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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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ART ON THE WALLS

Mixed Media by LENNY ACHAN

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Sunday
Dec 03
6:00PM  ENTERTAINING SCIENCE -- I FORGOT TO LEARN TO FORGET
Roald Hoffmann


I FORGOT TO LEARN TO FORGET

How do you learn a habit and how can you unlearn it? Why do you not forget how to ride a bike, but it's hard, ain't it hard, to unlearn smoking?

In tonight's exploration of recall and habit, painter and conceptual artist Vitaly Komar will present Three-Day Weekend, interwoven Christian, Jewish, and Muslim symbols that first appeared in his childhood dreams and resurfaced when he discovered the only photo of his intact family in Russia.

Brilliant young violinist Rebecca Cherry, formerly principal violin in the London Symphony, will present selections from The Compleat Victrola Sessions, a collaboration with composer Dave Soldier - an evocation of the allure and danger of addiction in the 1920's, using black and white silent film with nostalgic, surreal virtuoso music.

Neuroscientist Dave Sulzer will explain how the brain integrates wild stabs at success with feedback from the environment, how that underlies habit learning, and why a decision contrary to habit requires so much effort.
 Cover $10

8:30PM  VICTOR PRIETO TRIO
Victor Prieto, accordion;  Carlo DeRosa, bass;  Mark Ferber, drums
Victor Prieto Trio image
Accordionist and composer, Victor Prieto is revolutionizing the way that the accordion is played by creating new sounds and techniques for this instrument. His music embraces different tendencies that come from jazz, Tango, Classical and Celtic roots enriched with new rhythms and colors. He is the creator of a new technique for the accordion called “chord approach on both hands,” which creates rich and elaborate harmonies.
 Cover $10   www.victorprieto.net
Monday
Dec 04
6:00PM  TULIS MCCALL

Scenes from Mr. Wingfield A New Play by Tulis McCall

and

A Child's Christmas in Wales By Dylan Thomas

with Anne Carney, Amy Marcs, Raymond McAnally, Barie Snider

Directed by Tulis McCall
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)   http://www.tulismccall.com

8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprices;  Kevin Twiig, drums, glockenspiel;  John Dewitt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion;  John Ventimiglia, actor
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This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments--renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.
 Cover $10   www.davidamram.com
Tuesday
Dec 05
6:00PM  WRITERS READ
Gene Albertelli & Teresa Giordano, hosts



 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  SPEAKEASY: STORIES FROM THE BACKROOM

Wednesday Dec 06
6:00PM  ALIMENTUM
Dick Allen, poetry;  Joanna Torrey, novelist;  Gerald Busby, piano;  Richard Byrne, tenor
Alimentum image
Issue #3 of a tasteful journal of The Literature of Food.

Dick Allen. His recent poetry volumes are The Day Before: New Poems and Ode to the Cold War: Poems New and Selected, both from Sarabande Books. He’s received poetry writing grants from the N.E.A. and Ingram Merrill foundations and a 2005 Pushcart Prize. Allen’s new poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in The Nation, The American Poetry Review, The Hudson Review, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Best American Poetry: 2006.

Joanna Torrey. Her novel He Goes, She Goes (2001), and Hungry (1998), six stories and a novella, were published by Crown. Her stories have appeared in anthologies by Crossing Press and Serpent’s Tail, and her articles in Harper’s Bazaar, Mademoiselle, Omni, Health and The New York Sunday News Magazine. She holds an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College.

And at the end of the evening, a debut of a song written by Gerald Busby, based on the William Carlos Williams (food) poem: "This is just to say" Gerald will play piano and tenor Richard Byrne will sing.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  BRAZILIAN: HELIO ALVES TRIO
Helio Alves, piano;  Santi Debriano, bass;  Duduka da Fonseca, drums
BRAZILIAN: Helio Alves trio image
Alves' work melds a percussive edge with a lively, fluent right hand."
- John Ephland, Downbeat

Brazilian pianist and composer Helio Alves, has received high praise as an in- demand sideman with Joe Henderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Slide Hampton, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, Paquito D'Rivera, Claudio Roditi, Oscar Castro- Neves and Gato Barbieri, to name but a few. And now, with more than 40 recordings as a sideman - and two at the helm of his own ensembles - he is quite deservedly earning respect as a leader too.

Alves will be playing songs from his second recording as a leader, "Portrait in Black and White" (Reservoir Music), combining straight ahead and Brazilian jazz styles. The release is highlighted by four Alves originals - "Frenzy," "Sambetinho," "Loose Samba" and "Song for Anna" - and features his longtime musical friend Santi Debriano on bass and Matt Wilson on drums.
 Cover $10   www.helioalvesmusic.com

Thursday
Dec 07
6:00PM  ARTISTS’ SALON
Robin, Angelo, Poul, and Valerie, host


This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators. All are welcome.
8:30PM  GNU VOX: JO LAWRY AND DAVID DEVOE
Jo Lawry, Voice;  James Shipp, Vibraphone;  David Devoe, Voice;  Chris Hoffman, Cello;  James Westfall, Vibraphone
Gnu Vox: Jo Lawry and David Devoe image
Born in Willunga, South Australia, and raised on an almond farm, Jo Lawry lives and plays in New York, with the occasional jaunt north or south along the East Coast. She watches a little too much bad reality TV, but on the in-between is working on music for her quintet and a few other projects. Some career highlights so far have been working with Donny McCaslin on his new project, "In Pursuit" as well as performing with some other jazz greats; Clark Terry, Renee Rosnes, Jon Faddis and Lewis Nash among them. Currently, her joy comes largely from working with some of her friends and heroes: James Shipp, Matt Clohesy, Keith Ganz, Kate McGarry, Ferenc Nemeth, Ben Monder and Steve Cardenas to name a few. When she's not making music, Jo cooks a mean curry and is working on the perfect caprioska.

Vocalist David Devoe has performed with Steve Lacy, Kenny Wheeler, Ben Monder, Ben Street, Butch Morris, The Matt Wilson Quartet, and Mulgrew Miller in venues such as Sweet Rhythm, 55 Bar, Regattabar and Jordan Hall. This new ensemble featuring Hoffman and Westfall features original compositions and arrangements of material from a wide range of genres. "Anyone even faintly interested in the craft of jazz vocal performance needs to get out and hear this guy. I believe that, in the realm of the solo vocal, he's the shape of things to come! If not tomorrow, soon! Then, many years from now, you can say to his groupies--I heard him back in the day. It is rare to hear the high art of scatting practiced at such an extreme level of virtuosity and STILL retain its power to express. You will not regret time spent in the presence of David Devoe." - Dr. William Bauer, author of "Open the Door: The Life and Music of Betty Carer"
 Cover $10   www.daviddevoe.com www.myspace.com/100275329
Friday
Dec 08
6:00PM  PINK PONY POETRY
Jackie Sheeler


Jackie Sheeler's open mic poetry series. Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

This week's featured reader is Andrew Kaufman.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  JEREMY STEIG QUARTET
Jeremy Steig, flute;  Vic Juris, guitar;  Cameron Brown, bass;  Anthony Pinciotti, drums
JEREMY STEIG QUARTET image
Come and hear the HOTTEST jazz flutist playing in NY. Jeremy Steig has played with Bill Evans, Art Blakey, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter and many others. He brings with him three legendary musician.
 Cover $12   www.jeremysteig.info www.nyjazzreport.com
Saturday
Dec 09
6:00PM  ITALIAN-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Jeanne Dickey & Maria Lisella, hosts


Italian American Writers Association, featured readers Kym Ragusa and Michael Cirelli, plus open mic, 5 minute limit.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
9:00PM & 10:30PM  BEN WALTZER GROUP
Ben Waltzer, piano;  Bill McHenry, tenor saxophone;  Joseph Lepore, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums
Ben Waltzer group image
“This no-nonsense jazz pianist in the Ellington and Monk vein (who has occasionally written for Arts & Leisure) gets a big, ringing sound out of the extreme registers of the instrument; he also takes a decisive stand against the ultra-sensitive, lush-harmony tendency of so many young jazz composers.”
--Ben Ratliff, NYTimes

“Brilliantly performed…very impressive.”
- Ahmad Jamal, jazz piano legend, of ‘100 Dreams Ago.’
 Cover $10   www.benwaltzer.com

Sunday
Dec 10
6:00PM  SEX SCENES
Polly Frost & Ray Sawhill


The erotic soap opera about ambition, betrayal, desire -- and most of all, sex! -- set in Hollywood and read by hot actors.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  MYRA MELFORD/LEROY JENKINS/THURMAN BAKER
Leroy Jenkins, violin;  Myra Melford, piano;  Thurman Barker, drums
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Leroy Jenkins (violin), Myra Melford (piano) and Thurman Barker (drums and percussion) playing improvisations and compositions by each member of the group. Myra and Leroy have been working together for years in Equal Interest and more recently as a duo. For this concert they'll be joined by Leroy's long-time colleague in the AACM, Thurman Barker.
 Cover $12   www.myramelford.com
Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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