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Topher MacDonald | Sketchbook Gallery

Topher MacDonald was our featured artist this past Sunday for our celebration of THE FOOL – Topher’s an illustrator and designer living in Brooklyn. We first met Topher when he moved to NYC from Wisconsin about 3 years ago and he volunteered to help out with an event. He’s made his way in the big city and makes his living as an illustrator and designer. For THE FOOL, Topher printed out copies of his sketchbook – where he doodles, dreams, plans, schemes, makes fun and trips. I love the different worlds he goes – lots of outer space, but also drunk brunch with friends. Topher’s work draws on the legacy of comic books, superheroes, with a taste of R. Crumb. He said this really great thing about something he came across while looking into the idea of THE FOOL – he said – and I’m paraphrasing – the fool retains his child like connection to the inner workings of the world. How great is that?




The Secret City | The Fool | Theater Group Dzieci

theater group dzieci is a company that embodies the Sacred+Profane. Their work explores the ancient texts, sometimes religious, sometimes secular, to find the spirit within. They re-imagine the human journey as one of graceful exploration and intent. We were thrilled and lucky to have them take part in our service on THE FOOL this past Sunday – they came in their fool outfits, complete with prosthetic teeth, and ran around throughout the service, filling in as ushers, helpers, distractors, rebels and makers of chaos. And, within that, real beauty emerged, as it does with all of their work. This is a sacred song they sang at the very end of the service.


The Cultural Calendar | 4.27.14

Today is Sunday, April 27th, 2014.  It is the 117th day of the year, there are 248 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Taurus. You are not known as a big thinker.
Today is Freedom Day in South Africa – commemorating the first post-apartheid national elections held on this day in 1994.



In 1667, the blind and impoverished John Milton sold the copyright of Paradise Lost for 10 pounds.

In 1749, the first performance of Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks took place in London.

On this day in 1810, Beethoven composed Fur Elise.

In 1897, Grant’s Tomb was dedicated on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

In 1933 Karl Jansky reported reception of a cosmic radio signal in Washington, DC.

And on this day in 1981, Beatle Ringo Starr married actress Barbara Bach.



English author and early feminist Mary Wollstonecraft was born on this day in 1759. Samuel Morse, inventor of the telegraph and Morse code, in 1791. Ludwig Bemelmans, who wrote and illustrated the Madeline Books, was born in 1898. Animator Walter Lantz, who invented Woody Woodpecker, born on this day in 1900. Actor Jack Klugman in 1922. French film goddess Anouk Aimee in 1932. The great Sandy Dennis in 1937. And, ladies and gentleman, Sheena Easton was born on this day in 1959.



American poet, essayist and transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1882. Poet Hart Crane in 1932. And Vicki Sue Robinson, Disco diva who sang Turn The Beat Around, died on this day in 2000.



  • Glamdammit celebrates the 40th anniversary of David Bowie’s landmark album Diamond Dogs by performing it in its entirety! Live performances by Michael T and the Vanities along with a cavalcade of singers including our own Raquel Cion. That’s Saturday, May 3rd, starting at 11 pm going to near the break of dawn at The Grand Victory in Williamsburg. See Raquel for details.
  • Neo-soul singer/songwriter and superstar Simi Stone appears with her band on May 9th at Rockwood Music Hall, in anticipation of her new album. Visit for details.
  • The Fool’s Lear, a two-man show retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear and his Fool opens May 5th at The Wild Project. Visit for details or see Hillary Spector.
  • And, Dance Parade is coming! Saturday, May 17th Amongst beautifully crafted floats, live bands and DJs, the parade is ordered chronologically honoring the history of dance from ancient to contemporary. The parade begins at Broadway and 21st st at 1pm and ends up at Tompkins Square Park for a huge dance party from 3-7 pm. Check out for details.


Thank you.


We celebrate THE FOOL | April 27th at Dixon Place

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This Sunday, April 27th, we celebrate THE FOOL, but not just the poor guy who gets tricked by a prank – we’re also thinking of that powerful archetype of new beginnings, bold actions, brave adventures – and then there are those clever types who mirror our own follies: Tricksters and Clowns and Comics. Join us as we celebrate The Fool in art, performance, music and word. Sunday, April 27th at 11:30am at Dixon Place.



