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Reverend Billy: of the Church of Stop Shopping "Change-a-lujah!"

Tuesday, September 30, 2008
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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Location Details:
Quaker Meeting House
225 Rooney St (just off Hwy 1 at Morrissey)
on the east side of Santa Cruz

Part post-religious prayer meeting and pre-Apocalypse activist strategy session.

Accompanying the Rev will be Savitri D, the director of the "Fabulous Worships" (40 singers and 8 piece band that come to concert halls as well as the well-known "Retail Interventions" inside Wal Marts and Starbucks. The troupe was subject of last year's feature film "What Would Jesus Buy?," produced by Morgan Spurlock).

The performance at the Friends Meeting House will be the Reverend preaching solo his sermon "Change-a-lujah!" - which recently anchored church shows at the Destiny USA super mall in Syracuse, New York and a performance for young people in Cedar Rapids, epicenter of the corn syrup industry.

After years of urging Americans to slow down their consumption, events have come the Reverend's way. Join us at this time of crisis and opportunity.

"I'll be a talking head on Fox and they'll accuse me of not being a "real preacher." I say there is only one authentic preacher now, and the forceful message comes in the form of floods and fire, drought and wind and disease.... How do we believe? Change-a-lujah!"

The Stop Shopping Church accepts RSVPs at
Tickets are $10 or pay what you can.

Added to the calendar on Wed, Sep 24, 2008 11:36AM
§Tour of a Thousand First Amendments!
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§Reverend Billy in Santa Cruz- ONE NIGHT ONLY!
by Tue Sep 30th 8pm
A few years ago, GDI showed a film in conjunction with Reverend Billy's visit. Few who were there will forget Billy and the choir's improv jam of the first amendment and a chant/song "Mu-sic, sex, and polit-ical ac-tion..."

As we watch our own public spaces being fenced off, resistance to privitization being brutally squelched, and our little sleepy beach town controlled by the interests of business and corporate university, we present a very different vision.

*Reverend Billy
and the Church of Stop Shopping Choir*
*Tuesday September 30th, 8pm*
*Quaker Meeting House*
*225 Rooney St*
*(Near Morrisey and Hwy 1)*

Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir believe that Consumerism is overwhelming our lives. The corporations want us to have experiences only through their products. Our neighborhoods, "commons" places like stoops and parks and streets and libraries, are disappearing into the corporatized world of big boxes and chain stores.

But if we "back away from the product" - even a little bit, well then we Put The Odd Back In God! The supermodels fly away and we're left with our original sensuality. So we are singing and preaching for local economies and real - not mediated through products -- experience. We like independent shops where you know the person behind the counter or at least - you like them enough to share a story.We ask that local activists who are defending themselves against supermalls, nuke plants, gentrification -- call us and we'll come and put on our "Fabulous Worship!" Remember children... Love is a Gift Economy! — The Rev
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