Over the past several years, Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Choir have made holiday visits to Joe’s Pub, and this year is no exception. On Sundays at 2:00 p.m. from now through December 23, they’ll be offering their freewheeling Love, No Border service at the Public Theater’s club — a production of their own joyous, satiric/serious brand of contemporary gospel and preaching. “Radical Showbiz, we got it! Don’t underestimate the power of fellowship in these strange, troubling times,” they note at their web site, and they’re right. It’s a kid-friendly show; all ages are welcome, and Joe’s Pub will drop their table minimum for this production, as they usually do.
This year, it’s personal. Love No Border “refers to the detainment of courageous Stop-Shopping Choir member, director of the New Sanctuary Coalition — and victim of Trump-era fear-mongering — Ravi Ragbir. Ravi and four other immigrant choir members of the troupe have either been forcibly deported or are actively fighting to stay,” the Rev reports, and “throughout the five weeks of the Joe’s shows, the Church of Stop Shopping will continue to offer concerts and prayers to undocumented families currently under sanctuary protection inside New York City churches.”
If you’re going to get religion this holiday season, then, it’s a great idea to get it at Joe’s Pub — it’s a Hunka family holiday tradition, and we’ll be there. Tickets and more information here.