April 15, 2011 —
The Church of Earthalujah, featuring Reverend Billy and the 35-voice “Stop Shopping Gospel Choir” will honor local artist/activist Sabrina Artel with “Fabulous Sainthood” on April 17, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The Church of Earthalujah is part theater piece, part church service and part performance art. Its website describes it as: “Family friendly but big bank deadly, The Church of Earthalujah condemns the corporate exploiters and polluters of the world — especially the ones that spew CO-2 through mountaintop removal, hydro-fracking, super malls and shipping sweatshop products long distances with fossil fuel-burning engines.”
For the last eight years, Sabrina Artel has been traveling the country with her 1965 BeeLine travel trailer in which she collects stories from any who join her around the cozy kitchen table topped with homemade brownies.
Artel produces a weekly radio show from recorded interviews at events and Main Streets across the country, combining theater, activism and broadcast journalism. She lives atop the Marcellus Shale in the NY Catskills in Sullivan County, in a region targeted for natural gas extraction. With her Frack Talk Shale Project, Artel explores all aspects of the controversial issues related to the Marcellus Shale.
The service will celebrate the activism of both Artel and The Yes Men, the famed pranksters who infiltrate the “fortified compounds of commerce, and then smuggle out the stories of their undercover escapades to provide a public glimpse at the behind-the-scenes world of big business.”
The event will be held at Theatre 80 in NYC's East Village at 80 St. Marks Place, (tickets are $10, but no one will be turned away) and can also be viewed live at www.revbilly.com/events/church-of-earthalujah