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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: MUTANT MIRACLES 4/2/2017
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 : 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: 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: Rhapsody for Piano and Universe 5/13/2012
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 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 -- 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 -- 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
Entertaining Science -- Finally With Women 8/6/2006
Entertaining Science -- SMALL TALK AMONG THE BACTERIA 6/4/2006
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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Jan 06
Roald Hoffmann

Entertaining Science -- SeaChange: Reversing the Tide image
SeaChange: Reversing the Tide is a dramatic lecture devised, written and presented by scientist, Roger Payne and his wife, actress Lisa Harrow. SeaChange weaves the knowledge of science and the wisdom of poetry into a compelling presentation arguing that the human species is not the overseer of life but an integral part of life’s complex web, and that our survival requires that we attend not just to our own well-being, but also, to the well-being of that entire web of life.

SeaChange: Reversing the Tide blends the poetry of Shakespeare, Shelley, Robert Frost, Wendell Berry, Gary Snyder, Mary Oliver and others with a clear exposition of the consequences of our current indifference to Natural Laws and the benefits that can be achieved by living in accordance with those laws.
 Cover $10

Jason Rigby , saxophones;  Mike Holober, Rhodes;  Thomas Morgan, bass;  Jeff Davis, drums
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"Diverse program" is sometimes a euphemism for "hodge-podge," but the young reed player's Translucent Space accounts for all its esthetic zig-zags. Allusions to electric jazz and classical motifs snuggle next to free-bop jaunts and hard- driving swing. Rigby plays as it lays, and does so with élan."
- Jim Macnie, NYC VILLAGE VOICE (Dec. 06)

"I'd go so far as to say that Translucent Space is the freshest and most individual jazz album of the year so far; it lets light through but in such a way that the antecedents and influences are sensed diffusely rather than clearly seen."
- Brian Morton, UK JAZZ REVIEW (Sept. 06)

"Translucent Space" (Fresh Sound-New Talent), the new album by the saxophonist and bass clarinetist Jason Rigby, doesn't come by its name casually; it's an album of airy, often diaphanous music, with faint echoes of early fusion and Third Stream. Mr. Rigby plays here with the album's rhythm section of Mike Holober on piano, Cameron Brown on bass and Mark Ferber on drums. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Cafe."
- Nate Chinen, NEW YORK TIMES (June 06)

 Cover $10


Jan 07
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
"Welcome to 2008"
David Amram Quartet, with Kevin Twigg, John Dewitt, Adam Amram , actor John Ventimiglia and surprise guests celebrating the publication of amram's new book, "Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat" classics of jazz, world music, spoken word and amram's compositions.

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

Jan 08
Barbara Aliprantis

Storytelling occurs the second Tuesday of every month.


FORMAT: Featured Teller/Open MIC/Swap: 6 - 7 minute limit

Barbara & friends celebrate the anniversary of the "2nd Tuesday of the Month" Series, with REGINA RESS, and a special swap by Jim Hawkins and Elizabeth Rowe, the featured tellers who helped Barbara and Dr. John Kallas launch this series back on a cold January night in 1997.

REGINA RESS returns to the Cornelia Street Cafe with some delicious Love Stories....old ones, new ones, funny, and maybe even true ones! She's been investigating the subject of Love for several hundred years (or so it feels)...and still hasn't discovered ALL of its secrets. But she does tell fabulous stories about it.

“The Best of New York…Storytelling at The Cornelia Café…” – New York Daily News
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

John Morrison, host

Todd Barry Liam McEneaney Maureen Langan Thomas Middleditch Douglas Ridloff
John Morrison's monthly comedy quickie--some of the smartest, most politically savvy comedians in or passingt through NewYork make and unmake their bed here before some soon to be deported illegal third world alien comes in to clean it all up . . .

For our first Motel show of the new year, we are very pleased and proud to be bringing back our good friend Todd Barry. Todd will be scooting back and forth between Sketchfest shows in San Francisco, but we'll be lucky enough to have him for one night only.

From HBO's "Flight of the Conchords" to the Montreal, Aspen and Edinburgh Comedy Festivals, there's not much Todd hasn't done in the world of stage, film, radio and TV comedy. Howard Stern, Lucky Louie, Chappelle's Show, Letterman, Conan, etc., etc... just take our word for it, you are going to love Todd, OK? OK. (Everyone does. Uncanny, but true.)

Joining Todd, Comedy Central's Liam McEneaney has just returned from his European tour, and we're guessing he'll have some smart things to say for himself, as always. Old friend and winner of the Bud Light "Ladies of Laughter" Contest, Maureen Langan will be here, and you can see for yourself why Backstage magazine named her one of the "Ten Standout Stand-ups Worth Watching".

