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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, Salon.com, 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.
(includes one house drink)
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!
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.
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.
(includes one house drink)
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
ROBIN GELFENBIEN - VH1; Marie Claire
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
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.
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.
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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.
(includes one house drink)
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
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
FEATURED TELLER: Bob Reiser
Format: Featured Teller and OPEN TELLING (5 - 6 minute limit)
($7 includes on drink)
Before there was the Moth, Speakeasy or Liars Show, there was STORYTELLING at the Cornelia Street Cafe. Beginning in 1997, storytellers and story listeners have been coming to The Cornelia Street Cafe on the 2nd Tuesday of each month for the "love of story!" We have featured more than 200 professional tellers, and countless others have stepped up to the Mic to swap a story! There is no judging, no contest, just great fun!
Come early and sign up for the OPEN TELLING (Open Mic). Know that everyone's a winner.
"Storytelling is everyday conversation, teaching tool, survival technique and an ancient art..."
(includes one house drink)
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