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ART ON THE WALLS

Photographs by Linda Zecchino

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Sunday
Nov 15
6:00PM  POETRY & PROSE
Angelo Verga, host

Jonathan Goodman Anne McGovern Claudia La Rocco Valery Oisteanu

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  IGOR LUMPERT GROUP FEATURING BEN MONDER
Igor Lumpert , saxophone;  Chris Tordini, bass;  Arron McLendon, drums;  Ben Monder, guitar
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"What makes Igor's music and playing so unique is its complexity. There is a quality to his playing and compositions that has absorbed the rich traditions of jazz music in this country but has also added something new and unidentifiable. His compositions flow with ease and vitality off odd time signatures. There is also darkness and a mystery to his sound that is all his own. No one else sounds like that-and that's one of the highest compliments you can give to a jazz musician. The complex emotions that feed the sounds of great artists in the jazz tradition have to do with the experience of enormous conflicts. You can't fake that quality, and Igor has it."
Jane Ira Bloom, Saxophonist/composer/Grammy winner
 Cover $10   www.igorlumpert.com www.myspace.com/innertextures
Monday
Nov 16
6:00PM  NEW YORK QUARTERLY
Ted Jonathan Andrew Kaufman Sommer Browning
These three fine poets represent a wide variety of styles & subjects, the unity is their quality & craft, just what we've come to expect from the editors of The New York Quarterly.
8:30PM  PRIVATE EVENT

Tuesday
Nov 17
6:00PM  WRITERS ROOM
Liz Sherman, host


New York's venerable urban writers' colony presents a monthly reading of new work.

Featured writers:

Georgia Clark is Australian. She was the editor of the popular music magazine The Brag before realizing she liked sleeping in too much and went freelance. She writes for teen and women's lifestyle magazines and various online beasts such as So You Think You Can Dance, Project Runway and Idol. In 2007 she won a national film and TV pitching competition for an original vampire drama series which bought her a ticket to New York. Her first novel, She's With The Band, was published in Australia by Allen & Unwin in 2008. She has recently returned from a one-month's residency at Martha's Vineyard and will be reading from her new teen fiction novel, Tigerskins Inc, set to be published in 2010.

C.S. Hanson: Recent productions: Charles Winn Speaks (Living Image Arts), Falutin (City Theatre in Miami; 3Graces), Extremes (The Source, Washington, D.C.), Combat Dating (At Hand Theatre), Apologies to Vietnam (Metropolitan Playhouse), The Sabbatical (Pittsburgh New Works), and Stalk Me, Baby (At Hand Theatre). Plays have been developed at LaMaMa, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Abingdon Theater, Theatre for the New City, New Jersey Rep, Naked Angels, and America-in-Play. Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman finalist for Extremes and Falutin. Commissions from America-in-Play. Member of the Dramatists Guild. Currently working on full-length drama: Dakota du Nord (Or, I Could Never Live Here). Upcoming production: Combat Dating in Estrogenius Festival in New York. Hanson will read from ETRUSCAN LOVERS & OTHER FOOLS.

Julius Landau is a recipient of two Rockefeller Foundation fellowships in playwriting. He wrote and produced a TV series in Milwaukee and also wrote the book and lyrics for the centennial of the Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company in Milwaukee. He was a Literary Manager of the American Renaissance Theater Company, a developmental theater. His plays have been produced in New York City by the Jewish Repertory Theater, Synchronicity Theatre, and the Turnip Theatre. He was a finalist for two Jerry Kaufman playwriting prizes awarded by the American Renaissance Theater.

Julius Landau will be reading excerpts from two plays, The Farm and Mortality Takes a Ride.


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  SPEAKEASY: STORIES FROM THE BACKROOM
Sherry Weaver, host

Bob Brader Kevin Allison Leslie Goshko Melanie Hamlett Joey Novick Kim Schultz
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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   www.speakeasystories.com

Wednesday Nov 18 6:00PM  GEORGE WALLACE POETRY EXPLOSION
George Wallace, host


Long Island's favorite son and author of the new collection Poppin' Johnny bursts in our basement.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  THE SONGWRITER'S BEAT
Deni Bonet, special guest host

Deni Bonet Jodelle Kati Mac Austin Donohue
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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.

This month's Songwriter's Beat features Deni Bonet, Jodelle, Kati Mac and Austin Donohue, with special guest host* Deni Bonet. (*Val is in Japan this week, on the road with Ashford & Simpson, so Deni is hosting!!)

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.


 Cover $10   songwritersbeat.com valghent.com

Thursday
Nov 19
6:00PM  POETRY & JAZZ
Golda Solomon & Elizabeth Phaire, co-hosts

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Golda & here crewe celebrate GOGYOHKA POETRY THIS EVENING HERALDS THE FORM CREATED BY ENTA KUSAKABE. JOIN US AS THE STUDENTS OF ENTA’S WORKSHOPS TAKE THE PAGE TO THE STAGE

DOORS OPEN AT 5:30 PM

JAZZ BEGINS AT 5:45 PM WITH THE DOUBLESHARPS

$ 15 (INCLUDES 1 DRINK)

$ 10 STUDENTS WITH ID ( INCLUDES 1 DRINK)


 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  GNU VOX: KAT CALVOSA
David Devoe, host

Kat Calvosa, voice;  Sean Fitzpatrick, piano;  Thompson Kneeland, bass;  Joe Abba, drums
Gnu Vox: Kat Calvosa image
Vocalist Kat Calvosa has a voice like chocolate. Rich and smooth and filled with joy, listeners will be enchanted with the singular manner in which she approaches her craft.

