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JUDY RHODES is currently writing a memoir. A professional actor, Judy
brought her one-woman Charles Dickens show to Scotland’s Edinburgh
Festival. She is an avid traveler; exhibits and sells her travel
photography. Judy is also a certified Kripalu yoga teacher.
SHELLEY STENHOUSE was a finalist in the 2009 National Poetry Series.
She has won a NYFA Fellowship; an Allen Ginsberg Award; is published in the current New York Quarterly; appeared in The Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West,
Brooklyn Rail and many others. She works one-on-one with writers.
(includes one house drink)
Two veterans of the downtown comedy scene bring their new acts to the place where it all started. Eras ago, Stan and Stan met as street performers in Washington Square Park and quickly moved indoors to the Cornelia Street Café. They return tonight, older, wiser, and yet sillier.
Stan Baker watched street comics Charlie Barnett, Rick Aviles, and Stan Rifken do comedy in Washington Square one summer and joined them that fall, when the weather was nicer. Since then he has performed his act The Human TV at numerous clubs, theatres, colleges and even on real TV. The Village Voice called him, “Clever, subversive, and gut-bucket funny.”
Stan Rifken has been sharing his hysterical observations of life in New York, and the cosmos in general, on stages – and websites – for what seems like decades. Okay, it has been decades, but he’s still a hunk. Catch his recent spot on The Colbert Report as “Karl Marx Santa” where he takes gifts from Stephen to give to lazy people who don't deserve nice things.
(includes one house drink)
"Music which is above genre, pluralistic and minimalist ... A delightfully surprising acquaintance" -Ole Nimand, JazzSpecial
"An excellent live album which really brings new things to a Scandinavian jazz"
-Frithjof Strauss, Jazz Podium German, on 'Slowmotion Jogging
In 2001, four young musicians from Sweden, Denmark and England/France formed Attaboy to explore the sounds of chordless music. Today, their style has evolved into lyrical jazz that dares to include a punk attitude, simple melodies and a chaotic pop sensibility. Improvisation is an important part of the music, while poetry that speaks to the trials of everyday life, sung both in Swedish and English, is a central element of Attaboy's style and sound. The group is a strong part of the Danish jazz scene and has performed jazz festivals in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Berlin, New York City and Paris, as well as on Swedish and Danish national radio programs. Their debut album, Overkliga Saker, was released to critical acclaim on Chairless Records in 2004.
In 2005, Attaboy met three American/Canadian string players whose sound and energy inspired the music into new colours and textures. This collaboration led to the relese of their newest album 'Slowmotion Jogging' in 2007, which features live performances with strings. Since then, Attaboy has initiated a number of projects featuring guests musicians on laptop, reeds, and larger ensembles. Their return to New York City will highlight these ongoing projects and also introduce new collaborations with some very special New York City-based guests.
A Mown Lawn
Over the summer we presented a series of mini-festivals, a multitudinous array which included Songwriters, Saxophones, Guitars, Drums, Liars, Storytellers, Monologues, Blues, Cowgirls, Comedy, & 21st Century Schizoid Music. Those of you who are regulars will recognize some of these as recurring series. Others were attempts to lend at least a semblance of coherence and thematic unity to the disparate array of stuff we present in the course of the average year about 700 shows.
If we were to single out one festival, it would probably be the Piano Festival, which consumed us for the first two weeks of August. Amongst other things we managed to maneuver a grand piano down these narrow stairs and when it was set up it answered the perennial question about the ship in the bottle.
On this piano, Simon Mulligan played Rachmaninoff, Audrey St. Gil accompanied Paul Hecht in Richard Strauss's setting of Tennys Enoch Arden to celebrate the poet's 200th birthday, the legendary Andy Bey accompanied himself as he sang, and all kinds of jazz pianists disported themselves.
Perhaps nobody disported himself to greater and more variegated effect than Jed Distler, who presides over the monthly Composers Collaborative series here on the second Monday of every month. The programming included everything from two to eight hands, not to mention a four hand version of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the young pianist Matt Aucoin.
We all felt blessed by the presence of a grand piano and now, in an act of supreme and serendipitous generosity, Jed has offered us his own beautiful Yamaha G2 Grand Piano on permanent loan. And we have gratefully accepted.
Hence our closing on the 30th. We'll be back in business on the 1st. Thank you, Jed!
Arrive early, first ten people in the room constitute a minyan.
Pete Rende was born in Lone Jack, Missouri in 1972. He began to study piano at the age of 6. He learned how to shuck corn at the age of 3. He learned about engines at the age of 10. He learned slowly how to dodge cow patties when hurled at seventy-five miles an hour. He left home to study music at Berklee College of music. After a hazy 4 years, he moved to New York where he plays piano, writes music, makes records, makes wine and drinks beer. He hates bios. He has played with Mark Turner, Bill McHenry, Chris Cheek, Rebecca Martin, Chiara Civello, Jen Chapin and a thousand other folks.
Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.
This is the night many of us have anticipated for years, the extraordinary Orion 062 is our feature.
Orion 0.62 is a Swiss-born, Israeli-raised poet who came to America at the age of 12. He's the author of approximately 30,000 poems, many of which explore socially-taboo topics. He's has published two collections of his works, including "A Dozen Brutes" and "Don't Call Me Harvey," a collaboration with Margueritte.
In addition to several torrid affairs with the glitterati, Orion claims that he has singularly participated in more open poetry readings than anyone in history. He's currently banned from several venues for various reasons. In addition to creating intellectually sizzling abstract & philosophical works, Orion also frequently explores extreme concepts of sexual prowess and deviancy. This reading may contain poetry of an extremely graphic nature and is not recommended for anyone who may find this offensive.
(includes one house drink)
Malaby is joined by some of his favorite NY improvisers - Advanced Reservations recommended.
4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies. Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold.
Admission $12 which includes a drink.
Featued on October 3 are
DAVID ELLIS DICKERSON,
Author, "House Of Cards"; NPR's This American Life
Author, "The NY Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance"
Nerve.com: "10 Best of 2008
Fuel TV's "American Misfits"
Charles Darwin's last sentence in The Origin of the Species reads: "There is grandeur in this view of life…from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved."
Grandeur indeed. To celebrate, and to preserve.
Lisa Karrer is an internationally celebrated composer, vocalist and multi-media performance artist. She brings us "Schismism: Natural Law", a solo performance inspired by Darwin's exploration of evolution and universal connectedness, in collaboration with composer/musician David Simons. In the spirit of natural selection, the audience will decide the sequence of events in real-time during the performance.
And Shahid Naeem from Columbia University will join us reflecting on the consequences of the modern day unraveling of the entanglement of biological diversity evolution has spun over the last 3.5 billion years. His laboratory's motto is "Ecology With No Apology," and explores the environmental consequences of widespread losses in biodiversity, or the disentanglement of what Darwin called, the "entangled bank."
Cover is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times