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ART ON THE WALLS

Photographs by MATT EASTON

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Sunday
Mar 04
6:00PM  SERIAL UNDERGROUND: NEW YORK'S PREMIER NEW MUSIC VARIETY SHOW
Jed Distler, host

Nathalie Schmidt
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Serial Underground : New York's Premier New Music Variety Show

Doors open at 5:45 PM

BAD MANNERS

A first look at a new play by celebrated French writer, director and actor Nathalie Schmidt, with music by Jed Distler

Nathalie is the writer and director of the feature film Après la pluie, le beau temps, and has been featured in numerous French films and TV series.

Jed is Serial Underground's curator and a composer/pianist (“the downtown keyboard magus,” The New Yorker).

$20 music charge at the door, includes $10 drink/food credit

8:30PM  CLASSICAL AT THE CORNELIA: TEMPUS CONTINUUM ENSEMBLE'S "CONFESSIONS"
Corrine Byrne, soprano;  Matthew Montana, baritone;  Anne Goldberg, piano/oboe;  Raphaël Lücas, piano, percussion
Classical at the Cornelia: Tempus Continuum Ensemble's

Featuring music from Raphael Lucas' opera, Confessions, the Tempus Continuum Ensemble presents a program filled with musical character revelations and secrets uncovered. From Strauss to Harbison, Goldberg, Lucas, and Contreras, the ensemble is prepared to divulge their confessions to audience members in the intimate Cornelia Street Cafe.

Tempus Continuum Ensemble: Corrine Byrne, Anne Goldberg, Matthew Montana, and Raphael Lucas, are all Masters of Music candidates Manhattan School of Music, where they became close friends and founded the mixed quartet. Performing and premiering a wide range of music from standard repertoire to Anne’s and Raphael’s work, the Ensemble embarked on its first five city tour of New York and Massachusetts. Tempus Continuum is dedicated to performing new music and repertoire from the Twentieth Century that is often overlooked.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Monday
Mar 05
6:00PM  MONOLOGUES & MADNESS
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!!!

$10 includes a drink ( my god what a bargain! )   www.monologuesandmadness.com

8:30PM  CLASSICAL AT THE CORNELIA: MELODY FADER
Melody Fader, piano;  Mira Luxion, cello
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The Cafe is proud to welcome back one of our favorite pianists, Melody Fader, for an evening of music for piano and cello...Solo piano music of Mozart and Chopin and sonata for cello and piano by Poulenc with cellist Mira Luxion.

Pianist Melody Fader enjoys a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician and freelance artist in New York City. Miss Fader has performed in such New York venues as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Cornelia Street Café, and the Joyce. Miss Fader earned her Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music, and Master of Music in Collaborative piano at the Juilliard School where she studied with Margo Garrett. Melody has a new CD, Music of Frederic Chopin, which was released by Centaur Records on February 1, 2012.

$20.00 includes a drink

  www.melodyfader.com

Tuesday
Mar 06
6:00PM  POETRY & PROSE
Jim Story, fiction ;  Christian Garaud, poems;  Dorothea Scher, poems
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A former Okie blues singer and Russian history professor, Jim Story has published short stories, essays, reviews and poetry in Confrontation, The Same, Karamu, Folio, Pindeldyboz, The Slavic and East European Review, Helicon, Aspen Anthology, and many others He is the author of the novel, Wounded by History, and the short story collection, Love and Other Terminal Diseases, and has now completed the first draft of a picaresque novel called Problems of Translation.

Dorothea Hutton Scher was born in Vienna and moved to New York as a child. She came to poetry when she retired 14 years ago. Dorothea chairs the Epiphany Poets group. She has recently published her book "Trapped in Black and White" and has been published in various journals.

CHRISTIAN GARAUD has published poems, essays, short stories and translations (from English into French) in a dozen French periodicals. He also published in France a book of poems: Les pommes clochards (Décharge/GrosTextes, 2009). An English translation of that book will be published in 2012 by Finishing Line Press under the title: Feather Brain. D'où vient la voix? (Where Is The Voice Coming From?) has been accepted by the Editions des Vanneaux. The last completed set of poems is The (More Or Less) Well Attached Ciccada.

$ 7 includes a drink

8:30PM  BLUE TUESDAYS: NEW SINGERS SHOWCASE
Julie Hardy, curator

Nicky Schrire, vocals;  Taylor Eigsti, piano;  Sam Anning, bass;  Jake Goldbas, drums;  Paul Jones, tenor saxophone

Blue Tuesdays Presents...New Singers Showcase, featuring Nicky Schrire Plus 4

Lauded for her "fresh and original” approach to music (Cape Town Live), Nicky Schrire is a vocalist, composer and arranger whose adventurous spirit reflects her international upbringing. London-born, South African-raised, and now based in NYC, Nicky honed her skills at the Manhattan School of Music and venues such as the 55Bar, 92Y and Caffe Vivaldi.

