See the previous week's performances.   December 08-December 15, 2011  See the next week's performances.
Thursday,  Dec 08 - 6:00PM 
DEADLY CHAPS PRESS
J. Tolan, host


Writers from the Deadly Chaps Press summer chapbooks series converge at Cornelia Street to read from their collections.

Like its flagship weekly literary review, Short, Fast, and Deadly, Deadly Chaps Press encourages a stringent form of micro-poetry and micro-prose respectively bound by the constraints of Twitter (140 Characters) and Facebook (420 Characters).

The stories and poems by Joseph A. W. Quintela, Jim Tolan, Neila Mezynski, Kenneth Pobo and Howie Good encompass a broad range of styles and themes but are united in their attention to brevity and an aesthetic best described as 'deadly'.

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Thursday,  Dec 08 - 8:30PM 
HARRIS EISENSTADT AND CANADA DAY
Nate Wooley, trumpet;  Matt Bauder, tenor saxophone;  Chris Dingman, vibraphone;  Garth Stevenson, bass;  Harris Eisenstadt, drums, compositions
Harris Eisenstadt and Canada Day image Scott Friedlander
One of only a handful of drummers equally well-known for his work as a composer, Eisenstadt is among the most versatile and prolific musicians of his generation. his eclectic resume includes studies with some of the most respected names in both improvised music, West African and Cuban drumming, and performances in genres ranging from film and theater to poetry and dance to contemporary classical and opera. Most active in jazz and improvised music, as both an in-demand sideman and a bandleader, he has performed all over the globe, earned commissions from organizations such as meet the composer and the american composers forum, and appeared on more than 40 recordings over the past decade. He released two recordings in 2011: Canada Day ii (Songlines) and September trio (clean feed).

"Harris Eisenstadt, a drummer and composer originally from Toronto, takes a fixer’s approach to music making, looking for ways to fit the pieces together. he works along jazz’s progressive fringe but doesn’t generally set out to make a ruckus. in his own music especially, he often seems intent on extracting consonance from dissonance or forging ungainliness into grace." --Nate Chinen, NY Times

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Friday,  Dec 09 - 6:00PM 
JOHN MCWHORTER AND FRIENDS: NEW FACES OF 2011!
John McWhorter, host and musical director

John McWhorter and Friends: New Faces of 2011! image

We're seeing out the year of NEW FACES not with a Christmas show (too easy!), but with an array of songs from all corners of the realm, as we did in the first edition in January. Look for old, new, funny, touching, fast, slow and, as always, a duet for Martha and me, who will be a trio a few weeks after this show!

Miss this one and you'll have to wait till April for our next one!

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Friday,  Dec 09 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
GERALD CLEAVER
Gerald Cleaver, drums;  Darius Jones, alto saxophone;  Brandon Seabrook, guitar;  Cooper-Moore, piano & diddly-bow;  Pascal Niggenkemper, bass
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Drummer Gerald Cleaver, born and raised in Detroit, is a product of the city’s rich music tradition. He has performed or recorded with a wide variety of artists: Roscoe Mitchell, Tommy Flanagan, Matt Shipp, William Parker, Eddie Harris, Kevin Mahogany, Charles Gayle, Ralph Alessi, Jacky Terrasson, Muhal Richard Abrams, Joe Morris, Dave Douglas, Tim Berne, Jeremy Pelt, David Torn and Miroslav Vitous, among others. Cleaver currently leads the bands Violet Hour, NiMbNl, Uncle June and Farmers By Nature with Craig Taborn & William Parker.
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Saturday,  Dec 10 - 6:00PM 
ITALIAN-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Anne Marie Macari Robert Viscusi
the Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) Doors open 5:45 pm, arrive before 6pm to sign up for open reading.

Anne Marie Macari's most recent book is She Heads Into the Wilderness (Autumn House Press, 2008). Her first book won The APR/Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry

Robert Viscusi, president of IAWA whose current project is an epic poem entitled Ellis Island, currently appearing in parts. A handmade limited edition of its first four books (there are fifty-two books in all) has been designed and produced by the poet Nora Almeida.

