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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

May 21
Golda Solomon, host


Po’Jazz presents poets from Rubber Side Down: The Biker Poet Anthology JOSÉ GOUVEIA and SUSAN BUCK


Music by guitarist STEVE BOOKE

For over 100 years, motorcycles have inspired romance and poetry. The mystique is both revealed and deepened in Rubber Side Down: The Biker Poet Anthology. Editors José Gouveia and Susan Buck, along with contributors Linda Lerner, Terry Rozo, J. Barrett (Bear) Wolf, and Neil Cotter share poignant emotions and fascinating perspectives from the road. They will be accompanied by guitarist Steve Booke.

Terry Rozo divides her time between NYC and Provincetown, MA. She is currently working on her book, Beyond Harlem: A Memoir. Also a visual artist, Terry has shown both nationally and internationally. She is a recipient of an Art Matters grant, and The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. Terry is one of the founding members of the women’s motorcycle club, The New York Sirens. She rides a 2006 Honda CMX-250.

 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

David Devoe, host

Mel Flannery, voice;  Lee Pardini, piano, keyboard;  Matt Aronoff, bass;  Rohin Khemani, drums
Gnu Vox: Mel Flannery Trucking Co. image
Since 2003, Mel Flannery Trucking Co. has carved a home for themselves in New York's most influential independent and jazz venues including Joe's Pub, the Cutting Room and Rockwood Music Hall. Defining what it is to be a 'band' and not a group of hired musicians, Mel Flannery Trucking Co. has developed an organic and nuanced sound that comes on easy, but leaves one breathless in its wake. The songwriting of frontwoman and namesake, Mel Flannery (with the occasional co-writing of pianist Lee Pardini) is an exercise in balance; blending complexity and accessibility, heartbreak and humor, wisdom and youth. MFTC injects electricity and fire in their live performances, shunning the notion that a jazz is ‘background music.’ Playing songs off their two acclaimed self-produced records, MFTC is an unforgettable event of jazz for a new audience.
May 22
Eve Packer, host

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

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Tonight's feature is Candece Tarpley.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Jesse Stacken , piano, composer;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Jeff Davis, drums
Jesse Stacken Trio image
Formed in early 2005, the Jesse Stacken Trio has developed into an ensemble that explores the depths of the piano trio format. The instrument roles, improvisation, and form structures have been re-examined, reconstructed and expanded. The result is music that is fresh, exciting, and free. The group released the critically acclaimed album “That That” (Fresh Sound records) in February, 2008, and will return to the studio this May to record the next album. Tonight's selections will include many of the to-be-recorded pieces.

"What amazes me is how tight this trio is and how they change direction, tempo and dynamics in mid-flow. Without a doubt, one of the best piano dates we've heard so far this year. "
-Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
 Cover $10

May 23
Andy Christie, host

RYAN BRITT,;  TRACY ROWLAND, NBC; The Moth;  PETER AGUERO, BTK Band;The Moth;  MR. Z, The Moth GrandSlam Champion
Listen to four personal stories that will make you laugh, make you think, and possibly make you glad you don't live with these people. Three stories are true. One is a complete fabrication. Interrogate the cast and expose the fraud to win and unbelievable prize.

"A Winner. 4 Stars." The Scotsman, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

TimeOut NY Critics Pick,p> "A night of solid fun. " - BroadwayBaby
 Cover $5

9:00PM & 10:30PM  MARK HELIAS
Mark Helias, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums;  Ellery Eskelin, saxophone
Mark Helias image
Open Loose - Chapter 1

"This is the original lineup of Open Loose, comprising Mark Helias - bass, Tom Rainey - drums and Ellery Eskelin - tenor saxophone. As an aficionado of long-term friendships and musical collaboration, I find it inspiring to revisit past formations and continue the conversation. Surprises abound!"
 Cover $10

May 24
Karen Gormandy, host

INKWELL MAGAZINE (Manhattanville College Master of Arts in Writing Program)COMPETITION WINNERS

Jacob Appel, "Post Mortem"

Dan Preniszni will be reading "Elvis, Fat Vicky, and the Night I Learned About S-E-X."

Joanna Herman, "On a Brown Street"

Louis Reyes Rivera, excerpts from "Jazz in Jail"

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Michael Musillami, guitar, compositions;  Joe Fonda, bass;  Matt WIlson, drums;  w/ Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Marty Ehrlich, saxophone, flute;  Matt Moran, vibraphone
Michael Musillami Trio + 3 - CD RElease image
The Michael Musillami Trio + 3is celebrating the release of From Seeds on Playscape Recordings. The Michael Musillami Trio + 3 augments Musillami's longstanding core trio, featuring bassist Joe Fonda and drummer Matt Wilson, with trumpeter Ralph Alessi, multi-instrumentalist Marty Ehrlich and vibraphonist Matt Moran.