We had such a fun time last month with Chicago Second-City alum Thomas Middleditch that we've asked him back for an encore, and we're delighted to be able to present to you deaf comic Douglas Ridloff, co-creator and producer of "ASL (American Sign Language) in the Raw". Douglas - along with his interpreter for the hearing - will have you in stitches, guaranteed. Funny, funny man.
 Cover $10

Wednesday Jan 09 6:00PM  LYRICS AND LITERATURE
John McCaffrey, host

Kevin Burke, Musician/Singer;  Sally-Ann Hard, Poet;  Anne Yoder, Prose;  Josh Weil, Fiction

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Ann Klein, host

Ann Klein Frank Agnello John Guth Steve Conte
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Ann Klein is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer. As a composer/songwriter, she has: toured in Europe consistently for 10 years; recorded five cds of original songs; composed music for three documentaries for French television; written music to lyrics for THE ENERGY FACTORY (an organization committed to tackling the growing problem of child obesity in the United States); written music for MetroMusic a music library in NYC. As a guitarist, Ann has had the honor of playing with Kate Pierson of the B-52s, Joan Osborne, PM Dawn, Sara Lee, Toshi Reagon, Keri Noble, Mary Lee Kortes, Ani DiFranco, and the American Composers Orchestra (at Carnegie Hall) among others. She has also produced several artists with her partner, Tim Hatfield, of Cowboy Technical Services. Ann was also the recipient of a grant to attend the McDowell Colony in the summer of 2000. However, Ann is most proud of her ability to wah wah her way out of any solo, any time.

Frank Agnello is best known as singer and guitarist for the Beatles tribute band, The Fab Faux. Frank has appeared with the Faux on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Howard Stern Radio Show, and CNN Headline News; as well as in Rolling Stone magazine (feature story) and New York Magazine. Musicians Frank has worked with include Elvis Costello, Rob Thomas, Marshall Crenshaw, Phoebe Snow, Al Kooper, Badfinger's Joey Molland, and Beatles recording engineer Geoff Emerick. Frank is currently at work on his first solo album, which he hopes to complete by the second half of 2008.

John Guth is a guitarist and composer as well as a producer and audio engineer. He has toured and/or recorded with many well known artists including Bob Gibson, Tom Paxton, Mimi Farina, Susanne Vega, Judy Collins, Red Grammer, Tom Chapin, Paul Winter, Galt MacDermot, Michael Wolff, and Peter Allen. His music opens and closes the Grammy winning audio book production of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as well as the other Harry Potter audio books. He recorded, mixed and mastered the 2005 Grammy nominated CD Some Assembly Required by Tom Chapin. He recorded and played guitar on Neal Gomberg’s Lovers and Other Strangers. He occasionally ventures forth from his recording studio in Valley Cottage, NY. His website is Steve Conte gets to have his cake and eat it too. He's a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist, recording artist with his own bands (The Contes, Crown Jewels, Company of Wolves) and - his talents are also called upon by artists like Paul Simon, Willy DeVille, Maceo Parker, Peter Wolf, David Johansen, Simon & Garfunkel, Billy Squier, Phoebe Snow, John Waite, Chuck Berry, Willie Nile, Yoko Kanno and Prince & The Revolution singer Jill Jones. Currently, Steve plays lead guitar, sings backup and writes songs with the legendary New York Dolls, taking over for the late Johnny Thunders. Check him out on the web: and
 Cover $7

Jan 10
Peter Carlaftes in a one man show.

Lenny Bruce image
LENNY BRUCE: Dead and Well written and performed by Peter Carlaftes Admission: $12 (includes house drink)

Lenny Bruce is back. The controversial stand-up comic, writer, social critic and satirist, who died in 1966, returns to earth and the stage for a hiatus from the afterlife, this time inhabiting the body of Peter Carlaftes.

Lenny has plenty to talk about. His hilarious afterlife perspective gives him a knowledge of all that came before, as well as all that's destined to happen in the future. For instance:

• Who really killed JFK? The answer is finally revealed--and it will shock you for the rest of your life!

• The dinosaurs are coming back. "Remember how the dinosaurs disappeared? Nobody knows why. Well, they come back. Nobody knows why."

• Cold War II. You think the first Cold War was bad? Brace yourself.

Lenny knows the heirarchy of heaven. And because no one can persecute him, he's a new man, with a new attitude, and a wealth of new material, that takes its cue from such Lenny classics as Religions, Inc., How Hitler Got Started and To Is a Preposition, Come Is a Verb.

