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Jul 04
6:00PM  HAPPY JULY 4TH !!!!

The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series will take the holiday off and return next week.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Jul 07
Nicholas Jahr, host

The Crumpled Press celebrates its third anniversary, as well as two current publications, Professor Anthony Grafton's Codex in Crisis and Chris Moses' 'Tis of Thee: Reflections, a last ditch celebration of the 4th of July weekend, an evening of poetry, politics, and prose featuring:

Derek McGee who served two tours with the Marines in Iraq. His book, When I Wished I Was Here: Dispatches from Fallujah, has nearly surpassed 1000 copies, and remains a penetrating look at the day-to-day life of a soldier on and off the battlefield.

J. Nealin Parker, an aid worker with experience in South Africa, Indonesia, and Haiti, and recent graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School for Public Affairs at Princeton, will read from her powerful first-hand account of the recent elections in Liberia, Take a Right at the Tank & Other Ways to Get Home.

Jordan McIntyre, one of the founding editors of the Crumpled Press, will read from his collections of poetry, Still Leaves and 13 Poems.

Chris Moses, a PhD candidate in the History Department of Princeton University, will read from his new pamphlet, 'Tis of Thee: Reflections on the Fourth of July, a meditation on love of country in a country that can be difficult to love.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  John de Witt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion;  John Ventimiglia, actor
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David Amram Quartet, with Kevin Twigg, John Dewitt, Adam Amram , actor John Ventimiglia and surprise guests celebrating the publication of amram's new book, "Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat" classics of jazz, world music, spoken word and amram's compositions.

This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments--renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.
 Cover $10

Jul 08
Barbara Aliprantis, Curator/Host

Storytelling occurs the second Tuesday of every month.

Featured Teller: Stephanie Parello

Format: OPEN TELLING (6 to 7 minute limit), Followed by: Featured Teller

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." - Helen Keller

STEPHANIE PARELLO, a born storyteller, weaves an eclectic tapestry of stories and anecdotes from here and there and everywhere! A native of New York City, Stephanie turned her life upside-down a year ago by moving "Down Under" to accept the position of Senior Astronomy Educator at the Sydney Observatory/Powerhouse Museum. In addition to her day job, Stephanie immersed herself in the Sidney storytelling community and now, a year later, does she have new stories to tell? You bet!

Note: The 2nd Tuesday of the Month Storytelling Series hangs up the "Gone Fishing" sign for the month of August. Be back in September! - Barbara Aliprantis
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

John Morrison, host

Tom Shillue Jane Condon Liam McEneaney Thomas Middleditch Mike Drucker Dan Cartwright
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 . . .

On this, our last show till September, we are happy as heck to have Tom Shillue headline. The New York Times called Tom “Inspired”, and the New York Post said, simply, “Brilliant”. Backstage named him the Top New York Comic, saying “There isn’t anything Shillue can’t do”, and fans on the Comedy Central website voted Tom one of the top ten comedians in the country in their annual showdown. (Did we mention we're happy as heck to have him?) Joining Tom will be our good friend, Jane Condon, of "Last Comic Standing" and "The View" fame. VH1's Liam McEneaney will be here before he runs off to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and so - hopefully, finally - will Chicago's Thomas Middleditch (Second City, Baby Loves Candy). And let's not forget good friends and great comics Mike Drucker and Dan Cartwright. And there you have it, 90 minutes of fresh-baked hilarity, just for you.
 Cover $10

Wednesday Jul 09
Jon Brunelle, storytelling;  Dan Vatsky, video
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Vintage film clips, free form narrative. It's not everyday we find a new multimedia genre.

'50s detectives thwarted by MTA service changes. Psychic anarchists in a doomed romance. Frustrated feds seduced by runaway nanobots. The Psychasthenia Society presents an immersive program of satiric stories blended with remixed movie stills, live video, and electronic music. Featuring storyteller Jon Keith Brunelle and video artist Daniel Vatsky, straight from Williamsburg engagements at Galapagos Art Space and Monkey Town.

Jon Keith Brunelle, the founder of The Psychasthenia Society, calls his work laptop storytelling: rapid-fire digital slide shows comprising hundreds of vintage movie stills, remixed to form satiric new stories that he tells in live voiceover. Various editions of The Hammer Variations, Jon's remix of the movie Kiss Me Deadly, have been featured at Collective: Unconscious and P.S. 122, and in New York gallery events. The Nanolove Report, written by Jon and performed by The Psychasthenia Society, enjoyed a successful run at Collective: Unconscious.

As the visual coordinator of The Psychasthenia Society, Daniel Vatsky draws from his expertise as both an established video artist and a professional archival image researcher. His projections have graced the walls and screens of dozens of New York clubs and parties. Performance highlights include showings at the Museum of Modern Art, the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio, and the Knitting Factory. Recent collaborations include work with multimedia performance artist Laurie Anderson and documentary filmmaker Ric Burns.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Ann Klein, host

Ann Klein Tabitha Fair Alyson Palmer Tony Salvatore
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Ann Klein (host) is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer. As a composer/songwriter, she has: toured in Europe consistently for 10 years; written music for: three documentaries for French television; THE ENERGY FACTORY (an organization committed to tackling the growing problem of child obesity in the United States); MetroMusic a hip and happenin library in NYC. As a guitarist, Ann has had the honor of playing with Kate Pierson of the B-52s, Joan Osborne, PM Dawn, Sara Lee, Toshi Reagon, Keri Noble, Mary Lee Kortes, Sara Wendt, and Ani DiFranco, among others. She has also produced several artists with her partner, Tim Hatfield, of Cowboy Technical Services. Ann was also the recipient of a grant to attend the McDowell Colony in the summer of 2000. However, Ann is most proud of her ability to wah wah her way out of any solo, any time.

