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Tuesday,  May 27 - 6:30PM 
Cat Richardson, Chelsea Whitton, hosts

Seth Graves, CUNY;  Alissa Fleck, The New School;  Emily Brandt, NYU
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On the fourth Tuesday of every month, hosts Chelsea Whitton and Cat Richardson present a selection of emerging poets from New York's MFA programs. Continuing the excellent tradition of the Graduate Poets Series, this monthly selection of readers is designed to showcase fresh voices in contemporary poetry, to stimulate a dialogue between MFA programs, and to offer alumni and area poets the opportunity to mingle and riff off of one another. For years, Cornelia Street Cafe has been a New York hub for literature and the arts. Join us this season for cocktails, camaraderie, and as always, great poetry!

Seth Graves is Associate Editor of Coldfront Magazine. He teaches at Pace University and the New York City College of Technology and is a candidate for the Ph.D. in English at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. He lives in Brooklyn with his partner, Sarah, and a dog of indeterminable German Shepherd–Labrador– Pug mix named Ella.

Alissa Fleck is a freelance journalist and poet living in New York City. Alissa received her MFA in creative writing at The New School where she was the runner-up for the Paul Violi Poetry Prize in 2012. She grew up in Minneapolis and attended Grinnell College, where she received a B.A. in English and won the Lorabel Richardson Academy of American Poets Prize as well as placing as a finalist in a midwest-wide short story contest.

Emily Brandt has two chapbooks coming out this year: Behind Teeth from Full Court Books and ManWorld from dancing girl press. She earned her MFA from NYU, where she facilitated the Veterans Writing Workshop. She's a co-founding editor of No, Dear magazine and teaches at a public high school in Brooklyn. You can find out more at

 $8.00 includes a drink

Tuesday,  May 27 - 8:30PM 
Joe Fiedler, trombone;  Rob Jost, bass;  Michael Sarin, drums
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Veteran trombonist, Joe Fiedler, presents his long standing trio for an evening of new music. After 12 years and 3 recordings, this unique trio has truly developed an expansive language all their own.

"You will be hard pressed to find more adventurous and imaginative use of the trombone as an instrument of musical expression."—International Trombone Association Journal

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  May 28 - 6:00PM 
Marta Sanchez, piano;  Roman Filiu, alto sax;  Jerome Sabbagh, tenor sax;  Sam Anning, bass;  Jason Burger, drums
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Combining elements of rock, pop, jazz, classical and experimental music, Marta's tunes are rhythmically complex but strongly melodic. Music that tell stories by integrating folk elements with the harmonic sophistication and spontaneity of jazz.

She’ll be performing with a quintet that features a number of top-flight New York-based musicians, including Roman Filiu on alto saxophone, Jerome Sabbagh on tenor saxophone, Sam Anning on bass, and Jason Burger on drums.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Wednesday,  May 28 - 8:30PM 
Bambam Rodriguez, host

Yuri Juárez Yllescas, guitar;  Renato Diz, piano;  Sofia Tosello, vocals;  Hector Morales, cajon, percussion;  Pablo Menares, bass

Yuri Martín Juárez Yllescas (Lima-Peru 1973), guitarist, arranger and composer, began his career in 1996 as guitarist for various groups of Afro-Peruvian music, folk and fusion. He currently resides in New York City.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimumí-528-830pm-1030pm

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Thursday,  May 29 - 6:00PM 
Chris Silverberg, vocals;  Olivia Harris, vocals
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He’s a little bit Broadway, she’s a little bit R&B; they’re both a little crazy and a lot of fun. Join Olivia and Chris as they sing some of the greatest duets of all time, and give a fresh take on some of their more eclectic favorites.

Chris Silverberg is a singer-actor-director-writer-producer-editor and general lover of hyphens. Currently living and working in New York City, Chris is headed to Winchester, England in Fall 2014, to simultaneously live out his dreams of Dead Poets Society, To Sir With Love, and Harry Potter—he’ll be teaching and directing plays at a six- hundred-year-old boys boarding school. Career highlights so far include directing Columbia University’s 119th Annual Varsity Show, directing short plays for Thespian Productions and the Midwinter Madness Festival, and a 2011 CARA Award for singing “A Song For You” with his a cappella group, Nonsequitur.

