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Paintings by MARY GROSSMAN

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Jan 12
Miriam Eusebio, host

Happy Days are here again image
Join Intentional Theater for an evening of poetry to support our production of Happy Days by Samuel Beckett! Actors from the play and others will read poetry referred to in the play, poetry by Samuel Backett, and poetry by the late Janet Ward, our first Winnie.

Copies of "Those Wonderful Lines: the poetry of Happy Days" will be on sale.

Director Miriam Eusebio will host.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Salena Godden, vocals;  Thelonious Moniak, guitar;  Max Doray, bass
SaltPeter kicked ass with their latest album HUNGER'S THE BEST SAUCE on exciting new UK label Fred in 2007. As the title suggests, that album covered themes of hunger, hunger for sex and excitement, hunger to belong and looking for love in all the wrong places. SaltPeter produced an album to both go out and come home to...a dark and delicious commentary of London nightlife. SaltPeter was formed by the notorious Salena Godden and Peter Coyte. It comes as no surprise that combination makes the identifiable, distinctive sound it does. It's bold and rebellious, quintessentially British and very referential of a modern, provocative London.

SaltPeter are currently in NYC recording the new album and wish to debut this wicked new work in an exclusive unveiling at the Cornelia Street Cafe! As a trio they nickname themselves SaltPeanuts and in this excellent live show Salena Godden is joined on stage by Saltpeter's New York colleagues - a duo consisting of the tattooed and so slinky Max Doray (Baby Strange, Alagator) on bass guitar and uber jazz dude Theo Moniak (Randy Herman & The Sceptre of Benevolence) on guitar, bringing those jazzy licks, that salted blues and them grinding basslines to the party...totally LIVE...

“Evoking Cassandra Wilson and Ian Dury...SaltPeter is sharp literate Brit pop for disillusioned romantics and incorrigable sensualists.”
The Word Magazine

“Catch her as she tumbles breathlessly from one dark thought to the next.”
The Times

"Salena Godden is a tour de force...Rather than perfecting a style, Salena is style. Like most artists of note - there is no one like her."
Lemn Sissay (Poet and author)

Jan 13
Barbara Aliprantis

Lee-Ellen Marvin, featured teller
Storytelling image Lee-Ellen Marvin
13th Anniversary of "2nd Tuesday of the Month Series" - Join the Celebration!

Featured Teller: Lee-Ellen Marvin "Telling the Stories of the Day"

FORMAT: Open Telling, followed by Featured Teller (Open Telling time 5 minutes - rather than usual 6-7 - allowing more folks to swap a story on this 13th anniversary.)

LEE-ELLEN MARVIN has been a professional storyteller for 21 years, teaching it at the college and graduate levels. She has explored storytelling from all angles, and her latest project "Standing Up: Women in Peace and Social Action," is a storytelling project about women in history and current times, "standing up, speaking out, and making noise." Most recently, she has been encouraging storytellers and activists to work together to tell stories about the most important news of our times.

A gifted master storyteller, Lee-Ellen tells stories with spare and elegant language hovering just this side of music. With deceptive simplicity, she communicates warmth, love and respect for both her listeners and her stories. Telling folktales, mythology, oral histories, and original stories, Lee-Ellen takes her listeners on rich (sometimes goofy) journeys through time, place, and imagination.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

John Morrison, host

Pat Dixon Dan St. Germain Mike Drucker Helen Hong RG Daniels Mick Diflo Rob Apuzzo
John Morrison's monthly comedy quickie--some of the smartest, most politically savvy comedians in or passing through New York make and unmake their bed here before some soon to be deported illegal third world alien comes in to clean it all up . . .

 Cover $10

Julia Istomina, host

Mark Bibbins John Deming Michael Quattrone
Mark Bibbins is the author of The Dance of No Hard Feelings, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press, and the Lambda Award-winning Sky Lounge.

Michael Quattrone is the author of Rhinoceroses (New School Chapbook Series, 2006), and a curator of the KGB Monday night poetry reading series. His work has appeared online in Octopus, McSweeney's, and Jacket, and in the anthologies The Best American Erotic Poems (Scribner, 2008) and The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel—Second Floor (No Tell Books, 2007). He works with Visible Theatre and lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York.

John Deming is Co-Editor in Chief of His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in POOL, Parthenon West Review, Tarpaulin Sky, Past Simple and elsewhere. A New Hampshire native, he currently lives in New York City and teaches at Baruch College and L.I.M. College. He holds degrees in journalism and poetry from the University of New Hampshire and The New School.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Rale Micic, guitar, compositions;  Miriam Sullivan, bass;  Greg Hutchinson, drums
Rale Micic trio image
Born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia, guitarist and composer Rale Micic (pron. Rah-Leh Mee-chee-ch) created cult-like following among music fans with his mix of jazz and haunting melodies from the Balkans. On his latest release entitled Serbia, Micic establishes himself as one of the most inventive voices on the music scene today. He will be bringing his new trio for this very special evening!

