Pub Church w/ Simone Talma Flowers & Suzanna Choffel

Date and Time

Sunday, February 18th
5:30 PM

Location

Parish Hall, Episcopal Church of the Resurrection
2008 Justin Ln.
Austin, Texas 78757

Notes

Simone Talma Flowers is the Executive Director of Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT), whose mission is to cultivate peace and respect through interfaith dialogue, service and celebration. Bringing over 26 years of in non-profit management experience to the job, Talma Flowers advances this mission by breaking down the barriers that divide us (much like our work here at Front Porch!). Simone especially believes in the value and power of inclusiveness, which she sees as the common thread that strengthens any community. She is a member of the Austin Area Research Organization, Town Lake Chapter of the Links Incorporated and Impact Austin. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for; Community Advancement Network, serving as the 2017 Board Chair, Austin Housing Repair Coalition, One Voice Central Texas, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Texas Impact, National Coalition of Dialogue and Deliberation, and formally Urban Roots. Simone serves on the Mayor’s Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities and on the Mayor’s Health & Fitness Council. She has a BA in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration from St. Edward’s University.

 photo by Todd V. Wolfson Rolling Stone recently praised Suzanna Choffel as “one of the only singers…who has the sort of voice you’d want to listen to for an entire album.” It makes sense, since Choffel is one of those rare artists who has been “writing songs and playing piano [since] before Kindergarten.”  She played sax in high school, then added guitar, and performed in various bands while attending Texas State before earning a degree in musical technology from the College of Santa Fe. After a sojourn in Brazil, Choffel released Shudders & Rings, her first album, in 2007. In 2008, the track “Raincloud” earned 350,000 YouTube hits in 24 hours, causing the Statesman to name her Austin’s first YouTube superstar. In 2009, she was named Indie Artist of the Year at the Austin Music Awards. In addition to all of this, Suzanna notably appeared on season three of The Voice,  earned a major grant from Black Fret in 2017, and performed at the 2017 Women’s March participants at the Capitol, along with Wendy Colonna and other friends of the Porch.

Since 2012, The Front Porch has hosted pub church, complete with live music, food & drink, open conversation and Communion. This fall, we’ll meet each Sunday at 5:30 PM in the Parish Hall at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, partnering with Strange Land Brewery and local food donors to bring the pub to the church.

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