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ART ON THE WALLS

Photographs by Linda Zecchino

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Saturday
Jul 25
6:00PM  MUSIC & WORDS
Ruth Lepson, host

Low Road, Noah Preminger & Eric Lane
From Boston and other outposts of civilization, music & poetry together.

Ruth Lepson is poet-in-residence at the New England Conservatory of Music. Her new book of poems is I Went Looking for You & her other books are Morphology, Dreaming in Color and Poetry from Sojourner: A Feminist Anthology.

Low Road is Noah Preminger, one of the hottest young musicians in the country, on sax; Eric Lane, an eclectic keyboard player who does jazz, hip-hop, afro beat; and Ruth Lepson, words.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  SONGWRITER'S BEAT 5TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL
Valerie Ghent, host

Steve Northeast Joe Cerisano Joe Travers Seth Davis
Songwriter's Beat 5th Annual Festival image

The Songwriter's Beat Festival presents 24 of NY's best songwriters in 6 nights, from July 20 - July 25, 2009.

Now in its 9th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York's most popular acoustic songwriters series, curated / hosted by singer-songwriter Valerie Ghent. The Songwriter's Beat features four songwriters of varying musical styles who are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements.

The Songwriter's Beat is delighted to share in the 32nd birthday celebration of the Cornelia Street Cafe!

Proceeds of the Songwriter's Beat Festival benefit "Feel the Music!" , a NYC nonprofit which brings music and art to children and families impacted by trauma.


 Cover $10   songwritersbeat.com

Sunday
Jul 26
6:00PM  SPEAKEASY: STORIES FROM THE BACKROOM
Sherry Weaver, host

Andy Christie Faye Lane
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!

Andy Christie & Faye Lane "The Red Headed Wonder and the Beauty Queen"


 Cover $10   www.speakeasystories.com

8:30PM  THE MUSIC OF TORBEN WALDORFF
Jon Wikan, drums;  Matt Clohesy, bass;  Jon Cowherd, piano
The music of Torben Waldorff image
Jon Wikan, Matt Clohesy, Jon Cowherd plays music of Torben Waldorff

Torben Waldorff's music has emerged in international jazz through ArtistShare in recent years. The recent release of the CD "Afterburn" featuring Donny McCaslin and Sam Yahel has put this music in the top tier in the jazz market. It has had an amazing run in international jazz media this year. Its hovered around the 100 most played CD’s in US jazz radio stations, has made ”best of 2008” lists in Denmark, Sweden, USA, Canada, Portugal, France (Jazzman "Choc du Mois") plus so much more critical acclaim, like in JazzPodium in Germany (..Waldorff ist weltklasse) JazzTimes, Downbeat, New York Times, All About Jazz, ArtsJournal and many many more. This night of music tests material to be recorded for the next ArtistShare CD to be released in November 2009.
 Cover $10   www.waldorff.com

Monday
Jul 27
6:00PM  SPEAKEASY: STORIES FROM THE BACKROOM
Sherry Weaver, host

James Braly Martin Dockery
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!

James Braly & Martin Dockery "Journeys"
 Cover $10   www.speakeasystories.com

8:30PM  MORRISON MOTEL
John Morrison, host

John Oliver Mike Drucker Claudia Cogan Thomas Middleditch Sean Donnelly Blaine Perry John Morrison
MORRISON MOTEL image
John Morrison's monthly comedy quickie--some of the smartest, most politically savvy comedians in or passing through New York make and unmake their bed here before some soon to be deported illegal third world alien comes in to clean it all up . . .


 Cover $10   www.myspace.com/morrisongod

Tuesday
Jul 28
6:00PM  SPEAKEASY: STORIES FROM THE BACKROOM
Sherry Weaver, host

Ryan Paulson Dave Dickerson
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!

