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Jan 16
Ted Jonathan, host

Douglas Goetsch Melissa Christine Goodrum Fred Yannantuono
This month's readers from the venerable & rejuvenated journal are Douglas Goetsch, Christine Melissa Goodrum, and Fred Yannantuono.

This monthly reading series offers work by poets published in the New York Quarterly. Every third Monday of the month our poets serve up poetry as eclectic as New York itself.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

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Katie Down, curator

Matt Hannafin , percussion;  Brian Moran, electronics;  Cynthia Spencer, flower arranger;  Jen Shyu, Vocalist/violinist/dancer;  Soomi Kim, actor/performance artist;  Lenora Lee, dancer;  Rubin Kodelhi, cello
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8:30 - Percussionist, Matt Hannafin collaborating with Cynthia Spencer in zen kado flower arranging and Brian Moran on electronics.

9:45 - Vocalist/violinist/dancer Jen Shyu & actor/performance artist Soomi Kim present an excerpt from Kim's "Lee/gendary", a multidisciplinary piece inspired by Bruce Lee. Shyu will also collaborate with dancer Lenora Lee and cellist Rubin Kodelhi in spontaneous text/movement/music composition.

”Big Bang”, a new music and mixed media series every third Monday of the month is the creative collision of musicians with artists in spoken word, dance, visual art, video art, found words, theatre, etc. presenting works in progress. The evenings will include two featured groups followed by a brief talk back with the audience after each set. Every evening ends by inviting audience members to join in an informal jam session for about 10 minutes.

Electronics player Brian Moran began his performance career in experimental dance, whose working methods he later adapted to music and sound design. A one-time collaborator with artists as diverse as Lydia Lunch, Ikue Mori, the live video group NNeng, and the Yoshiko Chuma and Stephanie Skura dance companies, his approach to musical performance employs a variety of circuit-bent electronics, analog synthesizers, field recordings, and processing devices. Brian is currently attending his final semester in the nursing program at Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Trained in Persian classical percussion and other near-eastern styles, Matt Hannafin has performed at venues as diverse as the United Nations General Assembly Hall, the New England Conservatory of Music, and CBGBs. His collaborators have included a similarly wide range of artists, from Turkish multi-instrumentalist Omar Faruk Tekbilek and Ukrainian bandura virtuoso Julian Kytasty to Borbetomagus guitarist Donald Miller and legendary industrial percussionist Z'ev. For improvisation, his approach blends the techniques and timbres of eastern and western percussion with sonorities and ideas borrowed from nature, electronic music, and the urban-industrial soundscape.

Cynthia Spencer works with contemplative arts, both traditional and contemporary forms, as a way of integrating the view of meditation into all aspects of life. This exploration began with movement improvisation with Barbara Dilley and has since extended to include such forms as kado (the way of flowers), brush calligraphy, and qigong. She has performed at downtown arts community venues such as PS 122 and with the Dan Tao school at the Interfaith Center of NY.

contact Big Bang:
 Cover $10 /

Jan 17
Curator: Jill Dearman

The Writers Room Reading Series at Cornelia Street Café presents: "Beginnings"


Jessica Pallington "The Greyhound Trilogy" (Excerpts from Three Novellas)

Janie Heath "Pollyanna Goes to Hell" (Novel Excerpt)

Meredith Talusan "To See" (Novel Excerpt)
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Peter Evans, trumpet;  Jon Irabagon, saxophone;  Moppa Elliot, bass;  Kevin Shea, drums
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MOPDTK is a recent group formed in NYC. In this ensemble, I attempt to write compositions that reflect the strange relationship I feel to jazz history. On the one hand, I grew up listening to and still love traditional jazz, but on the other, I am deeply disturbed and disgusted with its current state of turpitude. This music, instead of attempting to reconcile these two simultaneous opinions, pits them against each other creating music that both blatantly mocks and reveres the jazz tradition. Perhaps Dada-Jazz?
Wednesday Jan 18 6:00PM  PROSE
John McCaffrey - Host

Diana Schwaeble; Douglas Light; Kevin Burke.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Valerie Ghent, host

Carol Thomas Stephanie Winters Art Halperin & Al Maddy Michele Zayla
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Now in its 6th 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 200 (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

