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Friday,  Mar 24 - 6:00PM 
Ana Lis Salotti, host

​Translations and Transgressions: An NYCT Open Mic Night!​ image

​Do you like poetry and fiction open mic nights? Now what if we add translation to the mix? Come join us for the NYCT's second poetry and short fiction open mic night, ​​Translations and Transgressions: An NYCT Open Mic Night! Listen to our own literary translators read their very own translations of international literature!

​Literary ​translator​s will be reading their ​very own ​translations from various languages into English.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Friday,  Mar 24 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Sam Yahel, keyboards;  Kevin Hays, piano;  Kush Abadey, drums
Gilad Hekselman ZuperOctave image

"ZuperOctave is an exploration of sound and space. After establishing his sound in the classic jazz trio and quartet, Hekselman goes exploring with a bass-less semi-electronic band employing some of his old songs and adding some especially written ones to the repertoire."

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  Mar 25 - 6:00PM 
Brian Donnelly, guitar, vocals;  Matthew Cullen Breiner, bodhrán/tin whistle/vocals;  Patrick Marran, irish bouzouki/guitar/vocals;  Nate Diehl, accordion/vocals;  Christine Scharf Breiner, vocals
The Rogue Diplomats image

Traditional Irish music infused with contemporary folk and delivered with charm and off-the-cuff humor.

The Rogue Diplomats are an Irish-American Pub Band based in New York City & Bethlehem, PA. Their unique blend of contemporary folk and traditional Irish music is delivered with charm and off-the-cuff humor. They got their start in Astoria, Queens, playing annual St. Patrick’s Day shows at Blackbird’s Bar. They’ve since gone on to play Bloomsday on Broadway, the annual celebration of the works of James Joyce at Symphony Space in NYC and a multitude of pubs in New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The Diplomats have also headlined at Musikfest, the Annual Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and the Celtic Fling & Highland Games at Mount Hope. They will be featured headliners at the upcoming Shawnee Mountain Celtic Festival and will be touring Ireland in November 2018.

"Doing jolly justice to the legends of Irish music." - Daisy Willis, Lehigh Valley Style Magazine

"Ignore the name. They are neither rogues nor diplomats; but they ARE a talented high energy group of entertainers suitable for any occasion except, possibly, a snooty, high society wedding. Or an AA meeting." - Seamus Kennedy, Irish Entertainer

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Saturday,  Mar 25 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Sam Yahel, keyboards;  Kevin Hays, piano;  Kush Abaday, drums
Gilad Hekselman ZuperOctave image

"ZuperOctave is an exploration of sound and space. After establishing his sound in the classic jazz trio and quartet, Hekselman goes exploring with a bass-less semi-electronic band employing some of his old songs and adding some especially written ones to the repertoire."

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Mar 26 - 6:00PM 
Dorothy Friedman, host

Roles and Rolling Pins: A Celebration of Women's History Month image

For the 3rd reading in our yearly Celebration of Women's History Month "Roles and Rolling Pins" Dorothy Friedman August presents a gala array of poets reading poems by Emily Dickinson, H. D., Amy Lowell, Jayne Cortez, Adrienne Rich, Maya Angelou and others, along with their own work. We hope you will join us to celebrate the work of these great writers. Readers include: Susan Sherman, Cheryl Boyce Taylor, Joanne Sit, Lydia Cortes, Barbara Rosenthal, Yuko Otomo, Cindy Hochman, Jane Omerod and Tsaurah Litsky.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Sunday,  Mar 26 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Chris Speed, tenor sax, clarinet;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Ben Perowsky, drums
Ben Perowsky Trio image

This is a rare chance to hear these 3 fine established musicians in a trio setting together. Their collaboration goes back 25 years through many configurations, here in trio for the first time. Exploring a mix of originals, improv and a maybe even a standard or two.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Monday,  Mar 27 - 6:00PM 
V. Hansmann and Oona Patrick, co-hosts

Clifford Thompson, featured reader;  Leslie Maslow Chelsea Hodson Hannah Howard
BENNINGTON WRITERS  -  Nonfiction image

Please join tonight’s featured reader, Clifford Thompson, and three skilled and amiable writers: Leslie Maslow, Chelsea Hodson, and Hannah Howard.

Clifford Thompson is the author of a memoir, Twin of Blackness (2015), and a novel, Signifying Nothing (2009). He won a Whiting Writers' Award in 2013 for his collection Love for Sale and Other Essays. He teaches all over the place.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Monday,  Mar 27 - 8:30PM 
Oscar Perez, piano;  Endea Owens, bass;  Ronen Itzik, drums;  Emiliano Valerio , percussion;  Lance Bryant, saxophone, flute
Oscar Perez Cuban Afro-Fusion image

After three albums that garnered much acclimation Oscar Perez debuts a new group entitled Cuban Afro-Fusion. He’s joined by stellar musicians: bassist Endea Owens, drummer Ronen Itzik, percussionist Emiliano Valerio and saxophonist/Flutist Lance Bryant.