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Saturday,  Dec 10 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
GERALD CLEAVER
Gerald Cleaver, drums;  Darius Jones, alto saxophone;  Brandon Seabrook, guitar;  Cooper-Moore, piano & diddly-bow;  Pascal Niggenkemper, bass
Gerald Cleaver image
Drummer Gerald Cleaver, born and raised in Detroit, is a product of the city’s rich music tradition. He has performed or recorded with a wide variety of artists: Roscoe Mitchell, Tommy Flanagan, Matt Shipp, William Parker, Eddie Harris, Kevin Mahogany, Charles Gayle, Ralph Alessi, Jacky Terrasson, Muhal Richard Abrams, Joe Morris, Dave Douglas, Tim Berne, Jeremy Pelt, David Torn and Miroslav Vitous, among others. Cleaver currently leads the bands Violet Hour, NiMbNl, Uncle June and Farmers By Nature with Craig Taborn & William Parker.
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Sunday,  Dec 11 - 6:00PM 
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, O UNIVERSE
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier hosts

Hasan Padamsee Ben Lasser Elena Aprile
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Our expanding universe is accelerating! The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics was just awarded to the discoverers of the speedup. This evening will enact the origin of the expanding universe – yes, the Big Bang -- through the work of a leading astrophysicist, and a new play.

Accelerator physicist and playwright Hasan Padamsee of Cornell will present a staged reading of the final scenes from his new play, Creation’s Birthday, directed by Ben Lasser, a freelance director recently transplanted from Chicago. Come see how Edwin Hubble gangs up with a moon-shine peddling janitor and a Jesuit priest to get Einstein to woefully admit his greatest blunder, and… figures out the birthday of our Universe.

But perhaps Einstein’s greatest blunder was not so far off after all. Elena Aprile at Columbia heads the world’s hunt for dark matter. The leading candidates for this mysterious part of the universe are relics of the Big Bang, the Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs). Elena and her coworkers (it’s a major international effort) look for these underground, of course, using a ton of ultra-pure liquid xenon. We’ll join the chase!

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Sunday,  Dec 11 - 8:30PM 
GLOBAL LIVING ROOM:ORAN ETKIN TRIO FEATURING LIONEL LOEUKE
Jean Rohe, Host

Oran Etkin , clarinet, bass-clarinet, saxophone;  Lionel Loeuke, guitar;  Ben Allison, bass;  Francisco Mela, drums
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Oran Ektin has been described as a "great clarinetist" and "excellent improviser" by the New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff and a "Woodwind Maestro" by Public Radio International. He has performed around the world with a wide variety of musicians including Lionel Loueke, Mike Stern and Wyclef Jean and with his Kelenia project, a collaboration with Malian Griot musicians which won "Best World Music Album" at the Independent Music Awards. Etkin has a track on an album nominated for a GRAMMY Award and is featured on a compilation from Putumayo Music as well.

"composer of eminent individuality... an extraordinary performing musician who is a soul and mind in search of ultimate truth in aesthetics" - Yusef Lateef

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Monday,  Dec 12 - 6:00PM 
THE WHITE SWALLOW READING SERIES
Angelo Nikolopoulos, host

Patricia Smith Saeed Jones Michael Montlack
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The White Swallow, a queerish reading series in Manhattan's West Village, features emerging and established poets and fiction writers.

The White Swallow Reading Series featuring Saeed Jones, Michael Montlack, and Patricia Smith

A 2011 Pushcart Prize Nominee, Saeed Jones received his MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers University, Newark. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in publications like Hayden’s Ferry Review, StorySouth, Jubilat, West Branch, Weave, The Collagist & Line Break. His chapbook When the Only Light is Fire is available from Sibling Rivalry Press.

In addition to being the editor of the non-fiction anthology My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them and Diving Divas: 100 Gay Men on Their Muses, Michael Montlack is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Cover Charge (Winner of the 2007 Gertrude Chapbook Competition); Girls, Girls, Girls (Pudding House, 2008); and The Slip (Poets Wear Prada, 2009). His first full-length book of poems, Cool Limbo, was published in May 2011. He splits his time between San Francisco and New York City, where he acts as an Associate Editor for Mudfish and teaches for Berkeley College. He holds an MFA (New School), an MA (San Francisco State) and a BA (Hofstra University), all in Creative Writing.

Patricia Smith, who has been called “a testament to the power of words to change lives,” is the author of five books of poetry, including Blood Dazzler (2008), a chronicle of the human and environmental cost of Hurrican Katrina and nominated for a National Book Award, and Teahouse of the Almighty, a 2005 National Poetry Series selection published by Coffee House Press. Her poems have been published in The Paris Review and TriQuarterly, as well as many anthologies, including American Voices, The Spoken Word Revolution, and The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry. Smith also penned the critically acclaimed history Africans in America (1999) and the award-winning children’s book Janna and the Kings (2003). Her biography of Harriet Tubman, Fixed on a Furious Star, is forthcoming.

