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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
Jul 01
6:00PM  ENTERTAINING SCIENCE -- COLTRANE, EINSTEIN, AND COSMOLOGY 2
Roald Hoffmann

Stephon Alexander, saxophone & cosmology;  Robert Rowe, composer and music theorist
Entertaining Science -- COLTRANE, EINSTEIN, AND COSMOLOGY 2 image
Channelling the Sound of the Cosmos with cosmologist and sax player Stephon Alexander and his trio. Plus, the interactive musical systems of Robert Rowe, composer and music theorist.

Ever since the discovery of the 'quantum fluctuations' in the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation in the early nineties, people have tried to figure out how the primordial structures in the universe emerged from 'nothing'. Stephon Alexander, a cosmologist at Penn State as well as a superb sax player and composer, will explore with us the origin and persistence of large scale structure formation in the universe. And, with his group, reinterpret this process through jazz improvisation, resonance and rhythm.

He will be paired with composer and NYU music theorist Robert Rowe, whose work has two main strands: the programming of music composition and improvisation, and interactive music systems, in which composition is influenced by a machine analysis of human musical expression during live performance. If you will, a search for large- and small-scale structure formation in improvised and composed music over time.
 Cover $10

8:30PM  HARRI STOJKA: A TRIBUTE TO GIPSY SWING
Harri Stojka, guitar
Harri Stojka: A tribute to Gipsy Swing image
Swing at its best:
Harmonies and runs, vivacity and fine sounds tied together in a bouquet of great variety, played with virtuosity, feeling and joy. The themes are clear, no matter how much leeway there is for improvisation. Staccato or well-tempered, tempos are always characterised by lightness.

The band is homogenous, a perfect formula. Nothing to be added, this is rhythm and swing!
Werner Elsnig

Harri Stojka about his CD:
I love “old-fashioned jazz music”. I have always been fascinated with jazz music from the 1930ies and 1940ies. The carefree, nimble way in which the virtuoso soloists play flowing melodies, the “old-fashioned” harmonic structures – seemingly simple, and yet so difficult!
On this CD I play on a wonderful, magical (my wonderful, magical) gypsy jazz guitar – a Joseph di Mauro, built in Paris in ’87 – playing this music on such an instrument is always an experience beyond compare ... a fantastic journey back to a time when jazz was most intense, purest, greatest, at least for me!!
Harri Stojka
 Cover $10   www.harristojka.at www.gipsymusic.at

Monday
Jul 02
6:00PM  BURTON GREENE TRIO
George Schuller, drums;  Ed Schuller, bass;  Burton Greene, piano
Burton Greene Trio image
This is a new group, although the players know each other and have been friends for years. The idea of the piano trio is to present jazz which emcompasses a wide history of the jazz piano literature. We play “inside”, “outside”, “up and down”, for that matter.. The group members have vast experiences in all kinds of jazz forms.. from the 1940’s and ‘50’s until the present avant improvised music. Along the way there are ethnic quotes from Balkan and other native folk sources, and a distinct feeling for the classics as well. Come down and hears us.. You’ll be surprised!

Burton Greene has been on the jazz scene since 1962 first in New York, and then in Europe since the early 70’s. He’s one of the creators of the “NYC downtown in sound”. His early 60’s group the Freeform Improvisation Ensemble with Alan Silva was a trail blazer for the free improv groups that followed. Burton was an original member of the Jazz Composers Guild in 1964. Since that time he has over 40 recordings of his music in a wide range of contexts, solo to large ensemble, acoustic and electronic musics. Burton spends a lot of time in New York these days, matriculating from his home on a houseboat in Amsterdam. Reviewer Derek Taylor in a recent issue of All About Jazz writes "Burton Greene ranks as one of the seasoned survivors in creative improvised music. Like a handful of his ESP (Records) peers he's still at it after all these years, plugging away at his craft and creating chameleonic music along the way... Greene sounds great as well, foraging over the finely tuned ivories with a self-assurance and acuity ideally suited to the auspicious surroundings."

