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Wednesday May 06 6:00PM  FREE RANGE READINGS
Mira Ptacin, host

Ellen O'Connell Jessica Nelson Thomas Sayers Ellis Rob Spillman Abigail Thomas
Thomas Sayers Ellis: His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Poetry, Grand Street, Tin House, Ploughshares and The Best American Poetry, 1997 and 2001. He has received fellowships and grants from The Fine Arts Work Center, the Ohio Arts Council, Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony. Mr. Ellis is a contributing editor to Callaloo and Poets and Writers. In 2005 he was awarded a Mrs. Giles Whiting Writers’ Award. His first, full collection, The Maverick Room, was published by Graywolf Press in 2005 and awarded The 2006 John C. Zacharis First Book Award. He is also the author of The Good Junk (Take Three #1, Graywolf 1996); a chapbook The Genuine Negro Hero (Kent State University Press, 2001) and the chaplet Song On (WinteRed Press 2005). An Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College and a faculty member of The Lesley University low-residency M.F.A program (Cambridge, Massachusetts), his Breakfast and Blackfist: Notes for Black Poets is also forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press, Poets on Poetry Series.

Rob Spillman: Editor and co-founder of Tin House, a ten-year-old bi-coastal (Brooklyn, New York and Portland, Oregon) literary magazine. Tin House has been honored in Best American Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, O’Henry Prize Stories, the Pushcart Prize Anthology and numerous other anthologies. He is also the Executive Editor of Tin House Books and co-founder of the Tin House Literary Festival, now in its sixth year. His writing has appeared in BookForum, the Boston Review, Connoisseur, Details, GQ, Nerve, the New York Times Book Review, Real Simple, Rolling Stone, Salon, Spin, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Worth, among other magazines, newspapers, and essay collections. He is also the editor of Gods and Soldiers: the Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing, which was just published.

And, the lovely Abigail Thomas: Abigail has published two short story collections, a novel and three memoirs: Safekeeping; A Three Dog Life; and Thinking About Memoir. A Three Dog Life was chosen as one of the best books of 2006 by the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Jacob Sacks, piano;  Thomas Morgan, piano;  Dan Weiss, drums
Dan Weiss Trio image
The Dan Weiss Trio has been performing together for over ten years. This night they will perform a new ten part suite composed by Dan Weiss. The suite highlights the highly evolved improvisational dialogue the trio posseses, as well as the intricate, yet melodic through composed material the trio draws on.

"There's little precedent in improvised music for what this trio does"
John Kelman - all about jazz
 Cover $10

May 07
Robin, Angelo, Poul, and David, hosts

This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators. All are welcome.
David Devoe, host

Theo Bleckmann, voice;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Cymin Samawatie, voice;  Benedikt Jahnel, piano;  Ralf Schwarz, bass;  Ketan Bhatti, drums
Gnu Vox: Theo Bleckmann/Ben Monder Duo & Cyminology -- ECM Records CD Release  image
Genre -bending, -skipping and -skirting vocalist and composer, Theo Bleckmann has been a steady force in the music scene in New York for over 15 years, forging his own sound in jazz and contemporary music today incorporating jazz, ambient and electronic music as well as performance art. He has performed worldwide on some of the great stages including Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, the Sydney Opera House, L.A.’s Disney Hall, The Whitney Museum and the new Library in Alexandria, Egypt with artists like Laurie Anderson, Anthony Braxton, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, John Hollenbeck, Sheila Jordan, Ben Monder, Meredith Monk, Michael Tilson Thomas, Bang On A Can All-stars and John Zorn.
The New Yorker called him a “local cult favorite”, Downbeat a “ “mad” genius”, The New York Times “excellent” and according to OUT Magazine, Bleckmann is “a singer who has only recently fallen to earth.“Recently, Bleckmann was interviewed by Terry Gross for NPR’s Fresh Air. A Winter and Winter recording artist Bleckmann's releases include Las Vegas Rhapsody, "Berlin" and the upcoming "12 Ives songs" (with Kneebody) as well as refuge trio's frist recording. “Origami” (on Songlines), his first recording as a leader, received 4 +1/2 stars (out of 5) from Downbeat Magazine. His voice can be heard on over 40 recordings found on ECM, CRI, Label Bleu, Polygram, Songlines, Traumton and Winter&Winter.

Berlin based CYMINOLOGY are known for bringing to the musical stage an intercultural view of life by painting unique musical horizons with the use of a variety of musical influences. The band members include decedents of Iran, France, Germany and India and are touted to showcase a phenomenal international sound.

“As Ney” is the ECM debut of this unique band. The subtle yet dynamic, softly-pulsating music of Cyminology takes its cue from the sound of the Persian language.