Olivia Harris is a singer-songwriter who has performed around New York City in such venues as the Highline Ballroom, Cornelia Street Cafe and the Bitter End, both as a solo act and with a back-up band. Olivia has studied piano since the age of three, as well as violin since the age of twelve, and taught herself guitar along the way, and is now in her senior year of music at Columbia University, focusing in jazz. She also performs as an actress, featured as a lead in Columbia's 119th Annual Varsity Show, "the longest running show on Broadway" and a treasured school tradition.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Thursday,  May 29 - 8:30PM 
Hans Tammen, analog synthesizer;  Lukas Ligeti, marimba lumina;  Dan Blake, saxophones;  Ricardo Gallo, piano, synthesizer
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Composer Jonah Rosenberg teams up with Ensemble Sans Maitre to present his evolving work “Ode To Jackeen.” Based on text from proto-beat author Kenneth Patchen's groundbreaking non-linear novel "The Journal of Albion Mooonlight" Ode To Jackeen draws us closer to the psychic space of the enigmatic Jackeen's perilous metamorphosis. Jackeen's journey begins with her transition from male to female, embodied as the young boy Jack, a new addition to Albion's party, he becomes ill and is then shot, and perhaps killed, before transforming(or perhaps transitioning) into the coveted Jackeen, the source of Albion Moonlight's unassailable desire. In addition to Ode, Ensemble Sans Maitre will perform Drake Andersen's arrangement of David Bowie's “Subterraneans” in addition to works by other contemporary composers.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  May 30 - 6:00PM 
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IN THE FLESH, written and performed by Broadway actress Angelica Page (The Best Man, August: Osage County), is a fresh, funny, sexy evening, and will be Ms. Page's first time on a NYC stage this year. She recounts her recent journey West to a Zen Buddhist Monastery narrowly escaping with a detour through Hollywood before fleeing back to her beloved home town of New York City to unearth her new book TORN PAGE.

A Rumi poetry slam and live new music from Ms. Page's collaboration with Paul Mauled will also be featured.

 $ 8 includes a drink, food menu available

Friday,  May 30 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Andy Biskin, clarinet, comp.;  Kirk Knuffke, cornet;  Brian Drye, trombone;  Jeff Davis, drums
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Clarinetist/composer Andy Biskin celebrates the release of his new CD “Act Necessary” (Strudelmedia), featuring his new quartet IBID, with cornetist Kirk Knuffke, trombonist Brian Drye, and drummer Jeff Davis.

On his fifth CD, Biskin explores a bass-less format with ten new compositions that run the gamut from funk, to miniature tone poems, to second-line march rhythms, to polka, and beyond.

“It’s hard to find gentle humor in jazz but the clarinetist Andy Biskin has perfect radar for it.”—The New York Times

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  May 31 - 6:00PM 
Lili Añel, guitar, vocals;  Dale Melton, piano;  Charlie Patierno, drums/percussion;  Ken Pendergast, bass
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Award Winning Jazz/R&B Singer-Songwriter Lili Añel Returns to The Cornelia Street Café.

Having been described as “Part soul sister, part jazz chanteuse, and pure dynamite" (Jazz Times), possessing “unusual power, fearless emotional directness, and a wide-open timbre” (NY Times). Añel’s presence has certainly been felt on such top Triple-A and NPR radio stations as WFUV (New York), WXPN (Philadelphia), WRTI (Philadelphia), WDIY (Bethlehem), WSTW (Delaware), WUMB (Boston), and WXRT (Chicago) amongst others.

