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Monthly Archives: December, 2015

Winter Miller | Featured Artist


Our line-up for this Sunday’s winter solstice event–Sunday, December 20th at 6pm at Judson Church– is a glorious thing. And, we’ve just recruited another dear pal to take part: playwright and roustabout Winter Miller. The theme is STARDUST–and it’s our first evening gathering at a new venue. Winter’s a wonderful writer and activist and for this evening she’s going to read a piece about the cosmos and stars. Who better to lead us in a greater understanding of who we are, on the eve of the dark, cold, season….

here’s her bio:

Winter Miller was raised by activist and feminist parents in various hamlets in New England from which she emerged relatively unscathed and unsurprisingly similar to the adorable wolves who raised her. She is a foundling member of the Obie-winning 13P and digs provocative theater. Her play In Darfur premiered in a sold-out run at The Public, followed by an SRO performance at their 1800-seat Delacorte, a first for a play by a woman. Then, in a puff of smoke, she vanished. Other plays include: Spare Rib (A History of Abortion), No One Is Forgotten, The Penetration Play, Look At Us, The Arrival, Conspicuous the musical Amandine and a collection of short and very short plays. Her work is published by Samuel French, Playscripts and can be found in anthologies in dusty archives. New Georges’ and Lark affiliated artist. To get more specific or you like bells and whistles, visit:


Cassie Meaux McDuffie | Food Offering


WOW WOW WOW!! We have such a treat in store for STARDUST, this Sunday’s Solstice event in NYC — Sunday, December 20th at 6pm at Judson Memorial Church — for the food offering, I had one thing in mind when we set the theme. A few years ago a dear old friend of mine sent Bobby and me a beautiful package of truffles in the mail. It was holiday time and, when we opened the box, we both gasped. They were glittery! What? GLITTER TRUFFLES!! Heavenly. And, the taste surpassed their beauty. I thought, you know what would be the perfect thing for STARDUST, those incredible truffles that Cassie sent us a few years ago. Here’s the thing: Cassie lives in New Mexico…what the hell, I emailed her. She was delighted to be asked and, guess what? She made them and shipped them to us. And, we’re going to serve her glitter truffles as the food offering. And I AM SO HAPPY AND EXCITED! People really are magic. And, Cassie Meaux McDuffie is a perfect example. SO much love.

Here’s the bio:

Cassandra Meaux (pronounced Mo) McDuffie
Cajun-born, brown-eyed girl observes and experiences cooking and food as a celebration of life in all of its funky and glorious forms……even, and especially, in the low rice/high sugar cane fields of southern louisiana.
She leaves home early (and often) to explore. She discovers cooking and food as an art form and yet it’s still a funky, glorious celebration! She mustn’t and can’t resist.
She cooks. She celebrates. She can’t help it.


John-Andrew Morrison | Featured Performer


So excited to have John-Andrew Morrison sing for us! For this Sunday’s Winter Solstice event–STARDUST at Judson Memorial Church at 6pm–we’re putting together a fantastic version of, STARDUST, the Hoagy Carmichael standard, one of my favorite songs of all time. And, John-Andrew will be singing it along with Michael Winther, accompanied by Charley Layton on accordion. John-Andrew’s a beautiful singer and I’m thrilled he’s going to be a part of this special night. Our first evening event ever!

Here’s his bio:

John-Andrew is a gadabout flibbertigibbet with rapscallion tendencies who worships Aoide. He can generally be found on stages and rehearsal rooms all across the city singing for his supper. Recently completed the world premier of the Bob Marley bio musical “Marley”, at Baltimore Center Stage. Marley is slated for a commercial run on the West End in 2016. Has performed for many years as part of The Experimentals at La Mama. Works with many composers, directors, playwrights and actors on original and new works for the theater and


Charley Layton | Featured Performer


We have a wonderful accordionist playing for us for STARDUST, our first evening service ever–this Sunday, December 20th at Judson Church–in honor of the winter solstice. Charley Layton and his wife Rachel Boyadjis are strong members of our community and, they’re both performers who work in the world of circus and burlesque. Charley plays the accordion and has a beautiful arrangement of Stardust, the Hoagy Carmichael standard. He’ll be performing for us, along with two singers–so excited to hear those opening strains of that beautiful song on accordion.

