Maybe Reverend Billy Was Right All Along...

billyrightsmall.jpgWe've long been of two minds regarding the Reverend Billy -- is he a self-promoting shyster or a genuine visionary? A craven scam artist or a breilliant performance artist? Last winter we did have a delightful time shopping with him in the East Village -- he's a guy who's very hard not to like in person -- and this season, what with the spectacular downturn in the economy, his message of "Stop Shopping! "(which we hate) seems, alas, more prescient than ever.

Which is to say: Instead of going to department stores on Sunday, you might consider joining Billy and his 40-voice Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, who, according to an email missive, "Will fill your heart with holiday buylessness," at Dixon Place. Hear their new hit single: "Not A Lotta Shoppin' Goin' On!'"

The event is in honor of Jdimytai Damour, who was trampled to death on Black Friday at Wal-Mart.

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