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ART ON THE WALLS

Paintings by NATHALIE SCHMIDT

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Friday
May 16
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Kathi Georges, host

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The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Featured poet Will Morris is a Brooklyn based poet, who has been widely published in various UK and US small presses. Influences include the British Revivalists, Language Poetry and Post-Modernism. He has collaborated with multi-media artists and also performs in the band Pale Farm Ballads.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)   www.myspace.com/billyasbonewyorkcity

9:00PM & 10:30PM  PAUL SHAPIRO’S RIBS AND BRISKET REVUE - CD RELEASE
Paul Shapiro, sax, clarinet, vocal;  Babi Floyd, vocals;  Cilla Owens, vocals;  Brian Mitchell, piano;  Booker King, bass;  Tony Lewis, drums
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Paul Shapiro’s Ribs and Brisket Revue celebrates the release of “Essen” on Tzadik Record’s Radical Jewish Culture series on May 16th at the Cornelia Street Café. Shows at 9:00 and 10:30. .

Schmeis! The newest CD from the madcap Yiddish sax maven Paul Shapiro is an over the top exploration of the crossroads of Yiddish Bop, Swing and comedy. Including covers of novelty songs originally recorded by Slim Gaillard and Cab Calloway as well as Yiddish classics popularized by Sophie Tucker and the Barton Brothers and some rockin’ originals, this is music for tanzen, zingen un lachen- all night long! Paul’s greatest recording to date is also his most outrageous and enjoyable.
John Zorn
 Cover $10

Saturday
May 17
6:00PM  GREEK-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Dean Kostos, host

Lila Bita Giorgos Chouliaras Anis Georgiasdis Veronica Golos Penelope Karageorge Barbara Lekatsas Andriana Mastor Cleopatra Mathis Nikki Moustaki Tryfon Tolides
Pomegranate Seeds: An Anthology of Greek-American Poetry, too many contributors, too little time.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
9:00PM & 10:30PM  JOHN MCNEIL/BILL MCHENRY QUARTET - CD RELEASE
John McNeil, trumpet;  Bill McHenry, saxophone;  Chris Lightcap , bass;  Jochen Rueckert, drums
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"Rediscovery," the John McNeil/Bill McHenry Quartet's debut CD, is due for release on May 7th on the Sunny Side label. Over the past two and a half years this band has established itself as one of New York's most creative and entertaining jazz groups. They have taken obscure jazz tunes from the 1950's and used them as vehicles for contemporary improvisation. The results are stunning, surprising and delightful.

Come help John and Bill celebrate their new CD. It can be used as a non-polluting power source for all your home appliances.

www.mcneiljazz.com
www.billmchenry
www.sunnysiderecords.com
 Cover $10

Sunday
May 18
6:00PM  WORD OF MOUTH
Golda Solomon, host

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Word of Mouth writers is 2 poets, 3 professors,, 2 psychologists, 1 playwright, 2 essayists, 1 animal rights activist, 1 visual artist, 3 fiction writers, 1 travel writer, 6 moms, 1 pop, 1 chef, 1 eligible and friendly bachelorette and 1 eligible edgy bachelor who bonded together in a workshop taught by legendary performance artist Karen Finley. They have joined together in order to develop and produce thematic spoken-word performances that highlight the individuality of each member.
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  PIANO TRIOS: DANIELA SCHÄCHTER
Daniela Schächter, piano;  Massimo Biolcati, bass;  Quincy Davis, drums
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Compositions and arrangements of jazz standards are by Daniela Schächter but the eclectic Massimo and the energetic Quincy give their own unique touch to the music for a refreshing contemporary sound. They started playing in trio and quintet for a little less then a year.

“The Italian-born Schächter never seemed to run out of ideas. Often unfurling long, cascading runs, she balanced fluid improvisations with a soulful touch, adding subtle harmonic accents here and there…”
- Mike Joyce – The Washington Post

“She got a solo piano spot in John Danksworth’s chart on which she was so sweet and so gentle and so hip that she made Bill Evans sound like Little Richard…”
- Tony Gieske
 Cover $10   www.danielaschaechter.net

Monday
May 19
6:00PM  NEW YORK QUARTERLY
Angelo Verga, host

Llyn Clague Stephanie Dickinson Ted Jonathan
Role reversal, Ted changes hats and reads his own powerful poems.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  DEBRA AND MARY'S NIGHT ON THE TOWN W/ SPECIAL GUEST CHARLES BUSCH
Debra Barsha Mary Cleere Haran w/ Charles Busch
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CHARLES BUSCH is the author and star of such plays as The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, which ran five years and is one of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history. His play The Tale of the Allergist's Wife ran for 777 performances on Broadway and won Mr. Busch the Outer Circle Critics John Gassner Award and received a Tony nomination for Best Play. He wrote and starred in the film versions of his plays, Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die, the latter of which won him the Best Performance Award at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2003, Mr. Busch received a special Drama Desk Award for career achievement as both performer and playwright. Mr. Busch made his directorial debut with the film A Very Serious Person, which premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won an honorable mention. He is also the subject of the documentary film The Lady in Question is Charles Busch. His latest play The Third Story will have its premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse during its 2008-2009 season.

