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Apr 19
Judith Sloan Nancy Agabian Panagiota Lilikaki Sweta Srivastava Vikram
An EarSay event: Queens in Manhattan image
Judith Sloan hosts an EarSay event: Queens in Manhattan

An evening of women writers from Queens reflecting on life, identity, and the spaces in- between.

Nancy Agabian is the author of the Lambda-nominated coming-of-age memoir Me as her again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter and a Fulbright scholar from 2006 to 2007, currently working on a book about the intersections of sexuality, tradition, nationalism and corruption in the fight for socialjustice in post-Soviet Armenia.

Panagiota Lilikaki, a native of Greece, is an MFA candidate at Queens College, working on her thesis entitled: Bed Monologues, a life journey, through bed lessons, of a young girl, Chryssanthi, who comes to America to realize that all her valuable lessons are useless. Her monologues have been a part of the Queens Stories radio at Queens College; the reading series at KGB Bar sponsored by and at the Oh! Bernice reading series.

Judith Sloan, host and performer- actress, writer, audio artist/radio producer , co-author of Crossing the BLVD and author/performer of theatre works including, Denial of the Fittest, A Tattle Tale and a new play in development YO MISS! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide, will present excerpts from a work-in-progress Anecdotal Evidence.

Sweta Srivastava Vikram is an award-winning writer, educator, and author of six chapbooks of poetry, a novel, a nonfiction book, and a full-length collection of poetry. She writes about identity and the role of modern women, hybridization of cultures, and immigration—as a movement of thoughts.

EarSay is an artist-driven non-profit arts organization dedicated to uncovering and portraying stories of the uncelebrated. Founded by Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan, EarSay projects bridge the divide between documentary and expressive forms in books, exhibitions, on stage, in sound & electronicmedia.

Reservations suggested 212.989.9319

$15 includes one drink

John Hollenbeck, drums, comp.;  Chris Speed, clarinet, tenor sax;  Red Wierenga, accordion;  Matt Moran, vibraphone;  Chris Tordini, bass
The Claudia Quintet is returning to their vintage fivesome format after two years of incorporating piano and voice into their sound. CQ is working toward a new album and will premiere some of these new compositions for their CSC three-night stint.

"Throughout the decade of the 2000s, The Claudia Quintet recorded, toured, and became one of the top five progressive jazz units in the U.S. and the world. ... [expect an] extraordinary musical experience from the Claudia Quintet, who deserve all the high marks they receive as an innovative, thought-provoking, singularly unique contemporary ensemble." – All Music Guide

$20 cover includes a drink

Apr 20
Deborah Latz, vox;  Jon Davis, piano;  Zach Brock, violin;  Ray Parker, bass

"Deborah is a beautiful singer and a great talent. Fig Tree is wonderful. Really wonderful!" — Sheila Jordan, 2012 NEA Jazz Master

“Inventive, edgy, fearless, delicate, fun, a passion for music - these are some of the words Deborah Latz brings to mind. Following her previously acclaimed discs Toward Love and Lifeline, FIG TREE is a wide ranging and ambitious project, backed by a remarkable set of players, that includes acid jazz, spellbinding ballads, songs in Portuguese and Greek, and three originals worthy of becoming new standards.” — Scott Yanow, excerpt Fig Tree liners

Deborah Latz, vocalist and songwriter, has played in Beijing, China at CD Blues Cafe with celebrated pianist, Liang Heping. In Paris, she has played with France’s jazz piano luminary, Alain Jean-Marie at Cafe Universel, Le Neuf Jazz Club, Sept Lezards and Atelier de la Main d’Or and will continue her collaboration with Jean-Marie in Fall 2013 when they will record a duo album. On her 2011 West Coast tour she headlined in Seattle, Portland and Eureka, CA and in 2010 she played to packed houses in Kansas City at Jardine’s Jazz Club. In NYC Latz has performed at The Kitano, 55 Bar, Tomi Jazz, and Sweet Rhythm among others. Her longtime residency continues at Cornelia Street Cafe and Somethin’ Jazz Club. Latz’ sophomore disc, 'Lifeline' features guest artist, Joel Frahm. [“...few are in Deborah Latz’s league... Lifeline is a gem....” (L.A. Jazz Scene)]. Her acclaimed debut CD, 'Toward Love' features Jimmy Wormworth on drums. [“Her voice rings with a fetching richness… I’m bewitched.” (]

$20.00 includes a drink

John Hollenbeck, drums, comp.;  Chris Speed, clarinet, tenor sax;  Red Wierenga, accordion;  Matt Moran, vibraphone;  Chris Tordini, bass
The Claudia Quintet is returning to their vintage fivesome format after two years of incorporating piano and voice into their sound. CQ is working toward a new album and will premiere some of these new compositions for their CSC three-night stint.

