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" .. Magically, Connor whisks away the artifice of art history to forge some deeper connections, and makes us smile all the while."
- Eric P. Nash - The New York Times
(includes one house drink)
-Casey Rea, Seven Days (VT)
Barbara Feldon is best known as “99” -- the secret Agent on the TV series,Get Smart. During her career she has performed in television films, varietyshows, and motion pictures, (only one of which she wishes to recall: theMichael Richie film Smile).On stage Barbara performed in the Circle in the Square production of PastTense, the off Broadway musical Cut the Ribbons, and her one womanshow, Love for Better or Verse. Over the years she has developed a numberof poetry and prose readings: Great Love Poetry, Pablo Neruda in HisOwn Words, Jane Austin, and Virginia Woolf.Because of Barbara’s interest in women’s issues, from 1982 to 1984 shehosted The 80’s Woman on Lifetime Network. She has served on the boardsof Screen Actors Guild, The Orchestra of St. Lukes, and The Poetry Societyof America. She lectures on women’s issues and is a passionate supporter ofGirls Inc., an organization created to help underprivileged girls developoptions.Her book of essays, Living alone -- and Loving it! was published in 2003by Simon and Schuster.
Joanna Gleason : Dirty, Rotten Scoundrels, Nick and Nora, Into The Woods, I Love My Wife, Joe Egg, The Real Thing, Social Security. Off B'way: Happiness, Something You Did, Eleemosynary, A Hell Of A Town, The Normal Heart , It's Only A Play. She won the Tony for Into The Woods, and Drama Desks for that plus two other shows. She is married to actor Chris Sarandon. Joanna is the author of the novels, Make Me One With Everything, and Lourdes On Five Dollars A Day.
Ellen Mandel has created music for over fifty plays, at the Jean Cocteau Rep, Mint, Arkansas Rep, Riverside Shakespeare, Asolo, Tennessee Rep, and Peterborough Players. She has scored four films, and released three CDs: a wind has blown the rain away, fifteen of her E.E. Cummings songs, the first of all my dreams, songs to poems by Cummings, Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats, and others, and Every Play's an Opera, theatre music.
Pamela Bob, a New York based actor and singer, has played roles in New York and regional theatres ranging from standard and contemporary musical theater to bluegrass, swing, blues and folk. Talkin' Broadway named her Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in "People Like Us", and she won the Metrolina Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of June Carter in "Wildwood Flowers: the June Carter Cash Story. " You can catch Pamela in "Good Ol' Girls" on UNC-TV/PBS.
"One of the city's best alt-comedy shows."
– The NY Post
Meakin Armstrong is fiction editor at Guernica (guernicamag.com), recently cited by Esquire as being one of the best literary magazines on the Web. He contributed to the books, New York Calling: From Blackout to Bloomberg (Dist U of Chicago Press) and to Museyon Guides: Film and Travel (Museyon). Most recently, his short stories have appeared in Our Stories Literary Journal, InDigest, Sweeeeet, and Mr. Beller's Neighborhood. For eight years, he worked at The New Yorker.
Kathleen Lawrence is the author of three books—novels Maud Gone and The Last Room in Manhattan (Atheneum and New American Library); and non-fiction: The Boys I Didn't Kiss (British-American/Paris Review Editions). Her essays and short stories have been published in The NewYork Times, Vogue, Ms., Glamour, Newsday, 7Days, The Antioch Review and The Chicago Tribune. Lawrence has received grants and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Breadloaf, Ragdale, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and the English-Speaking Union. She teaches at CUNY.
Kathleen Lawrence will be reading an excerpt from her memoir: Becoming Irish or We Thought We Were the Kennedys.
Patricia Crevits graduated from Columbia University with a Masters in Fine Arts: Screenwriting and Directing. She was born and raised in Belgium where she graduated from the film school “RITCS”. Her background is in Film and TV. She spent many nights video taping Spoken Word and Jazz within the Hip Hop Movement. Patricia is currently writing Mad Cool, a book based on the lives of Marc Edmunds and Lenny McGurr, two graffiti artists better known as ALI and FUTURA 2000.
(includes one house drink)
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!
This month's Songwriter's Beat will benefit the Libby Ross Foundation which raises funding and awareness for breast cancer research. Performers include: Eli-Rose Sanford, Clare Cooper, Laura Cheadle, Amy Coleman and Cathy Kreger.