Here’s Charley’s bio:

Charley Layton is an accordionist whose recent theatrical credits include Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic, Speakeasy Dollhouse, Bathtub Jen and the Henchmen, and The NYC Poetry Brothel (which he hosts).


Michael Winther | Featured Performer


For this Sunday’s winter solstice event–STARDUST at Judson Church, Sunday, Dec 20th, 6pm–I’m thrilled to present a dear friend and beautiful performer: Michael Winther. Michael has sung with us before and his voice and presence are magical. I’m thrilled he’s agreed to be part of our arrangement of Stardust, the Hoagy Carmichael Standard–along with John-Andrew Morrison and Charley Layton. Michael’s singing is always a gift and I’m so pleased to experience it this weekend at this special event. Our first evening service and a new venue for us.

Here’s Michael’s bio:

michael winther (actor/singer): received a Drama Desk nomination for his critically acclaimed solo performance in Songs From An Unmade Bed at New York Theater Workshop. Previous work with Fred Hersch includes The Songs of Fred Hersch (Lincoln Center’s American Songbook). He made his Lincoln Center solo concert debut at the American Songbook series showcasing new work by contemporary theater composers and lyricists. Other New York concert work includes: Allen Room, Avery Fisher Hall, Town Hall, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Joe’s Pub, Le Poisson Rouge, Birdland, and Ars Nova. Nationally, he has appeared with Robert Kapilow in “What Makes It Great?” celebrating the songs of Sondheim, Gershwin, Porter and Bernstein. Michael’s theatre credits include — Broadway: 33 Variations, Mamma Mia!, 1776, The Crucible, Artist Descending A Staircase, Damn Yankees. He has worked extensively off-Broadway, in television and film and at regional theaters including: Yale Rep, Center Theater Group, McCarter, Guthrie, La Jolla Playhouse, Centerstage and Old Globe.


Danielle Delgado | Featured Performer


For our first evening service ever–this Sunday, December 20th at 6pm at Judson Memorial Church–the theme is STARDUST and we have someone sparkly and special to read for us: Danielle Delgado is a wonderful actress and beautiful member of our community. I’m always thrilled to have her with us.

Here’s a little bio about her: Danielle Delgado has worked for many years Off-B’way, off-off-B’way, way-off regionally, as well as in television, short film, and voice over. She trained at A.R.T and Yale, and is a member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA.


Estyn Hulbert | Featured Visual Artist


For this Sunday’s winter solstice event, the theme is STARDUST. It’s our first evening event ever and a new venue for us, too–December 20th at 6pm at Judson Memorial Church. Our visual artist is Estyn Hulbert, a gifted jeweler who lives in Ellenville, NY. Estyn makes gorgeous, handcrafted pieces from metal, pearls and jewels. Estyn will make an installation of her work and is making at least one new piece inspired by the theme. I love Estyn’s work, it’s seductive, sensual and rare (she gave me a pair of earrings for my 50th birthday!) and I’m thrilled to share her incredible vision with everyone on the eve of the solstice.

Here’s her bio:

About Estyn Hulbert

I make unique, classic, contemporary jewelry for the self-authored woman. She knows what she loves and builds her jewelry collection the way she builds her wardrobe, one carefully chosen item at a time.

Whether wearing an elegantly layered necklace or an opulent statement piece, I want a woman to feel beautiful and confident as she moves though her life.

I create each piece by hand, imbuing it with my time and attention. Following the thread of an idea leads me from one design to the next, always learning from the making itself. The distinctive character of the materials and the touch of the tools make each piece one of a kind.

Growing up in a family full of artists and missionaries, it’s not surprising that I’m concerned with beauty and meaning.

My maternal grandfather was artist Garth Williams, who illustrated dozens of children’s books including Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little and the Little House on the Prairie series.

I apprenticed with my aunt, the artist and jewelry designer Jessica Rose, who hired me as her assistant and encouraged me to start designing jewelry.

Although I was born in Scotland and grew up in France and Switzerland, I have chosen to make my home in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley. Living and working in an 1840s farmhouse surrounded by mountains, a vegetable garden, and an old wooden barn, the pace of country life matches the pace of my work. Quiet. Focused. Special.


