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Friday,  Apr 20 - 6:00PM 
SON OF PONY : BRONX AND BROOKLYN POETS COLLIDE!
Kat Georges, host

CHARLES J. BUTLER APRIL JONES
Kat Georges hosts NYC's top shelf open mic + featured poets

arrive 5:45 to sign up, 3 minute time limit

NY-based poet CHARLES J. BUTLER has read in nearly every venue in NYC. His first book, 39 poems (No Shirt Press, 2010), received widespread critical praise. Blogcritics.org noted, "His words create a freedom that exists nowhere else around in our world and he helps the reader to feel it too. Through that freedom we see what he sees; a stark world filled with fertility and barrenness that provides us not only with a place to survive but a place to grow and thrive." In New Mirage Journal, reviewer Cindy Hochman notes, "These poems will make you leap for blessed joy or cup your head in your hands; they will make you furious and grateful, and cruel and kind — most of all, they will make you feel." Butler's poetry has been widely published in journals including as Polarity, Rouge Scholars, New Mirage, Erato, Stained Sheets, Asbestos and Soul Journey.

APRIL JONES is a poet, producer, spoken word artist, screenwriter, community activist and more. She is the author of "A Faa Real Experience" (AuthorHouse, 2008), available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She is also the producer of the Rythym Show, seen on Bronx network channels.

The featured reading follows the renowned Son of a Pony open reading at the cafe, hosted and curated by the ebullient Kat Georges.

$ 7 includes a drink, how can it be so cheap?
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Friday,  Apr 20 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
REZ ABBASI QUINTET
Rez Abbasi, guitar;  Dave Binney, alto sax;  Matt Mitchell, piano;  Johannes Weidenmueller, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums
For over a decade, Abbasi has been blazing a new trail along with cohorts, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Vijay Iyer, as a leading figure in Indian - American cutting edge jazz. His work spans far and wide, performing in award winning groups as Mahanthappa’s Indo - Pak Coalition and Indian vocalist, Kiran Ahluwalia’s group along with many more projects.

This weekend will feature music from suno suno along with new compositions with an elite band of David Binney, alto saxophone, Matt Mitchell, piano, Johannes Wiedenmueller, bass and Dan Weiss drums. See website for further tour dates.

"Rez Abbasi, a quicksilver guitarist who melds jazz with the musical strains of his South Asian heritage, has gained attention for his invaluable work with the saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa. Abbasi’s own quintet, here April 20-21, features the saxophonist Dave Binney." --The New Yorker

”Rez Abbasi is living, breathing proof that jazz music can be as vital and boundary-pushing as ever.” --AllAboutJazz.com

$20 cover (includes a drink)



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Saturday,  Apr 21 - 6:00PM 
FOUR JEWS ON PARNASSUS: A FOREPLAY
Carl Djerassi Isabella Gregor
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Tonight, the cafe is proud to present a dramatic reading of FOREPLAY, a new play by Carl Djerassi, featuring Mr. Djerassi and Isabella Gregor

FOREPLAY deals with the themes of jealousy, and the border between erotica and pornography - through the eyes of Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, and Gretel and Theodor W. Adorno.

Carl Djerassi, emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University is one of the few American scientists to have been awarded both the National Medal of Science (for the first synthesis of an oral contraceptive) and the National Medal of Technology. The recipient of numerous other awards as well as 26 honorary doctorates, he has turned over the last 25 years into a novelist and playwright. His nine plays have been cumulatively translated into twenty languages and FOREPLAY will receive its premiere in London in late 2012. FOREPLAY has already been published in book form in English, German, and Spanish and is based in part on Djerassi’s biographical book, Four Jews on Parnasus—a Conversation: Benjamin, Adorno, Scholem, Schoenberg

Isabella Gregor is a Viennese actress, who has acted in major theatres in Germany and Austria as well as a director of plays in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, UK., USA and Singapore. Most recently, she has concentrated on directing operettas.

