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ART ON THE WALLS

Mixed Media by LENNY ACHAN

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Saturday
Feb 04
6:00PM  ZIRYAB: THE ARAB-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Nada Taib


Lawrence Joseph and Veronica Golos are this months featured poets.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   http://www.ziryab.org
8:30PM  SKYE STEELE GROUP
Skye Steele, violin;  Christopher Hoffman, cello;  Mike Effenberger, piano;  Mike Savino, bass;  John Hadfield, drums/percussion
Skye Steele Group image
Skye Steele’s group bears the mark of its leader’s strong balance between the eclecticism of his experiences as a side-man and the strident individualism of his approach to the violin. His arrangements bring American popular songs of his own generation crashing head-on with influences ranging from Turkish Gypsy music, to Afro-Brazilian, to French Impressionism, all with a rigorous Modern Jazz aesthetic (he taps Simon and Garfunkle, Sesame Street, Satie, and Willie Wonka). Skye’s own compositions combine driving, angular rhythms and darkly nuanced harmonies with an infectious sense of lyricism. “My goal is always to engage and transport the people with every tune and every solo.”

“Steele makes his instrument sing joyously”

 Cover $10   www.skyesteele.com

Sunday
Feb 05
6:00PM  ENTERTAINING SCIENCE -- DARWIN’S BIRTHDAY BASH
Roald Hoffmann

Entertaining Science -- DARWIN’S BIRTHDAY BASH image
DARWIN’S BIRTHDAY BASH
So it’s a week early…. But Darwin and evolution are in the air. And in the courts. JONATHAN WEINER, the author of “The Beak of the Finch,” tells some war stories from the people who actually watch evolution happen, anthropologist and entertainer RICHARD MILNER will try out some brash new songs on evolution, and master magician MARK MITTON will treat us to an “Evolution in Action” show. Now you can find out where those rabbits really come from!

At 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006 it is, in Roald Hoffmann's Entertaining Science cabaret at the Cornelia Street Cafe (in the Village, at 29 Cornelia Street between Bleecker and W. 4th; Christopher St. is probably the nearest subway stop). 212-989-9319. See their website at... oh, wait — you're on it. Admission $10.
 Cover $10

8:30PM  NZ WAITANGI DAY CELEBRATION
NZ WAITANGI DAY CELEBRATION image
Featuring New Zealand's own Ataahua Papa & Guests

New Zealand Menu & Wine available on request

GIft bag door price compliments of New Zealand's 42Below Vodka

$10 cover; $7 for Kiwi Club members   www.gg.govt.nz/aboutnz/waitangiday.htm

Tuesday
Feb 07
6:00PM  WRITERS READ
Gene Albertelli & Teresa Giordano, hosts

Joel Hinman Sally McElwain Sally McElwain
Formerly New Writers this series brings talented writers, both of poetry & prose, together with articulate & attractive audiences, some of whom have good jobs and no obvious disabilities, need we say more?
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Wednesday Feb 08 6:00PM  INTERCULTURAL POETRY
Angelo Verga, host

Andrey Gritsman Michele Baptiste
two poets, two mics, a dialogue of poems.

with participation by Angelo Verga : poets MICHELLE BATTISTE & ANDREY GRITSMAN

INTERCULTURAL (Inter-Gender) POETIC DIALOGUE

With a surprise guest from Paris, France (“back by neurotic demand”) Thierry Marignac
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  NYNDK JAZZ COLLECTIVE
Chris Washburne, trombone;  Ole Mathisen, saxophone;  Soren Moller, piano;  Tony Moreno, drums;  Francois Moutin, bass
NYNDK Jazz Collective image
A Trans-Atlantic collective bringing together musicians from New York (NY), Norway (N), and Denmark (DK), uniting three places that have significant roles in jazz history. Established in 2003, its founding members are Danish pianist Soren Moller, Norwegian saxophonist Ole Mathisen, and American trombonist Chris Washburne. Their decision to form this collaborative was inspired by their own experiences of the truly international nature of jazz. NYNDK brings to the mix a combination of refined Scandinavian cool with aggressive New York heat spiced with a progressive postmodern sensibility.

