Every Friday and Saturday, dine to the accompaniment of jazz and blues piano by musician and artist John Guernsey of Takoma Park, known as the "piano man" to patrons of the cafe.
In 2002 John began writing a musical called "Love at Last Sight." It was performed at the Takoma Park Community Center in 2008 and 2011, and at the Greenbelt Arts Center in 2008 for a 4-day, nearly sold-out run. The play is performed by a cast of primarily teens.
John's playing is a particular treat to many who come to the cafe, as they are aware of his accomplished performances in other venues (including the Phillips Collection, One Step Down, and as a member of the Claude Jones band) over the years.
He has now written a book called "A February Song", and the cafe will be holding a Reception & Book-Signing on Sunday, May 6 from 2-4:30pm. There will be a couple of performers reading from the book, there will be music (which is a key thread in the book), and refreshments.
In January 2011, John Guernsey had his fourth art show at the New Deal Cafe, Seeing is Believing. He is primarily a printmaker, but also paints and does large, colorful, mixed media drawings. Born in 1945, he was drawn to both art and music as a teenager and has been doing both ever since. His imagery is personal, surreal and dream like. He has studied etching at the Corcoran and received an ongoing scholarship from the Bethesda Women's Club to study printmaking with Professor Joyce Jewell at Montgomery College.
CDs are $12 each. If purchasing more than one, the additional CDs are $10 each. You can purchase John's Music when John is performing at The New Deal or send a check or money order toJohn Guernsey
On receipt of your check or money order, your CD will be promptly mailed to you.