Series
Amanda Stern hosts Roland Kelts, Linda Robertson and Porter Shreve, with music from Howard Fishman. Consider this training for LitCrawl.
8pm; $5 suggested donation. Happy Ending, 302 Broome St, at Forsythe St, happendinglounge.com
Kenny Shopsin: Eat Me
Have you read the feature Carey Jones wrote about Kenny Shopsin for us yet? Well, get to it, it's a race, it's a fucking race! And then get yourself over to the Strand, because the chef is going to gently whisper all his views on philosophy and food in your ear: "I don't cook bad shit." He can't kick your ass out of the bookstore the way he can in his restaurant, so Q&A away!
7pm; Free. The Strand, 828 Broadway, at 12th St, strandbooks.com