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ART ON THE WALLS

Wednesday,  Mar 11
6:00PM  POETS
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
8:30PM  PAMELA BOB SINGS THE MANDEL AND LYDON SONGBOOK
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   www.ellenmandel.com www.michaellydon.com

Thursday,  Mar 12
6:00PM  THE GREATER NEW YORK INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION
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 city’s 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
8:30PM  GNU VOX: THE OVERNIGHT CROSSING & WENDY GILLES
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.   www.myspace.com/theovernightcrossing www.myspace.com/wendygilles

Friday,  Mar 13
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
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
9:00PM & 10:30PM  TONY MALABY QUARTET
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   www.tonymalaby.com

Saturday,  Mar 14
6:00PM  ITALIAN-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
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
9:00PM & 10:30PM  TONY MALABY QUARTET
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   www.tonymalaby.com

Sunday,  Mar 15
6:00PM  TIFERET JOURNAL READING
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 Gravedigger’s 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 Network’s 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
8:30PM  KINDERSZENEN: SCENES FROM CHILDHOOD
Robin Hirsch
KINDERSZENEN: SCENES FROM CHILDHOOD image
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)
"COMPLETELY GLORIOUS (Village Voice)

 Cover $10

Monday,  Mar 16
6:00PM  NEW YORK QUARTERLY
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
8:30PM  FEDERICO LECHNER TANGO&JAZZ TRIO + MARC MOMMAAS
Mark Mommaas, saxophones;  Federico Lechner, piano;  Pablo Aslan, bass ;  Tony Moreno, drums
FEDERICO LECHNER TANGO&JAZZ TRIO + MARC MOMMAAS image
“Beboponga” is the second CD from the Federico Lechner Tango&Jazz Trío, 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: “Fusión Sonora” from Telecinco and “Noites de Jazz” from TVG.
 Cover $10   www.federicolechner.com www.myspace.com/federicolechnertangojazztrio

Tuesday,  Mar 17
6:00PM  WRITERS ROOM
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 LisaNY.com.

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, Salon.com, 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
8:30PM  SPEAKEASY: STORIES FROM THE BACKROOM
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   www.speakeasystories.com

Wednesday,  Mar 18
6:00PM  PROSE & POETRY
Angelo Verga, host

Thomas Pryor , prose;  Susan Lewis, poetry
Prose & Poetry image Rocky Colavito circa 1968
Thomas Pryor's stories prowl Manhattan's Yorkville neighborhood in the 1960s. Thomas was thrown off the altar, escorted out of Woolworths, and invited into taverns by barkeeps to shoot the breeze. His work has appeared in the New York Times, A Prairie Home Companion, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, Underground Voices Magazine and Ducts. The New York Times City Room section picked up his story blog, Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts. It can be found under their People & Neighborhoods category. His column appears in the Upper Eastside NYC Informer.

Susan Lewis is the author of “Animal Husbandry” (Finishing Line Press, 2008). She has taught creative writing at SUNY, Purchase and served as an editor at Global City Review. Her poetry has appeared on Verse Daily and in such journals as Raritan, The New Orleans Review, Seneca Review, The Journal, and Cimarron Review. Her Speech Quartet (music by Jonathan Golove) has been widely performed in the US and Canada, including at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Imaginary Songs II, another collaboration with Mr. Golove, had its world premier at Carnegie’s Weill Hall.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Wednesday,  Mar 18
8:30PM  THE SONGWRITER'S BEAT
Valerie Ghent, host

Emily Zuzik ArleneWow! Rupert Wates Susan D.
The Songwriter's Beat image

Now in its 9th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York's premiere performing songwriter series. Hosted and founded by Valerie Ghent, four up-and-coming songwriters perform new material in a supportive and intimate atmosphere.

Founded in 2000, The Songwriter's Beat has presented over 250 songwriters from the Tri-State area as well as visiting songwriters from other parts of the United States, Canada, France, the UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Cuba and Japan. Every third Wednesday of the month, four songwriters of varying musical styles perform original songs and are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements. The series culminates in a week-long songwriters festival each July, featuring performers from throughout the years.

The Songwriter's Beat welcomes songwriters from around the world, so when planning your trip to New York, allow time for The Songwriter's Beat!

The Songwriter's Beat is honored to receive support from The ASCAP Foundation.


 Cover $10   songwritersbeat.com valghent.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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