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Feb 25
Cat Richardson, Chelsea Whitton, hosts

Virginia McLure, NYU;  Isaac Pritzker, The New School;  William Brewer, Columbia;  Eric Conroe, Brooklyn College
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On the fourth Tuesday of every month, hosts Chelsea Whitton and Cat Richardson present a selection of emerging poets from New York's MFA programs. Continuing the excellent tradition of the Graduate Poets Series, this monthly selection of readers is designed to showcase fresh voices in contemporary poetry, to stimulate a dialogue between MFA programs, and to offer alumni and area poets the opportunity to mingle and riff off of one another. For years, Cornelia Street Cafe has been a New York hub for literature and the arts. Join us this season for cocktails, camaraderie, and as always, great poetry!

Virginia McLure (NYU) recently graduated with an MFA in poetry from New York University, where I was a Goldwater Teaching Fellow and poetry editor for Washington Square Review.

Isaac Pritzker (New School) is a Chicago native and a city writer. He is in his second year of a poetry masters program at The New School and his work has appeared in The Rag and on the Death Hums poetry blog. He lives in Manhattan with his couch and an abiding distaste for plastic.

William Brewer (Columbia) live in New York and is currently pursuing his MFA in poetry. He is also an Assistant Editor at Parnassus: Poetry in Review and co-curates the Metro Rhythm Reading Series in Brooklyn.

Eric Conroe (Brooklyn College) is about to finish up an MFA in poetry at Brooklyn college, where he received the Himan Brown award for poetry. He’s the assistant curator for the KGB Poetry Series, and co-founder and curator of the COPULA Poetry Series. As a dancer, he has performed with Dean Moss and others, working in residence at Yale, The Kitchen, Korean Arts Festival, and ASU. His recent choreography and/or poetry has been performed at The Poetry Project, Danspace Project, New York Live Arts, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Marfa Theater, 92nd Street Y, Tribes Gallery, and Kunsthalle Galapagos. Poems have appeared recently in Your First Time, SAG/FAC, Bellow!, Bright Bright Shit, and Coffee Area.

Tom Chang, guitar & compositions;  Greg Ward, alto sax;  Sam Trapchak, bass;  Kenneth Salters, drums
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This quartet draws from a wide palate of musical forms ranging from contemporary jazz to Southern Indian Carnatic music.

Wednesday Feb 26
Alissa Heyman, host

Jo Sarzotti Deborah Fried-Rubin Chris Hansen-Nelson Elizabeth Onusko
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Perfect Sense is a superbly curated poetry series, our thanks to Alissa.

Tyler Blanton, vibraphone;  Sam Minaie, bass;  Ari Hoenig, drums
Short description- Rising star vibraphonist Tyler Blanton leads a new electro- acoustic venture with bassist Sam Minaie and drumming powerhouse Ari Hoenig.

“An heir apparent to the swinging and melodically charged throne of post-bop masters Gary Burton and Bobby Hutcherson, vibraphonist Tyler Blanton has slowly emerged as one of today’s rising jazz stars”--Seton Hawkins (Hot House Magazine)

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Donny McCaslin, tenor sax;  Adam Birnbaum, piano;  Michael Blanco, bass;  Clarence Penn, drums
Michael Blanco
This newly formed group performs compelling original music by bassist and composer Michael Blanco and features a stellar line up of top-notch musicians, including tenor saxophone titan Donny McCaslin, pianist Adam Birnbaum, and master drummer Clarence Penn.

