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Paintings by EDWARD CHING

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Mar 09
Sarah Bernstein, violin, voice, processing, text;  Satoshi Takeishi, percussion
Sarah Bernstein: Unearthish image

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)

Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax;  Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Kris Davis, piano;  John Hébert, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums
Ingrid Laubrock’s Anti-House image
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)

Mar 10
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

Liberty Ellman, acoustic guitar;  Jamie Fox, electric guitar;  Stephan Crump, bass, compositions
Stephan Crump's ROSETTA TRIO  image
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)

Mar 11
Roald Hoffmann, Dave Soldier, hosts

David Rothenberg, clarinet, composer, author;  Irene Moon, scientist, performer
Entertaining Science: BEAUTY AND THE BEASTIES image

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.

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, 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)

Mar 12
Joannie Stangeland MARGO BERDESHEVSKY Sarah Sarai
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Joannie Stangeland’s new book, Into the Rumored Spring, is available from Ravenna Press. Joannie is also the author of two poetry chapbooks—A Steady Longing for Flight, which won the Floating Bridge Press chapbook award, and Weathered Steps from Rose Alley Press. Joannie’s poems have appeared in numerous journals and on Seattle-area buses. Joannie has been a Jack Straw Writer and has taught classes at Richard Hugo House in Seattle. Currently she is the poetry editor for the online journal The Smoking Poet.

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.

$ 7 includes a drink

Thomas Piercy, clarinet, bass clarinet, hichiriki;  Sabina Torosjan, violin;  Emily Brausa, cello;  Claudine Hickman, piano
Classical At The Cornelia: Gotham Works! image
Classical At The Cornelia Presents...Gotham Works featuring Gotham Ensemble

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

Mar 13
Tommy Pryor, host

Claudia Chopek Joe McGinty Ward White John Newell Rick Patrick Rivka Widerman
City Stories: Stoops To Nuts image
The neighborhood’s awake and talented storytellers & musicians are ready to paint characters and scenes for you.

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.

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.

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 & 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.

$7.00 includes a drink

Scott Tixier, violin;  Douglas Bradford, guitar;  Jesse Elder, piano;  Lonnie Plaxico, bass;  Arthur Vint , drums;  Emilie Weibel, guest vocals
Violinist Scott Tixier is as a true innovator on his instrument and is quickly becoming known as the new voice of jazz violin. He has earned international recognition for his playing.

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."

$20 cover (includes a drink)

Scott Tixier, CD Release: Brooklyn Bazaar image Chris Drukker
John McCaffrey, host and playwright

Dan North, author
Actors and therapists read from a new play by John McCaffrey, "Scrooge in Psychotherapy."

Also presenting Dan North, author of "The Slow Walker."

$ 7 includes a drink

Noah Preminger, tenor sax;  Dan Tepfer, piano;  John Hebert, bass;  Rob Garcia, drums
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"The Drop and the Ocean…on the Brooklyn Jazz Underground label, is an elastic, adventurous statement from the drummer Rob Garcia." (New York Times)

This working group features the two young sensations and regulars in the group for the past 3 years, Noah Preminger and Dan Tepfer as well as the future bass legend and long time friend, John Hebert. Their previous album was named one of the "10 best jazz albums of 2009" by the New York Observer.

“remarkable drummer” -- Village Voice

“A prime mover in the current Brooklyn jazz scene…” -- Time Out New York

$20 cover (includes a drink)

Mar 15
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 !

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)

Mar 16
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
Drum kit donated by

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