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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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Sunday
Feb 12
6:00PM  ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: THE TWO GARYS--GUITAR ZERO & EXPONENTIAL
Roald Hoffmann, Dave Soldier, hosts

Gary Marcus, cognitive science & guitar;  Gary Lucas, guitar, guitar, guitar, guitar
Entertaining Science: The Two Garys--Guitar Zero & Exponential image
A tale of two Garys whose lives have intersected over a musical instrument.

Nearly all musical virtuosi and athletes learn the fundamentals of their crafts as children. As his 40th birthday approached, NYU psychology professor Gary Marcus decided to try to learn the guitar and investigate the science of how people become musical. He will contrast how musical understanding and skills are developed by children and adults, described in the new book, Guitar Zero.

Then a short concert by one of our great American guitar virtuosi, Gary Lucas. Gary cut his formidable chops with Captain Beefheart, leads the band Gods & Monsters, whose ranks once included Jeff Buckley with whom he co-wrote "Grace" and "Mojo Pin", and is a Grammy-nominated songwriter and film and TV composer. He has carved out his own take on all the American guitar traditions from deep blues to Chet Atkins to Hendrix and Les Paul. He has an enormous repertoire, and many different instruments to choose from, so the music will be surprising, challenging, and beautiful.

$10

  www.garylucas.com www.garymarcus.com

8:30PM  GLOBAL LIVING ROOM:CARIOCA COUNTY
Jean Rohe, host

James Shipp, vibraphone;  Mike Lavalle, bass;  Ze Mauricio, pandeiro, percussion
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The style known as “Choro” has been referred to as “classical music played with callused hands and bare feet.” Just like ragtime in the United States, tango in Argentina and habanera in Cuba, choro sprang up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the tail end of the XIX century, as a result of converging musical influences from Europe and Africa. Carioca County does Choro and stepped away from its traditional formation and brings a New Yorker-XXI century-internet influenced society approach to this acclaimed style. James Shipp (Vibraphone), Mike Lavalle (Bass), and Ze Mauricio (Pandeiro/Percussion) are Carioca County. Expect to hear melodies by Choro composers Pixinguinha, Jacob do Bandolim, Ernesto Nazareth, among others.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

  WWW.ZEMAURICIO.COM

Monday
Feb 13
6:00PM  HAPPY BIRTHDAY LANGSTON!
Paul Hecht, host and director

Malesha Jessie, soprano;  Ellen Mandel, piano;  Denise Burse, actor;  Michael Early, actor;  Phillip James Brannon, actor
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Tonight, as part of the ongoing series celebrating the birthdays of poets with words and music, we celebrate the life and work of Langston Hughes.

- with Malesha Jessie, soprano: Ellen Mandel piano; and actors Denise Burse, Michael Early and Phillip James Brannon. Assembled and produced by Paul Hecht.

Malesha Jessie, soprano is a native of Los Angeles, CA. Engagements include performances with the American Symphony, Boston Pops Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera and San Francisco Opera

Ellen Mandel has created music for over fifty plays, at the Jean Cocteau Rep, Mint, Arkansas Rep, Riverside Shakespeare, Asolo, Tennessee Rep. She has scored four films, and released four CDs: a wind has blown the rainaway, her E.E. Cummings songs, the first of all mydreams, songs to poems by Cummings, Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats,and others, Every Play's an Opera, theatre music,and Pamela Bob Sings the Mandel and Lydon Songbook, which includes settings of Wallace Stevens and Cummings, and some ofher own lyrics, as well as songs by Michael Lydon. Malesha Jessie has recorded four of her songs. Ellen's current NYC shows: Rutherford and Son at the Mint, Agamemnon and Rumpelstiltskin, at the Phoenix Theatre in March.

Denise Burse is most recently known for her recurring role as Claretha Jenkins on Tyler Perry's "House of Payne" She can be seen in Bruce Beresford's upcoming film "Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding" starring Jane Fonda. Ms.Burse has worked on most of the daytime and nighttime series shot in New York. Her theatre credits stretch from Broadway to Off Off Broadway and most regional theatres in between. Her theatre performances have garnered her three Audelco nominations, a Theatre World Award and an Audelco Award all for best performance by a female in a lead role.

