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May 13
Roald Hoffmann, Dave Soldier, hosts

Matt Strassler Andrea Wittgens, singer, pianist
Entertaining Science: Rhapsody for Piano and Universe image
So, a particle physicist and a singer-songwriter walk into a club in the West Village... and it's no joke!

For at its heart, the physical world is a musical world. From the vibrations of a guitar string to the sunlight that sweeps away the dark, and even as far as the notorious Higgs boson, our universe is awash in waves.

Professor Matt Strassler, host of the website "Of Particular Significance", and Andrea Wittgens, "silver-tongued'' singer-songwriter-pianist, join forces to reflect on these notions from perspectives scientific, sonic and poetic.

They'll sing us tales of the unknown, turn the volume down to the quantum level, shine photons on the mysterious particles of nature, and have fun doing it! And you'll leave knowing why the grandest of all musical instruments is the universe itself.

 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

Reggie Quinerly, drums;  Lawrence Fields, piano;  Ben Wolfe, bass
Drummer and composer Reggie Quinerly leads this dynamic trio through a program of original compositions from the upcoming release, "Music Inspired by Freedmanstown". This historic Houston neighborhood founded during America's reconstruction period serves as inspiration for this particular project. The material covers a spectrum of styles all the while embodying the soulful and spirit-filled exuberance of melody, groove and improvisation.

$10 cover (plus $10 minimum)

Reggie Quinerly Trio image
May 14
Lisa Jane Lipkin, piano, vocals;  Peter Calo, guitar;  Norbert Goldberg, percussion
Lisa Jane Lipkin & Friends image

Lisa Jane Lipkin is piano-playing songstress with a rock-meets-folk kind of poetic take on life. She has opened for Steve Forbert, Dar Williams, John Pizzarelli, Shemekia Copeland as well as having been a featured performer at numerous clubs & concert halls. Performing songs from her latest album, Flying on Instruments, as well as from her earlier recordings, Lipkin will appear with guitarist Peter Calo (Carly Simon) & percussionist Norbert Goldberg.

Peter Calo - " a masterful guitarist... Boston Globe. One of the most engaging performers in the biz" London's Time Out. Peter has performed/recorded with Carly Simon, Queen Latifah, Willie Nelson, Hall and Oates, Phil Ramone, Jimmy Webb, Kris Kristofferson & many more.

Norbert Goldberg - has accompanied jazz artists including Cleo Laine, Dewey Redman, Slide Hampton, and composers Lalo Shifrin and Michel Legrand. Recording credits include Gerry Mulligan, Grover Washington Jr., various Latin artists as well as jingles and film scores.

$15.00 includes a drink

Kayo Hiraki, piano;  Kat Georges, flute, composition
Classical At The Cornelia:

Three Rooms Press presents "Cornelia Suite"

Classical and contemporary jazz collide as pianist Kayo Hiraki and flautist/poet/composer Kat Georges cut-the-edge with "Cornelia Suite," an anthology of cut-the-edge neo-classical jazz for piano, flute, iPad and vocals. The event will include the world premiere of Ms. Georges' hard-bit Punk Symphony for Four Classical Elements in C Minor (for Flute, iPad and Vocals)".

New York based pianist and Steinway piano artist, Kayo Hiraki appears in Cornelia Street Cafe for the first time. Steinway Artist Kayo Hiraki was born in Japan, the daughter of a classical pianist. A child prodigy, she started playing the piano when she was three years old. She has been performing five nights a week for seventeen years as the house pianist at the famous jazz spot, Arturo's in Greenwich Village. She has played at the Blue Note NYC with her Kayo Hiraki Piano Trio, including the legendary bassist Ron Carter, who notes: “Rarely have I heard a musician as gifted as Ms. Hiraki. To hear her play is to experience the joy of her creative ability and the depth of her experience as a talented performer.” She tours regularly in Europe and Japan and was recently featured in Japan Airline in-flight magazine. She will perform with her trio a series of jazz tunes inspired by classical compositions.

