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The Impossible Idealism of Youth: Marina Keegan’s Utility Monster

May 22, 2013 7:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches There’s that flash of recognition that occurs in a bright adolescent’s life when one realizes there’s a larger world and that much of that world is one of suffering.  Then come the growing pains, with a mixture of frustration and inspiration as a teenager finds his/her place [...]

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The Man from Beaver Pond: Laughing at Gender with Ian Harvie

October 10, 2012 5:00 am0 comments

Laughing at Gender with Ian Harvie

The very first joke Ian Harvie told on stage that let audiences know he was transgender was about how he couldn’t wait to write his name in the snow after he completed his transition. And the audience laughed. The Maine-born comedian is the first female to male transgender stand up comic and as he tours the world making people laugh, he also makes them think; for many it is the very first time they have heard the story of a transgender person. 

“I was super scared to say I was trans,” says Harvie of the first few years of his comedy career. “I thought I was going to be eaten alive. If you’re going through a process and if you’re uncomfortable about it, the audience is going to be uncomfortable, too. But if you are confident and funny, audiences will laugh. At this point I will talk about anything, because I know who I am.”

Harvie is coming to Provincetown for two shows, one as part of Fantasia Fair, the annual transgender event held each October since 1975, and one for Round Up, an event for LGBT people in recovery. He made his Provincetown debut in 2009 when he opened for Margaret Cho, who he credits with getting his career into high gear. Harvie and Cho met at a comedy club in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Cho, legendary for her comedy and activism around LGBT issues and racism, asked Harvie to send her some of his reels from past shows. Cho also invited Harvie to her next gig. 

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Provincetown Magazine’s Outer Cape Holiday Season Preview

October 26, 2011 6:58 pm0 comments

altJust when you thought it was safe to take a breath and enjoy the peace and serenity that descends onto the Cape after the summer tourists go home, the holiday season thrusts itself upon us. But there will be plenty of time to relax and reflect come January, so you might want to take advantage of some of the arts and entertainment happenings that will take us through the end of the year. We’ve put together some highlights you’ll want to mark on your calendars.
Over at the Provincetown Theater, November is Fall Playwrights’ Festival month. The annual event highlights original plays by local playwrights over two weekends, November 5 – 6 and 11-13. It’s a great chance to attend a reading or two and be among the first to have input on a playwright’s new work.
The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum also has a lot to offer in November. The Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument happens on Wednesday, November 23, 5 – 7 p.m., and you won’t want to miss this holiday tradition. But also, earlier in the month, on November 11, they will host the Provincetown Pilgrim Party: Special Postal Cancellation for the 390th Anniversary of the Pilgrim’s First Thanksgiving at 1p.m.
At Art House, things have quieted down considerably after a very full summer of performances. This November, Steven Brinberg returns with his hit show Simply Barbra, Thanksgiving Weekend (November 25 – 26), for those of us who were just too busy working to get to see this incredible Barbra Streisand tribute.
The Crown and Anchor plays host to the annual Provincetown Business Guild fundraiser, Casino Night on November 25 and Club Purgatory hosts this year’s Men’s Weekend, a continuation of the former Single Men’s and Meet Your Man weekends, renamed to reflect a new openness to men regardless of their “relationship status.” The weekend takes place November 11 – 13 and features casual events, including a brunch at Bayside Betsy’s, parties at Purgatory, as well as a sing-along with Billy Hough at the Porchside Bar.

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Little Town of Terror: Provincetown in Horror Movies

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altAs the nights grow longer and Halloween approaches, there is perhaps no better way to get in the mood than to light the candle in the jack o’lantern, invite some friends over, and watch a scary movie.  If it’s something wicked with a local tie that you are looking for then you’re in luck, as Provincetown has featured prominently in several classic horror films. While a horror movie has yet to be filmed or set in Provincetown, these frightening films will add chills and thrills with a little local color to any fright night

