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Monday,  Nov 14 - 6:00PM 
Paul Hecht, presenter

Jennifer Van Dyck Kathleen Chalfant Liz Magnes
Happy Birthday Anne Sexton image
Jennifer Van Dyck performed this summer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Fundamental Theatre Company’s 3D Hamlet. Off Broadway: The Divine Sister (Soho Playhouse),The Third Story (MCC), Orson’s Shadow (Barrow St.), Keen Company, Playwrights Horizons, Naked Angels, Second Stage. Broadway: Hedda Gabler, Dancing at Lughnasa, Two Shakespearean Actors, The Secret Rapture. Film/TV: Too Big to Fail, Step Up 3D, Across the Universe, Michael Clayton, Stealing Martin Lane, numerous Law & Order episodes, Fringe, New Amsterdam.

KATHLEEN CHALFANT's credits are quite literally enormous, suffice to say:

She received the Drama League and Sidney Kingsley Awards for her body of work. Kathleen is a founding member of the Women’s Project and sits on the boards of The Vineyard Theatre, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, and the advisory board of the New York Foundation for the Arts. Ms. Chalfant was Artist in Residence at the Weill College of Medicine of Cornell University for 2005 – 2006, was a Beineke Fellow at the Yale School of Drama in the spring of 2006, the fall of 2008, and the fall of 2010 and was a member of the Board of Advisors of MSF/Doctors Without Borders for 5 years. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Cooper Union in June 2010. Ms. Chalfant has recently been part of a new initiative of BEYOND THE WIRE called The Addiction Project and read the third act of LONG DAYS JOURNEY INTO NIGHT at the Harvard Medical School with Harris Yulin and Bryce Pinkham. She is Artist In Residence for 2011 -2012 in the Graduate Theatre Program at The New School. She begins rehearsal for Tina Howe’s PAINTING CHURCHES in January for The Keen Company on Theatre Row.

Liz Magnes has performed solo piano from Egypts' Opera House in Cairo to the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Her NPR performance on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz coincided with her move to the US in the beginning of this century! Liz enjoys a wide range of venues such as; Silent film accompaniment, duos with poets and performers, solo work and recording. A new solo CD of selections from "Porgy and Bess" is on the mastering table.She and her husband , Rafi Magnes are working on a joint photo-music project, PPPST"( Politics, Piano,Photography, Sanity Trembles). Liz is on the American board of The Friends of The Jenin Freedom Theater.

$10 admission + a one drink minimum.

Monday,  Nov 14 - 8:30PM 
Itay Goren, solo piano
Classical At The Cornelia: Itay Goren image
After performing for an enthusiastic Parisian audience at the Scots Kirk in Paris, and following numerous successful concerts in the metropolitan area, New Jersey based classical and jazz pianist Itay Goren appears for the first time at Cornelia Street Cafe. In this recital, Mr. Goren will perform Beethoven's majestic Eroica Variations, selections from Tchaikovsky's The Seasons, works by Chopin and Scriabin and Balakirev's finger breaking Islamey.


Tuesday,  Nov 15 - 6:00PM 
Tommy Pryor, host

Cris Beam Michele Carlo Taffy Jaffe Thomas Pryor Lianne Smith David Terhune
City Stories: Stoops to Nuts ~ Storytelling image
Cris Beam is the author of I Am J, a young adult novel about a runaway transboy in New York City (Little, Brown, 2011). Her first book, Transparent: Love, Family and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers (Harcourt, 2007) won a Lambda Literary Award and was a Stonewall Honor Book. Cris teaches creative writing at Columbia University, New York University, and Bayview Women’s Correctional Facility in New York. She’s currently working on a book about foster care in the U.S. for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Michele Carlo is a writer/performer who has lived in four of the five boroughs of NYC and remembers when a slice of pizza cost 50 cents. Her stories have been published in Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood’s Lost & Found: Stories From New York, Chicken Soup For The Latino Soul and SMITH magazine, and performed at the MOTH’s GrandSlams and Mainstage. Her sensational well reviewed memoir Fish Out Of Agua: My life on neither side of the (subway) tracks was published by Citadel Press in August 2010. Buy it!

Taffy Jaffe has worked as a stand up comic, a monologist, a producer and director of comedy reviews. She began her career acting and performing her monologues with “Hot Peaches,” a political cabaret group in NY & London. Taffy appeared in “The First Radical Humor Festival,” & “The Women in Humor Conference” & two Marathons at Ensemble Studio Theatre. Taffy is a regular writer/performer in “Monologues and Madness,” here at Cornelia Street Café.

