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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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ART ON THE WALLS

Mixed Media by RACKIE DIANKHA

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Sunday
Dec 02
6:00PM  ENTERTAINING SCIENCE -- THINKING, FEELING
Roald Hoffmann


THINKING, FEELING

Hiram Pines’ one-man show, The Day the Universe Came Closer, travels gently and with wit through science, epistemology and religion tries to make a darn good case for the brilliance of the human instrument. Hiram, who recently moved to New York, will perform about half of the 45-minute stage play, focusing on a funny little thing that messed with our heads for hundreds of thousands of years.

Neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux, from the Center for Neural Science at NYU, author of “The Synaptic Self” and “The Emotional Brain,” will talk about the separation of cognition and emotion in the brain and the consequences that has for our interpersonal (and international) relations. He will emphasize fear as the main example. LeDoux is also one of the founding members of the stellar downtown rock group, the Amygdaloids.

And Aud Wilken, a wonderful new voice from Denmark, will sing some of her beautiful songs for us.
 Cover $10

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8:30PM  ALICE
Seth Fruiterman, vocals, accordion;  Kyle Saulnier, woodwinds;  Leena Gilbert , violin;  Amali Premawardhana, cello;  Michael MacAllister, guitars;  Moppa Elliot, bass;  Rohin Khemani , tabla, percussion
Alice  image
With Seth's beautifully subtle soundscapes and Kyle's infectious intensity, the two highly-caffeinated composers have created Alice, a unique outlet for their original compositions as well as their you've-never-heard-it-like-this covers. Drawing from influences as varied as classical music, folk, jazz, rock, pop, commercial jingles, and even video game music, Alice brings a seductive, singer-songwriter quality to all their performances. Equally at home in both a complicated written arrangement and a spontaneous group improvisation, it is a unique, genre-less sound that is alluring, accessible and organic.
 Cover $10   www.myspace.com/alicethebandnyc
Monday
Dec 03
6:00PM  WRITERS READ
Gene Albertelli and Teresa Giordano, host


Fiction writers: Adele Glimm and Jackie Ariail

Poets: J. Mae Barizo and Deborah Flanagan
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

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
Dec 04
6:00PM  4 HORSEMEN POETRY
Bob Quatrone, host


Bob hosts an open mic and also "seeds" the list with poets he invites to attend. Among the invited open readers are Joel Lewis, Evie Ivy, Eve Packer, Najla Said, Jane Ormerod, Liza Wolsky, Michael Cook, Bob Heman, Linda Lerner, Boni Joi, Frank Simone, Bob Hart, Jay Chollick and Mike Logan and Jim Klein.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  SPEAKEASY: STORIES FROM THE BACKROOM
Sherry Weaver, host

Mike Daisey Greg Walloch Michele Carlo Andy Christie Tracy Rowland Jean Michele Gregory
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 Dec 05 6:00PM  POETRY
Laure-Anne Bosselaar, host

Nickole Brown Deborah Landau
Nickole Brown, poet and long-time Marketing Director at Sarabande Books, will read from SISTER, her remarkable debut collection

joining Nickole will be Deborah Landau, author of ORCHIDELIRIUM, which won the 2003 Anhinga Prize for Poetry.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  4/FIVE-VI - SIGHTS+SOUNDS - MUSIC & FILM SERIES
Rob Henke, brass;  Alan Brady Jody Espina Bohdan Hilash, reeds;  Rolf Sturm, guitars;  Jim Whitney, bass;  w/ special guest Brian Dewan, performer & instrument designer
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Produced by the groundbreaking 4/Five-Vi ensemble, this series presents some of New York's most innovative musicians in collaborative performances with visual media including film, video, and animation.

Wednesday's show will be a very special event. It opens with innovative performer and instrument-designer Brian Dewan. He will begin the program with his unique filmstrip and film performances accompanied with original music performed on instruments of his own design such as the amazing Swarmatron and the Dual Primate Console..

For the evening's second part, 4/Five-Vi will perform a set of original composed and improvised music to films by Jan Svankmajer, Harry Langdon, and Joanna Priestly among others. The evening's grand finale features Brian Dewan joining the ensemble for a brief holiday-themed extravaganza.

Please come out and join us for this special series exploring the latest in creative music and imagery !

