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Entertaining Science: The Taste of Light  12/3/2017
Entertaining Science: Art At The Intersection Of The Ephemeral And The Eternal 11/5/2017
Entertaining Science: ASTROBIOLOGY, ACCORDIONOLOGY 10/1/2017
Entertaining Science: BE DAZZLED 9/3/2017
Entertaining Science: CROSSING GENRES, IN SEARCH OF EXOMOONS 6/4/2017
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: THE NESTEDNESS OF THINGS 5/7/2017
Entertaining Science: MUTANT MIRACLES 4/2/2017
Entertaining Science: EVIDENCE THAT MUSIC HEALS, AND NOT JUST THE SOUL 3/5/2017
Entertaining Science: THE ABSTRACT BOWL! 2/5/2017
Entertaining Science: CARBON’S ITALIAN FAMILY CONNECTIONS 12/4/2016
Entertaining Science: Cold War, Warm Climate 11/6/2016
Entertaining Science: DO BABIES GET THE BLUES? 10/2/2016
Entertaining Science: The Jazz of Physics, Artificial Intelligence and Sculpture 9/4/2016
Entertaining Science: MUSIC FOR THE CORNELIA FIREWORKS 7/3/2016
Entertaining Science: THE MUSE AT THE BIRTH OF THE UNIVERSE 6/5/2016
Entertaining Science: FLAMENCO ON THE BRAIN 5/1/2016
Entertaining Science: The Jazz Cure for Molecules in Distress 4/3/2016
Entertaining Science: OLIVER ON OUR MINDS 3/6/2016
Entertaining Science: THE DANCE OF MOLECULES 2/7/2016
Entertaining Science: 65 MILLION YEARS OF BIRD EVOLUTION DON’T LIE 12/6/2015
Entertaining Science: WHAT MISTINGUETT AND MARIE CURIE TALKED ABOUT 11/1/2015
Entertaining Science : Oscillation/Why Wake Up in the Morning 10/4/2015
Entertaining Science : What did Roald do over the summer? 9/6/2015
Entertaining Science: Turning Breath Into Music 6/7/2015
Entertaining Science: THE HARMONIC DESTINY OF HEALING 5/3/2015
Entertaining Science: EGGSTRAVAGANZA (AND CHICKENS TOO) 4/5/2015
Entertaining Science: Pluto and the Ice Princess, Together at Last 3/1/2015
Entertaining Science: LUNINE, LIGETI, and McMURRAY 2/1/2015
Entertaining Science: SOUND SYMMETRY - Patterns of Mind  1/4/2015
Entertaining Science: SO YOU THINK YOU’VE HEARD IT ALL? 12/7/2014
Entertaining Science: Light and Color 11/2/2014
Entertaining Science: The Big Melt: Tales of Antarctica 10/5/2014
Entertaining Science: ONE NOTE AT A TIME? IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE LIKE THAT!  9/7/2014
Entertaining Science: Unfolding Evolution 6/1/2014
Entertaining Science: Life's Music 5/4/2014
Entertaining Science: SING TO ME, O NATURAL PHILOSOPHER! 4/6/2014
Entertaining Science: EDGES and GRAVITONS 3/2/2014
Entertaining Science: MUSIC, LANGUAGE LEARNING US 2/2/2014
Entertaining Science: SMALL, DEADLY, AND DELICIOUS 1/5/2014
Entertaining Science: CO-SEISMIC PIANO 12/1/2013
Entertaining Science: Explosive evolution in birds 11/3/2013
Entertaining Science: Interactions : So Complicated It's Simple 10/6/2013
Entertaining Science: CIAO BELLA! WHAT MAKES AN ARIA OR AN ALCOHOL BEAUTIFUL? 9/1/2013
Entertaining Science: Mars ! 6/9/2013
Entertaining Science: MUSIC OF THE SPHERES 5/12/2013
Entertaining Science: On Paper 4/14/2013
Entertaining Science: Now Hear This! 3/10/2013
Entertaining Science: A Jump into the Gene Pool 2/10/2013
Entertaining Science: FLIGHT CLUB 12/9/2012
Entertaining Science: YOU ARE WHAT YOU HEAR 11/11/2012
Entertaining Science: IT YEAST AIN’T THE SAME 10/14/2012
Entertaining Science: Hearts and Devils 9/9/2012
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: PAY ATTENTION! 6/10/2012
