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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.


The Secret City is Launching Their New Season!


Hey hey! It’s that time of year–Our annual crowdfund campaign is on NOW! It’s a really great way to be part of the new season and the community and joy that are the hallmarks of The Secret City. And know that you’re helping to provide our monthly services at a suggested donation, with free childcare, support of artists and increased stability for the organization.

Please check out our video and give what you can – and share the news about The Secret City with your friends.

Thanks to all who make The Secret City strong and vital.




Malang Jobarteh | Featured Musician


Malang Jobarteh is from the small West African Country of Gambia, on the Atlantic Coast. He plays an ancient instrument called The Kora. In fact, Malang and his family have been playing the kora for over 800 years. Talk about EVOLUTION! For this Sunday, Malang will come play his kora for us. Jason Speenburgh came upon Malang in the subway where he was performing and was so captivated by him that he wrote to me and said, “We have to get this guy to perform for The Secret City.” So, we reached out and he’s coming. I’m thrilled. Join us this Sunday at 11:30 am for EVOLUTION and for this special treat.


Jessica Crystal | Food Offering


Jessica Crystal is a stalwart member of our community and has been coming to The Secret City with her parents Sue and Ken for several years now. Jess responded to our call for folks to sign up to do the food offering and she’s a perfect candidate! I have a feeling she’ll be making something seasonal, nutritious and DELISH. I’m excited. Join us this Sunday, October 25th at 11:30 for EVOLUTION.

Here’s her bio:

Jessica Crystal is a registered nurse, foodie, and wellness enthusiast. She is currently enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. You can visit her blog at


Chartotte Booker | Featured Performer


Chartotte Booker is one of our FAVORITE PEOPLE EVER. And, she’s a wonderful part of The Secret City community. I’m thrilled that she’ll be back in town for this Sunday’s gathering–she’s going to make one of her characteristic community poems, a la an exquisite corpse–based on a question about personal evolution. Join us this Sunday, October 25th, at 11:13am at Dixon Place for a wonderful treat presented by Charlotte and lots of other great folks.

Here’s her bio:

Charlotte Booker is an actress/writer/teacher based in New York City, and has been a Secret City fan for years. She appeared on Broadway in both revivals of Garson Kanin’s BORN YESTERDAY, in 1989 with Madeline Kahn and Ed Asner, and in 2011 with Nina Arianda and Robert Sean Leonard. Other New York credits include TEN CHIMNEYS, DEATHBED, FIVE GENOCIDES, FUGUE, PSYCHO BEACH PARTY, and the title role in BITCH!, which she also wrote. Over the last thirty+ years, her numerous regional roles have ranged from Ophelia in HAMLET to Ann Landers in the solo show LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS, at theatres all over the place. She played Honey on the short-lived TV series HI HONEY, I’M HOME, and has made guest appearances on BOARDWALK EMPIRE, LAW AND ORDER CI, THIRD WATCH, NEWSRADIO, MURPHY BROWN, MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, and many others. Charlotte co-created and performed in the long-running comedy show CAUSE CELEB! in New York, exploiting her lifelong obsession with autobiographies and reading out loud. She enjoys volunteering for the Andrew Heiskell branch of the New York Public Library audio books studio as a narrator, and has also adapted books for audio. She has taught and coached actors of all ages, in New York and Los Angeles. Charlotte recently appeared in the short film BRAZZAVILLE TEENAGER, directed by and starring Michael Cera, and in the Coen Brothers film, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS.


Max Piersol | Featured Performer


Max Piersol has been coming to The Secret City for awhile now–and he’s not a very old person. One of the reasons we thought of this theme was because of Max and watching him and his creative expression EVOLVE over the years. Max works in a variety of media: he’s an actor, visual artist, clothing designer, skateboarder and skateboard designer….this Sunday, for EVOLUTION, he’ll present a bunch of different kinds of work. I’m thrilled to share it with you all. Oh, Max has also been featured on Humans of New York, I think TWICE? Cute.

Here’s his bio:

Maxwell Piersol was born and raised in Red Hook, Brooklyn where he currently resides when he’s not sleeping on friend’s floors along the east coast. He is a visual artist, actor and musician, although his search for a fun time is limited to no medium. One day Max hopes to be some sort of cult icon or at least hang out with his friends at the skatepark. In the meantime he finds inspiration in adventures and the moon and looking silly and going skateboarding.


India Kotis | Featured Artist


Our dear India Kotis is coming back from her first semester away at college and we’re thrilled to welcome her back. She’ll be reading the Cultural Calendar for us–Yippee! Join us this Sunday, October 25th at 11:30 am for EVOLUTION. Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street. Can’t wait to hug India.

Here’s her bio, with some editing by The Secret City:

  • Born in ’97. Moved to Brooklyn on New Years Day, 2000, and been there ever since. (Except she’s now in Chicago, attending Columbia College.)
  • I’ve been writing plays since 2011, and good plays since 2013. (She’s also a filmmaker.)
  • I have three thumbs (no really, I do.)
  • I graduated from LaGuardia High School (i.e. the “Fame” school) in their drama program.
  • I’m never not panicking about the environment.
  • I believed in Santa well into middle school.

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