$10 / $7 students & AFM 802 members   www.4fivevi.com www.dewanatron.com

Thursday
Dec 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  NAOKI IWANE QUINTET: CD RELEASE FEATURING GEORGE GARZONE
George Garzone, tenor saxophone;  Naoki Iwane, alto saxophone;  George Dulin, piano;  Chris Tordini, bass;  Tommy Crane, drums;  Kazu Ikeda, guitar
Naoki Iwane QUintet: CD RElease featuring George Garzone image
CD Release for the album "Deserted Island" CD for What's New Records

"Altoist Naoki Iwane is a very original soloist with his own sound.... The final four numbers also have Garzone on tenor, with lots of fiery fiery interplay between the two saxophonists. The music is both lyrical and quite unpredicatable, with quirky melody lines, complex chord chnages and virtuoso improvising. Listeners who fear that there is nothing new to be heard in jazz these days(which is quite inaccurate) are well advised to give Deserted Island a close listen. It does not sound like 1960's hard bop to me."
LA JAZZ SCENE, July 2007, Scott Yanow   www.naokiiwane.com

Friday
Dec 07
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Kathi Georges, host

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The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Kathi will host a book release for her featured poet, "The Bass Player from Hand Job."

The Bass Player from Hand Job is the punk poet incarnation of a well- known New York musical figure. He lives in the shadows observing and watching, storing and processing, crunching numbers and making calculations. Grinding it all out into a poetry so unique, you'll rework your definition of the genre. At this special reading, commemorating the anniversay of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, The Bass Player from Hand Job will be featuring material from his new book, Splitting Hairs.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  CHRIS LIGHTCAP GROUP
Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Andrew D'angelo, alto saxophone;  Craig Taborn, piano;  Ted Poor, drums;  Chris Lightcap, bass, compositions
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"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

Saturday
Dec 08
6:00PM  ITALIAN-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Maria Lisella, Jeanne Dickey, Gil Fagiani, hosts


Italian American Writers Association, featured readers Mary Cappello and Nick Matros, plus open mic, 5 minute limit.

Bring a friend, a relative, a poem, a story!
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)   http://www.iawa.net

9:00PM & 10:30PM  CHRIS LIGHTCAP GROUP
Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Andrew D'angelo, alto saxophone;  Craig Taborn, 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
Dec 09
6:00PM  SHEEP MEADOW PRESS
Margo Berdeshevsky
Sheep Meadow Press image
"BUT A PASSAGE IN WILDERNESS"

Poems by Margo Berdeshevsky

Born in New York City, graduated from the High School of Performing Arts, attended Northwestern and New York Universities, quit for a role in her first Off Broadway play; trained as an actress by Lee Strasberg. Performed in world premieres of Harold Pinter's "The Basement" & "Tea Party," David Hare's "Slag," worked in the companies of Lincoln Center and Joseph Papp's Public Theatre, toured the USA as Ophelia, and was nominated for a television Emmy award, for a country western drama in which she had her head in an oven, but was saved by a neighbor who prayed for her.

MARGO BERDESHEVSKY'S first collection of poetry, "But A Passage In Wilderness," will be released in December 2007 by The Sheep Meadow Press, She has been a recipient of the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America (selected by Marie Ponsot,) 4 Pushcart Prize nominations, the Chelsea Poetry Award, Kalliope's Sue Saniel Elkind Award, places in the Pablo Neruda and Ann Stanford Awards (selected by Yusef Komunyakaa,) and Border's Books/ Honolulu Magazine Grand Prize for Fiction. Recent exhibitions of her "visual poems" were in Paris and in Hawaii. Her "Tsunami Notebook" was made following a journey to Sumatra in Spring 2005, to work in a survivors' clinic in Aceh. She is currently living in Paris.


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  DUDLEY DEAN'S DIAMOND DEUCE & MOTH
Patrick Breiner, saxophone;  Ben Greenberg, guitar;  Ben Gerstein, trombone;  Sam Hillmer, tenor saxophone
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Dudley Dean's Diamond Deuce
was formed in Spring 2007 by Saxophonist Patrick Breiner and Guitarist Ben Greenberg. After meeting at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in 2003 the twosome began to play together in a quintet called Rickshaw Mama. It was around this time that Ben tried to convince Patrick that listening to Alkaline Trio and Fall Out Boy was a bad idea. Patrick, in turn, tried to convince Ben that smoking cigs and drinking Sparks were bad ideas. They both, however, agreed that playing the music of Thelonious Monk was a very good idea. After their World Premier as a duo at the Lily Pad in Cambridge, MA in Spring 2007, they recorded 15 Monk compositions in Ben's living room. Expect lots of classic and lesser known Monk tunes, wild improvisation, treble, and even some original music from this duo in the future.
www.myspace.com/PatrickBreinerMusic

MOTH Freely-improvised duets inspired by music, arts, letters, movements, spirits, vibes and nature from all over the world.

"(MOTH) plays free improv with a laserlike focus. The duo's brief sets are miniclinics in the art of taut, agile interplay - in which deep listening and blazing reflexes start to seem almost magical."
- Time Out New York, November 2006

www.bengerstein.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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