Having spent the last two years in Miami pursuing her Masters Degree in Jazz Pedagogy, where she had the opportunity to work with such noted musicians as John Secada, Raul Midon, Alex Norris, Rey Sanchez, Lisanne Lyons, and Johnny Rodgers, Ms. Calvosa is thrilled to return to the New York Jazz scene.

Her ability to take what are commonly referred to as new standards, popular songs written in the 1960s and 1970s, and spin them out in a Jazz context is one of her most endearing qualities. Her voice is able to move effortlessly within the nuances of the music, and her skill in interpreting and internalizing lyrics is masterful. Kat is also an accomplished songwriter, and her original music is a blend of Jazz, Folk, and Pop, with a sound evoking modern and traditional influences.

Upon her graduation from Manhattan School of Music in 1999, Ms. Calvosa began working with Anat Fort, Nick Mancini, Greg Beyer, and Mike Epperhart, and two years later she released her debut CD, It Could Happen. She has worked with such noted artists as Anne Philips, Jackie Presti, Jane Monheit, Travis Sullivan, Art Hirahara, and Sean Nowell, and has played at many New York venues including The Cornelia Street Café, The Bitter End, and The New Leaf Café. Additionaly you can find her playing summer tours with various groups at venues across the country.

  www.katcalvosa.com

Friday
Nov 20
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Kat Georges, host

Feature: Alfred Celetano
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Alfred Celentano has lived in and around New York all his life, and works in New York City. He has been writing poetry for over 25 years. He also plays guitar and started writing poetry as lyrics for songs. His work has been published in several periodicals, including the Bay Area Poets Coalition in San Francisco and Philadelphia Poets.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  MARK HELIAS TRIO
Mark Helias, bass;  Orrin Evans, piano;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
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Exploring the archetypal piano trio form, bassist/composer Mark Helias has assembled a special series of his compositions to be realized by the brilliant musicians Orrin Evans and Gerald Cleaver.
 Cover $10   www.markhelias.com
Saturday
Nov 21
6:00PM  GREEK-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Dean Kostos, host



 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
9:00PM & 10:30PM  ELLERY ESKELIN QUARTET
Ellery Eskelin, saxophone;  Mary Halvorson, guitar;  John Hébert, bass;  Tyshawn Sorey, drums
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"...brilliant and consummately versatile..."
- Time Out New York, December 2008

"...a powerful soloist brimming with ideas and limitless imagination..."
- Time Out London, May 2009

"...Eskelin continues to be the most inventive American tenor player in creative music..."
- Down Beat Nov. 1996

Always looking to establish new musical relationships out of the abundant talent pool in New York City, veteran saxophonist Ellery Eskelin debuts a new project at the Cornelia Street Cafe. Mary Halvorson, John Hébert and Tyshawn Sorey are each singular improvisors on their respective instruments and along with Eskelin are sure to create a vast panorama of sonic color and form. Be prepared to take a musical journey of unexpected proportions...

Over the span of many years in New York, Eskelin has forged important musical relationships with Joey Baron, Gerry Hemingway, Mark Helias, Sylvie Courvoisier, Bobby Previte and has worked with a broad cross section of jazz, avant-pop and new-music figures such as organist Brother Jack McDuff, composer Mikel Rouse, guitarist Eugene Chadbourne, oud player and composer Rabih Abou-Khalil, drummer Daniel Humair and the pseudo-group "The Grassy Knoll" among many others.

Eskelin has also established a number of important projects as a leader, most notably "Ellery Eskelin with Andrea Parkins and Jim Black" (since 1994) as well as side-projects with guitarist Marc Ribot and drummer Kenny Wollesen (exploring the music of Gene Ammons), and a special ensemble consisting of strings (Mat Maneri, Erik Friedlander, Mark Dresser), vibraphone (Matt Moran) and saxophone performing completely improvised music. Eskelin also enjoys performing improvisatory duos with Dutch drummer Han Bennink. Eskelin's many recordings as a leader are consistently named in Best of the Year critics' polls in the New York Times, The Village Voice , and major jazz magazines in the US and abroad.
 Cover $10   home.earthlink.net/~eskelin/ www.myspace.com/elleryeskelin

Sunday
Nov 22
6:00PM  POETRY
Madeline Millan, host

Madeline Millan Roberta Gould Guillermo Castro
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Guillermo Castro is a poet and translator. His work appears or is forthcoming in Quarterly West, Court Green, The Bellevue Literary Review, Nthposition, EOAGH, The Recluse, Bloom, Barrow St, among others, and the anthologies This Full Green Hour, My Diva,, Saints of Hysteria, This New Breed, and more. His translations of Olga Orozco, in collaboration with Ron Drummond, are featured in Guernica, Terra Incognita, Visions, and the U.S. Latino Review. He lives in New York City and is a native of Argentina.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  MATT BLOSTEIN-VINNIE SPERRAZZA GROUP
Matt Blostein, alto saxophone & compositions ;  Jacob Garchik, trombone ;  Geoff Kraly, bass;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums & compositions
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Free improv with rock energy, late-Romantic harmony with roots in jazz, the Matt Blostein/Vinnie Sperrazza Band creates an engaging instrumental sound that's at once distinct, personal, and welcoming. Imagine Ellington and Zappa reminiscing about Strauss and Ornette Coleman, as plaintive saxophones and rumbling drums peek out from around the corner... Each with their own fresh approach to making music, Matt and Vinnie come together to form a sound which is highly complex without being cerebral, and instantly accessible as it draws on a wide range of influences.

“..sits boldly on the outer branches of the jazz tree” – all about jazz
 Cover $10   www.myspace.com/vinniesperrazzadrums www.mattvinniemusic.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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Many spoken words events are free
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