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Paintings by EDWARD CHING

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Oct 02
Kathleen Frazier
Somniloquies: A Memoir Of Sleepwalking image

Somniloquies: a memoir of sleepwalking is part coming of age/part detective story, a quest in which Kathleen Frazier seeks to untangle twenty years of chronic somnambulism: the origins at adolescence when her brother first attempted suicide (a sort of nighttime mirroring of his waking pain), her own near-death experiences while sleepwalking, and failed efforts to abate her malady with booze. It is a love story to her Irish American family of the 1960s – ‘70s, a longing to balm their wounds from generations of alcoholism, mental illness and fretful nights. Ultimately, it is a story of recovery, romance and redemption. In 1990, at the age of thirty, Kathleen met her husband days after the terrible sleepwalking accident that brought her to her knees. One night at a time, Mark showed her the link between comfort, trust and peaceful slumber. Read her “2 Minute Memoir” in Psychology Today:

$8.00 includes a drink

Jennifer Sirey, guitar, voice;  Michelle Segre, guitar, voice;  Jennifer Coates, fiddle
The Hillfillies image
The Hillfillies are an acoustic folk trio, part American regional in sound, part Anglo psych fairy folk, fully NYC contemporary. These three women sing and play, incorporating haunting, lyrical vibrations from both fiddle and slide guitar, and the occasional mandolin and uke. Expressing in original compositions, with lilting but melancholic harmonies, everything from perky despair to transcendental cosmic optimism.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Host, John McNeil

A FONT Special Event -- produced by Dave Douglas and John McNeil celebrating the musical achievement and contribution of Laurie Frink.

$10 minimum

A FONT Special Event: A Celebration of Laurie Frink image
Bob Quatrone, host

Bill Wertheim George Spencer many others
Four Horsemen Open Mic Poetry image
4 Horsemen hosted by the inimitable Bob Q.

$ 8 includes a drink

Oct 04
Robin, Angelo, Josh, and Tom, hosts

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.

Finger food on us, drinks available. All are welcome.

Ray Anderson, trombone;  Dan Blake, saxophones;  Ricardo Gallo, piano;  Mark Helias, bass;  Jeff Davis, drums
Ricardo Gallo, “Tierra de Nadie”  image
Ricardo Gallo / “Tierra de Nadie” performs original music conceived as a sort of imaginary musical folklore, a “No man’s land” which is the intriguing basis for exploratory improvisations. The compositions picture a landscape devoid of flags, providing space for the musical personalities of the players, on this occasion featuring Ray Anderson on trombone, Dan Blake on saxophones, Mark Helias on bass, Jeff Davis on drums, and Ricardo Gallo on piano and compositions. Its debut recording “The Great Fine Line”, which also enjoyed the contribution of Satoshi Takeishi and Pheeroan akLaff was released in November 2010 by Clean Feed Records. For this concert the band will bring new repertoire that will be part of a second release as well as selections from their debut album.

“Gallo has assembled a first-rate band and given it plenty with which to work”
-- Stuart Broomer,NYC Jazz Record

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Oct 05
Kat Georges, host

Maria Gregorio, Featured Poet;  Sahar Muradi, Guest Poet
Son of Pony image
Open mic, arrive early to sign up.

$ 8 includes a drink

Donny McCaslin, saxophone;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Michael Bates, bass;  Clarence Penn, drums
Michael Bates Quartet image
Double bassist Michael Bates is a composer thriving in many musical worlds. With an eye to the future, his music draws from jazz, classical, world music, rock and blends them into a lyrical, visceral and cinematic style. For over a decade he has been performing cutting edge music and “simply put, Bates has the ability to make a huge impact on the existing state of modern jazz”– (Glenn Astarita, Downbeat, Ejazz news)

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Oct 06
Andy Christie, host

Isaac Butler Leslie Goshko Corey Pandolph Dana Rossi
The Liar Show image

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.

