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Monday,  Oct 08 - 6:00PM 
Tulis McCall, host

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Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU. Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!

$10 includes a drink ( my god what a bargain! )
 $10 includes a drink (my god what a bargain!)

Monday,  Oct 08 - 8:30PM 
Charlie Rauh, guitar;  Concetta Abbate, violin
Classical At The Cornelia: Charlie Rauh and Concetta Abbate image

This is music for folks who like things a little different--exploratory and sometimes rather free but expressing also a structural knack that melds the two personalities into a compositional-improvisational singularity." - Gregory Applegate Edwards (Author of "Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Blog")

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Tuesday,  Oct 09 - 6:00PM 
Thomas Pryor, host

Tricia Alexandro Crystal Durant Robin Eisgrau Jenny Rubin David Terhune
City Stories: Stoops To Nuts image

The neighborhood’s awake and talented storytellers & musicians are ready to paint characters and scenes for you.

Tricia Alexandro is a native New Yorker. She studied acting at Playhouse West (LA), took the LAByrinth Theatre Company’s Master Class and studied with Seth Barrish at The Barrow Group. The one act play Tricia wrote called Save the World, was recently chosen for FAB Theatre Companyʼs Reading Series. Tricia can be seen in a new play written by Arlene Hutton called According to the Chorus, on June 29th and 30th at The Barrow Group Theatre, and she performs her own monologues regularly at Cornelia St Cafeʼs monthly “Monologues and Madness”. Sheʼs very grateful to Tommy for the opportunity to share her stories.

Crystal Durant is a singer with Loser's Lounge, LALM concert series, Exploding Note, and a regular at The Rockwood Music Hall. When she's not singing, she's a kick-ass DJ, Art Educator, Pop Culture Demolition Specialist, and photographer of the absurd and interesting. Follow her on Instagram at DJCrystalClear, or find her on Facebook. She's a GREAT friend!"

Robin Eisgrau is a writer and performer whose writing has been published in Paper, Time Out New York, Seventeen, The Village Voice, The New York Post, Sky Magazine UK and other publications. Her one-woman show, A Place to Live, was staged at the Bowery Poetry Club. She studied acting at the Deena Levy Theater Studio and also sings, writes songs and plays guitar.

Jenny Rubin has hosted and produced comedy shows since 2003. She has appeared on ABC, WE TV, LOGO, and IFC. You may also recognize her from the YouTube hit, Shit Native New Yorkers Say". She is currently hosting her own storytelling show, Here's The Story.

David Terhune is a songwriter, bandleader and writer of opinion pieces who lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is the founder of The Kustard Kings, who became the house band for the popular Loser's Lounge shows in New York City starting in 1993 and continuing today at Joe's Pub, The Public Theater. David is a frequently published writer of letters-to-the-editor, having over 150 letters printed since 2006.

Thomas Pryor’s work was published in The New York Times, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, A Prairie Home Companion and other periodicals. His blog, “Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts,” is listed in The New York Times. Thomas appeared on public radio’s “This American Life,” and was featured on TV Ch 13’s “Baseball: A New York Love Story.” His first book of photographs, River-to-River: New York Scenes from a Bicycle, was published by YBK in August 2012 (available at

$8.00 includes a drink

 $8.00 includes a drink

Tuesday,  Oct 09 - 8:30PM 
Nicky Schrire, host

Hiromi Suda, vocals;  Helio Alves, piano;  Tatsuya Sakurai, guitar;  Anne Drummond, flute;  Yasushi Nakamura, bass;  Keita Ogawa, drums, percussion
VOXIFY: Hiromi Suda image

Vocalist-Composer HIROMI SUDA celebrates the U.S. Release of Her New CD, SOU: A Collection of Brazilian Songs. Produced by Suda and Brazilian jazz guitarist Romero Lubambo, the recording is a collection of Brazilian songs (Samba, MPB and choro) by notable Brazilian composers, such as João Bosco, Milton Nascimento, Hermeto Pascoal,Pixinguinha, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Djavan, and three original compositions by Suda. Lubambo is featured on Sou (guitar and cavaquinho), along with pianist Julian Shore, flutist Anne Drummond, bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer/percussionist Keita Ogawa. All of the musicians on the recording (except Lubambo and Shore) will be joining Suda on this date. Sitting in for Lubambo on the performance will be Tatsuya Sakurai and for Shore, pianist Helio Alves.

