Reverend Billy's Tent Revival: Victoria's Dirty Secret in the South Street Seaport

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Reverend Billy, the 33 voice Stop Shopping Gospel Choir and seven piece Not Buying It Band at the South Street Seaport Spiegeltent in August and September. The Church will take on what it believes are the deforestation practices of Victoria's Secret for the debut show.

Reverend Billy will take on Victoria's Secret for the debut of his new run of Fabulous Worships, which take place inside a supermall. The South Street Seaport houses almost 100 shops, many of them non-local, non-union sweatshop companies. The Seaport epitomizes the suburbanization of New York City.

Working with Forest Ethics, the Reverend and Stop Shopping Gospel Choir will preach and sing about how Victoria's Secret produces a million catalogs a day with paper from clear-cut, boreal forests in Canada. There is a Victoria's Secret store located at the South Street Seaport, barely 50 feet from Reverend Billy's tent.

Speaking about the area surrounding his venue, the Reverend commented "Without the grace of the Brooklyn Bridge or the aromatic memory of the Fulton Fish Market, how would people know they were in Manhattan?" The Church of Stop Shopping will "bring New York to New York through this beautiful, old-fashioned circus tent on the pier: a Local Paradise."

Who and what: Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir stage tent revival at downtown tourist destination.

Where: The Spiegeltent at Pier 17, South Street Seaport, Downtown New York City

When: Sundays at 2 p.m.: August 6, 13, 20, 27; September 17, 23; October 1 and a special show September 11 at 6 p.m.

Directions: Take the jmz, 456, ace to Broadway/Nassau/Fulton

Ticket info: $15/$12 in advance. Reservations, information and $10 discount tickets available at

The Church of Stop Shopping Statement of Belief: Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir believe that consumerism is overwhelming peoples' lives; we celebrate local economies, strong communities and peace.


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