Entertaining Science: Rhapsody for Piano and Universe 5/13/2012
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE  4/8/2012
Entertaining Science: BEAUTY AND THE BEASTIES 3/11/2012
Entertaining Science: The Two Garys--Guitar Zero & Exponential 2/12/2012
Entertaining Science: SILENT GENES AND GENTLE SONGS 1/8/2012
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, O UNIVERSE  12/11/2011
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: THE DRONE AND THE UNIVERSE 11/13/2011
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE  10/9/2011
Entertaining Science 9/11/2011
Cafe Stories 7/25/2011
Entertaining Science 7/10/2011
Entertaining Science 6/12/2011
Entertaining Science 5/8/2011
Entertaining Science 4/10/2011
Entertaining Science 3/13/2011
Entertaining Science 2/13/2011
Entertaining Science: Abstraction and Passion: The Brainwave Music Project 1/9/2011
The Science of Fear in Words and MUsic 6/6/2010
Entertaining Science 5/2/2010
Prognosticating the World's Wheat and Bluegrass 4/4/2010
Entertaining Science -- Can culture emerge from scratch? 3/7/2010
Entertaining Science -- The Camera Never Lies 2/7/2010
Entertaining Science -- EXTREMES 1/3/2010
Entertaining Science -- YOU SEE WHAT YOUR BRAIN WANTS YOU TO SEE 12/6/2009
Entertaining Science -- SHAPES AND ENERGIES: LOVE AND HATE AMONG THE ATOMS 11/1/2009
Entertaining Science -- NATURAL LAW: DARWIN'S TANGLED BANK 10/4/2009
Entertaining Science -- THE WORLDS WE MAKE UP 9/6/2009
Entertaining Science -- ACQUA! THE SOUNDS AND SCIENCE OF WATER 6/7/2009
Entertaining Science -- EL BAILE BACTERIANO! 5/3/2009
Entertaining Science -- ANNIHILATION! 4/5/2009
Entertaining Science -- NANOARCHITECTURES: WHY MORE OF LESS IS MORE! 3/1/2009
Entertaining Science -- JEDUTHUN’S HEIRS: JEWISH GENES, JEWISH GROOVES 2/1/2009
Entertaining Science -- FLEAS ON STEROIDS 1/4/2009
Entertaining Science -- A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE LAB 12/7/2008
Entertaining Science -- IMAGINE SCIENCE IN FILM 11/2/2008
Entertaining Science -- The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind 10/5/2008
Entertaining Science -- TABOOS 9/7/2008
Entertaining Science -- WAVE/PARTICLE 6/1/2008
Entertaining Science -- WHY DO WHALES SING? 5/4/2008
Entertaining Science -- It's the Way it Shatters that Matters 3/2/2008
Entertaining Science -- Five Feet High and Rising 2/3/2008
Entertaining Science -- SeaChange: Reversing the Tide 1/6/2008
Entertaining Science -- THINKING, FEELING 12/2/2007
Entertaining Science -- ALL IS PATTERN 11/4/2007
Entertaining Science -- Harmonious Triads 10/7/2007
Science 8/30/2007
Entertaining Science -- COLTRANE, EINSTEIN, AND COSMOLOGY 2 7/1/2007
Entertaining Science -- Reflections of the Animal Mind 6/3/2007
Entertaining Science -- HE SAYS, SHE SAYS, EITHER WAY IT'S ALL PHALLACY 5/6/2007
Entertaining Science -- A RIFF ON THE WAY TO STRUCTURE 4/1/2007
Entertaining Science -- ATYPICAL ANTIPSYCHOTICS 3/4/2007
Entertaining Science -- MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL 2/4/2007
Entertaining Science -- COSI SIMILI, COSI DIVERSE 1/7/2007
Entertaining Science -- I FORGOT TO LEARN TO FORGET 12/3/2006
Entertaining Science -- NAMING NATURE 11/5/2006
Entertaining Science -- Chateau Jiahu, Vintage 7000 BC 10/15/2006
Entertaining Science 2 -- Chateau Jiahu, Vintage 7000 BC 10/15/2006

