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The Cultural Calendar | 2.23.14

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Today is Sunday, February 23rd, 2014. It is the 54th day of the year, there are 311 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Pisces. Life is full of difficult emotions.

In ancient Rome, today marked the celebration of Terminalia – honoring Teminus, the god who protected boundaries, limitations and the fair division of goods.


  • In 1455 Johannes Gutenberg printed the 1st book with his printing press it was a Bible.
  • In 1886, Charles Martin Hall, assisted by his sister Julia Brainerd Hall, produced the first samples of man-made aluminum.
  • In 1896, the Tootsie Roll was invented.
  • In 1898, Emile Zola was imprisoned for writing his “J’accuse” letter accusing the French government of anti-Semitism and wrongly jailing Alfred Dreyfus.
  • In 1940, Walt Disney’s animated movie “Pinocchio,” was released.
  • And in 1982, Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off,” premiered in London


  • Georg Frederic Handel in 1685.
  • Director Victor Fleming in 1889.
  • Peter Fonda in 1940.
  • Singer songwriter Johnny Winter in 1944.
  • Niecy Nash in 1970.
  • the lovely Emily Blunt in 1983.


  • English painter
  • Joshua Reynolds in 1792.
  • Poet John Keats in 1821.
  • Stan Laurel died on this day in 1965.


  • Kari Morris’ debut young adult novel, The Girl Who Could See, is now available on It’s a girl empowerment urban fantasy for ages 10-14. For more details, see Kari or visit to read the first two chapters for freeWe must warn you, though, under no circumstances should you read Chapter 1 while sitting atop a Central Park rock. You might disappear.
  • Michael Harren’s show, Tentative Armor, will appear here at Dixon Place on March 19th. Described as emotionally raw, darkly hilarious, it combines piano, live musicians and storytelling to create a funny, poignant tour of self-discovery through spirituality, sexuality and grief. That’s Wednesday, March 19th, 7:30 at Dixon Place.
  • Karen Schliefer appears in Broken Moments, a site specific musical at Tammany Hall, where the song and action surrounds the customers at this Lower East Side bar. Only 5 more shows. See Karen for details or visit– Broken MomentsABar
  • Tony-N Tina’s Wedding, featuring our own Susan Campanaro, opens March 5th and plays Wednesday thru Saturday at 7pm matinees on Sat/Sunday. It starts at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High school on W. 46th and parades through Times Square to Guy’s American kitchen and bar on 46th Street (dinner and dancing is included). Visit
  • The NYC Feminist Zinefest is taking place at Barnard College, Saturday March 1st, from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. Please see Ayun Halliday for details.
  • Laurie Spiegel’s playwriting class for home-schooled teens is seeking male actors to volunteer a couple of hours for readings of student plays, Friday March 3. See Ayun Halliday or Milo Kotis.
  • And, “Daylight Precision,” a new WWII play by Douglas Lackey tracing the evolution from trench warfare to the the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the resulting moral arguments behind-the-scenes. Runs weekends through March 16th at Theater for The New City. Tix are $15 ($10 for seniors/students, comps for industry.) See me, Danielle Delgado for info.


Idgy Dean performs Indian Squirrel Dance


Idgy Dean is the alter ego of Lindsay Sanwald, a singer/songwriter/one-woman band based out of Brooklyn. She performed for us at our service on THE SHADOW on Sunday in New York City and totally rocked the house – the song, Indian Squirrel Dance, has a driving beat, loops and a sort of 90’s inflected vocal. I love her stuff and am thrilled she brought her stuff to the Secret City community. Check her out –


From Our Grand Poobah


Hello world! From the snowy northeast I bring you tidings of good cheer and the firm belief that someday spring WILL come and these huge piles of frozen whiteness will melt. In the meantime, enough about the weather – we’ve got events to plan and people to see and music to make and art to worship and community to build. It’s been a long winter break for us – we took off the month of January so that we could prepare for our annual benefit – only, last week’s huge storm meant we had to cancel. So, we’re really itching to get together and see friends. Our benefit is going to be rescheduled – we’ll alert everyone once we have the date nailed down. For now, we’re gearing up for our two upcoming services. This Sunday, February 23rd, we’ll be in NYC at Dixon Place for our celebration of THE SHADOW. Perfect for this last final stretch of winter – as usual, we’ve got a lovely array of art and performance lined up. I’m excited to see folks and to make our beautiful community art event – and to mix and mingle after. Then, a few weeks later we’ll be back in LA for PASSION. It’ll be nice to get some sun and heat and to see our pals in LA.

What else can I tell you – I’ve been seeing a lot of movies, the movie I’ve loved recently is The Great Beauty – beautiful Italian film that’s a sort of updated take on/homage to La Dolce Vita, incredible to look and, I could have watched hours more of that. And, in the documentary front, The Act of Killing – unimaginable look at genocide, ambition, power and memory – a brave, radical work of art. Also in the doc field – The Square, about the recent uprisings in Egypt – powerful story of revolution and oppression, told by some of the people who made it happen. With all of this delicious snow it’s also been a great time to do some reading – The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt made my December – and sent me back to her previous books – The Secret History and The Little Friend – what an incredible talent. Now I’m into the historical fiction of Hilary Mantel – just finishing up Wolf Hall and ready to dive into Bring Up The Bodies – by the time I emerge from 16th century England it will be close to spring. What an amazing explosion of color and life awaits us.


Here’s to art – here’s to life. And, hope to see you soon.


Idgy Dean | Featured Performer

This Sunday, we’re thrilled to welcome the performer Idgy Dean, who is the alter-ego of Lindsay Sanwald , a Brooklyn based musician. Idgy is described as a “one-woman psychedelic dream-pop band, with DIY beats and reveries built from the bottom up.” Idgy makes dreamy, dynamic, live performances with looping, instruments and vocals – all with driving rhythms and pulsing beats.


Marie Sicari, MD | Visual Artist

Our visual artist for this Sunday’s service on The Shadow is Marie Sicari, MD, a pathologist (board-certified in anatomic pathology and dermatopathology) and artist. Marie’s digital art photography explores the fantastic imagery of microscopic human pathology, perhaps even as a potential tool to access and explore the mind-body-spirit connection. Sicari’s work reflects the paradigm shift occurring in medicine towards the inclusion of holistic approaches and the role of creative arts in the healing process.