Liftoff / Next up: May 22 Serata Art Monastica

Posted by on May 19, 2010 in News, Performances | No Comments

Our debut was a great success!

We performed a vespers in the church in Labro, then the audience came to the monastery and had aperitivi in the courtyard while our musicians jammed. We then led them into theater, where co-founders Christopher & Betsy made a brief introduction to the Project, showed a video of what we’ve done the past, the mayor and few other dignitaries spoke, and we gave a sampling of the marvelous talents of the team: everything from strait-jacket escape accompanied by Shakespeare in Italian to an aerialist accompanied by live Hildegarde.

May 22nd, Click to expand

Between the courses at Cena Art Monastica (Art Monastic Dinner), we performed English madrigals, Gregorian chant, and jazz. Loads of people came, had a great time, and everyone seems to love us! We are inundated with invitations to perform at local festivals and private parties. There were two glowing substantial articles with photos in Rieti newspapers and, as a result, more people want to see a sampling of our talents again!

So, back by popular demand, come and see us this Saturday, May 22! It’s the same structure with new material, plus local performers.

  • 6:30pm Aperitivo hosted by Ristorante Ulisse w/ live music
  • 7pm Show in the Colle di Costa Theater
  • 8:00pm “Cena Art Monastica” at Ristorante Ulisse w/ live music


Not in Italy but still want to go to an Art Monastery event?

Get Me To a Nunnery!

A Benefit for Molly Freedenberg and the Art Monastery Project

Thursday, May 20, 2010

8pm-2am, $5-$50 donation


3372 19th St, San Francisco, CA



Summary: Mischievous monks and unconventional nuns are invited to a night of art, music, performance, and irreverence to benefit Molly Freedenberg’s upcoming stay on an art monastery in Italy. Performances include live bluesy rock by Wally Cutthroat Duo, funktastic beats by DJ , live painting by Nicole Schach, blasphemous burlesque, and sultry surprises. Costumes encouraged.

Background: The Art Monastery Project, the brainchild of two San Francisco artists and their community, is transforming an old Italian monastery into an international arts production house. Now in its fourth year, the project seeks to join artists and creatives with a variety of expertise and experience to apply the disciplined, contemplative, sustainable monastic way of living to the creative process.
Molly has been invited to join this year’s residents to share and explore a variety of talents and interests, including event production, choreography, dance/movement, writing, singing, and piano. Her (ambitious, but not impossible) goal is to raise at least $1000 by June 1, and $2000 by the end of the summer.

For more info, contact Molly at missmollydiane@gmail.com or (805) 216-6550, or visit her blog about this process at www.mollytheism.wordpress.com.

And finally, Molly’s SECOND event:

Get Me To a Nunnery! Part 2

May 27th at Bollyhood in SF


$10 suggested donation,

dance, live music!

Stay tuned to www.mollytheism.wordpress.com to learn about this AND next week’s benefit!

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