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The WORD: Pieces of Eight by Joshua Blair Delaney

October 26, 2011 7:02 pm0 comments

altexcerpted from “Pieces of Eight” by Joshua Blair Delaney

June 1715
There were times when the sea looked much like a plow field to Samuel Bellamy. In the ridges of waves, he could see lines of furrowed ground, such that is fit for planting. The sight of it made him wish he were on a patch of dry land, holding yoke reins, instead of on a ship, hauling the mainsheet and cutting through an immeasurable expanse of water. Sometimes he could not believe that only two months ago he had been standing with soil under foot and chin resting on the nub of his spade, looking out over the hills of Devon at the Atlantic and dreaming to be where he was now.
Farming had become an unbearable toil to him. In the passage of black dirt to crop to harvest and back to seed, he had found nothing but a cycle of monotony that seemed to have no end and no lasting growth either. It was a repetitive rhythm that beat into him until he was sure that he would be in its motion to the day he died. He had thought that nothing in life could produce the same kind of drone until he had been staring at the gray, unmoving line of the horizon for weeks on end.
It had taken Bellamy a fortnight to get used to the pitch and sway of ship life, and it was only then that he could keep the entire day’s worth of meals down.
Now that most of the ocean was behind them, Bellamy could almost keep his pace in the smooth, collective effort the crew employed to keep the ship, Josephine, moving. It would have appeared an elegant dance but for the flying fists and cudgels of the mates, which kept the men from even thinking of letting the pace waver. There was often an extra blow for Bellamy, the kind that most first time sailors got when they were ten or fifteen years younger, just for being new to the trade. The mates did not often see a thirty-year-old out on his maiden voyage, and they assumed that his late start was due to an easy life that they meant to work out of him. This was his first trip across the wide sea, and Bellamy felt his age coming down on him like the hammer of rain that was starting. He already wondered if it would be his last voyage.
“Ship Ahoy!” came a cry from a man high on the mainsail yard.
Captain Pound stood at the back rail of the ship, leaning out over the water and aiming a spy glass outward. He was a solid-built, grizzled looking man with hair the color of a fading sunset. He grumbled under his breath as he swept the glass to and fro.
Bellamy grabbed hold of the mainsheet, stepping next to a man who could have been Bellamy’s brother, with his similar black hair and beard.
“What’s he see out there? If it is another ship, they’re a bit late. I could have used a gam when we were out in the middle of the ocean, traded some mail and tidings. We’ll be ashore soon enough now,” Francis Harlow said.
Bellamy looked out to sea and saw nothing but continuous waves and a sheet of black clouds rising out of the east, like a giant, gloomy sail being hauled up the face of the sky.

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Trick and Treat with Dandy Darkly

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altIt was a dark and stormy night…..in Greenwich Village. An evil force lurked in the bathroom stalls of gay bars and the Satanic influences of Hell’s Kitchen were seeping in, certain to ruin tomorrow morning’s brunch. But fear not. Dandy Darkly, of 13 Gay Street, is the bitchiest and most fabulous gay exorcist since Linda Blair puked pea soup and put the crucifix you know where.  Night after night he does battle with the demons of New York, bitch-slapping them back to the netherworld from which they came. And now Provincetown needs his help!
Dandy Darkly is fearlessly taking his fierce phantom fighting powers to perhaps the most haunted and storied dark region of Provincetown – the Dick Dock – where he will regale the crowd with his slightly sleazy ghost stories, told with the traditional flashlight to the chin on Friday, October 28 at 8 p.m. 
“This is going to be a fabulous trick and treat session with some Halloween prizes,” says Darkly with a sinister laugh of his old-school Halloween party ghost stories meets the spirit of Charles Nelson Reilly.
Dandy Darkly is actually the invention of actor and writer Neil Arthur James who created the fey folk hero in 2008 with his Web-based stories modeled after the British Victorian “penny dreadfuls,” and influenced by the occult obsession of the era, as well as South American folk stories, American pop culture, and gay camp.  Born and raised in Cedartown, Georgia, James is also heavily influenced by Southern gothic folk tales, especially campfire ghost stories his grandfather told him when he was a young boy.

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BETTY – Making Their Own Rules

October 11, 2011 5:00 am0 comments

altIf you were in a band in the 1980s, your path toward fame and fortune – in other words, “success,” was fairly clear and certainly predetermined. Play a bunch of gigs in a major city until you get noticed, make a music video and sign with a major label, get on MTV, done. As simple as it seemed, the process was almost completely out of your hands and it relied on the not-necessarily-brilliant tastes of the recording industry.
Some bands made it through that traditional route; many more found themselves eaten alive by it. But a few intrepid rockers made it out alive, securing a place for themselves in the indie rock explosion without giving in to the record industry’s whims, carving out their own spot for themselves. BETTY is one such band.
“The music industry came to us. We’ve always been D.I.Y. and that’s what the music industry is now,” says Elizabeth Ziff, the band’s guitarist. “We’ve always been sort of reinventing ourselves or pushing what it means to be in a band or be in a group… We’ve never really done the ‘straight’ path,” she adds with a laugh.
BETTY (intentionally spelled with all capitals, by the way) came on the scene in the late 1980s with Ziff, her sister Amy on cello, and Alyson Palmer on bass. All three claim vocal credit and the current lineup also features Tony Salvatore on guitar and drummer Mino Gori.

