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Last minute local and on-line shopping for that unique holiday gift!

While you are out and about in this stormy weather, warm your soul (and stomachs) with yummy waffles, belgian hot cocoa, coffee and more from the wafle and dinges truck.
Click on the
big yellow truck for locations this weekend and through the week.
Treat yourself and try one of their daily specials!

Cervena Barva Press Announces a New Book

Van Gogh's Ear by Pamela L. Laskin

Pamela L. Laskin, a teacher, writer, cyclist, swimmer and avid reader, has had many poems, short stories and children's stories published in journals and magazines. She is a lecturer in the English Department at The City College, where she directs The Poetry Outreach Center. Central Station, her first book of poetry, was the winner of the Millennium Poetry Prize. Remembering Fireflies, her second collection, was published by Plain View Press, and Ghosts, Goblins, Gods and Geodes, her third collection, was published by World Audience Press. In 2009, Plain View Press published her fourth collection, Secrets of Sheets. Three poetry chapbooks, five picture books and two young adult novels have been published as well. She edited a collection of original fairy tales, The Heroic Young Woman, published by Clique Calm Books. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, Ira, while her children, Craig and Samantha, are away at school completing their degrees.

Pamela Laskin is equally able to grasp the big picture -- “born/ out of millions of years/ of old thumbs and cortexes” -- as well as the small, luminous detail. She writes with vivid immediacy about the people and places around her, so that each poem, “Each bead is like the cell of a body/ passing through a busy street/ on a quiet day.” It is a pleasure to spend time with and have one’s senses sharpened by this book.
-Elaine Equi

Pamela Laskin’s new poems move richly and swiftly through memory and presence, through family, romance, friendship, and art, through Brooklyn and the rest of the world. They are passionate, quiet, thoughtful, intelligent. I want to say there is something modest about them, but it’s the modesty of someone who knows she knows and will lift the screen for a second if only to see if you can figure it out. Van Gogh’s Ear is a fine and generous collection.
-Mark Statman

In a Glass Ball

Clouds stuck in the sky
summer has evaporated
anorexic trees,
children gone from the streets.

Soon I will be snowed under
as I am, perhaps, already
staring out the window

like the woman trapped in a glass ball
which people turn over, indiscriminately
watching the tiny flakes
scatter haphazardly

the unsettling appearance
of a woman
going nowhere.

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Better than great stocking stuffers!!

The Choir Boats
by Daniel A. Rabuzzi
London, 1812 | Yount, Year of the Owl

What would you give to make good on the sins of your past? For merchant Barnabas McDoon, the answer is: everything.

When emissaries from a world called Yount offer Barnabas a chance to redeem himself, he accepts their price -- to voyage to Yount with the key that only he can use to unlock the door to their prison. But bleak forces seek to stop him: Yount's jailer, a once-human wizard who craves his own salvation, kidnaps Barnabas's nephew. A fallen angel -- a monstrous owl with eyes of fire -- will unleash Hell if Yount is freed. And, meanwhile, Barnabas's niece, Sally, and a mysterious pauper named Maggie seek with dream-songs to wake the sleeping goddess who may be the only hope for Yount and Earth alike.

Hats by Nadege
Brooklyn, NY

olive design
Brooklyn, NY
If you live or work in Brooklyn you can always contact Mary
to pick up one of her beautiful lamps from her studio.

Author, Lauren Chattman of Sag Harbor Days
Her cookbooks can be found at the bottom of her blog,
not to mention her great recipes!

The Market NYC
Indoor flea markets with artisan goods.
Shop local.

Trachie Hotchner
Author and radio show host of Dog Talk
& Cat Chat. Order the Dog Bible, Cat Bible or both.
Everything you wanted to know about
your pets but were afraid to ask.

Women's Work
Give the gift of Fair Trade this holiday season.

Their shop is located at
66 Main Street,
Cold Spring, NY 10516
(A short walk from Metro North's Hudson River line)

Their 2nd store is in the
Poughkeepsie Plaza
(near Marshall's) - on Rt. 9

Hours: Monday through Friday 10am - 9pm,
Saturday 10am - 6pm, Sunday 12 noon - 5pm

Wrecords by Monkey
Where fashion, art and music collide!
No really!

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Billy Mintz Presents…

An Evening of Completely Improvised Music

First Set
Roberta Piket – piano
Louis Belogenis – saxophones

Second Set
Billy Mintz – solo drum set
Saturday, December 19th 8:30 pm

$10 Suggested Admission
168 7th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Take the F or R trains to 4th Ave & 9th Street.
Walk down 4th ave to 7th street.
Make a left on 7th and walk past 3rd ave.
Located on the ground floor,
the grey doors to the right of the stairs of #168.

For more info, email or

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Double Carol Parties
Trick stack the deck and glister bow to Winter
Solstice rave and zero sum spin turn around
At Ye Olde Jolly Dias y Flores Community Garden
Where elves are elves and Elvis Lives!
Sunday, December 20, from 2 to 6
Wednesday, December 23, 4 -8
at 520 East 13th Street, between A&B
New York, New York, what a heck of a joint!

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Museum of the Moving Image presents hourly screenings of Short Films from Pixar-- including PRESTO (2008) pictured here--during winter recess. From Saturday, December 26 through Sunday, January 3, the Museum will be open every day with workshops for children in addition to the screenings.
Shown: scene from PRESTO (2008), directed by Doug Sweetland

Check their site for more details by clicking link above.

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Jumping Ahead!

Workshops on from Page to Performance
at Blue Door Gallery
hosted by Golda Solomon

January 23, 2010

Sign Up Now!
For details and registration email
call Golda Solomon toll free

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Featuring Ellery Eskelin, Mark Helias, and Gerald Cleaver

On Saturday, February 6, Terrence McManus will be premiering a new ensemble at the Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village, entitled "Firstborn".
Guitarist and composer Terrence McManus has made a serious name for himself in improvised and contemporary music, with an unmistakable sound and truly new approach to the guitar. Described as "a visionary guitarist" by guitar legend Gene Bertoncini, Terrence's unique style and approach have also been heralded by guitar greats Bill Frisell and John Abercrombie. His much sought after sound can be heard in the Gerry Hemingway Quintet, Kermit Driscoll Quartet and Trio, and the Herb Robertson Ensemble.
At the heart of this new ensemble, "Firstborn", is the revisitation of a more conventional quartet setting. However, the resemblance will be purposefully blurred, as the familiarity of the quartet sound will interlaced with stretches of multiple independence, electronica, and industrial sounds.

The ensemble will feature some of the absolute top musicians in improvised music today. Performing with Terrence will be saxophonist Ellery Eskelin, bassist Mark Helias, and drummer Gerald Cleaver. Sets at 9pm and 10:30pm.

Terrence's other recent ensembles have included Tim Berne, Herb Robertson, Mark Helias, Gerry Hemingway (The Weathly Industrialists), and Ellery Eskelin, Mat Maneri, Russ Lossing, Gerry Hemingway (The Dream of the Ants).

The Cornelia Street Cafe is located at 29 Cornelia Street,
Greewnwich Village, New York
Tel: 212-989-9319, online at:

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