$15.00 includes a drink


 $15.00 includes a drink    http://www.djerassi.com/foreplay/ http://www.djerassi.com/fourjews/index.html

Saturday,  Apr 21 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
REZ ABBASI QUINTET
Rez Abbasi, guitar;  Dave Binney, alto sax;  Matt Mitchell, piano;  Johannes Weidenmueller, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums
For over a decade, Abbasi has been blazing a new trail along with cohorts, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Vijay Iyer, as a leading figure in Indian - American cutting edge jazz. His work spans far and wide, performing in award winning groups as Mahanthappa’s Indo - Pak Coalition and Indian vocalist, Kiran Ahluwalia’s group along with many more projects.

This weekend will feature music from suno suno along with new compositions with an elite band of David Binney, alto saxophone, Matt Mitchell, piano, Johannes Wiedenmueller, bass and Dan Weiss drums. See website for further tour dates.

"Rez Abbasi, a quicksilver guitarist who melds jazz with the musical strains of his South Asian heritage, has gained attention for his invaluable work with the saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa. Abbasi’s own quintet, here April 20-21, features the saxophonist Dave Binney." -- The New Yorker

”Rez Abbasi is living, breathing proof that jazz music can be as vital and boundary-pushing as ever.” --AllAboutJazz.com

$20 cover (includes a drink)



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Sunday,  Apr 22 - 6:00PM 
MUSIC/WORDS
Inna Faliks, piano;  Irina Mashinski, ;  Samantha Malk, ;  Clarice Assad,
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Music/Words, with poet/translator Irina Mashinski. Solo and vocal Music of Schoenberg, with Samantha Malk, soprano. Brazilian notes, Clarice Assad

Inna Faliks, piano - Beethoven Fantasie opus 77, Schoenberg 3 Klavierstucke opus 11

Samantha Malk, soprano - Inna Faliks, piano. Schoenberg, lieder selections from 7 Early Songs, Cabaret Songs, Books of Hanging Gardens.

Irina Mashinksi - poems

Clarice Assad - compositions and improvisations

Founder and curator of Music/Words, INNA FALIKS has established herself as one of the most passionate and poetic young pianists on the classical music scene. Multiple competition prize winner, she performs widely in the US and abroad, in venues like Carnegie Hall, Salle Cortot in Paris, Moscow's Tchaikovsky Hall, and frequently on tv and radio nationwide. Critics describe her as "going beyond technical perfection, compelling emotional intensity, a musician at peace within herself", "Passion and playfulness - warmly poetic." Her recent CD, Sound of Verse, received rave reviews from Gramophone and American Record Guide.

$20 includes a drink or credit against food.
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Sunday,  Apr 22 - 8:30PM 
ISLE OF KLEZBOS
Debra Kreisberg, clarinet, alto sax;  Pam Fleming, trumpet, flugelhorn;  Melissa Fogarty, vocals;  Shoko Nagai, accordion, piano;  Saskia Lane, bass;  Eve Sicular, drums
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Isle of Klezbos is a soulful, fun-loving all-gal klezmer powerhouse. Formed in 1998, the band has toured from Vienna to Vancouver, with music broadcasts from CBS Sunday Morning to The L Word. Neo-traditional as well as genre-expanding, the sextet (featuring alumnae from Juilliard, Eastman, Harvard & more) plays folkloric dance & trance, re-imagined Yiddish swing & tango, and adventuresome originals.

$10 Cover plus $10 minimum


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://klezbos.com

STREAMING LINK: http://youtube.com/evesicular

Monday,  Apr 23 - 6:00PM 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Paul Hecht, presenter

Paul Hecht, actor;  Barbara Feldon, actor;  Roberta Maxwell, actor;  Michael Cumpsty, actor;  Jolle Greenleaf , soprano;  Hank Heijink , lute
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PAUL HECHT has starred on Broadway opposite such actors as Rex Harrison and Maggie Smith, was a Tony nominee for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and received an OBIE for the title role in Pirandello's Henry IV. He has a long and varied career in film and television and has directed and appeared in many literary events in NYC, including at least a dozen at Cornelia Street. including last year's Shakespeare celebration and, in an inspired stroke of typecasting, God in Milton's Paradise Lost.

