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ART ON THE WALLS

Tuesday
Dec 15
6:00PM  WRITERS ROOM
Liz Sherman, host

Susan Buttenwieser Patricia Lawler Kenet Betty Shamieh
New York's venerable urban writers' colony presents a monthly reading of new work.

Susan Buttenwieser's fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in 3am, KGB Literary Magazine, Failbetter and other publications. She has been awarded several fiction fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and teaches writing in organizations for underserved communities including incarcerated women and youth at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility and Rikers Island. Susan will be reading an excerpt from her novel, The Mystery Year.

Patricia Lawler Kenet was a practicing attorney in the field of litigation before she set her sights on literary pursuits. She began her career as a journalist working for The Las Vegas Sun and then worked in television and broadcasting, specializing in medical reporting for New Jersey Network Public Television, Court TV and Medical News Network. She is the author of two non-fiction books, Saving Your Skin and How to Wash Your Face. In addition she has written essays for The New York Times and New York Newsday. She has a column, "Booktot," on Bookslut.com. She is working on a memoir entitled Crossing the Delaware and a legal thriller, South Broad.

Betty Shamieh is a playwright and performer. Her recent off-Broadway productions include The Black Eyed (New York Theatre Workshop) and Roar (The New Group). She will be reading an excerpt from her solo show, The Alter-Ego of an Arab-American Assimilationist.


 Cover $7

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

SPEAKEASY: Stories from the Backroom image
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 16 6:00PM  THE GEORGE WALLACE POETRY EXPLOSION
George Wallace, host

Martha Arboleda Karen Blomain Andrew Kaufman
George also conducts a spirited open mic.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  JASON RIGBY TRIO
Jason Rigby , tenor saxophone;  Cameron Brown, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
Jason Rigby Trio image
Jason Rigby has been hailed as “a truly lyrical musician" and "New York's rising star of tenor sax." His unique voice deftly combines many influences – critics recognize the creative mindset of Wayne Shorter, the energy of John Coltrane, and the elasticity and compositional style of Ornette Coleman and Paul Motian – emerging as something wholly new, compelling and yet recognizable. His leader releases "Translucent Space" (2006) and "The Sage" (2009), Fresh Sound Records, received stellar reviews and feature Rigby originals in a larger format, the latter of a quintet. This TRIO outing features a whole new collection of compositions penned exclusively for this band, and brings forth a fresh expression of the celebrated tradition of tenor trio.

"...the saxophonist's quintet sustains a daunting finesse while swinging full tilt on the new The Sage."
- Jim Macnie, The Village Voice
 Cover $10   www.jasonrigby.net

Thursday
Dec 17
6:00PM  PO'JAZZ
Golda Solomon, host

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 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  GNU VOX: AMANDA BAISINGER
David Devoe, host

Amanda Baisinger, voice;  Mike Moreno, guitar;  Pete Rende, piano;  Peter Slavov, bass;  Jordan Perlson, drums
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Amanda Baisinger has vivid recollections of a concert she sang at age 11 in her living room. That was the beginning of a passion for music that led her from her hometown of Sunnyvale, CA to Berklee College of Music, where she received a degree in Professional Music. Since then, Baisinger has moved to New York City where she performs regularly with her band at venues such as the Rockwood Music Hall, 55 Bar, The Cutting Room and Cornelia Street Café. In 2005, she released Short Songs, an album of original music featuring an all-star cast of emerging New York jazz musicians. Baisinger’s songs are poetic expressions of personal experiences, her mellow combination of jazz and pop create a warm and romantic atmosphere. Her influences range from Milton Nacimento to Billie Holiday but her singing style and story telling are most reminiscent of Joni Mitchell.
 Cover $10   www.amandabaisinger.com
Friday
Dec 18
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Kat Georges, host

Feature: Jaqueline Leon & whoever reads a Neruda poem , will receive a green pen
Son of Pony image
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Jacqueline Leon was born in Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico. Since kindergarden, even before she knew how to read, she would memorize poems and recite. In elementary school and secondary school, she was chosen for to read in poetry contests, and won a few awards. She was also selected to recite poetry at numerous festivals. She moved to Cancun in her 20s and started writing her own poems. In 2002, she moved to New York, and within a few years, began reading her work at numerous local venues. "I like to write about my experiences on life, try to laugh at the bad, and analyze and investigate things, from love and passion to injustice."

Chilean-born poet Pablo Neruda is considered one of the greatest and most influential poets of the 20th century. He always wrote in green ink because it was the color of Esperanza (hope). Celebrate hope for the new year at the final Son of a Pony reading of 2009 by sharing your favorite Neruda poem in English or Spanish or both. Everyone who reads a Neruda poem will receive a green pen.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  GERALD CLEAVER AND VIOLET HOUR
Gerald Cleaver, drums;  Chris Lightcap, bass;  Ben Waltzer, piano;  JD Allen, tenor saxophone
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Gerald Cleaver and Violet Hour
Drummer and composer Gerald Cleaver Cleaver and this two-tenor version of Violet Hour play new music and selections from their latest Fresh Sound New Talent release, “Gerald Cleaver’s Detroit”. This music is inspired by the soulful power and grandeur of The American Industrial City. This version of VH features , JD Allenon tenor saxophone on friday, and Wayne Escoffery,tenor saxophone on Saturday
 Cover $10   www.myspace.com/geraldcleavermusic
Saturday
Dec 19
6:00PM  GREEK-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Dean Kostos, host