The Flesh Eaters

This low-budget 1964 film directed by Jack Curtis is often considered one of the first gore movies ever made. A wealthy, washed up, alcoholic actress named Laura Winters (Rita Morely) has a last chance at reviving her ailing career by taking a summer theater gig in Provincetown. Her perky and dutiful assistant Jan Letterman (Barbara Wilkins) tries to get a very inebriated Ms. Winters to P’town pronto by hiring gruff pilot Grant Murdoch (Byron Sanders) to fly his seaplane from the Hudson River in New York City to Provincetown. The only problem is there is a severe tropical storm that forces them to make an emergency landing near a small, uncharted island (you’ll have to suspend your disbelief that in the 1960’s there could be an unknown island between New York and Cape Cod). The trouble really begins when Professor Peter Bartell (Martin Kosleck), an escaped Nazi, appears. He’s been experimenting with a microbe that devours human flesh. Just how ravenous these tiny creatures are is apparent when they eat a hole through a hippie named Omar (Ray Tudor) whose raft washes him and his bongo drums onto the island. While the movie provides more laughs than screams, horror movie historians note its creativity and artistry considering the small budget, and credit it with influencing the genre, as certain scenes seem strikingly like snippets of future films like Jaws, Silence of the Lambs, and Aliens. But perhaps the most memorable moment of the film comes shortly after the plane splashes down and the doomed castaways come ashore. The drunken actress hiccups and looks around at the deserted island and exclaims, “This isn’t Provincetown!”

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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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The ‘Black Flash’…The Legend Lives On

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altIt started with the children. Coming home in tears and shaking, the children of Provincetown told of a monster that frightened them on the way home from school. Something big. Something that growled.  Something all in black. Something that appeared from nowhere and then took off in a flash.  Their parents smiled, gave them hugs and maybe a cookie to calm them down.  But it did little to appease the children’s fears of this ghoulish phantom they knew was lurking somewhere in Provincetown. No matter how hard they insisted that what they saw was not a figment of their imagination, the adults would not believe them. That is until Maria Costa was walking home by herself one night.  Then, some of the townspeople began to believe that maybe the devil had come to Provincetown.
By October in 1939 the summer crowds were long gone. The tourist season ended sharply on Labor Day in those days. By mid-October the town was pretty much only the 4,500 year-rounders and a few stragglers who had not yet returned home after a summer of painting or partying, or both. That’s why no one was around one October night as Miss Costa walked by Town Hall and from out of the bushes an inhumanly tall figure dressed all in black jumped out in front of her. He had glowing blues eyes, big silver ears, and the ability to jump like a gazelle. Costa ran into a coffee shop screaming and several men inside ran down Commercial Street looking for the apparition, but found nothing. The police apparently chuckled after taking a statement from the visibly shaken Costa.  But over the next week, several more residents reported being scared to death when this tall, beastly banshee appeared out of nowhere right in front of them as they walked through town. Some called it the Provincetown Phantom, others the Devil of the Dunes. But the name that stuck was the Black Flash, both because of his long, hooded black cape and his super human ability to run away before anyone could get a good look at the fiend.

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The Return of the Beaux Arts Ball

October 22, 2011 6:22 pm0 comments

altBy now, chances are you have seen the iconic archival masquerade ball image. Marc Jacobs has used it in his ad, the town has it on display in Town Hall, and now here it is again just in case you missed it. The image depicts a masquerade ball that took place in Provincetown Town Hall in 1916 – one of many, as the event was an annual one put on by the Beachcombers Club back in the day.
Flash forward to today: The Beaux Arts Ball is back, but this time it has been underwritten by Marc Jacobs International, features Blondie diva Debbie Harry, and has the town in a tizzy with excitement, frustration, and nostalgia all wrapped up in one package.
Town Manager Sharon Lynn says she got the idea to revive the ball after seeing that 1916 photograph during the process of renovating Town Hall. She says she was seven or eight months into the party planning process when Robert Duffy, president of Marc Jacobs International and a local, seasonal resident came to see her about the renovations, which really impressed him.
“He hung out here [as a kid] and remembered what Town Hall used to look like and he was in awe,” Lynn says. “He was very interested in underwriting it… Once it became a focus of Marc Jacobs, they pretty much ran with it.”

