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* Cover is given where known

* There is a one-drink
minimum per set
* Reservations for shows downstairs can only be made by phone:


Mar 07
Andy Christie

DINA PEARLMAN, Sex & The City; Colin Quinn's Tough Crowd;  ZERO BOY, MTV; The Comedy Explosion;  OPHIRA EISENBERG, Comedy Central; US Weekly;  JOEY NOVICK, Politics Unusual;
Seek Truth. Get a T-Shirt.

4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies. Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold.

 Cover $12 (includes one house drink)   www.The

Christine Correa, voice;  John O'Gallagher, saxophones;  Frank Carlberg, piano;  John Hebert, bass;  Michael Sarin, drums
Frank Carlberg Quintet image Photo by Scott Friedlander
Frank Carlberg Quintet
celebrating the new CD release
"The American Dream" on Red Piano Records

Red Piano Records, a new, artist run, Brooklyn based recording label, could not have chosen a more auspicious musical event for its debut release than pianist/composer Frank Carlberg’s The American Dream.

Brilliantly conceived and stunningly executed by an ensemble (made up) of some of Mr. Carlberg’s most reliable and longstanding associates, The American Dream is a jazz suite cum political cri de couer built around 12 short poems by the late Robert Creeley. The poems have been situated by Mr. Carlberg in musical contexts that extend and enhance the linguistic economy and emotional candor that characterize much of Mr. Creeley’s greatest work.

 Cover $10

Mar 08
Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, author & illustrator of "Howl";  Mahina Movement, poets & singers
STORIES TO SING & HOWL ABOUT! image "hoong yee lee krakauer, author + illustrator of "howl!"
"I confess. Deep in my heart, I have always wanted to be a cowgirl."

Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer is a picture book author/artist by night, nonprofit executive director of the Queens Council on the Arts by day. Her first book for children, "Rabbit Mooncakes" was published by Little, Brown & Co. in 1994 and re-released by Moonrattles, Inc. in 2007. She was recently commissioned to create an original retelling of "Pecos Bill", the beloved American tall tale hero. "Howl!", her lively version and her black and white cutout illustrations bring an unexpected spin to this traditional tale that only a wannabe cowgirl from Queens could bring.

Mahina Movement is the phenomenal female trio who combine poetry and song to create passionate music tied to flesh and bone, straight from the heart. Mahina taken from the Tongan word, Moon and from the Spanish word, Imagíne, Mahina Movement (Gabriella Callender, Erica DeLaRosa and vaimoana litia makakaufaki niumeitolu) is a trinity who hail from Hollis, Queens, New York; San Antonio, Texas and Provo/Orem, Utah of North America. Mahina Movement's extraordinary melodies and poems tell stories of the personal and political wrapped with courage, strength and connection. 3 voices and 1 guitar blend into a powerful force, mixing folk, rock and rhymes in English, Spanish and Tongan simmered with indigenous roots and culture.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Adam Kolker, woodwinds;  Ben Monder, guitar;  John Hebert, bass;  Gerry Hemingway, drums
Adam Kolker group image
Performing music from Kolker's latest release, "Flag Day".

What a rich, unpretentiously modern record is “Flag Day” (Sunnyside) by the jazz saxophonist Adam Kolker. He plays these songs — five originals; one Monk piece, the standard “Last Night When We Were Young”; and “Don’t Let It Bring You Down” by Neil Young — with restraint, letting his ideas flow but never filling up all available space. He’s a real improviser, making impulsive choices about phrasing and how to imply a chord, giving each of his notes a strong, strange character. The group is a little hive of wisdom, including the guitarist John Abercrombie, the bassist John Hebert and the drummer Paul Motian, whose aura of relaxed play, or what some people still call cool, is almost a physical presence here.
Ben Ratliff - New York Times
 Cover $10

Mar 09
Angelo Verga, host

Ryan Buynak Dan McCarthy Justin Passmore City Scumshot
Dr. Hunter S. Thompson was one of the most unique and important writers of the 20th Century, whose unconventional methods proved too over-the-top for some, but genius for others. Now, for the first time at Cornelia Street, come and celebrate his life and works by knocking back some whiskey and listening to the brilliant words that he wrote during his nearly 50 years as an author. So poignant, and yet at times so hilarious, his words helped to shape an entire generation of Americans and even today maintain a dark relevance.

