Posts In The Unknown
Autumn is upon us – here in the Catskills it’s rainy and cool and the forest is yellow and moulting. It’s that delicious time of year when we begin to enter the darkness, the dying off of the fruits of spring and summer. After a glorious service in LA on the 12th celebrating WATER we are now gearing up for our next NYC service and the theme is THE UNKNOWN, perfect for this moment.
Ever since starting The Secret City I’ve dreamed of growing our community and our reach – in all ways, I suppose. How to deepen out event, how to become more inclusive, how to curate artists who aren’t in my immediate sphere – all of these questions drive me. This month turns out to be a perfect opportunity to address some of those very issues, or to begin to, at least. I’ve decided to use the theme of THE UNKNOWN to hand over the curating to a bunch of different folks within our community. That means I don’t really know what’s going to take place this Sunday. That’s a first. I mean, we’ve often had things that I didn’t know the exact way it might play out but this is the first time that I don’t know the songs the choir will be singing or what the visual art will be or the food offering or the song following the meditation and so on and so on…
It’s exciting to grow and change – RISK, that’s something I think about a lot. I think risk is necessary to stay alive – certainly for the creative artist, risk is a necessary part of process. We must change, right?
Autumn teaches us that – dying leads to rebirth. Transformation.
I hope you can join us Sunday for THE UNKNOWN.
I met Melinda Tracy a few months back at a Secret City event. She’s friends with several folks who are part of our community. Turns out she’s a chef! I LOVE CHEFS! And, her food is all about mindfulness – so, a perfect fit for us. I reached out to Melinda about doing to the food offering for this weekend’s service on THE UNKNOWN – so, as with nearly everything else this Sunday, I have no idea what she’s making! But, can’t wait to taste it.
Here’s her bio:
Melinda Tracy is a visionary chef with a passion for connecting people over food. With a rustic aesthetic and focus on seasonal, local ingredients, she creates menus that not only delight the palate, but also feed the body and spirit through shared experience. Her 20-year background in food informs her current pursuits as personal chef and cooking instructor, pop-up dinner creator, aspiring food writer, and Chef/Owner of Nuts & Bolts (nutsandboltsbrooklyn.com). She lives in Gowanus, Brooklyn with her partner and two amazing orange cats.
Oded Gross is hysterical. And, a really talented guy – he writes plays and songs and he acts and sings. And, he’s married, and a dad and I’ve known him for, what? 15 years now? I love him. Anyway, I’m delighted that Oded will perform for us this Sunday for THE UNKNOWN – I think he’s going to do a song? Maybe? As with nearly all the other artists and performers on Sunday, I don’t really know what he’s doing. But, you’ll enjoy it.
Here’s his bio:
Charlotte Booker is the best. She’s a wonderful actress and we’re blessed to have her as part of The Secret City. She’s often done the reading section of the service – either reading something or making something for it. Charlotte’s a writer, too, and often makes these fabulous exquisite corpse pieces, with input from the crowd in response to a prompt related to the theme. I’ve asked her to curate the reading for this Sunday’s service on THE UNKNOWN…who knows what she’ll come up with?!? It will be delicious and charming and deep, I’m sure. Just like Ms. CB herself.
Jonathan Nosan is a fantastic performer. We’ve been lucky to have him do his thing for us a couple of times now. The first time he appeared, our mutual friend Sxip Shirey brought him along as a special guest and they blew the roof off the joint. For The Unknown, I first reached out to two community members to curate this element of the service: it’s the performance moment. The two I had asked didn’t feel they had anything that fit the bill and then, I remembered that Jonathan was back in town [he’s on hiatus from LIMBO, a spiegeltent cabaret show he’s been working on for a year now in London and other cities] – SO, I reached out to Jonathan and asked if he’d make something for us. I’m thrilled he said yes.
Here’s his bio below:
New York City’s Jonathan Nosan is a Physical Artist working primarily in the mediums of circus and ceramics. His physical art has toured the past year and a half internationally with the Spiegeltent show “LIMBO” while his visual art just completed a show at the Royal College of Art in London. The precision and peril he brings to his onstage performance carries through into his ceramics: strength, simplicity, and the exposure of internal beauties and pains are revealed in both art forms with the human body and the clay pushed beyond their perceived abilities.
Claudia Acosta is a New York based actress and we’re delighted to have her as part of our community. Originally from Texas, Claudia has a specialty of making new work for the stage, working with with a variety of collaborators, as well as appearing at The Women’s Project and Off-Broadway; she’s also a teaching artist with Lincoln Center’s public school program. Claudia will read the Cultural Calendar for us this Sunday.
Micia Mosely is an all-star: educator, performer, emcee, comic, community builder and, for this Sunday’s service on THE UNKNOWN, she’s going to lead us in a COMMUNITY INTERACTION. Intriguing, no? I’m always pleased to have her in the mix – so come check out the wonderful Micia Mosely.