"Throughout the decade of the 2000s, The Claudia Quintet recorded, toured, and became one of the top five progressive jazz units in the U.S. and the world. ... [expect an] extraordinary musical experience from the Claudia Quintet, who deserve all the high marks they receive as an innovative, thought-provoking, singularly unique contemporary ensemble." – All Music Guide

$20 cover includes a drink

Apr 21
Alan Baxter, host

Gordon Gilbert, poet;  Katrinka Moore, poet;  Jack Tricarico, poet;  Marion Palm, poet;  Mary Askin-Jencsik, poet;  Diane Block, violin;  Terry Batts, cello;  Fred Simpson, drums;  Mijhay Palacios, musician-composer;  and Evie Ivy, dancer
Dance Of The Word: In Praise of Spring image

Dance, Poetry, Music & Song

$15.00 includes a drink

Billy Newman, host

Mauricio Maestro, guitar, voice
New Brazilian Perspectives: Mauricio Maestro image
Mauricio Maestro is a guitarist, bassist, singer, composer, and arranger. As the leader of one of Brazil's most famous vocal groups, Boca Livre, Mauricio has collaborated with great Brazilian artists such as Milton Nascimento, Edu Lobo, Joyce, Tom Jobim, Marcos Valle, Dori and Nana Caymmi, Luis Eça, Toninho Horta, Ivan Lins, and Djavan, among others. He has also collaborated with internationally known musicians Rubén Blades and Pat Metheny. Since 2002, Mauricio has worked with his partner Kay Lyra, the acclaimed bossa nova singer and composer. Mauricio has launched in 2011 his first solo album "Upside Down" with colaboration of the legendary Brazilian percussionist Naná Vasconcelos.

$20 cover includes a drink

Apr 22
Paul Hecht, presenter

Paul Hecht Barbara Feldon Roberta Maxwell Richard Easton Hank Heijink, lute;  Jolle Greenleaf, soprano
Happy Birthday William Shakespeare image
PAUL HECHT has starred on Broadway opposite such actors as Rex Harrison and Maggie Smith, was a Tony nominee for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and received an OBIE for the title role in Pirandello's Henry IV. He has a long and varied career in film and television and has directed and appeared in many literary events in NYC, including at least a dozen at Cornelia Street. including last year's Shakespeare celebration and, in an inspired stroke of typecasting, God in Milton's Paradise Lost.

ROBERTA MAXWELL: Broadway: Our Town, Equus, Othello, Henry V. Off-Broadway: CSC, The Public Theater, MTC. Regional: McCarter Theatre Center, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, Guthrie Theater, Alley Theatre, Stratford Connecticut, Stratford Ontario. Film: Dead Man Walking, Brokeback Mountain, Popeye, Philadelphia, Last Night, Sudden Disclosure, Scar Tissue. TV: "Law & Order," "Another World," "Mourning Becomes Electra" (PBS), "Airwaves, (CBS Series), "What Makes A Family," Warehouse 13." Awards: Obie (Whistle in the Dark, Ashes), Drama Desk (Slag), Willager (Mary Stuart), Carbonell (Lettuce and Lovage).

Richard Easton was named as one of Theater World’s “Promising Personalities of 1957- 58”. He won the Best Actor Tony Award in 2001 for The Invention of Love and in 2008 he was inducted into the Broadway Hall of Fame. Other Broadway credits; Back to Methusela , The Country Wife, School for Scandal, Noises Off, Henry IV, The Rivals, The Coast of Utopia. And Off-Broadway: New Jerusalem; Entertaining Mr. Sloane; Bach at Leipzig; Echoes of the War; Observe the Sons of Ulster; Hotel Universe; Waste; Give Me Your Answer, Do!; and Salad Days. Lots of Shakespeare at all three Stratford Festivals, The Old Globe in San Diego, APA at the Lyceum

Barbara Feldon is best known as “99” -- the secret Agent on the TV series, Get Smart. During her career she has performed in television films, variety shows, and motion pictures, (only one of which she wishes to recall: the Michael Richie film Smile).