"Since jazz is an international language, it is little surprise how well the Americans, Norwegians and Danes play together on this modern mainstream set. Both trumpeter Ray Vega and trombonist Chris Washburne are known for being superior hard bop players. However the biggest surprise in the group and on the CD is the Norweigian saxophonist Ole Mathisen. Whether on tenor or soprano, Mathisen tears into the music and consistently steals solo honors; check out his stirring soprano playing on "Theostopher." In addition to the sextet's skillful soloists (which include pianist Soren Moller), the composing and arranging abilities of the band are strong assets. Both "Everything Happens To Me" (which becomes a jazz waltz) and Duke Ellington's moody "Azure" are reshaped into new tunes while the group originals, although tied to the straightahead jazz tradition, have their share of memorable moments. Recommended."
Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

cover: 7$ (5$ with student id)   www.sorenmoller.com www.chriswashburne.com

Thursday
Feb 09
6:00PM  POETRY
Angelo Verga, host

Kurt Brown Steve Huff

 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  GNU VOX VOCAL SERIES: BEAT KAESTLI & MONIKA HEIDEMANN
David Devoe, curator

Beat Kaestli, vocals & composition;  Joel Frahm, saxophone;  Uli Ceissendorfer, piano/keys/organ;  Marcus McLaurine, bass;  Sunny Jain, drums/percussion;  Monika Heidemann, vocals & composition;  Matt Moran, vibraphone;  Khabu Doug Young, guitar;  Derek Layes, bass;  Take Toriyama, drums
GNU VOX  Vocal series: Beat Kaestli & Monika Heidemann  image
Double CD RELEASE PARTY

8:30 Beat Kaestli Group

10:00 Monika Heidemann Band

'Happy, Sad and Satisfied' by Beat Kaestli

Beat Kaestli moved to New York from his native Switzerland at age twenty and received a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music. While honing his craft alongside young Jazz noteworthys like Jane Monheit, Stefon Harris and Jason Moran, he immersed himself in Manhattan's fiercely competitive music scene, emerging as a seasoned performer. He now appears in clubs such as Birdland, The Bitter End and B.B. King¹s and in 2005, Beat was the chosen vocalist for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, thrilling audiences in concert halls across the USA.
'Happy, Sad and Satisfied' is Beat's sophomore release, featuring some of New York's most eminent young Jazz musicians, and is already receiving great reviews from critics and peers. The CD is a January feature in Indie-Music.com Magazine and is now being played on a rapidly increasing number of radio stations across the US and Europe.

"His voice is satin and moonlight ....Kaestli is the master of quiet elegance... A cynic doesn't stand a chance."
Jennifer Layton, Indie-Music.com

"...Kaestli's vocals (which have a hint of Chet Baker but a bit more muscle) add the final ingredientto an enjoyable listening experience."
John Gilbert, EjazzNews

"I love your CD. Tasteful, elegant and beautiful. ...delivered with absolute perfection..."
Frank Matheis, WVKR 91.3 FM

'Bright' by Monika Heideman

Called by jazz vocalist Dominique Eade "an unusual talent who makes alluring music that is both heartfelt and remarkably hip", ,b>Monika Heidemann twists together vocal improvisation and jazz sensibility with catchy pop melodies and the grind of rock n' roll, adding enough subconscious creativity to still question where this music could have come from. Expect off-beat humor and smart, avant-garde arrangements, strong melodies and remarkable musical vocabularies. Stories told through these modern day art-songs are supported by an equally captivating band of brilliant musicians and improvisors. They explore the colliding worlds of technical and spontaneous, an emotional journey bringing to life the dreamlike poetry of her songs. Her album 'Bright' featuring her compositions, plus two songs by the late saxophonist Steve Lacy, is beginning to receive enthusiastic approval.

