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Jul 12
Chris Belden
GUITAR & PEN. Novelist/singer-songwriter Chris Belden reads from his new novel-in-progress & then plays original tunes.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Craig Yaremko, saxophones;  Steve Myerson, piano;  Kellen Harrison, bass;  Shawn Baltazor, drums;  Nathan Eklund, trumpet, flugelhorn
Nathan Eklund Group image
The repertoire of the NEG is based on Eklund's original music and his unique arrangements of other's material. Although there is form and structure to every composition, the music is intended to give a great deal of interpretive responsibility and freedom to each member of the group. Through this approach, each of Eklund's works become a group arrangement, utilizing the creative energy and talents of the entire group.
 Cover $10
Jul 13
All-Nude College Girl Revue and Other Reasons I Couldn't Pass the Vetting. 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

Frank Oteri, host

Gene Caprioglio Le Nozze di Carlo Dirty Mac Chris Zeig
21st schizoid music presents: Gene Caprioglio image
Italian Schizoid With Gene Caprioglio

Fine Wine and Moonshine – Le Nozze di Carlo Meets Dirty Mac and the Bumper Crop Boys

What happens when a 21st Century Italian American musician keeps one foot planted in the old country and one in the new? He stumbles between sophisticated, continental, Italian classics and pseudo-primitive jug band sounds. So sit back and sip fine Italian wine or Wild Turkey and enjoy this entertaining juxtaposition of music with both groups featuring the guitar playing of Gene “The Jammeister” Caprioglio. Gene will also sing in Italian and offer oenophilic commentary. The other performers will include Joel Darelius, Paule Diamond, Emily Fellner, Bob Goldberg, Josh Michael, Lionel Sanders, Doug Strich, Sam Williams (a.k.a. Dirty Mac) and Chris Zeig playing accordions, trumpets, banjos, washtub bass, mandolin and few other things and singing about wine, drinking, love and other stuff.

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Jul 14
Barbara Aliprantis

Jim Hawkins Donna Minkowitz Margaret Dawson
As part of The Cornelia Street Café’s Summer Festival of Festivals, three outstanding storytellers, Margaret Dawson, Jim Hawkins and Donna Minkowitz, are scheduled to perform. Barbara Aliprantis, Curator/Host of this monthly gathering announced that there will be cameo appearances by storytellers, poets, writers and musicians who have participated in this series since it began in 1997.

MARGARET DAWSON, acclaimed actress, storyteller, teacher, producer, holds an M.F.A. in Directing from The Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University. Tonight, she shares the prologue to her extraordinary tale, "Hecuba Remembers."

JIM HAWKINS, beloved Irish-American Storyteller/Actor/Musician and gifted teacher, charms audiences and lifts our spirits with his stories and songs, including memories of his childhood spent in the Midlands of Ireland and on the stoops and concrete sidewalks of Astoria, Queens. He'll reprise an excerpt from his recent "STORIES FROM THE STOOP."

DONNA MINKOWITZ, is a storyteller and writer whose work has appeared in Ms., New York magazine, New York Newsday, The Advocate, Out, and The Nation. This evening she'll share excerpts from her soon-to-be published book, THE MARVELOUS TOY, a magical-realist memoir combining facts from her life with fantasy and metaphor.

Cameos: Ken Corsbie, Dr. Joyce C. Duncan, Lonnie Harrington, Alan Kanen, Thelma R. Thomas

(Time permitting there will be an Open MIC)

"Storytelling is everyday conversation, teaching tool, survival technique and an ancient art..."
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Frank Oteri, host

Phillip Cheah, Male soprano and baritone;  Trudy Chan, piano;  Dan Bartfield, violin
21st schizoid music presents: French Schizoid for Bastille Day image
French Schizoid for Bastille Day
For Bastille Day, male soprano and baritone Phillip Cheah reveals the split personality of French music (as well as of his own voice) with pianist Trudy Chan and violinist Dan Bartfield. Highlights include performances of lesser-known music by Lili Boulanger, Reynaldo Hahn, Eric Satie, and Germaine Tailleferre (the only female member of Les Six), plus a complete performance of Francis Poulenc's song cycle Banalities. It is highly recommended for audience members to accompany the musical procedings with a glass of French red or white, or possibly pastis/pernod/cogn
 Cover $10
Wednesday Jul 15 6:00PM  POETRY
Angelo Verga, host

Allison Koffler Dayl Wise
Partners in life as well as on our stage, these poets hail from the central Bronx and other exotic latitudes.

