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Jennifer L. Knox to present the reading on March 24th


The hilarious poet Jennifer L. Knox will be reading at our next service.  Here’s one of her poems:

Pimp My Ride (First appeared in The New Yorker)

Probability, like time, is its own dimension.
The ’86 Chevy Suburban laced by rust,
pocked with bird poop, antenna wiggling
in its Bondo-clogged hole is only one way
the story begins. In another, we never
bought the blue behemoth—we bought
a ’63 Oldsmobile from a lady named Dolores.
In another, Dolores drove into a tree before we
were ever even born; in another, we owned a house
with a garage that kept the rain off, the rust out,
and the paint nice; in another, it was all mine,
we’d never met; in another, yours and someone else’s.
Likewise after the ride is pimped—metallic flames
in red and pink unzipping across its sparkly black
body, blitz of chrome, titanium woofers, enough
silver satin inside to line nine caskets—this
is only one story: another’s bright white
and blinds like an elephant made of sunspots;
another’s plantain-green and full of gold;
another’s purple with a sink in the back,
where we’re arguing; in the back of another, high
and high-fiving; in another, going at it
like two teens made of monster truck tires.

Jennifer L. Knox’s new book of poems, The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway, is available from Bloof Books. Her other books, Drunk by Noon and A Gringo Like Me, are also available through Bloof.

Jennifer was born in Lancaster, California—home to Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, the Space Shuttle, and Chris Wells. Her poems have appeared four times in the Best American Poetry series (1997, 2003, 2006, and 2011) as well as the anthologies Great American Prose Poems, From Poet to Present and Best American Erotic Poems. Her work has also appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Fence, McSweeney’s, and Bomb. She is currently at work on her first novel.

Visit her website and come to service on March 24th for more.



Join us to celebrate TECHNOLOGY

Join us as we celebrate, look at, investigate and revile all things technological. I’m playing with the idea that technology is anything invented to make an organic human function more efficient – does that sound right? Anyway, we’re going to explore it together and see what comes up. Join us as we confront the Brave New World.

Sunday, March 24th
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street

$15 suggested donation

We always need volunteers to help with set-up and strike, and we are delighted when people bring food donations for coffee hour.  Contact us or leave a comment on the Facebook event page if you can help out.

*Free Childcare*

RSVP via Facebook (optional)


Celebrate the senses at service this Sunday Feb 24

Join us as we celebrate all the ways in which we feel we’re alive – sight, sound, smell, taste, touch and maybe even a 6th?

We’re delighted to announce that Stew, Tony Award winning creator of Passing Strange and frontman for The Negro Problem, will be our musical guest.

We’re gonna have a beautiful day.

The Secret City – THE SENSES
Sunday, February 24th
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
(btwn Rivington and Delancey)

$15 suggested donation


We always need baked goods for coffee hour as well as volunteers to help with the service. Comment on our Facebook invite if you’re able to bring treats or help out.

RSVP via Facebook (optional)


Come Celebrate LIGHT; Next LA Service is Sunday, December 2nd

Hey, Los Angeles! We’re coming back! That’s right, The Secret City will be back in Los Angeles to celebrate LIGHT, in honor of the upcoming winter solstice and also that most beautiful of Californian qualities: sunshine.

We’ve had such an amazing time at these LA gatherings, and are thrilled to be coming back for more. We already have a beautiful line up of artists and performers, as well as The Secret City Singers, the band, and some really tasty food.

Join us, won’t you?

The Secret City – LA
Sunday, December 2nd
12 noon
Bootleg Theater
2220 Beverly Blvd

$15 suggested donation
*Free Childcare!*

RSVP & Share via Facebook (optional)

And, if you’re part of our New York community, please spread the word to your Cali friends.


Experience Ecstacy: Next Service is Sunday, June 24th and Fund Drive Update

Here comes summer! Ice cream, swimmin’ holes, sweaty walks in the park – and the real possibility of extended joy. Come close out the season on June 24th with a service dedicated to ECSTASY.

