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Oct 01
Robin, Angelo, Poul, and David, hosts

Artists’ Salon image
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.

Arrive early, first ten people in the room constitute a minyan.

Pete Rende, piano;  Bill McHenry, tenor sax;  Matt Brewer , bass;  Ted Poor , drums
Pete Rende image
On the inaugural night of our new grand piano and stage, we proudly present Pete Rende in a rare appearance, leading his own group.

Pete Rende was born in Lone Jack, Missouri in 1972. He began to study piano at the age of 6. He learned how to shuck corn at the age of 3. He learned about engines at the age of 10. He learned slowly how to dodge cow patties when hurled at seventy-five miles an hour. He left home to study music at Berklee College of music. After a hazy 4 years, he moved to New York where he plays piano, writes music, makes records, makes wine and drinks beer. He hates bios. He has played with Mark Turner, Bill McHenry, Chris Cheek, Rebecca Martin, Chiara Civello, Jen Chapin and a thousand other folks.
 Cover $10

Oct 02
Kathi Georges, host

Orion 0.62, Not banned @ Cornelia
Son of Pony image
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

This is the night many of us have anticipated for years, the extraordinary Orion 062 is our feature.

Orion 0.62 is a Swiss-born, Israeli-raised poet who came to America at the age of 12. He's the author of approximately 30,000 poems, many of which explore socially-taboo topics. He's has published two collections of his works, including "A Dozen Brutes" and "Don't Call Me Harvey," a collaboration with Margueritte.

In addition to several torrid affairs with the glitterati, Orion claims that he has singularly participated in more open poetry readings than anyone in history. He's currently banned from several venues for various reasons. In addition to creating intellectually sizzling abstract & philosophical works, Orion also frequently explores extreme concepts of sexual prowess and deviancy. This reading may contain poetry of an extremely graphic nature and is not recommended for anyone who may find this offensive.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Drew Gress, bass;  Billy Drummund, drums
Tony Malaby Quartet image
Saxophonist Tony Malaby, is one of the most compelling living voices on his instrument who is able to musically expand in multiple musical directions. Whether it is in a modern harmonic linear approach or a sonic approach. His is not an eclectic style, but an authentic language in which he is able to create meaning and communicate feeling through the primal power of sound and rhythm.
- Mark Dresser (July 2008)

Malaby is joined by some of his favorite NY improvisers - Advanced Reservations recommended.
 Cover $10

Oct 03
Andy Christie

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.

Admission $12 which includes a drink.

Featued on October 3 are

DAVID ELLIS DICKERSON, Author, "House Of Cards"; NPR's This American Life

ELNA BAKER, Author, "The NY Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance"

RYAN BRITT, "10 Best of 2008

DJ HAZARD, Fuel TV's "American Misfits"

 Cover $5

Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Drew Gress, bass;  Billy Drummund, drums
Tony Malaby Quartet image
Saxophonist Tony Malaby, is one of the most compelling living voices on his instrument who is able to musically expand in multiple musical directions. Whether it is in a modern harmonic linear approach or a sonic approach. His is not an eclectic style, but an authentic language in which he is able to create meaning and communicate feeling through the primal power of sound and rhythm.
- Mark Dresser (July 2008)

Malaby is joined by some of his favorite NY improvisers - Advanced Reservations recommended.
 Cover $10

Oct 04
Roald Hoffmann

Lisa Karrer, composer, vocalist and multi-media performance artist;  David Simons, composer/musician ;  Shahid Naeem , biologist, Columbia University
Entertaining Science -- NATURAL LAW: DARWIN'S TANGLED BANK image

Charles Darwin's last sentence in The Origin of the Species reads: "There is grandeur in this view of life…from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved." Grandeur indeed. To celebrate, and to preserve.

Lisa Karrer is an internationally celebrated composer, vocalist and multi-media performance artist. She brings us "Schismism: Natural Law", a solo performance inspired by Darwin's exploration of evolution and universal connectedness, in collaboration with composer/musician David Simons. In the spirit of natural selection, the audience will decide the sequence of events in real-time during the performance.

And Shahid Naeem from Columbia University will join us reflecting on the consequences of the modern day unraveling of the entanglement of biological diversity evolution has spun over the last 3.5 billion years. His laboratory's motto is "Ecology With No Apology," and explores the environmental consequences of widespread losses in biodiversity, or the disentanglement of what Darwin called, the "entangled bank."
 Cover $10

Lou, accordion, vocals, songwriter;  Peter, 12 string guitar, vocals, lyrics
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Knee-Slapping Folk: Wedded bliss went south for Lou & Peter Berryman, but their musical relationship has grown over the past twenty years. Their off-kilter harmonies buoyed by accordion and guitar back some of the best lyric zingers and funniest songs to come out of the Midwest. The Berrymans (who long ago married other partners) continue to write and sing songs that poke fun at the human plight, idiosyncrasies of living in America, sports, and painting the living room when the world is crumbling around them and us. As silly as they sometimes get, love comes through, adding warmth and depth and turning what could have been a comedy act into an evening of insight.
 Cover $15
Oct 05
Tulis McCall, host

Shy people break out of their performance inhibitions, extending the borders of mental health.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  John de Witt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion;  John Ventimiglia, actor
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This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments--renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.
 Cover $10
Oct 06

Kathleen Frazier reads from a work in progress, Molly’s Story, an historical novel and second book in the Irish American Maguire family series. It is told through the eyes of a sixteen year old ghost who immigrated to New York in 1899. Meet up with silkies, stowaways and the kindness of strangers.