Debra Barsha (composer of RADIANT BABY at the Public Theater) and Mary Cleere Haran ("Cabaret's most literate chanteuse" - The New Yorker) perform an evening of song and witty repartee. Each month new songs, a different theme and one very special guest interview!!

Call 212-989-9319

RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST! For info and directions see the rest of the website.

$20 Cover plus one drink minimum/$10 Cover for students   www.debrabarsha.com

Tuesday
May 20
6:00PM  WRITERS ROOM DOWNSTAIRS, RED HEN UPSTAIRS
Stan Richardson


Downstairs The Writers Room Reading Series at Cornelia

DEATHS

Hell & Hal: A Love Story with Shoplifting, Texas, and the English Reformation, an excerpt from novel by Alexis Quinlan

The Mortician Asks Me to Identify the Body of My Father, poems by Francis Levy

Lizzie's Gracie, an excerpt from novel by Donnaldson Brown

Petie, a play by Lori Fischer

The Writers Room readings are supported by the Jerome Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

ALEXIS QUINLAN is a writer and teacher living in New York. Long ago Her post-9/11 emails were collected into a chapbook by Headwaters/Hudson Press in 2002. She's taught creative writing at William Paterson University in NJ for seven years.

FRANCIS LEVY's short stories, essays, poetry, humor and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, The New Republic, The Quarterly and The East Hampton Star. His novel EROTOMANIA: A ROMANCE will by published by Two Dollar Radio in August 2008.

DONNALDSON BROWN litigated in the City for several years before beginning to work in film production and screenwriting. Currently, she is writing another screenplay based on the life of Mary Wollstonecraft with writer/director Erin Dignam and this novel, Gracie, her first long fiction.

Lori Fischer is currently enrolled in the M.F.A. Dramatic Writing Program at New York University. Her slice-of-life musical comedy Barbara's Blue Kitchen was produced Off-Broadway at the Lamb's Theatre in 2006 and was published by Samuel French, Inc. in 2007.

STAN RICHARDSON is a playwright, actor, and director. His play, Another Brief Encounter, was recently published in Plays & Playwrights 2007. Stan is also a script consultant on new plays; email him for more details at: corneliastan@gmail.com

UPSTAIRS WE PRESENT RED HEN PRESS POETS

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 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)   http://www.lorifischer.net

8:30PM  KRIS DAVIS TRIO
Kris Davis, rhodes;  Lisa Mezzacappa, bass;  Ted Poor, drums
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Featuring a new trio and compositions for these reknowned improvisers, Davis looks to apply her pianistic and compositional prowess in a trio setting.
"Davis writes intricate, multi-segmented tunes that weave collective improvisation into knotty unison themes. Her inventive arrangements disregard conventional notions of soloist and accompanist... "
- Troy Collins, All About Jazz

“Ms. Davis is among the more promising young pianists and composers to have arrived in the last few years.”
-Chinen, New York Times
 Cover $8   www.krisdavis.net www.lisamezzacappa.com

Wednesday May 21 6:00PM  PLEASING POETRY
Angelo Verga, host

Bill Zavatsky Joanne Joseph Alan Feldman
POETS, NEW POEMS AND OLD

BILL ZAVATSKY grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Manhattan since 1965. He has published two books of poems, most recently "Where X Marks the Spot" (Hanging Loose Press). His co-translation (with Zack Rogow) is "Earthlight: Poems by Andre Breton," winner of the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize. His co-translation of "The Poems of A.O. Barnabooth, by Valery Larbaud "(with Ron Padgett) will be out this year from Black Widow Press. This year Bill was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry. He teaches English and film courses in the high school at the Trinity School in Manhattan.

JOANNE JOSEPH, actor/poet, is published in "The Dirty Goat", "New York Quarterly", "Global City Review," "Literary New York," "Thirteen," and in a forthcoming book about the writer Isaac Rosenfeld by Steve Zipperstein. She has toured internationally with her poetry performances and her one person multi-character play "Shakespeare's Mums." You can catch her on "Sopranos" reruns, and some obscure films. She is currently Artistic Director of Pen Central, a writing group whose members have been heard at Cornelia Street many times.