Raquel Cion | Featured Performer


For this Sunday’s winter solstice event–Sunday, December 20th at 6pm at Judson Memorial Church–(our first evening service ever!) — the theme is STARDUST and, just knew we had to have some Bowie in the mix. So, who better than our beloved Raquel Cion, who’s been such a wonderful part of our community for years now. Raquel is a singer/writer/performer/director who has made original work of all kinds in downtown New York–she’s also been part of The Secret City Singers for years. I’m thrilled that we’re get to present her in this capacity, which reflects her latest project and her deepest love: Me and Mr. Jones, My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie.
Here’s her bio:

Hailed by The New York Times as “half witch and half cabaret performer” Raquel Cion’s recent projects include her 2015 Broadway World “Best Alt Cabaret Show” nominated Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie (Slipper Room, Judson Arts Wednesdays Open Swim, The Treehouse Theater); Alas, The Nymphs (BAM Next Wave); Gilding the Lonely (Joe’s Pub); Cou-Cou Bijoux Pour Vous (Galapagos Art Space, Dixon Place); Rationality (A Virtual Performance) and Memoir (LMCC Swing Space); directorial credits include SONS (Ars Nova’s Showgasm); Terry: Recovering Pet Detective (Ars Nova’s ANT Fest and Showgasm); Darkling (IRT Theater, CATCH SERIES); HIP (IRT Theater); On a Lonely Road…Travelin’ with Joni (The Duplex). Raquel is thrilled to be a Featured performer with her beloved community at the The Secret City.​


Jennie Gonzalez | Featured Performer


For this Sunday’s service in LA — 12 noon at Bootleg Theater — the theme is SUGAR and I’ve been wanting to get some dance in the mix, in particular I’ve been thinking about dance from Latin America–I recalled that some of the dances were derived from the sugar fields. So, I reached out to some dance people in LA and found a wonderful dancer to perform some merengue. Merengue was created by sugar beet plantation workers in the Dominican Republic. Jennie Gonzalez is an LA dancer, teacher and choreographer with great experience in all sorts of Latin dance. I’m thrilled she’ll dance merengue for us.

Here’s her bio:

Jennie Gonzalez was born in Miami, Florida to Cuban and Puerto Rican parents. Ever since she was little she loved to dance. Always a spectacle at family parties and school dances. It wasn’t until Jennie went to college that she decided that she wanted to pursue her passion for dance and turn it into a career. She joined a local dance company that specialized in the Cuban stye of Casino/Rueda and soon realized her love for Salsa. Ms Gonzalez graduated Florida International University with a Bachelor’s in Dance. She was also apart of the University of Miami’s Hurricannette dance team in 2002 in which she performed at the Rose Bowl for the National Championship. Upon moving to Los Angeles, she was awarded a spot on the Debbie Reynolds scholarship program which prompted training in all forms of dance, voice, and acting.

Jennie has been featured in various television shows such as Wizards of Waverly, So You Think You Can Dance, and the Travel Chanell’s Get Packing, among many others. Delving deeper into cultural dance, Jennie became apart of an international dance troupe called The Sahlala Dancers specializing in the oriental art of Belly Dance As well as, traveling Internationaly and Nationaly as a principal member of the non-profit urban latin dance theater company Contra-Tiempo. One of the highlight years with the Contra Tiempo she traveled to Cuba for artistic exchange and was able to take class and perform with top notch Cuban artists. In 2009, Ms Gonzalez was a member of the cutting edge Salsa team Angeleno Funk. In their first couple of months together the team took a prestigious Third Place at the Mayan Team Championships. More recently Jennie began branding her signature style of sexy latin dancing into a class specifically for a Pole Aritst studio known as The Choreography House. Eventually Jennie began taking on the new skill of pole dancing which prompted her entry into a local Pole competition. She took first place at the Pacific Pole Championships in the level 2 entertainment division. Not to mention, Jennie is a certified group fitness and zumba instrctor. She can be found teaching her lively classes all over los angeles.


Positivity Cheerleaders | Featured Performer

For this Sunday’s event in LA — the theme is SUGAR, 12 noon at Bootleg Theater — we were thinking of what is SWEET in terms of performance and we thought of cheery dispositions, kindness, the sweet boost of a supportive word. So, with that in mind, I’m delighted to announce that the Positivity Cheerleaders will be coming to brighten our days! These chicks are good times!

Here’s their bio:

The Positivity Cheerleaders are only kind of joking.

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