Kayo will be joined onstage by New York-based poet/composer/flautist Kat Georges. Kat will present the World Premiere of her hard-bit neo-classical, "Punk Symphony for Four Classical Elements in C Minor (for Flute, iPad and Vocals)." Kat Georges is a musician, poet, playwright, performer and designer. Her full-length poetry collection, "Our Lady of the Hunger," will be released soon on Three Rooms Press, which published two previous collections, "Punk Rock Journal" and "Slow Dance at 120 Beats a Minute." In New York since 2003, she has directed numerous Off-Broadway plays, curated poetry readings, and performed widely. She is co-founder and editor of Three Rooms Press; its most recent books include "Maintenant 6: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art" and "Mike Watt: On and Off Bass," a collection of photos and distilled tour diaries from the legendary punk rock bass player.

$20.00 includes a drink

May 15
Stacey Lynn Brown, host

A Face to Meet the Faces: A Reading of Persona Poetry image

Join us for a celebration of the very first anthology of persona poetry. This book release party celebrates the launch of A Face to Meet the Faces, which features poems in voices of characters ranging from mythology to tabloids to pop culture and everything in between. Featured poets include Matthew Thorburn, Tara Betts, Evie Shockley, Jason Koo, Greg Santos, Greg Pardlo, Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Maria Terrone, Jee Leong Koh, Matthew Hittinger, Leigh Phillips, Khadijah Queen, R. A. Villanueva, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and editor and emcee Stacey Lynn Brown.

$7.00 includes a drink

Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto saxophone;  Michael Dessen, trombone;  Denman Maroney, piano;  Mark Dresser, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums
Mark Dresser Quintet image Peter Gannushkin
Virtuoso bassist and composer Mark Dresser is returning to Cornelia Street Cafe with some new compositions after a triumphant concert last June in preparation for a new recording on Clean Feed. His quintet of long time collaborators includes the highly esteemed alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, trombonist Michael Dessen, hyperpianist Denman Maroney, and drummer Tom Rainey. Don't miss it!

"Dresser has synthesized all of these elements to create his own highly personal musical language—one that tempers freedom of expression through the navigation of extremely complex melodic and rhythmic inventions that challenge those improvisers skilled enough to join him. While this may sound formal and intellectual, the prime effect felt by the audience was one of joy." All About Jazz

$15 cover (plus $10 minimum)

Wednesday May 16
Carmen Firan, host

Edward Hirsch, poet;  Stanley Moss, poet;  Laura Hankin, musical intermezzo
Intercultural Poetry image
Special guests of the evening two acclaimed poets


Edward Hirsch, a MacArthur Fellow, has published eight books of poems, including Earthly Measures (1994), Lay Back the Darkness (2003), Special Orders ( 2008), and most recently The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems (Knopf, 2010), and four prose books, among them How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (Houghton Mifflin/Harcourt, 1999), a national bestseller. He is president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Stanley Moss is the critically praised author of Wrong Angel(1966), The Skull of Adam (1979), The Intelligence of Clouds (1989), Asleep in the Garden (1997), A History of Color (2003), New and Selected Poems (2006), Rejoicing (2009), and the most recent, God Breaketh Not All Men's Hearts Alike: New & Later Collected Poems (2011). He is the founder of Sheep Meadow Press, a nonprofit press devoted to poetry.

Laura Hankin is a singer, writer, actress and guitar player. She has performed across the US, off-Broadway, and with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

$ 7 includes a drink

Josh Deutsch, trumpet;  Zach Brock, violin;  Brian Drye , trumpet;  Gary Wang, bass;  Ronen Itzik, drums
Pannonia image
" Pannonia, the latest project from trumpeter/composer Josh Deutsch, combines elements of the traditional and explorative, to create a unique sound. With the unusual frontline instrumentation of trumpet, trombone (Brian Drye) and violin (Zach Brock), Pannonia draws from the classical chamber music forms and textures of Bartok and Stravinsky, the improvised spontaneity of jazz and blues, and the rhythmic intrigue and melodic singability of folk music from around the world. Ronen Itzik adds driving percussion ranging from cajon to dumbek, and Gary Wang plays dual roles, both holding down plucked ostinato lines, and adding an additional lyrical voice with the bow. Whether romping through a Balkan-inspired blues, burning through a song about bees or playing a lyrical ballad about dirigibles, Pannonia maintains its instantly recognizable and infectious vibe. "