Thomas Pryor’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, PHC, and Thomas Beller's Anthology, “Lost and Found: Stories from New York.” His blog, “Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts,” is listed in The New York Times Blog Roll; his newspaper column runs in Our Town and The West Side Spirit. Thomas appeared on PBS's acclaimed nostalgic TV series: "Baseball: A New York Love Story," and he was recently featured on public radio’s “This American Life.” Thomas is a regular contributor to and

Lianne Smith's music dispenses with a panoramic shot in favor of zooming in on the bee and flower. She writes grown-up songs about architecture, thieves, bicycles, the end of summer, and two roads that diverge in a wood. She just finished recording a CD with legendary producer Anton Fier that will be out soon. Email her at: for information about live shows.

David Terhune is a musician, a writer, a husband, a father, and a civil servant. He has been writing letters-to-the-editor since 2006, and has had over 125 published since then. He is a songwriter and also plays guitar and sings in a musical revue called The Loser's Lounge. With a cast of guest singers, The Loser's Lounge performs tributes to great songwriters and bands. The show is in its 18th year and performs at Joe's Pub - The Public Theater in NYC.

$7 includes a drink

Tuesday,  Nov 15 - 8:30PM 
Jean Rohe, Host

Benjy Fox-Rosen, bass, vocals;  Avi Fox-Rosen, guitar, banjo, voice
Global Living Room:Benjy Fox-Rosen - Avi Fox-Rosen Duo image
Benjy Fox-Rosen has been active as a bassist and singer in the klezmer and eastern European music scene in New York for the last several years; he has toured worldwide with Luminescent Orchestrii, recorded with Adrienne Cooper, and is bassist/vocalist in the Michael Winograd Klezmer Trio. After several years of performing with his own band, Fox-Rosen has emerged with a unique take on Yiddish song. This evening Fox-Rosen will present new material, primarily drawing from his settings of Yiddish poetry, as well as lesser known folk songs and new instrumental pieces. He will be joined by Avi Fox-Rosen on guitar, banjo and voice.

Wednesday,  Nov 16 - 6:00PM 
D Nurkse Lois Elaine Griffiths Angelo Verga
Voices Over Water

$ 7 dollars includes a drink

Wednesday,  Nov 16 - 8:30PM 
Greg Ward, alto saxophone;  Joe Sanders, bass;  Damion Reid, drums
"Greg Ward’s Phonic Juggernaut” is a consummation of the marriage of jazz improvisation and composition, an unrestrained exploration of the saxophone as a voice all its own. As Ward’s debut with Thirsty Ear, the recording presents a burgeoning jazz force in a landscape of his own percipience and inspiration. The trio of Ward, the flawless bass of Joe Sanders, and Damion Reid’s polyrhythmic drums provides ample breathing room for Ward to tear along at his own pace. Ward blasts here, there, and everywhere with dexterity and virtuosity extraordinary for his 28 years. Sanders and Reid impeccably complement Ward’s each move, pounding and bopping along with every note, invigorating moments of intensity and providing an ambient strength and driving spirit throughout the hour-long production.

Greg Ward’s Phonic Juggernaut, CD Release image
Thursday,  Nov 17 - 6:00PM 
John Armato , lute;  Amanda Keil, mezzo-soprano;  James Kennerley, tenor
The Lute In Love image

A courtship in song, featuring some of the sexiest, funniest lute songs of Thomas Campion and John Eccles. Plus a rarely-heard glimpse into the sensual world of German lute songs and duets, with works by Heinrich Albert…. And the likely New York premiere of songs by Neusidler. Who knew that the English could be so racy, and Germans so emotive? Featuring John Armato, Amanda Keil, and James Kennerley.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Nov 17 - 8:30PM 
Anthony Coleman, piano;  Sean Conly, bass;  Satoshi Takeishi, drums
Drawing inspiration from a planet full of noise, trying to make that damn box play microtones, imagining the Cocktail Music of the Ba – Benzélé…Piano Trio Music is its own heartbreak and its own reward. After 3 trio CDs, something happened – or didn’t. But onward we go, into the thicket of what it could be or could mean today.

“Coleman plays with the grace and exuberance of a master”, Warren Allen- – All About Jazz (on Freakish)

Anthony Coleman Trio image Andrew Hurlibut
Friday,  Nov 18 - 6:00PM 
John McWhorter, host and musical director

John McWhorter and Friends: New Faces of 2011! image
Take a breather before Thanksgiving with the New Faces crew as we do a big, fat splash of Richard Rodgers for November. It starts with his jazzy yet plangent songs with Lorenz Hart, continues through some of his classic work with Oscar Hammerstein, and finds time for some songs he wrote by himself in the sixties - as well as two he wrote with none other than Stephen Sondheim. In one hour we'll be covering the entire Golden Age of American musical theatre -- come on down and enjoy a pre-dinner rush!

