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Tuesday,  Apr 28 - 6:00PM 
Dean has invited poet Philip Clark to share the stage with him tonight

Philip Clark, poet
Dean Kostos’s poems : This Is Not a Skyscraper  image
Happy to have a long time friend of the cafe back to launch his latest book of poems.

Dean Kostos’s collections include This Is Not a Skyscraper (recipient of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, selected by Mark Doty, Red Hen Press, Rivering, Last Supper of the Senses, The Sentence That Ends with a Comma, and Celestial Rust. He co-edited Mama’s Boy: Gay Men Write about Their Mothers and edited Pomegranate Seeds: An Anthology of Greek-American Poetry (its debut reading was held at the United Nations). He translated and compiled a suite of Ancient, Byzantine, and Modern Greek poems for an event sponsored by Rockefeller Foundation.

His work has appeared in over 300 journals, including The Bangalore Review (India), Boulevard, Chelsea, Cimarron Review, The Cincinnati Review, Mediterranean Poetry (Sweden), The Same, Southwest Review, Stand Magazine (UK), Vanitas, Western Humanities Review, on Oprah Winfrey’s website, and elsewhere. His libretto, Dialogue: Angel of War, Angel of Peace, was performed by Voices of Ascension. His literary criticism has appeared on the Harvard UP Web site and Talisman. A multiple Pushcart-Prize nominee, and a finalist for the Gival and Jot Speak (UK) awards, he has taught at Wesleyan, The Gallatin School, and CUNY. His poem “Subway Silk” was translated into a film and screened in Tribeca and at San Francisco’s IndieFest. He is currently working on another collection of poems and a memoir.

Philip F. Clark is currently an M.F.A. Candidate in Creative Writing/Poetry at City College, he is the graduate editor of Promethean Journal. He writes the blog, The Poet's Grin (, an online community resource for emerging and established poets. He is currently completing a first book of poems, The Carnival of Affection, and a new chapbook, A Beggar's Welcome. A native New Yorker, he lives in the Bronx.
 $ 8 inkadrink, our fine food available 

Tuesday,  Apr 28 - 8:30PM 
Diane Love, voice;  Phil Hall, piano
Diane Love, Day Dreamer image

Diane Love will be accompanied by Phil Hall and the Philhallmonic Orchestra (which happens, in this case, to be a piano. But he makes it sound like an orchestra)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Apr 29 - 6:00PM 
Gary Heidt, vocals, poetry

Does existence seem like a lonely struggle of your alienated atom over against an unfeeling world? Just stroll over to an alternate universe where everything is connected. Gary Heidt weaves together the I Ching, phenomenology and UFOlogy, illustrating his points with seven songs co-written with a Chinese goddess, played in the Texas-Cuban Honky Guajira or Galveston Funk style.

 $8.00 includes a drink

Wednesday,  Apr 29 - 8:30PM 
Matt Bauder, tenor sax, comp.;  Nate Wooley, trumpet;  Kris Davis, piano;  Jason Ajemian, bass;  Tomas Fujiwara, drums
Matt Bauder and Day in Pictures image

Matt Bauder is a distinguished saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, bandleader and sideman. Critics say he evokes “an ideal of midcentury jazz modernism, without abandoning an exploratory air” (The New York Times) and “he consistently demonstrates killer chops and impeccable taste both as an improviser and as a conceptualist, finding thrilling ways to use arrangement, composition, and electronic production to forge something new” (The Chicago Reader). In 2007, Bauder formed Day in Pictures, enlisting some of the most compelling figures of Brooklyn’s creative music scene, all renowned composers and band leaders in their own right. The band’s first two albums were released by All About Jazz record label of the year Clean Feed Records. Their self-titled debut was named the #1 jazz album of the year by Magnet Magazine and their second album, Nightshades, received four stars in Downbeat’s Hotbox column. The band is currently performing a new set of material in preparation for recording their third album.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Apr 30 - 6:00PM 
hosted by Gordon Gilbert

BEAT WRITERS : Ferlinghetti image
The Fourth Unfurling of Ferlinghetti

The third in a series of readings of the beat generation writers

A celebration of Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s life and writings with remembrances and a reading of a selection of his works

by local NYC poets & writers:

Robert Agnoli, Madeline Artenberg, Bernard Block,

J.L. Diamond. Art Gatti, Gordon Gilbert, Lewis Grupper, Leigh Harrison,

Efrayim Levenson, Gabriel Levicky, Vivian O'Shaughnessy,

Eve Packer, Anoek Van Praag, Angelo Verga

with music by Viennese saxophone player Edith Lettner

There will be drawings for several of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's books.
  $ 8 includes a drink, food menu available 