“Micic is bringing an intriguing new perspective to the jazz guitar.”
- LA Times
 Cover $10


Jan 15
Laurel Blossom Sabra Loomis
Blossom and Loomis read from their new books "Degrees of Latitude" and "House Held Together by Wind," as well as other poems.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
David Devoe, host

Sunny Kim, voice, electronics;  Yoon Sun Choi, voice, electronics;  Ryan Mackstaller, guitar;  Jesse Stacken , piano, keyboard;  Geoff Kraly, electric bass;  David Ambrosio, acoustic bass;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums
Gnu Vox: Sunny Kim &Yoon Sun Choi image
With her cutting edge vision for music and truly unique vocal style, melding elements of jazz, classical, electronic and Korean folk music, Sunny has gained recognition world-wide. After moving to NY in 2005, Sunny performed as a part of “Tribute to Steve Lacy Concert” at Merkin Hall in NYC, which featured jazz legends such as Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, and Roswell Rudd, and at “Robert Creeley Memorial” with Irene Aebi. She has performed in groups led by Roswell Rudd, Min Xiao Fen, Pheeroan AkLaff and Gino Sitson in jazz venues such as the Stone, Jazz Gallery, Joe’s Pub, the Knitting Factory, and Zinc Bar. Sunny has toured America, Korea and Japan appearing on numerous radio and television stations including Arirang TV, EBS, and WGBH as well as Korean newspapers such as Korea Daily and Korea Times. Sunny has performed with greats such as Ran Blake, Dave Fiuzyncski, Michael Cain, Carlos Alomar, Frank Carlberg, Jason Hwang, and Stomu Takeishi, and also has recorded and performed with various projects of her own.

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Yoon has been in the New York City jazz scene since 2000. More than merely the sum product of a degree in classical piano, theory and composition, another in vocal jazz performance, and a lifetime listening to pop and rock, in her music Yoon has created a sound unclassifiable and fresh, and yet solidly rooted in a jazz improvising tradition. Yoon has worked with notable musicians such as Mark Dresser, D.D. Jackson, Mat Maneri, Ben Monder, Kenny Werner and Kenny Wheeler.

Jan 16
Kathi Georges, host

Lissa Moira Richard West
Son of Pony image
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Featured Poets: Lissa Moira and Richard West

Lissa Moira is a multiple-award winning New York City playwright, screenwriter director, actor, poet and artist. The musical adaptation of one of her plays, co-written with long time collaborator Richard West, Who Murdered Love (a satirical DaDa surreally-serious romp of a murder mystery, set in 1924 New York and Paris) will open at Theatre for the New City on March 5.

Richard West is a recovering dreamer and world traveler, and an award-winning writer, musician and actor. He had a radio career on the West Coast (KPFA, KSAM), did a Manhattan Cable TV show (That's More Like It) and has performed his original satirical and serious songs and East-West exotic fusion music all over the East Coast.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

George Garzone, tenor saxophone;  Jamie Oehlers, tenor saxophone;  Nick Sanders, piano;  Peter Slavov, bass;  Ari Hoenig, drums
George Garzone/Jamie Oehlers image
George Garzone and Jamie Oehlers have met several times both in Australia and in US. Now they are together sharing the stage with a young and dynamic rhythm section.

Saxophonist George Garzone is a member of The Fringe, a jazz trio founded in 1972 that includes bassist John Lockwood and drummer Bob Gullotti, A veteran jazzman, Garzone has appeared on over 20 recordings. In addition Garzone has guested in many situations, touring Europe with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and performing with Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette, Rachel Z and John Patitucci among others.

Based in Perth, Western Australia, Jamie Oehlers, was named Australian Jazz Musician of the Year at the 2007 Bell Awards, as well as winning the Best Jazz Release category and is now coordinator of Jazz Studies at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Besides being a more than very creative musician, composer and bandleader, drummer Ari Hoenig is also a most sought-after sideman. Hear and read more at

Bassist Pater Slavov has played with George Garzone in many different constellations since he moved from Helsinki to Boston in 1999. He now resides in New York.

