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* There is a one-drink
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Jun 01
Tulis McCall, host

Actors, words, stage, lights, author! author! Break a leg.
 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
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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
Jun 02
Mindy Lewis, editor

Laura Shaine Cunningham Lisa Selin Davis Katy Brennan Alissa Quart Thaddeus Rutkowski
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Katy Brennan, a graduate of Smith College and The London School of Economics, is a freelance writer living in New York City. Her work has appeared in several Hearst and Condé Nast magazines, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. She is currently at work on her first book, Our Proudest Moments: A Memoir of Sisterhood.

Laura Shaine Cunningham is the author of eight books, including the memoirs A Place in the Country (featured as a New York Times Notable Book) and Sleeping Arrangements (now in its twentieth printing). Ms. Cunningham’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The London Times. She writes frequent essays for The New York Times and is a contributor to many magazines, including The New Yorker, More, The Ladies’ Home Journal, Harper’s Bazaar, Metropolitan Home, Organic Styles, and Child.

Lisa Selin Davis is the author of Belly (Little, Brown, 2005), about a man returning to his small town in the age of Wal-Mart. A freelance writer covering urban planning and environmental issues, she has written for The New York Times,, Interior Design, OnEarth, This Old House, and lots of other publications.

Alissa Quart is the author of Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers (Basic Books, 2004) and Hothouse Kids (Penguin, 2006). Her books have been translated into eight languages. She is currently working on a third nonfiction book on subcultures for Farrar, Straus & Giroux and a regular media column for Columbia Journalism Review, where she is a contributing editor, as well as writing for The New York Times Magazine and many other publications. She teaches at Columbia University Journalism School and Teachers College, Columbia University, where she is a senior fellow.

Thaddeus Rutkowski is the author of the novels Tetched (Behler Publications, 2005) and Roughhouse (Kaya Press, 1999). Both books were finalists for an Asian American Literary Award. He teaches fiction writing at the Writer’s Voice of the West Side YMCA in New York and lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.

Mindy Lewis, editor of DIRT: The Quirks, Habits, and Passions of Keeping House, is also the author Life Inside: A Memoir (Washington Square Press, 2003), which was named a “Book of the Year” by The American Journal of Nursing and an Elle magazine “Must-Read.” Her essays have been published in anthologies and in Newsweek, Lilith, Body & Soul, and Poets & Writers magazines. She enjoys leaving her creatively cluttered apartment to teach writing at The Writer’s Voice of the Westside YMCA and at Brooklyn College.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Sherry Weaver, host

Terence Mickey Kyra Miller Adam Wade James Braly Tami Yellin Eileen Kelly Daisey Rosario
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 Jun 03 6:00PM  FREE RANGE READINGS
Mira Ptacin, host

Peter Selgin
Peter Selgin's book of short stories ("Drowning Lessons") won a Flannery O'Connor Award. His autobiographical work, "Life Goes to the Movies," placed 2nd in this year's AWP Award and was twice runner up for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. His stories and essays have appeared in over 50 publications, including, The Sun, Glimmer Train, Missouri Review, Boulevard, Poets & Writers, Colorado Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review, as well as in the anthologies Our Roots Are Deep With Passion (Other Books, 2006), Writing Fiction (Bloomsbury, 2003), and Best American Essays 2006. He edits the journal Alimentum: The Literature of Food.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Jeffrey Lependorf, Japanese bamboo flute;  Katie Down, glass instruments;  Miguel Frasconi, glass instruments
NewBorn Trio (debut concert!) image
Glass instruments, water, flutes, sonorous objects, gizmos. The NewBorn Trio play handmade and found instruments made of glass, along with flutes from around the globe. Haunting, hypnotic, and sometimes even catchy, they create spontaneous compositions for your pleasure. Come here them in their debut performance just before they embark on a performance tour through the Balkans (really!).
 Cover $12
Jun 04
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

Seung-Hee Han, voice;  Adam Kolker, tenor sax, bass clarinet;  Pete Rende, piano;  Ike Sturm, bass;  George Schuller, drums;  Akiko Pavolka, voice;  Nate Radley, guitar;  Matt Renzi, sax, clarinet;  Matt Pavolka, bass;  Bill Campbell, drums
Gnu Vox: Seung-Hee Quintet and Akiko Pavolka's House of Illusion image
Seung-Hee is a Korean-born, NYC based jazz vocalist and composer. She has studied and performed in the East Coast and South Korea with American jazz greats such as Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Dominique Eade, Ran Blake and John McNeil to name a few, while receiving notable reviews such as "On the title track, where the singer's voice is a finely tuned instrument, singing a stunning wordless melody followed by verses in Korean, as her quintet performs sumptuous music..." by [All About Jazz] "a unique voice" [Boston Globe] and "a pioneer in jazz voice" [MMJAZZ], the most renowned Korean jazz magazine. She will be performing with her quintet performing her original compositions and arrangements of others in Korean as well as in English infused with 21st century jazz and her Korean heritage.

