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Tori Sparks/Brooklyn Grange | FOOD OFFERING

tori sparks

This Sunday, we celebrate ENERGY in NYC–Sunday, March 20th at 11:30 am at Dixon Place. For the food offering, we kept thinking of GREENS–it is the vernal equinox that day, after all–and when we think of GREENS, we think of our friends at Brooklyn Grange, that wonderful rooftop farm out in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Brooklyn Grange has presented several food offerings over the past few years and we always love having them. I’m honored to welcome Tori Sparks who is part of the Microgreens team–Tori’s also a dancer and performer who’s appeared in such NY hits as Sleep No More and The Grand Paradise. So happy to have Tori and Brooklyn Grange with us this Sunday.

Here’s Tori’s bio:

Tori is a Florida-native who has lived in New York since 1999. After training with the Brooklyn Grange team during the 2014 growing season she joined the team to develop the Microgreens with Matt Jefferson. Prior to the Grange, Tori was a gardener for Prospect Park and worked as a Florist. She obtain her Certificate in Horticulture from the Brooklyn Botanical Garden in 2015. When not on the farm, Tori continues to work as a gardener for private homes in Brooklyn and Manhattan. She is also an acclaimed dancer and performer. You may have seen her red mop running around in shows such as Sleep No More, The Grand Paradise, or as far away as Russia dancing around in her socks at the Moscow State Museum.



ayun halliday

This Sunday, we gather to celebrate ENERGY–Sunday, March 20th at 11:30 at Dixon Place–and, I’ve asked one of our most energetic community members and volunteers to help us explore the theme. Ayun Halliday is a zinester, writer and performer, a whirling dervish of a human and a wonderful part of every one of our gatherings. I’m delighted she’s taking part and sure she’s going to lead us on a surprising adventure.

Here’s Ayun’s bio:
Ayun Halliday is the Chief Primatologist of the award-winning East Village Inky zine, and the author of seven books, including No Touch Monkey! And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late. Her play Fawnbook premiered at the Brick last fall and will be published by Indie Theater Now later this spring. She is creeping back into performing after years of full court childrearing.



romana soutus

For this Sunday’s event in NYC, the theme is ENERGY–Sunday, March 20th at 11;30am at Dixon Place–and I reached out to Romana Soutus, a great, young theatermaker, to take part. I first met Romana when I was invited to speak to her class at Fordham two years ago. Romana since then has graduated and started to make and present her own work in NYC. She’s also become a part of The Secret City community and I’m delighted she’s going to read The Cultural Calendar for us.

Here’s her bio:

Romana Soutus is a New York based actress, playwright & producer. She graduated in May 2014 cum laude from Fordham University’s prestigious Theatre Program with a focus on Performance. Romana has performed and produced in New York at the experimental theatre institution La MaMa ETC for the past 3 years; serving as a member of the Steering Committee of La MaMa’s Junior Committee, presenting both her own work and with the resident theatre company Yara Arts Group and participating in workshops with the Great Jones Repertory Company. In the summer of 2014 she traveled with La MaMa to Spoleto, Italy for La MaMa’s International Director’s Symposium where she worked with Belarus Free Theatre, Theatre MOTUS, Dijana Milošević of DAH Theatre and playwright Catherine Filloux.


Larry Kunofsky | FEATURED ARTIST

larry kunofsky

For this Sunday’s gathering the theme is ENERGY–Sunday, March 20th at 11:30 at Dixon Place–and I reached out to someone who’s energy I’ve always admired. Playwright, social critic, theater maker, Larry Kunofsky, to present something for the event. It turns out Larry is working on a memoir and, to do so, has removed himself (mostly) from public life. I GET IT! It takes a LOT to finish a book. How lucky are we, then, that Larry’s agreed to come this Sunday to share some of his thoughts on ENERGY–and exactly what it takes to make, no, FINISH, a work of art. Very excited to have him;

Here’s his bio:

Larry Kunofsky is a New York-based playwright whose play The Un-Marrying Project, about a protest movement wherein legally married citizens separate and divorce in the name of legalizing same-sex marriage in New York City, was produced in New York City in April 2011, before same-sex marriage was made legal in New York State. He makes absolutely no claim whatsoever towards helping this social movement move forward, but is delighted that his play has now become a “period piece.”

Among his other plays, What To Do When You Hate All Your Friends – an anti-social comedy and Your Boyfriend May Be Imaginary threaten to become The Friendship Trilogy, as soon as he comes up with a third idea for a play about modern-day friendship.

He has been a three-time winner of the John Golden Award for Drama, a resident at the Edward Albee Foundation, and was awarded the status of Honarary Lesbian by Unicorn Theatre Company.

His work has been published by Playscripts, Inc. and Smith & Kraus.

He is currently working on a memoir called I’m Not Mamet – A Self-Deprecation, in which he compares his own life and work to the life and work of a playwright whom you’ve actually heard of before.


Miriam Cabessa | VISUAL ARTIST

miriam cabessa

For our upcoming service in NYC–Sunday, March 6th at 11:30 at Dixon Place–the theme is ENERGY–and, we have a really cool thing for the visual art component: Miriam Cabessa is going to do Action Painting. Miriam is an internationally known painter, performer, educator and she’ll be using her body to make a painting in real time and we’re going to see it live and in person. Join us for ENERGY–this Sunday.

