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Thursday,  Mar 01 - 6:00PM 
Robin & The Culture Posse

This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators.

All are welcome.

Free finger food

Thursday,  Mar 01 - 8:30PM 
Brian Landrus, baritone sax, bass clarinet, bass flute;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Frank Carlberg, piano;  Lonnie Plaxico, bass;  Rudy Royston, drums
The Landrus Kaleidoscope  image
The Landrus Kaleidoscope was formed in 2010 by baritone saxophonist & bass clarinetist Brian Landrus. Since its formation the band has released "Capsule" on BlueLand Records. "Capsule" has received critical acclaim including being listed as one of the top jazz albums in 2011 by the Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, and many others. The band plays acoustic electric music based on an overall elastic groove with plenty of room to stretch. Landrus has been voted Rising Star baritone saxophonist in Downbeat magazine's international critics poll in 2011 & 2010.

$20 cover (includes a drink)


Friday,  Mar 02 - 6:00PM 
Kat Georges, host

Featured Poet: B. R. Lyon Spotlight Poet: Billy Cancel
Kat Georges hosts NYC's top shelf open mic + featured poets

arrive 5:45 to sign up, 3 minute time limit

Poet, fiction writer, and musician B. R. LYON splits his life between Brooklyn and Egypt. He recently gave up twenty-five years of administration in juvenile justice and clinical social work practice, leaving it to others to work out their problems while he ponders his own. His publications include a chapbook, Your Infidel Eyes (Poets Wear Prada Press, 2006), and his ‘poemusic’ CD, Beauty Keeps Laying Its Sharp Knife Against Me (Logochrysalis Productions, 2008). He is an editor for Great Weather For Media, and is the founder and producer of Hydrogen Jukebox, a New York City reading series that combines poetry with music, which, besides his life partner, are his greatest loves.

BILLY CANCEL's work has recently appeared in Shampoo, Glitterpony & Cricket Online Review. He co-runs Hidden House Press. A collection The Autobiography Of Shrewd Phil was published by Blue & Yellow Dog Press last year. Sound poems, visual shorts, & other aberrations.

$ 7 includes a drink, how can it be so cheap?

Friday,  Mar 02 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Ethan Iverson, piano;  Sam Newsome, soprano saxophone
The Ethan Iverson / Sam Newsome Duo image
Soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome, who is frequently heard playing solo in more recent years, will now share the spotlight with the pianist from The Bad Plus, Ethan Iverson. Even though Newsome and Iverson cite the canonical Steve Lacy / Mal Waldron collaboration as being the impetus behind this first time duo, they will reference them only in spirit: the repertoire will consist of original works by these two imaginative players.

$25 cover (includes a drink)


Saturday,  Mar 03 - 6:00PM 
Andy Christie, host

Blaise Allysen Kearsley Peter Lubell Gail Thomas James Flames
The Liar Show image

Seek Truth. Get a T-Shirt.

4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies. Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold.

This month, The Liar Show welcomes Blaise Allysen Kearsley (How I Learned... series), Peter Lubell (Writer/Producer: Independent Film Channel), Gail Thomas (Voiceover artist; Events speechwriter), and James Flames (Producer, Rebel Bingo)

Hosted by Andy Christie (NY Times; The Moth Radio Hour)

$15.00 includes a drink

 $15.00 includes a drink 

Saturday,  Mar 03 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Ari Hoenig, drums;  Shai Maestro, piano;  Orlando le Fleming, bass
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Ari Hoenig (born on November 13, 1973 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), is a jazz drummer, composer and educator known for his unusual and intense approach to drumming emphasizing complex rhythms in direct harmony with other group members.

"expansive technique, propulsive time and deep musicality" "his style is characterized by a crisp attack and quick attentive reflexes. Ari Hoenig approaches jazz drumming with manic glee, and yet he's exacting with texture and pulse, an irrepressibly kinetic drummer ." Nate Chinen, NY Times

$25 cover (includes a drink)


Sunday,  Mar 04 - 6:00PM 
Jed Distler, host

Nathalie Schmidt
Serial Underground: New York's Premier New Music Variety Show image
Serial Underground : New York's Premier New Music Variety Show

Doors open at 5:45 PM


A first look at a new play by celebrated French writer, director and actor Nathalie Schmidt, with music by Jed Distler

Nathalie is the writer and director of the feature film Après la pluie, le beau temps, and has been featured in numerous French films and TV series.

