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Featured Performer | Elizabeth Guilliams

Elizabeth Guilliams

This Sunday our theme is TWISTS and TURNS and we have a great song for the featured musical presentation. And, it’s going to be sung by Elizabeth Guilliams, a wonderful jazz singer/composer who makes a lot of different kinds of art and performance. And, she’s also just a great, big, bright ray of light. I’m thrilled to have her with us at The Secret City. Join us this Sunday, March 12th at 12noon at Bootleg Theater.

Here’s her bio:

Elizabeth Guilliams is a singer/composer both for solo projects and with a musical experience called Flowfield. She has worked internationally as a performer, a director, and producer. She loves collaborating and is honored to return to sing at Bootleg and play with The Secret City community.


Featured Artist | Donna “Mom” Reed

Donna Reed

This Sunday, our gathering in LA will celebrate the theme of TWISTS and TURNS–and we have a wonderful artist taking part whose life and career exhibit the surprising turn a life can take. Mom Reed was a stay at home mom of four when she got the theater bug and started making costumes. Over the next 20 years, she costumed musical, straight plays and more, making hundreds of costumes for hundreds of performers. This Sunday, we’ll share some of her work and she’ll tell a bit of her story of becoming an artist. I’m thrilled to have her with us! Join us this Sunday, March 12th at Bootleg Theater at 12 noon.

Here’s Mom’s bio:

Donna Reed has been a costumer for 40 years. It was a series of twists and turns at age 40, that began a second career and passion for this stay-at-home mother of four in 1976. Donna lived in Lancaster from 1956 until 2005, where she volunteered and worked at Antelope Valley College Theater 300 for about 20 years. After her husband Dale passed away in 2005, Donna moved to San Diego with daughter Charmaine and continued her costume crafting for different production companies in Poway. About 5 years ago, she moved to Novato, California near daughters Cristy & Cheriann, where she continues to assemble and oversee costumes for the family’s video productions that can be seen on YouTube at rcpollak. Donna has seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild, but Donna considers all her actors her KIDS and is so pleased to be here today for a reunion of some of the Theater 300 ‘family members’. Thank you Chris Wells & The Secret City for this opportunity.


Featured Performer | Addi Somekh

Addi Somekh

Our event this Sunday LA — 12noon at Bootleg Theater — has the theme of TWISTS and TURNS. And, so, what’s better than to have someone who twists balloons and then turns them into something else entirely!? Addi Somekh is a balloon artist and jazz musician and I’m so delighted he’s going to come perform for us.

Here’s his bio:

Addi Somekh is a balloon artist specializing in improvised, elaborate balloon hats and large abstract sculptures. He also plays the balloon bass, an all latex instrument with a three and a half octave range, in his LA-based band called Unpopable.


Featured Performer | Audry Jane Pfeifer

Audrey Jane Pfeifer

I have known Audry Jane Pfeifer since she was born! And now she’s grown up and is a fantastic person and performer. She is going to hoop for us–meaning, perform with her hula hoop–and it’s gonna be a magical. Join us this Sunday, 12 noon at Bootleg Theater for TWISTS and TURNS.

Here’s Audry’s bio:

I have been hooping for 3 years. It’s a thrill to be able to express myself so freely and exceptionally through prop manipulation. The circle has taught me that, with persistence and dedication, the possibilities are infinite.


Food Offering | Inma Moreland

Inma Moreland

Our event this Sunday–TWISTS and TURNS at 12 noon at Bootleg Theater–will feature some special surprises and unlikely treats. Only fitting, right? One of them is the food offering–Inma Moreland is making fried milk–I don’t know what that is but I’m eager to try! Inma and her family are a wonderful part of our LA community–I’m thrilled to have her take part.

Inma Moreland is a Spaniard that came 26 years ago to do a post grad course at UCLA and met the sexiest, smartest and funniest guy on earth! So she stayed. Inma worked as an assistant film editor, at the Spanish consulate in LA–where she translated, translates and will translate–and taught Spanish for 16 years at an elementary school. This is the first year of freedom and she’s enjoying every minute of it!!!


Featured Performer | Fran de Leon

Fran de Leon

This Sunday we celebrate the theme of TWISTS and TURNS in Los Angeles–12 noon at the Bootleg Theater–and we have a beautiful group of artists and performers taking part. One such talent is Fran de Leon, whom I’ve admired for years! She’s a Los Angeles native and a great performer and she’s going to read the Cultural Calendar for us.

Here’s Fran’s bio:

Fran was born in Downtown Los Angeles, lived her early years in Manila, Philippines, then moved back to Hollywood for a relatively normal childhood. She learned the entire soundtrack of “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the age of six, but it wasn’t until her senior year of high school and a couple years of college, that she went full tilt theater.

