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Apr 28
Alissa Heyman, host

Victoria McCoy, Sarah Lawrence College;  Rebekah Sankey, Sarah Lawrence College;  Gillian Cummings, Sarah Lawrence College;  Angelo Nikolopoulos, New York University
Tomorrow's poets today.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Marc Maron, host

Marc Maron John Oliver
Comedy: Marc Maron and Friends image
Marc Maron, the dark Byronic poet of American political comedy, has appeared on Letterman, Conan, HBO, Comedy Central, Air America Radio, not to mention (at) the Cornelia Street Cafe. He can also be found at with Marc Maron and Sam Seder. In this new series he hangs out on stage with some of the most creative comedians in the country.

John Oliver, the Dr. Jekyll to Marc Maron's Mr. Hyde, a man who can make the impending nuclear holocaust seem like a night on the pier at Blackpool, can be seen erratically as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

 Cover $15

Wednesday Apr 29 6:00PM  PERFECT SENSE
Alissa Heyman & Hila Ratzabi, co-host

Maya Pindyck Anna Cantone Vijay Seshadri

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Reut Regev, trombone;  David Phelps, guitar;  Brad Jones, bass;  Igal Foni, drums
Reut Regev's This is R*time - CD RElease image
This is R*time is Reut Regev's debut recording as a leader, and this special night at Cornelia will celebrate the release of the recording on Ropeadope. Reut, who was voted Best new talent by all about jazz magazine 2004, is in demand in New York's Jazz Scene for her advanced rhythmic concepts, melodic imagination, and utter commitment to the musical moment at hand. She has worked and recorded with such luminary firgures as Anthony Braxton, Butch Morris, Frank London , Joe Bataan and many others, and is frequently spotted playing with NYC's top jazz, avant guard, klezmer, and cuban bands, is finally making her own statement. Joined by a group of excellent musicians, Reut's music is soulful and exploring, an eclectic mix of jazz, Latin and funk.

"...funk-driven trombonist Reut Regev -- could signal the beginnings of the jazz equivalent of alternative rock's Riot Grrrl phenomenon of the early 1990's."
- The New York Times
 Cover $10

Apr 30
Shelley Stenhouse, host

Ryan J. Davidson Angelo Verga Alethea Black
Two Dashing Poets with a dramatic side of Melodic Prose image
Ryan J. Davidson is a Scottish-American poet living in New York. His work has appeared or is fothcoming in Mastodon Dentist, The Arabesques Review, The Ampersand Review, FLESH, and By-line Magazine. His first book "Under What Stars" is forthcoming in the summer from Ampersand Press.

Angelo Verga is the author of six collections of poetry, widely published in leading literary journals both here and abroad. His most recent claim to fame was an excessively flattering photo in a giveaway tabloid.

Verga lives and works with one eye on the Statue of Liberty and another wary orb observing the Deutsche Bank tower disappear. In his spare time our poet laureate coordinates spoken word programs at Cornelia Street.

Alethea Black was born in Boston and graduated from Harvard College in 1991. Her father was a mathematician, and for a long time she believed her name, the Greek word for truth, was his way of tipping his cap to the idea of absolutes. Then one day her mother overheard her and said, “No, we got your name from a TV show.” (Judd, for the Defense.) Her first published story was chosen by Joan Silber to win the Grand Prize in Inkwell's 2007 Fiction Competition. The winner of the 2008 Arts & Letters Prize, she has performed her own stories on stage as part of a trio known as "Partial Nudity, Partial Sanity, Partial Sobriety." This spring a dramatic reading of two of her stories, collectively titled "Marriage and Other Odd Occurrences," will be performed at RiverSpace and as part of the Insights & Revelations performance series. She is currently at work on a novel the subject of which she still believes to be top secret. She lives with her dachshund Zoë in Pawling, NY.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Nora McCarthy, voice;  Joshua Wolff , piano;  Jeffrey Carney , bass;  Tony Jefferson , drums;  Jorge Sylvester , alto sax
Nora McCarthy's qu'ART'tet image
Vocal Artist, Composer, Poet, Lyricist, Nora McCarthy leads an organic modern jazz group that goes from conventionality to improvisation, from standards to blues, from tonal adherence to form to freedom. McCarthy’s musical journey has taken her from the Standards to the Avant Garde and everything in between. Her newly released duo CD, Circle Completing, is garnering critical acclaim both nationally and internationally. The Nora McCarthy Qu’ART’et – possesses a fearless daring intimacy that is palpable, imaginative and extremely musical.
May 01
Kathi Georges, host

Son of Pony image
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.


