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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Easter 46 and 47: Pop-up show



6/4

Jamie brings by yet another dance company to view the building as a long term tenant.  Although this one is truly top shelf. They love the building. The staff seems open, creative, expresses interest in collaboration. They even brought an architect with them. Some existing programs would remain.  On the surface, it feels good. But so many mixed feelings. On the one hand, would resolve the long term problem. On the other, this takes us back to white knight territory just at the moment we’ve set our course straight ahead DIY.

As I stand on the steps with Jamie, it seems like all of her old 86th street neighbors are passing by.

Jeremy has put together some fine singers for our event next Monday commemorating the 50th anniversary of  Freedom Summer. I like hearing the old songs from the folk-spiritual idiom filling the sanctuary with a full out gospel style. Jeremy and I talk about a time to rehearse.

RL and Joe stop by before heading up to the studio, bringing a light hearted moment to the afternoon.

I tell Danielle about my late night encounter with Keith and she will reach out to the VA to see if there’s any further info on the missing woman with the  concerning emails.

Another theatre group needing performance space.

6/5

Meet Katherine and one of her student and teaching colleague, Karen B, from the New School. Young, outgoing, creative, fresh perspective.  Perhaps someone who can help us deal with the congregational revitalization part of our life. She seems intrigued. And we’ll think. And then talk some more.

Later in the day, Katherine and I will  go to the annual Interfaith Center of New York awards dinner. One of this years’ awardees is former Vice-President Al Gore. I will once again marvel at the legacy that the former dean of St. John Cathedral, Jim Morton, has left on this city. The Interfaith Center was his dream, the most appropriate follow up to his tenure at what, under his leadership, truly was the people’s cathedral. Jim represented in many ways the very best of  New York City liberalism. Informed at least in part by his time in Jersey City. And those who do the real work of the IFCNY have made it the most diverse meeting place imaginable for faith communities seeking parties in resolving issues in their own locale. Making it real, so to speak.

Honoluluchris and Kelow
I leave the dinner early so that I can get to the church to catch the pop-up event by Nate’s friend Honoluluchris and his partner Kelow at West-Park. Along with the art and cool summer drinks, Chris had lined up two DJs, theCainMarko and DJ Marauder. Another cool, young, multi-cultural mainly hip-hop Brooklyn zip crowd. Berik and Leila came out to check it out as well.
Leila and berik

It was a good first New York City visit for a Seattle based artist who met Kelow while shooting at SxSw in Austin.

All went well until RL found several inexiplicably opened doors. But apparently, it was just a case of curiosity and nothing more.

Outside, Sgt. Keith was in a declamatory mood
Chris and Nate
about what he’s learned in life. I was polite.









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