Thursday,  Apr 30 - 8:30PM 
Billy Newman, guitar;  Michael Attias, alto sax;  Ben Holmes, trumpet;  Leco Reis, bass;  Vinnie Sperazza, drums
Billy Newman Quintet image

Out of the meeting of the two very different urban cultures of Rio de Janeiro and Brooklyn, NY, an exciting dialogue is born. North and South American rhythms and musical forms express the pulse of the cities. Samba, Bebop, Chorinho, all find their place in a rich and varied musical repertoire that combines structure and arrangement with free-flowing jazz improvisation. Influences range from the swinging, cerebral tunes of Lennie Tristano from Queens, to the kaleidoscopic inventions of Hermeto Pascoal from Alagoas, Brazil. The Billy Newman Quintet brings together five talented musicians with an abundance of new ideas based on solid musical grounding and a fascination with the cross-cultures we live in today. They are led by the gifted Brooklyn-born guitarist/composer Billy Newman, a jazz musician who has lived, studied and performed in Brazil and whose passion for Brazilian music is the inspiration for this dynamic and innovative group. Billy has been the recipient of numerous composers residencies, and is the curator for Brazilian Expressions, a series that is in it's 5th year at the Cornelia Street Cafe.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  May 01 - 6:00PM 
Sarah Stiles, vocals;  Gary Lucas, guitar
Gary Lucas, Sarah Stiles, Betty Boop, And Popeye image
Gary Lucas and Sarah Stiles perform Music from Betty Boop and Popeye Cartoons.

A duo version of Gary Lucas' new FLEISCHEREI project: Music from Max Fleischer's Betty Boop and Popeye Cartoons. Featuring guitar legend Lucas on acoustic and Broadway star Sarah Stiles on vocals. Tin Pan Alley tunes from uptown meet low-down swinging jazz standards as featured on the original Fleischer cartoon soundtracks in a post-modern tribute to the wacky and surreal vision of NYC animation pioneer Max Fleischer.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Friday,  May 01 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Rez Abbasi, acoustic, fretless guitar;  Bill Ware, vibraphone;  Stephan Crump, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums
Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet, CD Release: Intents & Purposes image

"For this fascinating & brilliant album, Rez Abbasi takes a handful of classics of the fusion genre and strips away all that stuff, performing them with an acoustic quartet. A must for all jazz collections." CDHotList

"Intents & Purposes is one of the first great records of 2015." JazzTimes

"This recording is as ambitious as it is accomplished. “Intents & Purposes” takes an often overlooked and frequently disdained aspect of jazz history and makes a case for its spot in the canon." The Wall Street Journal

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  May 02 - 6:00PM 
Andy Christie, host

Peter Aguero Martin Dockery Lindsay Hoffman Rory Scholl
The Liar Show image

Seek Truth. Get a T-Shirt.

4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies. Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold!

Hosted by Andy Christie (The N.Y. Times; The Moth Radio Hour)

This month, The Liar Show welcomes Peter Aguero (The Moth Radio Hour), Martin Dockery ("Fantastic." - The NY Times), Lindsay Hoffman (Risk!; Fresh 102.7), and Rory Scholl (Peoples Improv Theater).

"They can lie to me all night long!" - The New York Times

"Christie & Co. make dishonesty fun again." - TimeOut New York

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Saturday,  May 02 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Rez Abbasi, acoustic guitar, fretless guitar;  Bill Ware, vibraphone;  Stephan Crump, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums
Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet, CD Release: Intents & Purposes image

"For this fascinating & brilliant album, Rez Abbasi takes a handful of classics of the fusion genre and strips away all that stuff, performing them with an acoustic quartet. A must for all jazz collections." CDHotList

"Intents & Purposes is one of the first great records of 2015." JazzTimes

"This recording is as ambitious as it is accomplished. “Intents & Purposes” takes an often overlooked and frequently disdained aspect of jazz history and makes a case for its spot in the canon." The Wall Street Journal

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  May 03 - 6:00PM 
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, oncologist, author;  Luana DeAngelis, musician, composer;  Katie Down, music psychotherapist, composer
Entertaining Science: THE HARMONIC DESTINY OF HEALING image

The world is rich with all kinds of sounds -- intriguing, pleasant, jarring, transcendent, and even healing! No matter what sounds move you, those of Tibetan and crystal singing bowls and gongs penetrate the deepest levels of both body and mind, to augment healing at the cellular level. Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, one of the world's leading oncologists and an early pioneer in the therapeutic effects of sound meditation, is the author of highly successful books on this topic including "Sounds of Healing," and "The Healing Power of Sound." His just released book, "The Gene Therapy Plan – Taking Control of Your Genetic Destiny with Diet and Lifestyle," already tops Amazon's best sellers. He will review the correlation between music and the DNA double helix, as well as discuss his work using these instruments as tools for healing with his patients for over 25 years.

