A Provincetown Herstory

April 17, 2011 12:15 am0 comments



 On Sunday, April 24 at 2:30 pm, The Provincetown Public Library is proud to present the world premiere of the one hour film,

A Provincetown Herstory. This film represents a unique chapter in both women’s history and in that of the town.


Accompanied by first-hand accounts, archival photos, video, news clippings, postcards and artwork, the film recounts stories from the lives of women who lived in Provincetown year round from the late 1800’s through the 1940’s. These ordinary yet extraordinary women raised their families, worked in shops, guest houses, restaurants, and the fish packing industry and survived two world wars and the Depression.


The Director, Catherine Russo, who is particularly drawn to the making of oral history film, has captured on reel for the first time a story that needed to be told. She explains that “there is much material on the fishermen and the artists of Provincetown, but very little on the women who held the town together for everyone.” There are people in town remaining who can testify to the lives of their mothers and grandmothers. Two interviewees, Frances Medieros and Mary P. Roderick who relate their stories in the video, are especially poignant as these women are no longer alive. Catherine added, “They are good examples of the lives of Portuguese women during this period.” Other women emigrated from Nova Scotia to Provincetown and George Bryant talks about these women who arrived with his grandmother and mother.

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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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There “She” Is

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By Steve Desroches Ever since Miss America 1984 Vanessa Williams lost her crown over the publication of nude photographs, the Miss America Pageant has been scandal-shy to the point of paranoia. Contestants must sign a contract that says they are of “good moral  character,” and that they have no “criminal [...]

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Coo Coo for Cabaret

April 13, 2011 6:00 am0 comments

Life is a cabaret and good old Liza is going wish she was here for CabaretFest, Cape Cod’s only music festival dedicated to celebrating the best in cabaret. Performers from New York, Boston, Providence, and the Cape gather each April for one magical weekend full of fun, music, and surprises. [...]

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W.H.A.T Theatre announces 2011 summer season

April 1, 2011 2:50 am0 comments


altWellfleet, MA –  Sex, dismemberment, terrorists, cross-dressing and zombies. Two World Premieres, one rolling World Premiere, and two New England Premieres – including  a play fresh from Broadway by one of WHAT’s favorite bad boy playwrights. This is what you’ll find in Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater’s 2011 season of live, professional theater. From Martin McDonagh’s Behanding in Spokane at the Harbor Stage to Stephen Sach’s Bakersfield Mist at the Julie Harris Stage, WHAT’s season is full of unforgettable characters and unparalleled

[Note: No actual hands were severed in the making of this season.]

“This season is built on so many exciting partnerships,” says Artistic Director Jeff Zinn.  “I have directed shows at New Repertory Theater and (former Artistic Director) Rick Lombardo has worked here, but this is the first time the two companies have co-produced.  We’re very excited that Kate Warner is coming here to direct Bakersfield Mist, which will then play in Watertown next spring.  Todd Olson directed our Mystery of Irma Vep in 2008.  Now he’s coming back to direct An Ideal Husband, which will then travel to Todd’s theater [American Stage] in Tampa Florida. ”

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Excerpted from Mirrors by Marianne K. Martin

February 15, 2011 9:35 pm0 comments

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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