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Dec 20
Ted Jonathan, host

Noah Falck Alex Galper Marlene Rosen Fine
Contributors read current poems.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
John Morrison, Host

Eddie Brill Hannibal Buress Lee Camp Jessica Kirson Matt Mcarthy
Morrison Motel 7th Anniversary Show image
"One of the city's best alt-comedy shows." – The NY Post
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
Dec 21
Jennifer Nelson and Jimin Seo, hosts

Jessica Beyer, NYU;  Katie Naoum, The New School;  Marina Kaganova

Jessica Beyer is a second-year poet in the graduate Creative Writing Program at NYU. She currently lives in Manhattan, but she has also lived in Baltimore, where she grew up, Atlanta, where she attended Emory University, and Paris, where she studied abroad for a semester. Her poems have appeared in No, Dear, The Shine Journal, and Danse Macabre.

Katie Naoum is originally from the picturesque state of Michigan. She has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from The New School. Her chapbook "I Wouldn't Have Thought of it This Morning" was recently chosen by Matthew Rohrer as winner of The New School's Chapbook Contest. She is a member of the Birdsong Collective, an artist group and mircopress based out of Williamsburg and works at the non-profit poetry library Poets House. She lives in Greenpoint where she mostly eats doughnuts and goes to the park.

Marina bore herself into a family of bears and was raised by a rope into what Angus Maclise called "daylight fed with hearts still living turned into breezes". The forklift hummed a song of lament when she refused its help in getting down. She currently inhabits The Pleasure Craft, also known in common parlance as The Space Yurt.

$7 admission includes a drink

Cameron Brown, bass;  Tony Jefferson, drums, cymbals;  Russ Johnson, trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn;  Lisa Parrrott, soprano, alto, baritone saxes;  Jason Rigby, soprano, tenor saxes
Cameron Brown and Dannie's Calypso image
Cameron Brown and Dannie's Calypso was born out of my seminal experience with Don Cherry and ten years of exhilarating intensity with Don Pullen, George Adams and Dannie Richmond. In addition to original compositions, we especially key on Don Cherry's "cocktail suite" concept: a harmelodic melding of a number of compositions into a cohesive, continuous set of music. The band features a group of astounding improvisers: Russ Johnson (Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow, Ohad Talmor, Dave Liebman, Laurie Anderson, Omnitone records) trumpet, flugelhorn and cornet; Jason Rigby (Mike Holober, John Patitucci, Jim McNeely, Donnie McCaslin, Tony Malaby, Slide Hampton, Fresh Sounds records), tenor and soprano saxophones; Lisa Parrott (Gunther Schuller, Dennis Charles, Jason Lindner, DIVA, Jimmy Heath, ABC records, Goat Angel records), baritone, alto and soprano saxophones, Cameron Brown (George Russell, Archie Shepp, Art Blakey, Dewey Redman, Sheila Jordan, Joe Lovano, Omnitone records), bass; Tony Jefferson (Lou Donaldson, Don Friedman, Kenny Drew, Jr., Eddie Harris, James Weidman, Annie Ross) drums and cymbals.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
Wednesday Dec 22 6:00PM  PERFECT SENSE
Alissa Heyman and Hila Ratzabi, Hosts

Polina Barskova Matvei Yankelevich and more
A special collaboration between New York poets and writers featured in the St. Petersburg Review! $7 admission includes a drink
Stephanie Jenkins, banjo;  Rosie Newton, violin

The Pearly Snaps are a traditional old-time music duo comprised of fiddler Rosie Newton and banjoist Stephanie Jenkins. Both girls are natives of New York City and were raised by professional music families. Their sweet harmonies and fiery fiddle tunes will leave your heartbeat racing and your soul soothed.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Mike & Ruthy Folk City:The Pearly Snaps image
Dec 23
Jack Staffen, vocals, guitar;  Alden von Ziegesar, lead guitar;  Anton Kliot, guitar;  Eliza Callahan, drums;  Julien S., bass

Bleecker is a 5-man rock band known for its soulful songwriting and edgy attitude. The Cornelia Street Cafe is proud to welcome Bleecker to its stage for the first time. So come on out and rock those holiday blues away!
Jeff Lederer, saxophones;  Paul Sikivie, bass;  Matt Wilson, drums
Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O  image
The Christmas Tree-O will definitely brighten your holiday season with their sonic good cheer and spirited revelry. Their new Palmetto CD is destined to become a classic. Expect guest New York music luminaries to contribute to the merriment of the occasion. A Christmas Eve Eve you will never forget!