Buynak's poems are 21st-century infused yet still maintain a timeless wisdom. Each poem streams directly from the heart of this young poet who seems to live on the balance beam separating madness and sanity. Ever wonder what's left to explore in a world that's been completely mapped out? The answer is here.

Dan has never written anything even close to being published, or even worth reading, for that matter. He does enjoy reading Hunter’s work though. And drinking Wild Turkey. Then again, who doesn't?
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

NEWSPEAK Tom Bolster Jenny Lin Miranda Sielaff Rachelle Garniez
Serial Underground, “the subversive nightclub series” (Time Out NY)

Allan Kozinn (New York Times) contextualizes CCi’s monthly performances in the basement of the Cornelia Street Cafe – “... part of the ecology of urban night life.” CCi artistic director, Jed Distler, curates the programs abetted by director Arnold Barkus and lighting designer David Lovett.

more of the artists you love, plus the diva with a difference, Rachelle Garniez
NEWSPEAK - reprise of NON Sequitur 2008 commission
Tom Bolster - preview/new monologue
Jenny Lin - The Art of the Etude, for piano of course
Miranda Sielaff - presents "Ligeti Madness"

Jed on tonight's show:

Miranda Sielaff viola diva slow dances on the C string with Ligeti

Newspeak chamber/rock on the edge in works by David First and David T. Little

Jenny Lin virtuosity galore via Jason Freeman's hot, thought-provoking 4 piano etudes
Thomas Bolster muses upon the day-to-day operations on a family of 14 kids in "Just the Facts, Ma'am"

Box office: 212.663.1967 (advance purchase discount available)
Admission at the door: $15 gen’l, $10 student/sr + one drink minimum

Mar 10
Barbara Aliprantis

Jim Hawkins, featured teller
Storytelling image
Storytelling occurs the second Tuesday of every month.

FORMAT: Open Telling (5-6 minutes) followed by Featured Teller

FEATURED TELLER: Jim Hawkins "Going Across America with Billy Zuckerman"

Jim Hawkins, Storyteller/Actor/Musician and gifted teacher, was born in Astoria, Queens and spent 10 years of his early childhood in the Midlands of Ireland before returning to America in 1956. He has been charming audiences with Irish stories and songs - on this side of the Atlantic - for over 20 years. Many of the programs he offers deal with aspects of Irish history, culture and tradition. Tonight Jim takes us on a "ROAD TRIP" and recounts a hilarious episode from a story he calls "Going Across America with Billy Zuckerman." You won't want to miss this.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

John Morrison, host

Ted Alexandro Hannibal Burress Alia Tarraf Gilad Foss Matt Ruby Arthur Carlson
John Morrison's monthly comedy quickie--some of the smartest, most politically savvy comedians in or passing through New York make and unmake their bed here before some soon to be deported illegal third world alien comes in to clean it all up . . .

This month, we're very happy to have Ted Alexandro as our headliner. With his own half-hour special on Comedy Central Presents, as well as being featured on Letterman, Kimmel, Conan and thrice (!) at the Montreal Comedy Festival, Ted's just a joy to watch. Come see for yourself why TimeOut NY named him one of the top comedians working today. And joining Ted is Awkward King of Comedy’s Hannibal Burress, fresh from his latest appearances on Larry King Live and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

We're also happy to have with us the co-writer and one of the stars of the 2008 hilarious spoof 'Beirut Hills’, Alia Tarraf. You’ve probably already seen her on MTV and various silly commercials. Old friends and Motel favorites will be back in force as well. The latest warm-up for Jewel at the Rainbow Room, Gilad Foss, will be here; along with podcaster (We're All Friends Here) and MTV favorite, Matt Ruby and The Ultimate Experts’ Arthur Carlson… all we need now is you. Please, join us. We'll leave the light on. And thanks ever so much for your support.
 Cover $10

