Thursday, December 23, 2010

Funeral Party for the Living to take place January 1, 2011 at 5pm

You could nap here!

"Funeral Party for the Living" will take place on New Year's Day at 5pm at 14 Pews. The event will include visitation and drinking, eulogy writing assistance, a funeral service open to the public to speak, sing, etc., a funeral sound procession created by the audience along with whatever instruments/sound makers they'd like to bring, a funeral pyre for burning symbolic items contributed by the public, and a funeral food pot luck and recipe swap, so bring a dish!

Funeral attire is encouraged.

This event is free and open to the public. Observers are welcome.

Contact info.:, 713-582-1198

For more info. visit:

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Organizer/host: Internationally unknown artist, Emily Sloan was born on April 1, 1983 outside of Beulah, Texas to John Bartholomew Sloan and Sue Nan Hoya Sloan. She presently survives and practices art inspired by healing and mourning rituals, longings, and social contexts. Outcomes include object making, performance, social involvement and spaces, and curating for unique venues including a contemporary art salon, The Kenmore: an exhibition object, and a secret gallery hidden behind a bookcase. In 2010, Sloan has had a solo show at Redbud Gallery in Houston, Texas; Napping Affects Performance (NAP), a participation and performance project at Art League Houston which is ongoing in Houston, east Texas, and upstate New York; Wash, a public, all day performance hosted by Gallery 1724 (Houston); organized a Salon des Refus├ęs; and founded the Universal Nap Church.

About 14 Pews: Located at 800 Aurora St., Houston, Texas 77009, this Houston landmark is the oldest white wooden church in the Heights. Built in 1924, it has housed the Sunset Heights Church of Christ, Aurora Picture Show, and is now home to 14 Pews. 14 Pews is a non-profit microcinema providing regular screenings of independent documentaries and feature films, along with 4 annual film festivals and several affordable film/video educational classes. For more information, please visit:

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Universal Nap Church

Breaking News: Napping Affects Performance has grown into a church! Beginning in January 2011, the Universal Nap Church will be having monthly nap gatherings.

Universal Nap Church is open to all faiths.

More to come!

Rebirth Ritual

"Rebirth" is a ritual event that took place at El Rincon Social on Sunday, November 14. A truck bed filled with blessed fluid was utilized for participants to be buried/submerged in and then reborn as part of a ritual of beginning anew.

The rebirthing process...

Photos courtesy of Michael Brims and Emily Sloan.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Napping at St. Rose in Albany, New York

Joan Horgan, sister of Mary Horgan a recipient of a Mobile Nap Delivery, has organized a community nap inspired by Napping Affects Performance at College of St. Rose in Albany, New York. The event took place on Thursday, November 18, 2010.

According to Joan, "It is amusing that when I mention the idea to adults on campus they look at me a little funny but the students jump all over it with excitement saying how much they can’t wait."

Joan will be sending pictures to post!