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Saturday,  Oct 20 - 6:00PM 
Penelope Karageorge, host

Nektarios Antoniou Robert Zaller Dean Papademetriou Dean Kostos
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The Greek-American Writers Association will celebrate the life of Lili Bita, renowned Greek actress, author of twenty-one books, well-remembered for her one-woman show “The Greek Woman Through the Ages,” her amazing poetry, her dynamic performances, and her great warmth and generosity of spirit. Special video recordings will recall Lili’s dramatic renderings of her original poetry and stories. Participants in the program will include musician Nektarios Antoniou; poet and professor Robert Zaller; Dean Papademetriou, publisher of Somerset Press; poets Dean Kostos and Penelope Karageorge as well as other performers, writers and friends of Lili.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Saturday,  Oct 20 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Francisco Mela, drums;  Juanma Trujillo, guitar;  Hery Paz, tenor sax

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Oct 21 - 6:00PM 
Jen Lap, Jimmy Schatz, hosts

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Every month comedians Jen Lap and Jimmy Schatz round up some of the best up and coming comics NYC has to offer. Join them for food, drinks and a ton of laughs!

Tonight...Featured Comics: Alli Brown, Dan Lamorte, Caitlin Peluffo and Sean Donnelly.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Sunday,  Oct 21 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Billy Newman, guitar;  Eric Schugren, tenor, sopranino sax;  Michel Gentile, alto sax, flute;  Leco Reis, bass;  Vinnie Sperazza, drums
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Out of the meeting of the two very different urban cultures of Rio de Janeiro and Brooklyn, NY, an exciting dialogue is born. North and South American rhythms and musical forms express the pulse of the cities. Samba, Bebop, Choro, all find their place in a rich and varied musical repertoire that combines structure and arrangement with free-flowing jazz improvisation. Influences range from the swinging, cerebral tunes of Lennie Tristano from Queens , the angles of Chicagoan tenor saxophonist John Gilmore's improvisations, to the kaleidoscopic inventions of Hermeto Pascoal from Alagoas, Brazil and Choros of Pixinguinha. The Billy Newman Quintet brings together five talented musicians with an abundance of new ideas based on solid musical grounding and a fascination with the cross-cultures we live in today. Brooklyn-born guitarist/composer Billy Newman, a jazz musician has lived, studied and performed in Brazil and his passion for Brazilian music is the inspiration for this dynamic and innovative group. Billy has been the recipient of numerous composers residencies, and is the curator for Brazilian Expressions, a series that is in it's 6th year at the Cornelia Street Cafe. He has released several recordings the latest released in May is "The Solo Guitar of Billy Newman".

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  Oct 22 - 6:00PM 
V. Hansmann, host

Melissa Febos, featured poet;  Tara Kelly Megan Galbraith Molly Bradley
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Please join featured reader, Melissa Febos, along with estimable writers, Tara Kelly, Megan Galbraith, and Molly Bradley.

Melissa Febos is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010) and the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017), which The New Yorker called “mesmerizing,” and was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist. Her second essay collection will be published by Bloomsbury in 2020. Her work has been widely anthologized and appeared in Tin House, Granta, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Glamour, The Guardian, The New York Time Book Review, The Rumpus, among many others.

Febos earned an MFA from Sarah Lawrence and she currently serves as an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University. She serves on the Board of Directors of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, thShe curates literary events, serves on boards, teaches workshops, and speaks widely. The daughter of a sea captain and a psychotherapist, she was raised on Cape Cod and lives in Brooklyn.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Monday,  Oct 22 - 8:30PM 
Joanna Burns Terrell Foster-James Shanna Lesniak Trevor Martin Anthony McGlaun
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Join us for the next iteration of Inside the Underground, a collection of new music spanning theater, art song, and opera led by New York City performers, composers, and writers. Featuring performances by Joanna Burns, Terrell Foster-James, Shanna Lesniak, Trevor Martin, and Anthony McGlaun singing the music of composers and writers including Lindsay Anderson, Julia Barry, Jon Bauerfeld, Neena Beber, Matt Frey, Jason Kim, Dan Nagler, Joe Rubinstein, Jeff Tang, Melisa Tien, and Jason Weisinger; with Jon Bauerfeld and Danny Zelibor, piano.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Tuesday,  Oct 23 - 6:00PM 
Jonathan Cohen David Unger Gy Mirano

Poet-translators Jonathan Cohen and David Unger read their translations of poetry by Pedro Mir (Countersong to Walt Whitman and Other Poems) and Nicanor Parra (Antipoems: New and Selected), respectively, with guest performance by actress Gy Mirano reading the Spanish.

