2006_04_artsashbery.jpg...this week has got it all. Kick it off tonight at the South Street Seaport Museum (Melville Gallery, 213 Water Street), as the New York Review of Science Fiction Readings presents Robert Freeman Wexler (his latest novel is Circus of the Grand Design) and Gregory Frost (with his latest, Attack of the Jazz Giants). The reading starts at 7PM and the suggested donation is $5.

Tomorrow night (4/5), head down to KGB Bar (85 E. 4th street) for Journalist Night. The event features readings from Jeff Sharlet, who runs The Revealer; Brian Mealer, who has a piece about the Congo in Harpers, and Serry Amanpour (CNN Correspondent Christiane Amanpour's cousin), who was one of eleven women diplomats at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the Shah's regime in Iran. All three will be reading about their own personal journeys, and should be a lively and interesting night - if a little more political than KGB's usual fare. It starts at 7PM.

The end of this week is a special treat for poetry lovers - from 4/6 to 4/8, New School will be hosting The John Ashbery Festival. For three days, poets and scholars will be gathering mostly at the New School itself (66 W. 12th street) to read from and discuss the poet's work. Ashbery himself will be reading at a few of the events, so check out the calendar to find out exactly when.

And while this technically falls in the realm of next week's roundup, it's cool enough (and might get packed enough) that we see fit to tip you off a week early. On Tuesday, 4/11, Symphony Space (95th and Broadway) will be hosting A Celebration of Jane Austen, with Karen Joy Fowler and "other Janeites" reading from Austen's collected works. Some of the work will even be read by actress Hope Davis, and there's a complimentary glass of wine after the show. It starts at 7PM and tickets are $18 ($15 for members).