Wednesday Mar 11 6:00PM  POETS
Angelo Verga, host

Peter Goodwin Michael Heller Burt Kimmelman
Peter Goodwin has roots on both sides of the Atlantic, and now calls both New York City and the Chesapeake Bay home. Formally a teacher and playwright, Peter's poems tells tales of what might have happened in the past or just yesterday. He will be reading from his manuscript, I Wish I Could Remember Her Name.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Pamela Bob, vocals;  Ellen Mandel, piano;  Michael Lydon, guitar;  Dave Hofstra, bass
PAMELA BOB sings the MANDEL and LYDON Songbook image
Pamela Bob, named Best Actress in a Musical by the Talkin' Broadway and MTA awards, will sing songs by Ellen Mandel and Michael Lydon in a wide variety of styles, including ballads, blues, pop, and comedy, with lyrics by Mandel and Lydon as well as E. E. Cummings, Seamus Heaney, and others.

Pamela Bob: "A knockout turn":--Variety

Ellen Mandel and Michael Lydon: "ardent, spiky and freshly organic"
--NY Times
"Funny and musical"-Daily News

Mar 12
Kathi Georges, host

The Greater New York Independent Publishers Association presents

New York State of Mind:

An Evening of NYC Fiction and Poetry

Sizzling readings and hot tips on independent publishing, featured performers include Norman Beim, Perry Brass, Anne Heckman, Heidi Russell, Fred Milani, Jeanne Pearson, and more.

Following the reading, the publishers will be available for one-on-one discussions to share tips on publishing and self-publishing, and offer information about the GNYIPA organization. For more than 10 years, GNYIPA has served as an important resource for the city’s independent publishers, providing pointers on everything from book design and printing, to distribution and promotion, to digital book creation and licensing.

 Cover $12 (includes one house drink)

David Devoe, host

Julie Hardy, voice, piano;  Mark Dewings, voice, guitar;  Simona Dolecki, voice, cello;  Bryson Kern, drums;  Wendy Gilles, voice;  Petr Cancura, saxophone, mandolin;  Jamie Reynolds, piano;  Dan Loomis, bass;  Brian Adler, drums
Gnu Vox: The Overnight Crossing & Wendy Gilles image
The Overnight Crossing is Julie Hardy, Mark Dewings and Simona Dolecki; three people who drifted into NYC to make music though never expected to make music with each other. With a unique style that can only be described as 'indie folk chamber music', they're influenced as much by Schumann as Simon & Garfunkel, by Bon Iver as much as the Beatles. Their backgrounds are as varied as their sound: two conservatory trained musicians, one musical hack; two Americans, one European; two girls, one guy.

Vocalist, songwriter and professional church musician Wendy Gilles is a versatile singer whose warm, inviting voice adapts effortlessly to whichever genre she incorporates into her musical vocabulary. She recently completed her Master of Music from New England Conservatory, where she studied with Dominique Eade and John McNeil and was a featured soloist in ensembles led by faculty and guest artists such as Bob Brookmeyer, Dave Holland and Django Bates.

Mar 13
Jackie Sheeler, host

Mags Treanor
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

The feature tonight is Irish poet Mags Treanor.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  John Hebert, bass;  Billy Drummund, drums
Tony Malaby Quartet image
Saxophonist Tony Malaby, is one of the most compelling living voices on his instrument who is able to musically expand in multiple musical directions. Whether it is in a modern harmonic linear approach or a sonic approach. His is not an eclectic style, but an authentic language in which he is able to create meaning and communicate feeling through the primal power of sound and rhythm.
- Mark Dresser (July 2008)

Malaby is joined by some of his favorite NY improvisers - Advanced Reservations recommended.
 Cover $10

Mar 14
Maria Lisella, host

Italian American Writers Association, featured readers are: TBA, plus open mic, 5 minute limit.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  John Hebert, bass;  Billy Drummund, drums
Tony Malaby Quartet image
Saxophonist Tony Malaby, is one of the most compelling living voices on his instrument who is able to musically expand in multiple musical directions. Whether it is in a modern harmonic linear approach or a sonic approach. His is not an eclectic style, but an authentic language in which he is able to create meaning and communicate feeling through the primal power of sound and rhythm.
- Mark Dresser (July 2008)

Malaby is joined by some of his favorite NY improvisers - Advanced Reservations recommended.
 Cover $10

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Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times