Dayl Wise was drafted into the US Army in 1969 and served in Vietnam and Cambodia in 1970. He is a member of VVAW (Vietnam Veterans Against the War) and VFP (Veterans for Peace). He is one of the speakers of NY Veterans Speak Out, a group of veterans who talk to high school and college students about the experience of war. He lives and writes in The Bronx and Woodstock, New York with his wife, the poet Alison Koffler and Molly, a Labrador-pit bull mix.

Alison Koffler was three times the winner of the Bronx Council on the Arts’ BRIO Award for poetry in 1993, 2000 and 2006. She was the recipi ent of the Poetry Teacher of the Year Award from Poets’ House and McGraw-Hill in 2003. Her poems have appeared in such publications as Iris: A Journal For Women, Heliotrope, Poetry in Performance, and Kalliope. An English and creative writing teacher, she currently works as an on-site teacher-consultant for the New York City Writing Project at Lehman College.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Frank Oteri, host

21st schizoid music presents: American Schizoid  image
American Schizoid
- The String Messengers explore red state classics and blue state originals.
Should be accompanied by multiple glasses of California wines (or Virginia wines if Robin can procure any) and some bourbon, or maybe perhaps combine the two, Jerry Lee Lewis style, into a wine spodeeodee.

Here's a red state song:

And here's a blue state song:

The String Messengers are: Frank York, lead vocals and fiddle; Mandola Joe York, bass vocals and various double-coursed pluckables; Jon York, middle fiddle (a.k.a. "vy-o-la"); Jeff York, electric guitar and effects; Ratzo "Hatzo" York, bass; and Uncle Murphy, guitar and vocals.
 Cover $10

Jul 16
Barbara Sfarga

Chris Sullivan Michael T.A. Thompson

Barbara Sfraga with CSQ’s Chris Sullivan, Michael T.A. Thompson

Their no-chords trio is an exploration of sounds and silence. “Medicine Woman of Jazz”, poet Golda Solomon provides the words

“On stage at the Cornelia Street Cafe, that intimate haunt in the heart of Greenwich Village that has fostered a vital alternative jazz scene in New York City, voicist Barbara Sfraga is lost in another song. Closing her eyes tightly while holding the microphone gingerly by the fingertips of both hands, she bobs and weaves to the surging flow generated by the telepathic rhythm tandem of bassist Chris Sullivan and drummer Michael Thompson (collectively known as Center Search Quest). Bending at the waist when digging for a low note, throwing her head back in rapture when chasing after a high note, she communes with the groove. Immersed in the moment, her fingers begin depressing invisible valves on the microphone as she freestyles her way through another wordless verse like a trumpeter riding the peak of a scorching solo. It’s Sfraga in full stream-of-consciousness stride, going out on a limb...again.” ~ Bill Milkowski
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

Adam Kolker, saxophones;  Scott Wendholt, trumpet;  Ugona Okegwo, bass;  Victor Lewis, drums
Adam Kolker-Scott Wendholt Quartet image
" What a rich, unpretentiously modern record is “Flag Day” (Sunnyside) by the jazz saxophonist Adam Kolker. He plays these songs — five originals; one Monk piece, the standard “Last Night When We Were Young”; and “Don’t Let It Bring You Down” by Neil Young — with restraint, letting his ideas flow but never filling up all available space. He’s a real improviser, making impulsive choices about phrasing and how to imply a chord, giving each of his notes a strong, strange character. The group is a little hive of wisdom, including the guitarist John Abercrombie, the bassist John Hebert and the drummer Paul Motian, whose aura of relaxed play, or what some people still call cool, is almost a physical presence here.
Ben Ratliff - New York Times
 Cover $10
Jul 17
Kathi Georges, host

The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Featured : Janice Bishop.

Janice Bishop, a resident of Manorville, has published poems in journals across the United States, in Canada, Ireland, Wales, and England. She has been a featured reader at Walt Whitman House, and radio host at Adelphi, Stony Brook, and L.I.U. As an actor she has appeared in Long Island productions of The Heiress, Picasso’s Desire Caught By The Tail, Kenneth Koch’s 1000 Avant-Garde Plays, and in NYC Klub Ka, The Blues Legend, Caryl Churchill’s Heart’s Desire, and as Tiresias in Burial At Thebes. Recent film Credits include, Parable and Saints Speak for Arcadia
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Andrew D'Angelo, alto saxophone, bass clarinet;  Trevor Dunn, bass;  Jim Black, drums
Andrew D'Angelo's Gay Disco Trio image
Jul 18
Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, host

Kahlil Almustafa, poet & social engineer;  Chris Becker, laptop composer ;  Lenae Harris, Cellist
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Poems and Other Sounds

Poet Kahlil Almustafa is known as the Peoples Poet, whether for a mass rally of hundreds of people, a nightclub, church, university or a backyard family reunion. almustafa is the 2002 Nuyorican Grand Slam Champion and the author of four collections of poetry and his debut CD CounterIntelligence. In 2008, he was selected by the Hip-Hop Theater Festival as a grantee of the Future Aesthetics Artist Re-grant (FAAR), funded by the Ford Foundation. Kahlil recently completed the 100 Poems For 100 Days project where he wrote 100 poems in the first 100 days of Barack Obamas presidency. A true poet from Queens, New York, he uses poetry to engage with communities in critical dialogue.