A Berklee School of Music alumni, Hiromi Suda developed a keen interest in Brazilian music while studying there. During the summer of 2007, she spent 3 months in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, honing her skills in Brazilian music styles and instruments. Her experience in Brazil was highly rewarding, not only musically, but it gave a historical and cultural context to her passion for the music. Suda attended a choro school, Escola Portatil de Musica, studying the pandeiro (hand frame drum) with pandeiro players Jorginho Silva and Celsinho Silva, and MPB vocal style with singer-songwriter Suely Mesquita. Hiromi Suda combines the classical qualities of intricate phrasing and attention to emphasis and timing, with a melodic and harmonic complexity that reminds of bossa nova. Suda lives and works in New York City.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday,  Oct 09 - 10:00PM 
Nicky Schrire, host

Kavita Shah, vocals;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Sam Anning, bass;  Guilhem Flouzat , drums;  Yacouba Sissoko, kora;  Stephen Cellucci, tabla;  Michael Valeanu, guitar
VOXIFY: Kavita Shah image

Kavita Shah, winner of the 2012 Downbeat Student Music award for Best Graduate Jazz Vocalist, is a singer, composer, and arranger based in New York. Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French, she authentically incorporates elements of Cuban, Brazilian, Malian, and Indian music into her jazz-based repertoire. She leads her own quintet as well as the “3rd World Orquestra,” a 13-piece ensemble featuring a jazz rhythm section, strings, voices, kora, and tabla. In addition to her solo projects, she regularly works with contemporary composers as a member of the Steve Newcomb Orchestra and tabla virtuoso Samir Chatterjee's “Rabi Thakur.”

Ms. Shah received her Master's in Jazz Voice from Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Theo Bleckmann, Peter Eldridge, Steve Wilson, and Jim McNeely. She holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Harvard, where she conducted award-winning research on contemporary Afro-Brazilian music. She plans to record her debut album in late 2012.

"Kavita is a musician's singer. She thinks like an instrumentalist, always taking risks and searching for new levels of understanding. Her music defies categorization; she has a truly unique vision shaped by her influences from NY to Brazil to India and beyond."​- Steve Wilson, jazz saxophonist

Kavita Shah is a "masterful singer with a deep, personal connection to the music." - Sheila Jordan

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Oct 10 - 6:00PM 
Hosted by Andrey Gritsman

David Lehman, Founder and Editor of Best American Poetry;  Lynn McGee, author of Bonanza;  Phil Freed, Editor of Manhattan Review
Our large-hearted host provides us with three well-known poets. $ 8 includes a drink
 $8 includes a drink
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Wednesday,  Oct 10 - 8:30PM 
Steve Northeast, guitar, voice;  Alejandro Haaker, bass;  Carlos Aguilar, drums
Steve Northeast image
Like the troubadours of old, Steve Northeast has travelled the world singing songs of a life that tells of honest tales. Honing his craft and pursuing musical stardom in NYC venues, he first gained prominence with the release of his debut album Inside, an album filled with songs of despair and the hope that he saw everywhere trying to break through. Recently, Northeast and company have again brought his original voice and sound to the masses with their anticipated follow-up Another Day, a 10-track dynamo of “raw and powerful” songs that serve as testament to the band’s evolutionary path to songwriting and their sheer musicality. Check out his debut album Inside and his recently released album Another Day and be sure to catch him live for an intimate version of his music at Cornelia Street Cafe.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Oct 11 - 6:00PM 
Emmanuelle Ertel, Isabelle Milkoff, hosts

Fabienne Jacob Astrid Eliard
French Nights image
The best of contemporary French writing in a bilingual edition.

