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Paintings by MARY GROSSMAN

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Saturday
Jul 18
6:00PM  COWGIRL FESTIVAL
Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, host

Kahlil Almustafa, poet & social engineer;  Chris Becker, laptop composer ;  Lenae Harris, Cellist
Cowgirl Festival  image
Poems and Other Sounds

Poet Kahlil Almustafa is known as the Peoples Poet, whether for a mass rally of hundreds of people, a nightclub, church, university or a backyard family reunion. almustafa is the 2002 Nuyorican Grand Slam Champion and the author of four collections of poetry and his debut CD CounterIntelligence. In 2008, he was selected by the Hip-Hop Theater Festival as a grantee of the Future Aesthetics Artist Re-grant (FAAR), funded by the Ford Foundation. Kahlil recently completed the 100 Poems For 100 Days project where he wrote 100 poems in the first 100 days of Barack Obamas presidency. A true poet from Queens, New York, he uses poetry to engage with communities in critical dialogue.

Composer Chris Becker lives and works in Long Island City, Queens, New York, composing, arranging and recording music for a wide variety of solo and collaborative projects including music for dance, mixed-media installations, and film.

Cellist, pianist, composer and producer Lenae A. Harris began her music career at the age of six. Though classically trained in cello and piano, Lenae has performed with several artists including such diverse musical personalities as Beth Arentsen, Jeremy James, Maya Azucena, Stori James, Abby Dobson, Mike Viola and the Candy Butchers.


 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  MICHAEL BLAKE TRIO
Michael Blake, saxophones;  Ben Allison, bass;  Daniel Freedman, drums
Michael Blake Trio image
Saxophonist, composer and arranger Michael Blake has established his presence in the jazz world, while his work gracefully erases the borders between different areas of music. Highlights of 2008 include a special guest appearance on Ben Allison’s Man Size Safe and performances with Blake Tartare at the Rochester, Vancouver and Copenhagen jazz festivals. Michael’s new band Hellbent recently played at Milano’s esteemed Mito Festival. His soprano sax work was recognized in the 2008 Downbeat Reader’s Poll.

From Soul and Reggae to traditional African and Vietnamese music - Blake is always exploring music that inspires him while staying true to himself.

Panoramic imagination -The New York Times
 Cover $10   www.michaelblake.net

Sunday
Jul 19
6:00PM  COWGIRL FESTIVAL
Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, host

Kahlil Almustafa, poet & social engineer;  Gabriella Callender, singer & songwriter
Cowgirl Festival image
Poems and Other Sounds

Poet Kahlil Almustafa is known as the Peoples Poet, whether for a mass rally of hundreds of people, a nightclub, church, university or a backyard family reunion. almustafa is the 2002 Nuyorican Grand Slam Champion and the author of four collections of poetry and his debut CD CounterIntelligence. In 2008, he was selected by the Hip-Hop Theater Festival as a grantee of the Future Aesthetics Artist Re-grant (FAAR), funded by the Ford Foundation. Kahlil recently completed the 100 Poems For 100 Days project where he wrote 100 poems in the first 100 days of Barack Obamas presidency. He uses poetry to engage with communities in critical dialogue.

Gabriella Callender is a Singer, Songwriter and is the heart of Mahina Movement's music. Gabriella lives in Queens, New York but is just back from performing at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley, California She has performed on over 500 stages, from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe to Lincoln Center. Her music has been heard on WBAI radio, Manhattan News Network and Al Jazeers television. She currently working on her debut album Emma, expected to be out in January of 2010.


 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  MATT DARRIAU'S BALLIN' THE JACK
Matt Darriau, reeds;  Andy Laster, reeds;  Frank London, trumpet;  Curtis Hasselbring, trombone;  Anthony Coleman, piano;  Joe Fitzgerald, bass;  George Schuller, drums
Matt Darriau's Ballin' the Jack image
Ballin' The Jack has toured several times in Europe including the North Sea Jazz Festival, 2002 Newport Jazz Festival and remains committed to playing music that is challenging, yet makes people want to move with the groove!

