What a truly spectacular day! Our latest service was this past Sunday, the 26th, and the theme was TRANSFORMATION. We gathered in our new home, Dixon Place, and it was a beautiful thing. On top of all that, there was a feature about The Secret City in the NYTimes Arts and Leisure section that very day — so you can imagine, there was a LOT of excitement in the air.
Below is a detail of our visual art for the day, by artist/performer Larry Krone. He’s making this cape. The foundation of the cape is found textiles, needlework, embroidery, etc that he has collected over the years, including pieces from his own family and life. He has sewn them together to make a cape out of them and is now hand sewing sequins and beading over the entire garment. It’s been in the works for about a year, and will be finished in about another year. It was amazing to see what he’s making, a perfect piece of art for the theme of TRANSFORMATION. We’re hoping he’ll bring it back at the end of the season to show us what it looks like when it’s finished.
Here’s a long shot of Larry and me holding the cape out for folks to see his amazing handiwork:
Here is one of the Butterflies that Martyn Thompson made for us, butterflies being such a perfect symbol of change. He made three of them, from wire and fabric and they hung from the grid in the new space, which has a beautiful high ceiling.
Here’s another one:
And here’s Martyn himself, also a great symbol of transformation:
The lovely Julia Pearlstein read the Cultural Calendar for the day.
We watched a film clip!! Something that’s been difficult to do with our old set up, due to size restrictions and the tech issues, but we got this clip up and running very easily in the new space. Here’s an image from PARIS IS BURNING, Jennie Livingston’s revolutionary documentary. It was great to watch a few minutes as a group.
Steve Cuiffo is an actor and magician, and he performed a few Transformation Effects for us — everyone was delighted and amused with his work and it was fantastic to have him with us.
Our musical guest for the day was Michael Cerveris — he performed Changes, by David Bowie — accompanied on cello by Leah Coloff — amazing cover of an amazing song. Thanks, Michael, for joining us at The Secret City, and thanks Leah for lending your wonderful talents.
So, it was an amazing service! And a beautiful crowd of creative people. And then it was time for coffee and refreshments! Here’s Dan Jenkins, manning the baked goods:
Visual artist for the day, Larry Krone and his boyfriend, Jim Andralis. They’re also amazing musicians — and play some mean country music.
Giacomo and Robin — visiting us for the first time!
Brandon and Phyllis. (She read about us in the Times that morning and brought some pals along — they had a great time!)
Sometimes I think the real thing we’re worshipping at The Secret City is JOY, with a healthy dose of tenderness … and look at these HAPPY PEOPLE!!
Rebecca and Raquel. Sweet.
This is Kari and her friend Pema and a nice looking guy in a beautiful blue shirt.
Christy, JD and Nikki. Hi you guys!!
Carson and Lisa — darling picture.
Mmmmmm….we had some really nice eats at refreshment hour this month.
Old friends! New friends! This is a group of pals from LA and New York — and some know each other from college, some from the theatre, some from The Secret City. Swell group of beautiul people.
Sarah Durkee and her daughter Ruby — so fun to have them with us. I think they’ll be back!!
Adam and Herb — smiles n stripes!
This is Oliver —
Sexy friends — Leah and Dan.
Anna! Hi there, so happy you were with us on Sunday.
Sweet Joanna P, i love that striped jacket!
So thank you EVERYBODY who came out for our maiden voyage in our new home. Thanks to all who helped with the set up and the execution — it all went off without a hitch! Thanks to Caitlin for running the show behind the scenes, and thanks to Bobby for being such a gracious co – host, and wonderful photographer.
What a delight. I think it’s going to be a beautiful new season of services. Here we go!!