Just a few days and we’ll be back in glorious LOS ANGELES for our next gathering of The Secret City. The theme will be PASSION, in honor of springtime.
As everybody knows, it’s been a long, cold winter in the Northeast – there’s still about a foot of snow on the ground here in Woodstock but the great thaw has begun and the creek outside is trickling and, at night, the birds are singing and hooting in the woods.
So excited to make our way back to Southern California and celebrate the joy and wonder of spring with our LA community. We’ve got a beautiful gathering coming together with wonderful artists and performers: Paul August Bruin Slott is our featured visual artist – Paul is a friend from way back, and a fabulous LA artist who makes figurative paintings with watercolors and oils and sometimes coffee, his work is rich, lush and sensual, drawing on classic motifs as well as contemporary. I’m delighted to have him take part.
Kera Armenderiz is our featured musical guest – Kera’s a dynamo live performer with powerful voice and presence. She fronts the band Kera and the Lesbians, a Gypsy Folk outfit with the edge of a great garage band. Kera’s going to do an acoustic solo number for us, with her glorious, passionate voice.
Our reading will be done by Wendy Ortiz, a new LA friend – Wendy’s a writer/poet, gal about town and Los Angeles Native. She’s written a couple of books and is at work on a third, based on her column in Modern Love in the NYTimes. Interesting side note – while living in Olympia, Washington, Wendy was a mud-wrestler.
Oh, we’ve also got TANGO dancing taking place next Sunday. Our friend and Secret City supporter, Ameenah Kaplan, introduced me to Tango dancer extraordinaire, Moti Buchboot (that name!!), who will dance for us. I always love when we have dance in the services and am thrilled to have Tango for the first time.
Our food offering for the day will be a special love potion made from Passion Flowers – our friend and volunteer coordinator Mike Anderson is making that and it’s bound to be delicious.
Oh, the choir is putting together some special songs, of course. And, I’m going to read a story about pursuing your life’s passion.
As always, it’s gonna be a joyful day of community and art. Can’t wait.