$10 cover (plus $10 minimum)

Roy Assaf , piano;  Joshua Davis, bass;  Ronen Itzik, drums
Augmented Reality image
Augmented Reality is an intimate troupe of three gifted musicians whose roots trace back to opposite corners of the globe, only to converge in New York for an instrumental collaboration that fuses East, West, North, and South. Their varied cultural and social backgrounds bring Middle Eastern, Latin, and European influences to the music, blending them harmoniously in subtly provocative but accessible instrumentation that introduces a fresh dimension to jazz. The group is back at the Cornelia Street Cafe with new music which will be recorded this fall.

"...Augmented Reality carves out a distinct path in an area of jazz with such a high volume of traffic... each piece grows out of a melody that lends itself well to being sung or whistled..." Jazz

$10 cover (plus $10 minimum)

May 17
Rachel Lynn Brody, host and editor

Miranda Doerfler Sare Liz Gordy Sarah Hartley Eric Sipple
HOT MESS: Speculative Fiction About Climate Change image

Contributors to this recently-published fiction anthology, about how human lives are changed by climate change, will read excerpts from their work, followed by an audience discussion and book signing.

Rachel Lynn Brody (Editor. Author: Haute Mess; Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom.) is an award-winning playwright, as well as a blogger and theater critic. Other short fiction includes Restaurants Are Rated Out Of Four Stars (A Foodie Romance), The Tell Tale Tech, and Sweetheart (part of the Sassy Singularity anthology). In late 2012, look out for Millennial Ex, a ten-minute play premiering at Glasgay 2012, as well as original web series Unfamiliar Lives, co-written with and directed by Eric Sipple. Rachel produces theater, short films, e-books and results. Connect with her on Twitter at @girl_onthego, or check out (and subscribe to) her blog at

Miranda Doerfler (In Between The Dark and The Light) is a short story and spec writer in the horror, thriller, drama and espionage genres. She has published five collections of short horror stories and an anthology, with new collections coming out every four months. Miranda's latest project, a collaborative anthology about phobias called Fear Itself will be available in the next few months and feature stories from both fresh faces and industry favorites. Connect with Miranda on Twitter (@docsaico) and Facebook (docsaicoFB), or visit her website at for news, contests, future ebook info and celebrity interviews!

Sare Liz Gordy (Traditionibus ne Copulate) is a writer, theologian and priest in the Episcopal Church who produces a weekly delve into the lectionary entitled The Monday Morning Exegete. She spends her work hours figuring out how to be an effective agent of change and have integrity at the same time. She's bolstered in this effort by her husband-to-be, two cats, several friends, some sisters, an indispensable mentor, a kick-ass spiritual director and fifteen housemates. Look for her short stories, novels, and spiritual meditations to be released in the coming year. You can follow her on Twitter @sareliz and find her on her blog at

Sarah Hartley (Graphicdesign) is an actress and graphic designer living in Brooklyn.

Eric Sipple (She Says Goodbye Tomorrow) writes Genre and Young Adult fiction across a number of mediums. His short films “co workers” and “Tomorrow” are available at, and proof of his continued existence can be found on his blog, Saalon Muyo ( Later in 2012, look for Unfamiliar Lives, a web series he will direct, co-written with Rachel Lynn Brody. When not consumed by the task of getting his first novel published, Eric is hard at work on his second. Follow @saalon on Twitter at your own risk.

$7.00 includes a drink

Chris Speed, tenor sax;  Russ Lossing, piano;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Jeff Davis, drums, compositions
JEFF DAVIS QUARTET image Peter Gannushkin
Drummer/composer JEFF DAVIS is known as the “propulsive force behind a host New York mainstays.” --Mathew Miller, All About Jazz)Tonight, Davis brings together improvising greats Chris Speed, Russ Lossing and Eivind Opsvik in this powerful quartet. 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.” And Bruce Lee Gallanter (Downtown Music Gallery) described Jeff Davis’s first disc as a leader as “a powerful debut from one of Downtown’s best drummers.”