Michael Early most recently appeared as the Duke of Exeter in Henry V with the Classical Theatre of Harlem. He has worked extensively Off-Broadway, in regional theatre and on television. Michael received a 2011 Audio Publishers Association Award for his work on Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices by Walter Dean Myers. He can be heard on numerous projects with Recorded Books and Wide Iris Productions. His short film, A Bed-Stuy Xmas, In Search of Home will be released this summer. Currently on the faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, Mr. Early is a graduate of Yale School of Drama.

Phillip James Brannon – was last seen in Booty Candy, written & directed by Robert O’Hara (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington D.C.); Chicago credits: As You Like It, Richard III, Macbeth, Amadeus (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Joan Dark (co-production with Linz ‘09 Festival), The Ballad of Emmett Till, The Cook, Oedipus Compex, A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre); Titus Andronicus (Court Theatre); Elmina’s Kitchen (Congo Square Theatre); An Immigrant Class (Remy Bumppo Theatre); Film credit: Contagion. Phillip is a member of SAG and received his BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

Paul Hecht is a regular contributor to the intellectual stimulation at the Cafe and has assembled literary/musical events honoring such poets as Shakespeare, Pablo Neruda, Hart Crane, Sylvia Plath, John Milton, Edna St Vincent Millay, Tennyson, Ogden Nash, Emily Dickinson, Sholem Aleichem and Anne Sexton.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

  www.ellenmandel.com.

8:30PM  CLASSICAL AT THE CORNELIA: DEDICATION COME HOME
Darynn Zimmer, soprano;  The Prototype, vocals, spoken word;  Rex Benincasa, percussion;  Jed Distler, keyboards;  Eric Malson, piano;  David Merrill, bass
Classical At The Cornelia: DEDICATION COME HOME image Antonio Lai da Teulada

DEDICATION COME HOME: Music and Notes from Times of War. Curated and produced by soprano Darynn Zimmer, the program includes music from Zimmer's CD, Savage Nightingale, Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915, spoken word performance by The Prototype, an online scrapbook, created by Aaron Schillinger/Baby Volcano Productions, and a trilogy of traditional songs with rap in original arrangements by Zimmer, Pro, and the ensemble: Rex Benincasa, percussion, Jed Distler, keyboards, Eric Malson, piano, and David Merrill, bass.

Darynn Zimmer, operatic singer and recording artist, and The Prototype, a Puerto Rican-American rapper, poet, music producer, illustrator, and co-founder of Die-Hard Ent., came together in 2003 when the Iraq war broke out. They created their first song, Come Home, melding folk and rap, finding common ground through music and personal experience with family and friends called to duty. Pro has served in the Army Reserve. Zimmer has family members and friends who served in WWII in Normandy, at Pearl Harbor, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf, including a current female colonel in the Air Force, and a U.S. Navy captain. DEDICATION COME HOME is personal and universal in its themes and its mission to honor our veterans of war, the people who love and miss them, and the challenging journey to regain a sense of home when, and if, the soldier returns.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

  www.darynnzimmer.com

Tuesday
Feb 14
6:00PM  CITY STORIES: STOOPS TO NUTS
Host: Tommy Pryor

Steve Northeast Jana Peri Daniela Schiller Katherine Wessling Nick Zaharakos
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The neighborhood’s awake and talented storytellers & musicians are ready to paint characters and scenes for you.