“I have great faith in fools – self-confidence my friends will call it.” – Edgar Allan Poe


Jin Ha | Featured Artist

Jin Ha is going to read the Cultural Calendar for us this Sunday at our service on THE FOOL – Jin is relatively new to this world. He has made homes of South Korea, Hong Kong, Connecticut, New Jersey, and, most recently, New York City. Jin holds an undergraduate degree in East Asian Languages & Cultures from Columbia University and is currently pursuing his Master of Fine Arts degree at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program. Vive la ville secrète!


India Kotis | Featured Filmmaker

India Kotis | Featured Filmmaker

We’re going to screen a short film this Sunday for our service on THE FOOL. And, it’s a short film by India Kotis, who describes herself as having three thumbs, a love for stories and a fascination with Family History. She’s also a really talented young filmmaker and a member of our community. India’s film is called Immigration to the Promised Land, and it won a Gold Key in Film at the Scholastic Awards this year. India, as well as the two leads in her film, Max Piersol and Lily Berman, attend LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts. Teresita Cuadrado, who plays Grandmother, does not attend LaGuardia High School. India’s film is loosely inspired by events in her own family.


Topher MacDonald | Featured Visual Artist


I’ve been a fan of Topher MacDonald’s work for a few years now. He’s an amazing illustrator, designer and draftsman, he regularly creates images for books, magazines, newspapers, products and comics. Topher also does a lot of experimenting and playing with super-heroes and quasi-mythical figures – in a way that is somehow humanizing. He seems to be interested in how the everyday person entertains mythical realms – how the heroic feels when it rubs up against the mundane. I think his work is a perfect fit for this Sunday’s service on THE FOOL – really excited to share his work with the community. Topher is also an avid sketchbook keeper and I think he’ll be sharing some of that work with us.


Stacey Karen Robinson | Featured Performer


I’ve been a big fan of Stacey Karen Robinson’s work for a longtime, so it’s great to have her with this Sunday for our service on THE FOOL. Stacey is a performer and playwright. Her solo show, Quiet Frenzy, is published in solo/black/woman: scripts, interviews, and essays (Northwestern University Press, 2013). She has performed Quiet Frenzy at: JACK, The Warfield Center for African & African American Studies, Northwestern University, and the Wild Project.  She performed excerpts of Quiet Frenzy at Dixon Place and The Pillsbury House Theatre.  She is a recipient of the 2009 BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) Award in Playwriting from the Bronx Council on the Arts. Other plays include: a solo show, Deja and the January River and a short play, Wounded Heart.

Stacey’s a special performer – you’ll be happy to see her.


Ed Woodham | Featured Performer


I’m thrilled to announce we’re presenting Ed Woodham at The Secret City this Sunday, our service on THE FOOL. For more than 25 years, Ed Woodham has been active in community art, education, and civic interventions, across a variety of media and cultural contexts. Woodham created Art in Odd Places (AiOP) to present visual and performance art to reclaim public spaces in New York City and beyond. Art in Odd Places has been produced in Los Angeles, CA, Boston, MA, and Greensboro, NC in the U.S., Saint Petersburg, Russia, on Sydneyʼs Northern Beach communities of Dee Why & Manly, Australia; and this year in Indianapolis.  AiOP was selected as a representative in the U.S. Pavilion, Spontaneous Interventions:Design Actions for the Common Good at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012.

Woodham is a member of the faculty at School of Visual Arts in NYC for City as Site: Public Art as Social Intervention and a member of the faculty of New York Universityʼs Hemispheric Institute for EMERGENYC teaching workshops in politically based public performances. He was a 2012-2013 Blade of Grass Fellow in Social Engagement.  For summer 2014, Ed was selected for the drawing(shed) residency to create a collaborative performance work with the residents of two housing estates in Walthamstow, East London.

For this Sunday’s service, Ed is making a new performance piece.


Tierra Sana Holistics | Food Offering


Our food offering this month for THE FOOL comes from Tari Ayala, who’s not a fool at all, but rather a sustainable health coach, urban farmer and food justice activist living and working in New York City. As founder of Tierra Sana Holistics, she improves her clients’ health by teaching them about eating and gardening, with a special focus on home and body detox. Tari also works as a Crew Leader on The Youth Farm, a sustainable organic education farm in central Brooklyn. For this month’s service, Tari’s going to share something from the farm with us – and maybe what’s foolish about this is Tari’s dream to work on a farm in the middle of NYC, and the idea of doing something bold with one’s life.

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