I'm not gone, nor have I abandoned the Homeport.
It's just that there's all sorts of stuff going on sucking up time and precluding me from typing up any unrelated thing that requires more than 140 characters to relate. And since I'm typing on a keyboard were two critical vowels don't work,** while navigating this we-cut-back-on-the-routes-because-we-are-broke city on bus pass due to the definitive death of FrankeJetta, by the time I get home and finish up the day's work? More Typing is not on the list of things I want to do.
One day there will be lemon-soaked napkins. Until then, there will be a slight delay.
This entry is because I remembered that the last time Rev. Billy & The Church of Life After Shopping Gospel Choir came to town in 2008, for the Art Goldberg saint installation (lotsa other info links in that Goldberg link) and I didn't say anything about it ahead of time? Quite a few people bitched in my inbox and, as I later discoverd, bitched in the wild.
So! From the mailing list! Two mailing lists, actually - Redcat and Rev. Billy's!
Rev. Billy & The Church of Life After Shopping Will Perform In Los Angeles On Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010 At RedCat. Tickets Are only $12. Click this here paragraph for the details. A bit of blurbage from the mailing list press release cut/paste below.
I have been tracking their work from a distance for over a decade. I have read both of his books. I have the dvds. I gathered a tribe of zombies in his honor. He is a First Amendment/Social Justice Warrior, and a personal hero. His work and that choir rock. Get out of the house on Oct. 21 and go see them perform.
Here's a recent, fascinating story about them in the New York Times.
I'll be back when I can.
The Church of Life After Shopping is project of The Immediate Life, a New York based arts organization using theater, humor, and grassroots organizing to advance individuals and communities towards a more equitable future - starting today. We partner with citizens, grassroots organizations and progressive visionaries to produce dynamic, informed public campaigns that enact our core values - participatory democracy, ecological sustainability, and the preservation of vibrant communities and local economies.
Since 1996 our project has expanded from a one-man performance artist preaching against consumerism on the sidewalks of Times Square to a 35-person choir and 7-person band with dozens of original songs, a critically acclaimed stage show, a major motion picture and multiple media platforms. We have demonstrated commitment to educating the public about the consequences of unsustainable consumption. Our message--consuming less--is the single most effective and immediate response an individual can take to immediately halting the climate crisis. This same message has reached millions of people and has contributed to the public's increasing awareness of the relationship between shopping and climate change. Besides our long-term commitment to promoting sustainable consumption, our organization's efforts to revitalize public space and defend the first amendment have been documented all over the world.
Our ability to generate popular support and attract media attention has resulted in resounding successes in several collaborative campaigns, among them the cessation of Boreal clear cutting by The Limited Brands, the recognition of Ethiopian coffee trademarks by Starbucks Inc, the abandonment of restrictive film permitting by the city of New York, the designation of PS 64 (New York Public School) as a historical landmark, the preservation of the Poe House, and successful campaigns by many grassroots groups, including the Retail Action Project, The Restaurant Opportunity Center and The Street Vendors Project.
** What I have to do is type without vowels, then go copy an 'e' from somewhere and paste it all over where needed, then go copy an 'a' from somewhere and do the same. (Yeah. Frank Pembleton in the garage with the key got NOTHIN on me.)