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ART ON THE WALLS

Photographs by Linda Zecchino

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Monday
Nov 30
6:00PM  POETRY
Michelle Cooper Barbara Schweitzer Amanda Surkont
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Michele F. Cooper is the first-place winner in Poetry Canada’s Rhymed Poetry Competition and the TallGrass Poetry Competition, second-place winner in the Galway Kinnell Poetry Competition, author of two books and numerous published poems, founding editor of the Newport Review and Crone’s Nest literary magazines, and of a chapbook series, Premier Poets. She recently moved from the edge of a small horse farm (not hers) to Providence, RI, and now to the Cleveland area, where she writes and works as a book editor.

Barbara Schweitzer is a poet and playwright whose first collection of poetry 33 1/3: Soap Opera Sonnets was selected as Top Book for 2008 by the Providence Journal. She has been featured on NPR’s radio show, This I Believe, and her poetry selected for Verse Daily. Her plays have received publication, production and stage readings in RI and MA. Her short play Leavetaking was a finalist in the Louisville Actor’s Theater Ten Minute Play Festival.


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  NOAH PREMINGER GROUP
Ben Monder, guitar;  Ted Poor, drums;  Noah Preminger, tenor saxophone;  Domimique Eade, voice
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Live Recording Both Nights! Don't miss this special evening!

Currently living in Brooklyn, NY, jazz saxophonist Noah Preminger has been receiving stellar recognition almost immediately after hitting the scene. Ben Ratliff of the New York Times raves about Preminger's debut recording, Dry Bridge Road: "More than just a promising starting point, this is a display of integrity; here’s a musician you feel you can trust... unusually graceful... [he] plays with care and dry precision, dividing his time among all registers, with even tone and projection in each." Noah's playing and his group's concepts are influenced by genres ranging from classic to contemporary jazz, from hard rock to ambient music. It is Preminger's uniqueness that sets him aside from other musicians: "He plays with not just chops and composure, but already a distinct voice."- Siddartha Mitter, Boston Globe.

Noah has had the opportunity to perform and work with Dave Liebman, John McNeil, Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Dave Douglas, Joel Frahm, Dave Holland, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Marvin Stamm, Kendra Shank, Jim McNeely, Phil Grenadier, Roscoe Mitchell, Bob Nieske, Tony Moreno, Cecil McBee, Bob Moses and others. As of recently, Noah has been an important member of groups including his own Noah Preminger Sextet and Quartet, the Cecil McBee Group, the John McNeil Group, the Dana Lauren Group and others. He has been fortunate to play all over the world for audiences small and large. Noah earned his BM at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

Noah's debut album, Dry Bridge Road, considered as "jazz debut of the year" by the prestigious Village Voice poll, is available on the Nowt Records label. The band includes: Russ Johnson- trumpet, Ben Monder- guitar, Frank Kimbrough- piano, John Hebert- bass, Ted Poor- drums and Noah Preminger-saxophone. The album was produced by John McNeil and recorded at Park West Studios in New York.
 Cover $10   www.noahpreminger.com www.myspace.com/noahpreminger

Tuesday
Dec 01
6:00PM  TEACHER/STUDENT
RON SINGER JOHN REED
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THE TEACHER/STUDENT RELATIONSHIP

RON SINGER WAS JOHN REED'S ENGLISH TEACHER AT FRIENDS SEMINARY IN THE 1980'S, WHEN THE CURRICULUM INCLUDED ANIMAL FARM AND, OF COURSE, SHAKESPEARE. TONIGHT, JOHN READS FROM SNOWBALL'S CHANCE AND ALL THE WORLD'S A GRAVE, TWO BOOKS THAT MAY WELL HAVE BEEN INFLUENCED BY THOSE CLASSES.

"THE CHANGING WOMAN HEALTH CONFERENCE," ONE OF THE STORIES IN RON'S BOOK THE SECOND KINGDOM, BEGINS WITH A SPOOF OF THE WAY WRITING IS TAUGHT. THE TITLE OF A SECOND STORY, "THE PARENTS WE DESERVE," SPEAKS FOR ITSELF.

John Reed excels in the realm of strange. �San Francisco Examiner A wicked illusionist. �Los Angeles Journal

Loopy and highly intelligent, Ron Singer has carved his name in the stone ruins of literature. --The Brooklyn Rail


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

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

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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 Dec 02 6:00PM  FREERANGE NONFICTION READING SERIES
Mira Ptacin, host

Kathryn Harrison
Featuring the author Kathryn Harrison. Kathryn recently appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show & reviewed a Phillip Roth's novel in the New York Times Book Review.

