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ART ON THE WALLS

Paintings by MARY GROSSMAN

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Thursday
Jun 24
6:00PM  FRENCH NIGHTS
Lucinda Karter, host


Bilingual & cross cultural.

Join us for an hour of contemporary and classic French literature, in translation and in the original.

Nous Gagnerons la Coupe du Monde 2010 by Alain Mabanckou

King Kong Theory by Virginie Despentes

Journal de Gand by Jean Rolin


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  JIM BLACK TRIO
Jim Black, drums, cymbals, compositions;  Chris Speed, tenor saxophone, clarinet;  Elias, piano
Jim Black trio image
Jim Black brings a new trio to Cornelia Street, performing original compositions by the group inspired by jazz music from 1960 to 1990.

"wickedly inventive... A revelation." -CMJ

More info: www.jim black.com
www.chrisspeed.com


 Cover $10

Friday
Jun 25
6:00PM  SON OF PONY; GAY PRIDE READING
Jackie Sheeler, host

CAConrad
Son of Pony; Gay Pride Reading image
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Jackie has a special program planned for tonight

CAConrad is the recipient of The Gil Ott Book Award for The Book of Frank (Chax Press, 2009). He is also the author of Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull Press, 2009), (Soma)tic Midge (Faux Press, 2008), Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006), and a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled The City Real & Imagined (Factory School, 2010). The son of white trash asphyxiation, his childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. Visit him online.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)   www.CAConrad.blogspot.com www.PhillySound.blogspot.com

9:00PM & 10:30PM  MALABY/MOTIAN/SANCHEZ/MONDER
Tony Malaby, tenor and soprano saxophone;  Paul Motian, drums;  Angelica Sanchez, piano;  Ben Monder, guitar
Malaby/Motian/Sanchez/Monder image
"I asked Tony Malaby to setup something special for my last weekend at the cafe, and so he did! Four artists for whom the moment is more interesting than future or past, though deeply connected to both."
Poul Weis, music curator at the cafe 2003-2010
 Cover $20   www.tonymalaby.com
Saturday
Jun 26
6:00PM  THE LIAR SHOW
Andy Christie, host

TBA
THE LIAR SHOW image
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.

ELNA BAKER : NPR's The Moth Radio Hour

J. KEITH VAN STRAATEN : What's My Line? Live Onstage

LESLIE GOSHKO : Manhattan Monologue Champion

TRACY ROWLAND : Emmy Award winning editor/producer
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  GLOBAL MOTION
Nikolaj Hess, piano;  Jay Anderson, bass;  Tony Moreno, drums;  Marc Mommaas, tenor saxophone
Global Motion image
Dutch tenor saxophonist Marc Mommaas (Sunnyside Recording Artist) and Danish pianist and co-leader Nikolaj Hess will be playing at the Corneliastreet cafe with the highly acclaimed group GLOBAL MOTION. This concert will feature compositions from Mommaas’ and Hess’ latest recording projects. Global Motion includes the stellar rhythm section Jay Anderson on Bass and Tony Moreno on drums. Stop by and start the year with fresh colors and new energy.

'Global Motion is always in stylistic motion, spanning bop, ECM-esque soundscapes and free-form chamber dreams.......' -
- Ed Enright - DOWNBEAT

- on Marc Mommaas:
‘A fearless improviser on both tenor and soprano, Mommaas has the ability and sense of spontaneous composition to start from almost nothing and build solos that were alive with energy and commitment, fairly bristling with power…..’
- ALL ABOUT JAZZ , John Kelman

Cover $12/$8 for students
 Cover $10   www.mommaas.com ww.nhess.dk

Sunday
Jun 27
6:00PM  HYDROGEN JUKEBOX
Brant Lyon, host

JACKIE SHEELER JERSEY PETROLEUM
Poetry-Music Reading Series with the Hydro Juke improv band, The Ne'er-do-wells.

Open mic-sign up (arrive early to make the list).

Jackie Sheeler is a NYC poetry institution in of herself. An award-winning poet and songwriter with two CDs and three books under her belt (so far), her next full-length collection, "Earthquake Came to Harlem," will be published by NY Quarterly Books in fall 2010. Once named the Poet Laureate of Rikers Island, Jackie performs widely, captivating audiences behind bars as well as in bars (among other places). She founded both the poetz.com website and beloved Pink Pony reading series at Cornelia Street Cafe. Occasional blogger and card-carrying activist, Jackie enjoys committing random acts of kindness and random acts of righteous indignation in equal measure.

