Excerpted from Mirrors by Marianne K. Martin

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enlargeThe perimeter of the bedroom, like the rest of Shayna Bradley’s house, was an entry straight out of a Showcase of Homes tour. Professionally draped window treatments, “socks-only” carpet, eucalyptus and silk-flower arrangements. Testimony to an organized life and a disciplined mind. The center of the room, however, resembled the aftermath of a tornado touchdown. Shoes and clothes and pillows were strewn about the floor. A moat of pink-and-purple bedspread circled the foot of the bed; splayed on the bed’s surface was a tangle of satin brown arms and legs wrapped in slips of a stark white sheet.

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Lady Ha Ha Kate Clinton on Provincetown, politics, and growing up Catholic

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In a world of  media sound bites, political rallying that can sometimes border on the absurd, and rampant shortsightedness, Kate Clinton is the trend-spotter for her audience.
“People are swamped in the information age, so people have no time to spot patterns,” she explains. “I think that’s the job of the comic… to find out what is the pattern.”
The veteran comedian has been performing in Provincetown for 26 years, and in that time she’s seen it all, incorporating much of what she’s observed into her act. She will be performing October 14 – 16 at the Crown & Anchor, ending another great season in town.
“I think of the summer [in Provincetown] as a wonderful time for me to try stuff out, and as soon as it starts to work out, I get rid of it and do something new… it’s a lovely process, such a creative time,” Clinton says, adding that Women’s Week is a special time for her because so many of her “sister performers” are also in town.

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The Screen , Gen Silent

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In Stu Maddox’ documentary Gen Silent, an unpleasant reality is explored. No one wants to think about it, but the simple fact is everyone on this planet shares one thing in common – we are all aging. And with aging, comes the inevitable slate of decisions that need to be made as vibrant lives complete their final chapters.
Gen Silent looks specifically at how aging impacts the GLBT community, focusing on three longtime couples and one single transgender woman as they make end-of-life decisions. It begins with Lawrence and Alexander, a couple who have been together for 38 years, the last 10 of which have been apart, with Alexander in a nursing home facility, due to Parkinson’s dementia. The pair demonstrates the same kind of love and concern that any straight couple would in a similar situation, but there is the added complication of how their relationship will be seen by the staff of the nursing home.

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Opera della WHAT

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There’s little to compare with putting down $24 for a place up in the cheap seats in the Metropolitan Opera House. Among serious fans, students, and tourists, we weep through Rigoletto’s last act or wince during An American Tragedy. There you sit while  the world’s greatest talents of the most demanding of art forms sing their hearts out. With no mics, backed by an enduring orchestra, often elaborated with fine young dancers, their voices reach you up there, far above the subway lines and street vendors. How can you not be moved?

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Cashetta’s Séance

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Throughout history and in almost every culture, humankind has tried to communicate with the dead. Most mainstream religions have a deeply buried belief somewhere in their history that communicating with the "other side" was possible. But the modern day concept of a séance (the French word for "session") came from the Fox sisters, who began to hold public séances in the small towns just east of Rochester, New York, in 1848.


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Flash Dance

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Flash Dance

It’s Halloween night 2009. As the sun sets over Provincetown and an unusually warm day turns into the perfect crisp autumn night, Commercial Street begins to fill with an impromptu parade of drag queens, Hollywood-style make-up, and group themed costumes worthy of the Broadway stage. Halloween fun in Provincetown is serious business. Unlike the well-planned and scheduled "theme weeks," Halloween has grown organically in Provincetown, where the masses largely determine the course of the weekend, and the biggest event is the informal street parade that takes place the Saturday night prior to the high haunted holiday.

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