Tonight, featuring the work of Fabienne Jacob, Astrid Eliard, and Isabelle Milkoff

$ 8 includes a drink
 $8 includes a drink 

Thursday,  Oct 11 - 8:30PM 
Dan Weiss, drums;  Ari Hoenig, drums
Dan Weiss & Ari Hoenig Duo image
Dan Weiss And Ari Hoenig are two drummers who are pushing the boundaries of the conventional jazz drumset. For their duo , Hoenig and Weiss explore melody, harmony, timbre, and rhythm in a non conventional way. They have been playing in this configuration for four years and are about to release a record this upcoming fall.

$10 Cover plus $10 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Oct 12 - 6:00PM 
Ellen Foos, host

Ishmael von Heidrick Barnes, poet;  Sam Hamod, poet;  and Tender Art, musical duo

Join us for the East Coast launch of San Diego poet Ishmael von Heidrick-Barnes’ collection of poems, Intimate Geography. To help Ragged Sky Press celebrate, we have invited fellow poet Sam Hamod and the duo Tender Art to perform.

Ishmael von Heidrick-Barnes holds degrees in Religion and Theology as well as Surgical Technology. Ish has co-edited the Magee Park Poets anthology and has worked as a visual artist.

Sam Hamod writes about his country of origin, Lebanon, as well as the Middle East in general. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, he has published ten books and has appeared in more than 200 anthologies of literature worldwide.

Tender Art is a duo consisting of European opera singer Andrea Hörkens and her partner Thomas Roderburg, who accompanies her on guitar. They were inspired by Heidrick-Barnes’ lyrics, and the result was the duo’s first CD, Illumination.

$8.00 includes drink

Friday,  Oct 12 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Russ Lossing, piano;  Eivand Opsvik, bass;  Jeff Davis, drums, compositions
Drummer/composer Jeff Davis is celebrating the release of his new album, LEAF HOUSE, on Fresh Sound/New Talent Records. Davis is known as the “propulsive force behind a host New York mainstays” (Mathew Miller - All About Jazz) and tonight he brings together improvising greats Russ Lossing and Eivind Opsvik in this powerful trio. The group weaves through Davis’s compositions with a hypnotic ease, creating moods that are at times peaceful and other times explosive.

“We Sleep Outside is the restlessly episodic debut by Jeff Davis, a drummer of broad experience in left-of-center jazz circles.” --Nate Chinen (New York Times)

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

JEFF DAVIS TRIO, CD Release Concert image Peter Gannushkin
Saturday,  Oct 13 - 6:00PM 
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Italian-American Writers Association image
The Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) Doors open 5:45 pm, arrive before 6pm to sign up for open reading.

Italian American Heritage Month

Emelise Aleandri, Artistic Director of Frizzi & Lazzi - the Olde Time Italian-American Music and Theatre Company

and Award-winning Poet, Editor, Translator Michael Palma

$8.00 includes a drink
 $8.00 includes a drink

Saturday,  Oct 13 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Rez Abbasi, guitar;  John Hébert, bass;  Satoshi Takeishi, drums
Rez Abbasi Trio, CD Release: Continuous Beat image
Voted # 2 Rising Star Guitarist in the 2012 esteemed Down Beat International Critics Poll, Rez Abbasi has been forging new musical territory for over a decade. His forthcoming trio album, Continuous Beat (Enja), is his most daring recording as it captures him playing in an interactive setting throughout. In addition, Abbasi recontextualizes his Indian/Pakistani musical influences, as well as covers from Keith Jarrett and Thelonious Monk, by employing various electronics. With this multi-textural approach, there is a subtle coexistence between a warm jazz guitar trio and one that pushes perceptual bounds.

