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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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Mixed Media by LENNY ACHAN

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Thursday
Aug 30
6:00PM  SCIENCE
Roald Hoffmann, host

Stuart Firestein, Professor of Neurobiology at Columbia University;  Christophe Laudamiel , Perfumer
Rather than forego a month of Entertaining Science because of Labor Day, our favorite chemist poet and mensch Dr. Roald will make a special Thursday appearance.

Scents and Sensibility: How Your Nose Knows

Scents and Sensibility: How Your Nose Knows The vertebrate nose is arguably the best chemical detector on the face of the planet. Even humans have quite a good sense of smell, as can be seen from the sophisticated aromas of gourmet food and wines (Cornelia!) and the fact that many products we use or eat contain an added flavor or fragrance – not to mention the several billion dollars we spend annually on products intended to alter our personal odors or make our bathrooms smell like pine forests. How do our noses accomplish these feats and provide us with some of the more ethereal sensual pleasures? How do perfumers blend art and science to create fragrances that give rise to these intangible sensations? Stuart Firestein, Professor of Neurobiology at Columbia University, and Christophe Laudamiel, Senior Perfumer at International Flavors and Fragrances, will discuss recent findings in the science of olfaction and then reveal the art of fragrance creation by mixing – right before your noses – a few sketches and olfactory treats, including the enigmatic fragrance Nuit Napolitaine. And there will be a reading from a recent classic of olfactory literature.

Christophe Laudamiel is the Senior Fine Fragrance Perfumer at International Fragrances and Flavors. He has won multiple Fifi Awards for his fragrances, appearing under various well known brands. He received his MSc. at the European Institute of Chemistry in Strasbourg France. Recently he completed a set of fragrances to accompany the movie version of the Patrick Suskind best seller Perfume.
 Cover $10

8:30PM  CONFESS\CONFUSE

FOUR MICRO-MUSIC-THEATRE-WORKS
Margaret Benczak, soprano;  Elisa Matthews, soprano;  Raymond Sage, baritone;  Natalia Paruz, musical saw;  Rob Nairn, string bass;  Bruce Trinkley , piano

CONFESS\CONFUSE<p>Four Micro-Music-Theatre-Works  image

directed by Richard Edelman

What happens when three ego-driven actors arrive at a first rehearsal, each thinking he or she alone is to get star billing? Cattiness, confusion, and a competition to see which actor can wow the audience best in an improvised musical solo star turn.

Three singers, four confessions, and the confusion of the heart's passions laid open. Margaret Benczak, last seen as Carmilla in La Mama's breakthrough production; Broadway's Raymond Sage; and Philadelphia's Elisa Matthews present four dramatic scenes of characters haunted by ghosts and baffled by passions. Think of a five act opera compressed to fifteen minutes of intense revelation, times four. Unforgettable characters in a musical, dramatic tour de force: a chat-room stalker, a lonely farmer's wife, the richest woman in America, and two British tourists lost in Greece. "If Puccini had a night job in the jazz cabarets of Berlin he might have written pieces as funky and lyrical as Bruce Trinkley's micro-music-theatre works."
 Cover $20 (includes one house drink)   www.myspace.com/confessconfuse

Friday
Aug 31
6:00PM  OPERA & SONG CYCLES: JUSTINE CHEN & GILDA LYONS'S SERAPHIM
Jennifer Zetlan, soprano;  Douglas McCormick Jr., tenor;  Giuseppe Spoletini, baritone;  Matt Boehler, bass; 
Seraphim: Gilda Lyons
, voice; 
Elaine Valby, voice;  Robert La Rue, cello
Opera & SOng Cycles: Justine Chen & Gilda Lyons's Seraphim image

6PM Justine F. Chen presents scenes from an opera in the works: Joan of Arc

7PM Gilda Lyons brings in her Seraphim Trio

Justine F. Chen is a native New York violinist and composer. Though a relative new-comer to vocal writing, she has a long history of theatrical work, both as composer and performer. After writing her first opera in 2005, she has become devoted to exploring new incarnations of American opera and vocal music. Her first opera, The Maiden Tower, was performed at New York City Opera's VOX 2006 Showcase. She is currently the composer-in-residence in North Carolina for Long Leaf Opera.

The evening will introduce scenes from Justine's newest opera, Jeanne, based on the life of Joan of Arc. Her stellar cast showcases Jennifer Zetlan, Alison Tupay, Douglas McCormick Jr., Giuseppe Spoletini, and Matt Boehler.

It is a rare and wonderful event for a chamber ensemble to spring into existence with a concert repertoire entirely tailored to its nature and its personnel by composers of distinction. Such has been the great good fortune of Seraphim, a trio consisting of two voices and cello, founded in the autumn of 2005 around the premieres of three substantial new works written specifically for this unique combination by composers Daron Hagen, Paula M. Kimper, and ensemble member Gilda Lyons. Performed repeatedly to acclaim, the success of this initial program has inspired the ensemble to explore musical languages of the broadest possible stylistic range — re-examining and re-imagining ancient music, the cello suites of Bach, 19th century Evangelist hymn tunes, and traditional Christmas carols — and to collaborate in such projects as Amy Pivar Dances' Songs for Solo Dance and Voice; and ComposersCollaborative Inc.'s Serial Underground series. Seraphim's first concert was also the inaugural program of The Phoenix Concerts series, and Seraphim is delighted to serve as the series' Ensemble in Residence. The trio remains committed to contemporary music; commissions in the 2006-07 season included new works written for Seraphim by composers Hayes Biggs and Paula M. Kimper. 2007-08 commissions include new works by composers Eric Moe and Slavko Krstic. New York performances in the 2007-08 season include appearances at the Cornelia Street Cafe and the Center for Jewish History; the ensemble returns to The Phoenix Concerts series in spring of 2008.
 Cover $10   www.thephoenixconcerts.org/players/index.html www.justinefchen.com