Jersey Petroleum… yes, we know what you’re thinking! These two gushing top-killers, poet-musicians John Stanford and Ron Bass, will engulf you with their gooey political and social satire, but promise to clean up after themselves. John Stanford wrote, directed and produced the short film Firofyfe, which has played on the film festival circuit. He is also a photographer, graphic artist and the leader of the imaginary band Modchik. Ron Bass is the author of The Velveeta Underground, a collection of short stories and one act plays.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  "HELLO-GOOD BYE"
TOM CHANG QUARTET/POUL WEIS GROUP

Michael Attias, alto saxophone;  Rob Garcia, drums;  Sean Conly, bass;  Tom Chang, guitar, compositions
Tom Chang Quartet/Poul Weis Group
- two curators, two eras, one "Hello-Good Bye" PARTY!
Monday
Jun 28
6:00PM  SILKIE GIRL
Angelo Verga, host

Kathleen Frazier
Silkie Girl image
Kathleen Frazier, Fellow this summer at the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, reads from “Silkie Girl”, magical historical fiction, told from the perspective of a ghost looking back on her amazing, however short, life here on earth.

Molly McGillicuddy is a fifteen year old Irish lass, wondering if she came from a silkie mother as she flees the poverty and cruelty of her early life for the promise of freedom in America, 1899. Instead she is met by a lecherous cousin and rescued by fellow travelers.

(A note: silkies are shapeshifters, seals that shed their skin to become human.)
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID MUSIC PRESENTS: DU YUN
Frank J. Oteri, host

21st Century schizoid music presents: Du Yun image
As a composer, she is Du Yun. As a performer, she is duYun. Lernanaen Hydra, Schizo-duYun, she embodies five Geminis. Whoever she is, tonight she is joined by two collaborators (who, like her, also walk on multiple sides) --- cool trumpeter Gareth Flowers and rock-steady electronic musician Phil Moffa, the brainchild from the acclaimed analogue hop beats, Vinyl Life.

Two sets: one tinkly smudge, one muted flamboyant. Perhaps they are of Kafka's Odradek, simply some stories with no clear purpose or apparent use. No matter. You decide.
 Cover $10   www.myspace.com/duyun

Tuesday
Jun 29
6:00PM  HOW TO BE A BAD GIRL
Lisa Faith Phillips, actor;  Ellen Mandel, piano
How To Be a Bad Girl  image
About How To Be a Bad Girl: Mistress Edition

Charismatic comedian and former stripper, Lisa Faith Phillips had a sold-out tour of her popular parody musical 7 ½ Habits of Highly Successful Mistresses in Dublin, Ireland, New York and at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington D.C., before bring sued for trademark infringement by the FranklinCovey Corporation, owners of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People trademark.

Drawing on her colorful experiences, working as a stripper to pay her way through graduate school at the London School of Economics, and her background in stand-up comedy and music, Lisa Faith Phillips weaves topical humor and songs into a clever, thought-provoking and ultimately touching show. Part comedy, part cabaret, part one-woman theater piece, it all adds up to an evening of sophisticated, fun entertainment.

Raves for her show (formerly 7 ½ Habits of Highly Effective Mistresses):

"A close comparison to Goldie Hawn I thought, this performer was outrageously funny and successfully cunning. Devilishly clever and wildly entertaining….every line demanded a boisterous laugh. She exudes inherent fun like a bottle of champagne. Uplifting and unpredictable." -Carolyn Smith, Newyorkcool.com


 Cover $15   www.howtobeabadgirl.com

8:30PM  ELEVATION - LIVE CD RECORDING
Abraham Burton, tenor saxophone;  Lucian Ban, piano;  John Hébert, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums
ELEVATION - Live CD recording image
“ sound fractals, soaring tenor, eastern meets post bop piano, eMac’s rhythm propensity, elevating sounds – ELEVATION – the new quartet from the Transylvanian expat pianist LUCIAN BAN and saxophonist ABRAHAM BURTON “one of the great tenors of our time”. Together with long time collaborators and world class rhythm – JOHN HEBERT on bass and ERIC MCPHERSON on drums.
Lucian Ban recently collaborated with John Hebert on the unique Enesco Re-Imagined, Eric McPherson has been played with Mr. Burton for a more than 20 years, then the romanian born pianist has been playing duets and quartets with Abraham Burton from 2005 on going on to name their musical partnership elevation … and Hebert & McPherson played with the late Andrew Hill for years appearing on his last blue note records album.