"Carlaftes is the reincarnation of Lenny Bruce," (SF Weekly).
 Cover $12 (includes one house drink)

David Devoe, host

Jocelyn Medina , voice;  Lars Dietrich, alto saxophone;  Miles Okazaki, guitar;  Aidan Carroll, bass;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums;  Charlie Christenson, voice;  Roy Assaf, piano;  Thomson Kneeland, bass;  Ronen Itzik, drums
Gnu Vox: Jocelyn Medina and Charlie Christenson image
Jocelyn sang a capella with the Berklee Vocal Jazz Ensemble as well as the Stanford Harmonics, recording their BOCA (Best Of Collegiate Acapella)-award winning CD Escalator Music. She toured Europe and the West Coast with Stanford Chamber Chorale, contributing to the recording of their CD My Spirit Sang All Day. She toured New England with the Boston-based reggae group the Joint Chiefs, sharing the stage with reggae legends such as Marcia Griffiths and The Mad Professor, in addition to recording their album No Boundary. While in Boston Jocelyn also played and sang with the Dagbe Percussion Ensemble and Berklee West African Dance and Drum Ensemble, making a series of presentations and performances throughout the East Coast. Shes sung in jazz groups of varying size throughout New York, Massachusetts and California, including performances with the Cats and Jammers Jazz Band in the Sacramento Jazz Festival. Her most recent U.S appearances have been at NY venues such as 55 Bar, Lincoln Center, and Makor, in addition to a performance at Carnegie Hall with Calpulli
 Cover $10
Jan 11
Roxanne Hoffman, host

The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Tonight's co-features, two long time pony favorites, Brant Lyon & Jean Lehrman.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Nikolaj Hess, piano;  Chris Cheek, saxophones;  Essiet Okun Essiet, bass ;  Mikkel Hess, drums
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Nikolaj Hess Quartet at Cornelia Street Cafe

The music will be an original mix of the beautiful Scandinavian melodic lyricism and simplicity and a strong influence from American jazz and the complex and spellbinding rhythms of African music. Compositions by Hess, and a few Danish and American standards in creative interpretations. Nikolaj and his brother Mikkel can also be heard together in the band HESS IS MORE:

Nikolaj Hess won the RAI competion best young European jazzpianoplayer when he was 22, and gold in Berlingskes Rytmiske musikkonkurrence. He has been very succesful on the European Jazz scene the past many years, and is now based in New York, and is getting a lot of recognition on the scene here, also from his collaboration with dutch sax player Marc Mommaas in the band Global Motion. NH has also worked with Lee Konitz, Benny Golson, Fela Kuti, Robert Wilson, Marilyn Mazur, Caroline Henderson, Hal Wilner, Christian McBride and many others.
 Cover $10

Jan 12
Maria Lisella, Jeanne Dickey, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Italian American Writers Association, featured readers are: TBA, plus open mic, 5 minute limit.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Dan Kaufman, piano;  David Wong, bass;  Quincy Davis, drums
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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.

$10 cover for both 9&10:30PM

Frank LoCrasto, piano;  Gavin Fallow, bass;  Ted Poor, drums
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

$10 cover for both 9&10:30PM

Jan 13
Miriam Stanley, host

Meagan Brothers Maryellen Cammarosano Nancy Shea
One of our favorite publishers hosts three of her roguish poets.

Maryellen Cammarosano has featured in venues throughout the New York area. She has also published in,, and

Nancy Shea is a Pushcart nominee who is known for her vivid, riveting verse.

Meagan Brothers' book 1978 came out in 2001. She has been published on numerous poetry sites including and
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Amy Cervini, vocals;  Jeremy Udden, alto & soprano saxophone;  Mike Baggetta, guitar;  Dan Loomis, bass
Amy Cervini will be stepping out of her regular ACQ grouping for a performance with a new group...Amy Cervini Cornelia Street Café on January 13, 2008. She will join forces with one of New York City’s most sensitive and beautiful alto saxophone players, Jeremy Udden to create an intimate and creative exploration of jazz standards, original music and (of course) a few pop music favorites (Amy’s debut album, Famous Blue featured songs by Weezer and Fiona Apple while Jeremy’s debut album, torchsongs included the 80’s hit Eternal Flame.) They will be joined by guitarist Mike Baggetta and bassist Dan Loomis.

About Amy:

“...Cervini neatly straddles the line between confessional balladeering and breezy swing.”
– Time Out New York

"Famous Blue, by vocalist Amy Cervini and her quartet, is a marvelous example of the way jazz can be stretched to encompass almost any musical style...”
– Budd Kopman, All About Jazz

About Jeremy:

"His torchsongs is a small wonder, full of color and daring."
- Jim Macnie, Village Voice

"...a distinctive soprano and alto saxophonist with a gorgeous tone and a subtly personal lyricism...Udden lays down a marker as a player who deserves to be much better known."
-Ray Comiskey, The Irish Times, 4 stars
 Cover $10

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