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ART ON THE WALLS

Wednesday Jul 14
6:00PM  PERFORMANCE
Jennifer Rawlings, comic, writer, filmmaker, and a kick-ass mom;  Michèle LaRue, actress
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Award winning performer Jennifer Rawlings presents readings from her one - woman show " I Only Smoke in War Zones" - a collection of true stories from the battlefield (both at home and abroad.)

LaRue tours nationally with several one-woman plays--The Yellow Wallpaper (dramatized and directed by Warren Kliewer from Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 1890 feminist horror story), Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Monologue (Marie Jenney Howe's 1912 satire), Eve's Diary (Gayle Stahlhuth's adaptation of several Mark Twain stories), Places, Please, Act One, Kliewer's vibrant "poems around and about theatres," and a varied repertoire of American short stories written at the turn of the previous century. She has played over 200 performances of these productions in 12 states, from Maine to Oklahoma, Minnesota to Virginia.

In the vibrant tradition of Charles Dickens’ public readings, Michele LaRue brings to life turn-of-the-century American short stories, by authors ranging from the well-remembered (Twain and O. Henry) to the undeservedly “lost” (Mary Wilkins Freeman, Alice Brown, Edith Wyatt …). Michele’s series of Tales Well Told is your great-great-grandparents’ Selected Shorts.

In this, her fourth appearance at the Cafe, Michele presents Miss Jewett’s Miss Esther’s Guest: a sweet summer tale of country mouse meets city mouse … with a twist.
 Cover $8   www.michelelarue.com

8:30PM  DAN WEISS TRIO
Dan Weiss, drums, compositions;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Thomas Morgan, bass
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Dan Weiss has proved indispensable to a number of groundbreaking bands, including David Binney's Balance, Rudresh Mahanthappa's Indo-Pak Coalition and Quartet, Miles Okazaki's Generations group, Ohad Talmor's Newsreel, Rez Abbasi's ensembles and many more. But Dan also has a growing list of accomplishments as a leader. He has studied tabla extensively with Pandit Samir Chatterjee, and his 2005 release Tintal Drumset Solo and forthcoming Jhaptal Drumset Solo reveal an innovator's mind at work, as he transplants classical Indian rhythmic concepts to the drumset, a practice that has begun to inform his work in a wide variety of jazz contexts.

In addition, Dan's trio endeavors with pianist Jacob Sacks and bassist Thomas Morgan have been documented on their 2006 debut Now Yes When and the brand new Sunnyside release Timshel, which they gather to celebrate this week. The trio first played here in April 2008, and Dan returned for a fascinating duo encounter with Jason Lindner in September '09.

The New York Times Jazz Listings:
DAN WEISS TRIO (Saturday) "Dan Weiss is a drummer of adaptable flow and microscopic focus, as he has shown in a range of instrumental settings. His own working trio, with the pianist Jacob Sacks and the bassist Thomas Morgan, just released its first album, “Timshel” (Sunnyside), proof that Mr. Weiss is on equally sound footing as a bandleader."
More info: http://danweiss.net
 Cover $10

Thursday
Jul 15
6:00PM  HAVE SONGS, WILL TRAVEL
Darcy Dunn, mezzo-soprano;  Mark Singer, baritone;  Mimi Stern-Wolfe, piano
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This program features the music of the legendary Kurt Weill, Leonard Bernstein, and the beautiful and lyrical melodies of contemporary composer, Mira J. Spektor. They are sung by the husband and wife vocal team of Darcy Dunn, mezzo-soprano, and Mark Singer, baritone, under the musical direction of pianist, Mimi Stern-Wolfe.
 Cover $10
8:30PM  MATT DARRIAU AND PABLO ASLAN - WORLD TANGO PROJECT
Matt Darriau, winds;  Pablo Aslan, bass;  Katie Down, flute, percussion, ukulele;  Sam Bardfeld, violin;  Jofre Romarion, bandoneon
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"A long time simmering collaboration between the clarinet world music maven Matt Darriau (Klezmatics, Paradox, Ballin' The Jack) and the argentine bassist and tango jazz pioneer Pablo Aslan (Avantango, Paquito D'Rivera, NY Tango Trio). They zero in on international 1930's tango songs as a point of departure. Expect no drums but lots of rhythm, a chamber jazz world music sound from the heart of Brooklyn..."
 Cover $10   www.myspace.com/mattdarriau
Friday
Jul 16
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Kat Georges, host


The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  ARUAN ORTIZ: THE QUINTET
Aruan Ortiz, piano;  Jeremy Pelt, trumpet;  David Gilmore, guitar;  Rashaan Carter, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums
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The Quintet, a group lead by the pianist Aruán Ortiz, is inspired by eccletic influences such as Afro-Cuban music, jazz, contemporary classical composition and visual arts, etc. as the impetus for generating musical material. The idea of creating an ensemble that pushes boundaries and expands the language of the music from the foundation of jazz has been Aruán's goal since its beginning. The Quintet strives to be a source for open-minded composers and musicians from different backgrounds to interact and create a multicultural language that can only be expressed by the sounds of contemporary music.

