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REVIEW: Make Trouble by John Waters

May 4, 2017 5:00 am0 comments

When filmmaker/writer John Waters gave the commencement address at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2015, listeners were treated to a humorous, but also insightful speech that acknowledged both the great privilege of this generation of artists studying in art school and the obstacles they will have to overcome. [...]

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Provincetown and the Queen of Halloween

October 26, 2016 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches In the summer of 1977 Cassandra Peterson starred in a disco comedy revue called Mama’s Boys at the Post Office Cabaret, featuring her and seven gay men. For three years the group toured the country landing in Provincetown at a wild and decadent time, much to their [...]

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A People’s History

September 14, 2016 5:00 am0 comments

The Historical Fiction of Sally Cabot Gunning by Rebecca M. Alvin There aren’t many people who can track their family histories on Cape Cod as far back as Sally Cabot Gunning. The Brewster writer, who will be a featured guest at the inaugural Provincetown Book Festival, had relatives aboard the [...]

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REVIEW: Why Drag? by Magnus Hastings

September 7, 2016 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches Will drag ever go mainstream? While it’s been a fixture in the culture of Provincetown in one way or another for close to a century now, the idea of men reveling in femininity still elicits strong reactions in a variety of ways. But most of all it [...]

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Shock and Awe

August 31, 2016 5:00 am0 comments

Karen Finley Returns to Provincetown by Steve Desroches Karen Finley captures rage and grace with a resonance that registers on the Richter scale. The artist and writer is perhaps best known as one of the NEA Four and from the free speech debates of the early 1990s. But as time [...]

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REVIEW: John Waters: Timeless Conversation

August 10, 2016 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches Who would have thought back when John Waters was just 18 in 1964 and making his 17-minute short film Hag in a Black Leather Jacket for $30 that he would go on to be a cultural phenomenon ushering in an era of celebrating bad taste.  The summer [...]

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