This month, The Liar Show welcomes Isaac Butler (Barack Obama's Arts Policy Committee), Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post), Corey Pandolph (New Yorker Magazine cartoonist), and Dana Rossi (The Soundtrack Series)

Hosted by Andy Christie (WNYC'S The Moth's Radio Hour)

$15.00 includes a drink

Bobby Avey, piano;  Shane Endsley, trumpet;  Thomson Kneeland, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums
Bobby Avey Group image Jonno Rattman
Praised by the New Yorker magazine as, “A young pianist of invention and refinement,” Bobby Avey has established himself as an emerging star in the jazz community.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Oct 07
Demetrius Spaneas, curator and host

Molly Thompson, voice;  Kamala Sankaram, voice;  James Moore, ukulele, guitar;  Joshua Lopes, bass, guitar;  Eric Km Clark, violin;  Jennifer Stock, piano
Serial Underground: New York's Premiere New Music Variety Show image

Shadow of Corinth, a video song cycle with music by Molly Thompson; video by Anney Bonney; lyrics by Sara Wintz; conducted by Christopher Anderson-Bazzoli

Jennifer Stock's Shivelights, a cycle of piano miniatures with found sounds, live processing, and video with Jennifer Stock (piano)

$20 music charge at the door, includes $10 food/drink credit

Billy Newman, host

Filip Novosel, tambura;  Richard Boukas, guitar, voice
New Brazilian Perspectives: NOVOSEL-BOUKAS DUO image
The NOVOSEL-BOUKAS DUO performs an organic blend of Brazilian, Balkan, jazz, gypsy and classical styles– achieving new musical forms that defy traditional categories. Born in Slavonski-Brod, Croatia, FILIP NOVOSEL is an acclaimed virtuoso on the tambura, the country's most important instrumental tradition. His flowing improvisations, impeccable technique and ability to synthesize diverse musical influences uniquely positions him to bring tambura into deserved international prominence. RICHARD BOUKAS has been a heralded guitarist, vocalist, composer and educator for over three decades, and a dedicated exponent and advocate for Brazilian music. Named "Best Brazilian Jazz Guitarist in the U.S." by GuitarOne Magazine, he has led and recorded with numerous ensembles including Quarteto Moderno, Amazona and a duo with acclaimed Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto (formerly of Hermeto Pascoal Group). A prolific composer of Brazilian-influenced jazz, chamber music and solo guitar works, he is on faculty at New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program in NYC.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Oct 08
Tulis McCall, host

Monologues & Madness image
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 ( my god what a bargain! )

Charlie Rauh, guitar;  Concetta Abbate, violin
Classical At The Cornelia: Charlie Rauh and Concetta Abbate image

This is music for folks who like things a little different--exploratory and sometimes rather free but expressing also a structural knack that melds the two personalities into a compositional-improvisational singularity." - Gregory Applegate Edwards (Author of "Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Blog")

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Oct 09
Thomas Pryor, host

Tricia Alexandro Crystal Durant Robin Eisgrau Jenny Rubin David Terhune
City Stories: Stoops To Nuts image

The neighborhood’s awake and talented storytellers & musicians are ready to paint characters and scenes for you.

Tricia Alexandro is a native New Yorker. She studied acting at Playhouse West (LA), took the LAByrinth Theatre Company’s Master Class and studied with Seth Barrish at The Barrow Group. The one act play Tricia wrote called Save the World, was recently chosen for FAB Theatre Companyʼs Reading Series. Tricia can be seen in a new play written by Arlene Hutton called According to the Chorus, on June 29th and 30th at The Barrow Group Theatre, and she performs her own monologues regularly at Cornelia St Cafeʼs monthly “Monologues and Madness”. Sheʼs very grateful to Tommy for the opportunity to share her stories.

Crystal Durant is a singer with Loser's Lounge, LALM concert series, Exploding Note, and a regular at The Rockwood Music Hall. When she's not singing, she's a kick-ass DJ, Art Educator, Pop Culture Demolition Specialist, and photographer of the absurd and interesting. Follow her on Instagram at DJCrystalClear, or find her on Facebook. She's a GREAT friend!"

Robin Eisgrau is a writer and performer whose writing has been published in Paper, Time Out New York, Seventeen, The Village Voice, The New York Post, Sky Magazine UK and other publications. Her one-woman show, A Place to Live, was staged at the Bowery Poetry Club. She studied acting at the Deena Levy Theater Studio and also sings, writes songs and plays guitar.