Her music is a hybrid of sounds--classic rock and pop, alternative, progressive and blues influences find their way into her intelligent, slightly off-kilter songs In a perfect world, Klein would be a big star.
- Mick Skidmore, Relix

Tabitha Fair is arguably one of the best singers the world over. Her stunning instrument transcends audiences with its dynamic nuances, and sparkling colors. Tabitha is often compared to divas Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey. In fact, all of these artists have achieved great success with songs that were first demoed by Tabitha, who has long been a favorite studio singer for platinum songwriters. Tabithas illustrious career began with her own TV show (at age 13) called, Tabitha, and it was then that great things started to happen. After making her initial splash at the Grand Ole Opry, Tabitha quickly became one of Nashvilles top singers and often toured with many well-known artists including Amy Grant and Travis Tritt. Tabitha eventually moved to New York where the focus has been on her solo career- writing, performing and recording. Tabitha has performed live duets with Michael McDonald as well as the lead singer from Ambrosia David Pack, and was featured at President Clintons second inauguration in Washington D.C. where she was accompanied by Bruce Hornsby on piano. By invitation, Tabitha was featured with Sting in a benefit performance for the Rainforest at Carnegie Hall. Miles Copeland honored Tabitha with an invitation to workshop with established songwriters and artists at a castle in France where she co-wrote a song with Carole King which was later placed in the movie, Sum of All Fears, featuring Tabithas vocal. Tabithas voice is currently heard on numerous national television commercials including V-8, Gillette Venus, Lays Potato Chips, and Hanes.

Alyson Palmer is a singer/songwriter and bass player, best known for being the tallest third of BETTY, the rock/pop band. In over two decades with that band, she and her music have appeared on television theme songs, films, Off-Broadway and in venues all over the world. With her beshert, Tony Salvatore by her side, she has a burgeoning solo career and the Tot Rock bands Tone Alley and Aly & The Village Family Band. She produces musical events, including Mamapalooza: The Festival For Moms Who Rock. The greatest things on earth to her are love and peanut butter.

Tony Salvatore has had the good fortune to perform with Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction, Lollapalooza), Angelique Kidjo, Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls), Jane Siberry, Kate Pierson (B-52's), Muzz Skillings (Living Colour), Taj Mahal; BETTY , Heather Greene , & Mary McBride. His first CD, an album of original instrumental acoustic guitar tunes entitled, NEFARIOSO, is avlbl at His upcoming self- produced album, CANNED ESSENCE will be avlbl online in 2008. Tony's guitar is featured on the theme song to Showtime's hottest series, The L Word; & his guitar & production skills provided music for a variety of cable & network shows & commercials. Tony is endorsed by Gibson Guitars , and Hot Hand Guitar Effects.
 Cover $7

Jul 10
Julie Maloney Deedee Agee
Julie Maloney has worked in the arts as a performer and educator her entire life. She holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Julie peformed for several modern dance companies in New York City before founding her own company and working as choreographer, artistic director and principal dancer. Dance led to photography and then to writing. Julie's new book of poetry, "Private Landscape," was published this fall by Arseya Publishing. She did not intend to write this book. Poetic form fell to the page as she traveled through cancer. This is a book about love and loving as told from a strikingly honest point of view. Its themes will resonate with every women and those brave enough will pass it on to the men in their lives.

Deedee Agee is working on a collection of autobiographical stories set in Greenwich Village in the 1950s and 60s, where she lived with her mother and father, the writer James Agee. She leads private workshops, has taught writing at the college level, and has also worked as a waitress, house painter, reproductive counselor, chef, software trainer at the United Nations and freelance writer. She was awarded a Geraldine R. Dodge Fellowship and membership in the Writer's Room of Boston. Her work has appeared in Doubletake Magazine as well as several anthologies, and she has read her work on NPR. Ms. Agee currently lives in Hingham, MA, in a 19th century parsonage with her husband, a Unitarian Universalist minister.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Daniel Kelly, piano;  David Ambrosio, bass;  Rob Garcia, drums
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Composer and pianist, Daniel Kelly has developed his own personal and unique approach to jazz, free improvisation and modern chamber music. His quartet was the recipient of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award. He has recorded and/or performed with musicians such as Lauryn Hill, Don Byron, David Murray, Harvie S, Iva Bittova, Bobby Sanabria, Candido, William Parker, John Zorn and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Tonight he performs in the trio setting with long-time band members David Ambrosio and Rob Garcia.

"Pianist Daniel Kelly is original and adventurous." Howard Mandel, Author of Future Jazz

Daniel Kelly is a pianist and composer who confidently splits the difference between murky history and sleek progressivism
- Nate Chinen, New York Times
 Cover $10

Jul 11
Roxanne Hoffman, host

The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Long time open mic favorite NGOMA features.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  X-MAN AND THE BOYS.
X-Man (Matt Miller), saxophone;  Leif Arntzen , trumpet/euphonium;  Brian Harding, trombone;  Bill Ware, vibes;  Miles Arntzen, drums;  Andrew Hall , bass
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Brian and Leif are from Vancouver, Miles and Bill and Andrew are from New York, and the mystery X-Man is from everywhere. We're all %&^% great, and play the usual suspects: Coltrane/Davis/Ellington/Monk/The Meters....did you say The Meters? Yes the funk. Ok.

More info on:
Bill Ware
Leif Arntzen or on myspace....
Miles Arntzen
 Cover $10

Drum kit donated by

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Many spoken words events are free
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