Kathryn Harrison, the New York Times Bestselling author of The Kiss, The Seal Wife, and her latest account of a brutal Oregon murder, While They Slept, her twelfth book. Ms. Harrison is a frequent reviewer for The New York Times Book Review; her essays, which have been included in many anthologies, have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Vogue, O Magazine, Salon, and other publications. She lives in New York.

Our readers include the incredible Adam Chandler, the enticing Megan Gilbert, and the lovely Malka Margolies.

**Freerange is a method of literary husbandry where the authors are permitted to write, read, and roam freely instead of being contained in any manner. The principle is to allow the writers as much freedom as possible, to live out their instinctual behaviors in a reasonably natural way, regardless of whether or not they are eventually killed for meat. In practice, there are few regulations imposed on what can be called "free range," and the term may be used misleadingly to imply that the writing product has been produced more humanely than it actually has been.**
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  NATE WOOLEY QUINTET
Nate Wooley, trumpet;  Matt Moran, vibraphone;  Josh Sinton, bass clarinet;  John Hébert, bass;  Harris Eisenstadt, drums
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Normally known for his more confrontational solo trumpet recordings or work with Paul Lytton or Anthony Braxton; in this band, Nate Wooley explores his roots in jazz. The line up is reminiscent of Eric Dolphy's "Out to Lunch", and takes a similar stance to swing and joyous improvising. He has assembled a group made of some of the most interesting leaders and collaborators in the New York jazz scene, and his compositions feature each member of the band in new and surprising ways. Not merely a "jazz" project, the quintet compositions also explode the basic building blocks of music like rhythm, harmony, and the melodic line.
 Cover $10   www.natewooley.com
Thursday
Dec 03
6:00PM  ARTISTS’ SALON
Robin, Angelo, Poul, and David, 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. All are welcome.
8:30PM  GNU VOX: SARA SERPA BAND
David Devoe, host

Sara Serpa, voice;  Andre Matos, guitar;  Kris Davis, piano;  Ben Street , bass;  Dan Weiss, drums
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Sara Serpa is a vocalist wielding an instrument as favorably unadorned and pure as any in jazz. She's the freshest vocalist on the scene at the moment, not just because she's new to it at age 28. It's certainly not because of the way she delivers a lyric, since there usually aren't any. Being from Portugal is also irrelevant, for like much of the great jazz coming our way in the past few years from Lisbon, there is nothing overtly ethnic about the music; it's sensuous, transporting, sultry and warm.

A main reason is that with one recording in, she raises profound questions regarding the previous role of the vocalist in jazz. What's radical, is that it's not about the ridiculous chops or inhuman gymnastic training or trickery. She sings as an instrumentalist, as a member of an ensemble with a bold conception, moving seamlessly as would a saxophonist from melodist to soloist, or from a front line horn to an ensemble voice—not the star of some show. Serpa sounds as if she's talking right to you, even though she's singing, not just in terms of the intimacy quotient, but in terms of the actual sound of it—literally, she sounds as if she must sing whenever she speaks." (Phil DiPietro,All About Jazz)
 Cover $10   www.saraserpa.com

Friday
Dec 04
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Kat Georges, host

Feature: Maria Gregorio
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Maria Gregorio writes in a subtly sensual tone, covering the themes of loss, love, family, relationships, violence in the home and in the world. She also brings issues of politics, race and immigration into a vivid palate which pushes us to consider the point of view of the poem, weather one agrees with it or not. Gregorio published three poems in Voices of Brooklyn: Writings from the Women of Color Writers’ Workshop, published by Face2Face press in September 2000. In November 2000, she was awarded honorarium by the New School University Writing Program and was a featured poet for the publication. She works as a social worker and has performed her poetry to a wide range of audiences in London and New York City. She has recently recorded a CD of her work.
 Cover $7

9:00PM & 10:30PM  GERRY HEMINGWAY QUINTET
Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone;  Oscar Noriega, alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet;  Terrence McManus, guitar;  Kermit Driscoll , el/ac bass;  Gerry Hemingway, drums
Gerry Hemingway quintet image photo by Lucy McManus
The quintet appearing on December 4th has evolved from Hemingway's long standing compositional platform that began in 1985 with the recording of "Outerbridge Crossing" and has enjoyed numerous incarnations while retaining its penchant for an integrative compositional/improvisational ensemble approach. What that adds up to is a compositional practice that has refined a way to frame the individual member's unique sonic, interpretive and improvisational vocabulary with pieces that are detailed, structured and rich with content. The character of the music is multi-faceted, from coloristic subtlety to visceral intensity, sometimes the groove is deep and other times the rhythmic interplay is elaborate and mischievous.