"Michael Blanco is an imaginative bandleader, an emerging composer and a damn fine bassist." --Fred Hersch

Feb 27
Claudia Serea George Held

Claudia Serea is a Romanian-born poet who immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. Her poems and translations have appeared in 5 a.m., Meridian, Harpur Palate, Word Riot, Blood Orange Review, Cutthroat, Green Mountains Review, and many others. A two- time nominee for the 2011 Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, she is the author of To Part Is to Die a Little (Cervená Barva Press), Angels & Beasts (Phoenicia Publishing, Canada, 2012), and A Dirt Road Hangs from the Sky (8th House Publishing, Canada). Visit her blog at

A seven-time Pushcart Prize nominee, George Held publishes widely both online and in print. Some of the journals where his work has appeared include Commonweal, Confrontation, Notre Dame Review, The Pedestal, Rain Taxi, Rattle, Right Hand Pointing, and Garrison Keillor’s A Writer’s Almanac. His sixteen poetry collections include Beyond Renewal, After Shakespeare: Selected Sonnets, and Neighbors, a children’s book, with drawings by Joung Un Kim. Forthcoming in 2013 are a sequel, Neighbors Too, and Culling: New & Selected Nature Poems.

$8.00 includes a drink

Diane Moser, piano;  Marty Ehrlich, alto sax, clarinet;  Ben Williams, trombone;  Ken Filiano, bass;  Michael Sarin, drums
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"Music for the Last Flower" was created with support from Chamber Music America’s 2003 New Works: Creation and Presentation Program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. This recording was supported by a grant from New Music USA’s CAP Recording Grant, made possible by endowment funds from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust.

Feb 28
Jason Yeager, piano;  Danny Weller, bass;  Matt Rousseau, drums;  Julie Benko, special guest
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The Jason Yeager Trio blends original compositions, unique covers of 20th century composers like Olivier Messiaen, and inspired renditions of the tunes from the Great American Songbook in an exciting and improvisatory concert at the Cornelia Street Cafe. In addition to original tunes from their upcoming CD "Affirmation" (to be released on Inner Circle Music later this year), the show will also feature new renditions of "standards" and special guest Julie Benko.

Darious Jones, alto sax;  David Virelles, piano;  Mark Helias, bass;  Nasheet Waits, drums
Nasheet Waits’ Equality is a band whose position and philosophy are revealed in the name. All members contribute material and have an equal responsibility for the execution of its content. The group’s first eponymous recording Equality was released in 2009 on the Fresh Sound label. The group included Jason Moran, Logan Richardson and Tarus Mateen. Equality has also been graced with the presence of Stanley Cowell, piano and John Hebert, bass. Whatever the personnel, a seamless nature exists. The goal simply is to offer creative music with energy and integrity.
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Mar 01
Andy Christie, host

Steve Burns Cyndi Freeman Joey Novick Andy Ross
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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.

Hosted by Andy Christie (The New York Times, WNYC'S The Moth's Radio Hour)

This month, The Liar Show welcomes Steve Burns (Nickelodeon’s Blues Clues), Cyndi Freeman (Hotsy Totsy Burlesque), Joey Novick (N.J. Councilman; Political humorist), and Andy Ross (Mad Magazine)

"They can lie to me all night long!" - The New York Times

"Christie & Co. make dishonesty fun again." - TimeOut New York

Kris Davis, piano;  Sean Conly, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums
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As part of her residency at Cornelia street over the next few months (last Saturday of sept, oct, nov) kris davis will feature some of her well established groups and an experimental group. This particular night features Kris Davis's new compositions that she wrote for her trio as part of a commission from the jazz gallery.

"Over the last couple of years in New York one method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down the pianist Kris Davis."--NY Times

Mar 02
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

Gia Mora a/k/a Einstein's Girl, vocalist;  Rachel Rosen, cosmologist
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Smart, sexy, and sassy actor/vocalist Gia Mora, a.k.a. Einstein's Girl, loves science and storytelling. She brings together beloved jazz standards with standup comedy and original music, taking us on a journey to the edges of the universe and the interiors of our hearts.

For Rachel Rosen, a cosmologist and field theorist at Columbia, the cosmos and gravity are a wondrous playground, and mathematics a way to express its potentialities. When she is not chasing away ghosts. Join us on their journey to worlds far out and within.