Like the troubadours of old, Steve Northeast has traveled the world singing his songs of life that tell honest tales. His first album, Inside, is filled with songs of despair and the hope that he saw everywhere trying to break through. Teaming up with renowned drummer, Carlos Aguiliar, and bassist Alejandro Haaker ~ the trio recorded, Another Day, a terrific sounding album that blends Steve’s intense lyrical content with exceptional musicianship. https://www.facebook.com/stevenortheastmusic?sk=info http://www.stevenortheast.com/

Jana Peri is a NYC singer/songwriter/guitarist who fronts her own power pop/rock band. She was a winner of ROCKRGRL's Discoveries 2004 contest and has two critically acclaimed CDs: Catching Flies with Vinegar, produced by Daniel Rey (Ramones) and a self-titled EP. Singles include the irreverent I Hate the Holidays (But I Love Spending Them with You) and Gallery Whore, an ode to art gallery party hopping. Jana also enjoys hamming it up, performing with Loser's Lounge. www.janaperi.com

Thomas Pryor’s work was published in The New York Times, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Our Town, The Westside Spirit, and A Prairie Home Companion. His blog, Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts, is listed in The New York Times. Thomas appeared on public radio’s This American Life, and has columns in NearSay.com & AskaNewYorker.com. He was featured in Public TV Ch 13’s Baseball: A New York Love Story.

Daniela Schiller is a neuroscientist at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Her research focuses on painful emotional memories—and the possibilities of disarming them. She is the drummer in two band, The Amygdaloids, which plays original tunes about mind, brain and mental disorders, and Single White Band, a band of story-tellers playing fun music. Daniela has also been telling stories at The Moth and is two time Moth StorySlam winner.

Katherine Wessling’s stories have been heard at Moth Slams, the Next Chapter, You Went to College for That?, Purge, and on WNYC, and published in Have I Got a Guy for You, Speak, and Swing and at Bustedhalo.com. She’s also written for Marie Claire, Elle, CosmoGirl!, etc. She wrote the young readers’ book Backstage at a Movie Set and contributed to Women’s Wear Daily: 100 Years, 100 Designers. Katherine’s also an actor and improviser.

Nick Zaharakos, a short story writer, cooks up O'Henry-style New York tales that are flavored with a unique ethnic spice. He tells a mix of original stories that address social issues, and poignant family remembrances with universal themes. His work can be read on the web-site: www.wallstreetgreek.blogspot.com. Scroll down and click on the Fine Arts Icon for a complete biography.

$7 includes a drink

  www.yorkvillestoopstonuts.blogspot.com/

8:30PM  BLUE TUESDAYS: JAY CLAYTON
Julie Hardy, host

Jay Clayton, vocals;  John di Martino, piano
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Julie Hardy Presents a Special Night of Vocal Jazz this Valentine's Day featuring Jay Clayton, with John di Martino at the piano.

Jay Clayton is an internationally acclaimed vocalist, composer, and educator, whose work boldly spans the terrain between jazz and new music. In 1963 she began her career performing the standards on the vibrant New York music scene. However, she quickly became a prominent part of the free jazz movement. Her work in these two worlds led to the development of a highly personal, wordless vocabulary later enhanced by her innovative use of electronics. Tonight she presents a special Harry Warren tribute and more.

“Clayton is an important singer…one who proposed dramatic changes in vocal styles and roles…her musicianship is impeccable.” - Francis Davis, Downbeat

“As far as vocal innovation goes, Jay Clayton is precariously on the cutting edge.” - Fred Bouchard, Jazz Times

cover $25 (includes a glass of champagne)

  www.jayclayton.com

Wednesday Feb 15 6:00PM  POETRY ON A WINTER'S NIGHT
Thomas Apple Mark Fischweicher N.M. Hoffman
Poets Thomas Apple, Mark Fischweicher, and Nancy Hoffman read old and new work. Come in out of the cold for a great evening of poetry!

