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ART ON THE WALLS

Paintings by MARY GROSSMAN

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Thursday
Mar 15
6:00PM  POETRY READING: 3 WOMEN
The Mom Egg Presents

Monica A. Hand Elana Bell EJ Antonio
Poetry Reading: 3 Women image
Monica A Hand received a Kinereth Gensler Award from Alice James Books for me and Nina. Her poetry has appeared in numerous publications including The Mom Egg, Naugatuck River Review, The Sow’s Ear, Drunken Boat, and Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade. She is a founding member of Poets for Ayiti and holds an MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University.

Elana Bell’s first poetry collection, Eyes, Stones, was selected by Fanny Howe as the recipient of the 2011 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets and will be published by Louisiana State University Press in 2012. She currently serves as the writer-in-residence for the Bronx Academy of Letters, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

E.J. Antonio is a recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Hurston/Wright Foundation and the Cave Canem Foundation. Her work has appeared online and has been published in various Journals and magazines. Her debut jazzoetry CD, Rituals in the marrow: Recipe for a jam session was released in the Fall of 2010.

$ 7 includes a drink, what a value !

8:30PM  ANNE METTE IVERSON, CD RELEASE: POETRY OF EARTH
Maria Neckam , voice;  Christine Skou, voice;  Dan Tepfer, piano;  John Ellis, tenor sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute;  Anne Mette Iversen , bass, compositions
Anne Mette Iverson, CD Release: Poetry of Earth image
Poetry of Earth is a collection of jazz art songs: eighteen English and Danish poems set to a unique combination of extended composition and jazz improvisation. The music was conceived while at a artists’ residency in a 1000 year-old cloister on the cliffs of Italy’s Amalfi coast. The poems, from Romantic to contemporary, were all chosen as meditations on human nature, and the nature in the world around us. The Poetry of Earth musicians are world-renowned as improvisors, and have each developed a personal sound and identity which they bring effortlessly to realize this unique music.

$20 cover (includes a drink)

  www.annemetteiversen.com www.annemetteiversen.bandcamp.com

Friday
Mar 16
6:00PM  SON OF PONY: FIFTH ANNUAL DADA POETRY SALON
Kat Georges, host

Son of Pony: Fifth Annual Dada Poetry Salon image
It's back! And more madcap than ever before! The fifth annual one-night-only Dada Poetry Salon, with Dada hostess Kat Georges! Wear your favorite Dada fashion, bring your Dada-inspired poetry for the open reading (sign up at 5:45, limited spaces available!).

Featured guest poets include Dada superstar boxer/poet Arthur Cravan, brought back to life for this special event. Plus Live Dada Twitter Feed, and performances by DADA NYC founders Lois Kagan Mingus and Joanie Fritz Zosike, Romanian Dada poet/performance artist Valery Oisteanu, mysterious Dada musician/poet/instigator Steven Retchard, Personable Peter Carlaftes, Juggernaut John J. Trause, and more.

Plus: The first 20 people will receive a free copy of Maintenant 6: Contemporary Dada Poetry & Art Journal (now archived at MOMA). And: new videos, prize giveaways and more. Arrive early and bring your dada poems to read!

$ 7 includes a drink, what an amazing bargain !!

9:00PM & 10:30PM  MATT BREWER
Matt Brewer, bass;  Steve Lehman, alto sax;  Kyle Wilson, tenor sax;  Pete Rende, piano;  Adam Cruz, drums
Matthew Brewer leads an all star band comprised of some of the top young players in the contemporary New York jazz scene.

$25 (includes a drink)

Matt Brewer image
Saturday
Mar 17
6:00PM  GREEK AMERICAN WRITERS
Dean Kostos, host

Lili Bita, ;  John "Yianni" Fotiadis Anna Angelidakis, ;  Lola Koundakjian
One our longest running series, hosted by the incomparable Dean Kostos.

