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cityline to shoreline in 11.28-12.15

on 88.3 at 11 AM has Stephanie Shain from the Humane Society of the Untied States discussing PUPPY MILL ACTION WEEK this week, and Dr Elizabeth Hodgkins discusses BIASED SCIENCE - the unhealthy marriage of money from profit-making pet food and drug companies underwriting and dictating the outcome of research on commercial pet food.

DOG TALK & CAT CHAT on WOR 710 AM at 10 PM has the interview with JOAN RIVERS about ALL THE DOGS IN HER LIFE. Joan says she gets no respect from her dogs and Tracie helps her with Samantha's "greeting peeing" and Max's disinterest in the word "Come" when he is out in the country.

If you have a question about your pet during Tracie's broadcasts, she encourages calls on the air. Tell her you saw her show listing right here on the urbanseashell blog hosted by Lisa. She will be glad to know you did.


A Loft Arts Production

271 WEST 119TH ST.
(bet. St. Nicholas Ave. &
Frederick Douglas Blvd.)


Reservations Suggested

8:00 PM, 9:30 PM & 11:00 PM Sets

Kitchen open until midnight

Subway directions: A or D to 125th St. or B or C to 116th St. 

E.J. Antonio - Poet • Golda Solomon - Poet •
Cheryl Boyce Taylor - Poet
 with Christopher Dean Sullivan - bass artisian,
Joe Giardullo - reedist

Special Guest: EJ (Eddie) Allen - trumpet and 

The Double Sharps: Daniel Lipsitz - leader and sax,
Nathaniel Schroeder - bass

Hannah Hoffman – piano, Francis DiNoto - drums

Also joining us Larry Roland - bass and poetry and Ernesto Lara - poet

Literary Tuesday, with host Pam Laskin
7:30 with open mic to follow

December 1-Gabriella M. Belfiglio was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received a BA in poetry from Antioch College, and an MFA from American University. She is an artist, political activist and an aspiring yogini. She holds several jobs in order to keep writing a priority, including karate and self-defense for the Center for Anti-Violence Education. Her work has appeared in several journals and anthologies, among them: Folio, The Centrifugal Eye, Avanti Popoplo and the award-winning Poetic Voices without Borders. She is most-recently featured in The Dream Catcher’s Song, an anthology pre¬senting five emerging Brooklyn writers. Gabriela is joined by The Sweater Set-a singing, songwriting, harmonizing, ukulele playing duo: Sara Curtin, a singer and songwriter and ukulele player, hails from the Diamond City of Washington, DC, and is a member of the singing duo. She is recording her first album.

December 8-Diana Gitesha Hernandez is a multi-media performance artist: poet and jazz singer, who often weaves music with her foundling words. She has been heard on WBAI, poetry venues throughout the City, as a member of The Barry Harris Jazz Chorus Ensemble and had her own band, Orgasmic Orchestra. Her work has appeared in Longshot, Aloud, Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café Anthology, BE Magazine, Heal. She is the author of two chapbooks, Slingshot Luv; Love Poems from a Nuyorican Princess Dreaming of Rimbaud and Raw Lips Melao, a Nuyorican Rhapsody, and is currently working on a new book of poems along with a CD of her poetry-jazz, with pianist, John DiMartino.

F/R Train to 4th Avenue/9th Street
(btwn 5th and 6th St.)

Tracie Hotchner
December 5

On DOG TALK at 11 AM (EST) Saturday Tracie has author GARTH STEIN talking about his best-seller THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN

DOG TALK'S Animal Communicator ANN MARIE SAWICKI on Saturday at 11 AM (EST) call 800-394-8830 to talk to your animals

Saturday night at 10 PM (EST) on WOR 710 on DOG TALK & CAT CHAT Tracie welcomes Dr. Mark Macina, dermatology specialist from the Animal Medical Center in NYC - discussing skin allergies and how to properly diagnose and treat them




242 West 41 Street, Manhattan

For details and ticket information, click here.

Brooklyn Reading Works
savory syllables on sustenance
(writers on food)
Thursday, December 10th at 8 PM
Peter Catapano
Ame Gilbert
Nancy Garfinkel
Greg Fuchs Andrea Israel
Alexander Nazaryan
Sophia Romero
Michele Madigan Somerville

The Old Stone House in JJ Byrne/Washington Park
Between 3rd and 4th Streets on 5th Avenue
Park Slope, Brooklyn 718-768-3195

$ 10.00 donation
Proceeds will go to Helping Hands Food Pantry at St. Augustine Church in Park Slope. Helping Hands distributes emergency food supplies to people living in Prospect Heights, Park Slope, and Fort Greene.