$7.00 includes a drink

8:30PM  NEW BRAZILIAN PERSPECTIVES:HELIO ALVES
Billy Newman, host

Helio Alves, piano;  Hans Glawischnig, bass;  Rogerio Boccato, percussion;  Alex Kautz, drums
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A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, pianist Helio Alves combines the rhythmic complexity of modern brazilian music with the edgy energy of contemporary jazz. A resident of NYC since the early '90s, Alves has received high praise as an in-demand sideman with the likes of Joe Henderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Paquito D'Rivera, Airto Moreira, Claudio Roditi, Rosa Passos and Sadao Watanabe, to name but a few. Helio has also released four albums under his own name: "Trios" (1998), "Portrait in Black & White" (2004), "It's Clear" (2009) and most recently, "Musica" featuring Antonio Sanchez, Reuben Rogers, Claudio Roditi and Romero Lubambo.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday
Feb 16
6:00PM  ELEKTRA KURTIS STRING TRIO: LIKE ROCKS IN CLEAR WATER
Elektra Kurtis, violin;  Curtis Stewart, violin;  Akua Dixon, cello;  Andromeda Turre, vocals
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An evening of music and poetry by The Elektra Kurtis String Trio

inspired by and dedicated to Christina Kurtis

"Christina Kurtis was a world class Greek mezzosoprano who's voice shook the glass of the windows when she sang. She was born in Alexandria, Egypt, where she grew up and met Yannis Kurtis. They travelled around Europe and in the 1950s found their home in Poland. In the 1960s through the 1980s, she was an opera soloist of the Grand Opera Theaters of Warsaw and Lódz in Poland. She was collaborating with the Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, performing and recording his songs in Poland, when he was on exile from Greece. Her deep voice always rings in my head and I try to emmulate it on my violin. Christina Kurtis, my mother, was the strongest women I knew. She is my great inspiration." - Elektra.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

  www.elektrakurtis.com

8:30PM  ARUAN ORTIZ QUINTET
Aruán Ortiz, piano;  Noah Preminger, tenor sax;  Brad Shepik, guitar;  Rashaan Carter, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums
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Aruán Ortiz, “the latest Cuban wunderkind to arrive in the United States” (BET Jazz), hit the ground running when he came on the American jazz scene in 2003. A former classically trained violist and pianist, is the Arranger of the Year 2011 according to Latin Jazz Corner. This Santiago de Cuba native’s sound is as marked by the influence of the contemporary classical composers such as Schoenberg, Ravel, and Copland as by traditional Afro Cuban sounds and jazz greats Bud Powell, Art Tatum, and Thelonious Monk.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

  www.aruanortiz.net myspace.com/aruanortiz

Friday
Feb 17
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Kat Georges, host

Janet Hamill , Featured ;  & The Lost Ceilings, musicians
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

A strong proponent of the spoken word, Janet Hamill Hamill has read widely in NYC, across the country and in Europe at museums, venues and festivals such as St. Marks Church, The People’s Poetry Gathering, The Walt Whitman Cultural Center, the Andy Warhol Museum, The Rubin Museum, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and Patti Smith’s Meltdown Festival in London. She has released two CD’s of spoken word and music in collaboration with the band Moving Star (Bob Torsello, Jay LoRubbio and Greg Feller, all members of the band Shrubs). Flying Nowhere (Yes No Maybe Records, 2000) was produced by Lenny Kaye; the CD featured cameo performances by Lenny Kaye and Patti Smith. Genie of the Alphabet (Not Records 2005), produced by Janet Hamill and Bob Torsello, featured cameos by Lenny Kaye, Patti Smith, Bob Holman and beat legend David Amram. Moving Star, now reconfigured as Lost Ceilings with new guitarist Mark McNutt, is presently developing material for their first CD.

$ 7 includes a drink

9:00PM & 10:30PM  JED DISTLER, SOLO PIANO. THE COMPLETE WORKS OF THELONIOUS MONK
Jed Distler, piano
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Composer/pianist Jed Distler revisits his youthful jazz roots in an unprecedented solo piano tour-de-force encompassing every song written by the iconic Thelonious Monk, to mark the exact 30th anniversary of his death on February 17, 1982. The program lasts about two hours, including a short break.

$15 cover plus $10 minimum   www.jeddistler.com www.composerscollab.org

Saturday
Feb 18
6:00PM  GREEK AMERICAN WRITERS
Dean Kostos, host

Geordie Edel, ;  Lynn McGee George Wallace, ;  Vasiliki Katsarou
Another installment of one our longest running series, hosted by the incomparable Dean Kostos.