“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

$10 cover (plus $10 minimum)

May 18
Kat Georges, host

Leanne Averbach, Featured Poet;  Yuyutsu R.D. Sharma, Guest Poet
Son of Pony image
Open mic, arrive early to sign up.

$ 7 includes a drink

Rich Perry, tenor sax;  Nathan Eklund, trumpet;  Dan Rufolo, bass;  Bill Thoman, bass;  Arthur Vint, drums
Dan Rufolo Trio + 2 Featuring Rich Perry, CD Release: Laughter image
The Dan Rufolo Trio joins tenor saxophonist Rich Perry, and trumpeter Nathan Eklund for a concert celebrating their CD release, “Laughter”. The group has built a reputation of creating a musical environment where all ideas are valuable. The ensemble works with open minds, and a "group above self" attitude, which continues to produce music that inspires listeners. Their compositions feature an array of diverse material with lyrical melodies ranging from traditional swing to meditative to the avant-garde.

$15 cover plus $10 minimum

May 19
Dean Kostos, host

Tom Fink, ;  Roxanne Hoffman, ;  Penelope Karageorge, ;  Larissa Shmailo
Greek American Writers image
One our longest running series, hosted by the incomparable Dean Kostos.

$7 includes a drink

Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet;  Jon Irabagon, alto sax;  Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Stephan Crump, bass;  Ches Smith, drums
Mary Halvorson Quintet, CD Release: Bending Bridges image Nick Lloyd
Tonight's concert will celebrate the release of Bending Bridges, Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson’s second recording with her working quintet. “The quintet setting offers the Boston-born, Brooklyn-based guitarist entirely new harmonic possibilities,” writes Jazzwise reviewer Peter Quinn, “and the results are hugely impressive...Halvorson’s powerfully communicative music transcends the avant-garde experimental box.” The Philadelphia City Paper ’s Shaun Brady adds, “Halvorson has been steadily reshaping the sound of jazz guitar in recent years with her elastic, sometimes-fluid, sometimes-shredding, wholly unique style. Her compositions, shaped by a pop sensibility and unconstrained avant aggressiveness, are ably explored by five of modern jazz’s young leading lights.”

$15 cover plus $10 minimum

May 20
Angelo Verga, host

Barry Wallenstein, poetry/vocals;  Adam Birnbaum, piano;  Vincent Chancey, French horn;  Neal Haiduck, clarinet;  David Taylor, trombone;  Neil Shepa , Special Guest Poet;  ,
Barry Wallenstein: An Evening of Poetry and Music  image
Professor Wallenstein delivers poems and jazz.

Barry will read from Drastic Dislocations: New and Selected Poems (NYQ Books 2012)

$ 12 includes a drink

Loren Stillman, alto saxophone, compositions;  Nate Radley, guitar;  Gary Versace, organ;  Ted Poor, drums
Loren Stillman and Bad Touch image
The music of Brooklyn-based saxophonist and composer, Loren Stillman, has found acclaimed reviews in such publications as The New York Times, Downbeat Magazine, Jazziz, Jazz Times, and National Public Radio, marking him as an innovative voice of modern jazz. Stillman has performed, recorded, and educated throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. Alongside an impressive record of performances, recordings, and masterclasses with his own ensembles, Stillman has performed alongside Charlie Haden, Paul Motian Trio 2000+2, Carla Bley, John Abercrombie, Andy Milne’s DAPP Theory, Michele Rosewoman Quintessence, Joe Lovano, Eivind Opsvik, John McNeil, Brad Shepik, Russ Lossing, Vic Juris, and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

“Loren Stillman is one of New York best alto saxophonists, and has gained that distinction well before reaching age 30.” David Adler, Jazz Times Magazine

$10 cover (plus $10 minimum)

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