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Kurt Brown, host

Laure-Anne Bosselaar Andrey Gritsman Doug Goetsch Philip Dacey Lee Bricceti Martha Rhodes Deborah Landau Kimiko Hahn Angelo Verga Karen Swenson
WE HOPE TO RESCHEDULE THIS EVENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE Hard times in the small press world? Some of our favorite poets commiserate by way of sharing new work produced over the recent winter of our massive discontent. A possible bright spot: President Obama may prove to be a theme.

NIGHT OF THE POETS : Please come and celebrate the ongoing creative process.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

James Westfall , vibraphone;  Dan Loomis, bass;  Jared Schonig, drums
The Wee Trio  image
Out of the uber-fertile creative music scene of Brooklyn, NY, The Wee Trio, featuring James Westfall from Houston, TX (vibes), Dan Loomis from St. Louis, MO (bass) and Jared Schonig from Los Angeles, CA (drums), joined forces for a one time tour (and a university artist residency), that quickly mushroomed into a brilliant collaborative musical exploration. Like many of the most revered ensembles in jazz that have thrilled audiences and critics over the years, The Wee Trio came together simply to work, yet emerged from this time together with an instantly identifiable sound, and a prodigious rapport. On their debut recording, Capitol Diner Vol. 1 (in stores and online on September 8, 2008), their superb original compositions, and “standards” by composers Kurt Cobain, Sufjan Stevens, and Thelonious Monk, are brought to life with an ingenious combination of jazz, rock, fusion, post-punk, and references to other genres thrown in for good measure. The best part is, it all “swings” like nobody’s business. This is a band born and raised in Brooklyn, with their first recording brilliantly embodying the borough’s energy, eclecticism and excellence.

"With James Westfall's vibes in the forefront, the group has a fresh sound, and bassist Dan Loomis and drummer Jared Schonig flow like the tides. Wee's sound is not wee, it's huge."
- SF Chronicle
"Bring a teen."
 Cover $10

May 14
Jonathan Escobio, host

Marni Penning James Knight Carey Van Driest P.J. Escobio
Shakespeare Anyone? image
"For Love or Money"

Why do we do what we do? Shakespeare asked that same question of many of his characters. In this installment of Shakespeare Anyone? we will be exploring two of the driving factors in human decision making.

We'll be taking a close look at Iago and his relationship with Rodorigo and Emelia as well as the marriage proposal of Henry V, Portia and Nerissa's view on suitors from The Merchant of Venice, Mistress's Page and Ford (The Merry Wives of Windsor) on middle age romance, The deceiving of Malvolio by the clowns in Twelfth Night, Posthumus and Iachimo's (Cymbeline) wager on Imogen's Purity as well as a few surprises.

The Shakespeare Anyone? Players for this night's work are all veterans of the classical stage with over 75 productions worth of Shakespearian experience!

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Grayson Hugh, piano, vocals;  Polly Messer, vocals;  Valerie Ghent, piano, vocals;  Tinker Barfield, bass;  Robin Macatangay, guitar;  Clayton Bryant, vocals
Night of the Killer Keyboarders: Grayson Hugh & Valerie Ghent image

"Have I heard any newcomer in the last decade who excites me as much as this guy? No." (Leonard Pitts Jr., 2004 Pultizer Prize winner, writing in The Miami Herald, Nov. 18,1992)

Grayson Hugh is an internationally-acclaimed singer/songwriter. His debut release "Blind To Reason" (RCA 1988) earned two gold records, in Australia and the U.S., and garnered several international radio hits. His songs are a unique combination of highly poetic lyrics set to a fascinating blend of folk, bluegrass, clasic soul and rock 'n roll. His rhythmic piano playing owes as much to his study of African Drumming (with John Chernoff at Wesleyan University) as to his experience as a pianist for a gospel church in Hartford, Ct. His second record "Road To Freedom" was called one of 1992's top-ten albums by Billboard Magazine. Two of his songs from that record were featured in Ridley Scott's hit film "Thelma & Louise" in 1991. In the same year Hugh arranged and recorded a version of Bob Dylan's "I'll Remember You" for the end-title song to the film "Fried Green Tomatoes". The result was a gospel-styled performance featuring Grayson singing and playing Hammond B3 organ, a recording "that could raise the dead" (The Cleveland Free Times). Grayson taught songwriting at Berklee College Of Music in Boston and has composed, performed and recorded several scores for modern dance choreographers, notably for the late Viola Farber and Prometheus Dance in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

This Spring Grayson is releasing the eagerly-anticipated "An American Record" on his website, It is his first record in fifteen years.

