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ART ON THE WALLS

Monday
Jan 31
6:00PM  RIVER OF GLASS
Ann McGovern Angelo Verga, guest poet
We are very happy to have Ann McGovern return with her new collection of poems.

“Love and loss and wide-eyed wonder. Ann McGovern sees so much and speaks volumes.” –Jules Feiffer, Author

“Ann McGovern is a writer who keeps her eyes open in every direction, letting in equally the light of lived-through grief and lived-through joy.” –Jane Hirshfield, Poet

“Ann McGovern doesn’t “make nice” with the bumps, bangs and miseries of life. She faces them head on, staring them in the eye. Her wry tone, her wisdom and her sleight of hand that makes words new and numinous will be warm comfort." -Karen Swenson, Poet


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  CLIFF EBERHARDT & DAVID MASSENGILL
Cliff Eberhardt, vocals, guitar;  David Massengill, vocals, dulcimer
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David Massengill has written songs recorded and sung by the Roches, Joan Baez, Dave Van Ronk, Nanci Griffith, Tom Russell, David Bromberg, Chad Mitchell, Lucy Kaplansky, Shawn Colvin, Diana Jones and just recently, the young Anthony da Costa. Though he's lived in New York City for over 30 years, he still has his accent from east Tennessee, where he once chased a bobcat and vice versa. As a boy it was his heart's desire to be a viking or an escaped convict. Noted for his mountain ballad style story songs accompanied on an Edsel Martin dulcimer, he is frequently an artist-in-residence at schools, with his song and picture book programs. He is also a storyteller of charm and wit. Dave Van Ronk once said of David, "He took the dull out of dulcimer." He has a variety of handmade picture books, bootleg and label cds available. His latest cd releases are a tribute to the songs of Dave Van Ronk, entitled "Dave On Dave" (2007 Gadfly Records) and a duo partnership with Jack Hardy as The Folk Brothers, entitled "Partners In Crime" (2008 Great Divide Records).

Cliff Eberhardt knew by age seven that he was going to be a singer and songwriter. Growing up in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, he and his brothers sang together and their parents played instruments. His dad introduced him to the guitar and he quickly taught himself to play. Fortunate enough to live close to the Main Point (one of the best folk clubs on the East Coast), he cut his teeth listening to the likes of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, and Mississippi John Hurt — receiving an early and impressive tutorial in acoustic music. At the same time, he was also listening to great pop songwriters like Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Rodgers and Hart, which explain his penchant for great melodies and clever lyrical twists.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.DavidMassengill.com www.cliffeberhardt.net

Tuesday
Feb 01
6:00PM  THE WHITE SWALLOW READING SERIES
Angelo Nikolopoulos, host

Michael Klein Joan Larkin Jean Valentine
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Michael Klein’s books are: Track Conditions, The End of Being Known, 1990, a co-winner of a 1993 Lambda Literary Award, and most recently the poetry collection then we were still living. He has taught writing at Sarah Lawrence College, City College of New York, Binghamton University, and is currently a faculty member in the MFA Program at Goddard College and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He divides his time between Provincetown and New York City.

Joan Larkin's most recent book, My Body: New and Selected Poems (Hanging Loose Press) received the Publishing Triangle's 2008 Audre Lorde Award. Her previous books include Housework, A Long Sound, Sor Juana's Love Poems (translated with Jaime Manrique), and Cold River, winner of a Lambda Award. Larkin lives in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches in the Drew University low-residency M.F.A. Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation. David Ulin of the Los Angeles Times has called Larkin's voice "unsentimental, ruthless and clear-eyed. This is poetry without pity, in which despair leads not to degradation but to a kind of grace."

Jean Valentine won the Yale Younger Poets Award for her first book, Dream Barker, in 1965. Her collection, Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems 1965 - 2003, was the winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry. Valentine was the New York State poet for two years and was the recipient of the 2009 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. The author of eleven books of poetry, her most recent book of poems is Break the Glass.

