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ART ON THE WALLS

Paintings by ROBERT COVELMAN

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Thursday
Jun 04
6:00PM  ARTISTS’ SALON
Robin, Angelo, Poul, and David, hosts


This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators. All are welcome.
8:30PM  GNU VOX: SEUNG-HEE QUINTET AND AKIKO PAVOLKA'S HOUSE OF ILLUSION
David Devoe, host

Seung-Hee Han, voice;  Adam Kolker, tenor sax, bass clarinet;  Pete Rende, piano;  Ike Sturm, bass;  George Schuller, drums;  Akiko Pavolka, voice;  Nate Radley, guitar;  Matt Renzi, sax, clarinet;  Matt Pavolka, bass;  Bill Campbell, drums
Gnu Vox: Seung-Hee Quintet and Akiko Pavolka's House of Illusion image
Seung-Hee is a Korean-born, NYC based jazz vocalist and composer. She has studied and performed in the East Coast and South Korea with American jazz greats such as Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Dominique Eade, Ran Blake and John McNeil to name a few, while receiving notable reviews such as "On the title track, where the singer's voice is a finely tuned instrument, singing a stunning wordless melody followed by verses in Korean, as her quintet performs sumptuous music..." by [All About Jazz] "a unique voice" [Boston Globe] and "a pioneer in jazz voice" [MMJAZZ], the most renowned Korean jazz magazine. She will be performing with her quintet performing her original compositions and arrangements of others in Korean as well as in English infused with 21st century jazz and her Korean heritage.

Akiko Pavolka is a New York based singer/songwriter who's strikingly original compositions blend pop and jazz with the music and sensibilities of her native Japan. Together with her band "House of Illusion" she has spent the past ten years developing a very personal sonic universe that is sometimes humorous, sometimes beautiful, sometimes frightening, but always her own.
 Cover $10   www.seung-hee.com www.akikopavolka.com

Friday
Jun 05
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Kathi Georges, host

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The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Kat's feature is Ronnie Norbel. Ronnie Norpel is a performance poet, actor, photographer and jock with a deep passion for the Phillies, where she spent seven seasons as a ballgirl and fan accommodation manager. In New York, “Ronnie G” was the muse and collaborator of Warhol Factory superstar Gerard Malanga, whose phot of Ronnie, “Marble of Light,” was included for the exhibition and catalogue, Artists of the Warhol Circle Then & Now. She studied acting in Hollywood and worked at the Zero One Gallery. Today, Ronnie reads monthly in NYC with the Upper Left Side Writers and Poets. Other readings include the Lower East Side Festival, the SynonymUS collective at Nuyorican Poets Café, and the Wild Angels at St. John the Divine.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  RALPH ALESSI AND MODULAR THEATRE
Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Loren Stillman, alto saxophone;  Ben Street, bass;  Nasheet Waits, drums
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Ralph Alessi’s Modular Theatre is a band seemingly capable of reaching almost any musical territory. An underlying "jazz" sensibility is infused with any and everything from Hip Hop (texts ancient and spontaneous) to chamber music.
The band just released it’s 2nd CD called "Open Season" on the RKMmusic label
 Cover $10   www.ralphalessi.com
Saturday
Jun 06
6:00PM  THE LIAR SHOW
Andy Christie

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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.

CAROLYN CASTIGLIA - NBC's Last Comic Standing

ANDY CHRISTIE - N.Y. Times; Moth Storytelling GrandSlam Champion

ROBIN GELFENBIEN - VH1; Marie Claire

DAN ALLEN - Comedy Central's Premium Blend

Listen to four personal stories that will make you laugh, make you think, and possibly make you glad you don't live with these people. Three stories are true. One is a complete fabrication. Interrogate the cast and expose the fraud to win an unbelievable prize. "A Winner. 4 Stars." The Scotsman, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

TimeOut NY Critics Pick

"A night of solid fun. " - BroadwayBaby

Cover $10
 Cover $10   www.TheLiarShow.com

9:00PM & 10:30PM  MY BAND FOOT FOOT,
A SHAGGS REVUE

Andrew Green, guitar, vocals;  JC Sanford, trombone, vocals;  John McNeil, trumpet, vocals;  Sara Caswell, violin;  Matt Pavolka, bass, vocals;  Ted Poor, drums
My Band Foot Foot, <br>a Shaggs Revue image
As you know, June 6th is the 65th anniversary of D-Day.

To commemorate this pivotal moment in history My Band Foot-Foot will reenact the Allied landing at Normandy on the stage at Cornelia Street Café.

Actually, it won't be the whole landing, just part of it. And not the shooting part or the part where there's explosions and stuff. It'll just be the part where a band plays two sets of Shaggs music to, um, distract the Nazi defenders and flummox the Luftwaffe. It's a little known story which has been largely ignored because it wasn't, like, dramatic or heroic enough.