Nancy Agabian Nicholas Samaras Mehmet Uca
Greek-American Writers Association image

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
9:00PM & 10:30PM  GERALD CLEAVER AND VIOLET HOUR
Gerald Cleaver, drums;  Chris Lightcap, bass;  Ben Waltzer, piano;  Wayne Escoffery, tenor saxophone
Gerald Cleaver and Violet Hour image
Gerald Cleaver and Violet Hour
Drummer and composer Gerald Cleaver Cleaver and this two-tenor version of Violet Hour play new music and selections from their latest Fresh Sound New Talent release, “Gerald Cleaver’s Detroit”. This music is inspired by the soulful power and grandeur of The American Industrial City. This version of VH features , JD Allenon tenor saxophone on friday, and Wayne Escoffery,tenor saxophone on Saturday
 Cover $10   www.myspace.com/geraldcleavermusic
Sunday
Dec 20
6:00PM  POETRY READING
Hosted by Iris N. Schwartz, Music by Brant Lyon

Bob Viscusi Doug Holder Angelo Verga
An ensemble to relieve holiday stress.

Don't let the snow keep you housebound.


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  CAMERON BROWN AND DANNIE'S CALYPSO: SPECIAL EDITION
Russ Johnson, trumpet, flugelhorn, cornet;  Jason Rigby, soprano and tenor saxophones;  Lisa Parrott, soprano and baritone saxophones;  Cameron Brown, bass;  Tony Jefferson, drums and cymbals
Cameron Brown and Dannie's Calypso: Special Edition image
"Brown exhibited a very individual melodic mind and superb technique in his delightful solo. He was so impressive that the bulk of the audience (a group usually indifferent to bass solos) literally cried for more."
—Michael Cuscuna, Down Beat

"…Brown, a bassist of stunning tone, exemplary time and taste..."
— Richard Sudhalter, New York Post   www.cameronbrownmusic.com

Monday
Dec 21
6:00PM  NEW YORK QUARTERLY
Ted Jonathan, host

Steve Cannon Linda Lerner Savonna Smith
New York Quarterly image
The legendary blind professor and his entourage will grace our space, we're pleased.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  MORRISON MOTEL
John Morrison, host

Kumail Nanjiani Moody McCarthy Jared Logan Brooke van Poppelen Liam McEneaney Larry MacPhee
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John Morrison's monthly comedy quickie--some of the smartest, most politically savvy comedians in or passing through New York make and unmake their bed here before some soon to be deported illegal third world alien comes in to clean it all up . . .

"One of the city's best alt-comedy shows."
– The NY Post

John Morrison writes:

Kumail Nanjiani, just named to Comedy Central's "Hot List" for 2009. Fresh from "Late Night w/David Letterman", our good friend Kumail returns to celebrate with us... come see for yourself why this funny man will be living in LA and refusing our calls very soon.

Writer/actor/comic Moody McCarthy. When not touring China and the U.S., Moody hangs out on "Last Comic Standing" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live". Funny wordsmith, that Moody, and we're glad to finally get him. Joining Moody, fresh from "Live at Gotham", we're happy to welcome back Jared Logan. Chicago's loss is our gain!

Sirius Radio's Brooke Van Poppelen joins us to share her "NY is Retarded" P.O.V., always a joy... come see for yourself why she was nominated as a 2009 "Emerging Comic" of NYC by ECNY.

Good and great friend of the room Liam McEneaney returns, bubbly as ever. When not hosting his much acclaimed weekly show "Tell Your Friends!" or touring Europe, Liam writes and tells jokes very, very well..

Toss in Motel regular Larry MacPhee and a special surprise guest or two and you have got yourself 90 minutes of fine comedy, fresh baked while you watch. Please, join us if you can for this very special show. We'll leave the light on for you.
 Cover $10   www.myspace.com/morrisongod

Tuesday
Dec 22
6:00PM  GRADUATE POETS SERIES
Autumn Giles & Martin Rock, host

Allison Power, New School ;  Alison Roh Park, NYU;  Zachary Pace, SLC;  Maria DiLorenzo, Hunter
The best of the next generation.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  SOREN MOLLER GROUP
Tim Green, saxophone;  Luques Curtis, bass;  Obed Calvaire, drums;  Soren Moller, piano
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The Soren Moller Group was founded in 2004 by Danish pianist and composer Soren Moller to participate in the Carnegie Hall Workshop For Jazz Ensembles representing New York. As a Fulbright scholar studying Master of Music at Manhattan School of Music Soren Moller hand picked musicians with a personal sound and the technical proficiency to explore music from both sides of the Atlantic.

The beauty of the Soren Moller Group is that they perform without stylistic presumptions, which enables the group to play original compositions and arrangements based on everything from Afro-Cuban rhythms to classical impressionism.

The Soren Moller Group consists of musicians all familiar to the New York jazz audience: Obed Calvaire on drums, Tim Green on alto saxophone and Luques Curtis on bass.

Listening to the Soren Moller Group is a powerful experience, a tour de force of improvisational energy and emotion.

"It was a joyful and powerful experience listening to the Soren Moller Group at the Carnegie Hall Workshop in 2004. This band consists of some of New York's most talented and original modern jazz players, unafraid of taking musical risks and exploring the depths of their original compositions"
-Dave Liebman, saxophonist.

More info/listen to music at www.sorenmoller.com
 Cover $10

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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