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Thursday
May 17
6:00PM  HOT MESS: SPECULATIVE FICTION ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE
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 rlbrody.com.

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 http://docsaico.weebly.com 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 sareliz.com.

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 vimeo.com/dspfilms, and proof of his continued existence can be found on his blog, Saalon Muyo (www.saalonmuyo.com). 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

8:30PM  JEFF DAVIS QUARTET
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)

  www.jeffdavisdrums.com

Friday
May 18
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
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

9:00PM & 10:30PM  DAN RUFOLO TRIO + 2 FEATURING RICH PERRY, CD RELEASE: LAUGHTER
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

  www.danielrufolo.com

Saturday
May 19
6:00PM  GREEK AMERICAN WRITERS
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

9:00PM & 10:30PM  MARY HALVORSON QUINTET, CD RELEASE: BENDING BRIDGES
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

www.maryhalvorson.com

Sunday
May 20
6:00PM  BARRY WALLENSTEIN: AN EVENING OF POETRY AND MUSIC
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

8:30PM  LOREN STILLMAN AND BAD TOUCH
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)

  www.lorenstillman.com www.myspace.com/lorenstillman

Monday
May 21
6:00PM  NEW YORK QUARTERLY
Ted Jonathan, host

Luke Johnson Tim Suermondt Shelley Stenhouse
$ 7includes your first drink
8:30PM  MORRISON MOTEL
John Morrison, host

Hannibal Buress Jimmy Tingle Rob Cantrell Janeane Garofalo Andy de la Tour Johnny Watson
Morrison Motel image
MORRISON MOTEL

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

"Critics' Pick!" – TimeOut NY

"Works for me." – Morrison

Tonight, John Morrison hosts Hannibal Buress, Janeane Garofalo, Jimmy Tingle. Rob Cantrell, Andy de la Tour and Johnny Watson.

$20 Door (includes one drink) Cash only.

Tuesday
May 22
6:00PM  GRADUATE POETS SERIES
Seth Graves and Emily Brandt, hosts

Amanda Calderon, NYU;  Adam Chambers, Sarah Lawrence;  Jamie Edlin, Brooklyn College;  Lenea Grace, The New School;  Jennifer Stella, Brooklyn College

What is The Graduate Poets Series? Over the course of the season, hosts Seth Graves and Emily Brandt welcome the diverse talent of New York City's MFA community. Once each month, you'll have the chance to see and hear several of the city's most stunning young poets before they start racking up six-figure advances. Hundreds of poets have made their stage debut in this supportive peer environment, discovering their toilers in the field and forming collegial relationships.

Amanda Calderon is currently an MFA candidate at NYU. Her work has appeared in Wag's Revue and she's read at Polestar Poetry Series.

Adam Chambers is a graduate of the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College, where he received the Thomas Lux Prize for Poetry in 2010. He has had work published in the journals The Dirty Napkin, The Cortland Review, Bluestem, Eclectica, 2River View, Foliate Oak, Alba, and The Antigonish Review, and was the recipient of an International Merit Award from The Atlanta Review in 2010. Adam was also nominated for the anthology Best New Poets in both 2010 and 2011. He lives with his family in Connecticut.

Jamie Edlin was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and is in her first year at Brooklyn College's MFA program in poetry, where she studies with a fine lot of talented people. Jamie, an unpublished poet, would like to point out that she is an "emerging writer," which is to say, she's "working on it." In the meantime, she teaches at Brooklyn College and at Kent Prep in Flushing, Queens.

Lenea Grace is a Canadian writer whose work has appeared in such reputable mags as The Toronto Quarterly, Contemporary Verse 2, and Existere. A graduate of McGill University and the University of Maine. She is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at The New School. Lenea is inspired by rock and roll, Soviet grandmasters, and Townes Van Zandt. She lives in Brooklyn.

Jennifer Stella is finishing her first year in the MFA poetry program at Brooklyn College, while taking a leave of absence during her fourth year of medical school in San Francisco. This June, she's returning to San Francisco to finish med school and go on to residency in internal medicine, and to return to finish the MFA during or after residency. She only likes things that are complicated. Much like the body that she often writes about. While in New York, missing medicine, she's also been working in harm reduction at the Department of Health. Jenny used to think that "writer" was who she was and "doctor" was what she did; this year, she's learned that both are both. She looks forward to returning to New York in the future, as an MD, to finish her MFA. But she's always writing.

$7.00 includes a drink

8:30PM  BLUE TUESDAYS: LOUISE ROGERS
Louise Rogers, vocals;  Rick Strong, bass
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In the unique duo musical setting of bass and voice, Louise Rogers presents material from her 3 CDs: Bass-ically Speaking, Come Ready And See Me, and her Chesky recording, Black Coffee.

