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Reverend Billy in California, April 17-24
by Michael ONeil (Michael [at]
Saturday Apr 17th, 2004 8:03 AM
Join Reverend Billy and the Stop Big Boxes Gospel Choir at the Castro Theater, April 24th at 8pm and save your consumerism-sodden soul!

Press Contact Michael O'Neil, or 917 825 3562

Reverend Billy in California


Los Angeles, Fresno, Santa Cruz, Arcata, Sebastopol, Cotati, Berkeley, Bernal Heights, The Castro and various points between! 

In their first trip West  since Burning Man 2003 Reverend Billy and the Stop Big Boxes Gospel Choir flee New York City to sing and preach from LA to Humboldt County April 17th to 24th, performing for citizens, activist groups and union locals who are resisting the predatory influx of transnational chain stores.  Fourteen events over the course of the week include a Los Angeles screening of Playloud! Productions documentary “Reverend Billy”, a live concert for tree-sitters near Arcata and the finale performance at the 1400 seat Castro Theater in San Francisco.

In addition to outside actions, in-store interventions, dressing room dramas and cash register confessions, The Church of Stop Shopping will perform their interactive revival service on April 18th  at The State Playhouse, Los Angeles Campus of Cal State University at 6 pm and April 21st at  Subud Hall,  Sepastopol at 8 pm.

On April 24th,  8 PM, The Castro Theater welcomes Reverend Billy’s infamous Off-Broadway interactive play, an overwhleming post-religious church service, featuring a twenty-five voice gospel choir, The Reading of the Word (never the Bible), Fabulous Secret Sainthood, Credit Card Exorcisms and Thoughtful Mortifications with special guest Charlene Moore (Gospel diva and former Musical Director for Sylvester), SF Cabaret favorite Kitty Ultra Sound and Two Tons of Fun. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will be honored and their 25th Anniversary celebrated. Directed by Savitri Durkee Tickets -$10, available at outlets throughout the Bay Area and through CASTROTHEATRE.COM or 415 621 6120, 429 Castro Street.

The Church of Stop Shopping will give a live radio performance on West Coast Live Saturday April 24th, at 10 am.

For further updates on the tour and any information regarding tickets and schedules please see WWW.REVBILLY.COM.

“Reverend Billy is the most pointed, courageous political theater in New York.”      ----The New York Times

 “A great preacher.”   ---- Mother Jones

“A divine madman and inspired missionary fighting the good fight for all the little people who live in the shoe!” - $teven Ra$pa

With special thanks to The Black Rock Arts Foundation, The Bioneers, Lifebridge, Puffin, and The Arts and Healing Network for their support.


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