Alan Feldman’s first book of poems, The Happy Genius, won the 1978 Elliston Book Award for the best collection published by a small, independent press in the United States. For over twenty years he taught creative writing at the Radcliffe Seminars, Harvard University, most recently as Distinguished Instructor in Writing. He currently teaches at Framingham (Mass.) State College where he is professor of English and former chair. Among his books are the Twayne United States Authors Series volume on Frank O’Hara, a children’s novel, Lucy Mastermind, and a non-fiction account of a freshman writing class, State College 101. Over the years his poetry has appeared in many places, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, The Kenyon Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry, The Threepenny Review, and The Best American Poetry 2001. He has been awarded fellowships in poetry by the Massachusetts Artists Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His most recent book, A Sail to Great Island (2004), won the Felix Pollak Award and was published by the University of Wisconsin Press. With Tony Hoagland he will be reviving Alan Dugan’s drop-in poetry workshop this summer at Castle Hill, Truro, on Cape Cod.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  THE SONGWRITER'S BEAT
Valerie Ghent

Clayton Bryant Abby Ahmad Colin McGrath Thierry Stremler

Now in its 8th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York's premiere performing songwriter series. Hosted and founded by Valerie Ghent, four up-and-coming songwriters perform new material in a supportive and intimate atmosphere.

Founded in 2000, The Songwriter's Beat has presented over 235 songwriters from the Tri-State area as well as visiting songwriters from other parts of the United States, Canada, Cuba, the UK, Australia, South Africa and Japan. Every third Wednesday of the month, four songwriters of varying musical styles perform original songs and are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements. The series culminates in a week-long songwriters festival each July, featuring performers from throughout the years.

The Songwriter's Beat welcomes songwriters from around the world, so when planning your trip to New York, allow time for The Songwriter's Beat!


 Cover $10   http://songwritersbeat.com
http://valghent.com

Thursday
May 22
6:00PM  JESS KORMAN

Piano & lyrics by Jess Korman

"Crazy Women, Outraged Cats, & Fresh Arugula"

Jess Korman in a laugh-filled hour of musical satire, lyrical wit, hip antics, and a surprise guest or two.

$12 cover + one drink minimum
 Cover $12

8:30PM  MATTEO SABATTINI NY QUINTET/FRANK LOCRASTO GROUP
Matteo Sabattini, saxophone;  Frank LoCrasto, piano;  Mike Moreno, guitar;  Chris Higgins, bass;  Tommy Crane, drums;  Eric McPherson, drums
Matteo Sabattini NY Quintet/Frank LoCrasto Group image
“Matteo’s music is energetic, refreshing and at the same time ‘smooth around the edges.’ I find that his compositions are sincere and gallant in their explorative nature. It feels to me metaphorically as if “in flight toward new horizons, eagles and doves soar together.”
Billy Harper

With a range of influences from Charlie Parker to Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman, but an emerging original voice of his own, Italian-born alto saxophonist Matteo Sabattini lives in New York City, where he performs with some of the other rising young stars of jazz.

Matteo combines the passionate, romantic Italian sense of melody with the polyrhythmic energy of the New York attitude. His group, the Matteo Sabattini New York Quartet (MSNYQ) has toured extensively in Europe (Veneto Jazz 2005/6, Panic Jazz Club in Marostica 2007, Jazz Im Quadrat Festival in Mannheim 2007, Cantina Bentivoglio in Bologna in 2008) as well as gigging home base in New York.

10PM Frank LoCrasto Trio
Frank LoCrasto, piano: Chris Higgins, bass; Eric McPherson, drums

Frank LoCrasto, born and raised in Texas, has been hailed by the New York Times as "a pianist-composer of modernity and promise." He recently emerged from the New School jazz program and began turning heads as pianist for the acclaimed trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. He has also racked up credits with the likes of Pat Martino, Wallace Roney, Greg Osby, Nicholas Payton and more. In 2006 he debuted as a leader with the stirring Maxjazz album When You're There, revealing influences that span the jazz and modern pop landscape. www.myspace.com/msnyq

Cover $10/$8 w/student ID   matteosabattini.com franklocrasto.com

Friday
May 23
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Eve Packer, host


The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Featured poet Susan Sherman.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  OPEN LOOSE
Mark Helias, bass;  Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Tom Rainey, drums
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Open Loose is back with new music by Mark Helias.

"...Open Loose is no ordinary band, and Atomic Clock is no ordinary jazz record. I'm strenuously enthusiastic about it, as will be all serious jazz fans. Almost "classical" in its organization and technique, this sequence of improvisations on tantalizing themes is a 2006 highlight that more people need to hear. Freedom with design, it sounds like the very definition of jazz - the very definition of America at its best."
Will Layman, Pop Matters 12/2006
 Cover $10   www.markhelias.com www.tonymalaby.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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