Here’s Miriam’s bio:

Miriam Cabessa was born in Morocco, raised in Israel, and has lived and worked in New York City since 2000. Her slow action painting has been internationally recognized since 1997 when she represented Israel at the Venice Biennale. Over the past two decades, she has abstained from using brushes, opting to make marks with objects and her body. Her imagery ranges from organic to mechanistic with surfaces that are both haptically handmade and digitally serene. Miriam has shown extensively in the U.S., Europe, and Israel.



michele mais

For our upcoming service in NYC–this Sunday, March 20th at 11:30am at Dixon Place–the theme is ENERGY and we have a beautiful, energetic performer coming to sing for us. Michele Mais is a dynamo who has performed in stages all over the country, including 2 seasons at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the original cast of Broadway’s Rock of Ages. I’m thrilled she’s going to be part of this event and bring her very special, sweet, soulful energy to the mix.


HAGOP BELIAN | Featured Artist


For this Sunday’s service in LA–Sunday, March 6th at noon at the Bootleg Theater–our theme is PROPHECY. I met a visual artist in the fall who struck me as a perfect fit for this theme and I shared his work with Bobby Lucy, our visual curator, who completely agreed. Hagop Belian is a Syrian born, Armenian American who lives and works in Venice, California. His work lives first on the street, where he wheatpastes posters of his images. A combination of collage and painting, using found imagery and classical structures Hagop creates images that feel ancient and contemporary all at once. He specializes in fashioning creatures who are part human, part animal–they seem knowing and wise, having witnessed the horrors and the beauties of the world in equal measure. I’m thrilled to share his work with our community.

Here’s his bio:

I am a self- taught mixed-media/collage artist and for me, creation is not a choice but a way of life. I am Armenian and was born and raised in Syria. I moved to the United States when I was twelve to begin a new life in a place that had so many more opportunities. My work is an exploration in the concept of synergy: the creation of a whole that is greater that the simple sum of its parts. My latest creations examine and challenge societies’ preconceived notions regarding race, gender, and culture by constructing unlikely relationships and thereby giving new meaning and purpose to the subject matter. The source materials for my work come from books and materials dated from the early 1800’s to 1900’s, and are retrieved from public domains and libraries from around the world. Over the past year, I have focused my attention towards public art, specifically street art in the form of wheat pasting. I find it to be such a powerful medium for expression because it is for and includes everyone. I feel that being an artist from the Middle East is in itself an act of activism. With all of the confusing messages coming through the media about that part of the world, I feel that I am allowing my work to be a positive voice for the people.


PAUL ZALOOM | Featured Performer

Paul Zaloom

For this Sunday’s gathering — PROPHECY is the theme, noon on Sunday, March 6th at Bootleg Theater in LA — we’ve got a glorious treat. The wonderful Paul Zaloom is going to perform for us. Paul is an award winning puppeteer/actor/writer/performer and I’ve been a fan of his work for years. For PROPHECY, he’s making an original performance about artists as prophets. I’m thrilled he’s going to take part.

Here’s Paul’s bio:

PAUL ZALOOM is a puppeteer, filmmaker, actor, and performance artist who has written, designed and performed 14 (or so) solo spectacles, including Fruit of Zaloom, Zaloominations, Sick But True, The Mother of All Enemies, and White Like Me. A recipient of an OBIE, a BESSIE, an American Theater Wing design award, an L.A. Weekly Theater Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Zaloom is also know for his role as the wacked-out, weirdo scientist Beakman on the science education cult classic, Beakman’s World.


TOM BLISS | Featured Artist

tom bliss

This Sunday in LA–Sunday, March 6th at 11:30 at the Bootleg Theater–we will celebrate PROPHECY. And, we have a wonderful food offering for the theme–our pal Tom Bliss, who told me he worked as a psychic and tarot card reader back in the 90s–is making a Witches Brew: a tasty cup of ingredients designed to cultivate the inner eye. I’m so excited to sip at the cup of wisdom!

Here’s Tom’s bio:

As a cheap and amateur gourmand, Tom’s catered film receptions for the likes of Holly Woodlawn to Ingmar Bergman. His over-decorated home is featured in the interior design books “PAD: The Guide to Ultra-Living” and “Kitsch Deluxe”. While penning his college senior project–a symbolic play about a playwright being forced to show up in his own symbolic play–he was privileged to experience Samadhi, the supreme state of enlightenment through meditation. He’s co-author of the award-winning “Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence.” Sign up for his daily email meditations on healthy sexuality and relationships from “Mirror of Intimacy” at


JOHANNA HEDVA | Featured Artist


For this Sunday’s service in LA, the theme is PROPHECY and we will explore it in art and performance. We also will have several diviners on hand, reading tarot and using their psychic tools to engage with our community before and after the service. One of our readers is Johanna Hedva, and we’re delighted to have her with us.

Here’s her bio:

Johanna Hedva is an anticapitalist psychonaut sorceress, born and raised in Los Angeles.

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