Jan 19
Chris Brandt, host

All the way from Boston urban word performers:

Patrick Sylvain: is a Haitian-American poet, writer, educator and photographer. He has been published in several anthologies, magazines and reviews. His Latest book "Love, Lust & Loss "Lanmou, Anvi, Pèdans" is published by Mémoire D'encrier, 2005

Jean-Dany Joachim: is the founder of "City Night Readings", a forum of encounters in Massachusetts for poets, writers and artists. His work has appeared in Runes, A Review of Poetry, Arctos Press; Lovers' "Sweet Nothings, A Secret Anthology", Mémoire d'encrier ; "Love and Other poems", Trilingual Press.

Tehila Lieberman's fiction and non fiction have been published in, Nimrod, the Colorado Review and Salamander, among other publications. Her stories have won the Stanley Elkin Memorial Prize for Fiction, the Rick Dimarinis Prize for Fiction and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Kim Bock, saxophones;  David Smith, trumpet;  Adam Armstrong, bass;  Peter Retzlaff, drums
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”Kim Bock is an extremely talented and serious young musician. He shows so much maturity and poise in his music”
-Jerry Bergonzi

Kim Bock Quartet plays modern jazz with an edge, incorporating clever arrangements and a hard swinging beat. The music, inspired by 1960’s jazz legends Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and John Coltrane, showcases the deep musical sensibility and instrumental expertise of Kim Bock and his band mates.

David Smith, trumpet – An exceedingly sought-after trumpetist on the New York scene. David has plays with Alan Ferber Nonet, Delphian Orchestra (Fresh Sound artists) and Bill Mobley amongst many other.

Adam Armstrong, bass - appears on more that 60 albums and has performed with Billy Cobham, Kenny Wheeler, Kenny Kirkland and Maria Schneider

Peter Retzlaff, drums - a highly regarded veteran on the scene. Peter has played with Kenny Werner, Greg Osby, Diane Schuur, Gary Versace and many more. Furthermore, Peter is a very experienced clinician and on the faculty at The Drummers Collective – New York
 Cover $8

Jan 20
Jackie Sheeler

Jackie Sheeler's open mic poetry series. Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

This week featured poet is Drake Garnitz.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Lina Orfanos, voice;  Martin Neron, piano;  Corey James Crawford, vocals;  Barbara Waxenberg, vocals
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Under the Greek Moon: Lina Orfanos sings Manos Hadjidakis

with guest vocalists Corey James Crawford and Barbara Waxenberg

An evening of sublime songs based on the cinema and theater music of Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis. Featuring selections from City Blues, Great Eros, Lorca’s Blood Wedding, Mythologia, Never on Sunday and the Romaic Agora.

 Cover $15

Jan 21
Dean Kostos, host

poets Mary Golias, Marina Stenos & Tod Thileman.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Lina Orfanos, voice;  Martin Neron, piano;  Corey James Crawford, vocals;  Barbara Waxenberg, vocals
Lina Orfanos: Under the Greek Moon image

Under the Greek Moon: Lina Orfanos sings Manos Hadjidakis

with guest vocalists Corey James Crawford and Barbara Waxenberg

An evening of sublime songs based on the cinema and theater music of Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis. Featuring selections from City Blues, Great Eros, Lorca’s Blood Wedding, Mythologia, Never on Sunday and the Romaic Agora.

Jan 22
Miss Slow Shot, host


Slideshow and Tales by Miss SLOW Shot photographer & pop artist

Pictures and Stories about Paris In April presented by Miss SLOW Shot,

with Dan McCarthy’s vibraphonic jazz.

cover: $10 (that will get you a house drink+11x17 poster/canvas bag)

Miss SLOW Shot’s web:

Dan McCarthy’s web:
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Dave Stryker, guitar;  Steve Slagle, saxophone;  Ed Howard, bass;  Billy Hart, drums
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New CD Out: The Stryker / Slagle Band "Live at the Jazz Standard" (ZOHO)

"Live at the Jazz Standard is a field report from one of today's most inspired two-man teams."
David Adler - JazzTimes 9/05