Polly Messer began her career as a singer with the Connecticut swing band Eight To The Bar, in 1977. While touring up and down the east coast with them, she met Grayson in a recording studio and, soon after, began singing backup vocals in his band The Wildtones, in 1982. She performed with him throughout the mid-eighties, until he moved to New York in 1986. During the nineties, Polly sang with the rockabilly band Eugene Chrysler. She also returned to school where she obtained a bachelor's degree with a triple major in art at Western Connecticut State University. In 2007, she teamed up with Grayson once again to sing on his new record. She and Grayson were married in August 2008.

Here is a rare opportunity to hear Grayson Hugh and Polly Messer perform some of Grayson's new songs from "An American Record", as well as past radio hits and previously unreleased songs, in an intimate, acoustic setting.

VALERIE GHENT is a singer-songwriter, musician and founder of two nonprofits: The Songwriter's Beat and Feel the Music!. Known for her passionate artistry - a strikingly powerful and emotive voice, piano chops to match and "soul-stirring, uplifting songs full of vitality and joy", Val also performs with songwriting legends Ashford & Simpson and can be seen in the acclaimed live A+S DVD, "The Real Thing". Born and raised in NYC, Valerie has released three independent CD's, composed music for two acclaimed off-off-Broadway musicals and is the recipient of multiple grants and awards, including the Betances Center Award for Service to the Arts. Valerie founded The Songwriter's Beat in 2000 and the annual Songwriter's Beat Festival in 2005, supporting and encouraging hundreds of songwriters. She founded Feel the Music! after her work as a WTC volunteer during the 9/11 recovery. Valerie has performed, toured, recorded and/or engineered with Deborah Harry (Blondie), Dr. Maya Angelou, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, Billy Preston, TM Stevens, Defunkt, Grayson Hugh and many other artists.

Tonight Val will perform with Eluriel "Tinker" Barfield on bass, Robin Macatangay on guitar and Clayton Bryant on backing vocals.

 Cover $10

May 15
Kathi Georges, host

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

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Featured poet tonight is Lisa Grunberger. Lisa Grunberger's poems come at you from all angles, then seem to zero in on that part of you that most desires to be fulfilled. Sex and food--the eroticism and spirituality of daily life--are her themes. Her poems are accessible, witty, tender and full of love, addressing the human drama from adoption to grief, from making pickles to baking bread. She has published widely in journals including The Paterson LIterary Review, Mudfish, Nimrod and The Drunken Boat.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Tony Malaby, saxophone;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Nasheet Waits, drums
Tony Malaby's  Paloma Recio - CD Release image
Come and celebrate the new release on New World Records!

A vibrant exploration of the open-ended nature of melody, harmony and rhythm, Malaby's Paloma Recio quartet has delivered one of the most luxuriant and bracing albums of 2009.
- Troy Collins
 Cover $10

May 16
Dean Kostos, host

Greek-American Writers Association image
A Celebration of Somerset Hall Press

Tanya Contos will read from The Tide Clock and Other Poems

& James Hatch will read from The Green Behind Every Shape

A book signing will follow.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Tony Malaby, saxophone;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Nasheet Waits, drums
Tony Malaby's  Paloma Recio - CD Release image
If you didn't make it yesterday.... Come and celebrate the new release on New World Records!

Some Brag, While Some Will Bellow

Published: May 1, 2009

The tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby introduced his band Paloma Recio several years ago, strictly as a New York club concern. Since then he has toured and made albums with other projects, but kept this one working. The result is that he and his band mates — the guitarist Ben Monder, the bassist Eivind Opsvik and the drummer Nasheet Waits — share an uncontrived intuition. “Paloma Recio” (New World), their debut as a band, presents that accomplishment plainly: it’s a fact. Some of the album’s 10 tracks are finely plotted, others are freely played, and one is an interpretation (of “Música Callada,” by the Catalan composer Federico Mompou). Because the musicians apply the same concentration to any task, however calm or frenzied, the hourlong program resembles a suite. Mr. Malaby plays with terse control, exploring the full and extended range of his horn, and his colleagues, Mr. Monder most strikingly, exhibit grace along with strength.
 Cover $10

May 17
Angelo Verga, host

Michele Battiste , Special Guest Poet;  Barry Wallenstein , poetry/vocals;  Adam Birnbaum , piano;  Vincent Chancey, French horn;  Serge Pesce, guitar accommodee;  & Guest Musicians
Barry Wallenstein: An Evening of Poetry and Music  image

$12 cover ( includes one drink)

$7 for students
 Cover $5

Ayelet Rose, voice;  Anat Fort, piano;  Janathan Keren, violin;  Sean Conly, bass;  Satoshi Takeishi, drums;  Amanda Monaco, guitar;  Quinsin Nachoff, clarinet
Ayelet Rose Group + Amanda Monaco Group image
Premiere of Ayelet's new project “Pangaea”.