Jazz fans applaud, and novices mark your calendars. Aruán Ortiz, critically acclaimed Cuban pianist is a must see,” New
York Post
 Cover $20   www.aruanortiz.net

Saturday
Jul 17
9:00PM & 10:30PM  TONY MORENO GROUP
Tony Moreno, drums, cymbals, compositions;  Ron Horton, trumpet;  Marc Mommaas, saxophone;  Johannes Weidenmuller, bass;  Gary Varsace, piano
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This Quintet is composed around a very special group of musicians. Everyone is both a wonderful performer and composer and bandleader in their own right. The repertoire is based on originals contributed from various band members. In addition, adding some compositions from Paul Motian, Gordon Parish and perhaps some standards.

The drummer Tony Moreno seeks a supple flow in his music, but also a subtle tension...
- New York Times More info: www.mommaas.com www.ronhorton.com www.garyversace.com www.bassistis.com www.allaboutjazz.com
 Cover $10

Sunday
Jul 18
6:00PM  COLLABORATE
Iris N. Schwartz, host

a cast of thousands
A semi-regular series where artists of different genres collaborate around a given theme.

Tonight It’s all about FAMILY.

SET 1: Poet-writer Iris N. Schwartz, actor-director-writer David B. McConeghey, and actor-writer Mickey Pizzo perform prose and poetry

SET 2: Poet Jean Lehrman performs with cellist-composer Barry Kornhauser

SET 3: Poet Madeline Artenberg performs with guitarist-composer Nelson Alxndr

SET 4: Fiction writer-poet Thaddeus Rutkowski performs with percussionist-composer Peter Catapano

This time, we’re not keeping it in the family.


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  FRANK LOCRASTO GROUP
Frank LoCrasto, piano;  Greg Ruggiero, guitar;  Thomas Morgan, bass;  RJ Miller,, drums
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Frank LoCrasto, born and raised in Texas, has been hailed by the New York Times as "a pianist-composer of modernity and promise." Since graduating from the New Schools jazz program, he has racked up credits with the likes of Jeremy Pelt, Greg Osby, Jose James, and more. This new group will pay respects to jazz composers George Shearing, Thelonious Monk, Hoagy Carmichael and Bill Evans playing their compositions and arrangements.

“IF HE WASN’T BEFORE, FRANK LOCRASTO CERTAINLY IS THE MASTER OF INTELLECTUAL JAZZ NOW. DEVIN OUYE YAMANAKA, KWCW 90.5 - WALLA WALLA, WA   www.franklocrasto.com

Monday
Jul 19
6:00PM  NEW YORK QUARTERLY
Ted Jonathan, host

Tony Gloeggler Cindy Sostchen-Hochman Jeanann Verlee
A rare summer treat, an extra evening of Ted and the fine poets from the pages of one of our best literary journals.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  INTERNATIONAL ORANGE
Dave Phelps, guitar;  Todd Isler, drums;  Rene Hart, bass
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A voyage exploding with color, rhythm, and ambience, stopping at different world ports, never lingering too long. A ride with reverence for the masters, an emphasis on spontaneity. IO love's tomorrow.
 Cover $10   www.internationalorange.bandcamp.com
10:00PM  THE STRING MESSENGERS
Uncle Murphy, guitar, vocals;  Frank York, lead vocals, fiddle;  Mandola Joe York, bass,vocals;  Jon York, middle fiddle, vocals;  Jeff York, electric guitar;  Ratzo Harris York, bass
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The repertoire of the String Messengers is a mix of original material composed by band members as well as "classic" string band material from the likes of the Louvin Brothers, Jimmy Martin, Frank Wakefield, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Harry Smith's legendary Anthology of American Folk Music. Among the String Messengers originals you might be expected to hear are the true-to-life “Dumped On Valentine’s Day,” "The Heartbreak Diet," and "Better Off Bein' Lonely," the Herman Melville-inspired “Confidence”, and the spirit-induced “Pastis.” The band also traditionally closes every performance with its notorious philosophical diatribe "The Two Kinds of Men." 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
Tuesday
Jul 20
6:00PM  SUMMER STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
Sherry Weaver, curator

Mr Patrick Robin Gelfenbien
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Cornelia St Cafe Summer Storytelling Festival presents New York's best storytellers!