Jenny Rubin has hosted and produced comedy shows since 2003. She has appeared on ABC, WE TV, LOGO, and IFC. You may also recognize her from the YouTube hit, Shit Native New Yorkers Say". She is currently hosting her own storytelling show, Here's The Story.

David Terhune is a songwriter, bandleader and writer of opinion pieces who lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is the founder of The Kustard Kings, who became the house band for the popular Loser's Lounge shows in New York City starting in 1993 and continuing today at Joe's Pub, The Public Theater. David is a frequently published writer of letters-to-the-editor, having over 150 letters printed since 2006.

Thomas Pryor’s work was published in The New York Times, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, A Prairie Home Companion and other periodicals. His blog, “Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts,” is listed in The New York Times. Thomas appeared on public radio’s “This American Life,” and was featured on TV Ch 13’s “Baseball: A New York Love Story.” His first book of photographs, River-to-River: New York Scenes from a Bicycle, was published by YBK in August 2012 (available at

$8.00 includes a drink

Nicky Schrire, host

Hiromi Suda, vocals;  Helio Alves, piano;  Tatsuya Sakurai, guitar;  Anne Drummond, flute;  Yasushi Nakamura, bass;  Keita Ogawa, drums, percussion
VOXIFY: Hiromi Suda image

Vocalist-Composer HIROMI SUDA celebrates the U.S. Release of Her New CD, SOU: A Collection of Brazilian Songs. Produced by Suda and Brazilian jazz guitarist Romero Lubambo, the recording is a collection of Brazilian songs (Samba, MPB and choro) by notable Brazilian composers, such as João Bosco, Milton Nascimento, Hermeto Pascoal,Pixinguinha, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Djavan, and three original compositions by Suda. Lubambo is featured on Sou (guitar and cavaquinho), along with pianist Julian Shore, flutist Anne Drummond, bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer/percussionist Keita Ogawa. All of the musicians on the recording (except Lubambo and Shore) will be joining Suda on this date. Sitting in for Lubambo on the performance will be Tatsuya Sakurai and for Shore, pianist Helio Alves.

A Berklee School of Music alumni, Hiromi Suda developed a keen interest in Brazilian music while studying there. During the summer of 2007, she spent 3 months in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, honing her skills in Brazilian music styles and instruments. Her experience in Brazil was highly rewarding, not only musically, but it gave a historical and cultural context to her passion for the music. Suda attended a choro school, Escola Portatil de Musica, studying the pandeiro (hand frame drum) with pandeiro players Jorginho Silva and Celsinho Silva, and MPB vocal style with singer-songwriter Suely Mesquita. Hiromi Suda combines the classical qualities of intricate phrasing and attention to emphasis and timing, with a melodic and harmonic complexity that reminds of bossa nova. Suda lives and works in New York City.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Nicky Schrire, host

Kavita Shah, vocals;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Sam Anning, bass;  Guilhem Flouzat , drums;  Yacouba Sissoko, kora;  Stephen Cellucci, tabla;  Michael Valeanu, guitar
VOXIFY: Kavita Shah image

Kavita Shah, winner of the 2012 Downbeat Student Music award for Best Graduate Jazz Vocalist, is a singer, composer, and arranger based in New York. Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French, she authentically incorporates elements of Cuban, Brazilian, Malian, and Indian music into her jazz-based repertoire. She leads her own quintet as well as the “3rd World Orquestra,” a 13-piece ensemble featuring a jazz rhythm section, strings, voices, kora, and tabla. In addition to her solo projects, she regularly works with contemporary composers as a member of the Steve Newcomb Orchestra and tabla virtuoso Samir Chatterjee's “Rabi Thakur.”

Ms. Shah received her Master's in Jazz Voice from Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Theo Bleckmann, Peter Eldridge, Steve Wilson, and Jim McNeely. She holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Harvard, where she conducted award-winning research on contemporary Afro-Brazilian music. She plans to record her debut album in late 2012.

"Kavita is a musician's singer. She thinks like an instrumentalist, always taking risks and searching for new levels of understanding. Her music defies categorization; she has a truly unique vision shaped by her influences from NY to Brazil to India and beyond."​- Steve Wilson, jazz saxophonist

Kavita Shah is a "masterful singer with a deep, personal connection to the music." - Sheila Jordan

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

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