On stage Barbara performed in the Circle in the Square production of Past Tense, the off Broadway musical Cut the Ribbons, and her one woman show, Love for Better or Verse. Over the years she has developed a number of poetry and prose readings: Great Love Poetry, Pablo Neruda in His Own Words, Jane Austin, and Virginia Woolf.

Her book of essays, Living alone -- and Loving it! was published in 2003 by Simon and Schuster.

Lutenist Hank Heijink (pronounced Hey-ink) has played all over the world with leading ensembles such as the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Orchestre d’Auvergne, TENET, Mark Morris Dance Group and the Wooster Group, among others. He is in high demand as an accompanist on theorbo, lute and guitar, and his playing has been described as “eloquent” (Wall Street Journal) and “deft and sensitive” (New York Times).

Hailed as a “golden soprano” and called “a major force in the New York early music-scene” by the New York Times, Jolle Greenleaf is one of the leading voices in the field. She is a much sought-after soloist in music by Bach, Buxtehude, Handel, Purcell and, most notably, Claudio Monteverdi. Her performances have earned raves from the Oregonian, “[Greenleaf] sang with purity and beguiling naturalness,” and the New York Times, who called her “An exciting soprano soloist… beautifully accurate and stylish…”

$ 15 includes a drink

Azusa Ueno, piano
Classical At The Cornelia:

Classical pianist Azusa Ueno presents an evening of piano transcriptions from classical to contemporary to jazz. Works by Bach-Busoni, Arlen-Jarrett, Brahms-Chan, and more.

$20.00 includes a drink

Delea Shand, soprano;  Anne Rainwater, piano
Classical At The Cornelia: Slow March: A Journey through American Art Song image

Soprano Delea Shand and pianist Anne Rainwater take listeners on a journey through American art songs. Charles Ives and Nils Vigeland are prominently featured, among other American composers. Nils Vigeland's setting of Walt Whitman's epic poem "There Was a Child Went Forth," written especially for Anne and Delea, will also be presented on the program.

$20.00 includes a drink

Apr 23
Alissa Fleck and Peter Longofono, hosts

Lenea Grace, The New School;  Lizzie Harris, NYU;  Alex Dryden, The New School;  Katie Longofono, SLC
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On the fourth Tuesday of every month, new hosts Alissa Fleck and Peter Longofono showcase a group of promising poets selected from New York City MFA programs. Each month's readers are carefully chosen to strike a balance between experimental and traditional form; exploratory and interior character; and declarative and intuitive voice. The series functions as a dialogue between programs, a welcoming venue for developing talent, and a means for new alumni to establish their connections and craft beyond the MFA. Come hear NYC's next poetic generation in a uniquely generative peer environment!

Lenea Grace is a Canadian writer based in NYC. Her work has appeared in Washington Square Review, The Toronto Quarterly, Contemporary Verse 2, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from The New School. She is the founding editor of The Mackinac, an online poetry magazine. Visit her website at

Lizzie Harris was born in southern Arizona and raised on Pennsylvania's coasts. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Barrow Street, Open Thread, and Three Rivers Review. She holds an MFA from NYU and is a Poetry Editor for Bodega Magazine (

Alex is a recent graduate of the MFA program at The New School. He teaches creative writing and literature in the SUNY system and composition in the adult education program at The College of New Rochelle. He is interested in topography, fractal geometry, and uncreative writing.

Katie Longofono is a writer living in Bronxville, NY, where she is pursuing an MFA in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. Her first chapbook, The Angel of Sex, was just released from Dancing Girl Press; she has a collaborative chapbook with Mary Stone Dockery titled Honey and Bandages forthcoming from Folded Word Press.

$8.00 includes a drink

Benjamin Scheuer, voice, guitar
Benjamin Scheuer image
Songwriter and guitarist/singer Benjamin Scheuer performs songs from his group Escapist Papers’ new album, “The Bridge.” Called “brilliant and brave,” (The Sunday Herald) Scheuer takes his audience deftly through deaths in his family, a broken relationship, and his own battle with and victory over cancer. Scheuer gave the debut performance of songs from “The Bridge” at Lincoln Center in January 2012.

