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Monthly Archives: May, 2013

Are You a Fan of The Secret City?


If You’re a Fan…
We Want Your Video!


Are you a fan of The Secret City? Then, prove it!

We’re in the middle of our annual fund-drive, to raise $45K by July 2nd. In our first week we made $2,000. Huge thanks to all who contributed so far!! Of course, the first thing you can do to help out is make a contribution to the cause – any amount would be a big help. It’s important that we increase the number of donors as well as the amount of money. So, $5, $10, $25 – it really makes an impact.

And, here’s another great way you can help:
Make a video of yourself saying you’re a fan of The Secret City.

Here’s an example:

(It’s the darling India Kotis at Coney Island! With special thanks to Ayun Halliday for the fantastic camera work.)

So, make a video of yourself, no more than 30 seconds long.
Maybe you’re doing something crazy or at rehearsal or traveling to far off lands, feel free to be as creative as you want, even show off, if you feel like it. Then, include some kind of fan in the video (if you have a Secret City Fan, that’s great, but don’t let it stop you if you don’t) and please include your name, and the phrase,
“I’m a fan of The Secret City.”

Email your video to; we’ll post them to our youtube account, share them on social media, and the best ones we’ll use in the fund-drive announcements, like India’s above.

And, who knows, maybe some of our li’l fan videos will go viral and attract all sorts of new people to our fund-drive and the ever expanding community of The Secret City.

So, make a video, will ya? Pretty please?



The Secret City

We worship art.

PS – we’re heading back to LA for our next gathering on Sunday, June 16th. The theme will be OBSESSION. Click this link for details.


Service Recap: MEMORY: Photos, Videos, & Cultural Calendar

farrah painting

On Sunday, May 19th we celebrated Memory with a beautiful gathering of artists and friends.

farrah painting

Our visual artist was Bobby Lucy, who shared his painting of Farrah Fawcett inspired by the iconic 70s poster.

The food offering was sweet New York Honey, presented by Chris Wells.


Ayun Halliday presented The Complete History of The East Village Inky- in song! Here’s a video of her performance:


We watched swing dance presented by Joy Grad and Nelson Rodriguez. Check out this video:


The reading was from The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne. Read by Emilio Delgado. Here’s an excerpt:

So they went off together. But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.


Jazz singer Nancy Harms sang for us. Here’s a video of the performance.

Patricia Scanlon read The Cultural Calendar. Excerpted below:


  • K.J. Holmes performs a dance work in progress at Movement Research at Judson Church, Monday May 20 at 8 p.m. It’s called Hic Sunt Dracones, and it’s free. Doors open at 7:45.

  • Our own Raquel Cion is gonna get her country on singing with The Lonesome Cupcakes, Friday, May 24th, 8 pm. Hank’s Saloon, 3rd Avenue and Atlantic in Brooklyn! Free! Yee haw!

  • Double Bass Double Voice, featuring today’s guest vocalist Nancy Harms, appear at Bar Next Door on MacDougall St, that’s tomorrow night, with 2 sets, 8:30 and 10:30 – see Nancy for details.

  • Great Small Works presents the 10th Annual Toy Theatre Festival at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Dumbo, with a calendar full of lots of incredible performers and artists. June 11th – 23rd. Visit for details.

  • Isabel Rose is bringing her swinging cabaret/lounge act to 54 Below, Thursday, March 30th at 7pm, in anticipation of the release of her newest album. See Isabel for details, or visit for tickets and information.

  • And, Figment, the free, outdoor art festival on Governor’s Island takes place the weekend of June 8th. Featuring interactive sculpture garden, the City of Dreams Pavilion and an artist designed mini golf-course. Check out for details.

  • And, ladies and gentlemen, Citi Bike, the shared bike program we’ve been waiting for goes into operation next weekend. So get yourself a helmet and we’ll see you on the streets!



NY Magazine Calls Us: A New Society!


We are featured in New York magazine this week, in an article about clubs in New York City. And, even though we’re not technically a club but rather, an ever-growing and open COMMUNITY, we’re thrilled to be included. The description of what we do is great, and they ran a great picture from a service a few months ago. My favorite part is that we head-up the section called NEW SOCIETIES – love that, and I’ve often thought that’s what we’re doing with The Secret City, building a new society.

So, without further ado, here it is.

Enjoy! And, come see join us in New York on Sunday, May 19th at Dixon Place, or in LA on June 16th at the Bootleg Theater.

The Secret City. We Worship Art.


THE EARTH: Photos, Videos, & Cultural Calendar


Chris greeted us with a shower of polyester flower petals!


Our guest visual artist Natalie Collette Wood shared White Noise: paintings, collages and sculptures inspired by nature and represent the landscapes of imaginary worlds.


Anastasia Cole Plakias presented the food offering from the urban rooftop farm Brooklyn Grange: French sorrel, a sour leafy green.


We played “You and the Earth.”


Kaina Quenga danced the hula for us. She explains the meaning of the dance in this video:


Our musical guests were Melody Allegra Berger, who played the fiddle and Ross Martin, who played the guitar.


Hugs and smiles!



Charlotte Booker read the Cultural Calendar.

Secret City Visual Arts curator, Bobby Lucy has curated a show for the gallery at HERE theater space in SOHO. It’s called THE COLOR WHEEL and opens Friday, March 10th. See Bobby for details.

The Good Boy, a new solo show by Michael Bonnabel about growing up the hearing child of two deaf parents is playing now at the Abingdon Theatre in the West Village. Visit for details.

The new musical Here Lies Love is burning it up at The Public Theatre – do what you have to to get a ticket.

Pull My Daisy, a cabaret concert featuring a trio of singers, including our own Remy Block, is at Don’t Tell Mama, Friday, May 10th and Saturday, May 18th at 7pm. See Remy for details.

How to Make Movies at Home, a feature film written & directed by Morgan Nichols (and featuring the talents of many Secret City pals and regulars) will have its world premiere in Brooklyn on May 18th.  See Morgan for details.

Also on May 18th, Dance Parade, the largest display of dance in the city of New York, is coming up on May 18th join hundreds of dance companies as they dance their way down Broadway. Visit for details.

The next service in NYC will be May 19. The Secret City LA will have a service on June 16th; please visit our Facebook page to vote on the theme.