Nellie McKay: A Holiday-ish Concert- A Fundraiser for the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew


Thursday December 8 7:30 pm.

SPSA Box Office opens at 6:00 pm
Silent Auction 6:30- 7:00 pm
Doors Open at 7:00 pm

$50 General Admission
$25 Students/Seniors
$100 Preferred Seating*
$250 Premium Seating*

*Premium & Preferred tickets include post-performance reception with the artist.

The New Yorker has warily described McKay as funny and touching, ceaselessly clever and scarily talented.

McKay co-created and starred in the award-winning off-Broadway hit Old Hats and has written three acclaimed musical biographies – I Want to Live!, the story of Barbara Graham, the third woman executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin, Silent Spring: It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature, an exploration of environmental pioneer Rachel Carson, and A GIRL NAMED BILL – The Life and Times of Billy Tipton, named one of the Best Concerts of 2014 by The New York Times.

A recipient of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Humanitarian Award in recognition of her dedication to animal rights, Nellie is an annoyingly vocal advocate for feminism, civil rights and other deeply felt progressive ideals. She is currently part of the campaign to get horse-drawn carriages off the streets of New York City.

Nellie has released six full-length albums, including Normal As Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day (“among the killer overhauls of American standards – The New York Times) and her latest, My Weekly Reader, music of the 60s produced by Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick ([;Nellie]; manifests more historical grasp than any psych band yet to show its hand. Robert Christgau).

She has won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum in the Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera and performed onscreen in the films PS I Love You and Downtown Express, as well as writing original music for the Rob Reiner film Rumor Has It and contributing to the Emmy-winning documentary, Gasland.

Nellie contributed the forward to the 20th anniversary edition of The Sexual Politics of Meat, by Carol J. Adams. Her writing has also appeared in The Onion, Interview and The New York Times Book Review.

Nellie will be sprinkling some holiday songs throughout her repertoire as a way to welcome the season and help raise funds for the preservation of St. Paul and St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church’s historic, landmarked building. There will be a silent auction from 6:30 – 7:00 pm. Check the church’s Web site at for an advance view of items as they come in.

St. Paul and St. Andrew UMC is a diverse, progressive, welcoming and growing congregation dedicated to serving God through worship, fellowship, and action. Rooted in Manhattans Upper West Side but taking the world as our parish, we are known for our work for racial, economic and environmental justice, interfaith action, and radical hospitality and inclusiveness. Energized by a dynamic worshiping congregation of all ages and professions, SPSA has emerged as a center for community action and engagement, launching an emergency food pantry, homeless shelter, after school tutoring program and meals on wheels deliveries for the elderly while partnering with congregations of other denominations and faiths, theater and arts groups and social justice advocacy groups to build a more just and peaceful world.

Tickets available online at:
For concert and auction info call: 212-362-3179

Holiday-ish Concert Dec 11 at 7:30

Suzzy Roche
Lucy Wainwright Roche
Loudon Wainwright III
Julie Gold
and friends…

This has been a GREAT holiday tradition over the past couple of years, and this year’s show will be wonderful!
And we’re thrilled that these Grammy-winning, song-spinning artists are uniting to benefit St Paul & St Andrew!

Dec 11, 2014 7:30 PM in the SANCTUARY.
Tickets can be purchased at most SPSA events including services with no service fees as well as at:

$30 General Admission
$20 Student/Senior/Limited Income Discount
$100 Preferred Seating: includes Benefit Reception and Listing in Program
$250 Premium Seating: includes Benefit Reception and Listing in Program

Suzzy Roche, an original member of The Roches, has been singing for most of her life. Together with sisters Maggie and Terre, the Roches recorded thirteen albums.  Their beloved Christmas recording We Three Kings is a perennial favorite. Lucy Wainwright Roche was born into two influential musical families, the Wainwrights and the Roches.  Since 2007, Lucy has released two EPs and two studio albums (“Lucy” and “There’s a Last Time for Everything”). Their Holiday-ish Show is a thoughtful musical journey that includes some Roches’ style holiday cheer as well as material from two lifetimes of writing, singing and performing.  Joining them for this special concert will be Lucy’s father, Loudon Wainwright III and Special Guests, including Julie Gold and Ira Glass.

Loudon Wainwright III is a Grammy winning singer-songwriter, musician, actor and humorist. Over the years he has recorded over twenty-five albums, scored films and theatre productions, acted in numerous films and television shows. His latest release is a digital album “Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet)”.

Julie Gold is a NY songwriter best known for Bette Midler’s version of her song “From a Distance”, which won the Grammy for Song of the Year in 1991. Artists such as Nanci Griffith, Patti LaBelle, Patti Lupone, Lea Solonga, Andrea Marcovicci, Carol Woods, Sinead O’Conner and Kathie Lee Gifford have recorded her songs. She has four CDs documenting her work over the years: Dream Loud, Try Love, The Girl I Found and Love is Love is Love.

Dec 11, 2014 7:30 PM in the SANCTUARY.
Tickets can be purchased at most SPSA events including services with no service fees as well as at:

The Inklings of Activity

It is January, and the face of the earth is barren and dead. A blizzard is sweeping across the city as I write, the temperature dropping into the inhospitable negatives. Outwardly, this appears to be the most lifeless time of the year. Inwardly, however, it is the most lively: the soil is a hotbed of activity as seeds prepare to unfurl, wriggling, growing and trading information with the soil and each other.

Likewise, the SP&SA Green Team is preparing for an abundant season of new activity and life.

A current of view of Riverside Park.

A current of view of Riverside Park.

After months of discussion, our DSNY Organics composting project kicks off this Spring. With the results of a recent energy audit, we have the information we need to improve our energy efficiency. Connections with other community groups, such as Earth Matter and the Broadway Green Alliance, promise a wealth of activities and events.

– We prepare for an informational meeting with DSNY, to be held the last week of January. Contact the Green Team if you wish to attend.
– We begin reaching out to local green groups. If you know of any, please let us know!