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December 2010
A Special Hello From the Ripley-Griers
Butch, Patricia, and Jeannie Season's Greetings!
Have a joyful and fun Holiday, and a healthy and prosperous New Year!
Thank you to all our clients, staff and friends as we begin our 24th year together!

Love and Peace,

                                            Patricia Ripley and Butch Grier
Great December Deals, Great Holiday Causes, and FREE COOKIES!

How many great movies are there about Christmastime in New York? As a kid growing up in the Midwest, I was pretty sure New York was where Christmas happened, and I KNEW it was where New Year's Eve happened. Then I moved here, witnessed the boozy miracle that is Santacon, and was cleansed of all doubt.

Since we know how lucky we are to be employed and living in the world's greatest city, every Holiday season we try to give back through our City Harvest food drive. Pick up a can or package on your way over next time and drop it in our collection box at the 520 building. It will be a gift to yourself, to someone who is hungry, and to the majesty of Our Fair City.

And to give back to YOU (the reason why we're here, after all) we are offering a whopping 40% off ALL STUDIOS from December 20th-31st. So get in some last-minute brush-ups for your holiday performances, or get a jump on January's classes and open calls.

Happy Hannukkah, Merry Christmas, Joyous Kwanzaa, Happy New Year, (try like heck to get in on ALL those if you can! That's what New York's all about!) OH! And don't forget to scroll down for info on my own Holiday event, Theatre Group Dzieci's Fools Mass (PDF).

-John Norman
Ripley-Grier Studios

Fools Mass
Presented by Dzieci - RG's Artists-in-Residence
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In Dzieci's living example of Holy Theatre, a group of medieval village idiots are forced to enact their own Mass, due to the untimely death of their beloved pastor.

Bursting with buffoonery and comic audience participation,

Fools Mass is balanced with lovely hymns and chants from the 8th to the 14th centuries, creating a seminal work that has been Dzieci's signature piece since 1998.

"Moving between the sublime and the ridiculous, drawing its audience through laughter toward participation and contemplation, the work resists being categorized as either theater or religion, becoming both at once in an event experienced by many as transformative." -The Encyclopedia of Religion 2nd Edition

"Dzieci is a wonderful example of the spiritual intensity possible when theatre engages the age-old mysteries of faith and the human experience." - Canon Tom Miller, Cathedral St. John the Divine

Fools Mass will be presented at a variety of sacred and secular spaces this December. Please visit Dzieci's Website for more information.

And The Loyalty Award Goes To...
shorin ryu You can't give a company a greater compliment than sticking with them for a quarter-century. Max Crevani, an expert instructor in the Shorin-Ryu style of Karate, has been with Ripley-Grier (which was then called New York Spaces) since we started in 1985, back when Butch Grier and Patricia Ripley were still calling their little four-studio business "home" as well as "work", sleeping on a futon in the back office. Max moved in after losing his lease on a space across 72nd street, snagged up some prime slots in our studio #2R at RG72, and has been there ever since. A lifelong New Yorker, Max knows all about hanging on to a sweet spot. Such longevity also speaks well for Max's expertise in his field. If you are interested in learning more about Shorin-Ryu, contact Max at this email address. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday nights and Saturday afternoons. Ages 7 and up are welcome.
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What Would Santa Do?
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Please help us feed New York's hungry this holiday season. Drop off non-perishable items in the 16th floor elevator lobby at 520 8th ave. There is no purer show of love, than to feed someone who is hungry. More info at

Holiday Giggles
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Come see our very own Desiree Nash in her "one lady" show, Check Please! December 30th, 9:30pm at the PIT . For more info, visit Dez's website

Low-Stress Gifting!
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Shakira Moran, our Employee of the Season, has great gifts and custom gift baskets for everyone on your list. Contact her at 718-902-5332 or visit her website.

Holiday Bazaar Part Two!
Patricia Ripley will be hosting a Holiday Bazaar Gift Sale on Friday December 17th from 1030am to 330pm at Ripley-Grier Studios 16th floor lobby.  A great selection of CD's, vintage couture fashions,  jewelry, and Feng Shui items.  A percentage of the profits to go to City Harvest.
You've been very good this year. You deserve a cookie. Print this out and bring it to the Cafe at 520 8th ave anytime in the month of December for a free, fresh-baked cookie! Limit one per customer per visit.

Offer Expires: 1/1/11