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REVEREND BILLY AND THE STOP SHOPPING CHOIR with special guests

  • The Cedar Cultural Center 416 Cedar Avenue South Minneapolis, MN, 55454 United States (map)

The Cedar and KFAI Present

REVEREND BILLY AND THE STOP SHOPPING CHOIR with Youth Farm's Marcus Kar and the Quiet Resistance featuring Humda Honi Yusuf

Sunday, June 17, 2018 / Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 7:30 PM

All Ages

$12 Advance / $15 Day of show

This is a seated show. Tickets are available online, by phone, nd at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.

The Church’s honesty, passion and lack of cynicism is inspiring.
— Brian Logan, The Guardian

REVEREND BILLY AND THE STOP SHOPPING CHOIR

Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir present "Everyone's Welcome in the USA," a special performance created specifically for Minneapolis with Youth Farm's Marcus Kar and the Quiet Resistance, featuring Spoken Word by Humda Honi Yusuf.

Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir is a New York City based radical performance community, with 50 performing members and a congregation in the thousands.

They are wild anti-consumerist gospel shouters and Earth-loving urban activists who have worked with communities on four continents defending community, life and imagination. The Devils over the 15 years of their “church” have remained the same: Consumerism and Militarism. In this time of the Earth’s crisis - we are especially mindful of the extractive imperatives of global capital. Their activist performances and concert stage performances have always worked in parallel.

The activism is content for the play. The Choir’s Director for all performances is Savitri D. The Choir has won several awards including an OBIE Award, the Alpert Award, The Dramalogue Award and The Historic Districts Council’s Preservation Award (for leading demonstrations to save Manhattan’s Poe House), and half of their singing activists have been jailed, most frequently during Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter. Reverend Billy has been arrested over 70 times. The choir employ multiple strategies, including cash register exorcisms, retail interventions, and cell phone operas.

Outdoors, they have performed in Redwood forests, between cars in traffic jams at the entrance to the Holland Tunnel, on the Staten Island Ferry, at Burning Man and Times Square and Coney Island, and on the roof of Carnegie Hall in a snowstorm. Under Savitri’s direction, the choir has released CD’s, books and TV shows, among them the eight episodes of The Last Televangelist, created with shooter-editor Glenn Gabel. In 2007 they co-produced with Morgan Spurlock the acclaimed film What Would Jesus Buy? - appearing on over 100 screens nationally and which has been broadcasted on Sundance Channel.

The Stop Shopping Choir is a diverse array of economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds and has members from every continent except Antarctica, which they’re working on. Among them are scientists, teachers,artists, therapists, welders, cyclists, builders, developers, hairdressers, dog walkers, actors, truck drivers, tech geeks, scholars and executives. The Choir has toured in Europe, Africa, South America and throughout North America, and appears for most of the year on a regular Sunday service schedule at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater.