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Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir to visit Swarthmore

Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir

LPAC Theater, Swarthmore College

Saturday, April 2, 2011

7:00 PM

Join Reverend Billy’s Earthalujah! show on Saturday April 2 in LPAC . This is a show unlike any you’ve seen before, a hybrid sermon/song/carnivalesque extravaganza that you won’t soon forget. The show is family friendly but big bank deadly, especially the ones that finance CO-2 emissions through mountaintop removal, hydro-fracking, super malls and shipping sweatshop products long distances with fossil fuel-burning engines. In the Church of Earthalujah we escape the old fundamentalist god but find life itself funny, scary, and it makes the 35 voice Stop Shopping Gospel Choir want to sing and shout!

Reverend Billy is an internationally known anti-corporate and environmental activist. While he mimics the hyperventilating, white-suit, Elvis-hairdo televangelist persona, he preaches a message altogether different from your typical Reverend. Billy and his gospel choir perform street and traditional theater to communicate a positive message of community empowerment, environmental sustainability and social change. Reverend Billy crosses typical genre barriers and blurs the barriers between life, performance and activism in a way that has not been experienced on campus. The Church also stages spirited theatrical interventions to support creative campaigns for social justice, and has recently been pressuring banks to divest from Mountaintop Removal coal mining in Appalachia.

Presented by Mountain Justice with the generous support of the SBC Fun Fund, FFS, Drama Board, Cooper Serendipity Fund, Environmental Studies, Sociology/Anthropology, Peace and Conflict Studies, Music, Political Science and the Lang Center.