Bring in the season of renewal with The Greek-American Writers Association

$7 includes a drink

9:00PM & 10:30PM  KRIS DAVIS QUINTET
Kris Davis, piano;  Mat Maneri, viola;  Ingrid Laubrock, saxophone;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums
In preparation to record a new quintet CD, Davis brings this all star line up to cornelia street to perform her compositions. '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.' --Ben Ratliff, NY times

$25 cover (includes a drink)

  http://www.krisdavis.net

Kris Davis Quintet image Peter Gannushkin
Sunday
Mar 18
6:00PM  WINTER INTO SPRING: THREE POETS PERFORM WORKS OLD AND NEW
Matt Pasca Adeena Karasick Michael Dickel
Winter Into Spring: Three Poets Perform Works Old And New image

Matt Pasca: Pasca’s poetry has appeared in The Long Island Quarterly, The Pedestal Magazine, New Mirage Journal, JB Stillwater’s on-line literary journal, and will be featured this spring in Vox Poetica, Generations, and Paumanok II. Pasca's first book, A Thousand Doors (2011, JB Stillwater), was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A graduate of Cornell University and Stony Brook University, Pasca has taught Creative Writing, Mythology and Literature at Bay Shore High School since 1997. He was named NYS Teacher of Excellence in 2003 and is the advisor of The Writers’ Block, named Most Outstanding High School Literary-Art Magazine for both 2010 and 2011 by the ASPA.

Adeena Karasick (www.adeenakarasick.com) is an internationally acclaimed and award winning poet, media-artist and author of seven books of poetry and poetic theory: Amuse Bouche: Tasty Treats for the Mouth (Talonbooks 2009), The House That Hijack Built (Talonbooks, 2004), The Arugula Fugues (Zasterle Press, 2001), Dyssemia Sleaze (Talonbooks, Spring 2000), Genrecide (Talonbooks, 1996), Mêmewars (Talonbooks, 1994), and The Empress Has No Closure (Talonbooks, 1992), as well as 4 videopoems regularly showcased at International Film Festivals. Her writing has been described as "plural, cascading, exuberant in its cross-fertilization of punning and knowing, theatre and theory" (Charles Bernstein), and "opens up the possibilities of reading" (Vancouver Courier). She is Professor of Global Literature at St. John’s University in New York.

Poet and photographer Michael Dickel co-edited Voices Israel Volume 36 (2010). His work has appeared in small-press literary journals, anthologies, art books, & online—including Sketchbook, Zeek: a Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture, Poetry Midwest, why vandalism?, and Poetica Magazine. The World Behind It, Chaos, his poetry & art book, came out in 2009. Dickel is a member of the Israel Association of Writers in English. He received top awards in the 2008 and 2009 Reuben Rose Poetry Competitions.

$7.00 includes a drink

8:30PM  GLOBAL LIVING ROOM: GAIDA
Jean Rohe, host

Gaida, vocals;  Amir Elsaffar, santoor, trumpet, vocals;  Zafer Tawil , oud, derbakeh;  Jennifer Vincent, bass;  George Dulin, piano
Global Living Room: Gaida image
Syrian singer songwriter Gaida is one of the most “effusive and charming vocalists in the New York world music scene.” Along with her outstanding ensemble - oudist Zafer Tawil, pianist George Dulin, trumpet and santoor player Amir ElSaffar and bassist Jennifer Vincent. Gaida performs “entrancing” innovative interpretations of Syrian folk songs, originals, and freestyle improvisations over Arabic grooves.

"Entrancing and luscious”–-Timeout New York

$20 (includes a drink)

  http://www.gaidamusic.com/

Monday
Mar 19
6:00PM  NEW YORK QUARTERLY
Ted Jonathan, host

Laurel Blossom Neil Cain Eric Weinstein
The great state of South Carolina casts all its poetry votes for Laurel Blossom. We're happy she comes north to see us once in awhile.