The quintet will be premiering new material as well as presenting some re-arrangments of previous quintet material for this new instrumentation and personnel which combines players from ongoing & previous quartet and quintet projects. The group will be going in to the recording studio the following morning.

"Hemingway is going where few jazz musicians have gone before, and he's doing it with rare intelligence and musical sophistication. In fact, this album is so good, I'm inspired to dust off the most hackneyed two-word phrase in the critic's lexicon: "highly recommended." Seldom has its use been more apt."
Chris Kelsey, CounterCurrents - JazzTimes

"This finely attuned fivesome under the percussionist's leadership developed a powerful group empathy without submerging individual qualities. At their best, the band eschews conventional fireworks for a deft ensemble cohesion and interaction."
- Art Lange collaborations with some of the world’s most outstanding improvisers and composers including Evan Parker, Cecil Taylor, Mark Dresser, Anthony Davis, George Lewis, Derek Bailey, Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Kenny Wheeler, Frank Gratkowski, John Cale, Marilyn Crispell, Michael Moore and many others.
 Cover $10   www.gerryhemingway.com

Saturday
Dec 05
6:00PM  THE LIAR SHOW
Andy Christie

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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.

With stories by

JEFF SIMMERMON - NPR'S "This American Life"

ELICIA BERGER - Huffington Post

CARTER EDWARDS - Upright Citizens Brigade

LESLIE GOSHKO - Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion

Host: ANDY CHRISTIE - NY Times; NPR


 Cover $12 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  MICHAEL ADKINS GROUP
Todd Neufeld, guitar;  Michael Adkins, saxophone;  Loren Stillman, saxophone;  Russ Lossing, piano;  Billy Mintz, drums;  Aidan O'Donnell, bass
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"An important new voice has arrived." -Le JazzHot

"Certainly one of the most innovative young saxophonists in jazz today." -UK JazzWise

" A jazz composer to watch." -Stuart Broomer

"When one hears Michael Adkins for the first time, there’s a certain shock, not just at the presence of a new voice but that such a musician might arrive fully formed. There’s something unexpected in the sheer weight of his sound and depths of meaning that impinge in his lines."
 Cover $10   www.myspace.com/infotation

Sunday
Dec 06
6:00PM  ENTERTAINING SCIENCE -- YOU SEE WHAT YOUR BRAIN WANTS YOU TO SEE
Roald Hoffmann

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YOU SEE WHAT YOUR BRAIN WANTS YOU TO SEE

Do we see what is real? Or is what we see a construction of our brain? What convinces us that what seems so, is in fact so? The eyes are notorious liars. We are repeatedly fooled by appearances. The more we learn about the brain, the more it appears that what we take as reality is indeed construed by the brain.

Anna Ipata, of the Department of Neuroscience at Columbia University, will tell us how the brain discounts much visual information, and selects only what it needs to obtain a certain kind of knowledge of the world.

Apposite music will be provided by PewPew and the QQ's, a New York garage band that demonstrates what happens when neuroscientists stop paying attention to their science.
 Cover $10

8:30PM  BASS-DRUM-BONE
Mark Helias, bass;  Gerry Hemingway, drums;  Ray Anderson, trombone
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BassDrumBone, now enjoying it's 32nd year of performing their collective and diverse repertoire of original work together will make an all too rare appearance Sunday December 6th at the earlier starting time of 8:30. The longevity of this trio seems to retains it strength from the individual evolution of these three bandleader/composer's music which ranges from hard swinging blues and second line to the far reaches of color, texture and rigorous compositional structure. The gazillions of miles this trio accrued playing for audiences all over the world has heightened what began as a natural and immediate chemistry in 1977. For more on the band's voluminous history visit http://gerryhemingway.com/bassdrumbone.html. The music will draw from this history and feature some of their newer works commissioned by Chamber Music America
 Cover $10
Monday
Dec 07
6:00PM  MONOLOGUES & MADNESS
Tulis McCall, host


Actors, poets, car dealers, defrocked clergy, bond traders, everyone has a brief in-character story to tell.
 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   www.davidamram.com
Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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