Chesky recording artist Louise Rogers has a voice that has been described as “pure and incandescent, free of affectation or obvious influence. Rather like a moonbeam transported from a distant solar system, it glows with an easy, comfortable assuredness that simultaneously seems old as time, new as dawn and promising as tomorrow. Rogers proves gifted at choosing intriguing material as at judiciously interpreting it and remains brilliantly unpredictable.” (Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times). Ms. Rogers is also a leader in the field of jazz education where she is comfortable working with ages from preschool to adult. Legendary jazz critic, Nat Hentoff, has praised her work as "the most joyously encouraging way of expanding the audience for jazz". Along with her release on Chesky Records, Louise has previously released 4 CDs on her own label, RILO: Come Ready and See Me 2008; Bass-ically Speaking, 2005; 2 jazz CDs for children – Bop Boo Day and Jazzy Fairy Tales.

$20.00 includes a drink

  www.louiserogers.org www.jazzyfairytales.com

10:00PM  BLUE TUESDAYS: AMY LONDON WITH RONI BEN-HUR
Amy London, vocals;  Roni Ben-Hur, guitar
BLUE TUESDAYS: AMY LONDON WITH RONI BEN-HUR image

Motema recording artists Amy London and Roni Ben-Hur present an evening of their jazz artistry in the intimate setting of voice and guitar duo.

Amy London has been performing in New York City for more than 25 years. On the heels of the success of her two Motema CD's, When I Look In Your Eyes (2007) and Let's Fly (2011), she has been invited to perform internationally, from Moscow to Istanbul. She has played the main clubs in NYC, Blue Note, Dizzy's, Kitano, BB King's, Birdland, 92nd Street Y, North Square, Cornelia St. Cafe and many others, as well as outdoor concerts and festivals in the metropolitan area. Aside from her two well received Motema recordings, Ms. London has had an extensive recording career, recording a 1994 duo album with husband/guitarist Roni Ben-Hur. Ms. London originated the role of 'Yetta' in the 2009 world premier of 'Meester Amerika', a new musical based on Yiddish Theatre, which won the New Jersey Star Ledger 2009 'Tony' award for Best Score. She appears regularly as 'Mary' in Anne Phillips and Bob Kindred's Christmas jazz celebration, 'A Jazz Nativity' at BB King's, sharing the stage with such luminaries as Jon Hendricks, and she has been invited to sing with Mark Murphy at his upcoming 80th birthday celebration at the Blue Note on Monday, May 21, 2012.

A renowned international jazz educator, Ms. London has been vocal faculty at the New School University Jazz BFA program since 1992.

"Boplicious......a worthy bearer of Ross' vocalese torch. London's imaginative prowess progresses from candlelit foreplay to fiery passion." - Christopher Loudon, Jazztimes

"A limber and inventive guitarist, Ben-Hur keeps the modernist flame alive and pure, with a low flame burning in every note." Gary Giddins, Village Voice

$20.00 includes a drink

  www.amylondonsings.com www.ronibenhur.com

Wednesday May 23 6:00PM  PERFECT SENSE
Alissa Heyman, host

Monica A. Hand, featured poet;  Linda SusanJackson, ;  John Murillo, ;  ,
Perfect Sense is a superbly curated poetry series, our thanks to Alissa.

$ 7 includes a drink

8:30PM  DIRTY MINDS! (A TAG-TEAM MONOLOGUE)
Andy Christie Leslie Goshko
DIRTY MINDS! (A Tag-Team Monologue) image
DIRTY MINDS: Anthony Comstock vs. Ida Craddock

In 1893, Anthony Comstock, founder of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, declared moral war on Ida Craddock, a sex therapy pioneer, a theological dilettante and a very smart cookie. Two crooked trials and one straight razor later, things didn’t end well for either of them. “Dirty Minds” brings Anthony and Ida back together for one night to tell both sides of their story. And the century-old stakes might strike a familiar chord today!

Two champion storytellers share a tag-team monologue that unravels this historic battle between good and evil. Which one is which depends upon whose side you’re on.

Written and performed by Andy Christie and Leslie Goshko

$15.00 includes a drink

Thursday
May 24
6:00PM  LET'S TALK DIRTY
Taffy Jaffe, host

JESS KORMAN CARL KISSIN BOBBI HOROWITZ VINCENT MODICA TULIS MCCALL MARIA GABRIELLE MICHELLE CARLO
WHO DOESN'T LIKE A GOOD DIRTY STORY? Well, maybe Mitt Romney.

$15 includes your first drink

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8:30PM  TOM CHANG QUARTET
Tom Chang, guitar & compositions;  Jason Rigby, tenor saxophone;  Chris Lightcap, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
Tom Chang Quartet image
NY Jazz Guitarist Tom Chang has performed and or recorded with Greg Osby, Joey Calderazzo, Rich Perry, as well as pop icons the Supremes, Luther Vandross and Southern Indian Percussion Master Subash Chandran.

This newly formed quartet will be presenting new material in preparation for a cd recording.

$10 cover (plus $10 minimum)

  www.myspace.com/tomchangmusic

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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