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Trick and Treat with Dandy Darkly

October 26, 2011 6:49 pm0 comments

altIt was a dark and stormy night…..in Greenwich Village. An evil force lurked in the bathroom stalls of gay bars and the Satanic influences of Hell’s Kitchen were seeping in, certain to ruin tomorrow morning’s brunch. But fear not. Dandy Darkly, of 13 Gay Street, is the bitchiest and most fabulous gay exorcist since Linda Blair puked pea soup and put the crucifix you know where.  Night after night he does battle with the demons of New York, bitch-slapping them back to the netherworld from which they came. And now Provincetown needs his help!
Dandy Darkly is fearlessly taking his fierce phantom fighting powers to perhaps the most haunted and storied dark region of Provincetown – the Dick Dock – where he will regale the crowd with his slightly sleazy ghost stories, told with the traditional flashlight to the chin on Friday, October 28 at 8 p.m. 
“This is going to be a fabulous trick and treat session with some Halloween prizes,” says Darkly with a sinister laugh of his old-school Halloween party ghost stories meets the spirit of Charles Nelson Reilly.
Dandy Darkly is actually the invention of actor and writer Neil Arthur James who created the fey folk hero in 2008 with his Web-based stories modeled after the British Victorian “penny dreadfuls,” and influenced by the occult obsession of the era, as well as South American folk stories, American pop culture, and gay camp.  Born and raised in Cedartown, Georgia, James is also heavily influenced by Southern gothic folk tales, especially campfire ghost stories his grandfather told him when he was a young boy.

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Gender Play

October 11, 2011 5:00 am0 comments

alt“This group,” says Leighsa Burgin of All The Kings Men, “started completely by mistake.”
It’s an interesting opening conversational gambit. How, exactly?
 “Some of us who were in the drag-king community in Boston were regularly going to these drag-king slams—they were similar to the open-mic poetry slams that go on,” Burgin says. “And then one day a promoter, Kristin Porter—she does Dyke Night—wanted to get us to do some shows. So we said, ‘oh, are we going to be a group, then?’”
They were, and still are, ten years later: with a cast that is continuously evolving, All The Kings Men continues to entertain people at every point on the GLBT spectrum. This year they were named one of GO Magazine’s “100 Women We Love” and were also nominated for a GO Nightlife award (for which fans can still vote online, Burgin is quick to add!). The performers use pop-cultural satire, burlesque, comedy, dance, and a host of alter egos to address and upend gender issues in a show that leaves audiences smiling … and, sometimes, thinking.

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Lusty Ladies Sip From The Well of Sin: Provincetown Cares Brings Pulp! to P’town

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altImagine yourself as a regular in a lesbian cabaret in the mid-1950s, when a new girl from the Women’s Air Corps comes to town… now, what happens next? That’s what you’ll find out when Provincetown Cares presents Pulp!, a witty musical comedy that parodies the gender-bending lesbian pulp novels of the 50s and 60s, with fast dialogue, dramatic songs, and moments of tenderness woven in between.
The Well is a steaming-hot Chicago lesbian cabaret where women share lurid crushes, longings, loves, and adventures over cocktails and jazz. Terry arrives from the Air Corps, running away from a bad romance, and absolute hilarity ensues, with couplings onstage at the cabaret… and offstage in the women’s personal lives as well. At night they live the life of The Well; but in the daytime, audiences will see stories about women who are, fundamentally, friends.
The play is produced by Provincetown Cares, which puts on an annual benefit for women’s health-care services, what founder and director Lynn d’Angona calls “community organizing at its finest.” She and several other local individuals began the venture four years ago. “I had a desire to pay it forward. I had friends with breast cancer, and I wanted to do something about it… I asked myself, ‘What can I do? What am I good at? Okay, I’m a filmmaker – so I can put on a show!’”
Michelle Crone, one of the organizers of the first Provincetown Cares show, smiles when asked about it. “We produced it at the UU that first year,” she says. “And then went on to the Art House. The show was always sold out, from the second year onward.” D’Angona was overwhelmed by the response to what started as a simple idea. “The idea was that Provincetown is my home, and I really wanted to repurpose Women’s Week, open it up to doing a good thing, entertain, raise money, and bring a few more people to town,” she says.

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Good Golly Miss Molly!

October 4, 2011 5:00 am0 comments

altMolly Dykeman has the mind of a child genius, the mouth of a moron, and a haircut that looks like Chewbacca got a perm.  And she just may be the smartest person in the room.
Dykeman is a poet and an unlicensed security guard at P.S. 339 in Brooklyn. In between snacking on chicken fingers, avoiding work, and chasing the ladies, Dykeman hops on the subway from her Bay Ridge home to downtown Manhattan to perform her unique form of burlesque poetry for adoring fans blinded by both her sublime use of words and her fluorescent orange safety vest.
While the spirit of Molly is based in people we probably all know, she is a character created by actress and comedian Andrea Alton, who will bring Ms. Dykeman to Provincetown as part of the Bulldyke Chronicles, an evening of edgy and hip lesbian burlesque and comedy at the Art House hosted by downtown New York legend Shelly Mars.  This one-night-only show features characters and acts from Mars, as well as surprise guests, and a special featured spotlight for Molly Dykeman. An evening with Molly is a hilariously compelling night of poetry and performance from a woman with sharp insights dulled by Percocet, cheap beer, and a lazy eye.
Alton enjoyed a sold-out run of her show The F*cking World According to Molly at the New York International Fringe Festival in August, garnering rave reviews.  While Alton has performed in Provincetown before, this marks the debut for Molly.

