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Thursday,  Jan 22 - 6:00PM 
LULU: PLAY READING AND DISCUSSION
produced by Ezra Barnes & Kazunori Ishizuka

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Meet Lulu: predator and prey, pursuer and pursued, victimizer and victim.

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.
 $ 20 includes a drink    http://www.luluproject.org http://www.ezrabarnes.com/

Thursday,  Jan 22 - 8:30PM 
CHES SMITH QUARTET
Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet;  Mat Maneri, viola;  Stephan Crump, bass;  Ches Smith, drums
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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


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.chessmith.com

Friday,  Jan 23 - 6:00PM 
ABROAD: AN EXPATRIATE'S DIARIES 1950-1959
Sarah White, introducer

Harriet Sohmers Zwerling, author;  Carmen Mason, poet
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Abroad is a beautiful and authentic memoir of a young woman questioning all the rules.

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 Literary
 $ 8 includes a drink, food menu available 

Friday,  Jan 23 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
PACEMAKER
Colin Stranahan, drums, comp.;  Mark Turner, tenor sax;  Andre Matos, guitar;  Pete Rende, piano;  Joe Martin, bass
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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.


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Saturday,  Jan 24 - 6:00PM 
VICTOR LIN QUARTET
Victor Lin, piano, violin;  Dan Stein, bass;  Ben Flocks, tenor saxophone;  Dag Markhus, drums
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One of NYC's most foremost and active jazz educators, pianist and violinist Dr. Victor Lin returns to he Cornelia Street Cafe. The founder and director of The Calhoun School's jazz department since 2007, Victor has been a mainstay at the world renowned Stanford Jazz Workshop in Stanford, CA for the past 17 years and an active performer on the NYC jazz scene for the last decade. Having been a piano student of jazz legend Kenny Barron, Victor has also been a jazz violinist on the teaching staff of string camps led by Mark O'Connor and cellist Mike Block. In addition, Victor is currently on the jazz faculty of both Columbia University as well as Teachers College, from which he received his doctorate in Music Education in 2011. Drawing on his diverse experiences as both a pianist and violinist, Victor is currently exploring the intersection of jazz, classical, and pop music, using jazz instrumentation and aesthetic as the medium.

"One of the foremost keepers of the flame in jazz today. -Jack Kleinsinger, Highlights in Jazz


 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Saturday,  Jan 24 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
DAN WEISS TRIO
Dan Weiss, drums, comp.;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Michael Formanek, bass
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Quietly redefining the piano trio tradition with a blend of abstraction, cross-cultural touchstones, embedded classicism, and empathic improvisation....John Kelman


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.danweiss.net

Sunday,  Jan 25 - 6:00PM 
LEONARD COHEN AND PHILOSOPHY
Lisa Warenski, Gotham Philosophical Society

Babette Babich Christopher Ketcham Lisa Warenski
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Songs of an Examined Life: Leonard Cohen and Philosophy

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.
 $ 8 includes a drink, food menu available 

Sunday,  Jan 25 - 8:30PM 
THE DAVID LOPATO QUARTET
David Lopato, piano;  Lucas Pino, sax, clarinet;  Ratzo Harris, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums
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Pianist/composer David Lopato’s music is an eclectic romp through genres as diverse as stride piano, bebop, avant-garde jazz, performance art and Indonesian gamelan.



 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Monday,  Jan 26 - 6:00PM 
BENNINGTON WRITERS - NONFICTION
V. Hansmann, host

Hugh Ryan, featured reader;  Mickey Revenaugh Dana Kinstler Lily White
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Hugh Ryan will be Monday’s featured reader. Joining him are Mickey Revenaugh, Dana Kinstler, and Lily White.

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.


 $8.00 includes a drink 

Monday,  Jan 26 - 8:30PM 
CLASSICAL FESTIVAL: AN EVENING WITH SIMON MULLIGAN
CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER!!

Simon Mulligan, piano;  Jon Burr, double bass
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Simon Mulligan studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London before making his professional debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1992 aged just nineteen. Since then, Simon has performed in virtually every major concert venue around the world as either as a soloist or collaborator, recently enjoying great success and numerous media appearances with the Grammy Award winning violinist Joshua Bell, and other artists including Liza Minnelli, Sting, Van Morrison, and Dame Shirley Bassey.



 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum    http:// www.SimonMulligan.com

Tuesday,  Jan 27 - 6:00PM 
MISS CORNELIA'S OPERA CLUB
Cancelled!

Earl Buys, piano
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Join us for an evening of your favorite operatic scenes and arias performed by singers from all over New York City, with host Lisa Flanagan and pianist Earl Buys. Each meeting of Miss Cornelia's Opera Club will also feature previews from upcoming productions by local NYC opera companies. January will feature performers from New York Opera Exchange's upcoming Lucia di Lammermoor! And make sure your own instrument is ready for a rousing sing along to some of opera's most famous choruses!



 $8.00 includes a drink    http://www.lisaflanagan.net

Tuesday,  Jan 27 - 8:30PM 
CLASSICAL FESTIVAL: GREGORY HARRINGTON & MATEI VARGA
Gregory Harrington, violin;  Matei Varga, piano
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Gregory Harrington & Matei Varga perform Beethoven, Brahms, Piazzolla and Schnittke.

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".



 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum    http://www.gregoryharrington.com

Wednesday,  Jan 28 - 6:00PM 
PASSION IN PIGSKIN: AN OPERA ABOUT THE SUPERBOWL
Michael Lydon

William Remmers, director;  Ellen Mandel, composer
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A tragic-comic cabaret opera about football—two star players of the New York Knights and a dewy-eyed cheerleader in a love triangle—presented for two nights in January, days before Super Bowl XLIX.

“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.
 $20 includes a drink or credit against food order 

Wednesday,  Jan 28 - 8:30PM 
MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING
Jon Irabagon, sax;  Ron Stabinsky, piano;  Moppa Elliott, bass;  Kevin Shea, drums
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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."


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Thursday,  Jan 29 - 6:00PM 
PASSION IN PIGSKIN: AN OPERA ABOUT THE SUPERBOWL
Michael Lydon

Passion in Pigskin: an Opera about The Superbowl image
A tragic-comic cabaret opera about football—two star players of the New York Knights and a dewy-eyed cheerleader in a love triangle—presented for two nights in January, days before Super Bowl XLIX.

“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.
 $20 includes a drink or credit against food order 

Thursday,  Jan 29 - 8:30PM 
BRAZIL EXPRESSIONS FEST: RUBENS SALLES GROUP
Billy Newman, host

Rubens Salles, piano, comp.;  John Clark, french horn;  Jeremy Viner, sax;  Leco Reis, bass;  Kenny Grotowski, drums;  Kavita Shah, voice
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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).


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.rubenssalles.com

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