Thanks to Time Out New York for listing Speak Easy among Top Things to Do!

Inquiries: Contact Cara at speakeasyseriesnyc[at] & 646.623.8793

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Is Greenpoint Safe? Cleaning Up our Neighborhood's Toxic Legacy

From oil spills to superfund sites to lots and lots of garbage, Greenpoint has its fair share of challenges. Get the real deal about the public health and environmental situation in Greenpoint, and learn what we can do about it!

Wed, May 23
Anella backyward
222 Franklin St (betw Huron & Green; G to Greenpoint Ave)
Drink Specials
Rain or Shine

Join a discussion with Greenpoint residents:
- Kate Zidar of the Newtown Creek Alliance
- Laura Hoffman of Organizations United for Trash Reduction and Garbage Equity (OUTRAGE)
- Mike Schade of the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice
- Moderated by Cara Cannella of Speak Easy Series

Event is co-sponsored by State Committeeman Lincoln Restler, Speak Easy Series, Newtown Creek Alliance, OUTRAGE, Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, and

The Brooklyn Kitchen Book Club: Tamar Adler's "An Everlasting Meal"

The Brooklyn Kitchen Book Club: Tamar Adler's "An Everlasting Meal"
Wed, Jun 20, 2012 
“Tamar Adler has written the best book on ‘cooking with economy and grace’ that I have read since MFK Fisher.” -- Michael Pollan
Love to read, eat, laugh, and build community? Then The Brooklyn Kitchen Book Club is for you!

Check out details (including a discount code for the book) and reserve a spot here:

Sign up early! Space is limited to 15 book lovers.

I'm the book club moderator, so let me know if you have Qs. Thanks for spreading the word!

cara.cannella [at]

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Podcast of Chad Harbach & Friends at Speak Easy & Congrats: THE ART OF FIELDING is among NY Times' 10 Best Books of 2011

To listen to my conversation with The Art of Fielding author Chad Harbach, his literary agent Chris Parris-Lamband my brother Stephen Cannella, baseball editor of Sports Illustrated (recorded at Greenwich Village's Bergino Baseball Clubhouse on November 3, 2011), click HERE for Part 1 (the main podcastand HERE for Part 2 (audience Q&A). Enjoy! 

And...another well-deserved congrats to Chad: The Art of Fielding is among The New York Times10 Best Books of 2011!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

THE ART OF FIELDING named Amazon's #1 Pick of the Year!

Congrats to last week's Speak Easy guest Chad Harbach and his publisher Little, Brown! His debut novel THE ART OF FIELDING was just announced as's #1 pick of the year. In their words: "Chad Harbach's warmhearted and moving debut novel explores the boundaries of ambition, courage, and love through America's favorite pastime.The Art of Fielding (Kindle Bookprint edition) tops our list of the best Literature & Fiction books of 2011 (as well as being our top debut of the year)." If you're looking for a holiday gift idea for any lover of literature, you've found it. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Photos from Speak Easy Series: Chad Harbach & Friends on THE ART OF FIELDING

Chad Harbach, Cara CannellaSpeak Easy SeriesChad HarbachChris Parris-Lamb, Chad Harbach, Cara Cannella
Jay Bergino, Chris Parris-Lamb, Chad HarbachChris Parris-LambStephen Cannella, Chad Harbach, Cara CannellaPodcastJay Goldberg, owner of Bergino Baseball ClubhouseJay Goldberg, Cara Cannella
GalleryChad Harbach, Sarah Huckdelete
Steve Cannella, Meg Cannella Robustelli, Cara Cannella, John A. Walsh, Mary CannellaChad's signingChad's signing
Speak Easy Series: Chad Harbach and Friends on THE ART OF FIELDING, a set on Flickr.

Thanks, Bruno Navarro, as always, for the photos, and thanks to Patrick J. Sauer and Matt Wasowski for recommending that I hold the event at Bergino Baseball Clubhouse, which turned out to be a totally ideal venue. Thanks to Jay Goldberg for hosting us in his beautiful space; to Chad Harbach, Chris Parris-Lamb, and my brother Stephen Cannella for making the insightful and funny conversation what it was (podcast coming soon); to everyone for coming and supporting Speak Easy Series; and to Harpoon Brewery for donating beer. What an unforgettable night. See you next time! 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Chad Harbach & Friends on THE ART OF FIELDING

Thu, Nov 3 at 8:30pm (entry begins 8:20)

Speak Easy Series Presents
Chad Harbach, author of THE ART OF FIELDING,
in conversation with Cara Cannella
his literary agent Chris Parris-Lamb, 
and Stephen Cannella, baseball editor at Sports Illustrated *
at Bergino Baseball Clubhouse, 67 East 11th St, New York, NY  
(between Broadway & University Place)
Followed by audience Q&A and book signing
with books sold by Mobile Libris 
and beer provided by Harpoon Brewery

 RSVP at required

Maximum 2 reservations per person 
(If capacity is reached, you will be notified by email about waitlist status.)

"Reading The Art of Fielding is like watching a hugely gifted young shortstop: you keep waiting for the errors, but there are no errors. 
First novels this complete and consuming come along very, very seldom."  - Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom

Chad Harbach grew up in Wisconsin and was educated at Harvard and the University of Virginia. He is a cofounder and coeditor of n+1).