TONIGHT :

Mr Patrick-Life need not be Lonely if you tell the truth , truthfully!

Robin Gelfenbien-High School Abusical: One dorky girl's mission to reclaim her cool with the help of Father Time, Calamity Jane and Debbie Gibson.


 Cover $10

8:30PM  THE BRYAN MURRAY (HIPSTER BAND NAME) TRIO
Bryan Murray, tenor sax;  Terrence McManus, guitar;  Jeff Davis, drums
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West Virginia native Bryan Murray began playing jazz saxophone at a young age and has devoted most of his life to studying and performing. He attended the University of Kentucky, then moved to Chicago and attended DePaul University where he performed with jazz legends including Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner and Nicholas Payton, and recorded a live CD with Tom Harrell.

The Bryan Murray (Hipster Band Name) Trio, which features guitarist Terrence McManus and drummer Jeff Davis alongside tenor saxophonist Bryan Murray, reflects a non-traditional musical collaboration 2 years in the making. This “bass-less” trio draws from many free jazz sources and takes an open, experimental approach to Murray’s original compositions as well as those by eclectic American songwriters whose music is less explored in an improvisational context, including Willie Nelson, Led Zeppelin and Elliot Smith.
 Cover $10   www.bryanmurray.net

10:00PM  THE XYLOFOLKS
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Picked as the Village Voice's "Best Buskers dressed as Animals," the Xylopholks have rapidly become a familiar sight and sound to many around the world. The Xylopholks play novelty ragtime repertoire of the 1920's dressed in fuzzy animal costumes. The Xylopholks have been featured on the front pages of youtube.com and CNN.com, as well as MTV.com's Daily Detox, and NY Magazine's fashion tips. They have recently returned from a month-long tour of the Indian subcontinent.
 Cover $10
Wednesday Jul 21
6:00PM  SUMMER STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
Sherry Weaver, curator

Greg Walloch; Jason Wachtelhau Mark Allen; Pseu Braun Valerie Gilbert
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Cornelia St Cafe Summer Storytelling Festival presents New York's best storytellers!

TONIGHT :

Greg Walloch and Mark Allen

"Join Greg Walloch (F**k The Disabled, Studio 360), Mark Allen (NPR, NYTimes), Pseu Braun (WFMU, WNYC) and Jason Wachtelhausen (Adbusters, Wired) for an evening of unexpected stories."

Valerie Gilbert

Dad: Toy designer by day, CIA agent at night.


 Cover $10

8:30PM  LE NOZZE DI CARLO
Gene Caprioglio, guitar, vocals;  Joel Darelius , bass, vocals;  Paule Diamond, soprano saxophone, vocals;  Bob Goldberg, accordian, vocals
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Le Nozze di Carlo is a New York-based quartet that performs ethnic and pseudo-ethnic music. The band--Gene Caprioglio - guitar & voice, Joel Darelius - bass & voice, Paule Diamond - soprano saxophone & voice, and Bob Goldberg - accordion & voice--first got together in 1993, with a handful of folk tunes, to play at a friend's wedding in upstate New York. Since then, they have developed a repertoire ranging from traditional Italian songs like "Bella Ciao" and "Funiculi Funicula", to modern classics such as "Volare", "Quando Quando Quando", and "La Vie En Rose" to originals like the mini-opera "Vino" and the cinematic "Hunger Suite". (Watch Le Nozze di Carlo on WNYC's Battle of the Boroughs: beta.wnyc.org/thegreenespace/articles/2010/jun/07/battle-boroughs-queens-vote
 Cover $10
10:00PM  DIRTY MAC AND THE BUMPER CROP BOYS
Gene Caprioglio , guitar, vocals, clarinet;  Jordan Ahiyan , percussion;  Octavio Salman, drums
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Dirty Mac and The Bumper Crop Boys began as a late night jug band experiment at The Black Hills Playhouse in the Black Hills of South Dakota in the summer of 2003. Band leader Sam Williams (Dirty Mac) moved to NYC in 2005, and Washtub Bassist Chris Zeig followed in 2006 where they began the reformation of the group. Fellow South Dakotans Emily Fellner (accordion, trumpet, vocals) and Doug Strich (harmonicas) came to join them soon after. The band has had over 30 members, and as many instruments, before settling in on its currant line-up. Rounding out the group are Queens natives Gene Caprioglio (electric guitar, clarinet, vocals)and Jordan Ahiyan (percussions). Octavio Salman holds it all together on the drum kit. Original country, blues, and rock and roll music that always stays true to its jug band roots. (Listen to Dirty Mac and The Bumper Crop Boys sing "Buy The Will of God": www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtDQzY8oFx0
 Cover $10
Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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