Trio mates, John Hebert and Satoshi Takeishi share a 15-year musical relationship with Abbasi and it becomes apparent as audiences witness their chemistry on stage.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Oct 14 - 6:00PM 
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier hosts

Peter Seidman Ethan Perlstein

Who ever thought that lowly yeasts would matter so much to us? Or tell us so much about ourselves? Please join us as we decant wines and debunk their hooey with scientific proof and practical examples of yeast and its magical properties. Peter Seidman, a certified sommelier, will enlighten us on what yeasts do for fermentation in making wine -- biodynamic, organic, and otherwise. Viva intoxicating beverages! In measure; there will be tasting, so you can tell the difference. Meanwhile, hailing from a few miles west, Ethan Perlstein at Princeton – check out his award-winning mod website – introduces small molecules, including therapeutic drugs (like antidepressants), into simple model organisms such as the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae (now there’s a mouthful!) and studies the impact on their physiology. Perlstein works at the intersection of cell biology, personalized medicine and quantitative evolutionary theory – shaping a cross-disciplinary perspective he calls evolutionary pharmacology. Amazingly, evolutionarily conserved aspects of human diseases (e.g., schizophrenia and diabetes) get revealed to sober researchers.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Sunday,  Oct 14 - 8:30PM 
Jean Rohe, host

Andreas Arnold, flamenco guitar;  Jose Moreno, percussion, vocals, dance;  Petros Klampanis, bass;  Maria Toro, flute;  Yvanik Prene, harmonica;  Philippe Lemm, percussion
Global Living Room: NY Flamenco Jazz Project, CD Release image
This collective led by guitarist/composer Andreas Arnold will present ‘Mosaico’, an album which has been recorded over the course of a year between New York and Europe and features 15 musicians from around the world. The group’s sound is strongly defined by flamenco with its earthy rawness and passion and jazz with its free spiritedness, harmonic sophistication and improvisation. The compositions are further influenced by Indian, Arabian and classical music.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  Oct 15 - 6:00PM 
Gretl Claggett Elinor Cramer Wendy Drexler Alexandra van de Kamp
Gretl Claggett holds an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College and an MFA in acting from Western Illinois University. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in journals, anthologies and online at Head Butler, The Daily Beast, The Nervous Breakdown, She Writes and The Good Men Project. In June 2012, she performed as a featured poet at the Spoleto Festival. Her debut poetry collection, Monsoon Solo: Voices Once Submerged (WordTech Editions), was published in January 2012. She teaches an ongoing memoir class at the 92nd Street Y and is working on a short film and a novel.

Elinor Cramer’s first poetry collection, She Is a Pupa, Soft and White, was published in December 2011 by Word Press. She is the author of a chapbook, Canal Walls Engineered So Carefully They Still Hold Water, for which she received a Heritage Grant from New York State. Her poems have appeared in Stone Canoe, The Comstock Review, The Healing Muse, and other journals. She earned an MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College, and holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago. She lives in Syracuse where she practices psychotherapy.

Wendy Drexler’s first book-length collection, Western Motel, was published in April 2012 by Turning Point. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Barrow Street, Blood Orange Review, Cider Press Review, Meatpaper, Mid-American Review, Nimrod, Peregrine, Poetry East, Tar River Poetry, Off the Coast,, and other journals, and featured on Verse Daily. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Wendy grew up in Denver, Colorado, and now lives in Belmont, MA. She is a poetry editor for Sanctuary, the magazine of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Her website is

Alexandra van de Kamp lives in Stony Brook, NY, with her husband and is a lecturer at Stony Brook University. She has been previously published in journals such as Court Green, Crab Orchard Review, Salt Hill, Washington Square, River Styx, Meridian, Lake Effect, and The Denver Quarterly. Her first full-length collection of poems, The Park of Upside-Down Chairs, was published by CW Books (WordTech Press, 2010), and her most recent chapbook, Dear Jean Seberg (2011), won the 2010 Burnside Review Chapbook Contest. You may see more of her poetry and prose at her website:

$ 8 includes a drink
 $8 includes a drink 

Monday,  Oct 15 - 8:30PM 
John Morrison, host

Ted Alexandro Myq Kaplan JR Havlan Carmen Lynch Janine Brito Grant Cooper
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John Morrison hosts Ted Alexandro, Myq Kaplan, JR Havlan, Carmen Lynch, Janine Brito and Grant Cooper.

"One of the city's best alt-comedy shows!" – The NY Post

"Critics' Pick!" – TimeOut NY

"Works for me." – Morrison

$20 Door (includes one drink) Cash only.


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