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ART ON THE WALLS

Photographs by VICTORIA LEVY

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Monday
Nov 22
6:00PM  POETRY & PROSE
Josh Rebell, host

Efrem Sigel, prose;  David Friedman, poetry;  Sarah Sarai, poetry
Efrem Sigel’s second novel, The Disappearance (The Permanent Press) came out last year and earned 3 ½ stars from People. A review in Booklist called it “gripping, emotional, and tender….Sigel is clearly a talented storyteller, and the novel has a deep emotional core that will resonate with any reader.” He has also published 20 short stories and essays in publications ranging from Congress Monthly and Jerusalem Post to Xavier Review, Nimrod and Quercus Review. He lives in New York City.

"Sarah Sarai’s poems are charged with the terrible presence of the now and the dangerous fact of words. This is poetry as it should be. Scary, strange, generous, intensely in a physical world while illuminating an unimaginable spiritual world. This is writing that sings. The song it sings is the song of our hearts." —Jack Wiler

David Joel Friedman's first book, THE WELCOME, won the 2004 National Poetry Series, selected by Stephen Dunn. It was published by the University ofI Illinois Press, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He also has a finely printed chapbook. He has poems in a recent issue of EPOCH magazine. And a new manuscript.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID MUSIC PRESENTS:PRESTER JOHN
Frank Oteri, Host

Shawn Persinger, guitar;  David Miller, mandolin, vocals
21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID MUSIC PRESENTS:PRESTER JOHN image
With a unique blend of acoustic rock, jazz, pop, bluegrass, funk and the avant-garde, New Haven, CT duo PRESTER JOHN has a sound that is entirely their own. Formed in 2008 by underground guitar-hero Shawn Persinger, Prester John also showcases the musical talents of David Miller on mandolin and vocals.

Taylor Guitars’ Wood and Steel once wrote, “Persinger has defined his career by playing hard-to-define music.” One minute you’re hearing a pop/rock song the next you’re listening to music that could have been composed by Stravinsky or Frank Zappa. And certainly Prester John’s authenticity is difficult to match; their bluegrass repertoire sounds straight out of Appalachia (no doubt due to Persinger’s West Virginia roots) and their swing tunes recall the bygone days of The Hot Club of France.

The PRESTER JOHN sound has developed over several years of Shawn’s solo touring and performing (playing on 5 continents, in 34 countries and countless cities). With the addition of the extremely versatile David Miller the possibilities are endless.
 Cover $10   www.myspace.com/persingermusic www.innova.mu/artist1.asp?skuID=414

Tuesday
Nov 23
6:00PM  GRADUATE POETS SERIES
Jennifer Nelson & Jimin Seo, hosts

Sherisse Alvarez, Hunter College;  Curtis Rogers, NYU;  Eric Burg Ray DeJesús , The New School
Sherisse Alvarez is an MFA candidate in the creative nonfiction program at Hunter College. Her work has appeared in Palimpsest: Yale Literary and Arts Magazine; Daylight Magazine; the anthology Revolutionary Voices and other publications. She has been a resident at the National Book Foundation and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She was a 2010 recipient of an Academy of American Poets award.

Curtis Rogers is a first-year MFA candidate in poetry at New York University. He has worked for Running Press and Penn Press in Philadelphia, PA. His work has appeared in Camroc Press Review, Peregrine, and elsewhere. As an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, he received one of the College Alumni Society Prizes for his poetry, among other honors.

Eric Burg is a bon vivant from Oregon. He is a gentleman rider, a patriot, and an outdoorsman — a good listener, a trick driver, a good cooker, and a swell dancer. Eric Burg loves Mexican food.

Ray DeJesús currently teaches writing at St. Francis College. He has had the privilege to read at 169 Bar, Rose Live Music for the Earshot Reading Series, and at The New School Faculty/Student reading (May 2010). His work can also be found at The Best American Poetry's Blog (May 29,2010), Literary Chaos, and in Maggy Poetry Magazine (Issue 2).
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  TOM BECKHAM GROUP
Tom Beckham, vibraphone, compositions;  Chris Cheek, saxophones;  Henry Hey, piano;  Matt Clohesy, bass;  Greg Ritchie, drums
Tom Beckham Group image
Vibraphonist Tom Beckham has been called "a lyrical player with a flair for writing distinctive, memorable tunes" by jazz.com and "a fine composer" by Baltimore Magazine. "His exclamatory way with the mallets brings lots of fireworks to the instrument's naturally mellow personality" Jim Macnie, Village Voice. The performances on his recent CD "Rebound" were also praised by critics who appreciated "the impressive subtlety of his technique" CHYZ 94.3 FM, and "invites repeated listens, so compelling are the tune, the series of solos, and group interplay" Jazz.com. "Here's someone who makes the vibraphone sound like the most grand of jazz instruments" John Book, thisisbooksmusic.com. He has appeared as an active leader and sideman in the U.S. and Europe since 1994 performing in a wide stylistic range of bands and ensembles. Tonight his group will play new compositions, plus material from the books of 2 previous CD's Center Songs (Sunnyside Records) and Suspicions (Fresh Sound New Talent).