Jed is Serial Underground's curator and a composer/pianist (“the downtown keyboard magus,” The New Yorker).

$20 music charge at the door, includes $10 drink/food credit


Sunday,  Mar 04 - 8:30PM 
Corrine Byrne, soprano;  Matthew Montana, baritone;  Anne Goldberg, piano/oboe;  Raphaël Lücas, piano, percussion
Classical at the Cornelia: Tempus Continuum Ensemble's

Featuring music from Raphael Lucas' opera, Confessions, the Tempus Continuum Ensemble presents a program filled with musical character revelations and secrets uncovered. From Strauss to Harbison, Goldberg, Lucas, and Contreras, the ensemble is prepared to divulge their confessions to audience members in the intimate Cornelia Street Cafe.

Tempus Continuum Ensemble: Corrine Byrne, Anne Goldberg, Matthew Montana, and Raphael Lucas, are all Masters of Music candidates Manhattan School of Music, where they became close friends and founded the mixed quartet. Performing and premiering a wide range of music from standard repertoire to Anne’s and Raphael’s work, the Ensemble embarked on its first five city tour of New York and Massachusetts. Tempus Continuum is dedicated to performing new music and repertoire from the Twentieth Century that is often overlooked.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Monday,  Mar 05 - 6:00PM 
Tulis McCall, host

Monologues & Madness image
Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU. Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!

$10 includes a drink ( my god what a bargain! )
 $10 includes a drink (my god what a bargain!)

Monday,  Mar 05 - 8:30PM 
Melody Fader, piano;  Mira Luxion, cello
Classical At The Cornelia: Melody Fader image

The Cafe is proud to welcome back one of our favorite pianists, Melody Fader, for an evening of music for piano and cello...Solo piano music of Mozart and Chopin and sonata for cello and piano by Poulenc with cellist Mira Luxion.

Pianist Melody Fader enjoys a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician and freelance artist in New York City. Miss Fader has performed in such New York venues as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Cornelia Street Café, and the Joyce. Miss Fader earned her Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music, and Master of Music in Collaborative piano at the Juilliard School where she studied with Margo Garrett. Melody has a new CD, Music of Frederic Chopin, which was released by Centaur Records on February 1, 2012.

$20.00 includes a drink


Tuesday,  Mar 06 - 6:00PM 
Jim Story, fiction ;  Christian Garaud, poems;  Dorothea Scher, poems
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A former Okie blues singer and Russian history professor, Jim Story has published short stories, essays, reviews and poetry in Confrontation, The Same, Karamu, Folio, Pindeldyboz, The Slavic and East European Review, Helicon, Aspen Anthology, and many others He is the author of the novel, Wounded by History, and the short story collection, Love and Other Terminal Diseases, and has now completed the first draft of a picaresque novel called Problems of Translation.

Dorothea Hutton Scher was born in Vienna and moved to New York as a child. She came to poetry when she retired 14 years ago. Dorothea chairs the Epiphany Poets group. She has recently published her book "Trapped in Black and White" and has been published in various journals.

CHRISTIAN GARAUD has published poems, essays, short stories and translations (from English into French) in a dozen French periodicals. He also published in France a book of poems: Les pommes clochards (Décharge/GrosTextes, 2009). An English translation of that book will be published in 2012 by Finishing Line Press under the title: Feather Brain. D'où vient la voix? (Where Is The Voice Coming From?) has been accepted by the Editions des Vanneaux. The last completed set of poems is The (More Or Less) Well Attached Ciccada.

