Sunday Assembly New York

Sunday, December 1st 2013 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, December 1st 2013 at 4:00 pm
New York Society for Ethical Culture - 2 W 64th St, Manhattan
WHERE: NYSEC Ceremonial Hall
WHAT: An hour that combines engaging speakers and toe tapping songs.
WHAT ELSE: Socializing, coffee and cookies after the event

This month's theme is STARS.

Speaker Guests:
Stephanie Douglas, Columbia Astronomy Public Outreach Program
Nelson Lugo, magician and Batman enthusiast
Hosted by Justina Walford, Sunday Assembly NYC
Music with Rachel Zevita

Sunday Assembly started in London only a year ago and has grown into a global movement. We are a god-free congregation that meets to hear inspiring talks, sing songs and celebrate the wonder of life with humor and spirit. Live better, help often and wonder more!

A little about our host, singer and speaker guests:
Hailing from Maryland, Stephanie Douglas comes from a family who loves science. Her parents are a biology teacher and a nurse, and her sister is a medical student. Stephanie laughs that her dad claims she "went to the dark side, where the numbers live". While at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, she was the recipient of the Claire Booth Luce Scholarship for Women in Physics and Astrophysics. She is now in the graduate program at Columbia University and part of the Astronomy Public Outreach Program.

Developed over 20 years, Nelson Lugo's performance style combines classic magic with a contemporary twist, an electrifying blend of modern theatricality and old school showmanship. A magician and host in the New York City underground cabaret scene, he co-hosts a monthly podcast called “The EPIC PIEcast” for and is the producer of a monthly magic/variety show called the “Conjurers’ Club.” Currently, he is writing/publishing a series of Steampunk children's books as well as staging a one-man-magic show called "Gathering the Magic".

Born in the Bronx, Rachel Zevita began singing & writing music at 4 years old; singing helped her learn to speak. Since attending the acclaimed LaGuardia High School, she has performed all over the world, singing with Josh Groban at Madison Square Garden, opening for Barenaked Ladies at the Beacon Theater, performing in Carnegie Hall with Hugh Masekela, and singing with a 30 piece big band in the Rose Room at the Jazz @ Lincoln Center grand opening. Two years ago, Zevita embarked on a world tour with Armed Forces Entertainment and was among the first performers to visit northern Japan after the 2011 Tsunami.

Justina Walford is a writer and performer from Los Angeles. Her love for writing and the stage has spawned six full length plays, numerous monologues and stories, and a feature film currently in post-production. In the early 2000's, she was the artistic director of Split.Id Theater Company in Hollywood. Currently, she is in pre-production for her next film and is working on a non-fiction book about being good in a world that loves being bad.