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ART ON THE WALLS

Wednesday Mar 11
6:00PM  INTERCULTURAL POETRY
Andrey Gritsman, host

David Lehman Ilya Bernstein Bob Holman Alex Cigale Elizabeth Hodges Misha Semenov Larissa Shmailo
Intercultural Poetry image

Victory over the Sun, Futurism, and Russian Silver Age Poetry in Translation

Tonight, iconoclastic Russian theater and poetry of the Russian Silver age will be celebrated at the Cornelia Street Café with a star-studded program of new translations and original poetry.

8:30PM  BEN VAN GELDER SEPTET
Ben van Gelder, alto sax;  Adam O' Farrill, trumpet;  Kyle Wilson, tenor sax;  Peter Schlamb, vibraphone;  Sam Harris, piano;  Matt Brewer, bass;  Craig Weinrib, drums

This concert will feature music that was commissioned by the Jazz Gallery last summer. Ben van Gelder brings to the club an extended group that is composed of some of New York's most talented musicians.

Ben van Gelder Septet image
Thursday
Mar 12
6:00PM  SLAPERING HOL PRESS: A READING
Suzanne Cleary Jennifer Franklin Sean Nevin Richard Parisio Margo Taft Stever David Tucker
Slapering Hol Press: A Reading image

Slapering Hol Press is proud to present Richard Parisio reading from his chapbook, The Owl Invites Your Silence. Parisio is the 2014 recipient of the SHP Sanger-Stewart Award. He will read with SHP Co-Editors, Jennifer Franklin (Looming, 2015) and Margo Taft Stever (Lunatic Ball, 2015). SHP poets and Advisory Committee members: Suzanne Cleary (Beauty Mark, 2013), Lynn McGee (Heirloom Bulldog 2015), and David Tucker (Late for Work, 2006) will read from their new work.

8:30PM  HARRIS EISENSTADT AND GOLDEN STATE
Marty Ehrlich Sara Schoenbeck Eivind Opsvik Harris Eisenstadt
Harris Eisenstadt and Golden State image Chris Cameron

Eisenstadt convenes a rare NYC appearance of his chamber jazz group Golden State in celebration of their March 2015 release Golden State II (Songlines).

“Pure magic… a rare compositional talent… rigorous and serious, but played with a certain degree of levity by a quartet clearly enjoying itself.”-- John Kelman, All About Jazz

  www.harriseisenstadt.com

Friday
Mar 13
6:00PM  AUTUMN HOUSE ANTHOLOGY: A READING
James Tolan, host

Jan Beatty Ed Ochester Alicia Ostriker Martha Rhodes Sheryl St. Germain Philip Terman
Autumn House Anthology: A reading image

A book launch for the 3rd edition of The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry.

9:00PM & 10:30PM  MICHAEL FORMANEK'S CHEATING HEART
Tim Berne, alto sax;  Brian Settles, tenor saxophone, flute;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums

This version of Cheating Heart is a quintet with Time Berne, Brian Settles, Jacob Sax, and Dan Weiss. A few days after these performances the group will fly to Portugal and Italy to participate in concerts and festivals including the Bergamo Jazz Festival in Bergamo, Italy.

Michael Formanek's Cheating Heart  image
Saturday
Mar 14
6:00PM  ITALIAN AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani hosts

Amy Barone Albert Tacconelli
Italian American Writers Association image

Italian American Writers Association Literary Reading. Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every second Saturday of the month. IAWA East is held even months at Sidewalk Café and IAWA West continues at Cornelia Street Café on odd months.

  www.iawa.net

9:00PM & 10:30PM  MICHAEL FORMANEK
Tim Berne, alto sax;  Brian Settles, tenor saxophone, flute;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums

This version of Cheating Heart is a quintet with Time Berne, Brian Settles, Jacob Sax, and Dan Weiss. A few days after these performances the group will fly to Portugal and Italy to participate in concerts and festivals including the Bergamo Jazz Festival in Bergamo, Italy.

Michael Formanek image
Sunday
Mar 15
6:00PM  SINGING THE STORIES OF THE WEST
Cowboy Ernie Sites,
SINGING THE STORIES OF THE WEST  image

Enjoy an evening with singer-songwriter Cowboy Ernie Sites: Traditional American root music, folk music, poetry, and stories combined with humor, guitar, mandolin, and banjo picking . Cowboy music and culture is about a man's relationship with nature and animals, and the sense of freedom and independence you get in the wide open spaces.

Ernie Sites of Wendell, Idaho, is an honest-to-goodness, ranch-raised, former rodeo cowboy who has traveled around the nation with his songs, poems, stories, trickroping and yodeling. Cowboy Ernie has recorded a slew of albums covering the gamut of Western music. He is a founding member of the Western Music Association, and has been televised on CBS, PBS, TNN, BBC, and Good Morning, America. Some of the artists Ernie Sites has worked with include Mo Bandy, Bonnie Raitt, John Anderson, John Michael Montgomery, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and nationally acclaimed cowboy poets Baxter Black and Waddie Mitchell.

  www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ernie+sites&aq=f southernidaholiving.com/features/ernie-sites/

8:30PM  NEW BRAZILIAN PERSPECTIVES: JASON ENNIS AND TRIO JOTA SETE
Billy Newman, host

Jason Ennis, seven string guitar;  Michael O'Brien, bass;  Conor Meehan, drums

Guitarist Jason Ennis is a musician with a unique sound, deep groove and sensitive feel, along with a diverse background in Jazz, Blues, Brazilian and other Latin-American styles and Classical music. His interest in Brazilian music led him to adopt as his primary instrument a uniquely Brazilian Violão de Sete Cordas (7-string classical guitar), a staple of the Choro and Samba tradition. The influence of a wide range of Brazilian music from Choro to Bossa Nova to MPB inform his style and works it way into every aspect of his performance.