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Friday,  Nov 18 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Russ Lossing, piano;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Jeff Davis, drums, compositions
Drummer/composer JEFF DAVIS is known as the “propulsive force behind a host of New York mainstays.” --Mathew Miller ,All About Jazz. Tonight, Davis brings together improvising greats Russ Lossing and Eivind Opsvik in this powerful new trio. The group weaves through Davis’s compositions with a hypnotic ease, creating moods that are at times peaceful and other times explosive. ,Troy Collins, All About Jazz says that “like many of his generation, his writing encompasses a number of genres, yet Davis understands the importance of creating a context for such diversity. Sequencing individual tunes into a suite-like program, the set unfolds episodically, seamlessly blending divergent moods.” Tonight, the trio will be performing compositions from it’s soon-to-be released debut album.

“We Sleep Outside (Loyal Label) is the restlessly episodic debut by Jeff Davis, a drummer of broad experience in left-of-center jazz circles.” -- Nate Chinen, New York Times

Saturday,  Nov 19 - 6:00PM 
Dean Kostos, host

Austin Alexis, poet;  Judith Baumel, poet;  Stacey Rubis, poet;  Lee Compton, tenor
Another installment of one our longest running series, hosted by the incomparable Dean Kostos.

Lee Compton, a gifted tenor, sing a selection of Greek songs from Maurice Ravel's cycle "Chants Populaires." Ancient Greek poetry was often sung, accompanied by the lyre. Tonight Ravel's songs are accompanied by the piano.

$7 includes a drink

Saturday,  Nov 19 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Mark Shim , tenor sax, wind controller;  Vijay Iyer , piano, rhodes;  Carlo De Rosa, bass;  Tommy Crane, drums
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The most recent performance with Cross-Fade was at Cornelia Street Café in July and was a great success thanks in part to a wonderful New York Times listing: "Carlo De Rosa’s Cross-Fade (Friday) As on his sharply dynamic recent album, “Brain Dance” (Cuneiform), Mr. De Rosa, a bassist, features his own complex music for an ensemble of fellow searchers: Mark Shim on tenor saxophone, Vijay Iyer on piano and Marcus Gilmore on drums."--Nate Chinen, NY Times

Sunday,  Nov 20 - 6:00PM 
Colette Inez Dorothy August
After graduating from Hunter College in 1961, Inez taught in public and private schools in New York City, as well as in Poets-in-the-Schools programs. She has since authored ten books of poetry, has been published in more than seventy anthologies and textbooks, and has read her work in over 150 colleges and universities. On the faculty of Columbia University since 1983, she also taught at Cornell, Ohio, Bucknell and Colgate universities and elsewhere. Inez has instructed at leading writer's conferences, has written essays, short stories and reviews, has judged numerous poetry contests and appeared on public radio and TV. Her papers can now be accessed at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center of Boston University. She resides in Manhattan with husband Saul Stadtmauer, a freelance writer and journalist. Her newest collection,"Horseplay," will be released in late 2011 by Word Press.

$ 7 includes a drink

Sunday,  Nov 20 - 8:30PM 
Dan Weiss , tabla;  Arun Ramamurthy, violin;  Samarth Nagarkar, vocals
Carnatic Sundays: Dan Weiss, Samarth Nagarkar image
Carnatic Music is the classical music of South India. Grounded in traditional songs of the great Trinity of composers, Carnatic musicians explore their own musical creativity improvising in Ragas and the music’s intricate rhythmic cycles (Tala). CARNATIC SUNDAYS, curated by Arun Ramamurthy, is a series which presents traditional South Indian classical music and innovative projects influenced by it.

This evening will provide a unique approach to Carnatic improvisation. Accomplished jazz drummer and tabla player Dan Weiss will accompany Arun Ramamurthy on violin in the first set. These two musicians performed for the first time in Brooklyn back in July, presenting traditional, yet fresh takes on Carnatic songs. In the 2nd set Hindustani vocalist, Samarth Nagarkar based in NYC and born in South India, will present Carnatic & Hindustani compositions from his North Indian classical vantage point and experience. This will be night of pure, spontaneous music from 3 musicians coming from 3 different backgrounds.

Monday,  Nov 21 - 6:00PM 
Ted Jonathan, host

Amanda J. Bradley Jenna Le Gordon Massman
Fine poets, great journal.

$ 7 includes a drink

Monday,  Nov 21 - 8:30PM 
John Morrison, host

Todd Barry Leo Allen Dan St. Germain Mike Lawrence Helen Hong John Knefel
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Morrison Motel @ Cornelia Street Cafe returns! Tonight, John Morrison hosts Todd Barry, Leo Allen, Dan St. Germain, Mike Lawrence, Helen Hong and John Knefel.

"One of the city's best alt-comedy shows." – The NY Post

"Critic's Pick" – TimeOut NY

"Works for me." – Morrison

$20.00 includes a drink


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Cover is given where known
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There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times