"The co-leaders, having played together for nearly two decades, have achieved an empathy that results in several passages of remarkable collective improvisation."
Will Smith - Downbeat 9/05

Voted a Rising Star Acoustic Jazz Group in the 2004 Downbeat Critics Poll

Guitarist Dave Stryker and Saxophonist Steve Slagle have been developing a group sound for over 17 years. Recent gigs have included a packed week at the Jazz Bakery in LA where Don Heckman in the the LA Times called them "first-rate jazz talents", and a SRO show at the 2002 Monterey Jazz Festival. The group's most recent recording is the self-titled The Stryker/Slagle Band (Khaeon World Music). It has received great reviews including a feature story in the Dec. 2003 issue of Downbeat, and was picked as one of the Top Ten CD's of 2003 in the New Jersey Star Ledger and Jazzreview.

Dave and Steve consider this band their main focus after years as sidemen with many of the greats. Dave spent over 13 years with Stanley Turrentine, and also worked with Jack McDuff and Kevin Mahogany, and has over 15 CD's out as a leader, (most featuring Slagle.) He's also been a sideman on over 25 others. Stryker was voted one of the Top Ten Guitarists in both the Critics and Readers Poll of Downbeat Magazine in 2001, and his latest CD, Blue to the Bone III (SteepleChase Music), was picked as one of the top CD's of 2002 by jazz station WBGO and by Jazzreview. Gary Giddins in the Village Voice calls Dave "one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years." ,p> Saxophonist Steve Slagle also has released 10 CD's as a leader, and performed as a sideman on countless others. He has played with Charlie Haden, Milton Nascimento, and Carla Bley to name a few. Steve was musical director of the Mingus Big Band for many years. His most recent CD New New York (OmniTone), features Stryker and Joe Lovano. He is also on Joe Lovano's Grammy winning CD "52nd St. Themes" on Blue Note. Jazz Times says "Slagle ranks in the upper echelon of alto sax players on the scene today."
 Cover $10

Jan 23
Jonathan Escobio, host

Hosted by P. Jonathan Escobio, Shakespeare Anyone? is our recurring look at scenes and soliloquies from the Bard.

The performers are all veterans of the Classical stage, and have performed at such venues as The Pearl Theater, Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Guthrie, and many other regional and New York Theatres.

This evening will have performances representing all facets of Shakespeares genres. The Comedies; with the poor poetry of Orlando and the clowning of Touchstone and Corin, both from As you like it, as well as Viola and Olivia's first meeting in Twelth Night. The Histories; a look at Richard the second's untimely end, and from Henry IV pt 1 the relationship of Henry Percy (Hotspur) and his wife, Lady Percy. The Pastorals; Hermione's trial from The Winters Tale. And finally the Tragedies; Ceasar's words for his betrayers. Plus a few surprises along the way!
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Blarvuster: Marry Halvorsen, guitar;  Karen Waltuch, viola;  Ian Riggs, bass;  Mike Pride, drums;  Leah Paul, flutes;  Matthew Welch, composer, bagpipes, soprano sax, vocals;  Flux Quartet: Tom Chiu, violin;  Conrad Harris, violin;  Max Mandel, viola;  Dave Eggar, cello
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Matthew Welch
"a composer possessed of both rich imagination and the skill to bring his fancies to life, leaps vast geographical distances, imagining statistically implausible musical melting pots that sound utterly natural."
TimeOut NYC

Inspired by Celtic and South East Asian ensemble traditions placed in an underground jazz and rock context, the ecstatic and exuberant music of Blarvuster combines punk/march drumming, syncopated dub-esque bass and guitar lines, dervish saxophone, Irish whistle-like flutes, fiddle style viola and florid bagpipes.

Flux Quartet plays Welch "Composed for conventional string quartet, Matthew Welch's Siubhal Turnlar mixes aspects of Celtic bagpipe music and southeast Asian gamelan. It's a seemingly unlikely combination, perhaps, but Welch uncovers unsuspected commonalities in the two idioms, weaving them into a rich tapestry of modal melodies and dancing rhythms. The Flux Quartet brings an ideal mix of bravura and charm to a piece that deserves to be widely performed and heard."
TimeOut NYC
 Cover $10

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