Pangaea: pan "entire", and Gaia "Earth", latinized as Gæa, was the supercontinent that is theorized to have existed about 250 million years ago, before the component continents were separated into their current configuration. As many of you know, I’ve been spending the last couple of years living between three different countries in three different continents... USA, New Zealand and Israel... This project is the child of these travels. It contemplates geography, the meaning of “home”, distance and closeness... We will perform compositions of mine to poetry from New Zealand, Israel, Palestine, as well as arrangements to tunes I love by Israeli and American song writers, including Paul Hogan’s beautiful love song “Brooklyn’s Bridge”. I’ve played some of this music before in a quartet configuration, but there are several “fresh from the oven” tunes and arrangements, and this is this band’s first gig together!! In June I’ll be beginning a new / old journey, shifting my “center of gravity” (as a dear friend of mine defines it...) to Israel (while maintaining a close connection to NY). This project will have parallel lives in both of my homes... A similar group, with Anat and Jonatan, will be doing some performances of this project in Israel this July... If you’ll be there, let me know and I’ll be sure to keep you posted...

The Pirke Avot is Judaism's principal ethical scripture, six hundred years of rabbinical teachings that were collected into one volume in the third century. Guitarist Amanda Monaco has written music to accompany a sampling of these maxims, performed by her and Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, voice; Quinsin Nachoff, clarinet; Sean Conly, bass; Satoshi Takeishi, floor percussion.
 Cover $10

May 18
Ted Jonathan, host

R.D. Coleman Anne Elliott Jason Tandon
Friends of and contributors to NYQuarterly celebrate one of America's finest poetry journals by reading from its pages.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Jacob Garchik, trombone;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Dan Weiss, drums
The Jacob Garchik Trio image
Trombonist and composer Jacob Garchik has worked with Steve Swallow, Lee Konitz, John Hollenbeck, Slavic Soul Party and the Kronos Quartet. Here he presents elegant and energetic compositions, inspired by Mahler, Indian Classical music, and Duke Ellington. His lithe trio features two of the most in-demand and creative young musicians in New York.

"Odd and excellent, taut with paradox"
- Ben Ratliff, the New York Times.
 Cover $10

May 19
Andy Zeffer, host

Susan Buttenwieser Allen Tice Mina Samuels
New York's venerable urban writers' colony presents a monthly reading of new work.

Susan Buttenwieser will read a portion of her novel The Mystery Year. Susan's fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared in Failbetter, Epiphany, Storyglossia and other publications. She has been awarded several fiction fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and teach writing in organizations that provide services to at-risk populations, including Rikers Island and Bedford Hills Correctional Facility.

Allen Tice will read a selection of poems this evening. Allen Tice was born in Washington, DC. In his journey he has studied physics, math, some modern and ancient languages, and also taught college literature. Six of his translations or new poems are in the News of the Classical Association (UK); other work is in The New Republic, Light, Word Ways, The London Magazine (UK), Leviathan Quarterly (UK), and Gamut; Willard Espy reprinted the last item in his book The Word’s Gotten Out.

Mina Samuels is a freelance writer and editor, working on a variety of projects from memoir, to biography, to motivational and business strategy. She has ghost written 5 books for clients and this past April, The Think Big Manifesto, which she co-authored with a client, was published by Wiley. She has done some sports writing and her agent is currently shopping a book proposal on women, sports and confidence. Her first novel The Queen of Cups, was published in January 2007.

Mina Samuels will read a short story titled Gecko.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Sherry Weaver, host

Ophira Eisenberg Faye Lane Andy Christie Matt Nagin Elicia Berger Jane Condon
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

Wednesday May 20 6:00PM  POETRY
Lucille Lang Day Dan Brown Anna Steegman
Valerie Ghent, host

Terry Silverlight Ina May Wool Dean Bowman Diana & Tim McCorry
The Songwriter's Beat image

Now in its 9th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York's premiere performing songwriter series. Hosted and founded by Valerie Ghent, four up-and-coming songwriters perform new material in a supportive and intimate atmosphere.

Founded in 2000, The Songwriter's Beat has presented over 250 songwriters from the Tri-State area as well as visiting songwriters from other parts of the United States, Canada, France, the UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Cuba and Japan. Every third Wednesday of the month, four songwriters of varying musical styles perform original songs and are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements. The series culminates in a week-long songwriters festival each July, featuring performers from throughout the years.

The Songwriter's Beat welcomes songwriters from around the world, so when planning your trip to New York, allow time for The Songwriter's Beat!

The Songwriter's Beat is honored to receive support from The ASCAP Foundation.

 Cover $10

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