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Posts In Patterns

Danielle Delgado | Featured Artist


For our service this Sunday, January 25th, the theme is PATTERNS – and we’ve got a beautiful poem for the reading. It’s an old poem, written in 1916 by Amy Lowell. And, we’ve got a wonderful person to read it for us – Danielle Delgado, who has worked for many years Off-B’way, off-off-B’way, way-off regionally, as well as in television, short film, and voice over. She trained at A.R.T and Yale, and is a member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA.


The Cultural Calendar | 1.23.15

cultural calandar

Today is Sunday, January 25th, 2015. It is the 25th day of the year, there are 340 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Aquarius – some call you a visionary, some call you insane.



The city of Sao Paolo, Brazil was founded on this day in 1554.

In 1858, The Wedding March by Felix Mendelsohn was played at the marriage of Queen Victoria’s daughter to Friedrich of Prussia becoming the standard wedding recessional for many generations.

In 1890, Nellie Bly completed her round-the-world journey in 72 days.

In 1909, Richard Strauss’s opera, Elektra, received its debut performance at the Dresden State Opera.

In 1915, Alexander Graham Bell made the first transcontinental telephone call, from New York to San Francisco.

In 1937, The Guiding Light debuted on NBC radio in Chicago. The show moved to CBS television in 1952, where it remained on the air until Sept. 2009.

In 1947, Thomas Goldsmith, Jr. filed a patent for a Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device, the first-ever electronic game.

In 1949 the first Emmy Awards were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club.

And on this day in 1998, Victoria Adams, aka Posh Spice, was engaged to soccer player David Beckham.



Author W. Somerset Maugham in 1874. Virginia Woolf in 1882. Singer dancer actress Florence Mills in 1896. Actor Dean Jones in 1931 and, the late, great, Etta James was born on this day in 1938.



Actress Ava Gardner in 1990. And, Jonathan Larson, creator of RENT, in 1996.

Kim Katzberg and Nora Woolley are appearing at this month’s SHOWGASM at Ars Nova, this Wednesday, January 28th at 8pm. It’s a raucous variety show meets pop-up party. Visit for details.
Our pal, Idgy Dean, will be performing her tribal electronic rock music this Thursday at Rockwood Music Hall at 196 Allen Street and the show is at 10pm.
And, Deb Castellano from the Secret City Singers, is doing a one-night-only live special called “Deb’s Brain: The Show,” featuring music and other silliness. That’s Sunday, Feb 8th, 5:30-6:30at Under St. Mark’s. See Deb, or for info–or if you want to be in it!


Lady Dragons Step Team | Featured Performers


For this month’s service on PATTERNS, we have a fantastic treat – the Lady Dragons, one of Brooklyn’s topped ranked step teams in NYC, are gonna show us how it’s done. Hailing from Brooklyn Technical High School, the Lady Dragons have won the Youth Step Regional Competition 2 years in a row (2012 and 2013), were the subject of a Webby Award nominated documentary, Step Brooklyn and taught Rhianna how to step on TRL. Dayum! Come see them in action this Sunday, January 25th at Dixon Place at 11:30am. STEP UP!


Marlon Cherry | Featured Artist


Our musical guest for this month’s service – PATTERNS, in Sunday, January 25th at Dixon Place – is percussionist Marlon Cherry. I’m delighted he’s going to play for us – Marlon‘s been sitting in with The Secret City band for the past several months. He first came to us through Susan Hwang, who performed for us in the fall. Susan and Marlon are collaborators – and, Marlon was really excited about The Secret City so he’s joined our ranks. On the 25th, he’ll be our featured musical guest, he’s a really great guy. Here’s his bio:

Multi-instrumenatalist, Marlon Cherry has created and performed with a wide array of artists in the NY music, dance, and film scenes including Susan Hwang, Terre Roche, Church of Betty, ACB Dance Co., Trainor Dance, Jonathan Demme and Abel Ferrara. He is also a staff accompanist at the Paul Taylor Studio and Barnard College. His solo cd, Ancient Sound, Modern Dance is available at Amazon, iTunes, and


Connie Perry | Featured Artist

Connie Perry is a blast and she’s going to take part in our upcoming service – Sunday, January 25th at Dixon Place. The theme is PATTERNS! I met Connie not too long ago – and I’m delighted she’s going to read the Cultural Calendar for us. Here’s her delightful bio:

Connie Perry has interesting film, stage and theatre credits, a continual need to write and perform comedy material, especially autobiographical, and professional work as a publicist, mostly with non-fiction best-selling authors. She also works as an usher and wrote a short rant to diffuse her customer service stress.

See it here:



From our Grand Poobah | PATTERNS

PATTERNS! They’re everywhere – on pineapples and seashells, pine cones and waves, they show up in our clothes, our habits, our lives and our relationships. Patterns is the theme for our next service – Sunday, January 25th in NYC. It’s a new theme for us and seems fitting for the new year, when we think about how we do things and the things we’d like to be doing, but aren’t. After a nice, long holiday break, where I stopped some of my patterns, revisited some of my older patterns and just ept on with a few of my regular patterns – well, we’re back in the groove, which means a return to familiar, even as we embrace the new. Funny, as I’m thinking about patterns, I’m falling into that sort of Op-Art feeling – falling, vertigo…visual patterns can do that, too, as you stare at something for a long time it can change, and it can change you, too.

I had vertigo a few years go – what a strange experience. I woke one morning feeling as if my head had slipped off the backside of the pillow and was sliding backwards off the bed. When I finally stood I nearly fell. I grabbed the wall and had to hold onto something the whole way into the living room. I went to the doctor – not much to do, I guess. Maybe it was inner ear – all I know is that my balance was off for about two weeks. We take so much for granted, don’t we? Balance, walking without the help of a wall or chair to guide us, standing up straight – we take the patterns of our lives for granted, even as they are often the things that give our lives meaning.

A pattern is like a ritual – repeated, ingrained, creating a groove in the world, in our lives. They’re powerful, patterns, to make and break.

Come celebrate with us on the 25th, if you’re near New York. Let’s kick off the new year together.

This is a pattern designed by Alexander Wyly, our visual artist for this month. I love these colors and the dynamic, starburst effect.



Alex Smith | Features Artist

Alex Smith | Featured Artist

Our theme for this month is PATTERNS and we have a wonderful visual artist to share his work. Alex Smith is an artist and designer and, the founding creative director of Alexander Wyly – providing textiles for rugs, curtains, pillows and all sorts of home and commercial design products. In other words, they’re all about PATTERNS – with a fresh touch. Check out these beautiful pieces:

Alex Smith | Featured Artist


Shoshana Frishberg-Izzo | Food Offering


Our food offering for our upcoming service — Sunday, January 25th, Theme: PATTERNS — is from Shoshana Frishberg-Izzo, the brains behind Brooklyn Rose Pastries. Shoshana is a native New Yorker who resides in Park Slope with her hamsters, Monica and Rachel, and bunny, King Frank. Shoshana is devoted to spreading compassion and love through teaching vegan baking.