JazzTimes praised Perez as “an extraordinary composer who blends the rhythmic complexity of Latin American music with the elegant harmonies of jazz,” while DownBeat chimed in by marveling over the music’s “wondrous interaction of piano and band.”

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Mar 28 - 6:00PM 
Carol Hebald Dalit Warshaw
An Evening of Prose and Music. image

Carol Hebald will launch the publication of her novel, A Warsaw Chronicle, based on her experience as visiting professor at Warsaw University during the advent of martial law (1981-82).

Composer and pianist Dalit Warshaw will present two works influenced by her Polish-Jewish origins. First, violinist Joseph Morag will perform the world premiere of "Conflagration" for solo violin, followed by Warshaw's rendition of two works for left-hand piano: Chopin's Étude in F minor, Op. Posthumous (transcription by Godowsky), followed by Warshaw's musical response, entitled "Labyrinth."

 $10.00 includes a drink

Tuesday,  Mar 28 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Yago Vazquez, piano;  Billy Drewes, saxophone;  Scott Lee, bass;  Jeff Hirshfield, drums
Streams Featuring Billy Drewes image

The Stream Trio (Vazquez/Lee/Hirshfield) has two records released with the label Fresh Sound New Talent, and for this especial occasion they are joined by saxophonist and composer Billy Drewes for a night of original music featuring compositions from all the members in the band.

“Their music combines the qualities of depth with lyricism, intensity with calm assurance and an elastic, yet sure handed rhythmic sense”- Budd Kopman (

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Wednesday,  Mar 29 - 6:00PM 
Nadie King, host, curator

Smart Comedy image

Eight comics perform brand new material on a randomly generated topic. Audience then scores the comics. Come pick who you think did the best set!

 $10.00 includes a drink

Wednesday,  Mar 29 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Andrew Rathbun, tenor sax;  Tim Hagans, trumpet;  Matt Pavolka, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums
Andrew Rathbun Quartet image

Rathbun and company explore a new book of compositions for chord-less quartet, featuring the stellar trumpet of Grammy nominated Tim Hagans, the highly inventive percussion master Tom Rainey, and the ever solid Matt Pavolka.

Andrew Rathbun is a crafty saxophonist and composer whose ambitious work over the past decade has eluded the wider recognition it deserves...THE NEW YORKER

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Mar 30 - 6:00PM 
David Ebenbach Helen Benedict Sarah Van Arsdale
Fiction Aloud image

Join us for a gripping evening of fiction with award winning authors David Ebenbach, Helen Benedict, and Sarah Van Arsdale, whose latest books cover everything from refugees in the aftermath of war to an Inuit tribe welcoming a transgender stranger as they all struggle to survive, and stories about cults, guys left out of orgies, and drag racing in the Philippines.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Thursday,  Mar 30 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Kyle Nasser, tenor, soprano sax;  Loren Stillman, alto sax;  Jeff Miles, guitar;  Dov Manski, piano;  Nick Jost, bass;  Allan Mednard, drums

Nasser will feature two new suits of music along with some newer originals with a band comprising some of the NYC's best young improvisers.

"superlative musicianship as a performer, writer and a bandleader. His exquisitely balanced works reflect both his ardent creativity and his urbane artistic composure." - All About Jazz

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Kyle Nasser Sextet image
Friday,  Mar 31 - 6:00PM 
Adrienne Danrich, soprano;  Dave Hall, guitar;  Mila Henry, piano
Love and Trouble: Five Personas ~ One Voice image

Love & Trouble explores different facets of love and subsequent trouble through the voices of five different characters, all sung by one vocalist. Pop, jazz, blues, Gospel and Classical music help the characters give us a fresh understanding of the light and darkness of our human nature. We’re all lovers of something. Which character is most like you? Come join us and find out with Love & Trouble.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Friday,  Mar 31 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Chris Cheek, tenor sax;  Bruce Barth, piano;  Pete Brendler, bass;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums
Vinnie Sperrazza Quartet, CD Release: Juxtaposition image

We'll be playing tunes from my new album, Juxtaposition, on Positone Records. Instrumental jazz songs about church fathers, New York State, a small town in southern Italy, being lonely in NYC, climate change, Eastern Europe before WWI, and a song from West Side Story.

"Juxtaposition justifies keeping Sperrazza on the list of ascendant jazz musicians to watch for."- S. Victor Aaron, Something Else! Reviews

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

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Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times