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Special Delivery: Poppy Champlin Comes Home to the Post Office Cabaret

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altPoppy Champlin has a new attitude, a new address, and a new girlfriend. Things are coming up roses for Poppy.
After 15 years in Los Angeles, Champlin made the move back to her home state of Rhode Island and is finding her niche in the ever competitive field of stand-up comedy.  Ever since leaving LaLa Land she’s been touring the country both with her solo stand up show as well as her Queer Queens of Qomedy, an all-lesbian comedy revue. And this Women’s Week, Champlin is making a homecoming when she plays the Post Office Cabaret, the venue that gave her the break she needed to start her career ten years ago.
“The Post Office was the beginning for me,” says Champlin.  “I am so glad they are having me back. I’m very indebted to them. I can’t say thank you to the Post Office enough.”

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REVIEW: Kate Clinton’s Lady HAHA CD

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altKate Clinton had a nightmare, a terrifying nightmare.
“I had a nightmare where Ann Coulter was going down on me,” says Clinton on her Lady HAHA CD, eliciting loud groans and shrieks from the audience. “I know! I thought ‘Anything to shut her up!’”
Recorded live at the Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria, Virginia, on the last stop of her 2010 Lady HAHA tour, Clinton’s latest CD is a pitch perfect response to the absurdities spewed forth by the Republican Party, the Vatican, Sarah Palin, and the Tea Party. Buy a copy for yourself to stay sane in this insane
   political climate and buy a copy for your conservative relatives for the holidays just to piss them off.
For almost 30 years Clinton has been a comedic liberal voice of sanity, intelligence, and thoughtfulness in a frenzied world of sound bytes and Rupert Murdoch orchestrated infotainment, a world where talentless celebrities like Kim Kardashian and the anything-but-real housewives of bland wealthy suburbs get more media attention than genocide in Darfur and global warming. It’s enough to make you cry if Clinton didn’t first make you laugh.

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And the Winner is….

September 21, 2011 6:55 pm0 comments

It’s awards season in Provincetown! At the end of the summer two cultural institutions in Provincetown, Showgirls and Fag Bash, crown a queen that best represents the ideals of the two most popular events in town. So while Miss Angola won the Miss Universe Pageant this week, here are Provincetown’s latest title holders!

The 7,567th Annual Showgirls Awards
Monday, September 12  – The Crown and Anchor


The Showgirls 2011 season closed with the annual awards, Penny Champayne’s candlelight rendition of Stevie Nicks’ “Landslide,” a beautiful original song by twin brother and sister Grace and John Carney, and an encore performance by Ryan Landry of his parody of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” as “I Totally Sh*t When I Fart.” In all it was a banner evening!

Showgirl of the Year 2011
Liza Lott

Grace and the Carnivores
Godiva
Mona Mour
Della Catessen
(Winners are in bold)

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In September, the Light Changes. Afterglow: The 1st Provincetown Live Performance Arts Festival

September 14, 2011 7:43 pm0 comments

Ever since Charles Hawthorne founded the Cape Cod School of Art in 1899, giving birth to the Provincetown art colony, there has been a robust exchange between the far tips of Cape Cod and Manhattan. A steady stream of visual artists who came for the famous “light,” complemented by droves of writers, actors, and musicians, created a scene in Provincetown that gave birth to some of the most influential artistic, literary, and theatrical movements in America. The town is both a crucible and an incubator of creative thought reliant on the infusion of new ideas blended with the traditions of free expression and experimentation. 
Basking in the famous light is the new Afterglow Festival, a creation of John Cameron Mitchell, of Hedwig and the Angry Inch fame, and Quinn Cox, half of the famed astrological duo Starsky and Cox.  Over five days in mid September, the festival presents 12 of the edgiest performers from New York’s downtown performance scene (as well as Los Angeles and Providence) to Provincetown, while also introducing the art colony to these acts, inviting them to form a creative and personal relationship with the town.

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Simply Barbra!

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If you are a fan of Barbra Streisand then you will find Steven Brinberg’s Simply Barbra!, “soft as an easy chair.” You will not be crying “enough is enough,” but rather, “Hello gorgeous!”
For almost 20 years, Steven Brinberg has been the premiere Barbra Streisand impersonator, an impressive accomplishment in a crowded field.  Simply Barbra! is a sophisticated evening of equal parts homage and parody with live vocals that are as entertaining as they are humorous. Brinberg hits all the iconic elements of Streisand’s voice. The presentation is flawless, or perhaps more appropriately “like butter,” with each tick and idiosyncratic movement of the legendary performer portrayed with a tender, yet sly manner. But his real talent is in how Brinberg makes both the show, as well as his performance as Streisand, his own, working in different impersonations and songs by other artists without venturing too far from the safe harbor of Streisand.

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REVIEW: Closet Cases

August 31, 2011 8:34 pm0 comments

Now in its second year in Provincetown, Closet Cases continues to offer poignant and amusing coming-out stories that will appeal to every audience member, whether they themselves have actually come out or not. (I say that because a straight couple sitting next to me on opening night seemed to be having the best time of anyone in the room!) The format is simple: storytellers (comedians, writers, actors) are on hand to tell their own coming-out stories—the good, the bad, and the hilarious—and it’s hard to leave this show without a smile on one’s face.
Every night the performers are different, although host and producer William Mullin is consistently on hand to open the show with his own tale of his mother, an Easter Sunday, a large box of wine, and a dog named Frisbee. Don’t ask: just go and find out for yourself!
Mullin moves the show along with special trivia questions (complete with prizes!) between each act, and one audience member is interviewed by Mullin to tell his or her coming-out story—with, of course, a prize for bravery!

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