He's been taking a rest since Christmas, but Reverend Billy is back for a spring series of Stop Shopping messages at 45 Bleecker Theater. The Sunday night preachings, directed by Ralph Buckley, take place March 11 and 18 and April 1, 8 and 15.
These comic evening services will focus on the following topics: "Viva Charas! Viva Poe House!," with sainthoods bestowed on Chino Garcia and David Goldfarb (March 11), "WBAI/Free Speech and the Media Market" with Amy Goodman raised to sainthood (March 18), "They Paved the Piers and Put Up a Shopping Mall," protesting what the Reverand refers to as "the Hudson River Park Scam" (April 1), "Magical Children's Garden Vs. Luxury Tower on Ludlow" (April 8) and "The East Village Franchise-Free Zone", subtitled "Starbucks wants Williamsburg" (April 15).
Each performance will feature musical performances from Mother Dee Spencer, James Solomon Benn and Derrick McGinty. Bill Henry composed the music.
Reverend Billy's last crusade, held Dec. 16, took on New York University's plan to raze the Poe House, where the American poet completed "The Raven" in 1845, in order to build a new law school building. With the Church of Stop Shopping, Reverend Billy's projects have also included the Starbucks assault Starbucks Out of Hell's Kitchen, the famous Disney Store tirades, and events at the Brooklyn Museum, Esperanza Garden, RTMark and on streets and sidewalks across the city.