“I Can See Bliss From Here” is Lili’s latest CD Release. It continues to be met with wide acclaim and is receiving airplay throughout Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley, New Jersey, Delaware and New York. The CD includes nine songs penned by Añel and two covers, Ray LaMontagne’s “This Love Is Over” and renowned session guitarist/songwriter Jef Lee Johnson’s “Today”. I Can See Bliss From Here” journeys from Lili’s beginnings growing up in Harlem on the autobiographical “Something To Do”, expressing a mother’s love in “Best Part of Me”, to a snapshot of the country’s current economic landscape on “Losing My Faith” and “Climb The Wall“, through to the optimism on “Living For Today”, in each instance with a profound honesty.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimumñel-531-6pm-8pm

Saturday,  May 31 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Matt Brewer, bass;  Steve Lehman, alto sax;  Will Vinson, alto sax;  Lage Lund, guitar;  Craig Weinrib, drums
Matthew Brewer leads an all star band comprised of some of the top young players in the contemporary New York jazz scene.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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Sunday,  Jun 01 - 6:00PM 
Roald Hoffmann, Dave Soldier, hosts

Sophia Treanor, movement artist;  Derek Baron & Adam Gundersheim, musicians;  Maryam Zaringhalam, bioligist
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Evolution by natural selection is a dynamic force; one that has propelled life from a simple molecule swimming in a primordial soup to a great diversity of beings that inhabit land, air, and sea alike. The term evolution itself stems from a notion of ‘opening out’ and ‘unfolding,’ from the Latin evolution.

Experimenting with movement and music, we’ll explore how natural selection—biology’s most elegant of principles —partners with mutation and recombination to produce a great and complex diversity of life. Biologist Maryam Zaringhalam will guide us through her favorite peer-reviewed art-inspired experiment to show us how we can evolve (mediocre) music out of noise, and what that can tell us about the winding, wayward path to our very own origin.

Movement artist Sophia Treanor will partner with Causings—musicians Derek Baron and Adam Gundersheimer—in improvisational performance in which the evolution of a composition from nothingness is visibly and audibly unfolding. Weaving together impulse, rhythm, and the shared experience of the individuals in the room, an intuitive and spontaneous co-creation will emerge, just one of infinite possible forms.

 $20.00 includes a drink or food credit

Sunday,  Jun 01 - 8:30PM 
Benjamin Scheuer, voice, guitar
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Benjamin Scheuer is the recipient of the 2013 ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award for songwriting, the 2013 Musical Theatre Network Award for Best Lyrics, and the curator of the Songwriter Series at Cornelia Street Café.

He is the writer/performer of THE LION, a one-man musical that opens off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club in June 2014. He also leads the band Escapist Papers, who recently released their second album, The Bridge.

"Benjamin Scheuer is New York's next great young songwriter. His music stirs the soul, his lyrics pierce the heart. He has wit, grace, power, and consistently dips his pen into the deepest emotional well." --Andrew Lippa

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Jun 01 - 10:00PM 
Anna Marquardt, voice, ukelele
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Anna is a singer and songwriter, but not really a singer/songwriter. She has written some musicals with composer Britt Bonney, most recently for Prospect Theater's musical theater lab. Her songs are sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and sometimes about Jurassic Park.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  Jun 02 - 6:00PM 
Tulis McCall, host

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Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU. Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!

 $10 includes a drink (my god what a bargain!)

Monday,  Jun 02 - 8:30PM 
Melody Fader, piano;  Doori Na, violin
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Music for solo piano by Chopin and Liszt, and sonatas for violin and piano by Mozart and Debussy

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Jun 03 - 6:00PM 
John McCaffrey, short story;  Harry Dreizen, poems
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 $ 8 includes a drink, food menu available 
Tuesday,  Jun 03 - 8:30PM 
Peter Evans, trumpet;  Moppa Elliott, bass;  Kassa Overal, drums

Peter Evans' Zebulon Trio has been playing in NYC and internationally since 2010. The group is an exploration of the extremely rare trumpet/bass/drums format. Named after the now-closed Brooklyn club, Evans works with the virtuosic and versatile rhythm team of John Hebert (Andrew Hill, Mary Halvorson, Fred Hersch) and Kassa Overall (Vijay Iyer, Geri Allen, Steve Coleman). The music seamlessly blends groove, loose improvisation and intricate compositions.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Peter Evans' Zebulon Trio image Peter Gannushkin
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