$ 7 includes a drink   http://www.nyquarterly.org

8:30PM  MORRISON MOTEL
John Morrison, host

Ross Bennett Maureen Langan Jeff Kreisler Mark Normand Angry Bob Chris Doucette
Morrison Motel image
MORRISON MOTEL

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

"Critics' Pick!" – TimeOut NY

"Works for me." – Morrison

Tonight, John Morrison hosts Ross Bennett, Maureen Langan, Jeff Kreisler, Mark Normand, Angry Bob and Chris Doucette.

$20 Door (includes one drink) Cash only.

Tuesday
Mar 20
6:00PM  TAPESTRY: THREE WRITERS READ
Rhian Edwards Djelloul Marbrook Alyssa Pelish
Tapestry: Three Writers Read image

Rhian Edwards is a poet and musician, who recently won the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry 2011 and 2012, which makes her Wales's best performance poet. She has delivered over 300 stage, radio and festival performances world-wide. Her first collection, Clueless Dogs is due to be published by Seren in May 2012, while her pamphlet of poems, Parade the Fib (tall-Lighthouse), was awarded the Poetry Book Society Choice for autumn 2008. Rhian’s poems have also appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review, Arete, Stand Magazine, the Spectator, Poetry London, Poetry Wales, the London Magazine, Planet Magazine and Borderlines.

Djelloul Marbrook is the author of two books of poetry, Far from Algiers (2008, Kent State University Press, winner of 2007 Wick Prize and 2010 Internationa Book Award in poetry), and Brushstrokes and glances (2011, Deerbrook Editions) and three novellas: Saraceno (2012, Bliss Plot Press), Artemisia’s Wolf (2011, Prakash Books), and Alice Miller’s Room (1999, OnlineOriginals). Guest Boy, the first volume of his fiction trilogy, Light Piercing Water, is forthcoming in April 2012 by Mira Publishing House (UK). His short fiction has been published in Orbis (UK), Breakfast All Day (UK), Potomac Review (Maryland) and Prima Materia (New York). Recent poems were published by American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, From the Fishouse, Oberon, Northport Journal, Meadowland Review, The Same, Reed, The Ledge, Poemeleon, Poets Against War, Fledgling Rag, Daylight Burglary, Le Zaporogue, Atticus Review, Long Island Quarterly, ReDactions, Istanbul Literary Review, Arabesques Literary and Cultural Review, Damazine, Perpetuum Mobile, Attic, and Chronogram. A retired newspaper editor and Navy veteran, he lives in Manhattan and the mid-Hudson Valley with his wife, Marilyn. His literary and cultural blog is at www.djelloulmarbrook.com

Alyssa Pelish writes and edits in New York. She's a regular contributor to 3 Quarks Daily and PopMatters, has reviewed literature for Rain Taxi and books for Science Magazine, and is Director of Publications at a New York based non-profit. Her current fiction project is part YA novel, part paranormal tale, part environmental disaster, all sympathy, and otherwise known as Uncanny Valley High.

$7.00 includes a drink

8:30PM  BLUE TUESDAYS: JD WALTER
Julie Hardy, curator

JD Walter, voice;  Misha Tsiganov, piano;  Boris Kozlov, bass;  Alex Sipiagin, trumpet;  Donald Edwards, drums
BLUE TUESDAYS: JD WALTER image

Vocalist JD Walter will be performing with 4 members of the Criss Cross All Star ensemble, “Opus 5”, performing original music from both his and their repertoire, as well as Standard arrangements.

