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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
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
$ 7 includes a drink
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)
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
$20 (includes a drink)
“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)
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
"a low-key marvel...bracing improvisation, a strangely intuitive group dynamic...selfless and deceptively effortless" --JazzTimes
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.
Sarah Sarai's poems are in Boston Review, Gargoyle, Threepenny Review and others;in Say It Outloud: Poems About James Brown (Whirlwind Press); in her collection, The Future Is Happy(BlazeVOX [books]. She is a co-facilitator of Occupy Language; presented a manifesto in the Tendenciesseries in honor of Eve Sedgwick at CUNY Grad School; featured in the Mary: A Literary Quarterly benefit for the Ali Forney Center for homeless GLBT youth. Her MFA in creative writing is from Sarah Lawrence College.
MARGO BERDESHEVSKY, poet, fiction writer, photographer, actress, is just in from Paris! Author of two poetry collections Between Soul and Stone and But a Passage in Wilderness, (from Sheep Meadow Press) and the sexy stories called Beautiful Soon Enough. Her honors include FC2’s American Book Review/Ronald Sukenick/ Innovative Fiction Award for Beautiful Soon Enough, (University of Alabama Press/ 2009,) & the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America, 7 Pushcart Prize nominations, 2 Pushcart "special mention" citations., & her very latest poems & stories are in the Kenyon Review & Poetry International. Forthcoming: a cross-genre novel titled Vagrant.
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Program: Four works, including two World Premiers, written for Gotham:
*Recurve (World Premier): David Wolfson, *Yuu (World Premier): Yohei Kurihara, *Secret Nights: Gilbert Galindo, *Predisomnia: Jonathan Pieslak
Other works by composers closely associated with Gotham Ensemble:
Episodes for Four Players: Ned Rorem, Peace Out, My Brother: Donal Fox, Your Kindness: Jun Nagao
* Written for Gotham
$20.00 includes a drink
Claudia Chopek has been seen and heard playing with Bruce Springsteen, The Jonas Brothers, Moby, Sean Lennon, TV On The Radio, Nancy Sinatra, Donna Summer, Ryan Adams and Norah Jones. She’s been in 2 episodes of Gossip Girl, appears in the movie The Jonas Brothers 3D Concert Experience, and her arrangements and playing were heard in the 2011 Academy Award winning short film The New Tennants. Most recently, she appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, performing with host Joe Scarborough.
Joe McGinty & Ward White, with their mutual affinity for the lush, orchestral balladry of Jimmy Webb and Burt Bacharach, formed New York City based chamber pop duo McGinty & White. They received widespread critical praise for their debut album, McGinty & White Sing Selections From The McGinty & White Songbook, including accolades from The New Yorker and New York Press, who named it one of the five best albums of 2009. M&W have performed live on WFUV, WFMU and WXPN/WorldCafe Live, toured with original Stiff recording artist Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby and appeared as musical guests for Upright Citizens Brigade. Joe McGinty is a keyboardist, composer and producer, best known for his work with The Psychedelic Furs and as founder and musical director of the long running Loser's Lounge tribute series. He has recorded and/or performed with The Ramones, Debbie Harry, Stew and The Negro Problem, Ronnie Spector, Ryan Adams, and many others. Ward White is a Brooklyn based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His latest album, Done With The Talking Cure, was named as one of the best records of 2011 in MAGNET Magazine's Year In Music issue. "(A) terrific duo of local craftsmen, Joe McGinty and Ward White." — The New Yorker. www.mcgintyandwhite.com.
John Newell: I've been working on a series of stories under the title Walking Baby, stories about the people I've known while walking my cat Baby, illustrating them with motion graphics and enhancing them with music written especially for the stories. Ophira Eisenberg, Moth storytelling host said, "I could listen to your stories all day and night long - most compelling stuff on the stage time and time again."
Mr. Patrick, 2003, as the world is headed towards Chaos, begins telling True Stories from his Life. "The only Truths we have to share are the Stories of our Selves. Its Truth is our Story. "With friend Master Lee, they created Talkingstick, where True Stories are told. Completing its 6th season at the Rubin Museum of Art. www.talkingstick.us
Thomas Pryor’s work was published in The New York Times, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Our Town, The Westside Spirit, and A Prairie Home Companion. His blog, “Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts,” is listed in The New York Times. Thomas appeared on public radio’s This American Life, and has columns in NearSay.com & AskaNewYorker.com. He was featured in Public TV Ch 13’s Baseball: A New York Love Story.
Before becoming a storyteller, Rivka Widerman was a lawyer, and words were her stock-in-trade. She has conducted storytelling workshops for children and adults, has performed throughout New York City and served on the board of The Storytelling Center in New York. She tells personal tales, historical tales, folk tales and really big fibs.
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Grammy Award winning bassist Marcus Miller says that Tixier "is making an international name for himself. I heard him in France and was immediately struck by his individuality and his sound.“ Guitarist Pat Metheny says, "[Scott] has found a place for himself within the elite community of New York jazz musicians, no small feat."
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Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times