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Jul 09
Iris Schwartz, host

Anne Cammon Ngoma David McConeghey
Three Collaborative sets about the many facets of desire, plus a staged reading of a one-act play, and a delicious little surprise at the end of the evening.

Anne C. Fiero (poetry) & Roger Lipson (sitar)

Ngoma (spoken word, electric violin, bamboo flute, didgeridoo, vocals & beats) & Jeanann Verlee (spoken word)

plus a staged reading of Jameson’s Irish, a one-act play by Iris N. Schwartz & David B. McConeghey,

with (in order of appearance): Shad Ramsey / Keith Amato / Amanda V. Hadad Patricia Hodges / Michael Kostas / Mickey Pizzo Heather Leonard / Kimberly Stowell

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

David Devoe, curator

Maryanne de Prophetis, voice;  Scott Robinson, bass saxophone;  Frank Kimbrough, piano
Gnu Vox Festival: Maryanne de Prophetis image
Maryanne de Prophetis is a New York City based vocalist and composer. Her debut CD on LoNote Records features her original compositions and vocals along with pianist Frank Kimbrough and flugelhorn player Ron Horton. The compositions and performances on the CD reflect the intimacy and warmth that arise from the open relationship of composition and improvisation. She has performed with various ensembles at Sweet Rhythm, Kitano, Cornelia Street Café, Barbes, CBGBs, 55 Bar, and The Knitting Factory.

Her trio with Frank Kimbrough and Ron Horton was formed in 2002 and has been playing in the New York area since then. This performance will be rounding out the trio with the wonderful Scott Robinson.

Her poetry has appeared in the Hartford Courant, Osiris, and she received the Editor’s Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry by the International Library of Poetry.

Her debut trio CD, A Glance, is released on LoNote Records, and features all original compositions.

Frank Kimbrough has been active on the New York scene for more than twenty years and has been a composer-in-residence of the Jazz Composers Collective since its inception in 1992. He has recorded as a leader for Palmetto, OmniTone, Soul Note, and Mapleshade. His work has been cited by the Downbeat Critics Poll (piano TDWR 2001–2003), appearances on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz and NPR’s All Things Considered. He has received funding from Meet the Composer, The National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America’s Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project. Frank’s latest CD is Lullabluebye, with bassist Ben Allison and drummer Matt Wilson He also co-leads the Collective’s Herbie Nichols Project, which has recorded three critically acclaimed CDs, and toured internationally.

Scott Robinson One of today's most wide-ranging instrumentalists, he has been heard on tenor sax with Buck Clayton's band, on trumpet with Lionel Hampton's quintet, on alto clarinet with Paquito D'Rivera's clarinet quartet, and on bass sax with the New York City Opera. On these and other instruments including theremin and ophicleide, he has been heard with a cross-section of jazz's greats representing nearly every imaginable style of the music, from Braff to Braxton. Scott has been heard numerous times on film, radio and television, and his discography now includes more than 190 recordings. His releases as a leader have garnered five-star reviews from Leonard Feather, Down Beat Magazine and other sources worldwide. One, Melody From the Sky (featuring the seldom-heard C-Melody saxophone), was recently the subject of a Wall Street Journal article by Nat Hentoff. His newest, Forever Lasting (featuring the compositions of Thad Jones and with guest artist Hank Jones), appeared on four "Best Of" lists for 2008 including All About Jazz and Jazz Improv Magazine.

". . . not competing for space . . . the aural equivalent of a flower breaking through the sun-drenched earth."
Richard Kamins, The Hartford Courant

"Marking the release of a stark and haunting new album"...
Nate Chinen, The New York Times 12/23/05
 Cover $10

Jul 10
Jackie Sheeler, host

Christine Goodman
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Featured reader : Christine Goodman

Christine is Founder/Executive Director of Art House Productions, a multimedia arts organization based in Jersey City, NJ. Christine hosts its monthly poetry and performance series, the longest running open mike in the city.