$20.00 includes a drink

  http://www.nickyschrire.com

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Wednesday Mar 07 6:00PM  THE WHITE SWALLOW READING SERIES: BEST NEW POETS 2011
Angelo Nikolopoulos, host

Claudia Cortese Kimberly Grey Angelo Nikolopoulos Matthew Ritger Nicole Sealey Stephen Neal Weiss Cori A. Winrock
This event will feature readings from poets included in the yearly anthology Best New Poets 2011, edited by D.A. Powell

$ 7 includes a drink

8:30PM  MATT MITCHELL DUOS W/CHES SMITH, DAN WEISS
Matt Mitchell, piano;  Ches Smith, drums;  Dan Weiss, drums
8:30PM: Matt Mitchell/Ches Smith, Matt Mitchell and Ches Smith will play a set of Matt's compositions. The duo will record their first record later this year.

10:00PM: Fourth Floor, Matt Mitchell/Dan Weiss duo, playing compositions by Matt and Dan. The duo has just recorded their first record which will be released later this year.

$20 cover (includes a drink)

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Thursday
Mar 08
6:00PM  RED HEN PRESS: POETRY READING
Kate Gale, host

Michael Quadland Janice Eidus Amelia Kahaney
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Please join Red Hen Press at the Cornelia Street Cafe for a reading featuring :

Michael Quadland graduated from Dartmouth College and received a Master of Public Health degree from Yale University and a PhD in psychology from New York University. In addition to his private psychotherapy practice, Quadland taught human sexuality at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and consulted with many organizations about AIDS prevention and the emotional-psychological aspects of the disease. He has published many articles in professional journals on AIDS and sexuality. He left AIDS work in 1995, reduced the size of his psychotherapy practice, and turned to writing fiction. His first novel, That Was Then, was published in 2007, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. His new novel Offspring will be released by Red Hen Press in March 2012.

Janice Eidus has won two O. Henry Prizes, the Independent Publishers Award in Religion for her novel, The War Of The Rosens, and numerous other awards for her writing. Her other books include The Celibacy Club, Vito Loves Geraldine, Urban Bliss, and Faithful Rebecca. Her most recent book, The Last Jewish Virgin, was released by Red Hen Press in 2010. Her work also appears in such anthologies as The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories; Neurotica: Jewish Writers on Sex; and Desire: Women Write About Wanting, and in leading newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Jewish Currents, Tikkun, and The Forward. She lives in New York City and Mexico with her husband and daughter.

Amelia Kahaney’s short stories have appeared in Best American Non-Required Reading, One Story, Crazyhorse, and other publications. She has recently ghostwritten three bestselling young adult novels, but her next book will have her name on its cover. She lives in Brooklyn.

$7.00 includes a drink   www.redhen.org

8:30PM  JEAN ROHE
Jean Rohe, voice, mandolin, percussion;  Ilusha Tsinadze, guitar, voice;  Liam Robinson, accordion, voice;  Chris Tordini, bass, vocals;  James Shipp, percussion
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Jean Rohe sings and plays multi-lingual original music of the Americas, North and South. Tonight, she brings her band together to play new music written during a winter month at the MacDowell Artists Colony, plus songs from her new album, due out in late 2012. In intricately crafted arrangements, Jean brings the full breadth of her stylistic attractions to bear, exploring the intersections of American folk music, jazz, Brazilian and Afro-Peruvian traditions. Jean has performed everywhere from the National Theater in Cuba to the Montreux Jazz Festival, where her refreshingly honest performance won her the audience prize in 2006. She also curates the monthly Global Living Room series at Cornelia Street Café.

$20 cover (includes a drink)

  www.jeanrohe.com

Friday
Mar 09
6:00PM  SARAH BERNSTEIN: UNEARTHISH
Sarah Bernstein, violin, voice, processing, text;  Satoshi Takeishi, percussion
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Violinist/vocalist Sarah Bernstein is joined by percussionist Satoshi Takeishi for a set of original music and spoken text. Bernstein's compositions deftly integrate form, improvisation, processing and poetry, complemented by Takeishi's expressive mastery on the drums. The duo will perform pieces from their recent release Unearthish.

$20 (includes a drink)

  sarahbernstein.com

9:00PM & 10:30PM  INGRID LAUBROCK’S ANTI-HOUSE
Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax;  Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Kris Davis, piano;  John Hébert, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums
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Ingrid Laubrock’s superb quintet delivers a quicksilver mixture of composition and improvisation. The range of approaches, textures, densities and movement heard, sometimes within each single piece, is one of the most satisfying qualities of Laubrock’s music. Her sponge-like imagination seems boundless.