  http://www.jasonennis.com

New Brazilian Perspectives: Jason Ennis and Trio Jota Sete image
10:00PM  NEW BRAZILIAN PERSPECTIVES: ABELITA MATEUS
Billy Newman, host

Abelita Mateus, piano, voice;  Kim Daseul, bass;  Phillip Gillette, drums

Pianist and singer from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Abelita Mateus is passionate about Brazilian Music. She studied classical piano in her teens, and gradually got more involved with Jazz. Since her childhood, she enjoyed listening to lots of Brazilian Music. In Brazil she performed with such names as Vinicius Dorin, Raul de Souza and Hermeto Pascoal. Living in New York for the last three years, Abelita is researching Jazz and applying the “new sounds” into her own music, as a performer and composer.   http://www.abelita.com.br

New Brazilian Perspectives: Abelita Mateus image
Monday
Mar 16
6:00PM  OTHER GEOGRAPHIES: POETRY AND PROSE
Susan Sindall Nancy Kline
OTHER GEOGRAPHIES: Poetry And Prose image

Susan Sindall and Nancy Kline met twenty years ago at VCCA when both were very concerned about a snowstorm then falling in Woodstock, New York. They quickly discovered that New York City was also common ground, and have shared their work and teaching experiences since then. Nancy will be reading from a long essay entitled Parloir which takes place in a women's' prison in French West Africa. Susan will be reading from The Blue Guide to Greece and Other Poems, a manuscript of new work.

8:30PM  TO BUILD A HOME: A MUSICAL REFLECTION ON PEOPLE AND PLACE
Tracy Michailidis, voice;  Kari Van Der Kloot, piano;  Eric Burns, guitar;  Ansel Cohen, cello;  Jess Korman, piano
TO BUILD A HOME: A musical reflection on people and place image

They say home is where the heart is. From the Great American Songbook to Broadway new and old, jazz, and folk, this evening is a ramble through beloved songs about heart and home. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Tracy has performed at both the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, on Broadway and off-Broadway here in New York City, and is also a proud server upstairs at the Cornelia Street Café. She is joined by colleagues and friends Kari Van der Kloot, Eric Burns, Ansel Cohen, Jess Korman, and a few special surprise meadowlarks who will be raising their voice with hers this evening.

  www.tracymichailidis.com

Tuesday
Mar 17
6:00PM  RED HEN PRESS
Kate Gale, host

Gary Dop Steve Langan Colette Inez
Red Hen Press image

Red Hen Press presents an evening of wit-laced poetry with a surrealist yet profound twist at Cornelia Street Café. Featuring: Gary Dop, a hilarious poet who has the ability to make us laugh and break our hearts simultaneously, will feature excerpts of his debut collection, Father, Child, Water. Steve Langan, a poet known for telling it like it is with delicate details and piercing precision, will be sharing excerpts of his collection, "What It Looks Like, How It Flies." Colette Inez, no stranger to poetry challenges us to dig a bit deeper into the imagination, dances with reality and the surreal, always in rhythm, in her brand new collection, The Luba Poems.

This will stir the soul and move our imaginations in a way that’s necessary.

  redhen.org

8:30PM  THE FUTURE OF MINDS, BRAINS, AND MACHINES
Gary Marcus, scientist
The Future of Minds, Brains, and Machines image

Gary Marcus, Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at NYU and bestselling author, talks about the future of neuroscience and artificial intelligence and his latest book, The Future of the Brain: Essays By The World's Leading Neuroscientists.

Wednesday Mar 18
6:00PM  WHAT THE HELL IS LOVE? PART II
Phillip Giambri aka The Ancient Mariner, curator and host

Marie Sabatino Bernard Block Moira Smith Graham Willner Jane LeCroy Luis Da Storyteller Cordova Vicki Iorio, Ryan McCurdy Linda Lerner Pauline Findlay Saara Dutton
What The Hell Is Love? Part II image
Rimes of The Ancient Mariner is proud to present an original series:

The “What The Hell Is Love?” Project Part II

The second of two and possibly more incredible shows in March 2015

In 1995 I wrote a poem called “What The Hell Is Love?” It was a reflection on a lifetime of loving and being loved, in search of answers as to what I've learned about love, and what love means to me today. It’s proven to be one of my most popular spoken word performance pieces and more than a few writer friends offered that they too would like to respond with their own reflections of what love is. The pieces offered by my fellow writers were both brutally honest and poetically beautiful and all of much better quality than my original. I felt very strongly that these pieces needed to be heard. It’s given birth to this project and continues to explode with energy and wisdom.

We've gathered together twenty five of the best and well known “Spoken Word” poets and writers in the tri-state area for a two part presentation of truth, honesty, and a reality check on what the hell love actually means to each of us in this isolated and distracted time of “The Phone Zombies.”

8:30PM  TOM CHANG QUARTET
Tom Chang, guitar;  Quinsin Nachoff, tenor sax;  Sam Trapchak, bass;  Jim Black, drums
Tom Chang Quartet image Steve DiBenedetto

This newly formed quartet will play new compositions as well as music from Tongue & Groove Tom Chang's debut cd.

  www.tomchangmusic.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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