$ 7 includes a drink


 Cover $7

8:30PM  JESS KORMAN IN SONGS OF DESPERATION FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Jess Korman, piano;  Mark Wade, bass;  Tony Romano, guitar
Jess Korman has delighted Cornelia Street Café audiences for over a decade, with his original songs laced with humor, wit, sophistication and inspired wackiness. Korman is the prototypical New Yorker whose jazz-inflected piano renditions are tinged with sly lyrical references to the Manhattan lifestyle, foibles, angst and romance. He gives rare performances and enjoys a cult following, or perhaps an adult one. His comedy-laced outings (he used to write for Victor Borge) flourish in the vein of Tom Lehrer and Dave Frishberg. Backed by Mark Wade on bass and guitarist Tony Romano, the repertoire takes on everything including fashion models, talking cats, celebrity chefs, digital romance, existential criminal behavior, kidney transplants and nannies. Definitely an off-center evening of musical fun for people with a rich vocabulary.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
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Wednesday Feb 02 6:00PM  FREE RANGE READINGS
Mira Ptacin, host

Mary Morris
A monthly nonfiction reading series that brings together up-and-coming and established writers to share their work with the rest of the world. Freerange practices the method of literary husbandry where the authors are permitted to write, read, and roam freely instead of being constrained by traditional categories or labels of their genre. This principle is to allow the writers as much freedom as possible, to live out their instinctual behaviors in a reasonably natural way, regardless of whether or not they are eventually killed for meat.

Art is a lie that makes us realize truth. -- Pablo Picasso
 Cover $7   http://www.freerangenonfiction.com

8:30PM  JESS KORMAN IN SONGS OF DESPERATION FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Jess Korman, piano;  Mark Wade, bass;  Tony Romano, guitar
Jess Korman has delighted Cornelia Street Café audiences for over a decade, with his original songs laced with humor, wit, sophistication and inspired wackiness. Korman is the prototypical New Yorker whose jazz-inflected piano renditions are tinged with sly lyrical references to the Manhattan lifestyle, foibles, angst and romance. He gives rare performances and enjoys a cult following, or perhaps an adult one. His comedy-laced outings (he used to write for Victor Borge) flourish in the vein of Tom Lehrer and Dave Frishberg. Backed by Mark Wade on bass and guitarist Tony Romano, the repertoire takes on everything including fashion models, talking cats, celebrity chefs, digital romance, existential criminal behavior, kidney transplants and nannies. Definitely an off-center evening of musical fun for people with a rich vocabulary.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
 Jess Korman in SONGS OF DESPERATION FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY image
Thursday
Feb 03
6:00PM  ARTISTS’ SALON
Robin, Angelo, Josh, and Tom, hosts

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This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators. All are welcome.
8:30PM  RUSS LOSSING SPIDER'S WEB
Russ Lossing, piano, compositions;  Ellery Eskelin, saxophone;  Mark Helias, bass;  Eric McPherson,, drums
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New York based jazz pianist, composer and recording artist Russ Lossing has composed over 400 works and has an international reputation as a world class improviser. Lossing has nine releases as leader on Hat Hut, Clean Feed, Fresh Sound, Double Time and OmniTone record labels. His critically acclaimed new solo piano release “All Things Arise” on Hat Hut Records “bridges the worlds of jazz and new music, the pieces feeling as if they arise out of the primal silence of the universe. Even the ‘standards’ feel as if they’re emerging newly formed from a magnificent world of thought and impulse.” Lossing’s Fresh Sound release,"Phrase 6" has quickly become a cult classic among musicians and his new cd ‘Line Up’, a duo with bassist john Hébert, has been hailed a ‘tour de force’.

Lossing's latest release, "Personal Tonal". received 4 stars in DownBeat Magazine, December 2010. Look for his upcoming HatHut Records release ' ORACLE' in 2011.

“…The pianist illuminates the silence, suspends the time, and intensifies the collective flux. The wealth of his harmonic knowledge, the fluidity of his phrasing and his attention to the weight of every single note creates a sound palette for endless pleasures.” --- JAZZMAN MAGAZINE (FR)

“...an intrepid searcher with an end point in mind.” - New York Times
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.russlossing.com

Friday
Feb 04
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Kat Georges, host

Yuyutsu RD Sharma Mikelle Terson
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Featured poet: Yuyutsu RD Sharma

Spotlight poet: Mikelle Terson

Yuyutsu RD Sharma was born at Nakodar, Punjab, and moved to Nepal at an early age. He has published eight poetry collections including, Annapurnas and Stains of Blood: Life Travels and Writing on a Page of Snow (Nirala Publications, New Delhi) and Space Cake, Amsterdam and Other Poems from Europe and America (Howling Dog Press). He is the recipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, and The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature, among others. His work has been translated into German, French, Italian, Slovenian, Hebrew, Spanish & Dutch. When not traveling, Yuyutsu lives in Kathmandu, where he edits Pratik, A Magazine of Contemporary Writing.