“Some young jazz musicians find their style and move in lock, stock and barrel, making little refinements over the years but basically keeping their place. Ingrid Laubrock, a German saxophonist who started her career in London and has spent the last 15 years playing there, sounds happily unsettled. On tenor and soprano, she’s omnivorous and pointed, slouching and precise, humorous and austere (…) You didn’t walk away thinking, well, that sounded like a certain person, place or time. Ms. Laubrock encouraged its constant sense of renewal.”--Ben Ratliff,New York Times

$25 cover (includes a drink)

Saturday
Mar 10
6:00PM  ITALIAN-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Robert Savino Colleen Michaels
Italian heritage celebrated, American experience featured.

Doors open 5:45 pm, arrive before 6pm to sign up for open reading.

Long Island poet Robert Savino whose recent book, Inside a Turtle Shell is a diverse journey of paths crossed, family and friends . . . lost and found. The poet’s focus is to capture the everyday experience driven by the passion of his Italian cultural upbringing.

Mass.-based, Colleen Michaels is a poet, performer, and host of the Improbable Places Poetry Tour, which brings poetry to unlikely places like tattoo parlors, laundromats, and swimming pools. Yes, in the swimming pool.

$7.00 includes a drink   http://www.iawa.net http://www.i-italy.org/bloggers/italian-american-writers-cafe

9:00PM & 10:30PM  STEPHAN CRUMP'S ROSETTA TRIO
Liberty Ellman, acoustic guitar;  Jamie Fox, electric guitar;  Stephan Crump, bass, compositions
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Rosetta Trio is a uniquely colorful and hard-grooving all-string chamber jazz ensemble led by Memphis-bred Brooklynite bassist/composer Stephan Crump with guitarists Liberty Ellman and Jamie Fox. Hailed as “a string ensemble for the new century” by All About Jazz, the group formed in 2005 to record an album of pieces written in the aftermath of 9/11. That album, Rosetta, was greeted with inclusion on multiple top ten lists and ecstatic reviews for its narrative depth and outstanding performances. With an ever-deepening rapport from years of touring and recording together in different contexts, in 2010 the trio released its second album, Reclamation (“a low-key marvel”, JazzTimes) on Sunnyside Records, including an extended work commissioned by 92nd St. Y and New York Guitar Festival. The freshness of the compositions is matched by the dynamic, intimate synergy of the ensemble (“bareness in emotion”, NPR), which was hailed as “ingenious originals” by The New Yorker and featured in the New York Times weekend Arts section. Rosetta Trio, whose members have for years collaborated with many of the leading lights in the New York creative music scene, has developed into a formidable unit, sensitively and powerfully rendering Crumpʼs often profound, sometimes playful and always honest music. Fresh off a European tour, for their Cornelia St. Cafe performance the trio will feature pieces from the first two albums in addition to newer works in development for their imminent recording.

"a low-key marvel...bracing improvisation, a strangely intuitive group dynamic...selfless and deceptively effortless" --JazzTimes

$20 cover (includes a drink)

  www.stephancrump.com

Sunday
Mar 11
6:00PM  ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: BEAUTY AND THE BEASTIES
Roald Hoffmann, Dave Soldier, hosts

David Rothenberg, clarinet, composer, author;  Irene Moon, scientist, performer
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BEAUTY AND THE BEASTIES

David Rothenberg, author of WHY BIRDS SING and SURVIVAL OF THE BEAUTIFUL (“ecstatic” says the Wall St Journal, “triumphant” says the Guardian) will tell us why evolution is as much about survival of the beautiful as it is of the fittest; why Charles Darwin said the peacock’s tail made him sick. Showing us bowerbird sculptures and playing animal sounds from whales to cicadas, he explains why beauty is a necessary part of nature.

Which leads most naturally to a surreal performance by Irene Moon, of the Museum of Natural History and the Begonia Society, “What is Beautiful?”. In vignettes, biological organisms act out short PowerPoint plays emerging out of the creative fascination with detail that could only come out of the intimate relationship a scientist has with his or her subject. Song and imagery will make the disgusting beautiful – believe us. Moon’s actors include internal parasites--tapeworms, hookworms--and blood-sucking insects and their mouths--mosquitos, fleas, and, since this is New York City, bedbugs.   www.davidrothenberg.net www.begoniasociety.org

8:30PM  THUMBSCREW
Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Tomas Fujiwara, drums
Thumbscrew image Peter Gannushkin
Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has been called “NYC’s least-predictable improviser” (Howard Mandel, City Arts), “the most forward-thinking guitarist working right now” (Lars Gotrich, NPR.org) and “one of today’s most formidable bandleaders” (Francis Davis, Village Voice). In addition to her longstanding trio, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Ches Smith, and her quintet, which adds trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon, Ms. Halvorson also co-leads a chamber-jazz duo with violist Jessica Pavone, the avant-rock band People and the collective ensembles Crackleknob, MAP and The Thirteenth Assembly.

$20 cover (includes a drink)

  www.maryhalvorson.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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