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Sunday,  May 11 - 6:00PM 
Carmen Firan, host

Andrei Codrescu Adrian Sangeorzan Angelo Verga
Poetry : The Romanian Connection image
Andrei Codrescu's new books are "So Recently Rent a World: New and Selected Poems" and "Bibliodeath: My Archives (with Life in Footnotes.)"

Adrian Sangeorzan, poet and fiction writer, is the author of several collections of poetry, including Tattoos on Marble, Over the Lifetime, and The Anatomy of the Moon.

Angelo Verga is a widely published poet both here & abroad. He has been translated into Romanian.
 $8 includes a drink 

Sunday,  May 11 - 8:30PM 
Andy Christie, host

Leslie Goshko Kyle Erickson Naomi Azar Aaron Wolfe
The Liar Show: Sunday Night Edition!! image

Seek Truth. Get a T-Shirt.

This Sunday's Extra Special Liar Show comes with a twist. Two happily married couples will tell the stories, but one half of each of these statistical anomalies will be lying his or her head off. So there will be TWO Liars instead of one. Guess either correctly and win the unbelievable prize T-shirt.

Tonight's couples: LESLIE GOSHKO (Huffington Post, Sideshow Goshko) & KYLE ERICKSON (Kick Assonance, The Land) and....NAOMI AZAR (This American Life) & AARON WOLFE (Screenwriter; The Moth Podcast).

Hosted by Andy Christie (The New York Times, WNYC'S The Moth's Radio Hour)

"They can lie to me all night long!" - The New York Times

"Christie & Co. make dishonesty fun again." - TimeOut New York

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Monday,  May 12 - 6:00PM 
Paul Hecht, presenter

Kim Sykes, actor;  Paul Hecht, actor;  Lizbeth Mackay, actor;  Ellen Mandel, composer/piano;  Eleanor Taylor, vocals
Happy Birthday, Seamus Heaney image
Soprano Eleanor Taylor has debuted new music-theater works at the Alliance Française, Galapagos and New Dramatists, and portrayed Gilbert & Sullivan heroines Josephine (HMS Pinafore), Yum-Yum (The Mikado) and Phyllis (Iolanthe) with Light Opera of NJ. She is the Artistic Director of new music ensemble Two Sides Sounding, and has appeared with the Queens New Music Festival, American Opera Projects, The Phoenix Concerts, operamission, Nautilus Music Theater, Brooklyn Art Song Society, and Friends and Enemies

Kim Sykes is an actress, writer and artist who lives in NYC. She has performed in New York City and regionally at The Actor's Theater of Louisville, Stageworks, Hudson and Crossroads Theater and the First Amendment Comedy and Improvisational Company. She is a member of the Actors Center Workshop Company. ies of New Music. She has premiered dozens of vocal works including music by Eve Beglarian, Corey Dargel, Daron Hagen, Edie Hill, Gilda Lyons and Eric Moe.

Composer and pianist ELLEN MANDEL has written music for sixty plays, from Shakespeare to Stoppard and beyond. Her poem-songs have been performed in concerts across the USA and in Ireland and England. Mandel song CDs: The Cat and the Moon, lyrics by Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats, Thomas Hardy, and Daniel Neer; a wind has blown the rain away, E.E. Cummings songs; and the first of all my dreams, Heaney, Cummings, Yeats, and others. The New York Times calls her music "ardent, spiky and refreshingly organic." Ellen invites you to her new CD release concert Sat May 17 at 3 PM at the Wild Project: There Was a World. .

Lizbeth Mackay read poems of E. A. Robinson earlier this year at the Cornelia St. Cafe. She is a NYC actress who has appeared in plays on and off Broadway, including CRIMES OF THE HEART, THE PRICE, SONS OF THE PROPHET and most recently DOMESTICATED. She is mom to Katie and John and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

Paul Hecht has been an actor for quite some time. He has appeared on and off Broadway, around the country,in film, on TV and even radio, and in various venues such as Symphony Space, the Morgan library, the 92nd street Y, and the Cornelia Street Café , where he regularly assembles evenings of poetry with musical accompaniment. He also reads to elementary school students as part of the Screen Actors Guild Bookpals program.​

 $15 includes a drink, food available

Monday,  May 12 - 8:30PM 
Sarah Bernstein, violin/composition;  Scott Tixier, violin;  Mat Maneri , viola;  Rubin Kodheli, cello
Sarah Bernstein String Quartet with Scott Tixier, Mat Maneri, Rubin Kodheli image

Sarah Bernstein String Quartet brings together four fiercely unique improvising string players: Sarah Bernstein, Scott Tixier, Mat Maneri, and Rubin Kodheli. The musicians infuse their individualistic soloing approaches into Bernstein's unbridled compositions for string quartet. Their distinct musical voices collide in fiery equilibrium.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  May 13 - 6:00PM 
Thomas Pryor, host

Alfonso Colasuonno Robin Eisgrau Ginny Leise John Lewis Marie Sabatino
City Stories: Stoops To Nuts image

The neighborhood’s awake and talented storytellers & musicians are ready to paint characters and scenes for you.

Alfonso Colasuonno graduated from Beloit College with a BA in Creative Writing. He is a native son of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, and aims to inject the chaotic energy of working-class New York into his writing. Alfonso currently splits his time between tutoring, maintaining a website to promote emerging writers and artists and his literary pursuits. (, His poetry and fiction have and will appear in The Eunoia Review; The Milo Review; The Camel Saloon; Dead Snakes; Horror Sleaze Trash; ppigpenn; Zygote in my Coffee; Randomly Accessed Poetics; Gutter Eloquence; and Citizens for Decent Literature and other publications. Alfonso posts links to all his published pieces on his website (

Robin Eisgrau, a graduate of NYU and The High School of Art & Design is a native New Yorker who can't picture herself living anywhere else. She wrote, produced and starred in her one-woman show "A Live" which was staged at the Bowery Poetry Club. She studied acting at the Deena Levy Theater Studio and Improv at the Homegrown Theater. She was editor-in-chief of NET magazine and her writing has appeared in publications such as Paper, Time Out New York, Seventeen, The New York Post and New York Newsday. This is her second appearance at City Stories and she is very pleased to be here.

Ginny Leise is a writer, actor and comedian. She can be seen improvising with her indie team Das Buttwerk & telling stories all over New York City. In 2012, her sketch group ThreeGForce won recognition from the Vote It Forward Festival for their video Getting Political. The May, storytelling brings her to Boston for the Women in Comedy Festival. Her site:

John Lewis is a writer, actor and internet radio host. He has played various roles in regional theater productions, independent films and television commercials. He has also written for the stage, creating and performing his one-man show “In the Ballpark,” examining the passionate, sensitive and funny side of the 'World of Sports' through the mediums of theater and fine arts. A noted sports broadcasting historian, John is the author of Radio Master – The Life and Times of Sports Broadcasting Great Ted Husing (Langdon Street Press) He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

Thomas Pryor's work is published in The New York Times, A Prairie Home Companion, and other periodicals. His blog:"Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts," is listed in The New York Times Blog Roll. Thomas appeared on PBS's TV series: "Baseball: A New York Love Story," NBC TV’s “New York Nonstop,” and Radio’s “This American Life.” His photography book, River to River ~ New York Scenes From a Bicycle, was published in 2012 (YBK). Last year, Cornelia Street Café hosted his two-month photography exhibition. NBC TV, New York Press/Our Town Downtown and NY1 TV praised the exhibit and the book. His stories are featured in three anthologies, "Have A NYC 2,” “Lost and Found: Stories from New York” and “Mickey Mantle - Memories and Memorabilia."

Marie Sabatino has been writing stories since she was a little girl. She tells all over NYC at venues like The National Arts Club, Galapagos Art Space, KGB Bar, Happy Ending Lounge and the Lit Crawl in Manhattan. You can find her work in Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, Word Riot, Fluence Magazine and Freerange Nonfiction and other literary journals. Marie is currently working on a collection of personal stories about her misadventures in New York City, which is certain to scare the hell out of her parents.

 $8.00 includes a drink

Tuesday,  May 13 - 8:30PM 
Rich Perry , tenor sax;  Vuyo Sotashe, voice, kalimba;  Fima Chupakhin, piano;  Vince Dupont, bass;  Theo Lebeaux , drums
Brown House, featuring Rich Perry image
Brown House is a New York based jazz quartet consisting of an array of international musicians including South African vocalist and kalimba player Vuyo Sotashe, Ukrainian pianist and keyboard player Fima Chupakhin, and US based drummer Theo Lebeaux and bassist Vince Dupont.

With each member bringing much of their own individual experience, the newly formed quartet has rapidly mad a noteworthy impact on the City jazz community. Founded in September 2013, Brown House has already received a great deal of attention from New York’s seasoned jazz listeners. With several sold out concerts and a growing number of devoted listeners, the quartet has proven that it is a great new contribution to the New York City’s prolific jazz scene.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Wednesday,  May 14 - 6:00PM 
Carmen Firan, host

In Memoriam : Nina Cassian.

Special Guests: Alice Quinn, Edward Hirsch, James Waller, Maurice Edwards, Stanley Moss

And Mona Nicoara (film director) who will show a brief film about Nina.

Carmen Firan, Romanian-American, writer and poet, playwright.

Here is the Jack of Diamonds, clad/ In the rusty coat he’s always had./ His two dark brothers wish him dead,/ As does the third, whose hue is red. .../ One brother, on his breast and sleeves,/ Is decked with tragic, spadelike leaves./ The next has crosses for décor./ The motif of the third is gore./ The Jack of Diamonds is dead,/ Leaving a vacuum in his stead./ This ballad seems at least twice-told./ Well, all Rumanian plots are old.

 $ 8 includes a drink, food menu available

Intercultural Poetry IN MEMORIAM NINA CASSIAN (1924-2014) image
Wednesday,  May 14 - 8:30PM 
Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet;  Mat Maneri, viola;  Stephan Crump, bass;  Ches Smith, drums
Ches Smith Quartet image
A new quartet which explores connections between biology, emotions and the spirit. The writing is influenced by Messiaen, nature, Haitian Vodou music, serialism, Ben Goldberg’s reading of Steve Lacy, Tim Berne’s reading of Julius Hemphill, Trey Spruance, Marc Ribot and Wadada Leo Smith.

"Whether adding percussives to Mr. Bungle's avant-garde drama, wrangling electronics with Marc Ribot, or negotiating Persian rhythms with Secret Chiefs 3, the New York drummer succeeds by defining parameters--and embracing the unknown." --Modern Drummer

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  May 15 - 6:00PM 
Book Launch: The Waving Gallery: Poems by Mervyn Taylor image

 $8.00 includes a drink 
Thursday,  May 15 - 8:30PM 
Jamie Baum, flute;  Adam Kolker, tenor sax, clarinet;  Jerome Harris, guitar;  Ugonna Okegwo , bass;  George Schuller, drums
Yard Byard: The Jaki Byard Project, CD Release image
Yard Byard: The Jaki Byard* Project has been an idea waiting to happen. When long-time friends Jamie Baum and George Schuller teamed up with fellow New England Conservatory alumni Jerome Harris and Adam Kolker in 2010, they decided it was time to pool several of Jaki’s old charts, dust them off, and bring them back to life. Adding bassist extraordinaire Ugonna Okegwo to the mix, it was about time an exploration of this interesting, timeless music was given its due. Tonight they celebrate the release of their long-awaited CD, Inch By Inch (GM Recordings)... a collaborative effort between Baum, Kolker, Harris, Okegwo and Schuller. It features such Byard favorites as Strolling Along, Aluminum Baby, and Ode To Charlie Parker along with three of his family tributes: Toni, Gaeta and Garr; and a bevy of other more obscure Byard originals such as Flight of the Fly, Twelve, Fadism, St. Marks Place Among The Sewers, Dolphy, and Inch By Inch, Yard Byard (first time recorded!). As one of the most versatile jazz improvisers of our time, Jaki Byard, who recorded numerous CDs and performed with icons from Mingus to Roland Kirk, taught at New England Conservatory where his looming influence is heard through his many students, including these alumni.

"The music was all Byard’s, played lovingly and a bit loosely...Most of the songs in the first set were fine examples of standard form gone just slightly haywire. The absence of a pianist in the group is good it created space for Mr. Okegwo to abandon rote walking bass lines in favor of roving pointillism...Mr. Kolker, his tenor solo on “Dolphy,” (showed) a casual study in extended harmony. It also exposed the intervallic oddness of some of the songs, as arranged for alto flute and bass clarinet, or flute and tenor saxophone...Mischief isn’t the only side of Byard’s music, though, and Ms. Baum, an experienced composer-arranger, has clear perspective on his lyricism. “Toni,” a ballad with waltz-like properties, was among the subtler highlights of the set. " --Nate Chinen, New York Times

 $15 cover plus $10 minimum 

Friday,  May 16 - 6:00PM 
Bernard Block, host

Austin Alexis Dave Johnson Anthony Murphy Janet Restino
From Whitman to Ginsberg:  Poems that Challenge Conventional Wisdom image

The 8th Edition of this politically engaged poetry series, formerly entitled "The Anti-Tea Coffeehouse Poetry Collective"--same series, different title.

 $8.00 includes a drink 

Friday,  May 16 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Jean-Michel Pilc, piano;  Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Zach Broch, violin;  Maria Manousaki, violin;  Lev Zhurbin, viola;  Yoed Nir, cello;  Petros Clampanis, bass, looper;  John Hadfield, percussion
Petros Klampanis' CONTEXTUAL image
Petros Klampanis' CONTEXTUAL returns at Cornelia Street Cafe, on Friday the 16th of May at 8:30pm. Original music and covers played in a exploratory yet lyrical way, by a string 4tet and piano double bass.

The experience is vivid: following Klampanis’ conceptions throughout the night, the styles mingling with complimentary undertones, one will always be engaged and in anticipation of what’s next. No matter what instrumentation used, and whether playing a jazz standard, traditional Greek folk song, or Paul McCartney tune, the outcome is always breathtaking.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  May 17 - 6:00PM 
Barry Wallenstein, poet;  Adam Birnbaum, piano;  Neal Haiduck, clarinet;  Ken Filiano, bass;  Christopher Greggs, guest poet
Barry Wallenstein & friends: An Evening of Poetry and Music image
Back from a well deserved respite Professor Wallenstein delivers new poems (Cd's for sale) and some old favorites.

$ 12 includes a drink, students $ 8 includes a drink

(212) 989-9319 Reservations suggested

 $12 includes a drink, food menu available 

Saturday,  May 17 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Kirk Knuffke, cornet;  Oscar Noriega, alto sax, clarinet;  Russ Lossing, piano;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Jeff Davis, drums, comp.
Jeff Davis, CD Release: Dragon Father image
Tonight, Drummer/composer Jeff Davis brings his powerful quintet back to Cornelia Street to celebrate the release of his latest Album, Dragon Father, for Fresh Sound Records. The band recorded the album live at Cornelia Street in March of 2013 as follow up to Davis's acclaimed 2012 release, Leaf House. Featuring improvising greats Kirk Knuffke, Oscar Noriega, Russ Lossing, and Eivind Opsvik, the band weaves through Davis’s compositions with a hypnotic ease, creating moods that are at times peaceful and other times explosive. Davis is known as the “propulsive force behind a host New York mainstays” (Mathew Miller - All About Jazz). Troy Collins (All About Jazz) says that “like many of his generation, his writing encompasses a number of genres, yet Davis understands the importance of creating a context for such diversity. Sequencing individual tunes into a suite-like program, the set unfolds episodically, seamlessly blending divergent moods.” And Bruce Lee Gallanter (Downtown Music Gallery) states that Jeff Davis “remains one of the finest drummers in the New York area.”

“Drummer Jeff Davis has a steady profile in left-of-center New York jazz circles…”--Nate Chinen (New York Times)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://

Sunday,  May 18 - 6:00PM 
Bob Gluck, piano;  Andrew Sterman, saxophone
Tropelets: Bob Gluck and Andrew Sterman image

A concert marking the release of “Tropelets” on Ictus Records, a lyrical, multilayered duet for piano, soprano saxophone, and electronics. Together the instruments interweave layers of melody that highlights the sonic beauty of historical cantorial traditions with the openness, dialog and parallel play found within modern jazz improvisation.

 $8.00 includes a drink

Sunday,  May 18 - 8:30PM 
Billy Newman, guitar;  Eric Schugren, tenor sax;  Bruce Williamson, flute, alto, soprano sax;  Leco Reis, bass;  Vanderlei Pereira, drums
New Brazilian Perspectives: Billy Newman Quintet image
Billy Newman - Guitars Leco Reis - Acoustic Bass Vanderlei Pereira - Drums Eric Schugren - Tenor Bruce Williamson - flute, alto, soprano sax Billy Newman has been performing his expressions of many Brazilian genres (Choro, Samba, Valsa, Baiao) for over 10 years. Billy's music explores the parallels between Brazilian Instrumental and American Jazz in linearity, rhythmic motion and improvisatory language. His compositions have been performed in Brazil, Europe and here in the States. He is a recipient of numerous composers residencies from Yaddo and MacDowell Colony. He recently released his new sextet CD and has recorded his original choros with Brazilian Guitarist Rogerio Souza. Recent shows have included the master Carioca drummer Vanderlei Pereira and veteran multi reeds man Bruce Williamson The show will feature new Baiao and Choro compositions and also highlight a few classic works by composers from the Northeast of Brazil.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

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