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Monthly Archives: March, 2014

Kristine Haruna Lee | Featured Performer


I’m delighted to tell you a bit about one of our featured performers for this Sunday’s service on GENDER: the wonderful Kristine Haruna Lee is a playwright, director, and performer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a founding member of the theater company harunalee. Her upcoming show Drunkfish Oceanrant will premiere early fall, as well as her Dixon Place artist residency and commission piece War Lesbian in winter. MFA Playwriting at Brooklyn College with Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney. BFA NYU Tisch. Kristine will be performing a monolog from her upcoming show, Drunkfish

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Martin Rolon | Featured Visual Artist

Our featured visual artist for this Sunday’s gathering is Martin Rolon, a native of New York City, Martin Rolon. Growing up on the grittier side of inner-city life, Martin’s only connection to art was found outside museum and gallery walls, often on the side of abandoned buildings on the Lower East Side. Martin found his medium in cloth and his mother’s sewing machine, turning to thrift stores for material and one of the first to re-fashion outfits from odd gems that he would throw together for a night of clubbing back in the 80’s.  After spending time in Miami and San Francisco, Martin returned to New York and his work evolved into creating portraits of queer icons from re-purposed leather. He also has a line of handbags and accessories, named Puntada Cruda (raw stitch), displaying impeccable attention to detail and craftsmanship.


Taylor Mac | Featured Singer

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Our next service in New York is Sunday, March 30th and the theme is GENDER. I’m thrilled to announce our musical guest will be the one and only Taylor Mac – cabaret star, celebrated playwright and general fabulist, Taylor has performed for us a couple of times. He’s going to sing a song for us on the 30th, with his accompanist Matt Ray on piano. Come on down for art, community and joy.


From Our Grand Poobah

our latest trip to LA was fantastic. we were filled to capacity and had to turn people away! so sorry to the folks who couldn’t get in – we might be adding a closed circuit tv to the lobby at the bootleg. someone suggested we do two services out there but I’m afraid it might kill me. i’m pretty bushed after one…maybe a new space, something bigger? i’d hate to leave the bootleg, tho, it’s such a perfect spot for us. anyway, these are, as they say, luxury problems.
the crowd was great, the art was wonderful, the performers lively. the image i’m using here is from paul august bruins slot’s series, 6 sphinxes and a peacock, which he painted just for the event, inspired by the theme of PASSION. so great – it’s always been my hope that the artists would be creating to the theme of the month – wendy ortiz’s poem was made for the theme of passion, too. we’ve included it on here, too – you can find it on the slider, linked to her tumblr page.
now, we’re back in woodstock – still some remnants of snow on the ground. funny after spending a week in venice out by the beach – taking bike rides down the strand and wearing shorts to get coffee at groundworks over on rose avenue. it’s still sort of winter here – BUT, spring is on its way. i’m so excited for the green and the buds and the grass and the trees; to have the windows and doors open.
just in time for spring, we’re gearing up for our next service in NYC – the theme will be GENDER! a first for us – and, we’ve got some really great guests, including the wonderful taylor mac, who’ll be singing a song for us.
feeling blessed with art and community right now. and, there are birds singing outside – they must have just come back from someplace warm, too.


Secret City Love Potion


Secret City Love Potion

by Mike Anderson

  • 1.5 oz Passion Fruit Juice (Ceres makes a good version you can get at Whole Foods or World Market)
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Jalapeno Infused Agave Nectar * to taste.
  • 1/4 oz Pomegranate Grenadine** or Pomegranate Whip Cream***
  • Sprinkle smoked sea salt

Combine passion fruit, lime, and agave nectar in glass. Drizzle in grenadine or whip cream then sprinkle in salt. Enjoy!

Optional: Add 2 oz Rum, Tequila, or Mezcal

*To make the nectar, slice a jalapeno or two in half and remove seeds. Put them in a jar of agave nectar. Let sit for 24 hours then remove jalapenos.

** Homemade Grenadine is equal parts sugar and pomegranate juice.

*** To make the pomegranate whip cream, add 1 part pomegranate juice to 2 parts heavy cream. Either use your Isi whipping cannister, or beat it in a stand mixer til stiff peaks form.





wow! we had an AMAZING day in Los Angeles yesterday, celebrating PASSION. a packed house, slammin band, fabulous guest artists and a beautiful celebration of art and community. we’re going to post some video and pics from the service in the upcoming days. in the meantime there’s this great image our friend molly bryant took of me in my opening outfit – as someone said, it was sort of like dame edna meets truman capote meets tina turner – I’ll take it!


Kera and the Trumpeter | Featured Musician

Our musical guests this Sunday for our celebration of PASSION is Kera Armendariz who fronts Kera and the Lesbians who lovingly refer to their music as ‘bipolar folk.’ As a performer, Kera’s passion is tangible, at times bringing the crowd to tears, but most consistently keeping a dancing crowd completely enraptured, hanging onto every word her very expressive being has to sing. She brings heaps of charm to the set, with her joking between songs and her Elvis-like dance moves, it’s obvious that she lives for this. Kera has performed with a diverse list of acts including Devendra Banhart, Best Coast, and Crystal Castles.


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Moti Buchboot & Ayona Weaver | Featured Dancers

This Sunday, in honor of the theme of PASSION, we present Argentine Tango with Moti Buchboot & Ayona Weaver. I always love presenting dance in our services – it really brings an extraordinary energy into the room. And, TANGO, I mean, right? Here’s a bit about this Sunday’s dancers:

Moti’s tango training began informally with his study of martial arts almost three decades ago His interest in movement brought him into contact with a variety of styles. This experimentation with physical art forms led him, eventually, to dance.  After getting a taste of many types he discovered Argentine tango.  Using tango as a vehicle for artistic expression, Moti has developed into a successful tango performer, promoter, and teacher locally and internationally.  His dancing style is dynamic, experimental, and innovative.  It abounds with creativity, continually involving new forms of expression.

As a migrant from the Washington DC tri state area, Ayona’s first experience with partner dancing wasn’t until 2011, when she was exposed to LA’s mixed Salsa on the streets of the Santa Monica promenade.  She then eagerly began exploring the other Latin dances including Bachata, Merengue, and Cha Cha before the mystery and intrigue of Argentine Tango piqued her curiosity. 

Wanting to expand her dance repertoire and dive deeper into the passion of Tango, she began training under Moti Buchboot, a master in his own right with over 20 years of Tango training.  Her modern jazz background, coupled with her long lines and natural grace, made her a natural; and under his tutelage quickly exceled.  Soon thereafter, Moti took her under his wing as his protégé and they became dance partners.

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