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Posts In Evolution

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.


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.


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.


Bobby Lucy | Featured Artist


Bobby Lucy is the co-founder of The Secret City. He’s also the Visual Arts Curator and, this Sunday is his 50th birthday! For this Sunday’s service, in honor of the theme of EVOLUTION, he’s made a slideshow for the occasion: 50 Paintings in Under 5 Minutes, documenting his evolution as an artist. I’ve seen a preview of the slideshow and it’s gorgeous. {One of the pieces is Lipstick Zombies in Candyland, shown here.) It’s also a great take on the theme–can’t wait to share it with our community. Sunday, October 25th, 2015, EVOLUTION: 11:30am at Dixon Place, 161A Chystie Street.

Here’s his bio:

Robert Lucy grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and began his painting career in Chicago
where he studied with Ed Paschke at Northwestern University and then received his
BFA and MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. There he was deeply
influenced by the work of the Chicago Imagists, Outsider Art and the members of
The Hairy Who.

While living in Chicago, Lucy spent ten summers on the Oregon Coast painting
landscapes outdoors. He eventually moved there and discovered with the
spaciousness of nature, his craft developed and his work took on a layered, focused
power. Lucy describes breaking through from representational space into imagined
space. At the same time, his medium broadened from oil on canvas to include
colored pencil drawings.

Lucy moved to NYC in 2006 where he was accepted to take part in the AIM program
at The Bronx Museum. In 2014, Lucy’s collection of eleven thematically linked
colored pencil drawings on colored paper were featured with Robert Barnes and
Barbara Rossi in a show about serial drawings at the David and Alfred Smart
Museum at the University of Chicago.

In 2013 Lucy, and his partner Chris Wells, moved to the Byrcliffe Art Colony in Woodstock, NY where he makes idiosyncratic, highly polished paintings exploring images of popular culture and personal transformation. He is also the proprietor of Robert Lucy Animals, specializing in commissioned portraits of animals, both human and otherwise. and




Autumn is really starting to set in, the trees shed their leaves and the flowerbeds begin to rot. It’s the time of the great changing of the earth in these parts, and we turn ourselves to the great changes in everything, including ourselves. Join us for our next NYC service of the season, the theme will be EVOLUTION.

The Secret City NYC
Sunday, October 25th, 2015
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street

$15 suggested donation


“And the seasons, they go round and round…” – Joni Mitchell


2015/2016 Season

Here it is, folks, the big line-up for the year. Very excited about the themes and the venues and the few changes – note the Winter Solstice event at Judson Memorial Church on December 20th. It will be our first evening service and a much bigger venue.

Thanks to all who helped out with suggestions of themes.

  • Sunday, September 27th – NYC/Dixon Place – COLOR
  • Sunday, October 11th – LA/Bootleg Theater – FANTASY
  • Sunday, October 25th – NYC/Dixon Place – EVOLUTION
  • Sunday, November 22nd – NYC/Dixon Place – DIRT
  • Sunday, December 13th – LA/Bootleg Theater – SUGAR
  • Sunday, December 20th – NYC/Judson Memorial Church – STARDUST
  • (Winter Solstice event – starts at 5:30pm)
  • Sunday, February 21st – NYC/Dixon Place – THE FORBIDDEN
  • Sunday, March 6th – LA/Bootleg Theater – PROPHECY
  • Sunday, March 20th – NYC/Dixon Place – ENERGY
  • Sunday, April 24th – NYC/Dixon Place – RISK
  • Monday, May 23rd – NYC/Dixon Place – Secret Admirers
  • Our annual benefit to support the work of The Secret City
  • Sunday, June 12th – LA/Bootleg Theater – FREEDOM
  • Sunday, July 31st – Woodstock – PLAY

So, you can see, it’s going to be a LOT OF FUN. And, because it’s The Secret City, it will also be deep and meaningful and beautiful and rare. And it will be so much richer and better if you’re a part of it.

See you at The Secret City