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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:


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.


Camp Gallery


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Mariana Newhard | Cultural Calendar

Mariana Newhard

Our Cultural Calendar this Sunday, Feb 22nd – the theme is SOLITUDE – will be read by Mariana Newhard, a New York actor and videographer. Mariana hails from Manila, the capital of The Philippines, where she grew to love mangoes and the performing arts. Musing on the theme of solitude, she feels she is never lonely in the company of art


Lady Dragons Step Team | Featured Performers


For this month’s service on PATTERNS, we have a fantastic treat – the Lady Dragons, one of Brooklyn’s topped ranked step teams in NYC, are gonna show us how it’s done. Hailing from Brooklyn Technical High School, the Lady Dragons have won the Youth Step Regional Competition 2 years in a row (2012 and 2013), were the subject of a Webby Award nominated documentary, Step Brooklyn and taught Rhianna how to step on TRL. Dayum! Come see them in action this Sunday, January 25th at Dixon Place at 11:30am. STEP UP!


TIMBILA | Featured Performer


TIMBILA blazes ecstatic African rock with an East Village edge. The trance of African spirit possession merges with the trance of free-spirited head-bangers. The surreal buzzing beauty of timbila (Chopi xylophone, Mozambique) and hypnotic dream melodies of mbira (Shona thumb piano, Zimbabwe) soar with stinging guitar riffs, violin and sassy celestial vocals in grooves that are deeply funky, fierce and danceable. No other band sounds like TIMBILA.


Amanda Duarte | Featured Artist


The fabulous Amanda Duarte is taking part in this Sunday’s service on ANCESTORS. Amanda’s a performer of many things – her current darling is a project called DEAD DARLINGS, an evening of writing that didn’t make the final cut. Featuring a star-studded line-up of writers and entertainers, it’s FREE every 2nd Wednesday of the month at Judson Church. The next one is December 10th at 8pm, and features Doug Wright, Stephen Trask and Duncan Pflaster.  More info at


IDGY DEAN | The Indian Squirrel Dance

Idgy Dean is a fantastic performer – we were lucky to have her perform at The Secret City NYC last spring and, she did this very song! The Indian Squirrel Dance. Now there’s a new video to go along with it. Directed Bon Jane, who’s a wonderful photographer and film maker who lives up here in the Hudson Valley not too far from Woodstock. Very cool to see these two powerful, talented women making art and making art together.


The Cultural Calendar | 10.25.14

cultural calandar

Today is Sunday, October 12th, 2014. It is the 285th day of the year. There are 80 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Libra – people often find you difficult.

Today is Columbus Day in the United States, as well as a host of international holidays in response to that controversial holiday, including Piomingo Day for the Chickasaw Nation honoring a beloved chief; Dia de la Raza in Latin America, Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity in Argentina, Day of Indigenous Resistance in Venezuela and more.

Today is Freethought Day in the United States, honoring the end of the Salem Witch Trials.



In 1773, America’s first insane asylum opened, for Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds in Virginia.

In 1823, Charles Macintosh of Scotland sold the first raincoat.

In 1950, Call Me Madam, starring Ethel Merman, opened at the Imperial Theater in New York City for 644 performances.

In 1953, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial opened at the Plymouth Theatre in New York City.

In 1971, Jesus Christ Superstar opened in New York City for 711 performances.

In 1978, Sid Vicious was charged in the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.

And, on this day in 1979, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, was published,



American comedian, actor, and author, Dick Gregory was born on this day in 1932. Architect Richard Meier, who designed the Getty Center and a whole lot more, was born in 1934. Beloved Italian tenor, Luciano Pavarotti, in 1935. American actress, singer and spokesmodel, Susan Anton in 1950. Canadian singer/songwriter, Jane Siberry in 1955. And, ladies and gentleman, Australian actor, singer, showman, wolverine and hunk, Hugh Jackman was born on this day in 1968.


Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of Sid Vicious in 1978. Singer Songwriter John Denver in 1997. Ray Coniff of the Ray Coniff singers in 2002 and author Oscar Hijuelos in 2013.


  • Tonight, in downtown LA, the longrunning comedy salon, Uncabaret, hosted by Beth Lapides. That’s at 8pm at First and Hope.
  • Also tonight, our friend Kristina Wong is doing a benefit performance for BROADLY SPEAKING at LA Storytelling Festival at Busby’s East on Wilshire – are you here Kristina?
  • Encuentro, a performance festival celebrating the Latino Theater Commons. Performances begin this Thursday at LATC, with lots of new work, community interaction and more. Visit for details.

And, here at the Bootleg:

  • Write Club – Monday, October 13th (tomorrow) at 7p – Literary Bloodsport! 6 opposing writers, 3 rounds, 2 opposing ideas, prize money to charity! The 2nd Monday of every month.
  • Thursday, October 16 – Ladies Arm Wrestling is back!! Doors at 7 and the spectacle starts at 7:30. 4 time Champion Less Slim More Shady defends her crown. Prize money to Charity. Fight Like A Girl!!!
  • Saturday, October 25 at 7:30 – The Meeting of The International Order of Sodomites hosted by Justin Sayre returns! This award winning variety show plays monthly at Joe’s Pub. Come hear the message from the Chairman!


Aimee Iris Brown | Food Offering

I’ve been wanting to get Aimee Iris Brown involved in some way in The Secret City for some time now. And, voila! This Sunday is the day it’s all going to happen. Aimee’s working with Melinda Tracy on the food offering – providing an aromatic component, I believe. Aimee works with flowers and essences. Here’s her bio:
Aimee Iris Brown is a Brooklyn based performance artist, hairstylist, & vibrational healer, incorporating Reiki & flower/gem essences. Her life/work explores personal & collective liberation through ritual and healing.

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