It's strange worship with Off-Off-Broadway's own evangelist, Reverend Billy. He plans to hold services on community-activist themes for the month of March at the Salon. Each church meeting will have its own sermon and music from the Macky Dees Gospel Choir.
March 5, the sins of cyberspace will be the subject of "Momma I been Dot Commed." A new Church of Stop Shopping saint will be canonized that night with the recognition of fine graffiti artist Andre Charles, whose recent rendering of Jean Michel Basquiat at Bleecker and Lafayette was painted over by the NoHo Business Improvement District. March 12th's sermon will be "You Can't Kill The Theatorium," followed by "A Garden Called Esperanza" (March 19) and "Sewing and Stuffing Mickey (Sweatshop Boogie)" (March 26).
Aside from gospel music, each service will have traditional readings of the "word," including the wise sayings of, say, Rachel Carson and John Muir on the subject of gardens. Following these services, the congregation will follow the choir out of the church and commit some kind of political action based on the night's sermon.
Tickets are $15, $9 for Church members. The Salon Theater is located at 45 Bleecker Street at Lafayette. For reservations, call (212) 358-5181. The Reverend Billy is on the web at http://www.revbilly.com.
-- By Christine Ehren