"Like Burton Greene last quartet disc for CIMP, 'Isms Out', this one is one of the year's most remarkable offerings." —
– Cadence

"...this session succeeds in whetting the appetite for its forthcoming siblings and shows Greene a musical synergist still imbued with something important to say."
– Bagatellen
 Cover $10   www.burtongreene.com

8:30PM  MARCUS ROJAS'S BIG HAPPY
Michael Blake , saxophones;  Charlie Burnham, violin;  Dave Phelps, guitar;  Calvin Weston, drums;  Marcus Rojas , tuba
Marcus Rojas's Big Happy image
Marcus Rojas conjoins some of the most intensely happy downtown players.

“Tuba player Marcus Rojas is a blend of Motown bassist James Jaemes Jamerson and a teenage mutant ninja turtle. With barely a pause, Rojas pumped enough air into that big brass behemoth to keep it percolating throughout two sets and, like the late Motown legend,never let a syncopated beat keep him from building a melodic part as well. This was tuba you could love solo.”
THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 Cover $10   www.marcusrojas.com

Tuesday
Jul 03
8:30PM  SANDA & THE NEW GANG
Sanda Weigl, voice;  Lucian Ban, piano;  Alex Harding, saxophones;  Sam Bardfeld, violin;  Sean Conlly, bass;  Gerald Cleaver , drums
SANDA & THE NEW GANG image
Romanian expatriate singer Sanda Weigl has quite a personal history. She first learned gypsy songs as a child and found early success as a child star on Romanian television. Later she was a rock singer in East Berlin, and was tossed into prison for protesting against the communist regime. In the 1990 she moved to the USA and she quickly became known as the “Gypsy Queen of Downtown New York”.
Avant-jazz neighbors from Sanda’s adopted home New York City, including illuminaries like the Romanian born pianist Lucian Ban on piano (and arrangements), Alex Harding on sax, Sam Bardfeld violin, Sean Conlly on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums serve as a balancing beam for her thunderous, mezmerizing and sinfully spooky vocal “Gypnastics”. „

To call Sanda’s voice ‚powerful’ would be an understatement...Her interpretations are dramatic, even theatrical, but never ‚over the top’...If you’re a fan of vocal ethnic music of any sort, that’s something you don’t want to miss.“
Bill Tilland (BBC World)
 Cover $10   www.sandaweigl.com

Wednesday Jul 04 6:00PM  HAPPY JULY 4TH !!!! IT'S OUR 30TH ANNIVERSARY!
Jambalaya Brass Band Samba de Tres Michael Lydon Poez Maria Cangiano and others
All day celebration on the street to commemorate the 231st birthday of the US and the 30th birthday of US
Thursday
Jul 05
6:00PM  I WILL NOT DRAW AS I AM TOLD!!!
Stacey Cervellino Meyung Kim
I will not draw as I am told!!!

New songs from old poems

STACEY CERVELLINO, is an actor, director, singer, writer, and co-director of Isadora Productions. Her 1st play D*R*E*S*S, an original piece with music and dance spoofing 1950's Cold War America, was developed at Brandeis University, at HERE Performance Space, NY in 2000 and in 2006 at the WestEnd Theater, NY. She recently performed in the Jamal Lullibies by Emily Conbere in the EST Youngblood Festival and with EST in the Battle of the Bards. She can currently be seen at the Culture Project in Isadora Productions play Becoming Natasha. She teaches acting and movement in New York City.

Meyung Kim has written, directed, performed and sung in New York City at The Kitchen, La MaMa, Dance Theater Workshop, Here, The Vineyard, New York Theater Workshop, The Culture Project, etc... She recently performed a night of original voice and song with Margreet Ravenstein at The New York Open Center and at Het Bethanienklooster in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She is a student of Jonathan Hart Makwaia and the Roy Hart Theater in France.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  PAUL SHAPIRO’S RIBS AND BRISKET REVUE
Paul Shapiro, sax, clarinet, vocal;  Babi Floyd, vocals;  Cilla Owens, vocals;  Brian Mitchell, piano;  Booker King, bass;  Tony Lewis, drums
Paul Shapiro’s Ribs and Brisket Revue  image
Paul Shapiro’s Ribs and Brisket Revue is back! Revving up the engines for their first release on Tzadik Records later this year the crew will return to Cornelia Street for three shows, Thursday May 3rd, Thursday June 7th & Thursday July 5th. They’ll be playing their old favories “Ot Azoy” and “Dunkin’ Bagel”, but adding more Yiddishkeit with the addition of “Tsouris” by the Barton Brothers, Sophie Tucker’s rare Yiddish version of the classic “Mama Goes where Papa Goes” and some new originals as well.

Tenor saxophonist Paul Shapiro, who’s played alongside artists as far-flung as Michael Jackson, Lou Reed and the Microscopic Septet, leads a band of friends in 40’s swing with a distinctly Yiddish accent.
- Time Out NY


 Cover $10

Friday
Jul 06
6:00PM 
PINK PONY POETRY

Farid Bitar, host


Jackie Sheeler's legendary open mic poetry series marches on. Tonight there will be Arab music in addition to the spoken word regulars.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.
 Cover $6

9:00PM & 10:30PM  BASS-DRUM-BONE
Mark Helias, bass;  Gerry Hemingway, drums;  Ray Anderson, trombone
Bass-Drum-Bone image
BassDrumBone has been functioning as a cooperative ensemble since 1977. Mark Helias, Gerry Hemingway, and Ray Anderson have too many credits as bandleaders, composers and performers to mention here. Their concert on December 21, 2006 at the Cornelia Street Café will exhibit individual virtuosity, new compositions and telepathic group improvisations resulting from three decades of collaboration. Be There.
 Cover $10   www.markhelias.com www.gerryhemingway.com/bassdrumbone.html
Saturday
Jul 07
6:00PM  THE LIAR SHOW
Andy Christie, host

James Braly Jennifer Demeritt Margot Leitman Steve Osborne
Actors, tall tales, T-shirts, this show has it all.
 Cover $12 (includes one house drink)
9:00PM & 10:30PM  CHRIS LIGHTCAP GROUP
Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Andrew D'Angelo, alto saxophone;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Gerald Cleaver, drums;  Chris Lightcap, bass, compositions
Chris Lightcap group image
"One of the bright lights of New York's younger players, the bassist has been fashioning a group sound around a pair of tenor saxophonists for years. His writing can be simultaneously demonstrative and reflective, an accomplishment that gives his music emotional breadth."
-Jim Macnie, Village Voice

"A bassist-bandleader who's made some excellent records with two tenor saxophones out front."
- Ben Ratliff, New York Times

"Bassist Chris Lightcap has worked alongside avant-minded mavericks such as Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, and Joe Morris, but he's also right at home in more mellifluous units led by Regina Carter and Craig Taborn. perhaps that explains the infectious swagger and fat grooves he brings to bear on Bigmouth (Fresh Sound New Talent), a playful bag of tunes featuring saxists Tony Malaby and Bill McHenry and drummer Gerald Cleaver"
-Time Out New York
 Cover $10   www.chrislightcap.com

Sunday
Jul 08
6:00PM  NAMEDROPPING

WBAI's David Rothenberg reprises his hit one-man show, in which names are dropped, and themes woven.
 Cover $20 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  THE STRING MESSENGERS & KLEZMER MOUNTAIN BOYS
String Messengers: Jeff York, guitar;  Mandola Joe York, mandolin;  Ratzo B. York, bass;  Frank York, fiddle;  Klezmer Mountain Boys Margot Leverett, clarinet;  Marthy Confurius, bass;  Joe Selly, guitar;  Kenny Kosek, fiddle
THe String Messengers & Klezmer Mountain Boys image
Two bands that will make you dance and laugh

Klezmer clarinetist Margot Leverett joins forces with today’s stars of klezmer and bluegrass to explore the shared musical spirit of two genres literally worlds apart. Appalachian and southern fiddle tunes by Bill Monroe meet klezmer melodies from pre-war Russia and Eastern Europe, some newly discovered, and the resulting medleys and improvisations are at once raw, funny, melancholic and footstomping. Their CD "Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys" was released to glowing reviews on Traditional Crossroads in September 2003 and has been used by the Paul Taylor Dance Company in their new piece "Klezmerbluegrass".
 Cover $10 www.KlezmerMountainBoys.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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