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Monday,  Dec 12 - 8:30PM 
BEL CANTO STUDIO!
Eugene Sirotkine, host and musical director

Olga Makarina, featured soloist
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Bel Canto Studio is back! - Tonight, Eugene Sirotkine welcomes special guest Olga Makarina and students for an evening of arias, duets, and solos! Opera lovers rejoice!

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Tuesday,  Dec 13 - 6:00PM 
CITY STORIES: STOOPS TO NUTS
Host: Tommy Pryor

Barbara Aliprantis Kelly Wallace-Barnhill Mary Lee Kortes Elizabeth Rowe Amanda Thorpe
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The neighborhood’s awake, and talented storytellers & musicians are ready to paint characters and scenes for you.

Barbara Aliprantis embraces“universal themes” as she tells stories about her Greek-American immigrant childhood played out on the sidewalks and stoops of Brooklyn and The New Riverside Hotel on the Jersey Shore, bringing her full circle to her adult life in the bustling multi-ethnic NYC borough of Queens. A high-energy storyteller and special events producer, Barbara shares her stories with humor, insight and an open heart. www.barbaraaliprantis.com

Kelly Wallace-Barnhill hails from Cooper City, Florida, where at a young age she began performing her material (i.e. poop jokes) at parties for her parents and their friends. This year she and her comedy partner Lindsey wrote the two-woman play Kelly and Lindsey Do New York, a non-lesbian love story, which they performed at the Midtown International Theatre Festival and the People's Improv Theatre. kellyandlindsey.com

Mary Lee Kortes is a Michigan-born singer-songwriter who leads Mary Lee’s Corvette. They’ve recorded 5 albums, notably 2002's song-for-song live cover of Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks. The album attracted attention from Dylan himself, for whom MLC later opened. Mary Lee is deeply involved with "Feelthe Music", a non-profit music and healing organization. She runs songwriting workshops and leads seminars for this organization. Mary Lee’s latest project, “The Songs of Buelauh Rowley,” is a work in progress with five folk-rock songs based on a fictional character, a regionally known depression era singer/songwriter from the Midwest.

Thomas Pryor’s work was published in The New York Times, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Our Town, The Westside Spirit, PHC. His blog, “Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts,”is listed in The New York Times.Thomas appeared on public radio’s “This American Life,” & has columns in NearSay.com & AskaNewYorker.com. He was featured in Public TV Ch 13’s “Baseball: A New York Love Story.”

“Eachtime ElizabethRowe (http://www.storytellerowe.com/journal.html)steps center stage, she demonstrates how a master storyteller helps people grow whole as human beings. Whether sharing a traditional folk/fairy tale or a personal story. Audiences fall under her spell as they respond to her warmth and empathy for the human condition.

“Amanda Thorpe brings the concept of the chanteuse into the 21st century. Held together as much by Thorpe's versatile singing as by her love noir vision, she silkily moves through the crowd with a drink in one hand, the other, lightly brushing your shoulder as it passes by.” HIGH BIAS Michael Toland. "Thorpe...balanced brassiness and vulnerability with panache"--Variety.com. Amanda’s new album, “Promenade” is near.

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Tuesday,  Dec 13 - 8:30PM 
LOGAN RICHARDSON QT.
Logan Richardson, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone;  Sam Harris, piano;  Mathew Brewer, bass;  Tommy Crane, drums
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Wednesday,  Dec 14 - 6:00PM 
INTERCULTURAL POETRY SERIES
Hosted by Andrey Gritsman

Melinda Thomsen Lynn McGee Doug Goetsch
Last minute poetry shopping? look no more, your prayers have been answered.

Melinda Thomsen’s poetry and book reviews have been published or are forthcoming in journals such as Poetry East, Big City Lit, New York Quarterly, Home Planet News, Elysian Fields Quarterly, Alimentum, Heliotrope, and The Same. Anthologies include Blues for Bill: A Tribute to William Matthews and Spring from Gatehouse Press Ltd., Great Britain. Finishing Line Press published her chapbook Naming Rights in June 2008 and her next collection from them Field Rations, was published in November 2011. She received her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts in January 2011.

Lynn McGee's poems are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, Hawai'i Review, 2 Bridges Review, and Bluestem, and her work is in current issues of Tilt-a-Whirl, Big City Lit, and The New Guard, where one poem was a finalist and one a semi-finalist in the Knightville Poetry Contest judged by former US Poet Laureate Donald Hall. She was also just announced a Finalist with Honorable Mention in the War Poetry Contest of the writer's resource site, Winning Writers dot com, and other of her poems have appeared in The Ontario Review, Phoebe, The Sun and many other journals. Lynn's poetry chapbook, Bonanza, won the Slapering Hol Press manuscript contest, and she earned an MFA at Columbia.