9:00PM & 10:30PM  2X'S DAN, 2X'S PIANO TRIO
Dan Tepfer Trio: Dan Tepfer, piano;  Jorge Roeder, bass;  Richie Barshay, drums;  Dan Kaufman Trio: Dan Kaufman, piano;  Matt Brewer, bass;  Rodney Green, drums
2x's Dan, 2x's piano trio image
- about Dan Tepfer's newest release Oxygen (same personnel as tonight):
It's been a long time coming, but the wait is worth the while: the Dan Tepfer Trio has followed up its award-winning debut release, Before the Storm, with the stunning Oxygen.

What's immediately apparent on this album is a band chemistry of the highest level, such as only a long-established group can achieve. The trio has been together since 2003, when they met in the halls of the New England Conservatory in Boston. Since then, they have toured through the US, Europe, Japan and Peru, spending countless hours learning to know each other. The experience shows.

Taken individually, the band members are distinguished musicians in their own right. Pianist/composer Dan Tepfer has played with jazz greats Lee Konitz and Steve Lacy and has recently won a number of competitions, including the first prize and the audience prize at the 2006 Montreux Solo Jazz Piano Competition. Bassist Jorge Roeder, originally from Peru, is the winner of the 2007 International Society of Bassists Jazz Competition. Drummer Richie Barshay has been playing with Herbie Hancock for the past four years, and has also recorded with Chick Corea.

Dan Kaufman has emerged as a promising young voice in jazz piano. He has performed for audiences around the world with many of the most prominent figures in jazz from legends like Slide Hampton and Jimmy Heath to younger stars including Wynton Marsalis and Mark Turner.
Since finishing Juilliard in 2003, Kaufman has joined the working bands of Donald Harrison, Nnenna Freelon, Ben Wolfe, Wycliffe Gordon, and Rodney Green. He currently resides in Manhattan and performs in the city and tours abroad as a sideman, bandleader and as a solo pianist.

cover $8 pr set/both sets $12

  www.dantepfer.com www.dankaufmanmusic.com

Sunday
Sep 02
8:30PM  LEONARDO CIOGLIA GROUP
Leonardo Cioglia, bass, compositions;  Aaron Goldberg, piano;  Mike Moreno, guitar;  Eric Doob, drums

 Cover $10   http://www.quizamba.com
Monday
Sep 03
8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  John de Witt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion;  John Ventimiglia, actor
AMRAM & CO image
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
Sep 04
6:00PM  POETS
Angelo Verga, host

Veronica Golos James Best Kaveh Bassiri Chris Lew
Ms. Golos' appearance funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from NYSCA, a state agency.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  SPEAKEASY: STORIES FROM THE BACKROOM
Sherry Weaver, host

SPEAKEASY: Stories from the Backroom image
SpeakEasy is . . .

A new twist on the ancient tradition of oral history.

SpeakEasy is people telling stories-- true stories. Period. No scripts. No crib notes. No rehearsals. SpeakEasy has a dynamic and constantly changing cast of storytellers that include such greats as Mike Daisey, Jonathan Ames, and Reno, along with homemakers, lawyers, dog walkers, street magicians and writers.

You never know what you'll hear. So join us for what could be a life changing experience!
 Cover $8   www.speakeasystories.com

Wednesday Sep 05
6:00PM  NEW WRITING
Angelo Verga, host

Alethea Black Deborah Emin Kalliope Constantaras
NEW WRITING image
Alethea Black was born in Boston and graduated from Harvard College in 1991. Her first published story won the Grand Prize in Inkwell Magazine's fiction competition, chosen by Joan Silber, and appears in their current issue. Her work has also appeared in the Antioch Review and is forthcoming in the North American Review. She will be reading from the short story, "That of Which We Cannot Speak."


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)   http://aletheablack.com

8:30PM  PLAYDATE
Wayne Escoffery, tenor saxophone;  Amanda Monaco, guitar;  Noah Baerman, piano;  Henry Lugo, bass;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums
PLAYDATE image
Though this may be a new group, it has deep roots. Friends since high school, Escoffery, Monaco and Baerman studied music together at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, Conn. Joined with new friends Lugo and Sperrazza (also members of Baerman's piano trio), they swing and bop their way through tunes penned by Monaco and Baerman, a delightful combination of the hard bop tradition and modern harmonic sophistications.

www.noahjazz.com

 Cover $15   www.amandamonaco.com

Thursday
Sep 06
6:00PM  ARTISTS’ SALON
Robin, Angelo, Poul, Valerie, and David, hosts


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  FRANK LOCRASTO TRIO
Frank LoCrasto, piano;  Chris Tordini, bass;  Tommy Crane, drums
FRANK LOCRASTO TRIO image
With original music inspired by pop/rock artists like Michael Andrews and Lennon/McCartney, Frank LoCrasto has already worked as a sideman for Pat Martino, Jeremy Pelt, Greg Osby, Wallace Roney, Nicholas Payton, Chris Cheek, and Josh Mease among others. At the age of 24, his playing exhibits an expressiveness and sensitivity compared to pianist like Paul Bley and Keith Jarrett to Erroll Garner and Lennie Tristano.

"A pianist-composer of modernity and promise"
Nate Chinen, New York Times
 Cover $10   www.franklocrasto.com www.myspace.com/franklocrasto

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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