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REVIEW: The Weight of Water

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altMyra Slotnick’s new play The Weight of Water takes place nine days after Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans. With the water starting to recede, Pearl (Geany Masai) begins to clean up what is left of her home of 40 years when volunteers Finch (Andrew Clemons) and Natalie (Jamie Heinlein) arrive by boat to rescue her. The pressure of the sweltering heat and the devastation surrounding them crack each character’s veneer as we learn that this isn’t the first time Pearl has had to put her life back together and that Finch and Natalie might just be the ones in need of rescuing.
Masai gives an unforgettable performance as Pearl. Vulnerable and stubborn, Masai’s Pearl is a fractured woman holding the pieces together the best she can in not just the face of the disaster, but also the cruel, heartless realties of life. The fully developed and realized character does most of the heavy lifting in this play with tenderness, ferocity, at times humor, and most of all, humanity. Though Pearl’s husband Emery (Jimi Little) appears briefly and sporadically throughout the play, the portrayal is haunting. Little’s subtle delivery and easy stage rapport with Masai give extreme heft to the scenes of Pearl’s life before the storm, propelling the story with his great performance.

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What’s Her Story?

October 4, 2011 5:00 am0 comments

altNearly ten years ago, I had the privilege of interviewing the late abstract expressionist painter Lillian Orlowsky. In that conversation, I brought up the issue of women artists in a male dominated art world. Orlowsky, who was 88 at the time, stopped me almost before I could get the words out – she would have none of that kind of talk. To her, a serious painter was a serious painter and whether male or female, the work was all that mattered. She had no patience for feminism (even though in many respects, she was a feminist herself, but on her own terms), and she saw no need for women-only exhibitions and the like.
    Looking at the art scene in Provincetown, Orlowsky’s way of looking at things really fits with what we see here. Male and female artists show together, buyers are male and female, and perhaps due to the activism of feminists (e.g. The Guerilla Girls), gender is not an obstacle. But it’s Women’s Week and galleries often program accordingly. The question is, if gender is not an obstacle, why have a show featuring all female artists, such as the Kobalt Gallery’s upcoming Her Story exhibition?
    “I think it is a [good thing] and something we will always do,” says Conny Hatch, one of the eight artists participating in this exhibition. “I don’t think it hurts. It just gives that whole perspective of females. It’s not about separating, it’s about having that energy show.”
    The wide range of materials, themes, and approaches included in the Her Story exhibition demonstrates that female energy comes in many forms. Each of the women included has a unique take on things, and the way curator Francine D’Olimpio generally hangs her shows (and hopefully this one is no exception), invites a multi-voice dialogue because paintings and assemblages and collages, and all of it intermingle. For the gallery visitor, it is an invitation to look at art as you might look at it in your own home – not isolated for individual worship, but collected with other elements of your life.

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The Ballad of Larry Beau

September 28, 2011 2:58 pm0 comments

There is a certain magnetism to Provincetown that deeply pulls at those looking for a new life, to create without restraint, or to simply rest at the end of the road after a long and hard journey. It’s that energy that has drawn thousands of artists and writers to town, and perhaps it is that same force that blew the Pilgrims off course from their intended destination near the mouth of the Hudson River, bringing the Mayflower to what is now Provincetown Harbor.
It was aboard the Mayflower in Provincetown Harbor on November 20, 1620, that Susanna White gave birth to a baby boy, the first child born to the Pilgrims in the “New World.” She named him Peregrine, a name that means “one who journeys to foreign lands” or “wanderer.” It is then indeed appropriate that it’s here in Provincetown that Declan Burke was introduced to Peregrine White, at least the memory of him some 400 years later. Both wanderers, both destined to become part of the mythologically tinged fabric of Provincetown.

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Celebrating the Spirit of Community

September 7, 2011 3:02 pm0 comments

by Steve Desroches The AIDS pandemic hit Provincetown hard. Come the early 1990’s when people would return each May for a summer in Provincetown news of who had passed away over the winter, either in town or elsewhere, would regularly be shared.  And just before Memorial Day Provincetown would mark [...]

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REVIEW: The Food Chain

August 24, 2011 2:35 pm0 comments

altFans of the Provincetown Theater Company will be delighted to know that the nearly 50-year-old community theater troupe is back with a new production at the Provincetown Theater. More importantly, the play they have chosen is the hilarious The Food Chain by Nicky Silver, and under the direction of PTC veteran Patrick Falco, this show is a smashing success.
The Food Chain starts off in the apartment of a very high-strung, attractive poet Amanda (Braunwyn Jackett) who we quickly learn has lost her husband. I don’t mean he passed away, I mean he went out for a walk and hasn’t come back in two weeks. The chain-smoking, understandably stressed-out Amanda can’t reach her friend Binky on the phone, so she resorts to calling a crisis hotline, staffed by Bea (Lynda Sturner), a classic Jewish mother with too much time on her hands.
In the second scene, we meet another attractive individual, male model Serge (Aaron Tone), who is terrorized by a former lover, Otto (Brian Dunham), who simply will not let go of the “relationship” they once had.

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Through the Eyes of Sol Wilson

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In the canon of Provincetown art history, Sol Wilson weighs in as one of the best. His paintings of fishermen, beachcombers, the annual Blessing of the Fleet, and other aspects of life here among the dunes inspire an incredibly visceral response. His figures live and breathe on the canvas; they call to mind a way of life and a time we cannot know, but somehow feel close to.
At the Julie Heller East gallery, we’ll all be treated to a Sol Wilson show beginning this Friday and staying up through September 8. The work in Wilson’s estate is exclusively represented by Julie Heller in her two galleries.
Wilson saw himself as an “expressive realist,” and the term suits his work well. Influenced greatly by two of his teachers, the realists George Bellows and Robert Henri, Wilson’s work takes as its subject the everyday people favored by realism. And yet, he injects into these images a powerful emotional quality that reveals something about his own outlook and demeanor, as much as it documents the lives of his subjects. As he famously told his students at the Art Students League in New York, “You cannot escape your own feelings, or your lack of feeling about life in your painting.”

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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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