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Tuesday,  Mar 10
Barbara Aliprantis

Jim Hawkins, featured teller
Storytelling image
Storytelling occurs the second Tuesday of every month.

FORMAT: Open Telling (5-6 minutes) followed by Featured Teller

FEATURED TELLER: Jim Hawkins "Going Across America with Billy Zuckerman"

Jim Hawkins, Storyteller/Actor/Musician and gifted teacher, was born in Astoria, Queens and spent 10 years of his early childhood in the Midlands of Ireland before returning to America in 1956. He has been charming audiences with Irish stories and songs - on this side of the Atlantic - for over 20 years. Many of the programs he offers deal with aspects of Irish history, culture and tradition. Tonight Jim takes us on a "ROAD TRIP" and recounts a hilarious episode from a story he calls "Going Across America with Billy Zuckerman." You won't want to miss this.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Tuesday,  Mar 10
John Morrison, host

Ted Alexandro Hannibal Burress Alia Tarraf Gilad Foss Matt Ruby Arthur Carlson
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 . . .

This month, we're very happy to have Ted Alexandro as our headliner. With his own half-hour special on Comedy Central Presents, as well as being featured on Letterman, Kimmel, Conan and thrice (!) at the Montreal Comedy Festival, Ted's just a joy to watch. Come see for yourself why TimeOut NY named him one of the top comedians working today. And joining Ted is Awkward King of Comedy’s Hannibal Burress, fresh from his latest appearances on Larry King Live and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

We're also happy to have with us the co-writer and one of the stars of the 2008 hilarious spoof 'Beirut Hills’, Alia Tarraf. You’ve probably already seen her on MTV and various silly commercials. Old friends and Motel favorites will be back in force as well. The latest warm-up for Jewel at the Rainbow Room, Gilad Foss, will be here; along with podcaster (We're All Friends Here) and MTV favorite, Matt Ruby and The Ultimate Experts’ Arthur Carlson… all we need now is you. Please, join us. We'll leave the light on. And thanks ever so much for your support.
 Cover $10

Wednesday,  Mar 11
Angelo Verga, host

Peter Goodwin Michael Heller Burt Kimmelman
Peter Goodwin has roots on both sides of the Atlantic, and now calls both New York City and the Chesapeake Bay home. Formally a teacher and playwright, Peter's poems tells tales of what might have happened in the past or just yesterday. He will be reading from his manuscript, I Wish I Could Remember Her Name.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Wednesday,  Mar 11
Pamela Bob, vocals;  Ellen Mandel, piano;  Michael Lydon, guitar;  Dave Hofstra, bass
PAMELA BOB sings the MANDEL and LYDON Songbook image
Pamela Bob, named Best Actress in a Musical by the Talkin' Broadway and MTA awards, will sing songs by Ellen Mandel and Michael Lydon in a wide variety of styles, including ballads, blues, pop, and comedy, with lyrics by Mandel and Lydon as well as E. E. Cummings, Seamus Heaney, and others.

Pamela Bob: "A knockout turn":--Variety

Ellen Mandel and Michael Lydon: "ardent, spiky and freshly organic"
--NY Times
"Funny and musical"-Daily News

Thursday,  Mar 12
Kathi Georges, host

The Greater New York Independent Publishers Association presents

New York State of Mind:

An Evening of NYC Fiction and Poetry

Sizzling readings and hot tips on independent publishing, featured performers include Norman Beim, Perry Brass, Anne Heckman, Heidi Russell, Fred Milani, Jeanne Pearson, and more.

Following the reading, the publishers will be available for one-on-one discussions to share tips on publishing and self-publishing, and offer information about the GNYIPA organization. For more than 10 years, GNYIPA has served as an important resource for the citys independent publishers, providing pointers on everything from book design and printing, to distribution and promotion, to digital book creation and licensing.

 Cover $12 (includes one house drink)

Thursday,  Mar 12
David Devoe, host

Julie Hardy, voice, piano;  Mark Dewings, voice, guitar;  Simona Dolecki, voice, cello;  Bryson Kern, drums;  Wendy Gilles, voice;  Petr Cancura, saxophone, mandolin;  Jamie Reynolds, piano;  Dan Loomis, bass;  Brian Adler, drums
Gnu Vox: The Overnight Crossing & Wendy Gilles image
The Overnight Crossing is Julie Hardy, Mark Dewings and Simona Dolecki; three people who drifted into NYC to make music though never expected to make music with each other. With a unique style that can only be described as 'indie folk chamber music', they're influenced as much by Schumann as Simon & Garfunkel, by Bon Iver as much as the Beatles. Their backgrounds are as varied as their sound: two conservatory trained musicians, one musical hack; two Americans, one European; two girls, one guy.

