By Jennifer Maerz

For the past three years, The Lost Church has been one of those special, semi-secret Mission venues that survives on word of mouth about its killer shows and the relentless vision of its owners. The Capp St. live music and performance space, which was initially the creation of a conceptual artist and then became an installation gallery, now looks like something out of a Tom Waits video, with the soft glow of Edison bulbs framing a stage decked out in red velvet curtains. I've seen some amazing shows there – the rambling, musical wit of Sonny Smith and the cozy country croon of Paula Frazer – and the intimate room really has as much character as the guests it hosts, especially when viewed from the second floor balcony. 

Owners Brett and Elizabeth Cline, the creative married couple behind The Lost Church, recently announced that they're closing in order to go legit (i.e. renovate, make things ADA compliant, etc.) and they've launched an Indiegogo campaign to source the $40,000 they need to stick around. The campaign ends on June 7th, which means they have five more days to raise $10,000. Various levels of donations earn guests everything from tickets to the grand (re)opening party to private shows for you and your buddies – but best of all, those dollars help keep Capp St. weird and offer another underground space for creative types to grab a small spotlight. 

Photos by Joseph Schell for this story about The Lost Church

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