We’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 brilliant 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.