May Day, May Day. Celebrate May Day with a great reading by an incredible poet!

Elizabeth Harrington’s poems have appeared in The Hudson Review, Field, Nimrod, The Sun, Rattapallax, and other journals, and in an anthology about divorce. She was a winner of the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and second place winner in The Ledge Poetry Contest. Her chapbook “Earth’s Milk” was first runner-up in the Main Street Rag Chapbook Poetry contest. She has a Ph.D. in Psychology and works at a market research company in New York. Elizabeth Harrington’s poems have appeared in The Hudson Review, Field, Nimrod, The Sun, Rattapallax, and other journals, and in an anthology about divorce. She was a winner of the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and second place winner in The Ledge Poetry Contest. Her chapbook “Earth’s Milk” was first runner-up in the Main Street Rag Chapbook Poetry contest. She has a Ph.D. in Psychology and works at a market research company in New York.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Rory Stuart, guitar & compositions;  Mark Shim, tenor saxophone;  Chris Tordini, bass;  Ari Hoenig, drums
The Rory Stuart Quartet   image
Described by JAZZ TIMES as “perhaps THE most innovative straight-ahead jazz guitarist to emerge in years,” Rory Stuart brings his quartet with tenor saxophonist Mark Shim, acoustic bassist Chris Tordini, and drummer Ari Hoenig to the Cornelia Street Café on Friday, May 1, 2009.

Rory Stuart has performed as a sideman with a remarkable range of jazz artists, from Charlie Rouse to Errol Parker, Steve Coleman’s Five Elements with Cassandra Wilson and Geri Allen to the Cadence All Stars, and has led highly-praised Quartets of his own. For his complete bio, album reviews and photos, please visit

Check out also “So Rise Up,” the new release on SmartCatMusic. “rhythmic acrobats … tricky unison lines and extended, explorative solos… Combining the old and the new, and mixing it up just right” – Mark F. Turner “All About Jazz” (2008). Please join us!

cover $12/$9 w/ student ID

May 02
Lili Añel Ansel Matthews
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Lili Añel, the now-Philadelphia based singer/songwriter, draws varied comparisons - from the Beatles to Joni Mitchell to Steely Dan. Strange combination, no? Surprisingly, these influences and more are easily audible in her diverse and original repertoire. This Beatles-inspired artist's forward and wide-open vocals are refreshing, while the melodic hooks of her fearless songs never cease to amaze. Añel honed her songwriting skills in New York City's Greenwich Village's thriving music scene, both displaying and developing her musical sensibilities, with and without a band. These skills had her nominated for a 1987 "Best Songwriter" New York Music Award, and put a 1989 "Best Unsigned Artist" award in her hands. Her first CD, Laughed Last, was distributed internationally and Lili toured extensively in its support. The combination of the influences in her music have allowed her pairing as a support act with the blues stylings of Etta James, the rock stylings of Graham Parker to the more alternative/jazz stylings of Vinx. After a five-year hiatus from 1997 to 2001, Añel reentered the studio in late 2001 to produce Hi-Octane Coffee. After her move to Philadelphia and working with bassist Cooke Harvey, they collaborated on her most recent CD Dream Again, her finest work to date. In 2008, she signed with German label ESC records. Life or Death a CD containing a compilation of songs from “Hi-Octane Coffee” and current release “Dream Again”, Lili’s music has been released throughout Europe and Japan. Reviews have been excellent and a tour is in the works. Lili is currently recording her next CD under the direction of Grammy award winning producer, Glenn Barratt at Morningstar Studios.

"...her songs are consistently excellent..." - JazzTimes

A veteran of the New York City Music Scene, Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Ansel Matthews feels blessed to have learnt and grown in one of the world's richest musical confluences. He arrived in NYC on a bus in the 80s fresh out of college with an all consuming passion, a passion similarly seen in the multitudes that arrive each season. But unlike the majority who come then leave or the few lucky enough to be received on a mass level, He has remained enduring the ebb and flow that this great city produces. This has left its mark, producing a richly vibriant music, complex in structure yet simple in sound. It is roots-oriented, original acoustic music with beautiful mellifluous melodies and well-crafted lyrics, sung by an artist with a heartfelt baritone voice that extends though and reaches beyond the genres of folk, jazz, blues and the unknown.

