The Room is Spinning

Last night I attended the Temple of Understanding benefit at the posh University Club on the UES. Whirling dervishes, Bahai chants, a klezmer band, a praying Yogi, Coleman Bark's hipster Rumi poems over cello and circle drum, a Lebanese scholar reciting Gibrhan, a giggling Cokie Roberts -- all were on stage at one time or another....I sat with Sister Joan Kirby, an Episcopal priest, and some donors who couldn't make heads or tales of the evenings lineup.