Spotlight poet Mikelle Terson has been writing since age 8, and credits her poetry to the taking of long showers, and her mentor, the late Irish poet & playwright, Michael Sayers.

The featured reading follows the fabulous Son of a Pony open reading at the cafe. Poet/convivial mistress of ceremonies Kat Georges hosts.

Doors open at 5:45 p.m.; the open reading begins at 6 p.m.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM  SARA SERPA
Sara Serpa, voice;  Andre Matos, guitar;  Kris Davis, piano;  Matt Brewer, bass;  Tommy Crane, drums
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The theme of jazz singer/composer Sara Serpa’s show at theCornelia St. Cafe will be travel. "It's all about loneliness, and quiet determination, and ultimately transcendence, something every true adventurer inevitably finds when confronted with challenges they’d never have met if they’d stayed in their comfort zone. Originally from Portugal, now making her home in New York, Serpa obviously knows a lot about that firsthand." (in Lucid Culture Blog, by Alan Young)

Born in Lisbon, Sara Serpa is currently living in New York, this being her 5th year in the United States. Her reputation as an innovative vocalist, improviser, and composer, has been growing for the past couple of years, since she initiated a collaboration with alto-saxophonist Greg Osby, with whom she recorded his latest album “Nine Levels” and performed at the Village Vanguard. Sara Serpa has recently recorded with pianist Danilo Perez his latest album "Providencia" and, also with the Noir pianist Ran Blake. She has been keeping a regular activity as a leader of her own quintet in New York and Europe.

Serpa has performed in such venues as The Village Vanguard, The Jazz Standard, The Cornelia Street Cafe, Joe’s Pub, Panama Jazz Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Hot Clube de Portugal, Centro Cultural de Belem, Teatro S Luiz, Casa das Mudas ,Regatta Bar, Ryles Jazz Club, Berklee Performance Center, Jordan Hall ,Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, and has also toured in Australia.

Among her collaborations are Greg Osby ,Ran Blake, Danilo Perez, Ben Street, John Hebert, Thomas Morgan, Tyshawn Sorey, Esperanza Spalding, John Lockwood, André Matos, Ferenc Nemeth, Matt Pavolka, Pete Rende, Kris Davis, Logan Richarson, Nick Falk, Peter Slavov, Aruan Ortiz, Leo Genovese, Albert Sanz, Masa Kamaguchi, Vardan Ovsepian.

Ben Rattliff from the NY Times describes Sara as " she is cool all over, from concept to execution. She has a halting, careful, nearly affectless soprano that prowls a narrow pitch range in mostly wordless lines, perching naturally around the E above a piano’s middle C, then surprises you when it gradually swells in volume or suddenly jumps up an octave, without breaking stride".
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.saraserpa.com www.myspace.com/saraserpa

10:30PM  JEAN ROHE
Jean Rohe, voice, mandolin, percussion;  Ilusha Tsinadze, guitar, voice;  Liam Robinson, accordion, voice
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The Jean Rohe Trio brings an exciting blend of music from both North and South America. Jean’s beautiful voice and captivating stage presence won her the audience favorite award at the Montreux Jazz Festival (2006) and found her performing everywhere from New York City’s Birdland to Havana’s Teatro National. Her trio features three part harmony singing and the talented Ilusha Tsinadze on guitar, Liam Robinson on accordion, and Jean on mandolin and a cornucopia of Latin American percussion instruments. The project involves the full breadth of Jean’s stylistic attractions, challenging traditional boundaries around musical genres. Her original compositions and fresh arrangements of songs from North and South America explore the intersections of jazz, North American folk music, Brazilian and Afro-Peruvian dance traditions.

What sets Jean’s performance apart is that it invites the listener to engage with body, heart, and mind, through captivating storytelling, astute, socially conscious lyrics, and lively rhythms and melodies, in a participatory experience that involves singing, clapping, or dancing along. “The act of singing together is uniquely subversive,” Jean says. “It breaks us out of our individual isolation and carries us into a new space of community with our fellow human beings.”