“Walter is reshaping what jazz singing is all about. He is opening up familiar material to the most adventurous kinds of interpretation, while continuing to engage and entertain his audiences…he is an original in an art overpopulated with copycats.” – Don Heckman, LA Times – Live Jazz review from the Jazz Bakery April-2008

$25.00 includes a drink

  www.jdwalter.com

Wednesday Mar 21
6:00PM  ‘BRIGHT NOISE’ EP RELEASE CONCERT - FEATURING BEN WENDEL AND CHRIS LIGHTCAP.
Ben Bryden, tenor sax;  Ben Wendel, tenor sax;  Tim Basom, guitar;  Chris Lightcap, bass;  Dustin Kaufman, drums
‘Bright Noise’ EP Release Concert - featuring Ben Wendel and Chris Lightcap. image

Led by Scotsman Ben Bryden, Bright Noise is part of a growing scene characterized by alternative rock influences and odd time signatures. Featuring original music that ranges from euphoric grooves to melancholy atmospheric melodies intertwined with high octane improvisation, tonight sees the launch of the band's self-titled EP. They will be joined by special guests Ben Wendel (Kneebody, Tigran Hamasyan, Snoop Dogg) and Chris Lightcap (Regina Carter, Mark Turner, Paul Motian).

Praised for his ‘well-defined, tightly executed compositions’ (Glasgow Herald), New York saxophonist and composer Ben Bryden is a rising star in improvised music whose work is recognized in Europe and the US. After honing his skills at Manhattan School of Music, as well as venues such as Zinc, The Iridium and Le Poisson Rouge, Ben has appeared with Kenny Wollesen’s ‘Wollesonics’ and ‘Himalayas’ as well as guesting with the Dan Weiss Trio and Les Paul.

"Quite a talent...One of the rising stars of the UK Jazz scene" - BBC Radio Scotland

$20.00 includes a drink

  www.benbryden.com/bright.php

8:30PM  NEW BRAZILIAN PERSPECTIVES: PAUL LIEBERMAN
Billy Newman, host

Paul Lieberman, tenor sax, flute;  Duduka da Fonseca, drums;  Nilson Matta, bass;  Joel Martin, piano;  Fernando Saci, percussion
New Brazilian Perspectives: Paul Lieberman image
"After two years of touring the US with Airto & Flora Purim in an (otherwise) all-Brazilian band, Paul was invited by Mutantes co-founder Sergio Dias to move to Brazil, where he lived and worked for four years as a first-call musician, and recorded with Djavan, Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento, Simone, Alcione and dozens of other stars, and recorded or performed with most of Brazil's greatest instrumentalists. He became so fully assimilated into the Portuguese language and Brazilian culture that he was routinely assumed to be a native.

$20 (includes a drink)

  www.paullieberman.com

Thursday
Mar 22
6:00PM  LET'S TALK DIRTY
Taffy Jaffe, host

Taffy Jaffe Trish Alexandro Gordon Gilbert Raphael Badagliacca Carl Kissin Jess Korman
WHO DOESN'T LIKE A GOOD DIRTY STORY? WELL, MAYBE SARAH PALIN.

$10 includes your first drink

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8:30PM  SPOTLIGHT ON NEW TALENT: JOHN RAYMOND, CD RELEASE
John Raymond, trumpet;  Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Javier Santiago, piano;  Joe Martin, bass;  Otis Brown III, drums
Spotlight on New Talent: John Raymond, CD Release image
A finalist in the 2009 National Trumpet Competition, rising star trumpeter John Raymond kickstarts the "Spotlight on New Talent" series at the Cornelia St. Cafe with the official CD Release for his debut album "Strength & Song." Produced by legendary trumpeter/educator Jon Faddis, the album features Raymond's original compositions that draw on jazz, rock, hip-hop and pop influences to produce emotionally engaging music with affecting, memorable melodies. Accompanying Raymond is a cast of New York’s finest rising star musicians, and their world-class interplay on Raymond's original compositions makes for a night of powerful, expressive music.

“A dynamic and soulful musician, both as a trumpet player and a composer. John Raymond uses his knowledge of the jazz tradition to forge a style that honors the masters of our music as well as being creative, unpredictable and compelling. John has a unique voice, and he is definitely saying something that is worth listening to." --Jon Faddis, World-Renown Trumpeter & Educator

$20 cover (includes a drink)

  www.johnraymondmusic.net

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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