October Events at Tillie's

October 08 Events at Tillie’s of Brooklyn

248 DeKalb Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11205

718 783-6140



Friday October 3

8 p.m.

The Akaliko Group

Danny Wolfe, drums

Pascal Le Boeuf, keyboards

Kristian Baarsvick, saxophone

Dion Kerr, bass

Energetic, freewheeling new jazz with indie overtones led by Danny Wolfe, a recent graduate of the University of Miami who has played with the group at such NY venues as Pianos, the 55 Bar, and Brooklyn’s Blue Monday. See www.myspace.com/nedzflow or www.dannywolfemusic.com for more information.

Cover: $5; $3 with student ID

Friday 10/10

David Aaron’s Short Memory

8 p.m.

An excellent ensemble fronted by composer, arranger, and saxophone player David Aaaron, who has performed at the Knitting Factory, Lincoln Center, The Bottom Line, and the Apollo theater, among others. He also composes and arranges for a variety of film, theater, film and modern dance projects. See www.shortmemory.org for more details.

Cover: $5; $3 with student ID

Tuesday 10/14/08

Rolie Polie Gaucamole

4:30 p.m.

Frank Gallo and Andrew Tuzhilin bring a fresh new sound to kids’ music (acoustic folk funk). The well-written songs are enjoyable for both kids and adults. Last year the duo opened The Green Meadow Festival for Tom Chapin. They play private schools, other festivals, and regular programs for public libraries in New York and Rhode Island. Their first appearance at Tillie’s in August was a solid hit and now they have a regular slot on the second Tuesday of the month.

Most appropriate for children from ages 1 – 7.

No cover.

Salon Series

Monday 10/6/08

7:30 p.m.

Faren Simonoff and Cheryl Paradis

Tackling College Admissions: Sanity + Strategy = Success

Paradis and Siminoff offer parents a step-by-step method of assessing their teens’ challenges in searching for the right college. The book includes teen surveys to determine which challenges parents must confront with their teens before beginning the college search.

The authors not only offer simple questionnaires that help parents assess their teens, but also hone in on the right schools and keep their own unrealistic expectations in check. When it’s time to enter the admissions race, the authors help parents:

  • Work with their teens to put together the best college list.
  • Use the application and interview process to effectively “market” students.
  • Motivate teens to overcome hurdles in the process.
  • Come to terms with hopes and fears about college admissions.
  • Keep a sense of humor and inner calm during this stressful time.

Cheryl Paradis has more than 20 years of experience as a clinical psychologist, and is an associate professor of psychology at Marymount College. Faren Siminoff is an associate professor of history at Nassau Community College and also an attorney. Both are Ft. Greene/Clinton Hill moms who have successfully assisted their teens in navigating the college maze. They will take questions from the audience at the reading and offer advice to parents whose children are getting ready to apply to college.

No cover. Books will be for sale.

Wednesday 10/22/08

7:30 p.m.

Bernard Marsh

Great White Way, Great White Lie

A veteran of stage, screen and television whose film credits include “The Cotton Club,” and Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X,” and who appeared on Broadway in “Eubie,” “The Tap Dance Kid,” and “Ain’t Misbehavin,’” Bernard Marsh documents the long-fought and ongoing battle for equity for people of color in the theater arts in this volume. He will read from the book and take questions.

Marsh earned a B.A. in Theater and Labor Relations from SUNY and has taught tap and jazz dance for many years. Currently he also teaches “Acting as Therapy for Senior Citizens” and is a co-founder and resident director of the Living History Theater Group, under the auspices of the African Atlantic Genealogical Society. His performing, choreography and directing have been seen all over the world.

No cover. Books will be for sale.


“Faces of Tillie’s”

Photographs by Bill Kontzias

10/27/08 – 11/29/08

These fifty portraits were taken over the course of the summer in front of Tillie’s. A professional photographer and Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute, Bill Kontzias was struck by the variety of the Fort Greene street scene and the store’s customers, and sought to capture “a time and space to reflect on contemporary life in the neighborhood.” As the glamorous 1940s portrait of Tillie looks out onto the cafe from her framed place high above the coffee machines, he wanted to look around and make a photographic record of what he saw as he lounged at the corner of DeKalb and Vanderbilt Avenues during the summer of 2008.

A location photographer for over 20 years, Bill has done commissions for many major publications and corporations. He apprenticed with Francesco Scavullo and Bill King and specializes in fashion photography as well as people and portraits. Scavullo once advised him: “My dear William, be a photographer. Don’t look back, don’t look forward – look around.” He offers the faces of Tillie’s faces in this spirit.

Bill Kontzias has lived in Clinton Hill for over 30 years.


Tuesday 10/28

7 –9 p.m.

Open Mic

Thursday 10/9/08

Thursday 10/23/08

8:00 p.m. sign-up

8:30 performance

Host: Nick Noir

All poets, writers, comedians, rappers, singers, songwriters and musicians are welcome!

No cover.

For additional information call Patricia Mulcahy at 718 783-6140 or see www.tilliesofbrooklyn.com. Directions to the store are listed on the site under “Getting Here.”