"Guitarist Musillami is really on a roll lately, documenting a number of high quality sessions on his Playscape label," declared Cadence reviewer Jason Bivins. Critics called his latest, 2007's The Treatment, featuring his trio with violinist Mark Feldman, "scintillating and provocative" (Bill Milkowski, Absolute Sound), "an intensely rewarding and conceptually promising avenue for the future of jazz" (Troy Collins, and "as convincing a statement of what’s still possible with the instrumentation as anything I’ve heard in years" (Brian Morton, It was also included in best-of-the-year lists in, Cadence, Coda, the Hartford Courant, Jazz Review and the Village Voice.

Musillami himself has been called “a superior guitarist” (John McDonough, DownBeat), "an adroit and creative musician" (Michael J. West, JazzTimes), "a fine composer of notable original music" (Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide) and "a modern-day jazz master" (Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal). "His compositions develop in leisurely style from quiet simplicity to intricate complexity," explained Jack Massarik in Jazzwise, "and the ensemble playing is civilized, sophisticated and clean." The Boston Phoenix's Jon Garelick adds, "Musillami sounds familiar—this is swinging jazz guitar, after all—but not quite like anyone else."

In a career that spans more than 25 years, Musillami has worked extensively as a performer, bandleader/composer and educator. In addition to his flagship trio with Fonda and Schuller, which has performed in the U.S., Canada and Europe and released three CDs since 2002, he has earned critical notice as the leader of groups ranging from duo to octet featuring such prominent collaborators as Cameron Brown, Thomas Chapin, Drew Gress, Mario Pavone, Michael Sarin and Matt Wilson. He is also the longtime Director of Jazz Studies at The Hotchkiss School and founder/director of the acclaimed Playscape Recordings label, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2009.

May 25
Drink, Blaspheme, F^^^ image
A New Show by Lisa Faith Phillips & Benefit for the Dr. Faith Legal Defense Fund.

As her friends talked about applying for jobs with the exciting new Obama administration, Dr Faith realized she could not follow her calling to help her country, she would never pass the vetting. There was her arrest record, her part time job on the Penthouse phone sex line, her summer job as a stripper to put herself through graduate school at the London School of Economics, the recent lawsuit filed against her for the show now referred to as "the show formerly known as Prince" for trademark infringement by Franklincovey, owners of trademarks for 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

And that didn't even touch on the drugs - she had inhaled - everything.

Raised in a test site for cable television, Dr. Faith was bred to be a couch potato, but she knew that there had to be something more. Outrageous, poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, follow her journey to Europe, China and the Middle East where she ends up a prisioner of love in Abu Dhabi.

Show starts at 6:30, doors open at 6:00.
 Cover $15

Gretta Harley, composer, piano, guitar;  Sarah Rudinoff, vocals
21st schizoid music presents: Gretta Harley / We Are Golden image
Gretta Harley is a composer and performer who lives in Seattle and works in various genres, including theater, concert music, electronic music and rock/pop. She is on the faculty, and is the composer-in-residence in the theatre department at the prestigious Cornish College of the Arts. Gretta also has a 7 piece soul/pop band (with classical arrangements) called, We Are Golden with singer, actress, Sarah Rudinoff.

Gretta’s music was most recently heard during the production of “Good Person of Szechwan” (directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian) in April; and UMO Ensemble’s “Rubble Women” (directed by Sheila Daniels) in March. She was recently commissioned to write music for the upcoming show, “Abe Lincoln in Illinois” at the Tony Award winning theater, Intiman Theater ( this Autumn.

Gretta is honored to come to NYC to perform her music at the Schizoid Music Series at Cornelia Street Café on Memorial Day. The first set of music will focus the pop/soul music she writes for We Are Golden. Singing sensation (“with pipes to die for”- Seattle Weekly), Sarah Rudinoff is flying in with her to play the show ( The second set will be a self- contained “schizoid” set of her theatre music, music for injured pianists, piano reductions of chamber compositions, harmonic singing and improvisation.

We Are Golden is a band on the rise in Seattle, WA. Their debut EP includes Seattle music luminaries, and includes virtuoso cellist, Joshua Roman. The founders, writers and arrangers are Gretta Harley (piano / guitar) and singer, Sarah Rudinoff. Sarah’s voice has been called “The best set of pipes in Seattle” (Hannah Levine, KEXP FM); “Pipes to die for” (Seattle Weekly), and she was called one of the two best voices in Seattle next to Ernestine Anderson by Seattle Magazine. Gretta Harley is on the faculty at the prestigious Seattle school, Cornish College of the Arts where she is composer-in-residence in the theater department; and she has a long and deep connection to the rock and avante garde music scenes in Seattle; She is co-founder of Home Alive and produced “Home Alive: The Art of Self-Defense” on Sony Records. Joining We Are Golden this summer is drummer, Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Mad Season, Tuataro).

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 Cover $10

Drum kit donated by

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