Composer Chris Becker lives and works in Long Island City, Queens, New York, composing, arranging and recording music for a wide variety of solo and collaborative projects including music for dance, mixed-media installations, and film.

Cellist, pianist, composer and producer Lenae A. Harris began her music career at the age of six. Though classically trained in cello and piano, Lenae has performed with several artists including such diverse musical personalities as Beth Arentsen, Jeremy James, Maya Azucena, Stori James, Abby Dobson, Mike Viola and the Candy Butchers.

 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Michael Blake, saxophones;  Ben Allison, bass;  Daniel Freedman, drums
Michael Blake Trio image
Saxophonist, composer and arranger Michael Blake has established his presence in the jazz world, while his work gracefully erases the borders between different areas of music. Highlights of 2008 include a special guest appearance on Ben Allison’s Man Size Safe and performances with Blake Tartare at the Rochester, Vancouver and Copenhagen jazz festivals. Michael’s new band Hellbent recently played at Milano’s esteemed Mito Festival. His soprano sax work was recognized in the 2008 Downbeat Reader’s Poll.

From Soul and Reggae to traditional African and Vietnamese music - Blake is always exploring music that inspires him while staying true to himself.

Panoramic imagination -The New York Times
 Cover $10

Jul 19
Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, host

Kahlil Almustafa, poet & social engineer;  Gabriella Callender, singer & songwriter
Cowgirl Festival image
Poems and Other Sounds

Poet Kahlil Almustafa is known as the Peoples Poet, whether for a mass rally of hundreds of people, a nightclub, church, university or a backyard family reunion. almustafa is the 2002 Nuyorican Grand Slam Champion and the author of four collections of poetry and his debut CD CounterIntelligence. In 2008, he was selected by the Hip-Hop Theater Festival as a grantee of the Future Aesthetics Artist Re-grant (FAAR), funded by the Ford Foundation. Kahlil recently completed the 100 Poems For 100 Days project where he wrote 100 poems in the first 100 days of Barack Obamas presidency. He uses poetry to engage with communities in critical dialogue.

Gabriella Callender is a Singer, Songwriter and is the heart of Mahina Movement's music. Gabriella lives in Queens, New York but is just back from performing at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley, California She has performed on over 500 stages, from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe to Lincoln Center. Her music has been heard on WBAI radio, Manhattan News Network and Al Jazeers television. She currently working on her debut album Emma, expected to be out in January of 2010.

 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Matt Darriau, reeds;  Andy Laster, reeds;  Frank London, trumpet;  Curtis Hasselbring, trombone;  Anthony Coleman, piano;  Joe Fitzgerald, bass;  George Schuller, drums
Matt Darriau's Ballin' the Jack image
Ballin' The Jack has toured several times in Europe including the North Sea Jazz Festival, 2002 Newport Jazz Festival and remains committed to playing music that is challenging, yet makes people want to move with the groove!

Matt Darriau - reeds (Paradox Trio, Klezmatics)
Andy Laster - reeds (Julius Hemphill Sax Sextet)
Frank London- trumpet & mutes (Klezmatics)
Curtis Hasselbring - trombone (Jazz Passengers, Tom Harrell)
Anthony Coleman - Piano, Hammond B3 organ (John Zorn, Marc Ribot)
Joe Fitzgerald - bass (Gene Bertoncini, Fred Hersch)
George Schuller - drums (Schulldogs)

"Of the many centennial tributes to Duke, this could be the most entertaining and forward thinking. Certainly it's the zaniest and very in your face... Ballin' The Jack revives [these tunes] in an ultra-modern way that makes them seem like they were just written.... A strong candidate for Jazz CD of the Year"
- Michael G. Nastos, All-Music Guide

Can "downtown" players deliver classic jazz and swing tunes? The Big Head should quickly win over skeptics with the speed precision and boisterous energy brought to tunes like Benny Goodman's Seven Come Eleven ... their enthusiasm and beat quickly become contagious.
-Jon Andrews DOWNBEAT
 Cover $10

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