Sunday, June 24th
11:30am to 1:15pm
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
between Rivington and Delancey Streets
Free childcare will be provided.
RSVP and Share via Facebook (optional)

Also, our Season 6 Fund Drive continues. We have raised a lovely $3,460 from 45 fabulous donors, but we are far from our goal of $30,000 with 300 donors by Wednesday, June 27th. We need your help now!!!! Please continue to spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, email, and good ol’ fashioned word-of-mouth. Please also contribute if you haven’t. Even $1 would help!  *Click here to donate.*

Thank you and hope to see you soon!



Special Service in L.A. this Sunday, June 10th

We’re bringing our service which is part tent-revival, part-cabaret, and part ceremony to the city of Angels! On Sunday, June 10th at Noon we’ll be at the Bootleg Theater celebrating the new L.A. chapter of The Secret City. The theme is CALIFORNIA. Just like our NYC services, there will be live music, performance, storytelling, community and a whole lotta feel good vibes. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to reconnect, recharge, and rejoice with us!

Bootleg Theater is located at 2220 Beverley Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. Suggested donation is $10 but no one is turned away for lack of funds. Free childcare provided. Bring a baked good or snack to share if you can.

RSVP and share via Facebook. (optional)

NYC community: See you at our next service on Sunday, June 24th.

PS: Our Season 6 Fund Drive is still in progress. Please support us.


Our next service is May 20 and the theme is MEMORY

Hey there! Let’s not forget that our next service is this Sunday. It’s our annual celebration of that murkiest of human capacities – MEMORY, slippery, changing, beautiful and sad. Please join us for a deep and joyful examination.

  • Oliver Ogden will show new photos of old places in Long Island.
  • Samita Sinha will sing classical Indian music for us and with us.
  • Michael Barakiva will present the food offering inspired by Israel, his homeland.
  • We’ll watch a movie clip.
  • We’ll play a game that tests the memory of us all.
  • Of course, the house band and choir will perform.
Sunday, May 20th
11:30am to 1:15pm
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
between Rivington and Delancey Streets
Free childcare will be provided.
See you soon!


Our next service is this Sunday, April 29th. The theme is MONEY!

Taxes, inflation, economy, labor, work, income, commerce – all of these involve MONEY. But, what about creativity? Join us for our next service this Sunday as we look at the powerful force of MONEY, in art, song, performance, community and food – it’s going to be a rich, rich gathering. Here is the line up:

  • Caroline Woolard, co-founder of and Trade School, will perform.
  • Modern-day troubadour Andru Bemis will play his banjo and sing in his mournful voice.
  • Visual artist Peter Simensky will show us the new currency he creates using failed world currencies.
  • Barrett Washburne will prepare the food offering of black eyed peas and collard greens. (Money on a plate! Yippee!)
  • YOU! Please send photos of your wallet, purse, or money clip (inside or out) to community member Sarah Beaumont at moneyholdersATgmailDOTcom. She is collecting the images to create a photo montage that will be shown at the service.
  • Of course, the choir will sing and the house band will play.

Here’s some brain fiber to digest before service: Why are (most) artist so (fucking) poor? A survey of NYC exhibiting artists’ earnings from 2005 to 2010.

Want some musical brain fiber? How about this Wu-tang Clan vs Beatles mash-up of C.R.E.A.M.. Dollar dollar bills y’al!

RSVP for service via Facebook so all your friends can see how much fun you’re cramming into your Sunday morning.

Sunday, April 29th at 11:30am
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
between Rivington and Delancey Streets
on the Lower East Side
$10 suggested donation
Free Childcare!






This month we celebrate WONDER! Something that great art inspires, and something that inspires great art.

This month’s service has a wonderful line up:  Park McGinty’s visuals and the always-wonderful Sxip Shirey making unique sounds with his box of toys and noise-makers, and Annie Rudnik and Harold Cromer are going to dance for us, and I mean DANCE.

The food offering will be inspired by the amusement park, and we’ll hear a story about entering the bizarre and magical world of community theatre.

The Secret City – WONDER
Sunday, January 29th
Dixon Place161A Chrystie St 10002
on the Lower East Side.
$10 suggested donation
Free Childcare!



Our next service is Sunday, December 18th, and we will celebrate the upcoming winter solstice by celebrating LIGHT! We’ve got a beautiful gathering of artists coming together – photographs, desserts, music, singing and lots of candles.

Sunday, December 18th, 11:30am
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie St.
$10 suggested donation
Free Childcare!