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'Summer Portrait' community-based physical theater play with music by classical composers to open in August

By Billie Owens

MoonJava Café, located at 56 Harvester Ave. in Batavia, and The Visual Truth Theatre Ensemble present "Summer Portrait" in August.

It's a community-based physical theater play written by Eric Zwieg, based on Arthur Schopenhauer's "The World as Will and Representation," with music by Gustav Mahler, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann and Arnold Schoenberg.

Performances on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 28 and 29, will be at 7 p.m. The performance on Friday, Aug. 30, will begin at 5 p.m.

Good will offering accepted.

Culture Jam at MoonJava Cafe: An eclectic mix of seeing, saying and singing

By Mike Pettinella

Singer/flutist Emily Crawford and guitarist Eric Zwieg, known collectively as Local 1, entertained a crowd of about 50 people today at the Batavia Culture Jam at MoonJava Cafe at 56 Harvester Ave., where works by local artists are being prominently displayed.

Brian Laird shared some of his inspirational poems, with themes ranging from the value of living, salute to board games, nature and a memorial to his family dog. Other poets of the day were Eric Weatherbee aka The Humble Bard and Howard Owens, publisher of The Batavian.

Richard Beatty, host of Geezer Radio on WGCC, provided some interpretative reading, including a satirical take on the evolution of television. Photos by Mike Pettinella.

The Batavia Culture Jam: Seeing-Saying-Singing will be held at MoonJava Cafe June 29

By Billie Owens

The Batavia Culture Jam: Seeing -- Saying -- Singing

You are invited to this event at the MoonJava Cafe, located at 56 Harvester Ave. in Batavia, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Here's what's in store:

Poetry Reading

Brian Laird -- Howard Owens

The Humble Bard

Interpretive Reading

Richard Beatty

Visual Artists

Emily Crawford -- George Graham

Steve Johnson -- Jeanine Messinger -- Jill Pettigrew

Renee Smart -- Amos Werner -- Eric Zwieg

Musical Performance

Local 1

This is a MoonJava Cafe and Visual Truth Theatre Ensemble Production.

'Four Poets in Search of an Answer' read poetry at MoonJava Cafe on Harvester Avenue April 11

By Billie Owens

"Four Poets in Search of an Answer"

MoonJava Café, 56 Harvester Ave., Batavia

7 p.m., Thursday, April 11

Jen Ashburn is the author of "The Light on the Wall" (Main Street Rag, 2016) and has work published in numerous venues, including the podcast "The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor." Her poem “Our Mother Drove Barefoot” was selected for the 2018 Public Poetry Project by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book and distributed on posters across the state. She holds an MFA from Chatham University, where she taught creative writing to women in the Allegheny County Jail through Chatham’s Words Without Walls program. She’s currently working on her second full-length poetry collection, tentatively titled "Our Own Thin Ways," and a memoir.   

Jason Irwin is the author of "A Blister of Stars" (Low Ghost, 2016), "Watering the Dead" (Pavement Saw Press, 2008), winner of the Transcontinental Poetry Award, and the chapbooks "Where You Are" (Night Ballet Press, 2014), and "Some Days It's A Love Story" (Slipstream Press, 2005). He grew up in Dunkirk, NY, and now lives in Pittsburgh.  

SUNY University at Buffalo Professor Emeritus Scott W. Williams, Ph.D., is a poet and author of short stories. He has been featured in New York, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Ontario, Canada and the Virgin Islands. His poems appeared in "Sunday Review," "Coffeehouse Writings" “From the Web," "Juniper," "Peach Mag," "Ground & Sky," "Scryptic Magazine," "Le Mot Juste," "Punch Drunk Press," "Journal of Humanistic Mathematics." The most recent of his six books are "Bonvibre Haiku" (CWP Press-2017) and a book of micro-fiction "Natural Shrinkage" (Destitute Press-2018). Williams edits the syfy poetry and flash-fiction anthology series, "A Flash of Dark" (Writers Den-2018) and "A Flash of Dark vol 2" (Writers Den-2018). Williams hosts workshops of the poetic forms Ghazal and Haiku and cohosts the series "Second Stage Writers" (with Max Stephen, Ph.D., in Buffalo) and "Poets Soup" (with Victoria Hunter in Canandaigua).

Eric Zwieg is the author of "A Killer, A Victim, A Mourner," and "Summer Portrait," community-based performance plays funded through the New York State Decentralization Ripple Grant Awards for individual artists (2018, 2019). His poetry has been featured in the "Metropolitan Review" (2017), and the forthcoming "Batavialand: A Workingman's Paradise." Music recordings include: "Durkheim’s Rule," "Wish I Was Cool," "Dance of the Sugarpug," "Maggie’s Drawers," "Drift," and "Regrets." Zwieg is currently working on his master's thesis, "Solitude, and the Art of Creativity." 

Call of entries for Nov. 7 public artwork show at Moonjava Cafe

By Billie Owens

The Independant Living Center of the Genesee Region is calling for entries of artwork to be exhibited in the "Art of the Town" free public art display on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

The exhibit will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at Moonjava Cafe, 56 Harvester Ave., Batavia.

For information and submission guidelines, contact Cathy DeMare at (585) 815-8501, ext. 400.

The exhibit is presented by ILCGR, Moonjava Cafe and the University Heights Arts Association.

Sponsored Post: MoonJava Cafe to host book signing on September 19th!

By Lisa Ace

MoonJava Cafe will host a book signing for new sci-fi author, Kelda Wells and her first book, "The Whole Story." This one-time event will take place on Thursday, September 19th from 2 to 7 p.m.

With her first novel, Ms.Well's book dives into the complexities of time and space exploration as well as spinning a gripping tale that will keep you on the edge until the very end. The book is available as paperback, hardcover and e-book.

MoonJava cafe is located on 56 Harvester Ave., Batavia, NY.

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Live jazz at MoonJava Cafe on Harvester Avenue

By Billie Owens

Don't miss an excellent evening of live jazz at MoonJava Cafe beginning at 7 on Friday, April 13.

Jonathan Jaeger will play bass and Dan DeLuca will play guitar.

The cafe is located at 56 Harvester Ave. in the City of Batavia.


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Free, live jazz tonight at Moonjava Cafe on Harvester Avenue, Batavia

By Billie Owens

Live jazz will be performed tonight beginning at 8 at Moonjava Cafe in Batavia, located at 56 Harvester Ave. Admission is free.

The cafe opens at 7 p.m. and features great coffee, baked goods, sandwiches and wraps for sale.

Come and enjoy jazz standards and other favorites performed by Dan Deluca (guitar), Jonathan Jaeger (bass) and Glen Cummings. They are set to play until 9:30 p.m.

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