Ryan Paulson & Dave Dickerson "Putting the Fun Back into Fundamentalism"
 Cover $10   www.speakeasystories.com

8:30PM  COMEDY: MARC MARON AND FRIENDS
Marc Maron, host

Marc Maron Al Lubel Gary Gulman
Comedy: Marc Maron and Friends image
Marc Maron, the dark Byronic poet of American political comedy, has appeared on Letterman, Conan, HBO, Comedy Central, Air America Radio, not to mention (at) the Cornelia Street Cafe. Tonight he hangs out on stage with two of the most creative comedians in the country.

Al Lubel became a lawyer to please his mother and a comedian to please himself (which did not please his mother). After graduating from law school in Florida, Al moved to Los Angeles, passed the California Bar Exam on his first try and wouldn't you know it, immediately began the practice of stand-up comedy. He was one of the last comedians to appear on Johnny Carson, appears regularly on Letterman, and was the winner of the $100,000 Grand Prize for Comedy on Star Search. Drinks are on him tonight.

Gary Gulman is a former elementary school gym teacher and substitute teacher. He is 6'6" tall. He has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Gulman appeared with Dane Cook, Jay Davis, and Robert Kelly on Dane Cook's Tourgasm, and starred in his own one-hour Comedy Central special entitled "Gary Gulman: Boyish Man". Gary is now the host of NESN's Comedy All-Stars. He may be too tall for this room
 Cover $15   www.marcmaron.com

Wednesday Jul 29
6:00PM  SPEAKEASY: STORIES FROM THE BACKROOM
Sherry Weaver, host

Peter Aguero's BTK BAND Sexy Women , Darlene White, Tracy Rowland, Cyndi Freeman, Jennifer DeMeritt & Michele Carlo
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!

Peter Aguero's BTK BAND plays with Sexy Women telling Sexy Stories: Darlene White, Tracy Rowland, Cyndi Freeman, Jennifer DeMeritt & Michele Carlo!
 Cover $10   www.speakeasystories.com

8:30PM  DON'T STOP ME IF YOU'VE HEARD THIS ONE--THE ART OF THE JOKE
Robin Hirsch, host

Paul Hecht Larry Josephson Jess Korman
Don't Stop Me If You've Heard This One--The Art of the Joke image
A. P. Herbert, the prolific English writer of light and occasional verse (Sir Alan to his friends) was a much sought after after-dinner speaker, a kind of more urbane George E. Jessel, the Toastmaster-General of the United States. He used to preface many of his jokes by saying "Don't stop me if you've heard this one."

For more than fifteen years, legendary jokesmiths Hecht, Josephson & Korman have been discussing, sometimes in the presence of the cafe's Minister of Culture, the notion of joke, not as an excuse for a punchline, but as the ever more refined telling of a story. Tonight we put this theory to the test.

Our text tonight is taken, not from Bergson, not from Freud, but from Groucho on his years of training in vaudeville:

"We learned the importance of delivery. One cannot pull phrases at random and sling them together in a sloppy manner with no consideration as to style. The suspenseful building of the structure toward the punchline will, hopefully, make the audience respond with laughter. These phrases must be carefully chosen and planned in order to gain the audience's response. It takes many years on the stage, in front of a live audience, to learn this art, to learn how to deliver those carefully chosen words in the most artless way. Finally, if you are dedicated enough, you learn, subconsciously, HOW TO TELL A STORY.

Thursday
Jul 30
6:00PM  DRAFTED
Dennis Cieri
An explorer at heart, Dennis Cieri had delved into a variety of art forms during his career. He wrote and directed Greetings from the Internet, a peculiar chatroom journey into the wilds of the Internet. He also had co-authored and directed Three Deaths and a Date, a comedy/drama where nobody dies, which was well received at the New Jersey Wildwood Film Festival.

Outside the film industry, Dennis is a prolific painter with an impressive arsenal of modern expressionistic works and several shows under his belt. In his other lives, he owned bookstores and published The Media Showcase and Literary New York magazines. He rarely gets bored, but if he does, he finds himself traveling to exotic lands and if everything else fails, there’s always wine, women and song.