Spend the Holidays with
Stages “Cinderella” at
Bay Street Theatre

Stages, A Children’s Theatre Workshop, Inc. is bringing the time-honored fairy tale classic of “Cinderella” to The Bay Street Theater just in time for the holidays. This new musical version, adapted by Jerry Leonard, with music and lyrics by Jerry Leonard and John Petrone, is directed by Helene Leonard. It features a cast of 30 young actors ages 8-20. Amanda Jones and James Benard provide the musical accompaniment.

Performances are Friday December 11th at 7:30 PM,
Saturday December 12th at 2:00PM,
Sunday December 13th at 2:00PM.

Tickets are $15 and are available at
The Bay Street Theatre box office
Wednesday through Saturday from 11AM -6PM,
or by
calling the Bay Street Theatre box office at

Don’t wait until midnight;
put on your glass slippers and grab the next coach to
the Bay Street Theatre to see a magical, musical production of
Stages’ “Cinderella”

Photo, clockwise: Mackenzie Engeldrum (Stepsister),
Dorothy Mackey (Stepmother),Sarah Moliski (Stepsister),
and Laura Nikolich (Cinderella).

Leslie Ferretti Holiday Pottery Show
Saturday and Sunday
12.12 & 12.13.09

449 37th Street
btw 4th & 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

BPL Chamber Players
Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for
Contemporary Culture
Central Library

**December 13, 2009 @ 1:30PM
Guys from the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
Andy Stein, violin and saxophones, etc.
Pat Donahue, guitars
Rich Dworsky, piano
Gary Raynor, double bass
Peter Johnson, drums
December 13, 2009 @ 4PM
Adela Peña, violin
Jessica Lee, violin
Ah Ling Neu, viola
Roberta Cooper, cello
Peter Weitzner, double bass

**Bonus Performance!

Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Literary Tuesday, with host Pam Laskin
7:30 with open mic to follow

December 15-Katrinka Moore’s book Thief was recently released by BlazeVOX [books]. She is a member of the One O’clock Poets, which published an anthology, The Full Green Hour, in 2008. Moore’s chapbook, This is Not a Story, won the New Women’s Voices prize and was published by Finishing Line Press in 2003. Maria Lisella has written two chapbooks, Amore on Hope Street (Finishing Line Press) and Two Naked Feet (Poets Wear Prada). Her poetry has appeared in NY Quarterly, Feile-Festa, Oberon, The Paterson Literary Review, Skidrow Penthouse, Liquer 44 (in French) and in the anthology, Avanti Popolo: Italian American Writers Sail Beyond Columbus. She is the Program Coordinator for the Italian American Writers Association and is co-editing an anthology based on those readings. She was a finalist in 2007 in the competition for Poet Laureate of Queens. She lives in Long Island City and is a travel editor for a national publication. Holly Anderson, poet and lyricist, can be heard on Peg Simone’s forthcoming record, Secrets from the Storm on Table of the Elements/Radium. Online or in print, you can see her work in Admit Two, Conduit, Fringe, Gargoyle, MungBeing, Qarrtsiluni, Rampike, Tattoo Highway and The Mom Egg.

F/R Train to 4th Avenue/9th Street
(btwn 5th and 6th St.)


Last Minute Turkey Tip from Sag Harbor Days

Lauren Chattman, author, cook and blogger shares her tip about brining your turkey.

Sag Harbor Days

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 10:42 AM PS

I picked up this organic, fresh-killed turkey at Cromer's
(3500 Noyac Road, 725-9004) this morning, and my
husband brined it, placing it in a cooler where he had
already dissolved 4 cups of kosher salt in 4 gallons of
water. He threw in a few ice cubes to keep it cold and
closed the lid. It will sit in salt water for 6 hours,
becoming well-seasoned and able to hold onto its
juices in the oven. This really improves the taste and
texture of your fresh-killed turkey (if you are making a
frozen turkey it has probably already been injected with
salt; if you are making a kosher turkey, it's already been
brined) and there's still time!

Visit for
other great cooking tips.

Check out Lauren's books at the bottom of her blog.
They make great holiday gifts! Tell her you saw this
this on urbanseashell—a collection.

Happy Thanksgiving!