Not long after dropping out of college, she decided to return to school, just not as a student. Orientation programs for incoming freshmen became her forté, with Playfair, an interactive ice-breaker and team building comedy show. The requests started pouring in for her to create her own show to address issues of diversity. With her husband and artistic partner, Colin Cox, “Faces of America” premiered at the Los Angeles Theater Center, hailed as a “Best Bet” and took the country by storm. To date, the show has been performed at over 600 colleges, corporate trainings, and community events in 49 states. Of all the stops, Fran is most proud of performances for the United Nations Associations in New York and Los Angeles, and for the good people of Couer d’Alene, Idaho when the Aryan Nations attempted to thwart her appearance with a bomb threat. (Don’t worry, no one was hurt.)

In the Los Angeles theater scene, Fran has performed with the Center Theater Group, South Coast Rep, East West Players, Playwrights’ Arena, Critical Mass Performance Group, and LA Music Center On Tour. Past credits include the critically acclaimed “Dogeaters,” “Ruby, Tragically Rotund,” and “Sea Change.” Festival credits include “The Third From the Left” at the New York Fringe, “The Merchant of Venice” at the UK/LA Festival, and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the 6th World Shakespeare Congress.

Fran has taken the storytelling mic at the Funny Women Festival, Expressing Motherhood, WordNow, Laugh Riot Grrrl, and Back Story.

And she still knows all the words to the JCS soundtrack.


Grand Poobah | Celebrating The Solstice



It’s that time of year again—and I couldn’t be more excited. This Sunday is our 2nd Annual Winter Solstice celebration at Judson Church. We had such a big, glorious celebration last year and I’m excited to see what will happen this year as we apply what we learned from the year before. It was our first evening service ever and our biggest service ever, too. This year’s theme is SPACE and, in characteristic Secret City fashion, we aim to explore the theme in all of its many dimensions—outer space, personal space, performance space, the space between people, safe space. It’s a rich, rich theme. Our colors are Silver and White and, my outfit is being finished as I type—I promise to deliver sequins and platforms and spectacle. And, my hope is that we will create an evening that brings people together, providing joy to all in these scary times. A service that focuses on community and kindness, creating a tonic against the darkness. I know I take solace and great comfort from knowing the Secret City exists—and happiness in knowing we will all gather together in just a few days, to celebrate the greatest aspects of being human: art, cooperation, kindness, community, creativity, music, food—I hope to see you there.

Sunday, December 18th at 6:30 at Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South. Bring a treat to share for coffee hour afterward, dress up in silver and white if you like. There’s a $20 suggested donation. No one is turned away.

The Secret City. We worship art.


Featured Performer | Clayton Dean Smith


CLAYTON DEAN SMITH/Featured Performer

This Sunday, December 18th we have a 2nd Annual Winter Solstice celebration. The theme is SPACE and, to read the Cultural Calendar, we have one of my favorite actors—and, he’s now an award winning filmmaker as well. Clayton Dean Smith is a lovely, talented guy and I’m always happy to have him in our midst. Join us Sunday, December 18th at 6:30pm at Judson Memorial Church for SPACE.

Here’s Clayton’s bio:

Clayton Dean Smith is an actor and director, known for 30 Rock (2006), Louie (2010) and Off Track Betty (2016).


Food Offering | Cassie McDuffie



This Sunday is our 2nd Annual Winter Solstice celebration at Judson Church. The theme is SPACE. And, we have a delicious treat for the occasion. Our dear pal, master chef and fantastic baker is contributing her glitter truffles! We had these truffles at last year’s event so—looks like we have a tradition on our hands! Not only are these sparkly orbs beautiful and celestial but, they are DELICIOUS! Join us this Sunday, December 18th at 6:30pm at Judson Memorial Church for SPACE and get your glitter truffle on! Thanks to Cassie for this incredible treat.

Here’s Cassie’s 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.


Featured Performer | Simi Stone


SIMI STONE/Featured Performer

Ok, friends, prepare yourself for the magic, joy and sparkle that is Ms. Simi Stone. Simi’s a wonderful singer, performer and songwriter and she’s someone we met when we moved to Woodstock—she was our neighbor for the first three years and we just adore her. She performed at the first Woodstock gathering of The Secret City and, when I was putting together the Solstice service, I immediately thought of her to be our featured musician. We’re putting together a special number that is right up her alley, and I know it will be right up yours, too. Join us for our 2nd Annual Winter Solstice Celebration this Sunday, December 18th at 6:30pm at Judson Memorial Church on Washington Square. The theme is SPACE.

Here’s Simi’s bio:

Simi is a violinist, guitarist, pianist, composer, and singer. Born and raised in Woodstock – the magic of the mountains is in her blood. She has performed and toured with Simone Felice, Connor Oberst, Dan Zanes, Elizabeth Mitchell, Natalie Merchant, Amy Helm, and Duke and the King. Her album

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