Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Somerville Resident Promotes Jimmy Tingle Event--First Church/ Boston-April 29, 2011

“Jimmy Tingle event promoted by

Somerville resident”

On April 29th, locally-raised, nationally-known humorist Jimmy Tingle will perform at an event at First Church in Boston (located at 66 Marlborough Street). Union Square resident Kirk Etherton is doing his best to make sure there isn’t a single empty seat.

Etherton, who used to do stand-up comedy at “Jimmy Tingle’s Off-Broadway” theater in Davis Square, often goes to First Church. He was first attracted by the “thought-provoking sermons and diverse music” broadcast every Sunday morning on 88.9 FM, the Emerson College station.

“Jimmy is a great social comic—and a great person,” says Kirk. “Whether it’s on national TV or a local stage, he connects with audiences on a personal level. And of course, he’s hilarious.” Kirk is promoting the event in a variety of ways; he’s also gotten some of his favorite businesses and artists to donate some fine things for the auction portion of the evening.

Items up for bid will include: a one-hour therapeutic massage from Massage Therapy Works in Davis Square; dinner for two at Tamarind House and The Middle East Restaurant; plus books from award-winning poets such as Richard Hoffman, C.D. Collins, and Kathleen Spivack. (Also, a member of First Church is donating two excellent Red Sox tickets.)

The most unusual offering is a private concert, from mezzo-soprano Katarzyna Sadej and pianist Mark McNeill. “By chance, I recently saw them in a recital,” says Etherton. “Their performance was so powerful and sublime, I felt like I might float out of my seat.” Sadaj and McNeill have performed around the world, including Carnegie Hall.

Kirk is donating his time because of the focus of First Church. “They emphasize community and cooperation—locally and beyond. They support lots of important causes. like Boston youth programs, rebuilding Haiti, etc. So when the Senior Minister asked if I’d help out with this ‘fun fundraiser’ for the church—and told me Jimmy Tingle was involved—I couldn’t say no.”

Kirk has a special thanks for Master Printing & Signs in Union Square, which “did a great job of printing the poster for the event—and also helped me design it.”

The April 29th event begins at 6:30 pm, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres (and a cash bar). The “show” starts at 8:00 pm with music by the Harvard LowKeys, a co-ed a cappella group.

Tickets are just $25 in advance ($30 at the door). You can call 617. 267-6730 or email: office@firstchurchboston.org.

Proceeds will benefit First Church in Boston (Unitarian Universalist), founded in 1630.

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