Glamour Puss

August 16, 2011 5:00 am0 comments

altFrom the very beginning Space Pussy was a Provincetown phenomenon.  Founded in the early 1990’s, the band’s formation was an answer to the dearth of rock music in a town saturated with dance music and disco. Carrying on the glam rock tradition of David Bowie, the New York Dolls, and Lou Reed, Space Pussy struck a cultural nerve in Provincetown, bringing something new to town to fill a long-standing void.
“I think for a long time gays felt afraid of rock and roll,” says Ryan Landry, founder of the band. “When Space Pussy started, even though it’s not a gay band, it also was meant to show that rock and roll has always had a gay component.”
In the early part of that decade, Landry planted the seeds for the trio of creations for which he is now famous: Showgirls, his satirical plays, and Space Pussy. 
“He came into the store I worked at, at the time and said ‘Sue, do you want to be in a band called Space Pussy’,” says bassist Sue Goldberg. “I said, ‘Sure.’ He didn’t even know what instrument I played!”

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Charo!

August 14, 2011 5:00 am0 comments

altHer full name is María del Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Gutiérrez de los Perales Santa Ana Romanguera y de la Hinojosa Rasten. But you can call her Charo.
A global musical and comedy sensation, Charo is one of the most recognizable entertainers in show business: with her thick Spanish accent, her glittery outfits, her comedic timing, her buoyant sex appeal, as well as her mastery of flamenco guitar.
“I am so happy we are living in a musical time where people understand and appreciate Latin music and classical music,” says Charo.
Born and raised in Murcia, Spain, Charo, whose name is short for Rosario, studied flamenco and classical guitar with Spanish virtuoso Andrés Segovia. Her talent and passion for the guitar was apparent early in her life, but so too was her naturally funny ways.  So while it was her musical abilities that first got her noticed, it was her dynamic personality and fun-loving manner that propelled her into superstardom. Charo made her American television debut in the mid-1960s on The Today Show, followed by multiple appearances on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.  Not only was a television star born, but so was Charo’s famous catch phrase “cuchi-cuchi.”
“I always love music, but cuchi-cuchi catch on,” says Charo in her famously thick Spanish accent. “So I say, ‘I going to get rich on ‘cuchi-cuchi.’ It survived. But I always say I want to play flamenco, but because of my accent people think I say ‘flamingo.’ But now my dreams come true.”

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From Beethoven to Brubeck

August 4, 2011 7:10 pm0 comments

The Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival Returns To The Outer Cape.
“It’s amusing, really, when you think of it,” says Elaine Lipton, executive director of the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival. “We have no building… but we have three pianos!”
That’s hardly surprising: from its inception 32 years ago to this summer’s festival, the organization has been about access, about opening up venues all over the Cape so as to offer the best in chamber music to the most people. Pianos are, indeed, more important than concert halls!
One of those pianos is a Steinway in the First Congregational Church in Wellfleet, where four of this year’s concerts will be held; another one is at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, which will host one concert. And all of them sound well worth attending!
“I’m very excited about this year’s festival,” continues Lipton. “We have some extraordinary young performers bringing the absolute best in chamber music—the kind of music that you expect to hear in New York and Paris and Tokyo – right here to us on the Cape!”

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A Night at the Opera

July 28, 2011 5:22 pm0 comments

There is a distinct possibility that when you read the headline to this story, your mind automatically thought of stuffy, arrogant, and noticeably plump opera singers and an even stuffier, pretentious audience. But David McCarty, Artistic Director of Cape Cod Opera says the idea that opera is something only for the rich, the self-designated “cultural elite” is simply not true.
“Most [opera composers], like Shakespeare, wrote for the people,” he asserts. “I believe the really great composers wanted their work heard and wanted it understood by the people that surrounded them, the people of their day,” he says.
“If that’s true, then what about the exorbitant ticket prices?” you might protest. Again, McCarty has an answer to that perception problem – the Cape Cod Opera is coming to Provincetown and if you want the best seat in the house, it’ll cost you no more than $25.
This is all part of the mission of Cape Cod Opera, which makes its Provincetown debut on Monday, August 1st, after entertaining audiences in other parts of the Cape for close to two decades, including 15 years of fully staged operas.

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Lori Michaels Reaches Out

May 19, 2011 7:00 am0 comments

Lori Michaels makes the stage sizzle. Named one of Curve Magazine’s seven Entertainers of the Year in 2008, Michaels has been tearing up the dance floor and breaking hearts all over the country.  Michaels returns to Provincetown, one of her favorite places to perform, this time for Single Women’s Weekend. [...]

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Bernstein’s Controversial MASS

May 12, 2011 7:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches Former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy commissioned Leonard Bernstein to compose a piece to be performed at the opening of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. On September 8, 1971, MASS premiered there and immediately became a lightning rod of controversy for [...]

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Meklit Hadero Brings the World to Wellfleet

April 14, 2011 6:00 am0 comments

by Rebecca M. Alvin You could call Meklit Hadero’s genre of music “world music,” but to do so misses the point. Living now, as we do, in a globalized culture, strict categories are passé and the idea of “word music” seems redundant; music is music. Yes, Hadero brings her Ethiopian [...]

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