Now in its 9th 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 270 songwriters from the Tri-State area as well as visiting songwriters from other parts of the United States, Canada, France, the UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Cuba 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!
The Songwriter's Beat is honored to receive support from The ASCAP Foundation.
Vocalist Amy Cervini has garnered acclaim in her home of Canada and adoptive home of New York. Her eponymous quartet, with pianist Michael Cabe, bassist Mark Lau and drummer Ernesto Cervini, has released two albums – 2007’s Famous Blue and 2009’s Lovefool – with track lists comprised of pop tunes from Weezer, the Cardigans and Leonard Cohen, standards from the American Songbook and original pieces from modern jazz composers.
Ms. Cervini pursued her undergraduate studies at New England Conservatory, where she majored in jazz saxophone. She is also an accomplished pianist, but has made her name as a dynamic vocalist. Praised by the Toronto Star for her “freshly appealing voice” and Time Out New York for her ability to “straddle the line between confessional balladeering and breezy swing,” these traits have made Ms. Cervini a regular at venues throughout New York – from the 55 Bar to Carnegie Hall – and around the world.
“Straight out of the starting gate, singer Amy Cervini demonstrated a sophisticated flair for repurposing adult-pop singles into improvisatory fare. Tonight, find out if she can pull the same trick with country tunes by Willie Nelson, Hank Williams and others. (We’re betting yep.)” - Time Out NY
Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.
tonight Eve hosts Bruce Weber, whose new book The Breakup of My First Marriage is available from Rogue Scholars.
(includes one house drink)
During the 1990s Jeff issued two CDs of original compositions as a leader, Coalescence (Steeplechase) and Jazzblues (Cathexis).
His return to leadership with the current quartet showcases the distinctive compositional qualities of each musician. Over the last year the repertoire has evolved to encompass both individuality and cohesive group identity. John O’Gallagher and Duane Eubanks form a contrasting yet complimentary front line, while John Hebert contributes a wealth of linear, harmonic, and rhythmic variation and substance. All of which provides Jeff with a complete range of expression.
For more information about Jeff Williams, and to listen to music by his quartet, visit
“…A maelstrom with taste, uniformly excellent.” –Down Beat
4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies.
Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold.
(includes one house drink)
“Nate and Matt are known for their experimental sides,” explains
Eisenstadt, “yet both are lyrical players with totally personal
sounds in more jazz/song form-oriented contexts. Chris, who
I’ve worked with since my 2007 record, The All Seeing Eye +
Octets (Poobah), brings harmonic sophistication and a skeletal,
shimmering texture that only vibraphone can provide. Eivind is
one of the premier young bassists working in New York and I felt
instantly at home with his lyrical and rock solid approach. He
thinks in song forms even when abstracting material, making him
the perfect bass player for these compositions.”
One of only a handful of drummers equally well-
known for his work as a composer, Eisenstadt is
among the most versatile and prolific musicians
of his generation. His eclectic résumé includes
studies with some of the most respected names
in both improvised music and West African drum-
ming, and performances in genres ranging from
film and theater to poetry and dance to contem-
porary classical and opera. He has performed
all over the globe, earned commissions from
organizations such as Meet The Composer and
the American Composers Forum, and appeared
on more than 35 recordings over the past decade.
“Harris Eisenstadt is a model of intelligent ver-
satility,” declares Signal to Noise’s Bill Meyer.
“Whether he’s leading the band or contributing
to the collective, the NYC-based drummer brings
discernment and discipline to the proceedings...
his playing always seems keyed into exactly
what the music needs.” In addition to Canada
Day, he also leads Woodblock Prints, a nonet
inspired by the ancient Japanese art form, and is
an active member of The Convergence Quartet,
Sean Moran’s Big Elephant, The Pavones, Adam
Rudolph’s Organic Orchestra and the Nate
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STEPHEN DUNN: Badly, I think.
Pulitzer Prize winner Dunn journeys from south Jersey to a side street in Greenwich Village, we are also blessed to have his longtime friend, the poet Philip Dacey join him.
The snappy lines quoted above are from a PBS interview of a few years ago.
(includes one house drink)
Cover is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times