Vocalist, songwriter and professional church musician Wendy Gilles is a versatile singer whose warm, inviting voice adapts effortlessly to whichever genre she incorporates into her musical vocabulary. She recently completed her Master of Music from New England Conservatory, where she studied with Dominique Eade and John McNeil and was a featured soloist in ensembles led by faculty and guest artists such as Bob Brookmeyer, Dave Holland and Django Bates.

Friday,  Mar 13
Jackie Sheeler, host

Mags Treanor
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

The feature tonight is Irish poet Mags Treanor.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Friday,  Mar 13
Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  John Hebert, bass;  Billy Drummund, drums
Tony Malaby Quartet image
Saxophonist Tony Malaby, is one of the most compelling living voices on his instrument who is able to musically expand in multiple musical directions. Whether it is in a modern harmonic linear approach or a sonic approach. His is not an eclectic style, but an authentic language in which he is able to create meaning and communicate feeling through the primal power of sound and rhythm.
- Mark Dresser (July 2008)

Malaby is joined by some of his favorite NY improvisers - Advanced Reservations recommended.
 Cover $10

Saturday,  Mar 14
Maria Lisella, host

Italian American Writers Association, featured readers are: TBA, plus open mic, 5 minute limit.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Saturday,  Mar 14
Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  John Hebert, bass;  Billy Drummund, drums
Tony Malaby Quartet image
Saxophonist Tony Malaby, is one of the most compelling living voices on his instrument who is able to musically expand in multiple musical directions. Whether it is in a modern harmonic linear approach or a sonic approach. His is not an eclectic style, but an authentic language in which he is able to create meaning and communicate feeling through the primal power of sound and rhythm.
- Mark Dresser (July 2008)

Malaby is joined by some of his favorite NY improvisers - Advanced Reservations recommended.
 Cover $10

Sunday,  Mar 15
Carole Stone, host

BJ Ward Adele Kennedy Carole Stone Martin Jude Farawell,
Please join us for a reading by Tiferet Journal poets, including Martin Jude Farawell, Associate Poetry Director for the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program. The author of Genesis: A Sequence of Poems, his poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. His plays have been performed off-off-Broadway at a variety of regional, college, community and international theaters, including The George Street Playhouse and as part of the AmFest Theater Festival in South Africa.

Adele Kenny is the author of 23 books (poetry & nonfiction). Her poems, reviews, and articles have been widely published in the US and abroad, and her poems have appeared in books and anthologies published by Crown, Tuttle, Shambhala, and McGraw-Hill. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her poetry, including two NJ State Arts Council poetry fellowships. She is the founding director of the Carriage House Poetry Series, and poetry editor of Tiferet.

Carole Stone's latest poetry collections are Traveling with the Dead (Backwaters Press) and the two chapbooks Paris Etudes and More Sweet, More Salt (Finishing Line Press). Her poems have appeared in the e-zines Umbrella, Poemeleon, Switched-on-Gutenberg, Muse Apprentice Guild, and Beard of Bees. Journals and anthologies include Xanadu, Beloit Poetry Journal, Nimrod, and many others.

BJ Ward is the author of Gravediggers Birthday and Landing in New Jersey with Soft Hands (collections of poetry from North Atlantic Books). His work has been featured on National Public Radio, New Jersey Networks State of the Arts, and the web site, Poetry Daily, as well as in publications such as Poetry, TriQuarterly, The New York Times, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. He is the recipient of two Distinguished Artist Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Sunday,  Mar 15
Robin Hirsch
KINDERSZENEN: SCENES FROM CHILDHOOD is Part I of Robin Hirsch's 7-part one-man performance cycle, MOSAIC: FRAGMENTS OF A JEWISH LIFE

It started out here hundreds of years ago, it has traveled all over the US and to various parts of Europe (London, Berlin, Vienna) and has been filmed by Robert Frye in front of a live audience in New York (the film awaits editing).

A couple of months ago, Robin performed Part II of MOSAIC--THE MAN WHO DANCED WITH MARLENE DIETRICH--with Frank London of the Klezmatics backing him up on trumpet and Ken Filiano on bass. MARLENE DIETRICH is a full-length show (i.e., with an intermission, necessary for the selling of drinks).