A versatile musician, Jean began her musical career at eight years old with her family folk band. She has performed with Blue Note recording artist, Robert Glasper, Cuban jazz drummer Dafnis Prieto, the Billboard-charting alt-country group Calexico, and can also be heard with David Moore’s new music ensemble, “Bing and Ruth”, the avant-improvising group "Anicha", and in duet with Liam Robinson as Robinson & Rohe, playing traditional American and Irish folk music. She has been heard on New York public radio as part of the Wordless Music Series and co-wrote and performed the music for the feature film “Noise” (2004).

"Ms. Rohe is a confident young singer whose compositions tend toward a literate and imploring tone." - Nate Chinen, New York Times

"Jean has the remarkable ability, typical of all true artists, to hold her vast palette of technical virtuosity in check and only bring what's needed at any given moment. Hardly the aloof jazz musician we've grown accustomed to, she brings her listeners along for a joyful ride through her soundworld, while challenging them with questions about what it means to be a global citizen." - William R. Bauer, Ph.D. author of Open the Door: The Life and Music of Betty Carter
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.jeanrohe.com http://cdbaby.com/cd/jeanrohe

Saturday
Feb 05
6:00PM  THE LIAR SHOW
Andy Christie

SARA BARRON JIM O'GRADY LISA KIRCHNER STEVE ZIMMER
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Seek Truth. Get a T-Shirt.

4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies. Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold.

Tonight's storytellers include SARA BARRON (NPR's This American Life; author of People Are Unappealing), JIM O'GRADY (N.Y. Times; WNYC), LISA KIRCHNER (The Washington Post; Salon.com), and STEVE ZIMMER (Moth GrandSlam Champion).
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  ARI HOENIG QUARTET
Ari Hoenig, drums;  Gilad Hekselman , guitar;  Shai Maestro, piano;  Orlando le Fleming, bass
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Ari Hoenig (born on November 13, 1973 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), is a jazz drummer, composer and educator known for his unusual and intense approach to drumming emphasizing complex rhythms in direct harmony with other group members.

Ari is widely noted particularly for his drumming not being relegated to just keeping tempo, or being a side issue to the music he plays in, but rather for elevating drumming as an indispensable part of the performance. Hoenig is also known for his unique ability to modify the pitch of a drum by using drum sticks, mallets, and even parts of his body (such as his hands and elbows). Using this technique, he can play any note in the chromatic scale, virtually any melody, and even improvise on a chord structure in the same way as any other instrumentalist would. Hoenig was born into a family of classically trained musicians. His father being a choral conductor and mother a violinist, he was exposed to classical and folk music at an early age. He played both piano and violin as a child, then rock and metal drums as a teen before settling into jazz and improvised music. Ari has recorded 6 cds as a leader including 2 solo drums cd’s and is currently a Dreyfus Records performing artist. Currently, his group Ari Hoenig and Punk Bop tours worldwide and performs weekly at the legendary New York jazz club Smalls. He is also the co-leader of Hoenig Pilc Project, together with long time musical partner Jean Michel Pilc. Other artists Hoenig has performed or recorded with as a sideman include Shirley Scott, Gerry Mulligan, Jean Michel Pilc, Mike Stern, Kenny Werner, Joshua Redman, Wayne Krantz, Herbie Hancock, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Richard Bona, Dave Liebman, Chris Potter, Toots Thielemans, Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, Ivan Linz and the Jazz Mandolin Project.

"expansive technique, propulsive time and deep musicality" "his style is characterized by a crisp attack and quick attentive reflexes. Ari Hoenig approaches jazz drumming with manic glee, and yet he's exacting with texture and pulse, an irrepressibly kinetic drummer ." Nate Chinen, NY Times

"Ari Hoenig is one of the most maniacally obsessive, spasmodic and musical drummers in jazz." JAZZ TIMES
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)   www.arihoenig.com

Sunday
Feb 06
6:00PM  SERIAL UNDERGROUND : NEW YORK'S PREMIER NEW MUSIC VARIETY SHOW
Jed Distler, host

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Doors open at 5:45 PM

$10 music charge at the door, plus drink/food minimum

Singer/songwriter Ben Arthur - "If You Look For My Heart"

