Judson Memorial Church was built in 1890 with the vision of aiding Lower Manhattan’s growing immigrant population through social services in addition to religious ones, but it was in the mid-1960s that Judson earned its national reputation as a progressive church – both by organizing politically around social justice issues and opening the church to experimental, avant-garde artists from many genres (dance, painting, theatre). The Artists Den hosted an intimate performance in the famous Lombardo-Romanesque building by multi-platinum songstress Alanis Morissette, who gave a taste of her new album, Flavors of Entanglement, on the eve of its release.
A dozen years after her stunning debut, Jagged Little Pill – an album that won four Grammys and sold an unthinkable 30 million copies – Alanis Morissette remains not only an enduringly popular artist, but one whose success stems from a fierce commitment to authenticity and, to an equal extent, vulnerability. These traits enabled the Canadian-American singer-songwriter to reach new ground with her latest album, Flavors of Entanglement (Warner Bros. Records).
To learn more about Alanis, visit www.alanismorissette.com.
Judson Memorial Church, which occupies a 119-year-old building in Greenwich Village, defines itself as a sanctuary for progressive activism and artistic expression. While affiliated with the American Baptist Churches and United Church of Christ, the congregation draws its 200 members from a variety of religious traditions. Besides Sunday worship and Sunday School, its current programs include work with the New Sanctuary Movement for immigrant rights and a community ministers program that trains future clergy on how to involve congregations in social-change activities. Judson also continues its long history of hosting post-modern arts, peace action, women’s reproductive rights, and gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender events.