"I've just returned from an all too brief visit to Dublin and can't wait to hear yet again Kathleen's beautiful Irish lilt." _Angelo Verga (Poet Laureate of The Cornelia Street Cafe)
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Sharon Spell, host

Tracy Rowland Allen Norvick Andy Christie David Wolkin Kambri Crews James Braly
SPEAKEASY: Stories from the Backroom image
SpeakEasy is . . .

A new twist on the ancient tradition of oral history.

SpeakEasy is people telling stories-- true stories. Period. No scripts. No crib notes. No rehearsals. SpeakEasy has a dynamic and constantly changing cast of storytellers that include such greats as Mike Daisey, Jonathan Ames, and Reno, along with homemakers, lawyers, dog walkers, street magicians and writers

You never know what you'll hear. So join us for what could be a life changing experience!

 Cover $10

Wednesday Oct 07 6:00PM  FREE RANGE READINGS
Mira Ptacin, host

Our favorite newly wed orchestrates a somewhat new genre with many young clever practitioners. As sexy as it sounds.

October 7th readers include: Among the readers this month are the lovely and talented Claudia Cortese, Aldina Kennedy, and Claire Shefchik

Featuring :

Jeffrey Gustavson, the editor of Epiphany magazine. He will be reading from “The Little Iceberg; or, Can You Say ‘Solipsism’?,” an autobiographical essay.

as well as American novelist Mark Childress, author of six novels: A World Made of Fire, V for Victor, Tender, Crazy in Alabama, Gone for Good, and One Mississippi. Mark is a native of Alabama and now lives in New York and Key West.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Elektra Kurtis, violin;  Curtis Stewart, violin;  Lefteris Bournias, clarinet;  Stuart Popejoy, bass;  Kahlil Kwame Bell, drums;  Babatunde Don Eaton, percussion
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Ensemble Elektra brings a fresh perspective to jazz and world music, blending the modern beat of New York City’s life with its leader's multi-ethnic roots. The all star musicians’ repertoire of original compositions and improvisations fuses contemporary jazz and western classical music forms, with funk and ethnic music from Greece, the Mediterranean and North Africa. Musicians: Elektra Kurtis, violin, Curtis Stewart, violin, Lefteris Bournias, clarinet, Stuart Popejoy, bass, Kahlil Kwame Bell, drums and Babatunde Don Eaton, percussion play with both a nod toward tradition and a flair for the new. Visit us at:

Ensemble Elektra’s music was recently called by the audience "Mediterranean Dixieland" and described by All About Jazz as “profound yearning, ecstatic wailing, and an aching beauty.
 Cover $12

Oct 08
Rigoberto Gonzales, host

An extraordinary reading put together by one of our most gifted hosts, too bad we can't get him back to NYC on a regular basis.

BLAS FALCONER, A Question of Gravity and Light

TYEHIMBA JESS, leadbelly

HELENA MESA, Horse Dance Underwater


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

David Devoe, curator

Deadra Hart, voice;  Zach Brock, violin;  Jim Ridl, piano;  Matt Clohesy, bass;  Fred Kennedy, drums;  Mel Flannery, voice;  Lee Pardini, piano;  Matt Aronoff, bass;  Danny Sher, drums
Gnu Vox: Deadra Hart & Mel Flannery image
Regarded by fellow jazz singers as “a dynamic improviser who interprets a lyric with sincerity and a beautiful sense of style,” Deadra Hart’s unique, crystal-clear voice breathes new life into music. This New York City –based vocalist has lived and performed all over the world, from Los Angeles to the Midwest and from Amsterdam to Ecuador. Deadra is an active performer, leading a jazz quartet that mixes traditional jazz elements with gorgeous, original melodies. Her debut album, Wherever I Go has already sold hundreds of copies and can be heard on jazz radio stations as far away as Indonesia and Australia. Deadra has recently been exploring her newfound passion for the songs of South America with her Latin jazz trio, Ligaçao. She has been praised by critics and musicians alike as “a woman who sings with sophistication” (Cincinnati Post) and “a superb musician with exquisite taste” (Paris Rutherford – Vocal Jazz Arranger).

Since 2003, Mel Flannery Trucking Co. has carved a home for themselves in New York's most influential independent and jazz venues including Joe's Pub, the Cutting Room and Rockwood Music Hall. Defining what it is to be a 'band' and not a group of hired musicians, Mel Flannery Trucking Co. has developed an organic and nuanced sound that comes on easy, but leaves one breathless in its wake. The songwriting of frontwoman and namesake, Mel Flannery (with the occasional co-writing of pianist Lee Pardini) is an exercise in balance; blending complexity and accessibility, heartbreak and humor, wisdom and youth. MFTC injects electricity and fire in their live performances, shunning the notion that a jazz is ‘background music.’ Playing songs off their two acclaimed self-produced records, MFTC is an unforgettable event of jazz for a new audience.
 Cover $10

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