BARBARA FELDON is best known as “99”--the secret Agent on the TV series, Get Smart. During her career she has performed in television films, variety shows, and motion pictures, (only one of which she wishes to remember). On stage she was in the Circle in the Square production of Past Tense, the off Broadway musical Cut the Ribbons, and her one woman show, Love for Better or Verse. Over the years she has developed a number of poetry and prose readings: Great Love Poetry, Pablo Neruda in His Own Words, Jane Austin, and Virginia Woolf. From 1982 to 1984 she hosted The 80’s Woman on Lifetime Network. Her book of essays, Living alone--and Loving it! was published in 2003 by Simon and Schuster.

ROBERTA MAXWELL: Broadway: Our Town, Equus, Othello, Henry V. Off-Broadway: CSC, The Public Theater, MTC. Regional: Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, Guthrie Theater, Alley Theatre, Stratford Connecticut, Stratford Ontario. Film: Dead Man Walking, Brokeback Mountain, Popeye, Philadelphia, Last Night, Sudden Disclosure, Scar Tissue. TV: "Law & Order," "Another World," "Mourning Becomes Electra" (PBS), "Airwaves, (CBS Series), "What Makes A Family," Warehouse 13." Awards: Obie (Whistle in the Dark, Ashes), Drama Desk (Slag), Willager (Mary Stuart), Carbonell (Lettuce and Lovage).

Michael Cumpsty is a British actor. He has been acting since childhood. He has worked extensively performing Shakespeare, as well as both musicals and dramas on Broadway. He also performs in films, and on television. On the Broadway stage he appeared in dramas, including La Bête (1991), Timon of Athens (1993), The Heiress (1995),Copenhagen (2000), and The Constant Wife (2005). Cumpsty's feature films include State of Grace (1990), Fatal Instinct (1993), Starting Out in the Evening, The Ice Storm (1997),Eat Pray Love (2010) and The Visitor (2007).

Jolle Greenleaf is one of the leading voices in the early music field. She is a much sought-after soloist in music by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Purcell, Mozart, and, most notably, Claudio Monteverdi. Her performances have earned raves from the Oregonian— “[Greenleaf] sang with purity an beguiling naturalness”— and The New York Times, which praised her as “An exciting soprano soloist… beautifully accurate and stylish…” Ms. Greenleaf is also the artistic director of the virtuoso one-voice-per-part ensemble TENET, where she creates programs, directs and sings in performances of repertoire spanning the middle ages to the present day.

Lutenist Hank Heijink (pronounced Hey-ink) has played all over the world with leading ensembles such as the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Orchestre d’Auvergne, TENET, Mark Morris Dance Group, and the Wooster Group, among others. He is in high demand as an accompanist on theorbo, lute, and guitar, and his playing has been described as “eloquent” (Wall Street Journal) and “deft and sensitive” (New York Times). When not playing lute, he writes software for the iPhone.

$ 15 includes a drink
 $15 includes a drink 

Monday,  Apr 23 - 8:30PM 
CLASSICAL AT THE CORNELIA: AMERICAN MASTERWORKS!
Eleanor Taylor, soprano;  Michael Brofman, piano
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American Masterworks!

Song Cycles by Michael Djupstrom, Tom Cipullo, and Samuel Barber

Join noted soprano Eleanor Taylor (Two Sides Sounding) and pianist Michael Brofman (Artistic Director, Brooklyn Art Song Society) for an exciting evening of American art song. Up-and-coming composer Michael Djupstrom's Three Teasdale Songs capture the elegance and longing of the poetry of Sarah Teasdale in high romantic fashion. Tom Cipullo's Of A Certain Age is a sometimes charming, sometimes profound, always fresh and inspired look at aging and mortality through the eyes of a strong and independent woman. Samuel Barber's Hermit Songs, a masterpiece of 20th-century art song, is a poignant reflection on God, loneliness, joy, and drink. All of the performers and living composers are colleagues and friends as well as long time collaborators making this a uniquely intimate night of music- making.

$20.00 includes a drink



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Tuesday,  Apr 24 - 6:00PM 
GRADUATE POETS SERIES
Seth Graves and Emily Brandt, hosts

Joey De Jesus, Sarah Lawrence;  Rebecca Dinerstein, NYU;  Nathalia Perozo, New School;  Jeffrey Grunthaner, Brooklyn College;  Liz Dosta, Columbia

What is The Graduate Poets Series? Over the course of the season, hosts Seth Graves and Emily Brandt welcome the diverse talent of New York City's MFA community. Once each month, you'll have the chance to see and hear several of the city's most stunning young poets before they start racking up six-figure advances. Hundreds of poets have made their stage debut in this supportive peer environment, discovering their toilers in the field and forming collegial relationships.