“ If the young saxophonist Abraham Burton was ever to be drawn in a cartoon, he’d have flames coming out of his saxophone” - NY Times

"Ban plays with a fluency and sensibility that recalls Vladimir Horowitz as much as McCoy Tyner” - Terrell Holmes , All About Jazz NY

“Eric McPherson is at the vanguard of his generation's creative music drummers. His command of multiple percussion instruments is matched by the originality, electricity, versatility and sensitivity he adds to the continuum of the music” - WinterJazzFest

“Hebert's fractured ostinatos are a thing of wonder.” - Chris May, All About Jazz For more info: www.lucianban.com www.abrahamburton.com www.johnhebert.com www.ericmcpherson.com
 Cover $12

Wednesday Jun 30
6:00PM  HOW THE PAST MOVES THROUGH TIME
Thomas Pryor Robin Hirsch Angelo Verga
How the Past Moves Through Time image
Thomas Pryor's work has appeared in The New York Times, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, A Prairie Home Companion, New York Press, Underground Voices Magazine, Opium Magazine Online, Our Town and Ducts. His story, "Madame Butterfly Goes Down", is part of Thomas Beller's anthology, Lost and Found: Stories from New York. Thomas has written his first book, Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts. His blog, (same title as the book), is listed in the Blog Roll of The New York Times City Room.

Robin Hirsch co-founded the Cornelia Street Cafe in 1977. Here, as Minister of Culture, Wine Czar, and Dean of Faculty, he manages to boss people around, drink copiously and, with the aid of Angelo Verga and other magnificent curators, produce some 700 cultural events a year; somehow, he still finds time to perform and write (Last Dance at the Hotel Kempinski, MOSAIC: Fragments of a Jewish Life, FEG: Stupid Poems for Intelligent Children, and innumerable checks).

Poet, teacher, editor, manuscript doctor, curator of innumerable literary events, Angelo Verga’s sixth collection is a long poem set in the crooked footpaths of lower Manhattan, Praise for What Remains, Three Rooms Press, 2009. He has been widely published and anthologized, and translated into a dozen languages.   www.yorkvillestoopstonuts.blogspot.com

8:30PM  ELEVATION - LIVE CD RECORDING
Abraham Burton, tenor saxophone;  Lucian Ban, piano;  John Hébert, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums
ELEVATION - Live CD recording image
“ sound fractals, soaring tenor, eastern meets post bop piano, eMac’s rhythm propensity, elevating sounds – ELEVATION – the new quartet from the Transylvanian expat pianist LUCIAN BAN and saxophonist ABRAHAM BURTON “one of the great tenors of our time”. Together with long time collaborators and world class rhythm – JOHN HEBERT on bass and ERIC MCPHERSON on drums.
Lucian Ban recently collaborated with John Hebert on the unique Enesco Re-Imagined, Eric McPherson has been played with Mr. Burton for a more than 20 years, then the romanian born pianist has been playing duets and quartets with Abraham Burton from 2005 on going on to name their musical partnership elevation … and Hebert & McPherson played with the late Andrew Hill for years appearing on his last blue note records album.

“ If the young saxophonist Abraham Burton was ever to be drawn in a cartoon, he’d have flames coming out of his saxophone” - NY Times

"Ban plays with a fluency and sensibility that recalls Vladimir Horowitz as much as McCoy Tyner” - Terrell Holmes , All About Jazz NY

“Eric McPherson is at the vanguard of his generation's creative music drummers. His command of multiple percussion instruments is matched by the originality, electricity, versatility and sensitivity he adds to the continuum of the music” - WinterJazzFest

“Hebert's fractured ostinatos are a thing of wonder.” - Chris May, All About Jazz For more info: www.lucianban.com www.abrahamburton.com www.johnhebert.com www.ericmcpherson.com
 Cover $12

Thursday
Jul 01
6:00PM  ARTISTS’ SALON
Robin, Angelo, and Tom, 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.

8:30PM  MARK DRESSER/DIANE MOSER DUO
Mark Dresser, bass;  Diane Moser, piano
Mark Dresser/Diane Moser Duo image
Friends and colleagues for over 30 years, bassist Mark Dresser http://www.mark-dresser.com and pianist Diane Moser http://www.myspace.com/dianemosercomposerbigband will be performing the music from their soon to be released CD "Duetto" (CIMP records).

"Mark Dresser is an inventor. He also may be the most important bassist to emerge since 1980 in jazz or classical music."
Harvey Pekar, Boston Herald

"Moser is a first class jazz pianist!"
George Kanzler for the Star Ledger, NJ
 Cover $12

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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