Join us for scenes from Frank Wedekind’s Lulu, a landmark play by one of the pioneers of modern theater,
followed by a post-performance discussion. This event is the launch of an in-depth exploration of the piece,
culminating with an Off-Broadway production.
The terror of the bourgeoisie, Frank Wedekind’s major plays were censored and not performed in his lifetime.
Written over one hundred years ago, Lulu deals frankly with the crossroads where love and commerce meet
with an unflinching directness. It explores the mystery of desire and objectification, and what it means to be a
woman in a world where men control the strings of power.
We’ve assembled a wonderful team for this evening: Director Tea Alagic is known for The Brothers Size at the
Public Theater and Jackie at the Women’s Project. Tina Benko recently appeared in Scenes From A Marriage at
New York Theatre Workshop. Ezra Barnes recently played in Breakfast With Mugabe at the Signature Center
and Theatre Row. Alex Hurt recently appeared in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway and Classic Stage
Company's Caucasian Chalk Circle. Ben Cole's Off-Broadway credits include Cock at the Duke Theater. Our
discussion will be moderated by Jonathan Kalb, Professor of Theatre at Hunter College and Visiting Professor of
Dramaturgy at Yale University.
$20 includes a drink.
A new quartet which explores connections between biology, emotions and the spirit. The writing is influenced by Messiaen, nature, Haitian Vodou music, serialism, Ben Goldberg’s reading of Steve Lacy, Tim Berne’s reading of Julius Hemphill, Trey Spruance, Marc Ribot and Wadada Leo Smith.
"Whether adding percussives to Mr. Bungle's avant-garde drama, wrangling electronics with Marc Ribot, or negotiating Persian rhythms with Secret Chiefs 3, the New York drummer succeeds by defining parameters--and embracing the unknown." --Modern Drummer
Hers is the most authentic voice I’ve heard from the expat fifties. She brings to life a seminal decade in
literary and sexual history, one that she and her fellow expats, coming home, passed on to the next generation
of Americans who thought that they had invented the Sexual Revolution. This is an essential book. And a damn
good story as well! --- Edward Field, author of The Man Who Would Marry Susan Sontag, and Other Intimate
Pacemaker is a band put together by drummer and composer Colin Stranahan. Definitely a different side of Stranahan's musical taste. Very free and flowing music yet always grooving, like a Pacemaker .The music is a mixture of original compositions by Stranahan, some very special songs from the late great Paul Motian book. Also some songs written by other members of the group. The band include Stranahan on drums . Mark Turner on Sax, Pete Rende on keys, Andre Matos on guitar, and Joe Martin on bass. Don't miss this special night of music.
"One of the foremost keepers of the flame in jazz today. -Jack Kleinsinger, Highlights in Jazz
Quietly redefining the piano trio tradition with a blend of abstraction, cross-cultural touchstones, embedded classicism, and empathic improvisation....John Kelman
Authors read selections from the recently-released Leonard Cohen and Philosophy: Various Positions (Popular
Culture and Philosophy), edited by Jason Holt.
With his uniquely compelling voice and unparalleled depth of artistic vision, the aesthetic quality and
intellectual merit of Cohen’s work are above dispute; here, for the first time, a team of philosophers takes an
in-depth look at its real significance. Join us for an evening of philosophical reflection on the work of this most
enigmatic and mysterious pop-star poet.
Babette Babich, PhD, is Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University and the author of The Hallelujah Effect:
Philosophical Reflections on Music, Performance, Practice, and Technology (2013).
Christopher Ketcham, PhD, writes on social justice, philosophy and popular culture, and risk management,
where he has contributed to and edited two books.
Lisa Warenski, PhD, is a philosopher who specializes in epistemology and metaphysics. She teaches at City
College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Hugh Ryan is a writer and traveler currently based in New York City. His work has appeared in The Writers Chronicle, The New York Times, Tin House, Details, The Daily Beast, and many other venues. Under various names, he has ghostwritten nine young adult novels. He holds an MFA in Nonfiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and is represented by Meredith Kaffel at DeFiore & Company. Ryan is also the founding Director of The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History.
A beautiful evening of classics for the violin and piano repertoire featuring Brahms' powerful Sonata No 3, Beethoven's melodious Sonata No 6, the classical tangos of Astor Piazzolla and Alfred Schnittke's neoclassical "Suite in the Olden Style".
“We wanted to do something our way for the Super Bowl,” says Robin Hirsch, founder and impresario of
the Cornelia Street Café, a Village bistro known for its eclectic booking of singer-songwriters, poets, jazz and
spoken word artists, “and Passion in Pigskin is perfect—funny, sad, pop, classical—and written by one of our
regulars, writer and musician Michael Lydon.”
In just over an hour and with a melodious, moving score, Passion in Pigskin tells the story of Eddie, a
slow-witted but sincere lineman who loves the innocent cheerleader Mary Jo. She wants to love him back, but
on Super Bowl Sunday when Eddie finds her in bed with his running back roommate, Billy, a cynical ladies’
man, the opera reaches its bloody climax.
Lydon, Passion in Pigskin’s compoer and librettist, has a distinguished reputation as a writer on pop
music—he was a founding editor of Rolling Stone and wrote the definitive biography of Ray Charles—and as a
singer-songwriter of American-songbook-style tunes.
William Remmers, founder of Utopia Opera, an up and coming opera company will direct the cast of five.
Composer Ellen Mandel, Lydon’s long time partner, created the piano score and wrote additional music.
Mostly Other People Do the Killing will be performing new compositions by Moppa Elliott and celebrating the release of their newest live recording, "Hannover." The music will be energetic, fun, and swinging, and may possibly contain elements of the standard repertoire including, but not limited to Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue."
Brazilian virtuoso Rubens Salles brings his unique piano style to Cornelia Street Café . Based in New York for the past five years, Mr. Salles hails from Salvador, Bahia, in Brazil’s northeast, a region where his music was powered by a mix of African-originated rhythms, local beats and beliefs. Classically trained, Rubens is a lover of rhythms, educated in Jazz and a champion of new concepts.
Rubens has been featured at Globo TV, Latin America’s largest television network, by highly respected journalist Lucas Mendes, who is also a correspondent for BBC Brazil.
Rubens and band perform tunes from his latest album, ‘Liquid Gravity’ heavily influenced by free jazz icons such as Cecil Taylor, composer Charles Ives, Brazilian legend Hermeto Pascoal, and traditional folk styles like baião, bumba-meu-boi and choro. “Liquid Gravity plays with new forms of tension and resolution, and we attempt to take the audience to a different perception in Jazz”.
Some of the tunes will have a very special guest: French horn jazz master John Clark, whose four-decade career includes performances and recordings with stars such as Joe Lovano, Paquito D’Rivera, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, The Mingus Orchestra and Gil Evans. Another guest is young American singer Kavita Shah, who has been recently acclaimed by Downbeat Magazine as the ‘Best Graduate Jazz Vocalist’. Rubens Salles also brings to Cornelia bassist virtuoso Leco Reis (Paulo Braga) and drumming machine Kenny Grohowski (John Zorn).
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