Nicanor Parra (1914–2018), a Chilean poet and physicist, is considered one of Latin America’s most important poets. He took the precision of scientific language and the plain speech of North American modernism and mixed it with his own sardonic humor to invent what he calls “antipoetry,” a poetry pitched against Latin American high rhetoric. Among his books in English translation are Poems and Antipoems (New Directions), Emergency Poems (New Directions), and Antipoems: New and Selected (New Directions), edited and translated by David Unger. Parra was proposed on four occasions for the Nobel Prize in Literature. In 2011, Parra won the Spanish Ministry of Culture’s Cervantes Prize, the most important literary prize in the Spanish-speaking world. Poems and Antipoems, originally published in Spanish in 1954, is deemed a classic of Latin American literature, and one of the most influential Spanish poetry collections of the twentieth century. It is cited as an inspiration by American Beat writers such as Allen Ginsberg.

Pedro Mir (1913–2000) is recognized as the Dominican Republic’s foremost poet of the twentieth century. On the occasion of his death, the Dominican president declared three days of national mourning and celebrated the poet’s memory and his work: “Don Pedro will always be with us because his thinking was transcendent, and he truly fathomed the national Dominican soul.” About Countersong to Walt Whitman and Other Poems, translated by Jonathan Cohen, Roberto Márquez said in The Village Voice: “The publication, in bilingual format, of this first book-length anthology of work by the Dominican Republic’s internationally acclaimed and locally celebrated National Poet is an event. . . . Colleague, contemporary, and the equal in lyric vitality, epic ambition, and communal significance to Pablo Neruda or Nicolás Guillén, Mir remains, with Martinique’s Aimé Césaire, perhaps the most masterfully elegant and majestic among the living voices of a generation that boasts more than its share of world-class poets.”

 $10.00 includes a drink

Tuesday,  Oct 23 - 8:00PM 
Dan Rufolo, piano;  Kevin Bene, alto sax;  Samir Zarif, tenor sax;  Marty Kenney, bass;  Jimmy McBride, drums
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 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 
Wednesday,  Oct 24 - 6:00PM 
Shauna Kanter, writer/director

Sarah Baskin*, Ari Blinder* Megan Bones* Jordana Rubenstein-Edberg John Gazzale, Irene Glezos* Robert Lloyd*, Kate McMorran Evan Sibley David Stallings
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Based on true stories; LEGACY is the suspenseful tale of rescue and hope. Past meets present as a young American rescues a Jewish family out of Berlin in 1939 intersecting with teenage refugees running for their lives escaping the gangs in Latin America. A new play toured by Voice Theatre in Germany France, the UK and US comes home to NYC.

* Members of Actors Equity
 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Wednesday,  Oct 24 - 8:00PM 
Sara Serpa, voice;  Jeff Miles, guitar;  Dan Loomis, bass;  Nathan Ellman-Bell, drums
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Job’s Trials: Our Trials is a new work by Dan Loomis that explores the powerful and timeless themes from The Book of Job. Job’s questioning of justice and his struggle to maintain the integrity of his faith are an essential lesson to all of us as we confront the issues that face our society and the world. Job’s Trials: Our Trials aims to familiarize new audiences with this important story and to give those familiar with it a unique and modern vantage point on an old story containing themes that are still vitally important to our time.

The work uses a unique new format based on a classical oratorio recast using the passionate language of jazz paired with emotive art projection. The performance examines the most perplexing and powerful themes from the story: the paradox of faith, the ephemeral value of a virtuous life and the injustice of suffering. The narrative is driven by ideas rather than plot. The story is propelled forward by the questions and themes that emerge from the text.

The work is scored for a narrator, two singers and jazz trio. The narrator plays the role of Satan, more specifically, an ancient conception of Satan as “Ha Satan”, the Adversary. He is imagined here in his ‘adversarial’ role as an old lawyer recounting a case. The singers present text from the pivotal thematic moments in the story.

