Last month's theme was PERSONA, a rich topic for artists and audiences. Here are some great pics by Beth Rudock, capturing a bit of what we saw, did, ate, touched, listened to and watched.
The visual artist of the day was Sarah Beaumont, a designer/milliner who has been making all of her own clothes for the past 3 years. We had her clothes hung throughout the space; here's a close up of one her blouses.
Here's what the whole space looked like before the service.
"PLEASE RISE AND JOIN ME." -- the beginning of the service when we all stand up and clap. Funny, right? Just clap. Raise the roof. Yes.
This is the Mingle, seen from the balcony - when folks say to each other.
The lovely altar, with clothes by Sarah Beaumont, and a collection of busts of figures from history. Cute, right?
Here's Daniel Alexander Jones, who did the reading for us, Ego Tripping, by Nikki Giovanni. Check out those SHOES!!
This is Sarah Beaumont, talking about her clothes and her project to make everything she wears.
The food offering of the day was the APPLE - the honeycrisp apple, to be precise. The connection with persona? Well, apples have been made to be edible, altered from their original state, they could be thought of a performance of a fruit. They also have a great aura around them, historically -- an apple a day, the apple in the garden of eden...
We played a version of CULTURAL MAPPING, and it was kind of a revelation -- standing up to identify with certain statements of identity.
It was a lovely service, full of amazing, warm people and beautiful, invigorating art and performance. And stillness, which we all need, too. Then we have our coffee break, here are some great pals who showed up.
JD and Andrea!
And the beautiful Michael Dunn, who was in from LA.
Thanks for showing up, everybody! What a lovely community has grown up and around The Secret City. And speaking of which, our next gathering will be November 20th, and the theme will be COMMUNITY. We're having our 2nd Annual food drive, benefitting the Food Bank of NYC - just in time for Thanksgiving.
Hope to see you then.
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