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Laura Breen returned to The Secret City with her child vampire/ghoul for the theme of MONSTERS last Sunday. Laura first presented her beautiful and creepy serial for the theme of FEAR two years ago.
She said that when I first asked to make another series using her menacing child character this season that she had thought that she had no more to give, but soon found herself re-inspired. Her new series is gorgeous, beautifully colored, compositionally complex and emotionally deep, sad and upsetting.
Thank you , Laura, for creating this fabulous, original work for The Secret City and helping to make MONSTERS such a rich and compelling theme.


Another great gathering of The Secret City

Another great gathering of The Secret City yesterday – the theme was MONSTERS, and it was fun/scary/creepy and deep. The community continues to amaze me in how it grows in size and strength – another full house of interesting/interested people, and a lot of new folks. Our special guest artists BROUGHT IT – Sxip Shirey tore it up with microphone, sampling, a great story about his ancestors and a song about a backroom at his grandfather’s barber shop where he wasn’t allowed to go.
Rachelle Garniez tore it up, too – and took us on a creepy odyssey about frogs and regeneration and then killing and addiction. By the end the audience was rapt, horrified, saddened and moved by her artistry.

Laura Breen’s ghoul series proved the perfect visual art for the day – KINDERTRAUMA 2: Urban Prey. We’ve got one of her pieces up here on the site now and we’re going to share more over the course of the next month.

The wonderful Julia Pearlstein read the Cultural Calendar, and Micia Mosely had the reading of the day and brought the house down with her rendition of Where The Wild Things Are.

The choir – under the leadership of our dear Stephanie Summerville – sang two great songs – BOOGIE MONSTER, a Gnarls Barkeley tune, and Thriller, as the closer. They threw in some great choreo, too.

Oh, and did I mention that the band was SLAMMIN yesterday?? Jeremy Bass and the guys really delivered – sexy and rockin.

Thanks for a wonderful service, everybody! Now, a little rest before we gear up for November and, TRASH!


Two Terrifying Musicians!


Tomorrow at Dixon Place, we will celebrate MONSTERS, with a bunch of wonderful artists, including two fantastic musicians, who make amazing and weird sounds with instruments, voice, body and found objects. Sxip Shirey will create an original sound performance, and Rachelle Garniez will play her accordion and sing for us. SO EXCITED to have them with us. We’ll also have folks visiting from Brooklyn Grange (@brooklyngrange) presenting the food offering. Come get monstrous with us.


Laura Breen | Featured Artist

Artist Laura Breen terrified us for the theme FEAR, and now she is back with her child vampire/ghoul for the theme of MONSTERS this Sunday October 27th. Come see how the creepy visual story has developed, what the red-hooded mister has been up to since we left off.


The Secret City Monsters


Our next service is this Sunday, October 27th at 11:30 at Dixon Place. The theme will be MONSTERS, featuring live music, visual art, food, community, The Secret City Singers, storytelling and more. It’ll be scary to face the monsters all around us, but we’ll be together. Join us – there’s
strength in numbers.