"Beckham's work has a sound all its own — which is what jazz is really about." Rhapsody.com
 Cover $10   www.tombeckham.net

Wednesday Nov 24 6:00PM  PERFECT SENSE
Alissa Heyman & Hila Ratzabi, co-host

Joy Ladin, featured reader;  Tara Betts Ronnie Scharfman
Featured as well as emerging poets.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  DAN RUFOLO TRIO:CD RELEASE
Dan Rufolo , piano;  Bill Thoman, bass;  Arthur Vint, drums
Dan Rufolo Trio:CD Release  image
The Dan Rufolo Trio is an up and coming New York area based jazz group. Their debut album, "Novelty", presents compositions in particular odd meters, free form improvisation, and striking harmonies. The trio plays as one weaving a complex set of emotions. "Novelty" is thought provoking, invigorating, and you’ll find yourself holding your breath not to miss a note. Their influences include the Keith Jarrett Trio, Terence Blanchard Quintet, Paul Motion Trio, and the various incarnations of Chick Corea's bands. The Dan Rufolo trio is always thinking forward while making sure to keep a grasp on the jazz tradition. This performance is celebrating the release of their album, "Novelty".
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.danielrufolo.com
Thursday
Nov 25
6:00PM  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Friday
Nov 26
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Bob Hart, host


The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

No cold left-overs tonight.


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  JOHN MCNEIL'S URBAN LEGEND
John McNeil, trumpet;  Kenny Pexton, tenor, clarinet;  Steve Cardenas , guitar;  Ben Allison, bass;  Rodney Green, drums
John McNeil's Urban Legend image
John McNeil's Urban Legend has been in existence for a half dozen years and is planning to record their first album in 2011. The original two members are John and versatile guitarist Steve Cardenas. They'll be joined by veteran bassist and composer Ben Allison, everybody's favorite drummer Rodney Green and newcomer to the New York scene Kenny Pexton on tenor sax and clarinet. The tunes are eclectic, ranging from atonal country-western to ECM-like grooves. The music is tuneful and there's something for everyone. You're sure to have a great time.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.mcneiljazz.com
Saturday
Nov 27
6:00PM  TRIBUTE TO ENID DAME
Raymond Hammond, host

Donald Lev
Friends will celebrate the life & work of a fine poet, editor, feminist, and scholar.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
9:00PM & 10:30PM  JOHN MCNEIL'S URBAN LEGEND
John McNeil, trumpet;  Kenny Pexton, tenor, clarinet;  Steve Cardenas, guitar;  Ben Allison, bass;  Rodney Green, drums
John McNeil's Urban Legend has been in existence for a half dozen years and is planning to record their first album in 2011. The original two members are John and versatile guitarist Steve Cardenas. They'll be joined by veteran bassist and composer Ben Allison, everybody's favorite drummer Rodney Green and newcomer to the New York scene Kenny Pexton on tenor sax and clarinet. The tunes are eclectic, ranging from atonal country-western to ECM-like grooves. The music is tuneful and there's something for everyone. You're sure to have a great time.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   http://www.mcneiljazz.com
John McNeil's Urban Legend image
Sunday
Nov 28
6:00PM  INTERCULTURAL POETRY SERIES
Hosted by Andrey Gritsman and Elizabeth Hodges, hosts

Gordon Walmsley Alex Cigale Alexey Tsvetkov TBA
Presentation of Interpoezia and Saint Petersburg Review, with special guest from Copenhagen Review poet Gordon Walmsley.

Alex Cigale was born in Chernovtsy, Ukraine. He spent most of the 80s in Ann Arbor, where he completed a BA in Russian Studies and Slavic Languages and Literatures and an MFA in Poetry at the University of Michigan. Since 1990 he has lived in New York City. His translations from the Russian are in Crossing Centuries: the New Generation in Russian Poetry, in The Manhattan, St. Ann's, and Yellow Medicine reviews. He was a contributor to the Anthology Stranger at Home (American Poetry with an Accent).

