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ART ON THE WALLS

Mixed Media by LENNY ACHAN

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Thursday
Nov 10
6:00PM  JANIS JOPLIN: TALKIN ABOUT THE 60'S

Marianne Donnelly
Marianne Donnelly is Janis Joplin. Doors open at 6 PM, performance starts at 7 pm. Mercedes NBenz, Summertime, Bobby McGee.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  GNU VOX VOCAL SERIES: MONIKA HEIDEMANN & SUNNY KIM
David Devoe, curator

Monika Heidemann, Sunny Kim, vocals & composition
This season of Gnu Vox, the jazz vocal series, concentrates on emerging vocalists.  The programs will showcase the singers unique abilities as interpreters, improvisers, composers and arrangers from traditional to avant-garde jazz.  The Cornelia Street Cafe provides an intimate setting in which to hear these artists at a reasonable price!

David Devoe, curator
 Cover $10   http://www.monikah.com
http://www.daviddevoe.com

Friday
Nov 11
6:00PM  PINK PONY POETRY
Jackie Sheeler, host


Jackie Sheeler's open mic poetry series. Arrive before 6 pm to sign up. Thies week's featured reader is George Held.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)   http://www.poetz.com
8:30PM  JEREMY STEIG QUARTET
Jeremy Steig, flute;  Jim McNeely, piano;  Cameron Brown, bass;  Anthony Pinciotti, drums
JEREMY STEIG QUARTET image
Come and hear the HOTTEST jazz flutist playing in NY. Jeremy Steig has played with Bill Evans, Art Blakey, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter and many others. He brings with him three legendary musician.
 Cover $12   www.jeremysteig.info www.nyjazzreport.com
Saturday
Nov 12
6:00PM  ITALIAN-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Maria Lisella, Jean Dickey, host


ADELE LA BARRE: Adele La Barre's short story was named Finalist, Novella Category for the Wisdom-Faulkner prize. A writer and art historian, La Barre's work has shifted significantly from the scholarly to the personal. A native of New York's Little Italy, La Barre has lived in France, Ghana, Italy, Turkey and most recently in her mother's hometown of Sulmona, Abruzzo. Her work has appeared in New Digressions, Art Mag, Chasm, Via, Chelsea, Differentia, Northwest Review, and Black Warrior Review. She has been awarded First Prize in Fiction by Turnstile/ St. Martin's Press, and Honorable Mention from Boston Review and the Thomas Wolfe Prize of the North Carolina Writer's Workshop. A story is anthologized in The Milk of Almonds. She will be reading from Damn Near Laughed Myself to Death, to appear in Del Sol Review 12 [http://www.webdelsol.com/Del_Sol_Review/].

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.

Joanna Clapps-Herman:

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.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)   http://www.iawa.net

8:30PM  BEN WALTZER QUARTET
Ben Waltzer, piano;  Tony Malaby, saxophones;  Eric McPherson, drums;  Joe Martin, bass
Ben Waltzer quartet image
“This no-nonsense jazz pianist in the Ellington and Monk vein (who has occasionally written for Arts & Leisure) gets a big, ringing sound out of the extreme registers of the instrument; he also takes a decisive stand against the ultra-sensitive, lush-harmony tendency of so many young jazz composers. "One Hundred Dreams Ago" (Fresh Sound), with a trio including the bassist Matt Penman and the drummer Gerald Cleaver, is by far the best thing he's done, but he hasn't been making records for very long.”
--Ben Ratliff, NYTimes, 7.18.04

“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 is bountiful.”
- Jim Macnie, the Village Voice
 Cover $10   www.benwaltzer.com

Sunday
Nov 13
6:00PM  ENTERTAINING SCIENCE -- IMPROVISING ON CHAOS
Roald Hoffmann