Bergino Baseball Clubhouse
 is a baseball lover's dream in a Greenwich Village landmark building, with handmade beautiful baseballs, unique gifts, an art gallery with event space, and a custom design studio.

Sports Illustrated excerpted The Art of Fielding in its August 29, 2011 issue. 


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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Speak Easy On the Radio!

Broadcast live from the Heritage Radio Network shipping container in the backyard of Roberta's restaurant in Bushwick, Brooklyn. I had so much fun chatting with Unfiltered co-hosts Erin Fitzpatrick and Brian DiMarco...followed by pizza and pitchers of Six Point beer under the hot late afternoon sun.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Speak Easy Series: Winemaking in Brooklyn & Beyond

Swing by The Parlor at Brooklyn Winery for a conversation featuring their founders, winemaker, and some other very special guests from the local wine industry.

Tue, July 12 8 to 9:30pm
Brooklyn Winery

213 North 8th St (between Driggs & Roebling)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn (L to Bedford stop)

Buy tickets here:
$10/person (21 & up)
includes one glass of wine or beer and light hors d'oeuvres

Part 1: Brooklyn Winery co-founders John Stires and Brian Leventhal and winemaker Conor McCormack

Part 2: Erin Fitzpatrick (co-host of The Heritage Radio Network’s wine program Unfiltered) and Stefan Mailvaganam (of Custom American Wine Bar)

moderated by Cara Cannella; with audience Q&A and a tour of the winery!

(L to R: Erin Fitzpatrick; Brian Leventhal, Conor McCormack & John Stires; Stefan Mailvaganam) 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Check out audio from June 7 Speak Easy with Nathan Larson!

Click here to listen to my chat with Nathan Larson about his work as a writer, musician, and film composer. He describes his coming of age in Washington D.C.'s punk scene (along with Akashic Books' editor Johnny Temple on Ian MacKaye's Dischord record label) and how that led to the publication of his debut novel, The Dewey Decimal Systemset inside the beautiful main branch The New York Public Library. Thanks to everyone who came out and donated to the NYPL! Click here for another opportunity to give to this invaluable and vital institution.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Take advantage of discounted registration for DIY Business Association Conference!

Connect with creative entrepreneurs to take your business to the next level.

You’re invited to the first DIY Business Association Conference on June 26 in DUMBO!

The Brooklyn DIY Business Association Conference is an incubator for the DIYT (do-it-yourself-together) crowd. The one-day event is a talent show for productivity, a swap meet for arty types, a crucial meeting of the minds, a think tank for the Creative New Economy.

Regular price: $125

Special discounted rate for the Speak Easy Series community: $99 (includes light breakfast, lunch, and evening cocktail reception). Enter “speakeasy” during the final step of checkout.

Hurry while tickets are available! Discount is valid until June 17.

30 panelists, including:

ANDREW WAGNER, ReadyMade Editor-in-Chief
GRACE BONNEY, Design*Sponge Founder and Editor-in-Chief
SUSAN GREGG KOGER, Chief Creative Officer
DEAN HASPIEL, Illustrator for HBO’s Bored To Death
CAROLINE SUH, Director of Frontrunners and showrunner of Iconoclasts
SHAINA FEINBERG, This American Life contributor, audio producer, and writer
DANIELLE MAVEAL, Etsy Education Coordinator
MOLLY NEUMAN, Senior Director of Label Relations for eMusic; Owner, Simple Social Graces Discos and Kitchen, and former drummer of Bratmobile
GREGORY JACKSON, Touring and session bassist for various artists, including Amy Winehouse, Jay-Z, and Erykah Badu
MARY S. BUTLER, Senior Content Strategist for Razorfish

AMBER RAE, Chief Evangelist of Seth Godin’s Domino Project, creator of and The Passion Experiment

Monday, May 23, 2011

Videos from Cinema 16 panel with Molly, Julianna & Joel now up!

Molly Surno of Cinema 16 commissioned Julianna Barwick to score an experimental film by Joel Schlemowitz, presented August 29, 2009 at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Check out my May 2, 2011 conversation with the three artists at Veronica Peoples Club in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Cinema 16 [part 1]: Satisfying a "Lust for Creative Community" from Speak Easy Series on Vimeo.

Cinema 16 [part 2]: D.I.Y. Music & How to Create a Film for $15 from Speak Easy Series on Vimeo.

Cinema 16 [part 3]: Audience Q&A from Speak Easy Series on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

June 7: Author/Composer/Musician Nathan Larson in conversation with Cara Cannella

Tue, Jun 7 at 8pm at Veronica Peoples Club, 105 Franklin St, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
FREE EVENT with suggested donation to the New York Public Library
Donate in advance ( or on-site!
Nathan Larson

Nathan's novel The Dewey Decimal System (available now!) is published by Akashic Books and set partly inside The New York Public Library.  Nathan is best known as an award-winning film music composer, having created the scores for over thirty movies, such as Boys Don't Cry, Dirty Pretty Things, and The MessengerIn the 1990s, he was lead guitarist for the seminal indie rock band Shudder to Think and toured with bands including Fugazi and The Smashing Pumpkins. Currently, he plays in the band A Camp, also featuring his wife, Nina Persson of The Cardigans. They live in New York City with their son.