“Cymin and her band perform an adventurous balancing act by combining age-old Persian poetry with chamber music jazz, thus reconciling the tales of 1001 nights with urban, metropolitan sound…” (Welt am Sonntag)

May 08
Jackie Sheeler, host

Meagan Brothers
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Jackie's feature is the soulful Meagan Brothers.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Noah Preminger, tenor saxophone;  George Garzone, tenor saxophone;  Ben Monder, guitar;  John Hébert, bass;  Ted Poor , drums
Noah Preminger Group image
Noah Preminger Group with Special Guest George Garzone

Currently living in Brooklyn, NY, jazz saxophonist Noah Preminger has been receiving stellar recognition almost immediately after hitting the scene. Ben Ratliff of the New York Times raves about Preminger's debut recording, Dry Bridge Road: "More than just a promising starting point, this is a display of integrity; here’s a musician you feel you can trust.” It is Preminger's uniqueness that sets him aside from other musicians: "He plays with not just chops and composure, but already a distinct voice."- S. Mitter, Boston Globe. Noah's debut album, Dry Bridge Road, considered as "Jazz Debut of the Year" by New York City's Village Voice, and numerous others, is available on the Nowt Records label.

Noah has had the opportunity to perform and work with Dave Liebman, John McNeil, Steve Davis, Dave Douglas, Joel Frahm, Dave Holland, Wynton Marsalis, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Kendra Shank, Jim McNeely, Roscoe Mitchell, Cecil McBee, Bob Moses and many others. Please don't miss this special performance with special guest, George Garzone.

"Preminger seems to have arrived on the scene fully-formed, with incisive musical instincts, a distinctive personal sound, and an ability to write great tunes... I was totally taken aback by Preminger's fearless, assured, and cliché-free soloing... The compositions are fresh, the band provides totally committed, no-holds-barred backing and truly inspired solos... On the basis of repeated listens to 'Dry Bridge Road', I can safely conclude that Noah Preminger is definitely for real." - David Wayne, Jazz Review

“Saxophone phenom...” - Doug Fischer, Ottawa Citizen

“His [Preminger’s] debut recording and the music should turn listeners' heads and ears... one is immediately struck by the maturity of the compositions...” - Richard Kamins, Hartford Couran
 Cover $10

May 09
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Italian American Writers Association, featured readers are: Mary Ann Mannino and Maria Mazziotti Gillan, plus open mic, 5 minute limit.

Two award-winning authors: Maria Mazziotti Gillan, who is often identified as a leader of the multicultural turn in North American poetry and is the recent recipient of the 28th Annual American Book Award from the Columbus Foundation, will be joined by scholar, fiction writer and poet Mary Ann Mannino.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan has published eight books of poetry, including The Weather of Old Seasons (Cross-Cultural Communications, 1988), Where I Come From (1995) and Things My Mother Told Me (Guernica Editions,1998). Her latest book is Italian Women in Black Dresses (Guernica, 2002). She is co-editor with her daughter Jennifer of three anthologies published by Penguin/Putnam: Unsettling America, Identity Lessons, and Growing up Ethnic in America.

She is the editor of the award-winning Paterson Literary Review. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, the New York Times, Poetry Ireland, Connecticut Review, LIPS, and Rattle, as well as in numerous other journals and anthologies. She has won the Angelie Lauri award, the John Fante Award, May Sarton Award, the Fearing Houghton Award, New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowships in Poetry, and the American Literary Translator's Award through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to being the Founder and the Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, she is also a Professor and the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Binghamton University-State University of New York .

Mary Ann Mannino: is a fiction writer and poet. Her poem, “Jimmy Fahey,” took first place in the 2001 Allen Ginsberg poetry awards. She was the first fiction writer to be featured in the Painted Bride Quarterly. She has published several short stories and poems in literary magazines in both England and the United States. Her work has appeared regularly in the Paterson Review, Philadelphia Poets and VIA as well as the Alabama Review.

By day, Mannino is an Assistant Professor at Temple University in Philadelphia. In 2003, with Justin Vitiello, she co-edited an anthology, Breaking Open, published by Purdue University Press, of Italian American women writers discussing ethnic influences on their creative works. Her essay Thomas Wolfe's Ambivalence Toward Women in The Web and the Rock was selected by the Thomas Wolfe Society as one of the twenty best essays on Thomas Wolfe in the last twenty years.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Ryan Blotnick, guitar & compositions;  Joachim Badenhorst, clarinet, saxophones;  Perry Wortman, bass;  Jeff Williams, drums;  Michael Blake, saxophone
Ryan Blotnick Band featuring Michael Blake image Ryan by Nathaniel Peluga/Michael by Josephine Ochej
Ryan Blotnick has just finished his second album for Songlines, featuring Belgian clarinetist Joachim Badenhorst of the Han Bennink Trio, and drum legend Jeff Williams. The audience can expect much of the "lyrical, almost nostalgic tone" of Blotnick's first project, but with a new palette of effects, vamp, and drones. This special concert will feature Blotnick's long time collaborator Michael Blake on Saxophone, the final concert of the group's four-day Northeast tour.