Pianist Jenny Lin plays Shostakovich Preludes & Fugues

"The quirky optimism that marked Ben Arthur's album Edible Darling has aged and darkened on his long-awaited second disc Mouthfeel. A slippery disc in sound and meaning...which burrows intimately into love, pain and loss." National Public Radio

Jenny Lin has been acclaimed for her "remarkable technical command" and "a gift for melodic flow" by The New York Times. The Washington Post praises "Lin's confident fingers... spectacular technique..." and Gramophone Magazine has hailed her as "an exceptionally sensitive pianist". Martha Argerich wrote: "Miss Jenny Lin is a very gifted young musician and a brilliant pianist."

8:30PM  ARI HOENIG QUARTET
Ari Hoenig, drums;  Gilad Hekselman , guitar;  Shai Maestro, piano;  Orlando le Fleming, bass
Ari Hoenig Quartet image
Ari Hoenig (born on November 13, 1973 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), is a jazz drummer, composer and educator known for his unusual and intense approach to drumming emphasizing complex rhythms in direct harmony with other group members.

Ari is widely noted particularly for his drumming not being relegated to just keeping tempo, or being a side issue to the music he plays in, but rather for elevating drumming as an indispensable part of the performance. Hoenig is also known for his unique ability to modify the pitch of a drum by using drum sticks, mallets, and even parts of his body (such as his hands and elbows). Using this technique, he can play any note in the chromatic scale, virtually any melody, and even improvise on a chord structure in the same way as any other instrumentalist would. Hoenig was born into a family of classically trained musicians. His father being a choral conductor and mother a violinist, he was exposed to classical and folk music at an early age. He played both piano and violin as a child, then rock and metal drums as a teen before settling into jazz and improvised music. Ari has recorded 6 cds as a leader including 2 solo drums cd’s and is currently a Dreyfus Records performing artist. Currently, his group Ari Hoenig and Punk Bop tours worldwide and performs weekly at the legendary New York jazz club Smalls. He is also the co-leader of Hoenig Pilc Project, together with long time musical partner Jean Michel Pilc. Other artists Hoenig has performed or recorded with as a sideman include Shirley Scott, Gerry Mulligan, Jean Michel Pilc, Mike Stern, Kenny Werner, Joshua Redman, Wayne Krantz, Herbie Hancock, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Richard Bona, Dave Liebman, Chris Potter, Toots Thielemans, Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, Ivan Linz and the Jazz Mandolin Project.

"expansive technique, propulsive time and deep musicality" "his style is characterized by a crisp attack and quick attentive reflexes. Ari Hoenig approaches jazz drumming with manic glee, and yet he's exacting with texture and pulse, an irrepressibly kinetic drummer ." Nate Chinen, NY Times

"Ari Hoenig is one of the most maniacally obsessive, spasmodic and musical drummers in jazz." JAZZ TIMES
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)   www.arihoenig.com

Monday
Feb 07
6:00PM  MONOLOGUES & MADNESS
Tulis McCall, host

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Actors, time limits, laughter, tears, our floorboards are used to perfection.

An Evening of Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU.

Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!

$10 includes a drink, what a bargain!!
 Cover $10   www.monologuesandmadness.com

8:30PM  TLAB
Leif Arntzen, trumpet;  Ryan Blotnick, guitar;  Michael Bates, bass;  Miles Arntzen, drums
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With influences ranging from Fela Kuti, Davis, Armstrong, Dorham, and Coltrane, Cash, even Riley, Glass, Leif's sound and music aspires to transcend. Leif made his deal at the cross roads as a child to play the horn, committed to creating his own sound and technique. His work in developing melody and rhythm, improvised arrangements, and group timbre is his nature, and his message is complete. Not many players play to his range, requiring solid jazz, folk, and classical fundamentals, all disciplines are welded to journey to and from the unknown. Ryan Blotnick and Michael Bates are just such capable players, and his son Miles Arntzen on drums completes the chemistry with rhythmic freedom and forward motion. At once classic and modern, the music is all encompassing, realizing, and free. There's nothing known quite like it, but instantly well-known when it finds the ear.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.leifarntzen.com www.myspace.com/leifarntzen

STREAMING LINK: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMGA1DDvKRg

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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