Friday, December 09, 2011

Rock 'n Roll Holidays

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I glean fascinating information at my weekly Stitch 'n Bitch meeting. I do LOVE my SnB group! We're a collection of all ages, races and religions with a common love for all things yarny. Yarn is a powerful connector.
Last night, Lauren was talking about a program at her local church, Hollywood United Methodist. She had recently seen a presentation called "Beatles Nativity." Here's the description from the website:

BOTH - A Beatles Nativity.
BOTH is a new musical that tells the s
tory of the Nativity using 23 Beatles songs: Not a single word is changed! The story is told by Father McKenzie and a cast of 16 (including Mary, Joseph, Gabriel, 3 Wise Men, Angels, Shepherds, The Taxman and King Herod) plus a Gospel Choir. The book of the show is written by Hollywood United Methodist Church member Mark Wilson, with musical arrangement by Jason Paige. The show will be performed in the HUMC Sanctuary December 7th, 9th and 10th at 8pm. Tickets are 'pay what you can'.

Oooooo...this sounds like my kind of show. Larry and I will be attending tonight's performance.
I'm not a religious person. Culturally, I am Jewish. However, I do love the "theater" of it all! Attending a church service for a performance has always been one of my favorite things to do. Churches are generally beautiful buildings, often with much architectural history attached. Think about the "Glory of Easter" and the "Glory of Christmas" at the Crystal Cathedral in the old days. WOW! Those were amazing shows. Los Angeles religious leaders like Aimee Semple McPherson and her Angelus Temple, Kathryn Kuhlman broadcasting from the Shrine Auditorium and Miss Velma all had a charismatic hold on many in this City.

Sister Aimee
Kathryn Kuhlman
Miss Velma

You can view a video of Miss Velma, soaring above her congregation, dressed as an angel as an example of her impressive theatrics. You can also check out one of her special Christmas Extravaganzas here. I was lucky enough to attend a couple of Miss Velma's Christmas services in the mid-1990's. There were more local musicians in the "congregation" than at a local show at the House of Blues! We were all studying Miss Velma's extensive entertainment expertise.
Think about it, attending a concert or rock performance can be a religious experience. Entertainment and religion go hand-in-hand in Hollywood! Have a fabulous weekend!

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At 12:25 PM PST, Anonymous Richard Henderson said...

Timely, witty, entertaining, educative and most of all consistent - this is how all blogs should be. You da bomb, Miz Ellen.

At 12:29 PM PST, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Oh Richard! Pshaw!! You do go on!! thanks!

At 12:32 PM PST, Anonymous Suzette said...

Uh, okay, I'm watching the Miss Velma video and feel like I've been transported to some surreal plane of existence. WTH??? I'd never heard of her. What a wacky show. Ellen, you have truly seen it ALL!!!

At 1:58 PM PST, Blogger Jo said...

is it true United Methodists have more fun?

At 2:04 PM PST, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Hahahaha! Jo! Yup, Methodist and Presbyterians seem to have the most fun!!

At 7:52 PM PST, Blogger OksanaB said...

Thanks for telling us about this performance. Now I am curious :-))


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