Joey De Jesus (SLC) received his BA from Oberlin College and is currently pursuing his MFA in poetry at Sarah Lawrence. His interactive video installations, Hoax and A Hawk and a Broken Home, have screened at Kinetic//Brim an event hosted by Harvestworks in New York City. His poetry has appeared in LUMINA. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Rebecca Dinerstein grew up in New York City, got her bachelor's in creative writing from Yale and is currently enrolled in the fiction MFA program at NYU. Between schools, she lived for two years in the arctic of Norway, where she wrote a book poems describing the far north's two seasons: perpetual light and perpetual darkness. The collection will be published in Norway this August, in a bilingual edition. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is working on the English-to-Norwegian poem translations and a novel.

Nathalia Perozo was born in Chile and grew up in the Dominican Republic and Queens, NY. She’s graduating this May from the The School of Public Engagement at The New School. Her inspirations are aging rockstars, Katherine Hepburn, John Waters, and wildlife. She works for a nonprofit organization in Chelsea and lives in downtown Manhattan with her fiance and street cat, Althea. Jeffrey Grunthaner is an MFA Candidate at Brooklyn College. His poetry has most recently been published in Unlikely Stories 2.0 and Revolutionesque, and his critical writing has most recently appeared in The Faster Times and Bomb.

Liz Dosta is the recipient of the 2011 Linda Corrente Prize for Poetry and the Stanley Kunitz Fellowship. Her poetry has been published in Argos Book's Little Anthology, and her most recent essay, "The Poetry of Mark Zuckerberg," was published on Thought Catalogue. She is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry at Columbia University. She lives and writes in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

$7.00 includes a drink


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Tuesday,  Apr 24 - 8:30PM 
PETER EVANS - RON STABINSKY DUO
Peter Evans, trumpet;  Ron Stabinsky, piano
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"Peter Evans and Ron Stabinsky have been collaborating since 2008, both in freely improvised contexts and in Mostly Other People Do the Killing. Tonight they perform as a duo, playing original compositions and a smorgasbord of jazz standards."

$20 (includes a drink)


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Wednesday,  Apr 25 - 6:00PM 
PERFECT SENSE
Alissa Heyman, host

Tyler Flynn Dorholt Karen Garthe Patricia Spears Jones, featured poet
Perfect Sense is a superbly curated poetry series, our thanks to Alissa.

$ 7 includes a drink


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Wednesday,  Apr 25 - 8:30PM 
JOHN YAO QUINTET, CD RELEASE: IN THE NOW
John Yao, trombone;  Jon Irabagon, alto, soprano saxophone;  Randy Ingram, piano;  Leon Boykins, bass;  Will Clark, drums
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In the Now, the debut album release from the John Yao Quintet, signals the definitive arrival of trombonist and composer, John Yao. Demonstrating a broad textural palette and drawing from an array of stylistic influences, Yao explores the concept of opposing forces—of chaos and order, together and apart, individual and group. From beginning to end, In the Now is a musical journey beyond conventional jazz form and structure, as the band winds skillfully through a wide range of moods, colors, and textures. Owing to his versatility as a trombonist, composer, and arranger, Yao has enjoyed a steady rise on the New York City jazz scene since arriving from his native Chicago in 2005, working as a sideman for such iconic bands as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra.

$20 (includes a drink)


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Thursday,  Apr 26 - 6:00PM 
HYDROGEN JUKEBOX
Brant Lyon, host

The Ne’erdowells Aimee Herman
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HYDROGEN JUKEBOX explodes POEMusic on the tongue with our ever-rockin’ house improv band THE NE’ERDOWELLS and YOU at NYC’s hottest musically-infused Open Mic!

This month’s featured act brings the at times gripping, groping, but always generously engaging words and gestures of Aimee Herman to the stage, jamming with the band (Davey Patterson, guitar; Matt Riganese, piano; Dave McKeon, bass; and Ry Pilla, drums).