"If we were to form a jazz combo, our model would most definitely be The Christmas Tree-O ! "The Three Wisemen

"If I would have had the Christmas Tree-O cd growing up I would have been a kinder and more caring human being like George Bailey" Mr. Potter ( from "It's a Wonderful Life")
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

Dec 26
Eri Yamamoto, piano;  Dave Ambrosio, bass;  Ikuo Takeuchi, drums
Eri Yamamoto Trio
Since moving to the United States in 1995, Eri Yamamoto has established herself as one of jazz's most original and compelling pianists and composers.

The Eri Yamamoto Trio, featuring bassist Dave Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi, has developed a unique sound and repertoire, and has built a strong following in New York and abroad. Recent tours include performances in the U. S., Europe, and Japan, with appearances at major festivals in Cheltenham, England; Terrassa, Spain; Bray/Derry, Ireland; Time Zones in Bari, Italy; and Shiga, Japan.

"Pianist Eri Yamamoto is one of jazz's most dynamic talents. Her compositional style augments her deft, inventive playing" -All About Jazz New York
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Dec 27
Brant Lyon, host

Jeanann Verlee, featured performer
Poetry-Music Reading Series with the Hydro Juke improv band, The Ne'er-do-wells.

Open mic-sign up (arrive early to make the list).

JEANANN VERLEE is a poet, editor, and former punk rocker. Author of “Racing Hummingbirds,” and recipient of the Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medal in Poetry, Jeanann has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is Poetry Editor for Union Station Literary Magazine, serves as curator of the Urbana Poetry Slam reading series at Bowery Poetry Club, and is an acclaimed performance poet with a variety of NYC and National Poetry Slam titles.

Poet, fic writer, and composer BRANT LYON co-edits poems for Uphook Press, BigCity Lit, and Spiny Babbler (Nepal), and writes music for poets, as on his CD, “Beauty Keeps Laying Its Sharp Knife Against Me.” His poemusic has received airplay on WMFU, WKCR, and Radio Nepal, and has been performed at peace conferences in NY, NJ, VA, and NM. He otherwise invites poets to detonate music and poetry together at “Hydrogen Jukebox”, where poemusic explodes on the tongue.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink),

Melody Fader, piano;  Amy Sue Barston, cello
Melody Fader & Amy Sue Barston image
Melody Fader and Amy Sue Barston will come together for a delightful evening of cello and piano solos and duos, playing music of Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Adam Silverman, and others.

Melody Fader is a New York Based pianist. She has a special affinity for the music of Chopin, but is at ease playing music from all other eras, from baroque through current day composers. Miss Fader is the resident pianist for the New Chamber Ballet, which performs five times each year at City Center Studios in New York City. She has recently performed chamber music with members of the Minnesota Orchestra in Minneapolis, as well as playing many solo Chopin recitals around the country this past year, honoring the 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth. She is currently in the process of releasing a new album Chopin's piano music, and will be performing Beethoven's "Emperor" concerto with the Farmington Valley Symphony this December. Miss Fader also has a love for dance, movement, inter arts collaborations, and has a yoga teaching certification from Laughing Lotus. Miss Fader is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music.

"...a selection of Gyorgy Ligetie's etudes for piano, performed with great panache by Melody Fader"-Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times

Praised as "passionate and elegant" by The New York Times, cellist Amy Sue Barston has performed as soloist on stages throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall, Ravinia, Caramoor, Bargemusic, Haan Hall (Jerusalem), The Power House (Australia), and Prussia Cove (England). She has performed Osvaldo Golijov's Omaramor in twenty international cities, receiving twenty consecutive standing ovations. Of the world premiere of Ned Rorem's Aftermath at Ravinia, The Chicago Sun-Times wrote: "the deep, rich tones of Barston's cello haunted the vocal line like a sorrowing vision." At seventeen she appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony on live television, won Grand Prize in the Society of American Musicians' Competition, and has since performed as soloist with dozens of orchestras. In 2010 alone she gave thirty solo recitals and masterclasses, spanning from New York to New Zealand. She studied with Eleonore Schoenfeld at USC where she won the “Most Outstanding Graduate Award,” and Joel Krosnick at Juilliard, where she earned her Masters degree and is frequently Guest Faculty. Amy is a devoted teacher; students commute hundreds of miles for lessons and occasionally come from as far as Alaska and Japan.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

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