|Posted on August 9, 2010 at 2:24 PM|
As of this past Lughnasadh (August 2nd), I've moved out to northeastern Queens, for the time being. It's quieter here, costs less money to rent, more room to spread out and get comfortable, more socializing (which I'd missed)...and, unfortunately, a longer commute to the City. Still, it's convenient to other things and people, like my family. Plus, my new roomies have a back yard, with lots of chairs and greenery, which is nice. And, they have a grill. Corn on the cob, anyone?
The private space I had scored for classes on the Upper East Side is now being renovated. This means I'll have to look for another space to use in the interim. There is still the semi-private space uptown, but I'd really rather not have to use that if I don't have to. On the plus side, that space is free, so I can pass that reduction in costs along to the students.
I've been approached recently to start a formal, in-person coven or study group. Now this is not new, oddly enough—people have been asking me about starting one for years now...which is one of the reasons I established this website. But, to receive eight such requests within one lunar month? Makes me go, hmmm... It's very flattering and very rewarding, but also requires a great deal of time, effort and responsibility that I'm not sure I have in me right now, with my personal/family/professional issues taking up so much room in my life. If I do come around to doing this in the near future, though, I already have a "temporary" covenstead available, which takes at least one load off of my mind.
I've also been approached to start another Choral group. I was once Assistant Choral Director of Four Winds Earth Chorus, a largely Pagan, functionally Interfaith chorus that was led by a Lakota Sioux Apprentice Pipe Carrier (Kurt Talking Stone) and founded by a group of Witches of different traditions and experience levels. I held that post for roughly eight of the 11 years that Four Winds was around. It was a wonderfully enriching, positive experience for the most part, and admittedly, I've been missing it. So, the fact that others in the Pagan community feel the same way is inspiring me to lay plans for a new group. (I've already got a name for it, which I shall unveil at the first meeting.) My 4WEC Director (and good friend) Kurt has already given me his blessing for this project, which is great. I can already see myself drafting him for a guest spot or two in the future; he's a wonderful drummer!
When I finally choose a location and set the dates to begin, I'll let everyone know.
As for classes: I've been given a few names of low-cost spaces in NYC to check out. When I settle on one of them, I'll let you all know about that, too.
Finally, I've got some new regular reading gigs that I'd like to tell you about. One is at a monthly event called Absolution, which is at UC 87 on Ludlow Street, NYC. This is held every Friday; I'm usually there from about 10:30 PM to about 3:30 or 4 AM, depending on how busy it is there. If you're coming down to see me, please e-mail me or call me personally, first to make sure I'll be there. The cover is $8.00 with flyer, $10.00 without.
Another event is Necromantic, at Bowery Poetry Club, NYC; it's set to resume on Saturday, October 2nd, from 11:00 PM 'til 4 AM. I'll still be in the front room—no cover to come in and see me!
The last event is a semi-private, monthly event, The Court of Lazarus: A Salon Noir. Their new location is at Madame X on West Houston Street, bet. Thompson & Sullivan Sts., NYC. I'm not actually set to begin reading there until late Autumn or so, but I still go there to socialize. It's held on the third Sunday of each month, from 8:30 PM on 'til about 1 AM. The cover for this event is only $5.00.
All three of these new gigs are at nightclubs, so admission is for 21+ only with ID.
Also, all three of these events lean heavily toward the darker, Gothic/Alt/New Wave end of the musical and social spectrum, so if this sort of environment isn't your cup of tea, you might prefer to simply book me privately, or watch for an event that is more to your taste.
I think that about wraps it up for now. My, what a busy schedule I have lately!
Be well and Blessed Lughnasadh!