Akiko Pavolka is a New York based singer/songwriter who's strikingly original compositions blend pop and jazz with the music and sensibilities of her native Japan. Together with her band "House of Illusion" she has spent the past ten years developing a very personal sonic universe that is sometimes humorous, sometimes beautiful, sometimes frightening, but always her own.
 Cover $10

Jun 05
Kathi Georges, host

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

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Kat's feature is Ronnie Norbel. Ronnie Norpel is a performance poet, actor, photographer and jock with a deep passion for the Phillies, where she spent seven seasons as a ballgirl and fan accommodation manager. In New York, “Ronnie G” was the muse and collaborator of Warhol Factory superstar Gerard Malanga, whose phot of Ronnie, “Marble of Light,” was included for the exhibition and catalogue, Artists of the Warhol Circle Then & Now. She studied acting in Hollywood and worked at the Zero One Gallery. Today, Ronnie reads monthly in NYC with the Upper Left Side Writers and Poets. Other readings include the Lower East Side Festival, the SynonymUS collective at Nuyorican Poets Café, and the Wild Angels at St. John the Divine.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Loren Stillman, alto saxophone;  Ben Street, bass;  Nasheet Waits, drums
Ralph Alessi’s Modular Theatre is a band seemingly capable of reaching almost any musical territory. An underlying "jazz" sensibility is infused with any and everything from Hip Hop (texts ancient and spontaneous) to chamber music.
The band just released it’s 2nd CD called "Open Season" on the RKMmusic label
 Cover $10
Jun 06
Andy Christie

Seek Truth. Get a T-Shirt.

4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies. Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold.

CAROLYN CASTIGLIA - NBC's Last Comic Standing

ANDY CHRISTIE - N.Y. Times; Moth Storytelling GrandSlam Champion


DAN ALLEN - Comedy Central's Premium Blend

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

TimeOut NY Critics Pick

"A night of solid fun. " - BroadwayBaby

Cover $10
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9:00PM & 10:30PM  MY BAND FOOT FOOT,

Andrew Green, guitar, vocals;  JC Sanford, trombone, vocals;  John McNeil, trumpet, vocals;  Sara Caswell, violin;  Matt Pavolka, bass, vocals;  Ted Poor, drums
My Band Foot Foot, <br>a Shaggs Revue image
As you know, June 6th is the 65th anniversary of D-Day.

To commemorate this pivotal moment in history My Band Foot-Foot will reenact the Allied landing at Normandy on the stage at Cornelia Street Café.

Actually, it won't be the whole landing, just part of it. And not the shooting part or the part where there's explosions and stuff. It'll just be the part where a band plays two sets of Shaggs music to, um, distract the Nazi defenders and flummox the Luftwaffe. It's a little known story which has been largely ignored because it wasn't, like, dramatic or heroic enough.

Come to think of it, maybe it's not about Normandy after all....maybe the boys were remembering Norman Dee, the bass player who popularized "Gravy Waltz." In any case, they will play their clever reworkings of the Wiggin sisters' bizarre masterpieces.
 Cover $10 www,

Jun 07
Roald Hoffmann


What do a downtown duo exploring unusual acoustic instruments of wind, water, earth and metal, intricate textures, loops and grooves and a chemical engineer have in common. Let's find out! Pablo Debenedetti of Princeton, an expert on fluids and amorphous solids of all sorts, will co-examine familiar and strange water, in all its life-enhancing properties -- chemical, physical, sociological and...musical with the musicians of Lyrebyrd - Katie Down and Matt Darriau. Down, a downtown theatrical sound designer and composer also known for her musical antics in the Ukuladies, plays flute, glass harp and glass objects, steel cello, lithophone, and other assorted sounds. Darriau, of Klezmatics and Paradox Trio fame, is known for his expertise on Bulgarian kaval and gaida, Irish flute, alto sax and clarinets.
 Cover $10

Entertaining Science -- ACQUA! THE SOUNDS AND SCIENCE OF WATER image
Chris Winans, trumpet;  Omar Daniels, saxophones;  Gerald M. Thomas, saxophones;  Nick Russo, guitar;  Lou Rainone, piano;  Howard Britz, bass;  Grisha Alexiev, drums
Gerald M. Thomas Group image
Adapted from an idea of Grisha Alexiev, this ensemble was conceived of to be a forum for cats to have their new original compositions heard by the musicians they liked to play with. Gerald M. Thomas called this combination of players together to create a real jazz band with it's own identity, not just a random collection of soloist ringers. This group is a band first, whose players/composers enjoy playing with each other and have an unmistakeably great chemistry. Among the many influences of the band's are: the "ECM" sound, Jazz Messengers, and Eric Dolphy.

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Jun 08
Gene Albertelli and Teresa Giordano, host

Yetsuh Frank is an Architect at the Urban Green Council. He has studied for a number of years under Philip Schultz at the Writers Studio. He lives in Brooklyn with wife and family.

Joel Hinman is a fiction writer who teaches at the Writers Studio. His work has been published in Epiphany Magazine. He has recently become a father. He works pro-bono as a community mediator in the South Bronx.

Andre Lockwood is a faculty member of the Writers Studio. She has been an editor for Simon and Schuster, Abrams and Cambridge University Press, and is the author of several nonfiction titles published by Ariel Books. She teaches at NYU's Wagner Graduate School for Public Policy, and runs a consulting business.

Bridget Potter is a Teaching Fellow in Columbia ’s University Writing Program, former SVP of Original programming at HBO and SVP of Entertainment Programming at NBC Entertainment. Two of her pieces have been published in Quarto, Columbia’s literary magazine. She’s currently working on a memoir.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Jed Distler Gilda Lyons & Seraphim Matthew Greenbaum
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.

Gilda Lyons - excerpt of new opera for the vocal trio Seraphim
Matthew Greenbaum - (preview/new opera) Footnote to HOWL
Jed Distler - counteRevolution, new BIG work for piano

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

Drum kit donated by

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Cover is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times