Come to think of it, maybe it's not about Normandy after all....maybe the boys were remembering Norman Dee, the bass player who popularized "Gravy Waltz." In any case, they will play their clever reworkings of the Wiggin sisters' bizarre masterpieces.
 Cover $10   www.johnmcneiljazz.com www,jcsandford.com

Sunday
Jun 07
6:00PM  ENTERTAINING SCIENCE -- ACQUA! THE SOUNDS AND SCIENCE OF WATER
Roald Hoffmann


ACQUA! THE SOUNDS AND SCIENCE OF WATER

What do a downtown duo exploring unusual acoustic instruments of wind, water, earth and metal, intricate textures, loops and grooves and a chemical engineer have in common. Let's find out! Pablo Debenedetti of Princeton, an expert on fluids and amorphous solids of all sorts, will co-examine familiar and strange water, in all its life-enhancing properties -- chemical, physical, sociological and...musical with the musicians of Lyrebyrd - Katie Down and Matt Darriau. Down, a downtown theatrical sound designer and composer also known for her musical antics in the Ukuladies, plays flute, glass harp and glass objects, steel cello, lithophone, and other assorted sounds. Darriau, of Klezmatics and Paradox Trio fame, is known for his expertise on Bulgarian kaval and gaida, Irish flute, alto sax and clarinets.
 Cover $10

Entertaining Science -- ACQUA! THE SOUNDS AND SCIENCE OF WATER image
8:30PM  GERALD M. THOMAS GROUP
Chris Winans, trumpet;  Omar Daniels, saxophones;  Gerald M. Thomas, saxophones;  Nick Russo, guitar;  Lou Rainone, piano;  Howard Britz, bass;  Grisha Alexiev, drums
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Adapted from an idea of Grisha Alexiev, this ensemble was conceived of to be a forum for cats to have their new original compositions heard by the musicians they liked to play with. Gerald M. Thomas called this combination of players together to create a real jazz band with it's own identity, not just a random collection of soloist ringers. This group is a band first, whose players/composers enjoy playing with each other and have an unmistakeably great chemistry. Among the many influences of the band's are: the "ECM" sound, Jazz Messengers, and Eric Dolphy.

- for more info:
www.chriswinans.com
www.nickrusso.org
www.lourainone.com
howardbritz.com
  www.myspace.com/geraldmatthewthomas www.myspace.com/septet

Monday
Jun 08
6:00PM  WRITERS READ
Gene Albertelli and Teresa Giordano, host


Yetsuh Frank is an Architect at the Urban Green Council. He has studied for a number of years under Philip Schultz at the Writers Studio. He lives in Brooklyn with wife and family.

Joel Hinman is a fiction writer who teaches at the Writers Studio. His work has been published in Epiphany Magazine. He has recently become a father. He works pro-bono as a community mediator in the South Bronx.

Andre Lockwood is a faculty member of the Writers Studio. She has been an editor for Simon and Schuster, Abrams and Cambridge University Press, and is the author of several nonfiction titles published by Ariel Books. She teaches at NYU's Wagner Graduate School for Public Policy, and runs a consulting business.

Bridget Potter is a Teaching Fellow in Columbia ’s University Writing Program, former SVP of Original programming at HBO and SVP of Entertainment Programming at NBC Entertainment. Two of her pieces have been published in Quarto, Columbia’s literary magazine. She’s currently working on a memoir.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  COMPOSERS COLLABORATIVE: SERIAL UNDERGROUND
Jed Distler Gilda Lyons & Seraphim Matthew Greenbaum
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Serial Underground, “the subversive nightclub series” (Time Out NY)

Allan Kozinn (New York Times) contextualizes CCi’s monthly performances in the basement of the Cornelia Street Cafe – “... part of the ecology of urban night life.” CCi artistic director, Jed Distler, curates the programs abetted by director Arnold Barkus and lighting designer David Lovett.

Tonight:
Gilda Lyons - excerpt of new opera for the vocal trio Seraphim
Matthew Greenbaum - (preview/new opera) Footnote to HOWL
Jed Distler - counteRevolution, new BIG work for piano

Box office: 212.663.1967 (advance purchase discount available)
Admission at the door: $15 gen’l, $10 student/sr + one drink minimum

  www.composerscollab.org

Tuesday
Jun 09
6:00PM  STORYTELLING
Barbara Aliprantis

Bob Reiser
Storytelling occurs the second Tuesday of every month.

FEATURED TELLER: Bob Reiser

Format: Featured Teller and OPEN TELLING (5 - 6 minute limit) ($7 includes on drink) Before there was the Moth, Speakeasy or Liars Show, there was STORYTELLING at the Cornelia Street Cafe. Beginning in 1997, storytellers and story listeners have been coming to The Cornelia Street Cafe on the 2nd Tuesday of each month for the "love of story!" We have featured more than 200 professional tellers, and countless others have stepped up to the Mic to swap a story! There is no judging, no contest, just great fun!

Come early and sign up for the OPEN TELLING (Open Mic). Know that everyone's a winner.