In this conversation/demonstration, Dr. Gaynor will be joined by Luana DeAngelis, musician/composer and Founder of, a charity offering a preventative holistic services paradigm for people with cancer. And by Katie Down, a music psychotherapist, sound healer, and composer. She teaches sound meditation workshops using crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, vocal toning, and other deep listening practices throughout the city and internationally.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Sunday,  May 03 - 8:30PM 
Sara Serpa, voice;  André Matos, guitar;  Leo Genovese, piano;  Dan Weiss, drums
Sara Serpa image

Portuguese singer Sara Serpa & guitarist André Matos revisit their recent album "Primavera", adding some new music the duo has been working on. The 2014 release of "Primavera", the debut for the duo, was widely acclaimed by both press and the public. The New York Times says "Primavera is gemlike in its beauty and precision, and manages to be purely about the depth of their rapport (...)"; and the New Yorker calls it "(...) an enchanting new recording."

Past collaborations of the duo include Guillermo Klein, Thomas Morgan or Pete Rende. Serpa and Matos will be joined this evening by two extraordinary musicians: Leo Genovese on piano and keys and Billy Mintz on drums.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  May 04 - 6:00PM 
Tulis McCall, host

Monologues & Madness image
Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU. Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!

 $10 includes a drink (my god what a bargain!)

Monday,  May 04 - 8:30PM 
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  Rene Hart, bass;  Elliot Peper, bongos
AMRAM & CO image

This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments--renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday,  May 05 - 6:00PM 
Arlene Krasner Mark Saunders
Smile on Cinco de Mayo: Readings image

Select readings from two whimsical books about life south of the border by authors who grew up north of it: Kosher Sutra by Arlene Krasner; Nobody Knows the Spanish I Speak by Mark Saunders. Both Arlene and Mark have served on the faculty of the San Miguel Writers’ Conference, the largest and most prestigious co-cultural, bi-lingual literary gathering in the Americas.

 $8.00 includes a drink

Tuesday,  May 05 - 8:30PM 
Will Holshouser, accordion;  Matt Munisteri, guitar, banjo;  Marcus Rojas, tuba
MUSETTE EXPLOSION image Reuben Radding

Three of New York’s most in-demand virtuoso musicians, each with a distinctive voice on his instrument, explore and expand on Parisian musette. They bring this multicultural dancehall music to new places through the highest improvisational communication, emotionally honest performances, and original compositions. Marcus, Matt and Will keep busy backing up some of the world’s foremost artists (Regina Carter, Paul Simon, Catherine Russell, Dave Douglas, Mark O’Connor, David Krakauer, and others). Over the last fifteen years, they’ve indulged in a labor of love: exploring the beautiful and challenging French musette repertoire. Paris in the early 20th century was a cosmopolitan melting pot, like New Orleans or New York. A true “musette explosion,” musical and cultural, was taking place. According to musette historian Didier Roussin, Paris was “in the throes of explosive growth as poor migrants flocked in. Where people of all classes rubbed shoulders, places of amusement multiplied … Cafés, clubs, brothels, and dance halls were the crucibles in which were forged new musical forms.” The original bagpipes (“musettes”) of the French Auvergnats were replaced by the Italians’ accordions, but gave their name to the new style of music; Roma guitarists and violinists brought in Eastern European and Spanish influences; American GIs introduced jazz, the banjo, and drums. German and Polish waltzes, polkas, and mazurkas were also in the air. This trio, with its unique instrumentation, continues the “explosion” through its new interpretations, sonic surprises, and original compositions. They may be the only accordion/guitar/tuba trio to spend a week on Billboard's "Jazz Album" charts.

"... swings with speed and clarity, sways with mystery and eroticism....Not simply an archeological paean to past masters, this debut recording from Musette Explosion makes the genre relevant to NYC's musical landscape." -- Elliott Simon, New York City Jazz Record

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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