One of the most eminent Russian poets Alexei Tsvetkov was born in 1947 and grew up in Zaporozhe, Ukraine. In Moscow he was a leading member of the underground poetry group Moscow Time (Moskovskoe vremia). He writes in Russian and in English and was a contributor to the Anthology Stranger at Home (American Poetry with an Accent).

New Orleans born poet Gordon Walmsley has lived in Copenhagen for twenty of so years. He is the editor of www.copenhagenreview.com an online literary magazine in five languages (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, German and English). He is the author of five books of poems, publishes in Ireland. His latest book of poems is Touchstones, a journey through poem in xenophobic times, published two years ago by Salmon Publishing. He has translated a number of Scandinavia poets and is the editor of Fire and Ice, Nine Poets from Scandinavia and the North.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)   http://www.stpetersburgreview.com/
http://www.interpoezia.net

8:30PM  MARK DRESSER QUINTET
Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto saxophone;  Michael Dessen, trombone;  Denman Maroney, hyperpiano;  Tom Rainey, drums;  Mark Dresser, bass
Mark Dresser Quintet image
Mark Dresser will be presenting a full evening of his most recent compositions with a band of distinguished improvisers who share many years of musical experience together.

"Mr. Dresser, a bassist who is one of the great instrumental forces in recent American jazz outside of the mainstream...New York Times

“Mark Dresser needs no introduction. From his work in the ‘80s with the now “classic” Forces in Motion Braxton Quartet to his “90’s work with Zorn and Threadgill and as a part of the Dave Douglas String Project, Dresser seems to be always at the center of what’s happening next.....Complex but clear and emotional, edgy but tonal, always telling a story, this is perhaps as good as post-Free Jazz gets....Dresser may be among the premier Jazz bassists of our time.. Cadence Magazine
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)   www.mark-dresser.com

Monday
Nov 29
6:00PM  HYDROGEN JUKEBOX
Brant Lyon, host

Cyndi Dawson The No Chance Ensemble
HYDROGEN JUKEBOX image
Hydro Juke rocks November with the ever-popular house improv band, The Neerdowells (www.theneerdowells.com), two great featured acts, and the Open Mic.

$7 includes 1 house drink

Brant Lyon, host

Please arrive early to make Open Mic sign-up list.

International wordrocker Cyndi Dawson has been mixing up poetry and music on stage, radio, and the NYC club scene since the 80s, when she shook the Soho with artist Rene I.A.T.B.A. Published in over 50 anthologies and mags in the US, UK, Australia and other places, Ivan Kral (Pattie Smith, Iggy and the Stooges) has said her words are “charged with fire, wisdom, but also a child-like wonder.” The night’s performance will include reading from her chap, “Outside Girl” (Poets Wear Prada Press 2010). www.reverbnation.com cyndidawsonwordrocker www.myspace.com/insideofoutside

Bruce Weber’s No Chance Ensemble, combining the talents of poet-writer Bruce Weber, fiction writer/visual artist Joanne Pagano Weber, poet Bob Hart, and musician Nelson Alexander, have been performing their unique blend of spoken word, dance/movement, acoustic guitar-riffology, and oration since 1996 in venues all over NYC, including Dixon Place, The St. Marks Poetry Project, HERE Theatre, and elsewhere in the metropolitan area. The Ensemble will perform selections from “The Further Adventures of Belinda and Mark”, a collaborative poetic novel written by them and accompanied by Nelson’s brilliantly quirky guitar work.

“POEMusic exploded on the tongue.”


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)   www.hydrogenjukeboxonline.com

8:30PM  HARRIS EISENSTADT AND CANADA DAY
Nate Wooley, trumpet;  Matt Bauder, tenor saxophone;  Chris Dingman, vibraphone;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Harris Eisenstadt, drums, compositions
Harris Eisenstadt and Canada Day image ©Scott Friedlander
"One of the new generation’s leading composers,” AllAboutJazz, Troy Collins, Harris Eisenstadt’s working quintet Canada Day features some of the most distinctive young musicians on the New York scene. Canada Day’s eponymous debut on the Portuguese label Clean Feed made numerous Best of 2009 lists, including the Village Voice, All About Jazz New York, Jazzhouse, WFMU, Ni Kantu, CKUT, Dusted Magazine, and Time Out Lisbon. Days after their gig at Cornelia, the group goes into the studio to record their second record for release summer 2011 on the Songlines label.

“He’s a true jazz composer, without being pretentious about it.” Hank Shteamer, Time Out New York.


 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.harriseisenstadt.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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