After the warm reception of DIETRICH, it seemed that KINDERSZENEN could benefit from being turned into a full-length show. So, tonight, for the first time in more than twenty years, KINDERSZENEN will be performed with an intermission. It allows for the addition of one of Hirsch's most requested stories, "Bar Mitzvah Boy." (and of course the selling of drinks)

MOSAIC is the performed version of Robin Hirsch's award-winning memoir, LAST DANCE AT THE HOTEL KEMPINSKI, which Jewish Book News named "One of the best books ever written on the long arm of the Holocaust."

It has also been called

"MARVELOUS" (Boston Globe)
"MESMERIZING" (Jewish Week)

 Cover $10

Monday,  Mar 16
Ted Jonathan, host

April Puciata Michael Quattrone Matthew Yeager
For our money (what's left of it) this series showcases the contributors to one of our best and lively literary journals. All praise to Raymond Hammond and others who keep NYQ kicking.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Monday,  Mar 16
Mark Mommaas, saxophones;  Federico Lechner, piano;  Pablo Aslan, bass ;  Tony Moreno, drums
Beboponga is the second CD from the Federico Lechner Tango&Jazz Tro, a group that was formed around 2003 with the idea of combining jazz music and tango by means of using jazz standards, songs of the classical tango repetoir and new original compositions with the feeling and groove of this new tango/jazz fusion.

The trio has a long history of live gigs in festivals, clubs and theaters throughout all of Spain, Argentina, and Benelux. In 2009, they will begin a tour in the US. The group was also the principal artist on two national televison programs in Spain: Fusin Sonora from Telecinco and Noites de Jazz from TVG.
 Cover $10

Tuesday,  Mar 17
Andy Zeffer, host

Lisa Montanarelli Mauria Laurino Elizabeth Flock
New York's venerable urban writers' colony presents a monthly reading of new work.

This month Jeff's featured readers include Lisa Montanarelli, Mauria Laurino, and Elizabeth Flock.

Lisa will read an excerpt from a short story titled "The Missing Ear."

Lisa Montanarelli writes on too many subjects for her own good. Her fiction has appeared in Best American Erotica 2004 and Best American Erotica 2005. She has co-authored three nonfiction books, including The First Year Hepatitis C: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed, which she revised and updated in 2007. She also holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from U.C. Berkeley. Her URL is

Maria will be reading from her forthcoming memoir Old World Daughter, New World Mother: An Education in Love and Freedom.

Maria Laurino is the author of Were You Always an Italian?, a national best-selling memoir about ethnic identity, as well as the forthcoming memoir Old World Daughter, New World Mother: An Education in Love and Freedom (W.W. Norton, 2009). A former chief speechwriter to NYC Mayor David Dinkins and a staff writer for the Village Voice, Laurino's work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, the Nation,, and numerous publications. Her essays have been widely anthologized, including in the Norton Reader.

Elizabeth will read from her just-released book Sleepwalking in Daylight.

Former print journalist Elizabeth Flock reported for Time and People magazines before becoming an on-air correspondent for CBS News. Her acclaimed debut novel, But Inside I'm Screaming, chronically the psychological struggles of a young woman in New York, was released in 2003. Her second novel, Me & Emma, became a New York Times bestseller and was a Booksense Notable Book of 2005. Everything Must Go, Elizabeth's third novel, loosely based on a men's clothing store in Connecticut, was published in 2007. Elizabeth's books have been published in nine countries. Her fourth novel, Sleepwalking in Daylight, will be released on March 1, 2009, and has been chosen as an Indie Next List (formerly Booksense) title for March. Elizabeth Flock lives in New York City.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Tuesday,  Mar 17
Sherry Weaver, host

Faye Lane Steve Zimmer Tracy Rowland Peter Lubell Martin Dockery Jennifer Demeritt
SPEAKEASY: Stories from the Backroom image
SpeakEasy is . . .

A new twist on the ancient tradition of oral history.

SpeakEasy is people telling stories-- true stories. Period. No scripts. No crib notes. No rehearsals. SpeakEasy has a dynamic and constantly changing cast of storytellers that include such greats as Mike Daisey, Jonathan Ames, and Reno, along with homemakers, lawyers, dog walkers, street magicians and writers

You never know what you'll hear. So join us for what could be a life changing experience!

 Cover $10

Drum kit donated by

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