AIMEE HERMAN is a queer performance poet who occasionally can be found writing poems on her body. Her work has been featured at various New York venues such as the Happy Ending Lounge, Dixon Place, Wow Café Theatre, Public Assembly, and Mike Geffner Presents: The Inspired Word. Publications include work in Sous Les Paves, Clean Sheets, Cake Train, Pregnant Moon Review, Cliterature Journal, and more, and has been extensively anthologized in Focus on the Fabulous: Colorado GLBT Writers (Johnson Books), Recipes for the Apocalypse: A Toast to a New Frontier (Baobob Tree Press), Best Lesbian Love Stories 2010 (Alyson Books), and You Say. Say. (Uphook Press). Aimee’s new book of poetry, to go without blinking, has recently been released by BlazeVOX (books).

“Aimee Herman is a cyborg. Not in the sense of a mixture but in her impetus. Her desire [is] for a book to be a new kind of thinking and being in the world.” —Bhanu Kapil, The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Naropa University.

… And of course, we also look forward this evening to your turn to step up to the Open Mic! Sign-up begins at 5:45PM.

$7.00 includes a drink


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Thursday,  Apr 26 - 8:30PM 
MATT PAVOLKA BAND
Ben Monder, guitar;  Pete Rende, piano;  Matt Pavolka, bass;  Ted Poor, drums
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The Matt Pavolka Band has been sharing their particular take on the music of the early twenty-first century with audiences in New York and abroad for the past five years or so now. Pavolka’s compositions are influenced by everything from Lemmy Kilmister to Thomas Pynchon to Japanese Astrology Lessons to dear departed pets. The band brings a wealth of experience in the New York jazz and creative music scenes to bear on the music, twisting, turning, sometimes cajoling and sometimes pounding it mercilessly into submission to create an experience that JAZZ.PT describes as “a Virus-like sonic discharge”.

$20 cover (includes a drink)


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Friday,  Apr 27 - 6:00PM 
SON OF PONY
Kat Georges, host

RICK MULLIN WALTER ANCARROW
Kat Georges hosts NYC's top shelf open mic + featured poets

arrive 5:45 to sign up, 3 minute time limit

RICK MULLIN’s poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including American Arts Quarterly, The Raintown Review, Unsplendid, Méasŭre, The Flea, and Ep;phany. His epic poem Soutine, on the life of the painter Chaim Soutine, was published earlier this year by Dos Madres Press in Loveland, Ohio. His book-length poem, Huncke, was published by Seven Towers, Dublin, Ireland, in 2010. And his chapbook, Aquinas Flinched, was published by the Modern Metrics imprint of Exot Books, New York City, in 2008.

WALTER ANCARROW's poetry has appeared in Alimentum, LIGHT Quarterly, the Nervous Breakdown, and Three Quarks Daily. He is the associate editor of KIN, a journal of international poetry in English. One of his poems, "Butterfingers Strikes Again," has been recorded by fans worldwide on YouTube.

$ 7 includes a drink, how can it be so cheap?
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Friday,  Apr 27 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
TOMAS FUJIWARA & THE HOOK UP, CD RELEASE: THE AIR IS DIFFERENT
Tomas Fujiwara , drums, composition;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Brian Settles , tenor sax;  Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet
Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up, CD Release: The Air is Different image Peter Gannushkin
Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up's 2010 debut, Actionspeak (482 Music), was called "insightful, invigorating, hard to put a finger on...music with a history, smartly informed and firmly moored" (New York Times) and "head-turning...postbop elegance...propulsive groove and subtle abstraction" (Time Out New York). Actionspeak was voted best debut of 2010 by The New York Jazz Record. Featuring Mary Halvorson, Trevor Dunn, Jonathan Finlayson, and Brian Settles, The Hook Up is a band "adept at influencing emotion with shifts of tempo and style" (All About Jazz). Their second album,The Air is Different (482 Music), will be released on May 1, 2012.

"Tomas Fujiwara works with rhythm as a pliable substance, solid but ever shifting...His style is forward-driving but rarely blunt or aggressive, and never random. He has a way of spreading out the center of a pulse while setting up a rigorous scaffolding of restraint... a conception of the drum set as a full-canvas instrument, almost orchestral in its scope." -- Nate Chinen, New York Times

$25 cover (includes a drink)


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