Matt Darriau - reeds (Paradox Trio, Klezmatics)
Andy Laster - reeds (Julius Hemphill Sax Sextet)
Frank London- trumpet & mutes (Klezmatics)
Curtis Hasselbring - trombone (Jazz Passengers, Tom Harrell)
Anthony Coleman - Piano, Hammond B3 organ (John Zorn, Marc Ribot)
Joe Fitzgerald - bass (Gene Bertoncini, Fred Hersch)
George Schuller - drums (Schulldogs)

"Of the many centennial tributes to Duke, this could be the most entertaining and forward thinking. Certainly it's the zaniest and very in your face... Ballin' The Jack revives [these tunes] in an ultra-modern way that makes them seem like they were just written.... A strong candidate for Jazz CD of the Year"
- Michael G. Nastos, All-Music Guide

Can "downtown" players deliver classic jazz and swing tunes? The Big Head should quickly win over skeptics with the speed precision and boisterous energy brought to tunes like Benny Goodman's Seven Come Eleven ... their enthusiasm and beat quickly become contagious.
-Jon Andrews DOWNBEAT
 Cover $10   www.myspace.com/ballinthematt www.myspace.com/mattdarriau

Monday
Jul 20
6:00PM  HAROLD NORSE TRIBUTE
Kathi Georges & Valery Oisteanu, hosts


The seminal beat remembered and praised.

Harold Norse (1916- 2009) was among the American expatriates who sought experience and creative insight in Europe during the 1950's and early 60's. He was one of the occupants of the Beat Hotel on Paris' Rue Gît-le- Cœur, where he first caught up with the Beat generation writers in 1960.

Norse, whose surname comes from an anagram of his mother's name in Russian, was born in Brooklyn on July 6, 1916. His mother was an unmarried Jewish immigrant from Russia, and though he never knew his father, Norse surmises that he was a German-American soldier. Harold took an interest in literature while in high school, and in 1934 attended Brooklyn College, where he became the first freshman to win the school's annual poetry contest.

Poets who will pay tribute to Norse include Ira Cohen, Max Blagg, Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, Steve Dalachinsky, Shelley Miller, Tom Walker, Judith Malina, George Wallace, and Angelo Verga.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  SONGWRITER'S BEAT 5TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL
Valerie Ghent, host

Kyra Gaunt Valerie Ghent Elisabeth Withers Clayton Bryant
Songwriter's Beat 5th Annual Festival image

The Songwriter's Beat Festival presents 24 of NY's best songwriters in 6 nights, from July 20 - July 25, 2009.

Now in its 9th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York's most popular acoustic songwriters series, curated / hosted by singer-songwriter Valerie Ghent. The Songwriter's Beat features four songwriters of varying musical styles who are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements.

The Songwriter's Beat is delighted to share in the 32nd birthday celebration of the Cornelia Street Cafe!

Proceeds of the Songwriter's Beat Festival benefit "Feel the Music!" , a NYC nonprofit which brings music and art to children and families impacted by trauma.


 Cover $10   songwritersbeat.com

Tuesday
Jul 21
6:00PM  LIAR SHOW
Andy Christie, host

Jim O'Grady , N.Y. Times;  Mr Z, Moth GrandSlam Champion;  Ophira Eisenberg, Comedy Central;  Leslie Goshko , Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion
Four writers, actors & comics tell short personal stories. But one of them is making it all up. Interrogate the cast to expose the lie and win an unbelievable T-shirt.

"A Winner. 4 Stars." 2008 Edinburgh Festival

TimeOut NY Critics Pick


 Cover $10   http://www.TheLiarShow.com

LIAR SHOW image
8:30PM  SONGWRITER'S BEAT 5TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL
Valerie Ghent, host

James Vidos Dean Bowman Aziza Miller Bill Grady
Songwriter's Beat 5th Annual Festival image

The Songwriter's Beat Festival presents 24 of NY's best songwriters in 6 nights, from July 20 - July 25, 2009.

Now in its 9th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York's most popular acoustic songwriters series, curated / hosted by singer-songwriter Valerie Ghent. The Songwriter's Beat features four songwriters of varying musical styles who are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements.

The Songwriter's Beat is delighted to share in the 32nd birthday celebration of the Cornelia Street Cafe!

Proceeds of the Songwriter's Beat Festival benefit "Feel the Music!" , a NYC nonprofit which brings music and art to children and families impacted by trauma.


 Cover $10   songwritersbeat.com

Wednesday Jul 22 6:00PM  LIAR SHOW
Andy Christie, host

Mark Baltazar , Event Producer; Writer;  Margot Leitman, Late Night With Conan O'Brien;  Guilia Rozzi , Glamour; Bust Magazine;  Peter Aguero, Moth GrandSlam Champion; BTK Band
Four writers, actors & comics tell short personal stories. But one of them is making it all up. Interrogate the cast to expose the lie and win an unbelievable T-shirt.

"A Winner. 4 Stars." 2008 Edinburgh Festival

TimeOut NY Critics Pick


 Cover $10   http://www.TheLiarShow.com

LIAR SHOW image
8:30PM  SONGWRITER'S BEAT 5TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL
Valerie Ghent

Jahn Xavier Ina May Wool Tim & Diana McCorry Larry May
Songwriter's Beat 5th Annual Festival image

The Songwriter's Beat Festival presents 24 of NY's best songwriters in 6 nights, from July 20 - July 25, 2009.