Dennis a born and bred New Yorker lives in New York City with his family.

Drafted is Dennis's newly released book:

The year was 1971, Richard Nixon was president, “Attica” was a chant, The Weather Men blew things up, Alan Shepard hit a golf ball miles on the moon and Hamburgers got a helper! Let’s see… We also had the Pentagon Papers, we were All in the Family and I was a meathead, Woody made us all Bananas, Lennon asked us to Imagine, a fiddler fiddled on a roof, the Vietnam war raged and I was drafted.

But in the words of my father, I could never do anything right, not even get drafted. I always had to open my big mouth...


 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  SOUL OF THE BLUES FESTIVAL
Jon Sobel, host

Dee Stone Robert Ross
8:30 - Dee Stone

A prolific lyricist, Dee sings about love, liberation, spirituality, and the human condition. Sometimes controversial, always honest, she performs an interesting mix of edgy r&b, jazz, funk, and spoken word.

10 - Robert Ross

"A fine singer, a snappy lyricist, and an even better blues rock guitarist... cut from the same cloth as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and Johnny Winter. Time after time Ross delivers the goods." - NY Daily News. He has put out seven albums and worked with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, and Dr. John. The great Albert King called Ross "so fast, lightning would have to get on roller skates to catch him." But he's "equally at ease with softer and subtler nuance as he is tearing into harder-edged 12-bar blues." - The Long Island Press


 Cover $10   http://www.souloftheblues.com

Friday
Jul 31
6:00PM  SON OF A PONY
Jackie Sheeler, host


Fifth Friday blues? The cure is Jackie Sheeler and her signature open mic. Arrive early to sign up. Featured poet TBA.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  SOUL OF THE BLUES FESTIVAL
Jon Sobel, host

Breakaway Ramon Taranco
9:00 - Breakaway

A mainstay of the L.I. scene and a Soul of the Blues favorite. The hard-driving men of Breakaway play beautiful blues originals with "heavy Les Paul leads, sharp harmonica solos and three part harmonies" - Good Times

10-12 - Ramon Taranco & His Havana Blues Revue

Ramon Taranco & His Havana Blues Revue - "[His 2007 album, 'The Adventures Of Bo Segovia,' finds Taranco evolving into a fine Blues/Rock writer with strong Jazz elements...a mature and subtle composer truly come into his own." - Wildy Haskell - WILDY'S WORLD


 Cover $10   http://www.souloftheblues.com

Saturday
Aug 01
6:00PM  THE LIAR SHOW
Andy Christie

Martin Dockery Juliet Wayne , The Moth;  Ryan Britt, Nerve.com;  Andy Christie , NY Times; WFUV
Four writers, actors & comics tell short personal stories. But one of them is making it all up. Interrogate the cast to expose the lie and win an unbelievable T-shirt.

"A Winner. 4 Stars." 2008 Edinburgh Festival

TimeOut NY Critics Pick


 Cover $10   http://www.TheLiarShow.com

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8:30PM  SOUL OF THE BLUES FESTIVAL
Jon Sobel, host

Izzy and Chris John D'Amato Jordan Valentine
9 - Izzy and Chris

"While their style is infused with the deep tradition of the Delta sound (and technique), what they bring to the art is as fresh and original as any blues jam should be - it's done in their voice."

10 - John D'Amato

"I’m almost too exhausted to write this review after being pulled hither and yon by D’Amato’s relentless, breakneck licks. He just keeps spewing out wilder and wilder phrases until you succumb to giddy delight or vertigo. It’s totally fun and technically impressive, but John—have some mercy.” - Guitar Player Magazine

11 - Jordan Valentine & the Sunday Saints

Reawakening the sounds of New Orleans ’60s R&B as well as Southern soul and Delta grooves, “Miss Valentine [sounds] like Otis Redding’s long lost daughter raised on a steady diet of Billie Holiday…” - Brian Mosher, The Noise Magazine


 Cover $10   http://www.souloftheblues.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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