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$ 7 includes a drink
$15 cover (plus $10 minimum)
4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies. Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold.
This month, The Liar Show welcomes Ted Travelstead (McSweeney's), Diana Spechler (Author of Skinny), Jenny Rubin (The Rejection Show), and Zero Boy (MTV; The Moth Main Stage)
Hosted by Andy Christie (NY Times; The Moth Radio Hour)
$15.00 includes a drink
$10 cover (plus $10 minimum)
Lise Vachon is a unique vocalist who has traveled the world and whose voice and style combine different cultures: West African, European, American and Quebecoise, as well as blending traditional jazz, classical, new music and pop influence. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
"In her singing Lise Vachon reveals an inventive patchwork of jazz vocal rhythms coupled with world music which is definitely worth checking out."
- Jazz Review.com
$20.00 includes a drink
$10 includes a drink ( my god what a bargain! )
Randee Mia Berman is a writer/performer/on-air commentator, baroque recorder musician, tv/radio host, comedienne, and graduate of Cornell University, where she performed Tillie in Paul Zindel’s The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. Credits include CNN, HBO, ABC News, NPR, gigs at Caroline’s and Gotham Comedy Club, where she performed her one-woman show, Mia’s World and the life of silent film actress/photographer Tina Modotti. Currently a co-host for Centanni Broadcasting, Mia has a unique linguistic skill – talking backwards.
Meredith Meyer is a music artist from Oklahoma City. She played in various bands in LA before releasing two solo albums, Items You Won't Find Elsewhere, and It's Spooky to Be Young. She currently resides in NY where she fronts the band Young Unknowns. Their first album will be out in 2012 and is produced by Bill Racine (Rogue Wave, Mates of State).
Hear her on www.meredithmeyer.com or http://youngunknowns.bandcamp.com
Stephanie Parello has been a member of the New York STORY Exchange family for many years. Often finding life upside-down, she has been around the world and back. Her eclectic experiences and love of traditional tales blends into unique tellings, often with unexpected twists.
Thomas Pryor’s work was published in The New York Times, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, New York Press, Our Town, The Westside Spirit, and A Prairie Home Companion. His blog, “Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts,” is listed in The New York Times. Thomas appeared on public radio’s This American Life, and has columns in NearSay.com & AskaNewYorker.com. He was featured in Public TV Ch 13’s Baseball: A New York Love Story.
“Each time Elizabeth Rowe (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.” Artistic Director, N.Y. Story
$7.00 includes a drink
"I play the trumpet like it's my last chance. End of story." -- Leif Arntzen
This French Night at the Cornelia Street Cafe will be dedicated to theater. We will be reading both in French and in English an entire one-act play, named Gzion.
Gzion is a « space drama » written by Hervé Blutsch and published in 2010, by Editions Théâtrales. The three main characters are Captain York, Lieutenant Turt and Sergeant Ptol. They are in their Gzion spaceship, somewhere in the outer space. It appears, though discussed in a very farcical way, that they have been lost for years. According to their on-board computer « their chance of survival is zero point zero zero zero zero zero zero zero zero zero zero zero zero one ». Sergeant Ptol’s sudden appearance as a bear changes the comical farce into a cruel tragedy.
This one act play was translated into English this last fall by Sophia Tejeiro, a NYU French studies graduate student specializing in literary translation
The reading will be lead by Édouard Signolet – a French director who will come to New York this spring to work on the play.
$ 7 includes a drink
The simple act of “plugging in” is easy to take for granted, but it provides power, illumination, charge; the same could be said for connecting a power cord or for the meeting of creative minds. On "Plugged In" (Bee Jazz), his fifth album as a leader, French-born, Brooklyn-based saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh discovers the spark of inspiration provided by both and assembles an exhilarating electric quartet.
“The French New York-based saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh has been turning heads with his series of elegant inside-out efforts over the last few years […] There’s a consistent feeling of exploration on display with an unforgiving discipline – a great combination.”
What happens when a Wandering Jew stops wandering? At the end of LAST DANCE AT THE HOTEL KEMPINSKI, Robin's earlier memoir, our hero had found a measure of peace, had even, for want of a better word, settled down. He had married, produced two children, and however tentatively, begun to explore the notion of home...
But the notion of home, for a Wandering Jew, is a complex one. For Robin, it includes, most tenderly, the Cornelia Street Café, which he opened in 1977 together with two other artists, an Irish-American actor and an Argentinean-Italian-Canadian painter and sculptor. Over the last thirty-five years it has been a home not just for three starving artists, as they then appeared to themselves to be, but for a whole host of performers: from Carolyne Mas and The Songwriters Exchange to Eve Ensler and the Vagina Monologues, from Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann to Poet Laureate Billy Collins, from Senator Eugene McCarthy reading his poetry to neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks reading his prose, from members of Monty Python to members of the Royal Shakespeare Company, from comedians to cellists, from stiltwalkers to ventriloquists. And for all kinds of civilians and celebrities.
Amid the turmoil of this passing throng, however, the sheer act of standing still after half a lifetime of wandering allows our hero, an exile from his native country, in which his parents were themselves exiles, to sift the nuances of arrivals and departures, of family and community, of longing and fulfillment, of exile and homecoming. And all this in a city where to stand still at all is at once an achievement and an act of betrayal.
In 1987, on its 10th anniversary, New York's Mayor Koch proclaimed the Cornelia Street Café "a culinary as well as a cultural landmark."
In THE WHOLE WORLD PASSES THROUGH: Stories from the Cornelia Street Café, Robin Hirsch picks up the personal history begun in Last Dance and finds in the midst of a myriad of other people's stories the continuation of his own.
$15 includes a drink
BOOM TIC BOOM represents a confluence of diverse musical backgrounds, personal histories, and a shared willingness to approach Allison's semi-traditional music with an avant-garde sensibility; embracing tradition yet deconstructing it, making use of silence, extreme dynamics, metric modulation, collective improvisation, loose chord structure, and the interplay around repetitive melodies.
"Miller established herself as a powerhouse jazz drummer and composer on her second album as a leader (BOOM TIC BOOM.)" --Chris Baron, LA Times
**Our stars this month: Diana Bertolini, Kristen Carter, Aaron Coleman, Diranne Cove, Ivis Fundichely, Sarah Goldberg, Holly McWhorter, Martha Sparks, Aaron Sparks, Faith Sullivan, and Ray Valentin **
This time almost all of our New Faces stars are back, with a potpourri of songs stretching from 1932 to 1987. We're so glad to be back that our director Aaron Coleman will be doing one of his star turns, yours truly will actually step from behind the piano to do a song, and if those aren't enough to bring you down, we'll also be baptizing Martha's and my new addition Dahlia into the show tune orbit with a number devoted to her and introducing her in person to you all. -John
Cover is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times