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Gender Play

October 11, 2011 5:00 am0 comments

alt“This group,” says Leighsa Burgin of All The Kings Men, “started completely by mistake.”
It’s an interesting opening conversational gambit. How, exactly?
 “Some of us who were in the drag-king community in Boston were regularly going to these drag-king slams—they were similar to the open-mic poetry slams that go on,” Burgin says. “And then one day a promoter, Kristin Porter—she does Dyke Night—wanted to get us to do some shows. So we said, ‘oh, are we going to be a group, then?’”
They were, and still are, ten years later: with a cast that is continuously evolving, All The Kings Men continues to entertain people at every point on the GLBT spectrum. This year they were named one of GO Magazine’s “100 Women We Love” and were also nominated for a GO Nightlife award (for which fans can still vote online, Burgin is quick to add!). The performers use pop-cultural satire, burlesque, comedy, dance, and a host of alter egos to address and upend gender issues in a show that leaves audiences smiling … and, sometimes, thinking.

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Q & A with Holly Near

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altHolly Near is a multifaceted icon of music, feminism, and activism. Independent and guided by unwavering integrity, Near has forged a unique career mixing her passion for music and human dignity. Near’s portrait hangs at The Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, along with those of other social change artists, including Paul Robeson, Marion Anderson, Pete Seeger, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, and Woody Guthrie. As an activist, she traveled to Juarez, Mexico, joining Eve Ensler, Jane Fonda, Sally Field, and Christine Lahti to protest the uninvestigated killing of hundreds of young women. Near has received numerous awards, including honors from the A.C.L.U., the National Lawyers Guild, the National Organization for Women, National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences, Ms. Magazine (Woman of the Year), the Legends of Women’s Music Award, and the Impact Fund. Originally from Potter Valley, California, Near was an actress in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, appearing in episodes of All in the Family and The Partridge Family, the films Slaughterhouse-Five and Minnie and Moskowitz, and on Broadway in the counter-cultural musical Hair. But she made a choice to pursue music, releasing 26 albums so far. She also wrote the iconic song “We Are A Gentle Angry People,” a response to the assassination of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone in 1978. Near took some time prior to traveling to Provincetown to talk about her storied career, her Women’s Week show, and the future of activism in America.

Provincetown Magazine:
Early in your career you were on Broadway in Hair. That must have been quite an experience. What was it like being part of such a monumental and historic piece of musical theater?
Holly Near: I didn’t know it was monumental and historic at the time. I did know it was contemporary and outspoken and a success. There were occasional bomb scares where the theater had to be cleared. Sometimes someone would storm out during the nude scene or when the flag touched the ground. Hard to imagine how the world will see us decades later.
PM: What made you choose singing over acting?
HN: I was a better singer!

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Lusty Ladies Sip From The Well of Sin: Provincetown Cares Brings Pulp! to P’town

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altImagine yourself as a regular in a lesbian cabaret in the mid-1950s, when a new girl from the Women’s Air Corps comes to town… now, what happens next? That’s what you’ll find out when Provincetown Cares presents Pulp!, a witty musical comedy that parodies the gender-bending lesbian pulp novels of the 50s and 60s, with fast dialogue, dramatic songs, and moments of tenderness woven in between.
The Well is a steaming-hot Chicago lesbian cabaret where women share lurid crushes, longings, loves, and adventures over cocktails and jazz. Terry arrives from the Air Corps, running away from a bad romance, and absolute hilarity ensues, with couplings onstage at the cabaret… and offstage in the women’s personal lives as well. At night they live the life of The Well; but in the daytime, audiences will see stories about women who are, fundamentally, friends.
The play is produced by Provincetown Cares, which puts on an annual benefit for women’s health-care services, what founder and director Lynn d’Angona calls “community organizing at its finest.” She and several other local individuals began the venture four years ago. “I had a desire to pay it forward. I had friends with breast cancer, and I wanted to do something about it… I asked myself, ‘What can I do? What am I good at? Okay, I’m a filmmaker – so I can put on a show!’”
Michelle Crone, one of the organizers of the first Provincetown Cares show, smiles when asked about it. “We produced it at the UU that first year,” she says. “And then went on to the Art House. The show was always sold out, from the second year onward.” D’Angona was overwhelmed by the response to what started as a simple idea. “The idea was that Provincetown is my home, and I really wanted to repurpose Women’s Week, open it up to doing a good thing, entertain, raise money, and bring a few more people to town,” she says.

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