Entertaining Science -- CHOICES
 9/3/2006
Entertaining Science -- Finally With Women 8/6/2006
Entertaining Science -- SMALL TALK AMONG THE BACTERIA 6/4/2006
Entertaining Science -- BIOMINERALIZATION: THE BEAUTY OF FUNCTION 5/7/2006
Entertaining Science -- AFTERNOON OF THE CHIMERAS 4/2/2006
Entertaining Science -- IN YOUR EAR 3/5/2006
Entertaining Science -- DARWIN’S BIRTHDAY BASH 2/5/2006
Entertaining Science -- NEON! 12/4/2005
Entertaining Science -- IMPROVISING ON CHAOS 11/13/2005
Entertaining Science -- GM FOODS; MONSTERS OR MIRACLES? 10/2/2005
Entertaining Science -- FERNS 9/4/2005
Entertaining Science -- FROM SAMARKAND TO CORDOBA 8/7/2005
Entertaining Science -- SCIENCE AND THE MORAL LIFE--A MISMATCH? 6/5/2005
Entertaining Science -- WHY DO BIRDS SING? 5/1/2005
Entertaining Science -- SHUFFLE OFF THIS MORTAL COIL 3/6/2005
Entertaining Science -- ECO-OPERA-EVO 2/6/2005

 
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Mixed Media by RACKIE DIANKHA

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Sunday
May 07
6:00PM  ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: THE NESTEDNESS OF THINGS
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

Tyler Volk, scientist;  Lemon Guo, singer, composer
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: THE NESTEDNESS OF THINGS image

Atoms combine to form molecules, molecules combine to form single-celled organisms. When people come together, they build societies. As musicians work they build compositions. Might there be general processes we can identify in the nestedness of things? NYU’s Tyler Volk dares to present an inclusive natural philosophy, from his new book Quarks to Culture: How We Came to Be. Volk posits a rhythm of “combogenesis” that created a grand sequence of fundamental levels. New things with innovative relations on each level were built-up from combination and integration of prior things. Themes unfold within the sequence, as physics and chemistry led to biological evolution, and biological evolution to cultural evolution.

Columbia University's singer-composer Lemon Guo joins the show with a striking musical performance that merges odd sounds in its own non-linear combogenesis. Themes such as real vs imagined past, nature vs the idea of nature are evoked. There might be a duet of overtone singing and killer whale singing, or a shadow puppet show that dances in smog pollution data. Prepare to be startled and moved.

8:35PM  DJANGO AT CORNELIA STREET, ULTRAFAUX
Koran Agan, host

Michael Joseph Harris, guitar;  Sami Arefin, guitar;  Eddie Hrybyk, bass
DjANGO AT CORNELIA STREET, Ultrafaux image

Cornelia Street Cafe, with it's Django at Cornelia Street series, celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt by featuring some of the finest gypsy jazz bands and other musicians influenced by the legendary gypsy guitarist. Featured this month will be Baltimore based Ultrafaux.

Ultrafaux performs original music inspired by legendary Jazz Manouche guitarist Django Reinhardt with influences from Romani and Balkan folk, swing, funk, blues and Dixieland. The core musicians of Ultrafaux also perform traditional Django Reinhardt repertoire under the name Hot Club of Baltimore. This show at Cornelia will include original music and some rarely performed Django songs.

One evening with Ultrafaux & Hot Club of Baltimore demonstrates why jazz has been so irresistible to listeners all over the world. -- Kevin Avis, Baltimore Jazz Aliance

  http://www.UltraFauxMusic.com

Monday
May 08
6:00PM  LAILA BIALI
Laila Biali, vocals, piano;  Matt Aronoff, bass;  Ben Wittman, drums
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Award-winning Canadian pianist and singer-songwriter Laila Biali has headlined venues around the world including Carnegie Hall and supported international acts like Sting who says of Biali that he "admires her greatly." Join her for an intimate and exciting night of jazz standards, pop covers, and personal original songs featuring Matt Aronoff on bass and husband Ben Wittman on drums.

"It is the ultimate task given to the musician, whether as singer or instrumentalist, to create a unique signature or fingerprint that is instantly recognisable as their own. What is surprising and delightful in Laila Biali is that both as vocalist and pianist she accomplishes this with equal aplomb. She is an exciting and unique talent, and I admire her greatly." - Sting

  lailabiali.com www.facebook.com/LAILABIALIMUSIC

8:30PM  LENA BLOCH & FEATHERY
Lena Bloch, tenor saxophone;  Russ Lossing, piano;  Cameron Brown, bass;  Billy Mintz, drums
Lena Bloch & Feathery image

Feathery (Lena Bloch, Russ Lossing, Cameron Brown, Billy Mintz) is 3 + years old and has been performing regularly since March 2014. The music is of improvisational nature, the emphasis is put on musical communication, spontaneous compositional decisions, where each member of the group is a soloist and an accompanist at the same time.New album is coming out in September 2017 on Fresh Sound/New Talent.

"This is truly musical togetherness, creating a sound all its own. Music that indeed has touched the heart of this seasoned listener. I'll lay odds it will do the same for yours!" - Dan Morgenstern, 2017

  www.lenabloch.com

Tuesday
May 09
6:00PM  NEW YORK STORY EXCHANGE
Barbara Aliprantis, host; founder/artistic director (NYSE)

April Armstrong Richard Cardillo Jean Le Bec Penny Smith
New York Story Exchange image
Hear stories, tell stories!

