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Monthly Archives: February, 2010


Join us on Sunday, February 28th for our service on STYLE!

The last stretch of winter encourages us to think about what we are going to be when spring comes, how are we going to feel when the snow is gone, and what are we going to wear when this damn weather is over. But really STYLE is a metaphor for all the larger questions we face in life, questions that THE SECRET CITY joyfully asks over and over again, “HOW AM I GOING TO SPEND MY TIME?”

We’re putting together an amazing service, featuring handmade chocolates by Genevieve LuLoup, beautiful visuals by Isa Catto Shaw, performance by Butt Kapinski and Sarah ‘SNAPS” Alden, live music provided by The Secret City Singers, a tribute to Alexander McQueen, the Second Annual Secret City Fashion Show and a few special stylish surprises.

It’s going to be a beautiful thing, made more beautiful by your presence. Oh, and feel free to dress up.

See you there!!

The Secret City
Sunday, February 28th
@ Theatrelab
137 W. 14th St.

And remember, we provide FREE CHILDCARE!!


SECRET ADMIRERS…with Rosanne Cash

Oh me oh my what an AMAZING night we had…our first big benefit and it was a lovely, smashing night!!

The image above is of a few Valenteenies — beautiful handmade valentines by Bridget Carpenter, custom-made for our event.

The incredible Rosanne Cash was our guest star, and she put on a perfect and touching set of love songs. Here she is with my cousin Maddy Weeks and me:

We had our party at the amazingly beautiful and cool Norwood Club, and it was a sexy, charming and successful night: we had a nice full room, and a lot of new people who were introduced to the Secret City for the first time, and a lot of our most loyal members of The Secret City in attendance. Here are a few party pics. This is Mary Cunney and Martha Brantley:

Here’s Bobby Lucy and Sarah Alden, with their megawatt smiles!!


A portrait of two Joannas; Heimbold on the left, Adler on the right.

Jim Caruso, Michael Hayes and Jamie Brickhouse:

The lovely Myra Scheer, the lovely Graciella Meltzer and the lovely Jim Caruso:

We had tshirts donated by Rogue’s Gallery, possibly the hippest tshirt company in the WORLD. An original silk-screen was made just for The Secret City, and a limited run was made for our benefit. They are fantastic and super-cute! AND, we have a few left over…

Here’s Secret City music director, Jeremy Bass. He played a set of Brazilian tunes during cocktail hour, and anchored the whole evening in great musical style.

This is our raffle table, which was co-ordinated by Jamie Brickhouse. We had a great collection of stuff donated by Secret City artists, including Bobby Lucy (that’s his drawing of Doris Day), Isa Catto Shaw, Heather Phelps-Lipton, Lucy Smith, Leah Coloff,  Joanna Heimbold, as well as three autographed books from Harper Collins authors.

Here are a few more of Bridget Carpenters valenteenies:

This is Rosanne and me, singing Something Stupid, as an encore to her amazing set. SO fun to sing with Rosanne — maybe we’ll put an act together!! And there’s Jeremy backing us up brilliantly.  Thanks, JB.

Here’s Lucy Smith, one of the first members of The Secret City, with Caitlin Shann, who co-chaired the event. So happy to have them involved — they’re both incredible additions to The Secret City.

Here’s Taylor Barton-Smith and G.E. Smith, sweet supporters of The Secret City. Great to have them at the party.

Our amazing volunteers!! TRULY could NOT have done it without them. Caitlin on the left, with Andrea Thome, Ana Perea and Fiona Creed. THANK YOU THANK YOU for all of your gracious help. And, for the fabulous outfits!

Here’s the amazing Leah Coloff, playing for folks as they were arriving to the reception.

Martin Tandler, Gael Towey and Rosanne Cash.

Ann Tenenbaum and Debbie Wolff:

Pete and Katie Heimbold (with unborn baby!!)

It really was an extraordinary night — beyond my wildest dreams. Who could imagine we’d have such an event at this stage in our development. Felt like a whole new level of support and presence for The Secret City — and a real testament to the way our community and our mission is unfolding into the world. IMPACT!! And, a party that people didn’t want to leave. Thanks all for a beautiful night. And especially to Rosanne, a class act, a beautiful performer, and a true friend.



We had a wonderful gathering at the end of January. Our theme was WORK, and it was rich and deep and good. Above is one of the results of the service…sculptor/installation artist Julia Nitsberg brought in these simple paper bags, which she had stamped and dated. We all made our own unique works of art out of them. I love the way the letters look on the bags. Here’s Julia with one of the bags:

Sarah Alden, Jeremy Bass and Leah Coloff worked magic with their instruments on Jeremy’s song, WORK.

Our visual art was photography taken by artists working for the Farm Security Administration, part of the New Deal: in particular we featured the work of Dorothea Lang, Walker Evans and Arthur Rothstein. Here are Caitlin Shann and Rachel Coloff doing their best women-of-the-depression faces.

But don’t be fooled! IT was a joyful and glorious day == just look at these smiling faces:

that’s the lovely Ana Perea and Andrea Thome. Here’s Lucy Smith and Jen Taher:

Other highlights of the service included Rosemary Walnuts as the food offering (Thanks to Marissa Copeland for that, and for her amazing set-up and introduction), Daniel Zaitchik performed his song BEEKEEPING, a beautiful rumination of the fruits of one’s labors. Kelly Coffield read excerpts from job interviews and resumes (yikes!) and the deep notion of living with intention was revealed throughout it all.

Thanks for coming out! It’s amazing to watch the Secret City grow, every month there are new people and lots of love…it’s a real community that’s happening. Love to you, and see you next mont — our theme will be STYLE!! xoxoxo