"Outstanding... treasure from this great new singer and her incredible band."
-Downtown Music Gallery, November 11, 2005

"Heidemann is busy creating her own totally engrossing musical world that must be heard rather than read about. Bright, might just be the beginning of a new jazz genre in search of a name. Highly recommended."
-All About Jazz, December 4, 2005 This season of Gnu Vox, the jazz vocal series, concentrates on emerging vocalists.  The programs will showcase the singers unique abilities as interpreters, improvisers, composers and arrangers from traditional to avant-garde jazz.  The Cornelia Street Cafe provides an intimate setting in which to hear these artists at a reasonable price!

David Devoe, curator
 Cover $10   www.monikah.com www.beatkaestli.com

Friday
Feb 10
6:00PM  PINK PONY POETRY
Jackie Sheeler


Jackie Sheeler's open mic poetry series. Arrive before 6 pm to sign up. The feature tonight is an ensemble: the "Best of Acentos" - Oscar Bermeo is bringing a crew from America's most sacred holy city, The Bronx.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  JEREMY STEIG QUARTET
Jeremy Steig, flute;  Vic Juris, guitar;  Bill Moring, bass;  Anthony Pinciotti, drums
JEREMY STEIG QUARTET image
Come and hear the HOTTEST jazz flutist playing in NY. Jeremy Steig has played with Bill Evans, Art Blakey, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter and many others. He brings with him three legendary musician.
 Cover $12   www.jeremysteig.info www.nyjazzreport.com
Saturday
Feb 11
6:00PM  ITALIAN-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Maria Lisella & Jeanne Dickey, host


Italian American Writers Association, featured readers are: Antonio D'Alfonso + Gil Fagiani, plus open mic, 5 minute limit.

Antonio D'Alfonso, of Montreal, Canada is president and founder of Guernica Press, which has published more than 300 titles and 500 authors from around the world since its inception 26 years ago in 1978. Gil Fagiani, one of IAWA's program coordinators, will be reading from several works including his latest chapbook, Rooks, published by Rain Mountain Press in 2005, from his earlier work, Crossing 116th St.: A Blanquito in El Barrio and from an upcoming collection.

Known to many primarily as a publisher, Antonio D'Alfonso, is also an award-winning filmmaker and author who writes in both English and French. Last summer he was received the Trillium Award for its latest novel written in French, D'Alfonso has alternately worked as a literary critic, and has produced a number of short films. D'Alfonso often addresses conferences on literature, films and multiculturalism.

He and a group of writers developed Vice Versa, a trilingual magazine and established the Canadian Italian Writers Association in 1982. In 2002, his poetry collection Comment ça se passé or How it Went was a finalist for the Trillium Award, which he won in 2005 for his novel Un vendredi du mois d'août or One Friday in August. Guernica Press has published works by many Italian American writers including Mary Jo Bona, Fred Gardaphe, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Anthony Valerio and Robert Viscusi and the recent publication of Luigi Bonaffini's translation of Mario Luzi's Phrases and Passages of a Salutary Song.

Gil Fagiani has had what seems to be an endless array of lives: from the streets of Villa Avenue in the Bronx to the idyllic suburbs of Connecticut to Pennsylvania Military College and to East Harlem in the 1960s. His new work, Rooks, published by Rain Mountain Press, focuses on those volatile years he spent in military college, where his political evolution took him to the streets of El Barrio, the focus of his earlier collection, Crossing 116th St.: A Blanquito in El Barrio published by Skidrow Penthouse. He recently won honorable mention for both the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards and the coveted Bordighera Prize. Fagiani also translates Italian dialect and the modern poetry of three North African immigrants living in Italy due to be published this year in A Bilingual Anthology of Italian Migrant Poetry. By day, Fagiani is a social worker and director of a substance abuse rehabilitation program in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)   http://www.iawa.net

8:30PM  VALERIE GHENT IN CONCERT
Valerie Ghent, piano, voice;  Ann Klein, guitar;  Tuey Connell, voice, banjo;  Booker King, bass
Valerie Ghent in Concert image

 Cover $10   valghent.com
Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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