$ 7 includes a drink

Tuesday,  Mar 06 - 8:30PM 
Julie Hardy, curator

Nicky Schrire, vocals;  Taylor Eigsti, piano;  Sam Anning, bass;  Jake Goldbas, drums;  Paul Jones, tenor saxophone

Blue Tuesdays Presents...New Singers Showcase, featuring Nicky Schrire Plus 4

Lauded for her "fresh and original” approach to music (Cape Town Live), Nicky Schrire is a vocalist, composer and arranger whose adventurous spirit reflects her international upbringing. London-born, South African-raised, and now based in NYC, Nicky honed her skills at the Manhattan School of Music and venues such as the 55Bar, 92Y and Caffe Vivaldi.

$20.00 includes a drink


Wednesday,  Mar 07 - 6:00PM 
Angelo Nikolopoulos, host

Claudia Cortese Kimberly Grey Angelo Nikolopoulos Matthew Ritger Nicole Sealey Stephen Neal Weiss Cori A. Winrock
This event will feature readings from poets included in the yearly anthology Best New Poets 2011, edited by D.A. Powell

$ 7 includes a drink

Wednesday,  Mar 07 - 8:30PM 
Matt Mitchell, piano;  Ches Smith, drums;  Dan Weiss, drums
8:30PM: Matt Mitchell/Ches Smith, Matt Mitchell and Ches Smith will play a set of Matt's compositions. The duo will record their first record later this year.

10:00PM: Fourth Floor, Matt Mitchell/Dan Weiss duo, playing compositions by Matt and Dan. The duo has just recorded their first record which will be released later this year.

$20 cover (includes a drink)


Matt Mitchell Duos w/Ches Smith, Dan Weiss image
Thursday,  Mar 08 - 6:00PM 
Kate Gale, host

Michael Quadland Janice Eidus Amelia Kahaney
Red Hen Press: Poetry Reading image
Please join Red Hen Press at the Cornelia Street Cafe for a reading featuring :

Michael Quadland graduated from Dartmouth College and received a Master of Public Health degree from Yale University and a PhD in psychology from New York University. In addition to his private psychotherapy practice, Quadland taught human sexuality at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and consulted with many organizations about AIDS prevention and the emotional-psychological aspects of the disease. He has published many articles in professional journals on AIDS and sexuality. He left AIDS work in 1995, reduced the size of his psychotherapy practice, and turned to writing fiction. His first novel, That Was Then, was published in 2007, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. His new novel Offspring will be released by Red Hen Press in March 2012.

Janice Eidus has won two O. Henry Prizes, the Independent Publishers Award in Religion for her novel, The War Of The Rosens, and numerous other awards for her writing. Her other books include The Celibacy Club, Vito Loves Geraldine, Urban Bliss, and Faithful Rebecca. Her most recent book, The Last Jewish Virgin, was released by Red Hen Press in 2010. Her work also appears in such anthologies as The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories; Neurotica: Jewish Writers on Sex; and Desire: Women Write About Wanting, and in leading newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Jewish Currents, Tikkun, and The Forward. She lives in New York City and Mexico with her husband and daughter.

Amelia Kahaney’s short stories have appeared in Best American Non-Required Reading, One Story, Crazyhorse, and other publications. She has recently ghostwritten three bestselling young adult novels, but her next book will have her name on its cover. She lives in Brooklyn.

$7.00 includes a drink

Thursday,  Mar 08 - 8:30PM 
Jean Rohe, voice, mandolin, percussion;  Ilusha Tsinadze, guitar, voice;  Liam Robinson, accordion, voice;  Chris Tordini, bass, vocals;  James Shipp, percussion
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Jean Rohe sings and plays multi-lingual original music of the Americas, North and South. Tonight, she brings her band together to play new music written during a winter month at the MacDowell Artists Colony, plus songs from her new album, due out in late 2012. In intricately crafted arrangements, Jean brings the full breadth of her stylistic attractions to bear, exploring the intersections of American folk music, jazz, Brazilian and Afro-Peruvian traditions. Jean has performed everywhere from the National Theater in Cuba to the Montreux Jazz Festival, where her refreshingly honest performance won her the audience prize in 2006. She also curates the monthly Global Living Room series at Cornelia Street Café.

$20 cover (includes a drink)


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