* Cover is given where known
* There is a one-drinkminimum per set
* Reservations for shows downstairs can only be made by phone:212-989-9319
Photographs by DANIEL JAY BERTNER
All art is for sale. Please inquire
PAUL HECHT has been an actor for quite a long time. He has performed on and off Broadway ,
television and film. He has recorded dozens of books and has appeared in literary events at
Space, the 92nd street Y and the Morgan library.
He was a tony nominee for Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (Stoppard), and received an
award for Pirandello's Henry IV. He assembles the Happy Birthday series at the Café. He
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.
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
"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
“Rich orchestration..conjures up a dark and sinful scene underscored by mischievous charm”. -WNYC Culture Desk
The musicians in this ensemble are seasoned vets whose lives are deeply inspired by the music of Lester Young,
Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong and Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh and many of the
contemporaries associated with these great artists.
The members of this ensemble have rich and varied professional lives and can be explored at
Finger food on us, drinks available. All are welcome.
WOMEN ON TOP: Five Phenomenal Perspectives
A NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION
The event features readings and performances by five passionate,
irreverent and intense women writers, artists and cultural leaders including writer/actor Angelica
Page, poet/activist Hettie Jones, writer/performer Beth Lisick, poet Amber Atiya and
poet/performer/mentor Annie Finch.
***** (5 stars) “Wonderful, evocative…a profound delight.”--DownBeat Magazine (Paul de Barros)
Christopher Castellani is the author of three novels published by Algonquin Books: All This Talk of Love
(2013), The Saint of Lost Things (2005) and A Kiss from Maddalena (2003), winner of the Massachusetts
Book Award. He is a contributor to numerous books on writing, including Naming the World: And Other
Exercises for the Fiction Writer (Random House, 2008) and Mentors, Muses and Monsters: 30 Writers on
the People Who Changed Their Lives (Free Press, 2009.) He is the artistic director of Grub Street literary
magazine and teaches at Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference.
Marisa Labozzetta’s latest novel, Sometimes It Snows in America, was an Eric Hoffer Award Finalist for
2013. Her short story, Forecast for a Sunny Day, won the Watchung Arts Center Award for Short Fiction
in 2010. She was a finalist for the 2009 John Gardner Fiction Award and a Pushcart Prize nominee for
her collection of short stories, At the Copa, which also won the Rio Grande Writers’ fiction contest and
was a finalist in Playboy’s Victoria Chen Haider Memorial Literary Award for Fiction.
Doors open 5:45 pm, arrive before 6pm to
sign up for
$8.00 includes a drink ( and our downstairs menu can't be beat!)
Their second album will highlight music from the 70's "Fusion" era. Yes, electrically saturated music done acoustically. Tunes from notable groups, Weather Report, Return To Forever, The Headhunters, Mahavishnu and more have been arranged for RAAQ's unique instrumentation with Rez on acoustic guitar; Bill Ware, vibes; Stephan Crump, ac. bass and Eric McPherson on drums.
“Abbasi makes inventive use of the unusual, inviting textures, on a 10-song set with six of his tunes plus four artfully arranged pieces by name composers. Call it deeply engaging, free-minded chamber-jazz.” - Jazztimes
“As lucid as it is breathtaking, it is music of the sort that happens when the best companions get together.” —
Andrew Vélez, NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD
Deborah’s FIG TREE tour in September 2013 took her to Paris, France where she was reunited with France's jazz
piano luminary, Alain Jean-Marie - playing at Sunside, Cafe Universel, Cave du Riv 38 and Bab-ilo. While in Paris,
Latz recorded her fourth album in trio with Alain Jean-Marie on piano and Gilles Naturel on double bass. Look for
the release in 2014.
Lydon will play, sing, and whistle his own easy-going pop-jazz tunes and great standards, and
read from his rock 'n' roll writing--the Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, BB King, Ray Charles--as
well as his essays on literature.
A founding editor of Rolling Stone, Lydon has many films on YouTube, and is "The Handsomest
Man in the World!!
"Funny and musical" Daily News
"Charming" San Francisco Chronicle
Barbara Aliprantis is nationally known for performing/producing storytelling events. She is the recipient of an NSN
Oracle Service Award and co-founder of the second Tuesday storytelling series at Cornelia Street Café with Dr.
Cris Beam is the author of three books and a memoir. Her latest, To The End of June: The Intimate Life of
American Foster Care (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013) was a New York Times Notable Book. She teaches
creative writing at Columbia and NYU.
Francis Flaherty, author of The Elements of Story: A Field Guide to Nonfiction Writing (HarperCollins) was a New
York Times columnist and author for 19 years. He now teaches journalism at NYU and Columbia University, and
edits books. He is writing a book on language with the working title, English: A Fan’s Notes.
Robin Hirsch is the author of Last Dance at the Hotel Kempinksi (a memoir), MOSAIC: Fragments of a Jewish Life
(a performance cycle) and FEG: Stupid Poems for Intelligent Children. He is the owner of the Cornelia Street Cafe
which he founded with two other artists in 1977 and which the City of New York proclaimed “a culinary as well as a
cultural landmark” in 1987.
Tim O'Mara, a New York City schoolteacher for the past 26 years, is the author of the Raymond Donne mystery
series including Sacrifice Fly and Crooked Numbers. His next novel, Dead Red, is slated for an early 2015 pub
Thomas Pryor is published in The New York Times, A Prairie Home Companion and other periodicals. His blog:
"Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts," is listed in The New York Times. Thomas appeared on PBS's TV series: "Baseball: A
New York Love Story," NBC TV’s “New York Nonstop,” and “This American Life.” His photography book, "River to
River ~ New York Scenes From a Bicycle," was published in 2012 (YBK).
Joshua Rebell is a playwright and screenwriter, whose work has been extensively produced in Los Angeles, as well
as in New York, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Oregon. He is also a spoken word curator here at the cafe, and very
happy to celebrate the ongoing success of great storytelling series like this one!
Angelo Verga, is a widely published poet and a Cornelia Street Café partner. Two of his six book-length collections
are A Hurricane Is (Jane Street Press) and Praise for What Remains (Three Rooms Press).
Adam Wade is an 18 time Moth storytelling winner and 2 time Moth Grand Slam champion. He's been heard on
NPR's All Things Consider, Moth Radio Hour and Snap Judgment and featured in the New York Times and Time
Out New York Magazine.
Cover $No cover tonight!
Cover is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times