"Storytelling is everyday conversation, teaching tool, survival technique and an ancient art..."
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)   http://www.barbaraaliprantis.org

8:30PM  MORRISON MOTEL
John Morrison, host

Frank Vignola Maureen Langan Lee Camp Charlie Kasov Sean Donnelly Raquel D'Apice Ray Higgs
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John Morrison's monthly comedy quickie--some of the smartest, most politically savvy comedians in or passing through New York make and unmake their bed here before some soon to be deported illegal third world alien comes in to clean it all up . . .


 Cover $10   www.myspace.com/morrisongod

Wednesday Jun 10 6:00PM  INTERCULTURAL POETRY SERIES
Andrey Gritsman and Julia Istomina, hosts

Komo Ananda Melinda Wilson Matthew Yeager with a *SPECIAL TWIST*!
Komo Natu Ananda was born 22 September 1980 in San Diego, California, where he lived for twelve years before moving to New England. In 2006 he moved to New York city to attend the Creative Writing program at The New School. Komo occasionally writes poetry reviews for coldfrontmag.com. His poems remain unpublished and tonight will be his first public reading.

Melinda Wilson's work has appeared in Arsenic Lobster, Avatar Review, The Lumberyard, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Amplexus will be available from Dancing Girl Press in the fall. She holds an MFA from The New School and is originally from New Hampshire.

Matthew Yeager has published poems in The New York Quarterly, Bat City Review, Ocho and elsewhere. His poem "A Big Ball of Foil in a Small NY Apartment," selected by Paul Muldoon for The Best American Poetry 2005, is currently being adapted into a short film. A native of Cincinatti, OH, he currently lives in Harlem.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  PASCAL NIGGENKEMPER TRIO + LAUBROCK/DAVIS/SOREY
Ingrid Laubrock, saxophone;  Kris Davis, piano;  Tyshawn Sorey, drums;  Pascal Niggenkemper, bass;  Robin Verheyen, tenor & soprano saxophone;  Tyshawn Sorey, drums, piano
Pascal Niggenkemper Trio + Laubrock/Davis/Sorey image
8:30PM Pascal Niggenkemper Trio

To put the Pascal Niggenkemper Trio in a certain spotlight seems to be difficult as the music takes each time endless new ways. Pascal's compositions expand and elaborate on a combination of influences that spans from the 20th century european music heritage and european improvisation to the recent life and music experience of living in the new yorker cultural melting pot. The result plays like a soundtrack, energetic, spontanous and captivating.

10PM Laubrock/Davis/Sorey

Drummer Tyshawn Sorey, pianist Kris Davis and woodwind contender Ingrid Laubrock perform at Cornelia street Cafe with their collaborative trio. Born in Germany and based in London, Laubrock has been hailed by All About Jazz as "a new saxophone colossus," which is certainly borne out by her latest release for Intakt, Sleepthief. Sorey, know for his sideman work with Steve Coleman, Vijay Iyer and his own ensemble Oblique,is an iconoclastic drummer and composer who has persistently challenged himself to break new boundaries. Davis, one of New York's leading improvisers and composers, has to her credit Lifespan, The Slightest Shift and Rye Eclipse, all revealing what the Chicago Sun-Times calls "a sense of kaleidoscopic possibilities … There's color and angularity and continual movement."

- more info: www.krisdavis.net
www.ingridlaubrock.com
www.myspace.com/tyshawnsorey
 Cover $15   www.pascalniggenkemper.com www.myspace.com/pascalniggenkemper

Thursday
Jun 11
6:00PM  TOM PAINE
David Roy Lincoln, host

Eric Foner , historian;  Steven Taylor , guitarist with The Fugs;  David Roy Lincoln , poet/novelist
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Thomas Paine Anniversary

Join us for a night of history and poetics on the anniversary of Thomas Paine's 200 years of passing. Celebrate this great American, humanist, master of agitprop, activist and poet only a few blocks from his last apartment. With Eric Foner (noted biographer of Paine, Professor of History at Columbia University, and one of the country's most prominent historians), Steven Taylor (Allen Ginsberg's long-time accompanist, former chair of Writing and Poetics at Naropa University, author of False Prophet: Field Notes from the Punk Underground, and guitarist with The Fugs), and David Roy Lincoln (performer, poet, award winning novelist, author of Mobility Lounge, and poetry chapbooks The Interloper and By The Way).

Plus a call to arms for artists of all persuasions with Acts of Art and friends (emceed by Susan Brennan).

Summer soldiers and spring time patriots beware.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  GNU VOX: CINDY SCOTT
David Devoe, curator

Cindy Scott, voice;  Brian Seeger, guitar;  Dan Loomis, bass;  Jared Schonig, drums
Gnu Vox: Cindy Scott image
"Cindy Scott's debut CD should make anyone take notice," says Roseanna Vitro.

Cindy Scott has a warm, sexy tone with clear presentation of lyrics and attention to melody. In her singing can be heard the influences of well-known jazz artists Sarah Vaughan and Karrin Allyson, with a touch of Ricki Lee Jones mixed in. She either swings hard or floats dreamily, depending on the song. Scott's passion for jazz comes out in her delivery and endears her to her listeners.
 Cover $10   www.cindyscott.us

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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