Saturday, March 30, 1-4 pm
Suggested $20 donation at the door ($15 if paid online) but no one will be turned away.
All sales benefit programs at the nonprofit United Palace of Cultural Arts
The first in a new series of arts and spirituality events hosted by the United Palace of Cultural Arts, "Xavier Presents - Spa for the Soul" features conversation, performance, meditation, and interactive opportunities focused on personal transformation led by Xavier Eikerenkoetter, Founder and President of UPCA.
The series begins with "Enchanting Your Life - Reclaiming the Soul's Gift of Artistry." Xavier will take audience members on a deep exploration of how the timeless myth of Orpheus can be used to transform their everyday lives. "The myth represents the artist's journey," Xavier Eikerenkoetter explains, "and each of us has a creative self who longs for this sojourn to retrieve your most personal, beloved lost treasure, to bring it back into your life."
Xavier, a life-long musician, will be accompanied by the Harambee Dance Company, a 25-member troupe of exceptionally skilled performers who have ignited audiences around the world with their electrifying West African dance and music.
In addition to his years as an artist, Xavier has over 30 years of experience as an ordained minister and Presiding Bishop of The United Palace Cathedral, which is a non-denominational, metaphysical church. With a degree in philosophy from Columbia, and a master's degree in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, he has trained extensively with both initiation and deep meditative techniques.
The "Spa for the Soul" series is presented under the aegis of The United Palace Of Cultural Arts (UPCA), incorporated in 2012 as a nonprofit cultural arts center at the United Palace. In recent months UPCA has hosted showcase events by local artists, community arts programs, the classical music Harmony Program inspired by El Sistema, the premiere of the movie "Trouble in the Heights," and the five-year anniversary concert of the Tony Award-winning musical "In the Heights."
The spectacular United Palace originally opened in 1930 as the Loew's 175th Street Theater, presenting vaudeville and "talking pictures" showcased by its breathtaking Thomas Lamb design, described by some as "Mayan neo-Classical".
In 1969, when many of New York City's grand movie theatres had been demolished or turned into multiplexes, the Palace was purchased, and preserved, by Reverend Ike, among the first televangelists, for his church. Xavier Eikerenkoetter is Rev. Ike's son. In recent years the Palace has hosted some of the world's top rock and Latin acts and been used for commercial, television, and movie shoots.
The United Palace is located at 4140 Broadway at W. 176th Street
It is 1-block from the 175th Street A-train station.
Parking on Broadway b/w 176th & 177th Streets.