This work aims to leave listeners with a desire to fearlessly examine the difficult questions in their life and perhaps to begin to penetrate them with a deeper sense of faith.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Wednesday,  Oct 24 - 9:30PM 
Pablo Vegara, piano;  Jay Rodríguez, sax, flutes;  Pablo Menares, bass;  Ronen Itzik, drums
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Pianist Pablo Vergara’s latest project, “Songs from The Tower”, is an album that features recreations of works by Post-Romantic Chilean composers from the early XXth Century. From Art Song to Scriabin-like vignettes, expressive tone poems and impressionistic landscapes, Vergara's arrangements make the music sound contemporary and urgently necessary, while blurring the boundaries between genres in chamber music.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Oct 25 - 6:00PM 
Yuyutsu Sharma Jill Hoffman Robert Scotto Anna Halberstadt Mike Jurkovic
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Renowned Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu Sharma travels from the Himalayas to read at New York’s famous West Village venue along with distinguished fellow poets, namely Jill Hoffman, Robert Scotto, Anna Halberstadt and Mike Jurkovic. Yuyutsu will read from his new work based on The Rubin Museum Exhibit, The Second Buddha focused on Padmasambhava along with his Himalayan poems. A launch of hisPratik Magazine’s Double Summer/Spring Issue carrying special material on Europe along with the Pre-launch of the American poet, Robert Scotto’s new book of poems, Imagined Secrets ( Nirala, 2019) will also take place.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Thursday,  Oct 25 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Mitch Marcus, tenor sax;  Jeff Miles, guitar;  Peter Brendler, bass;  Jesse Simpson, drums;  Kenny Brooks, tenor sax
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 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Oct 26 - 6:00PM 
Lenard Petit , actor;  Daniel Kelly, composer, piano;  Katie Down, flute, percussion;  Anders Nilsson, electric guitar
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Award-winning composer & pianist, Daniel Kelly joins forces with veteran New York City actor/director Lenard Petit to present a death-defying performance of dramatic readings and musical interpretations of Edgar Allan Poe’s most well-known stories and poems.

Poe’s tales of suspense and terror have their own place in our collective cultural psyche. Hear poems & stories like The Raven, The Tell Tale Heart, The Bells and The Pit and the Pendulum with Petit’s powerful retelling accompanied by eerie and uncanny music from Kelly and his chamber ensemble. Together, they plumb the depths of this great writer’s work & add electric energy to these terrifying and timeless tales.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum http://

Friday,  Oct 26 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Michael Attias, alto sax;  John Hebert, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums

Saxophonist/composer Michaël Attias is a quietly fierce force on the international improvising scene. The Quartet, his most recent project as bandleader, unites four intense musical personalities in the flowing exploration of some new and old pieces of his as well as the music of such inspirational figures as Jimmy Lyons, Bunky Green, Thelonious Monk, Sam Rivers and Charlie Parker. Their last appearance at the Cornelia Street Café was named one of the Best Concerts of 2014 in NYC Jazz Record. Don't miss the return of this electrifying band!

"Perpetually shifting tunes, richness of timbre and a singular personality – you can almost see his music expanding and contracting.”-- Village Voice

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  Oct 27 - 6:00PM 
T Xiques, bass;  Mark Dziuba, guitar;  Megan Gould, violin;  Eric Wood, songs, vocals and guitar
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Similar to how the Romany language of the European Gypsies employs dialects from diverse locations, the songs performed by Cats Out of the Bag infuse aspirations found commonly expressed via many musical idioms. Eric Wood, T Xiques, Mark Dziuba and Megan Gould will sensitively explore these intersections and crossroads tonight at The Cornelia Street Cafe.

After meeting in New York City and before the recent formation of Cats Out of the Bag with violinist Megan Gould, composer /singer /guitarist Eric Wood , bassist /percussionist T Xiques and guitarist Mark Dziuba recorded and toured in Europe together for over a decade. (recordings, press reviews etc. at

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Saturday,  Oct 27 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Mike Moreno, guitar;  Shai Maestro, piano;  Rick Rosato, bass;  EJ Strickland, drums
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Guitarist Mike Moreno will be bringing in his acoustic quartet for a night of both original music and arrangements of jazz standards from his latest album 3 For 3 on Criss Cross Records.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

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