Only 20 years old, Nick Sanders, a jazz pianist from New Orleans, knows George from The New England Conservatory of Music, where he currently studies. Look out for something fresh!!
 Cover $10

Jan 17
Dean Kostos, host

Anna Angelakis Peter Selgin Hilary Sideris
Greek-American Writers Association image
Dean Kostos recently edited the anthology Pomegranate Seeds (Somerset Hall, 2008). He is also the author of Last Supper of the Senses (Spuyten Duyvil, 2005), which was submitted for a Pulitzer Prize; The Sentence That Ends with a Comma (Painted Leaf, 1999), which was required reading for the course Alternative Poetics at Duke University; and the chapbook Celestial Rust (Red Dust, 1994). He co-edited the anthology Mama’s Boy (Painted Leaf, 2000), a Lambda Book Award finalist. His poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Barrow Street, Boulevard, Chelsea, Cimarron Review, Cincinnati Review, Confrontation, The Dirty Goat, Rattapallax, Southwest Review, Stand Magazine (UK), Western Humanities Review, on Oprah Winfrey’s Web site, in the anthology Reading Brokeback Mountain, and in many other leading journals. He was commissioned to write the text Dialogue: Angel of Peace, Angel of War, set to music by James Bassi, and performed by Voices of Ascension. Box-Triptych, his choreo-poem, was staged at La Mama. He has taught poetry writing at the Gallatin School of NYU, The Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Gotham Writers’ Workshop, The Great Lakes Colleges Association, Pratt University, Teachers & Writers Collaborative, York College, and Berkeley College. Recipient of a Yaddo fellowship, he has served as literary judge for Columbia University’s Gold Crown and Gold Circle Awards.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Anat Fort, piano, composer;  Gary Wang, bass;  +
Anat Fort & Gary Wang + image
After being chosen as “best jazz performance 2008” by All About jazz NY for their gig at the Rubin Museum with Paul Motian, Anat Fort and Gary Wang return their home-base, the beloved Cornelia Street Café. They have been playing together for ten years now; about to record the FIRST cd for ECM this winter with cohort drummer Roland Schneider; leaving soon for their first-ever European tour together; may have some guests performers tonite; In other words, the excitement is in the air!! So, this has some real promise of being a real great evening..

"Last year was a banner year for Anat Fort, but from the looks of things it was only the beginning. Folks are still talking about A Long Story, her ECM Records debut, and for good reason: She�\'s become a charmingly meditative player and composer...."
K. Leander Williams, Time Out NY
 Cover $10

Jan 18
Bob Quatrone, host

George Guida Robert Gibbons Madeline Artenberg Jane Ormerod Michael Cook others
Among the pantheon of poets we expect Miriam Stanley, Cynthia Toronto, Angela Peluso, Joy Leftow, Evie Ivy, and more.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Jamie Oehlers, saxophone;  Matt Jodrell, trumpet;  Matt Penman, bass;  Ben Vanderwal, drums
Jamie Oehlers Quartet image
Recognised as one of Australia’s finest musicians, Jamie Oehlers was the winner of the World Saxophone Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in 2003, judged by Charles Lloyd, Bruce Lundvall (Blue Note Records) and Jean Toussaint amongst others. He has won numerous awards in Australia, including Australian Jazz Awards for Best Australian Jazz Artist and Best Contemporary Jazz Album, Australian Young Achiever of the Year Award, and has been a finalist in the Australian Recording Industry Award’s for Best Jazz Album three times. He has performed at the JVC Jazz Festival in New York, BBC London Jazz Festival, Jazz Yatra in India, Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival in Rome, Galway Jazz festival, Brecon Jazz Festival in Wales, Jazz Alive Festival in New Zealand, and most major festivals in Australia.

Jamie brings his dynamic Australian quartet to Cornelia St Café for a rare performance. Not to be missed!

Jan 19
Ted Jonathan, host

Marlene Rosen Fine Iris Lee Ken Waldman
A marriage made in heaven, NYQ & CSC, and we've never had a fight.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Simon Mulligan, piano;  Kengo Nakamura, bass;  Pete Zimmer, drums
Simon Mulligan Trio image
“You have a phenomenal touch, man!”
- Herbie Hancock

“The most abundantly gifted of pianists”
- The Times of London

Although many jazz musicians are also trained classical musicians, it is unusual for a musician to manage successful careers in both fields. Pianist Simon Mulligan certainly has. At the age of 19 he recorded his first classical CD under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin, with whom he was later to successfully work. Since that time he has produced 15 highly regarded CD's, and has established himself as a soloist and chamber musician, with recitals and concerto appearances at many of the world’s major concert halls. Intriguingly, Simon's jazz credentials and improvisational abilities are equally as strong, as is his composing work, which includes numerous compositions for both TV and Film. His recent signing to Sony Masterworks will see the release later this year of ‘Playlist’ – an album of original compositions with his UK-based jazz quartet.
 Cover $10

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