Now in its 9th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York's most popular acoustic songwriters series, curated / hosted by singer-songwriter Valerie Ghent. The Songwriter's Beat features four songwriters of varying musical styles who are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements.

The Songwriter's Beat is delighted to share in the 32nd birthday celebration of the Cornelia Street Cafe!

Proceeds of the Songwriter's Beat Festival benefit "Feel the Music!" , a NYC nonprofit which brings music and art to children and families impacted by trauma.


 Cover $10   songwritersbeat.com

Thursday
Jul 23
6:00PM  FRENCH NIGHTS
Lucinda Karter, host


Contemporary French writing in a bilingual format. And the audience has real fashion sense.

Fils Unique / Stéphane Audeguy, translated by John Cullen

Un Complot de saltimbanques / Albert Cossery, translated by Alyson Waters

Mari et Femme (cont. from last month) / Régis de Sá Moreira, translated by Jeff Rubinstein


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  SONGWRITER'S BEAT 5TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL
Valerie Ghent, host

Susan D Doug Kwartler Emily Zuzik Peter Calo
Songwriter's Beat 5th Annual Festival image

The Songwriter's Beat Festival presents 24 of NY's best songwriters in 6 nights, from July 20 - July 25, 2009.

Now in its 9th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York's most popular acoustic songwriters series, curated / hosted by singer-songwriter Valerie Ghent. The Songwriter's Beat features four songwriters of varying musical styles who are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements.

The Songwriter's Beat is delighted to share in the 32nd birthday celebration of the Cornelia Street Cafe!

Proceeds of the Songwriter's Beat Festival benefit "Feel the Music!" , a NYC nonprofit which brings music and art to children and families impacted by trauma.


 Cover $10   songwritersbeat.com

Friday
Jul 24
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Eve Packer, host

Miriam Stanley, featured reader
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Miriam Stanley has performed at the D.U.M.B.O Arts Festival, The Knitting Factory, Dixon Place, The Bowery Poetry Club, and numerous other venues. She is senior editor of roguescholars.com


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)   http://www.roguescholars.com

8:30PM  SONGWRITER'S BEAT 5TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL
Valerie Ghent & Deni Bonet, hosts

Deni Bonet Alyson Palmer Roberto Poveda Khalil Madyun
Songwriter's Beat 5th Annual Festival image

The Songwriter's Beat Festival presents 24 of NY's best songwriters in 6 nights, from July 20 - July 25, 2009.

Now in its 9th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York's most popular acoustic songwriters series, curated / hosted by singer-songwriter Valerie Ghent. The Songwriter's Beat features four songwriters of varying musical styles who are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements.

The Songwriter's Beat is delighted to share in the 32nd birthday celebration of the Cornelia Street Cafe!

Proceeds of the Songwriter's Beat Festival benefit "Feel the Music!" , a NYC nonprofit which brings music and art to children and families impacted by trauma.


 Cover $10   songwritersbeat.com

Saturday
Jul 25
6:00PM  MUSIC & WORDS
Ruth Lepson, host

Low Road, Noah Preminger & Eric Lane
From Boston and other outposts of civilization, music & poetry together.

Ruth Lepson is poet-in-residence at the New England Conservatory of Music. Her new book of poems is I Went Looking for You & her other books are Morphology, Dreaming in Color and Poetry from Sojourner: A Feminist Anthology.

Low Road is Noah Preminger, one of the hottest young musicians in the country, on sax; Eric Lane, an eclectic keyboard player who does jazz, hip-hop, afro beat; and Ruth Lepson, words.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  SONGWRITER'S BEAT 5TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL
Valerie Ghent, host

Steve Northeast Joe Cerisano Joe Travers Seth Davis
Songwriter's Beat 5th Annual Festival image

The Songwriter's Beat Festival presents 24 of NY's best songwriters in 6 nights, from July 20 - July 25, 2009.

Now in its 9th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York's most popular acoustic songwriters series, curated / hosted by singer-songwriter Valerie Ghent. The Songwriter's Beat features four songwriters of varying musical styles who are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements.

The Songwriter's Beat is delighted to share in the 32nd birthday celebration of the Cornelia Street Cafe!

Proceeds of the Songwriter's Beat Festival benefit "Feel the Music!" , a NYC nonprofit which brings music and art to children and families impacted by trauma.


 Cover $10   songwritersbeat.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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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