Douglas Goetsch is the author of 7 collections of poetry, most recently Nameless Boy, which is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon University Press. His work has been published in Poetry, The New Yorker, The Gettysburg Review, Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and he has received fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He is the founding editor of Jane Street Press

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Wednesday,  Dec 14 - 8:30PM 
"THE FAMILY TREE" PRESENTS...MATT PARKER + FRIENDS
Alan Hampton, host

Matt Parker, saxophone;  Frank Locrasto, keys;  Chris Higgins, bass;  Reggie Quinerly, drums

Saxophonist Matt Parker presents original compositions rooted in the tradition of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, and Dexter Gordon. His audiences can expect guest appearances from any of his many collaborators, including dancer Jimmie “Taps” Sutherland, songwriter Josh Mease, or co-conspirator of the experimental ensemble, 2s&4s, Julio Monterrey.



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Thursday,  Dec 15 - 6:00PM 
NOAH GARABEDIAN SEXTET
Kyle Wilson, tenor sax;  Raffi Garabedian, tenor sax;  Curtis Macdonald, alto saxophone;  Kenny Warren, trumpet;  Evan Hughes, drums;  Noah Garabedian, bass
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A native of Berkeley, California, Noah Garabedian has performed with Josh Roseman, Myron Walden, Ralph Alessi, Ben Perowsky, Jacob Sacks, and Julian Pollack. Although he has worked as a sideman for many years, Noah has been writing for his own ensemble for two years and continues to work towards improving the sound. His sextet features a horn section that is influenced by the robust blend of both Dixie Land and Afrobeat. The compositions draw from the rich tradition of Wassoulou music, JS Bach, and Jamiroquai. This will be the sextet's debut Manhattan performance.

"Noah is a positively organic bass player, an incredible artist..." - David Wiegand, The San Francisco Chronicle

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Thursday,  Dec 15 - 8:30PM 
KERMIT DRISCOLL QT. FEATURING:BILL FRISELL
Kris Davis, piano;  Bill Frisell, guitar;  Kermit Driscoll, bass;  John Hollenbeck, drums
Kermit Driscoll Qt. Featuring:Bill Frisell image
Kermit Driscoll is a veteran bass player who has recorded and performed with many noted musicians including Chet Baker, Dave Douglas, Bill Frisell, Bang-on-a-Can All Stars, Mel Torme, Kenny Werner and John Zorn. Earlier this year, at age 55, Driscoll released his debut album as a leader, Reveille, a program of kaleidoscopic funk, experimental abstractions, and fetching intricacies. The album features an all-star lineup, including Driscoll’s longtime collaborators Bill Frisell (guitar) and Vinnie Coliaiuta (drums), and rising star pianist Kris Davis. Reveille’s star-studded quartet united for only a day, but it performs like a group that’s worked together for ages. Driscoll appears at Cornelia Street with two out of three of the personnel from Reveille, marking the group’s first live appearance as an ensemble.

“The feel of [Reveille] is loose and flowing, with edgy guitaristic elements but also tightly composed and chamberlike thematic statements .” David R. Adler, Jazztimes, April 2011

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Thursday,  Dec 15 - 10:00PM 
KERMIT DRISCOLL QT. FEATURING:BILL FRISELL
Kris Davis, piano;  Bill Frisell, guitar;  Kermit Driscoll, bass;  John Hollenbeck, drums
Kermit Driscoll Qt. Featuring:Bill Frisell image
Kermit Driscoll is a veteran bass player who has recorded and performed with many noted musicians including Chet Baker, Dave Douglas, Bill Frisell, Bang-on-a-Can All Stars, Mel Torme, Kenny Werner and John Zorn. Earlier this year, at age 55, Driscoll released his debut album as a leader, Reveille, a program of kaleidoscopic funk, experimental abstractions, and fetching intricacies. The album features an all-star lineup, including Driscoll’s longtime collaborators Bill Frisell (guitar) and Vinnie Coliaiuta (drums), and rising star pianist Kris Davis. Reveille’s star-studded quartet united for only a day, but it performs like a group that’s worked together for ages. Driscoll appears at Cornelia Street with two out of three of the personnel from Reveille, marking the group’s first live appearance as an ensemble.

“The feel of [Reveille] is loose and flowing, with edgy guitaristic elements but also tightly composed and chamberlike thematic statements .” David R. Adler, Jazztimes, April 2011

$15 cover plus $10 minimum


 $15 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.kermitdriscoll.com

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