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The Time Is Now

October 4, 2017 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches There’s an old Kate Clinton joke where she quotes Che Guevara as saying, “Optimism is the true weapon of the revolutionary,” but then stops herself and says that maybe Cher said that, but either way she adds, they are words to live by. It’s a philosophy that [...]

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The Return of Bette Davis

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by Rebecca M. Alvin “I’ve never been to Provincetown, but Miss Davis always spoke about it, and she loved Massachusetts; she loved New England,” says Kathryn Sermak, author of a new book about her relationship with Bette Davis as the Hollywood superstar’s personal assistant. Miss D & Me: Life with [...]

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Making a Fortune in Laughs

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by Steve Desroches It may be a hard time in this country to elicit amusement, but that isn’t stopping the comedians of America from providing some much-needed comic relief from the grinding tension of our times by taking the knotted ball of culture wars and political upheaval and turning into [...]

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Short and Sweet

September 27, 2017 5:00 am0 comments

by Rebecca M. Alvin The earliest films ever made were short films. Of course, this was due to the technical limitations of early motion pictures, but even as movies developed into feature-length programs of approximately 90-120 minutes, short films continued to have a role in cinema, as sort of opening [...]

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Shakespeare and Tennessee Williams Check Into the Gifford House

September 20, 2017 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches If walls could talk… Atop Mill Hill on Carver Street sits the Gifford House, home to the popular Porchside Bar and Club Purgatory as well as the hotel itself. At over 150 years old the Gifford House has seen a lot in Provincetown, so much so that [...]

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A Star Is Born

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Another season of Showgirls has come and gone and as is tradition Ryan Landry has chosen a queen who distinguished herself this past summer with inventive performances, taking risks, and representing the rebellious sprit of Provincetown. The evening of crazy acts and dubious distinctions ended with the crowning of Qya [...]

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How Do I Get to Provincetown?

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A Trip Up and Down the Pink Carpet at RuPaul’s DragCon by Steve Desroches It’s hard to think of anyone who has changed the face of drag more than RuPaul.  While there may be a tendency to take drag queens for granted here in Provincetown, as they’ve been a part [...]

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Ten Blocks in a Ghanaian Market

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by Rebecca M. Alvin The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival has brought us numerous productions of Williams’ Camino Real over the years—including both the full 1953 version and its predecessor, the one-act Ten Blocks on the Camino Real written in 1946. Noted for its exceedingly beautiful language, theatrical surrealism, and [...]

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The Ghosts Next Door

September 13, 2017 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches With the ongoing show The Hoppers: Edward and Josephine Hopper from the Permanent Collection at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum that features the large, recent acquisition of the two artists’ work, it seemed a “no brainer” to revive Hopper’s Ghosts, says playwright Kevin Rice. First performed [...]

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A Hairy Situation

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Martha Graham Cracker Comes to Provincetown by Steve Desroches Growing up in Virginia one of Dito van Reigersberg’s favorite things to do was watch 9 to 5. He recorded the now classic movie off the television during a broadcast and would watch the VHS tape over and over and over [...]

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