Goodman serves as an Arts Commissioner for Jersey City, NJ, was awarded the Key to the City in December 2007, and was recently named by Jersey City Magazine as the #1 Most Influential Figure in Jersey City's Arts and Culture Scene. As an actor, she is an honors graduate of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Theatre Program, has studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and received a Best Actress in a Featured Role nomination by the New York Innovative Theatre Awards.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Susan Bernfield, writer, actor;  Rachel Peters, composer;  Daniella Topol, director
"TINY FEATS OF COWARDICE" is a one-woman musical about writer/performer Bernfield's lifelong love affair…with worry. What starts off as a catalog of fears (of planes, fire, heights, scuba gear, toasters) soon extends to the less obvious, the more subtle moments in which we find ourselves immobile, hesitant, unable to speak. Ms. Bernfield stands on precipices both real and perceived; doing this show, she throws herself out on one. By exploring fears of all shapes and sizes, but especially the often-contradictory experience of shyness, she demonstrates how fears can hold us back, but also how they make us who we are.

Susan Bernfield's full-length plays and solo works have been produced or developed at Soho Think Tank's Ice Factory Festival, O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Magic Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, HB Playwrights, Vital Theatre Company, HERE Arts Center, and New Georges, where she is the artistic director. Daniella Topol directed her play STRETCH (a fantasia), originally produced at New Georges, at People's Light & Theatre Company in Malvern, PA, in April 2010. Rachel Peters wrote the critically-acclaimed score for New Georges' production of Susan Bernfield's STRETCH (a fantasia). ONLY CHILDREN (libretto by Michael R. Jackson) premiered on the NYU Mainstage in 2008. Current projects include two operas with librettist Royce Vavrek. Rachel is an alumna of NYU Graduate Musical Theater Writing program. Daniella Topol's recent directing credits include Leslie Ayvazian's CAROL & JILL (EST Marathon), Susan Yankowitz's NIGHT SKY (Stan Raiff/Power Productions), Caridad Svich's INSTRUCTIONS FOR BREATHING (Passage Theatre), Judith Thompson's PALACE OF THE END (Epic Theatre), Trista Baldwin's SAND (Women's Project) and Sheila Callaghan's DEAD CITY (New Georges).

TINY FEATS OF COWARDICE was presented at the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival; as a work-in-progress at the 2007 Adirondack Theatre Festival in Glens Falls, New York; and has been presented in development at New York Theatre Workshop and Joe’s Pub.

“An affecting piece.” – The Village Voice

“These guys aren’t using the Fringe to launch improbable projects or careers; they’re workshopping a solid Off Broadway project-in-progress. The “tiny feats” of the title are the small victories that keep the perpetually scared Bernfield—phobic of heights, planes, people—not just among the “functioning fearful” but solidly in with the “pathetically high-functioning.” With help from a very capable backup band, she makes each fear pull its weight, emotionally and comically.” -- Time Out New York
 Cover $10

Jul 11
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Mike Dell'Aquila Carl Capotorto
Italian American Writers Association, featured readers are: Mike Dell'Aquila and Carl Capotorto , plus open mic, 5 minute limit.

Mike Dell'Aquila earned a degree in English with a Creative Writing emphasis from Penn State University in 2004. Shortly thereafter, he co-founded the online publication Farmhouse Magazine (, which he designed and edits. Framhouse's first anthology of fiction, poetry and essays (available on was released and Dell'Aquila is working with a team to create a full-fledged press. An award-winning copywriter, Dell'Aquila has also worked as a marketer for both cable television and Internet companies and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in English from Brooklyn College. His writing has appeared in Kalliope: A Penn State Literary Magazine, the literary journal Barcid Homily, The Riverside Press-Enterprise, Buckmasters Magazine and Farmhouse Magazine. He is also working on his first novel.

Carl Capotorto was born and raised in the Pelham Parkway section of the Bronx. He received an M.F.A. in playwriting from Columbia University School of the Arts in 1984 and has been a playwright, screenwriter, and actor for more than 25 years. He played Little Paulie Germani on The Sopranos, and is currently co-developing a new original series for HBO. Twisted Head is based on his solo show of the same name, which he has performed in New York and Los Angeles. Of Twisted Head, Ken Auletta, author of Backstory: Inside the Business of News writes: “Twisted Head is a memorable portrait of a sweet and awkward boy growing up on the sometimes mean streets of the Bronx, struggling with his imposing father, brutal peers, inattentive teachers, and his own sexual identity. Not since Mario Puzo's novel The Fortunate Pilgrim, have readers been treated to such a sweet and sour tale of growing up Italian-American and of coming to appreciate the sturdy rock that is family.”
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

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
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