$20 cover includes a drink

Jean Rohe, voice
Jean Rohe image
“There are plenty of talented artists out there, but what sets Jean Rohe apart are the suppleness of her voice, the integrity of her vision, and the grace she shows in her wide-ranging journeys across the musical landscape.” - John Platt, WFUV New York

Jean Rohe is a multi-lingual singer, storyteller, and composer, whose narrative writing explores the intersection of jazz, American folk, Brazilian and Afro-Peruvian traditions. She leads the eclectic and genre-bending 8-piece ensemble Jean Rohe and The End of the World Show. Jean has performed with the Billboard-charting alt-country group Calexico, has made several live appearances on New York Public Radio, and co-wrote and performed the music for the feature film “Noise."

She won the audience prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and hold awards from the New York Songwriters Circle and ASCAP Tonight, Jean gives an intimate solo performance of brand new songs written in 2013.

$20 cover includes a drink

Wednesday Apr 24
Kiely Sweatt Karen Swenson
Poetry From Barcelona To A Bar image
Kiely Sweatt founded Prostibulo Poetico in Barcelona and co directs Tri Lengua reading series in NY. Her work can be found in Best American Poetry Blog, Sawbuck Review, Leveler Barcelona Ink and PaxAmericana among others. Her first full length collection, "Origin of" is out with Patasola Press and her chapbook "A Home Big Enough for Remembering" is forthcoming with Dancing Girl Press.

Karen Swenson has five books of poems published by such entities as Doubleday, Copper Canyon and Tiger Bark Press. For the last 30 years she has traveled in SE Asia writing poems and articles about her experiences. The later have been published in The New York Times and The Wall St. Journal. She is presently living in Barcelona, Spain.

$ 8 includes your first drink.

Peter Evans, trumpet;  John Hébert, bass;  Kassa Overall, drums
Peter Evans' Zebulon Trio, CD Release: Zebulon image
"Peter Evans' new Zebulon trio is an exploration of the extremely rare trumpet/bass/drums format. Named after the now-closed Brooklyn club, Evans works with the virtuosic and versatile rhythm team of John Hebert (Andrew Hill, Mary Halvorson, Fred Hersch) and Kassa Overall (Vijay Iyer, Geri Allen, Steve Coleman). The music seamlessly blends groove, loose improvisation and intricate compositions. Andrey Henkin of All About Jazz New York described the group’s original appearance at Zebulon in 2010 saying: “Three distinct species of the jazz genus came together to form some all-powerful mutant.”

The group is celebrating it's debut recording "Zebulon" available March 15 from Evans' More is More Records."

$20 cover includes a drink

Apr 25
Alissa Heyman, host

Perfect Sense image
Perfect Sense is a superbly curated poetry series, our thanks to Alissa.

$ 8 includes a drink

Mat Maneri, viola;  Ed Schuller, bass;  Randy Peterson, drums
Mat Maneri Trio image Scott Friedlander
This concert will be the 20 year anniversary of this contrapuntal trio who will be playing a collection of music from their past 3 recordings as well as new material. The trio have worked together over the years to try and push the boundaries of what a jazz trio can be, incorporating fresh ways of interpreting modern classical, swing and other forms of music.

“Mat Maneri has changed the way the jazz world listens to the Violin and Viola” --All About Jazz

$20 cover includes a drink

Apr 26
Bernard Block, host

Jay Chollick Patrizia Eakins Vincent Quatroche Larissa Shmailo Bernard Block
The Anti-Tea Coffeehouse Poetry Collective image

The Anti-Tea Coffeehouse Poetry Collective
Presents...News from the 99% (or the 1%?) Who are we?

Notes from the Underground: Subversive Poems that Challenge Conventional Wisdom

$8.00 includes a drink

Adam Kolker, sax;  Scott Wendholt, trumpet;  Ugonna Okegwo, bass;  Victor Lewis, drum
The Scott Wendholt/Adam Kolker Quartet has been performing in New York and at festivals across the US since 2010. Their first CD - recorded last year and due to be released soon - is comprised of original compositions and arrangements from all members of the quartet, music that they'll be bringing to CSC for this special appearance.

$20 cover includes a drink

Scott Wendholt/Adam Kolker Qt. image
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