* Cover is given where known
* There is a one-drinkminimum per set
* Reservations for shows downstairs can only be made by phone:212-989-9319
David Devoe, curator
JOANNA CLAPPS-HERMAN: Joanna Clapps-Herman teaches creative writing at City College and is the guest editor of a forthcoming collection of Italian American writing for Creative Nonfiction: Being Italian in America, 2006 by Other Press. She has published in Massachusetts Review, Kalliope, Crescent Review, Critic, Paterson Literary Review, Inkwell, Earth's Daughters, Voices in Italian Americana, Italian Americana, Woman's Day, Sing Heavenly Muse, in addition to many other periodicals. She has won two prizes for fiction, the Bruno Arcudi Fiction Prize for her short story, "Perfect Hatred" and the Anne and Henry Paolucci Prize for her story, "Falling." She's published two essays in recent anthologies, "Papone," in Don't Tell Mama, Penguin, 2002, and "Coffee An" in The Milk of Almonds, Feminist Press, 2002. She has a new piece of fiction in Italian Americana.
The evening begins at with an Open Mic of five minutes each at 5:45 p.m. IAWA is a 501© (3) not-for-profit corporation; donations are tax deductible. Visit www.iawa.net for membership info.
Established in March, 1989, IAWA celebrates its 15th Anniversary in 2006. The three rules of IAWA are: Read one another, Write or be written and Buy our books. Since then, the organization has given voice to writers through its Open Reading series at Cornelia St. Café every month.
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“Brilliantly performed…very impressive.”
- Ahmad Jamal, jazz piano legend, of ‘100 Dreams Ago.’
"In the era of concept records, this startling young pianist has flipped the script: the
message behind One Hundred Dreams Ago is ‘let's just play.’ Accordingly the trio gets its
bustle on. Ellington's small groups are in the air here, and the pleasure Waltzer generates
- Jim Macnie, the Village Voice
A new excerpt of The Gold Standard by composer/pianist Jed
Distler and playwright Ed Schmidt (The Last Supper) presents us with ‘the
family history’ of our disgruntled protagonist performed by Distler.
Justine Chen’s Testing1-2-3(2002) is performed by the composer on violin with
pianist Jed Distler. Words Fail Me (premiere) by composer Lois V Vierk is performed by
pianist Anthony de Mare and cellist Jody Redhage. Composer
Joshua Fried performs his far-fetched composition with FM radio waves, Radio
Wonderland, on laptops, old shoes and a real steering wheel.
SERIAL UNDERGROUND evenings and THE GOLD STANDARD are directed by Arnold
Barkus, while David Lovett’s lighting design adds glitz to the underground
As of 1998 "the ever imaginative COMPOSERSCOLLABORATIVE" (Time Out) has presented
such new music fare as the SOLO FLIGHTS and NON SEQUITUR festivals. Launched in the
fall of 2004, SERIAL UNDERGROUND presents multidisciplinary collaborations between
composers, playwrights, directors, spoken word artists. Allan Kozinn (New York Times)
contextualizes SERIAL UNDERGROUND, CCi’s monthly performances in the basement of
the Cornelia Street Cafe – “Informal performances of concert works were part of the
musical ecology, and to some extent part of the ecology of urban night life as well. That
tradition lasted into the 20th century, when ... “serious music” reserved the concert hall as
its home, and jazz (and later other popular forms) took its place at street level. ...
Composers Collaborative and its inventive artistic director, the composer and pianist Jed
Distler, have decided that this [lost] intimacy [between listeners and
performers] is worth recapturing.”
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Tickets purchased at the door on day of perf (incl. one house drink): $20
Laurie Sandell has written for Esquire, GQ, US Weekly and New York and is currently a senior writer at Glamour. She has read in the past for Cupcake and Happy Ending reading series.
Marlene Ondrea Nichols is a writer/performer whose past one woman shows include "A Southern Girl's Tireswing Blues" and "Pretty." She has read and performed her original character monologues at TheatreWorks in Memphis, Tennessee (her hometown), Lakewood Theatre's Art for Art Sake in Dallas, TX, and in New York at the Kraine Theatre, The Moth, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Bowery Poetry club, Dixon Place, Happy Hour Salon, WAX Works, and The Little Loft Theatre in Brooklyn.
Leslie Garis has profiled Jamaica Kincaid, Harold Pinter and John Fowles, Georges Simenon, Rebecca West, Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne, Marguerite Duras, Francoise Sagan, Susan Sontag for The New York Times Magazine. Her profiles in the New York Times Arts & Leisure section include: Edward Albee, Elizabeth Taylor, Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave. She has also written for Mirabella, Vogue, Ms Magazine, British Vogue, The Guardian and The Times of London and The Washington Post. Her as-yet-untitled memoir will be published by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux.
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"In the Elizabethan world poetry and music were almost inseparable: poetry was conceived
as song and music took its forms
and phrasing from poetry. Actor Paul Hecht, steeped in the tradition of 17th century
theatre and lover of Elizabethan poetry, will
read from John Donne’s gorgeous love poems. Parthenia, Elizabethan musical specialists
playing on reproductions of early
viola da gambas, with luscious mezzo soprano, Alexandra Montano, will reply with moving
performances of instrumental and
vocal musical vignettes. Together
Now in its 5th year, The Songwriter's Beat is
New York’s most popular acoustic songwriter’s series,
where songwriters are encouraged to perform new material in a
supportive and intimate atmosphere.
Curated / hosted by multiple ASCAP
Pop Award winner Valerie
Ghent, The Songwriter’s
Beat features top up-and-coming
songwriters. Each month four
songwriters of varying
musical styles perform original
songs and are encouraged to try out
their newest material and
Founded in 2000 by Valerie Ghent, The Songwriter's Beat has
presented over 185 phenomenal songwriters (hailing from all
over the globe: from the US, UK, Australia, South Africa and
The Songwriter's Beat welcomes songwriters from around
the world, so if you are planning your trip to New York, allow time
for The Songwriter's Beat!
Plus featured poets: Cheryl Boyce Taylor, The Poetry Caravan and
A SMALL DREAM IN RED: ...It’s delightful to hear music that plays so freely with the known
and the unknown elements of jazz. McCarthy and Sylvester show the utmost respect for
the formal elements of music while also possessing the daring to dissolve borders, making
A Small Dream in Red an aural adventure of the highest order.
--Florence Wetzel, All About Jazz
CHERYL BOYCE TAYLOR is the author of three collections of poetry, Night When Moon
Follows, Raw Air, and Convincing the Body. She is best known for her dialectic poems and
strong political voice.
GOLDA SOLOMON: "Poet Solomon...Think of it as Jack Kerouac revisiting the Mile High
City and grabbing a sandwich at the New York Deli while in town."
--Norman Provizer, Rocky Mountain News
“PO’JAZZ at CORNELIA STREET is one big friendly party of good words, good sounds, and
-- Gladys Serrano, Mutable Music
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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