Four featured tellers, followed by an open story exchange: Up to five audience members will each get five minutes of stage time for stories, poems, spoken word, or music. Sign up: 5:45–6:10pm.

This month’s host: Barbara Aliprantis —with featured tellers April Armstrong; Richard Cardillo; Jean Le Bec; Penny Smith

8:00PM  VOXECSTATIC: ALEXIS PARSONS QUARTET
Deborah Latz, curator

Alexis Parsons, voice;  Virg Dzurinko, piano;  Ron Horton, trumpet;  Andrew Drury, drums
VOXECSTATIC: Alexis Parsons Quartet image
Two superb singers. Two sets. One cover.

Alexis Parsons is a New York City based vocalist of Greek and Swedish decent. She has spent a lifetime honing a uniquely personal vocal style and fiercely independent career. The long and often arduous journey through the years has stamped her rich alto voice with warmth, wisdom and a flexibility borne of the eclectic musical roads she's traveled.

During the past two decades, Alexis has led a variety of bands, showcasing her distinctive interpretations of both standard and lesser-known works in the jazz canon. As a bandleader, she has shown exceptional skill and a discerning ear in selecting accompanists. Her trios have included a host of celebrated artists, including pianists Frank Kimbrough, Arturo O’Farrill, David Berkman, and Lynn Arriale among others. Manning the bass have been top call performers such as Drew Gress, Dean Johnson, Cameron Brown and Sean Smith. And behind the drums, Matt Wilson and Willard Dyson have provided swinging and sensitive grooves.

Alexis graduated from the Manhattan School of Music.

"Alexis Parsons" - List of Best CD's of 2012 - DownBeat Magazine

"....she deserves as much credit for her storytelling abilities as she does for her singing. She inhabits these songs as if they represent her very being, making Alexis Parsons an alluring listen from start to finish."- Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

  www.alexisparsons.com

9:30PM  VOXECSTATIC: MARYANNE DE PROPHETIS QUARTET
Deborah Latz, curator

Maryanne de Prophetis, voice;  Virg Dzurinko, piano;  Ron Horton, trumpet;  Andrew Drury, drums
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Two superb singers. Two sets. One cover.

"The title song [Tell A Star] is a beautiful open portrait of human need; longing and natural, it begins as intimate dialogue between voice and piano, de Prophetis making the words both simple and complex in a way that draws the listener into the exchange." - Donald Elfman, The New York City Jazz Record, Nov 2016

"[Tell A Star] Exquisite, sophisticated, moving vocal jazz at the highest level!" [Trans. from German] Juerg Sommer, Schweiz am Sonntag, Oct 2016

2016 'Best of' Jazz from JJA Members . . Notable vocal album . . "penetrating lyricism" - Howard Mandel, Jazz Journalist Association, Dec 2016

". . de Prophetis’ clear, warm mezzo graces nine original and well-crafted songs . . " - Mel Minter, Musically Speaking, Dec 2016

  www.maryannedeprophetis.com

Wednesday May 10
6:00PM  MICHAEL LYDON AND FRIENDS
Michael Lydon, vocals, guitar;  Ellen Mandel, vocals, piano;  Mike Weatherly, bass, vocals;  Nathan Pearson Jessica Crandall, soprano
MICHAEL LYDON and FRIENDS image

Singer-songwriter and writer Michael Lydon, currently celebrating fifty years as a founding editor of Rolling Stone, will be back at Cornelia St Café tonight, singing and playing his originals and standards with his longtime partner Ellen Mandel, vocals and piano, Mike Weatherly, bass and vocals, soprano Jessica Crandall, and His Royal Hipness, Nathan Pearson.

8:00PM  QUINSIN NACHOFF'S ETHEREAL TRIO CD RELEASE
Quinsin Nachoff, tenor sax;  Mark Helias, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums
Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio CD RELEASE image

Celebrating the Ethereal Trio's debut on Whirlwind Recordings!

Quinsin Nachoff is known for his unique merger of modern jazz and contemporary classical music, venturing to the edges of both idioms, while dancing elegantly along the uneasy borderline between them. The trio teams Nachoff with two of modern music's most forward-thinking artists: bassist Mark Helias and drummer Dan Weiss. Both are inveterate explorers well versed in absorbing a variety of complex musical vocabularies and expressing them in a personal and compelling fashion. The singularly ethereal feeling of this music can be credited to Nachoff's astute compositions, which blend methodically composed material with free improvisation in a way that leaves enticing, inspirational space for all three to roam.