Phil Holmes, mathematician, poet;  Susan Case, poet;  Ben Holmes, trumpet;  Brian Drye, trombone;  Take Toriyama, drums;  Ruben Radding, bass
IMPROVISING ON CHAOS Our lives, careers, failures, loves and successes are as much directed by chance meetings as by our internal compasses. But surely science can make reliable predictions? Not so fast! Outcomes can still appear random, even if all the rules are known. Mathematician and poet Phil Holmes will expand on chaos theory and how it does and doesn't help one find one's way in the world. Poet Susan Case will tell how mathematicians hung out in the Scottish Cafe in Lvov before being swept into the vortex of World War II. A quartet, led by Ben Holmes (trumpet) and featuring Brian Drye (trombone), Take Toriyama (drums) and Reuben Radding (bass) will take the theme to music, with original compositions and free improvisations on traditional melodies of East Europe.
 Cover $10
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8:30PM  AYELET ROSE GOTTLIEB GROUP
Aylet Rose Gottlieb, voice/compositions;  Avishai Cohen, trumpet;  Shai Salhov, saxophones;  Anat Fort, piano;  Ed Schuler, bass;  Take Toriyama, drums
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Israeli-born vocalist/composer Ayelet Rose Gottlieb performs music from her acclaimed debut CD, Internal-External. Chosen by All About Jazz as the ³Best Debut CD of 2004,² the 25-year old¹s original compositions represent a range of musical approaches including free improvisations inspired by Gottlieb¹s explorations of color and sound to robust compositions infused with Middle Eastern sounds and erotic Biblical texts.
 Cover $10   www.ayeletrose.com
Monday
Nov 14
6:00PM  POETRY
Angelo Verga, host

Susan Hoover Ilka Scobie Jeff Wright
Poets from near & far, that is if you consider The People's Republic of Woodstock to be distant.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  COMPOSERSCOLLABORATIVE PRESENTS SERIAL UNDERGROUND THE 2ND MONDAY OF THE MONTH
Jed Distler, piano, composer;  Ed Schmidt, play writer;  Joshua Fried, composer;  Anthony de Mare, piano;  Justine F. Chen, violin;  Jody Redhage, cello
ComposersCollaborative presents Serial Underground the 2nd Monday of the month image
ComposersCollaborative inc’s (CCi) Serial Underground introduces new multidisciplinary concert theater collaborations – the second Monday of the month

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 experience.

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.”

Telephone for advance sale tickets:
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all major credit card accepted: AMEX, MC, Visa
Advance purchase tickets (incl. one house drink): $15
Tickets purchased at the door on day of perf (incl. one house drink): $20   www.composerscollab.org

Tuesday
Nov 15
6:00PM  THE WRITERS ROOM
Jill Dearman, host

Laurie Sandell Marlene Ondrea Nichols Leslie Garis

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.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)   http://corneliajill@aol.com

8:30PM  PARTHENIA, A CONSORT OF VIOLS WITH PAUL HECHT & ALEXANDRA MONTANO
Beverly Au Lawrence Lipnik Rosamund Morley Lisa Terry, viola da gamba;  Paul Hecht, actor;  Alexandra Montano, mezzo soprano
Parthenia, a Consort of Viols with Paul Hecht & Alexandra Montano image
"WHEN MUSIC AND SWEETE POETRY AGREE":
An evening of the poetry of John Donne and the music of his Elizabethan contemporaries.

"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
 Cover $10   www.parthenia.org

Wednesday Nov 16
8:30PM  THE SONGWRITER'S BEAT
Valerie Ghent, host

Liz Queler Laura McLean Sparlha Swa Allen Alexander
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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 arrangements.

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 Japan!) and keeps growing!

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!
 Cover $5   songwritersbeat.com valghent.com

Thursday
Nov 17
6:00PM  PO'JAZZ
Golda Solomon, host

Nora McCarthy, voice;  Jorge Sylvester, alto saxophone;  Cheryl Boyce Taylor THE POETRY CARAVAN Ellen Goldsmith, poets
Po'Jazz image
A SMALL DREAM IN RED
Performed by Nora McCarthy, voice, compositions, poetry, effects and Jorge Sylvester, alto saxophone, compositions

Plus featured poets: Cheryl Boyce Taylor, The Poetry Caravan and Ellen Goldsmith

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 good food.”
-- Gladys Serrano, Mutable Music
(students/seniors $11)
 Cover $13 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  GNU VOX VOCAL SERIES: ALEXIS COLE & JO LAWRY
David Devoe, curator

Alexis Cole, Jo Lawry, vocals & composer
This season of Gnu Vox, the jazz vocal series, concentrates on emerging vocalists.  The programs will showcase the singers unique abilities as interpreters, improvisers, composers and arrangers from traditional to avant-garde jazz.  The Cornelia Street Cafe provides an intimate setting in which to hear these artists at a reasonable price!
 Cover $10   http://www.alexiscole.com
http://www.daviddevoe.com
Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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