Jul 16, 2014

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced the latest additions to its “Voices United” series of events. Highlights include performances by some of the top artists in the entertainment industry.Highlights include:

New York City: Lewis Black, Kate Clinton and Lizz Winstead  - “Comedy, Conversation & Controversy” will be held at the 92nd Street YMCA’s Kaufmann Concert Hall in New York City on Sept. 8. Noted comedian and edgy critic Black joins Clinton and Winstead for a special event that will combine social commentary with humor. Tickets start at $45 and are available for purchase at the 92nd Street Y’s website. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Los Angeles: Sarah Silverman and Friends - Acclaimed comedian Sarah Silverman will host the second annual “Sarah Silverman & Friends” benefit at the Largo in Los Angeles, Calif, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 and are available for purchase on the Largo’s website. Seat assignments begin at 6, and doors will open for drinks at 7.

Washington, D.C.: Ani DiFranco, David Wilcox and Melissa Ferrick - Noted singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco will join David Wilcox and Melissa Ferrick at the Lincoln in Washington, D.C., Nov. 17. Tickets are $50, and are available for purchase on the Lincoln’s website. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Chevy Chase, M.d.: Catie Curtis and John Gorka - Catie Curtis and John Gorka will perform a special concert at the home of the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, in Chevy Chase, M.d., Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35 and seating is limited, so people are encouraged to purchase tickets early on Americans United’s website.

Church-state issues have dominated the news lately. In May, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that municipal governments may open meeting with prayers, even if most of them are Christian. The following month, the high court said that certain closely held corporations may exclude birth control from employee health-care plans if the owners object on religious grounds. The ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores has sparked widespread outrage.“The wall of separation between church and state is being steadily eroded by zealots who disagree with the wisdom of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison,” said AU’s Lynn.“Through Voices United,” Lynn continued, “we’ll use a blend of music and comedy to spur activism and increase awareness. Attendees will be entertained while they’re educated.”

Other events in Ann Arbor, Nashville, and the San Francisco Bay Area will be announced shortly.