$7 includes a drink

9:00PM & 10:30PM  JOHN MCNEIL'S URBAN LEGEND
John McNeil, trumpet;  Bill McHenry, tenor sax;  Steve Cardenas, guitar;  Matt Penman, bass;  Diego Voglino, drums
John McNeil's URBAN LEGEND was formed about eight years ago around a nucleus of John, Steve Cardenas and Bill McHenry. The music is eclectic, written by either McNeil or a collaboration of McNeil and Cardenas.

If you're tired of bicyclists not stopping at red lights, riding on the sidewalk and bitching you out for getting in their way, riding the wrong way down one-way streets and almost running you down because you didn't expect them to come from that direction and besides you were thinking about what you were going to say to a bass player that rushes the tempo all the time, then this band is for you.

One set, and all that aggravation will just disappear like the guy who was going to help you with your website and not charge you because you're such a nice guy, and then help move a filing cabinet because it was taking up too much space in your bedroom.

$15 cover plus $10 minimum

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Sunday
Feb 19
6:00PM  NEW GEORGES' TRUNK SHOW
Tamilla Woodard, host

Robin Rothstein Jill Campbell Alice O'Neill Julie Kramer and Susan Bernfield
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The Cornelia Street Cafe is proud to welcome back one of New York's most innovative and exciting theatre companies, New Georges, in a series that began in early 2011.

New Georges' original and irreverent artists whip out new pieces from the ol' trunk!

This installment of TRUNK SHOW celebrates New Georges turning 20, and features the work of affiliated artists and friends: Robin Rothstein, a playwright, independent producer and commercial theatre professional who loves the wine at Cornelia St Café teams up amazing director Julie Kramer to share her writing and also wows us with an excerpt from her latest producing venture. Jill Campbell, a playwright and documentarian, shares a piece of new work. Long-time affiliated playwright Alice O’Neill gives us a taste of her new work. And back by popular demand, New Georges’ very own Producing Artistic Director Susan Bernfield will serenade us with a song (or two) on her uke! And our host will be the fabulous Tamilla Woodard, a director and actor who makes work in NYC and everywhere else she can! Collaborating artists include Paula D’Alessandris, Anthony Fazio, Jessica Fleitman, Sas Goldberg, Danielle Quisenberry and MORE! New Georges, in business since 1992, is an award-winning nonprofit theater which produces ambitiously theatrical new plays downtown; and is a play and artist development organization, providing essential resources to a community of venturesome artists (who are women).

$15.00 cover (includes your first drink!)

  www.newgeorges.org

8:30PM  CLASSICAL AT THE CORNELIA: WASHINGTON SQUARE WINDS
Caryn Freitag, flute;  Amy Yamashiro, oboe;  Elyssa Plotkin, clarinet;  Anna Morris, bassoon;  Casey Cronan, horn
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"They're Alive"

Come hear the future of classical music. The Washington Square Winds woodwind quintet presents a program consisting exclusively of music written by living composers. Following the performance, those in attendance will have a chance to meet and talk with the composers themselves, including Enrico Arcaro, Max Orland, Thomas Deneuville, Alexander Yellen, and Melody Loveless. This performance is the first of many in an effort to commission and promote new chamber works.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

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10:00PM  TOMOKO OMURA QUINTET
Tomoko Omura, violin;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Colin Stranahan, drums;  Noah Garabedian, bass
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Named a “emerging star” by Strings magazine, jazz violinist Tomoko Omura brings her quintet to Cornelia Street Café as part of her latest “Roots” project, which consists of her modern jazz arrangements of folk songs from her native Japan.

“Omura is a strong improviser: snappy phrasing, harmonic scope and a willingness to open out run through the music, whether it is post-bop or fusion-tinged. At the same time, the sound is unforced, understated but not limp, clean but not prissy.” - Strad Magazine

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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Cover is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times