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STARDUST! Our Winter Solstice Celebration


This December we will hold our first evening service in celebration of The Winter Sosltice. Sunday, December 20th at Judson Memorial Church. The theme will be STARDUST and it promises to be a beautiful night.

Lots of folks love the Secret City — we know that — but lots of folks don’t love coming out “early” on a Sunday. So, what better way to rally the troops and celebrate the new year than a solstice event held at a more ‘reasonable’ hour.

We’ll have special guests, live music, sparkly outfits and a few special surprises.

Join us for what we’re calling the beginning of a new tradition. STARDUST, Sunday, December 20th at 6pm at Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South. $20 suggested donation.


Lee Ann Brown | Featured Poet

For our service in NY this Sunday at Dixon Place, the featured poet is Lee Ann Brown. I first met Lee Ann years back in LA, shortly after she and my theater pal Tony Torn got together. Lee Ann is a celebrated poet from the south who makes her life in NYC and captures in her work the grit and magic of both regions. I’m delighted she’s going to read for us for DIRT. Sunday, November 23rd, 2015 at 11:30am.

Here’s her bio:

Lee Ann Brown was born in Japan and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended Brown University, where she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She is the author of In the Laurels, Caught (Fence Books, 2013), which won
the 2012 Fence Modern Poets Series Award, as well as Crowns of Charlotte
(Carolina Wren Press, 2013), The Sleep That Changed Everything (Wesleyan,
2003), and Polyverse (Sun & Moon Press, 2000), which won the 1996 New
American Poetry Competition, selected by Charles Bernstein. Brown has held fellowships with Teachers & Writers Collaborative, Yaddo, Djerassi, the MacDowell Colony, the International Center for Poetry in Marseille, France, and the Howard Foundation. In 1989, Brown founded Tender Buttons Press, which is dedicated to
publishing experimental women’s poetry. She has taught at Brown University,
Naropa University, Bard College, and The New School, among others. She
currently divides her time between New York City, where she teaches at St.
John’s University, and Marshall, North Carolina, where she directs the
French Broad Institute (of Time & the River) and the Children’s Arts in the
Mountains Program. Her newest book is Other Archer published by the
University Press of Rouen in France.


Marianne Cohen | Food Offering


Marianne Cohen and her husband Alan are stalwarts of our NY community and, for our upcoming service in NYC, this Sunday, November 23rd at Dixon Place, she’s going to share one of her favorite culinary treats. I’m excited to share Marianne’s tasty offering with everyone and to share her sharp wit as well.

Here’s her bio:

My photo was taken when I first started cooking, which was many, many decades ago [there isn’t a recent picture of me that I’m willing to share]. After having been on staff at a NYC publishing house, I now spend my days doing freelance editorial work and finding new ways to cook favorite dishes.


John Brodeur | Featured Musician


As most people know, we are blessed with a group of great musicians — The Secret City band on both coasts is hot and wonderful collection of players with a great range of talent. For this Sunday’s gathering in NYC, I’m delighted to present our pal and regular bassist, John Brodeur. John will play something from his latest album and I’m confident he’ll charm and amaze us all. Sunday, November 22nd, 11:30 at Dixon Place, the theme is DIRT.

Here’s his bio:

John Brodeur is an accomplished musician whose latest solo LP, “Little Hopes,” was released in 2013 by Sojourn Records. He has played the role of “drummer” with acts like The Morning After Girls and White Hills; as a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, he’s worked with dozens more. In his other lives, John has been an award-winning music critic, a “professional Johnny Depp impersonator,” and a stand-in for a porn star (but not on a porn film). John lives in New York. His spirit animal is Neil Young.


Stephanie Summerville | Featured Artist


This is great news! Our pal and Secret City regular Stephanie Summerville will be back with us this weekend. Stephanie is a dynamo – an award winning storyteller and actress who’s sung in our choir and also led our NYC choir in the past. I’m delighted she’ll be back with us this Sunday, November 22nd at Dixon Place for our service on DIRT.

Here’s her bio:

Stephanie Summerville is an actress, singer and storyteller for The Moth Radio Hour. Her stories have been published in the U.S. and abroad in the anthology, The Moth: 50 True Stories. Recent stage credits include the role of Philaria in The Boomerang Theater Company’s production of CYMBELINE, which ran this past summer in Central Park. She is currently working on her first romance audiobook narration for


Sarah Alden | Featured Artist


Sarah Alden is one our favorite performers. A fiddler and singer/songwriter, Sarah was part of Luminescent Orchestri, a great punk/balkan/polka/funk band that made waves all over NYC and the world. She’s performed for us a number of times, when not traveling the world spreading her message of love and a great appreciation for the musical traditions of the US and abroad. I’m thrilled she’ll be back with us this Sunday, November 22nd, at Dixon Place, 11:30am. The theme is DIRT.

Here’s her bio:

Sarah Alden is a fiddler, singer, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. Her music is influenced by her experience working in a myriad of styles, including folk traditions from the Balkans and Eastern Europe, American Appalachian fiddle styles, as well as bluegrass, jazz and classical music. In 2002, Alden helped create the band Luminescent Orchestrii, which toured internationally and recorded and collaborated
with the Grammy award- winning outfit Carolina Chocolate Drops. Beginning in 2009, Alden has been honored as a U.S. American Music and Cultural Ambassador, supported by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Department. Alden recently released her first solo album, Fists of Violets, with her band, the Red Hot Rubies. As curator, Alden co-organizes the Balkan Shout Out, a yearly benefit for the Eastern European Folklife Center. Alden earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Music from
Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music and is a teaching artist with
Brooklyn Conservatory and the Brooklyn Arts Council. She has recently
returned from completing 4 months of artist residencies over-seas and
will be working on a new album with her new compositions.


Dove Drury Hornbuckle | Featured Artist


Our featured visual artist this Sunday for DIRT is Dove Drury Hornbuckle, a wonderful multidisciplined creator of ceramics, textiles, sculptor, drawings and paintings. Dove is a great pal of The Secret City and will be taking over the altar and the walls and sharing a wide array of work inspired by the theme. I can’t wait to witness the magic.

Here’s his bio:

1989 Dove Drury Hornbuckle is a multidisciplinary artist residing in New York City. A graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the fall of 2013 with a BFA, his work is focused through ceramics, jewelry design and painting. Hornbuckle utilizes the body as a form to display sensual qualities of color, self‐love and joy. These messages and abstractions are vehicles to encourage awareness, compassion and intuitive introspection. Beginning his jewelry‐crafting career in NYC with found objects, gifts from friends and magic trash from the streets, Hornbuckle continued his relationship with adornment in the ceramic studios of SAIC where he refined his skills for jewelry design and wearable art. He currently crafts jewelry, sculptural and functional forms at his ceramic studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His jewelry can be found in boutiques and shops in New York City and Sydney, Australia. Hornbuckle has been featured in numerous publications including American Vogue and Vogue Living, Spanish Architectural Digest, Gather Journal and Amica Magazine.