Dan Weiss, host

Adam Rogers, guitar;  Joe Sanders, bass;  Henry Cole, drums
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This group of musicians is consisted of very strong individuals with a distinctive sound coming as a pure reflection of their personalities and strong/wide musical backgrounds.

Their ability to bring their personalities to the music - lifting it to great heights- without sacrificing the song or the sound of the group makes them great artist. Playing either on complex musical form or just jamming on one chord, the magic is always there. The group will play a selection of originals and standards.

Mar 03
Tulis McCall, host

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Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU. Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!

8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  Rene Hart, bass
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.

Tonight with special guest poet Frank Messina reading his NY Mets poetry. The show will be filmed for a movie on the 1986 Mets, directed by Heather Quinlan.

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Mar 04
Paul Hecht, lead assembler

Paul Hecht, actor;  Hayden Dewitt, mezzo soprano;  Rita Costanzi, harp
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Hayden DeWitt is very pleased to return to the Cornelia Street Cafe` which is, by far, the hippest venue she has ever played! She has appeared as part of Paul Hecht's menagerie here twice before. Her debut was in 2011's Mahler program singing "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen" as well as songs by Mahler's wife, Alma. Last November she was a part of "Songs of Travel," an homage to Robert Louis Stevenson, performing the oponymous song cycle by Ralph Vaughan Williams in a cast that included Paul, the lovely Barbara Feldon and soprano Judith Barnes.

PAUL HECHT has been an actor for quite a long time. He has performed on and off Broadway , in radio television and film. He has recorded dozens of books and has appeared in literary events at Symphony Space, the 92nd street Y and the Morgan library. He was a tony nominee for Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (Stoppard), and received an Obie award for Pirandello's Henry IV. He assembles the Happy Birthday series at the Café. He reads to elementary schoolchildren as part of Screen Actors GuildsBookpals program.

Rita Costanzi has established an international reputation as concert performer, recording artist, actor, teacher, writer, composer and public speaker. Formerly Principal Harp of the Vancouver Symphony and CBC Radio Orchestra, she now devotes her life to solo and chamber music performances and teaching. In 2008, her choral work “Beneath Her Heart” received its world premiere in Vancouver, and in 2009, she collaborated with Oregon Ballet, in a new work based on solo harp Dances written especially for her. Costanzi’s distinguished teaching career includes Master Classes in conjunction with her solo appearances, as well as at The Juilliard and Eastman Schools, Peabody and Boston Conservatories, University of Toronto School of Music, the Glenn Gould School, McGill University and New York University, where she subsequently taught for three years as Adjunct Professor of Harp.

Benjamin Scheuer, voice, guitar
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Benjamin Scheuer is the recipient of the 2013 ASCAP Cole Porter Award for songwriting, and the curator of the Cornelia Street Songwriter Series.

He is the writer/performer of the theatrical piece THE LION, which opens in June 2014 at the Manhattan Theatre Club in NYC. Scheuer has performed iterations of the piece at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Musical Theatre Network Award for Best Lyrics), the St. James Theatre in London, and at Lincoln Center.

Scheuer leads the band Escapist Papers, whose most recent release, "The Bridge," features the song "The Lion." The music video for "The Lion" premiered at the Annecy Film Festival in France (Special Jury Award for Best Commissioned Film) and has been featured in the Crystal Palace International Festival (Best Music Video; Best Animated Video).

"Benjamin Scheuer is New York's next great young songwriter. His music stirs the soul, his lyrics pierce the heart. He has wit, grace, power, and consistently dips his pen into the deepest emotional well." -Andrew Lippa

Shayfer James, voice, piano
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When Shayfer James sits down at a piano he immerses himself and the audience darkly lyrical and evocative stories. His wry poetry is stitched seamlessly to peculiar arrangements that are simultaneously unsettling and familiar. Mr. James lures us into a devious world where the gods tear wings from angels and every man has a siren waiting to devour him.

“Rich orchestration..conjures up a dark and sinful scene underscored by mischievous charm”. -WNYC Culture Desk

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There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times