"There's a push and pull between the visceral and cerebral, between jazz and modern classical... intensity and modernity, a brashness and in-your-face confidence of delivery." - Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

  www.quinsin.com www.markhelias.com

Thursday
May 11
6:00PM  JUICE, SPICE & TANGO!
Racquel Borromeo, piano;  David Bridges, clarinet;  Rina Haruki, soprano;  Dominique Donnarumma, soprano
Juice, Spice & Tango! image

Exquisite blend of Piazzolla, Ravel, Schubert, Mozart, Handel, Weill and many surprises!

8:01PM  LAGE LUND QUARTET
Lage Lund, guitar;  Micah Thomas, piano;  Matt Brewer, bass;  Craig Weinrib, drums
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Friday
May 12
6:00PM  FROM WHITMAN TO GINSBERG: POEMS THAT CHALLENGE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM
Bernard Block, host

Robert Gibbons Darryl Alladice Michael Schwartz Julia Ogilvie
From Whitman to Ginsberg:  Poems that Challenge Conventional Wisdom image

The 17th Edition of this "politically engaged" Poetry Series--not polemics, not diatribes but Poetry "from the people, for the people," as Whitman stated.

9:00PM & 10:30PM  CHARLES ALTURA QUARTET
Charles Altura, guitar;  Aaron Parks, piano;  Matt Brewer, bass;  Justin Brown, drums
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Charles Altura has been called a “…blazingly precise young guitarist,” by the New York Times, and has put the international jazz world on notice with his unique blend of effortless lyricism and rich, atmospheric sound. Charles has recently performed with Chick Corea, Tom Harrell, Terence Blanchard, Stanley Clarke, Ambrose Akinmusire, Dayna Stephens, and Tigran Hamasyan, among others. He is joined here by like-minded peers Aaron Parks, Matt Brewer, and Justin Brown, who have a history of collaborating with each other in various formations.

Saturday
May 13
6:00PM  ITALIAN AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Paul Salsini Mark Chiusano
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IAWA promotes Italian American literature by encouraging the writing, reading, publication, distribution, translation, and study of writing by Italian American authors.

Tonight IAWA features Journalists Paul Salsini and amNewYork’s Mark Chiusano

  iawa.net www.facebook.com/italianamericanwritersassociation

9:00PM & 10:30PM  DAN WEISS TRIO
Dan Weiss, drums;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Thomas Morgan, bass
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With his trio, including Jacob Sacks and Thomas Morgan, Weiss has released two recordings entitled, ”Now Yes When" (2006) and "Timshel" (2011), which have been critically acclaimed for their unique approach to song structure and endlessly creative improvisation.

Weiss is quietly redefining the piano trio tradition with a blend of abstraction, cross-cultural touchstones, embedded classicism, and empathic improvisation" John Kelman

  www.danweiss.net

Sunday
May 14
6:00PM  LEE FELDMAN + HIS PROBLEMS
Lee Feldman, vocals, piano;  Monica Bauchwitz, violin;  Ben Gallina, bass;  Bob Windbiel, guitar
LEE FELDMAN + his Problems image

Lee Feldman returns . . again! . . . to Cornelia Street to present a kind of "chamber pop music" concert of original music.

(It will be on Mother's Day, so he'll be doing "mother-friendly" material).

Monica Bauchwitz (from SONYC) will be playing violin. Ben Gallina will be playing bass. Bob Windbiel will be playing guitar.

Lee be playing piano, speaking and singing.

It will be very nice to see you there!

NEW YORK TIMES: “Lee Feldman uses a Tin Pan Alley bounce to make twisted or troubled situations sound like parlor songs.”

ATLANTIC MONTHLY: “Lee Feldman plays the piano in just the dry, subtle, understated manner that his dry, subtle, understatedly hilarious songs call for.”

8:35PM  NEW BRAZILIAN PERSPECTIVES: FABIO GOUVEA QUINTET, CD RELEASE
Billy Newman, host

Fabio Gouvea, guitar;  John Ellis, tenor sax;  Hélio Alves, piano;  Edward Perez, bass;  Alex Kautz, drums
New Brazilian Perspectives: Fabio Gouvea Quintet, CD Release image

Multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer and producer Fabio Gouvea is one of the most praised and in demand musician of his generation in Brazil. A virtuoso acoustic and electric guitarist Fabio has become a force of music in the international scene, leading his own groups as well as working with artists such as Hermeto Pascoal, Hamilton de Holanda, Arismar do Espirito Santo, Vinicius Dorin, Sergio Santos and Trio Curupira. For this occasion Fabio will be doing a CD release here in New York featuring music from this recording with some of the most talented musicians around today.

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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