"Guitarist Ryan Blotnick plays with a warm tone, a relaxed cadence and a smart but unassuming air. Born and reared in Maine, he is now based in Brooklyn. On his engagingly pensive debut, Music Needs You (Songlines), Mr. Blotnick presents a handful of original compositions. There's a sense of something natural unfolding as he and his band mates elaborate on his themes."
- Nate Chinen, New York Times, 3/7/08
 Cover $10

May 10
Ken Corsbie Poez
Two Storytellers, No Waiting image
The authentic and complete Caribbean Storyteller, standup comic, poetry performer, workshop leader --teller of folk tales, literary and personal stories. He brings the sound, the sun and the songs of the islands; he brings the rivers of the rainforest; he brings the rhymes and rhythms; he brings the voices and variety of the Caribbean...

“All of Ken's stories - personal, literary, traditional, his singing, dancing, stand-up - shine with honesty, joy and warmth” Robin Bady, Director - Storytelling Center of New York City.

Ken's repertoire spans folk, literary and personal stories, performance poetry and song - all from the English speaking Caribbean - from Guyana in the South to Belize via the entire island chain. His personal stories are of living in and leaving the Caribbean and arriving and adapting (or not) to North America. Literary tales come from short stories of Island writers while the poetry he "performs" are narrative and dramatic by the very best regional poets. He is also a recognized stand-up comedian in the Caribbean and the North American diaspora.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Todd Neufeld, guitar;  Michael Adkins, saxophone;  Russ Lossing, piano;  Billy Mintz, drums;  John Hebert, bass
Michael Adkins Group image
"When one hears Michael Adkins for the first time, there's a certain shock, not just at the presence of a new voice but that such a musician might arrive fully formed. There's something unexpected in the sheer weight of his sound and depths of meaning that impinge in his lines. It might be noted that Adkins presents himself here as a tenor saxophonist, without that usual leap to the soprano or something else, a movement almost expected of those setting out to play jazz's dominant horn. Now that suggests a player very deeply involved in the formation of his own voice, a preoccupation to which this session attests, even to a concern with an authentic sense of speech," says Stuart Broomer.

"Certainly one of the most innovative young saxophonists in jazz today." - JazzHot

" A jazz composer to watch." -JazzWise

"Adkins sounds unlike anyone you've ever heard- but at the same time, like someone who's always been with us." - Chris May AllAboutJazz

 Cover $10

May 11
Angelo Verga, host

Susan Hoover Will Nixon Bruce Weber
Bruce Weber is the author of four published books of poetry, most recently Poetic Justice (Icon Press, 2004). He is the organizer of the Unorganicized Sunday Reading at ABC NO RIO, the chief editor of the broadside Stained Sheets, and the producer of the 15 years running Alternative New Year’s Day Spoken Word/Performance Extravaganza. He moves between the city and upstate New York, where he has a small house in the woods of West Saugerties.

In 1996 Will Nixon quit a midtown Manhattan apartment for a Catskills log cabin, a move that helped make him a poet. He's the author of My Late Mother as a Ruffed Grouse (FootHills Publishing) plus two chapbooks, When I Had It Made (Pudding House) and The Fish Are Laughing (Pavement Saw). His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and listed in The Best American Essays 2003. He now lives in Woodstock.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Jed Distler Momenta Quartet Rachelle Garniez Deborah Atherton
Serial Underground, “the subversive nightclub series” (Time Out NY)

Allan Kozinn (New York Times) contextualizes CCi’s monthly performances in the basement of the Cornelia Street Cafe – “... part of the ecology of urban night life.” CCi artistic director, Jed Distler, curates the programs abetted by director Arnold Barkus and lighting designer David Lovett.

more of the artists you love, plus the diva with a difference, Rachelle Garniez
Bartleby - new opera/preview by composer Melissa Pausina for the Momenta Quartet
Jed Distler - counteRevolution, new BIG work for piano
Deborah Atherton - reads Pearls, a story for Mother's Day

Box office: 212.663.1967 (advance purchase discount available)
Admission at the door: $15 gen’l, $10 student/sr + one drink minimum

May 12
Barbara Aliprantis, Curator/Emcee

Storytelling occurs the second Tuesday of every month.

Featured: Linda H. Humes

"The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter." - Mark Twain

LINDA H. HUMES believes that the power of laughter cannot be undermined. Sometimes a good laugh makes every challenge a bit easier to overcome. Celebrate Spring with stories that make us laugh, warm our hearts and lift our spirits.

Actress/Storyteller Linda H. Humes is the founder and artistic director of Yaffa Cultural Arts Inc., a non-profit organization based in New York City that specializes in multicultural folk arts. She also performs nationally and internationally as The Urban Griot (French term for storyteller) and facilitates workshops for children and adults. As an actress, she has appeared on the Larry Bud Melman show, in The Cotton Club, Desperately Seeking Susan, and Malcom X and many other commercial and industrial films. Ms. Humes has also written on entertainment for PM Magazine.

Open Telling (5-6 minute limit), followed by Featured tellers.

Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
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John Morrison, host

John Morrison's monthly comedy quickie--some of the smartest, most politically savvy comedians in or passing through New York make and unmake their bed here before some soon to be deported illegal third world alien comes in to clean it all up . . .

 Cover $10

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."
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