"A powerful performer who brings a lot of soul and passion to every song he sings!"
Singout Magazine

"i can't get your songs out of my head, what beauty and truth"
--Pete Seeger

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 Cover $10

Jeremy Udden, alto & soprano saxophones;  Pete Rende, pump organ, rhodes;  Brandon Seabrook, banjo, guitar;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Matt Wilson, drums
Jeremy Udden's Plainville image
Celebrating their new CD on Fresh Sound!

"With an uncommon instrumentation and a pluralistic stylistic orientation (rock, free, folk build upon the underlying jazz), Udden's group creates a resolutely new music where eclecticism and personal experience play an important role." - JAZZ MAN (FRANCE) Also described as "an appealingly dreamy roots-jazz combo" (Hank Shteamer, Time Out New York), the group, named for Udden's home town, will release it's first for Fresh Sound New Talent in March, marking Udden's second as a leader for the label.
 Cover $10

May 03
Roald Hoffmann


Over millions of years, bacterial pathogens have co-evolved with their hosts, i.e. us! The biochemical interactions between microbes and the proteins in our cells are remarkable, intricate, a dance of sorts. Cindy Quezada, of the Stebbins Laboratory at Rockefeller University, will tell us about a newly discovered class of tools (NEL domains) used by some pathogens to take over ubiquitination, a key biological process. Ubiquitin can tell a protein where to go, what to do, and who to mingle with in the cell.

Nelida Tirado, hailed as “magnificent” by the New York Times and featured as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” leading dancers in 2007, will culminate the evening by illustrating (accompanied by Cristian Puig on guitar/vocals and Peter Basil on cajon) intricate interactions of a different kind - those evolving between a dancer, singer, and guitarist in flamenco. Just like ubiquitin, a flamenco dancer signals - the spontaneous communication that arises between the dancer and musicians results in an emotional, passionate and improvised performance. Join us for a night of dancing…in the gut and from the gut. ¡Olé!
 Cover $10

Entertaining Science -- EL BAILE BACTERIANO! image
May 04
Tulis McCall, host

Monologues & Madness image
Sexy actors, great scripts, spotlights, floorboards, adoring fans.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  John de Witt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion;  John Ventimiglia, actor
AMRAM & CO image
This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments--renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.
 Cover $10
May 05
Gene Albertelli and Teresa Giordano, host

Michele Herman Joanne Naiman Elena Sigman
Michele Herman has published numerous short stories in magazines, most of which are still actually in business. These include The Sun, Columbia: A Journal of Literature & Art and the Worcester Review. She's also a long-time magazine feature writer and essayist, with recent pieces in The Sun, The Sunday New York Times and The Villager. She teaches level 1 fiction and poetry in the online program of The Writers Studio.

She will be reading from her novel, Save the Village.

Joanne Naiman is a long time faculty member of The Writers Studio, teaching classes and working one-on-one with writers to help them develop their novels, memoirs and short story collections. A Clarion Award winner, she has both journalism and law degrees, but has been running from the law for 20 years. Instead, she has just opened her divorce mediation practice. The piece she's reading tonight is from a short-story collection in progress.

The name of the story she’s reading is "With Tits Come Responsibilities"

Elena Sigman writes fiction and non-fiction and dabbles in midrash. Her work has appeared online on Salon and The Jew & The Carrot blog and in The Bark, Hadassah Magazine, Another Chicago Magazine, and other publications. Her essay “The Existence of Dog” appears in the anthology Dog Is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World’s Oldest Friendship.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Sherry Weaver, host

Tracy Rowland Martin Dockery Jennifer Glick Valerie Gilbert Margot Leitman Gerry Seidman Melanie Hamlett
SPEAKEASY: Stories from the Backroom image
SpeakEasy is . . .

A new twist on the ancient tradition of oral history.

SpeakEasy is people telling stories-- true stories. Period. No scripts. No crib notes. No rehearsals. SpeakEasy has a dynamic and constantly changing cast of storytellers that include such greats as Mike Daisey, Jonathan Ames, and Reno, along with homemakers, lawyers, dog walkers, street magicians and writers

You never know what you'll hear. So join us for what could be a life changing experience!

 Cover $10

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