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Trick and Treat with Dandy Darkly

October 26, 2011 6:49 pm0 comments

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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REVIEW: The Weight of Water

October 11, 2011 5:00 am0 comments

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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Around the World in Seven Days

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 Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman once said, “ No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.” The power of the cinema is not restricted to the feature-length films that dominate movie theater screens across the country. The often-neglected cousin of the feature film is the short, but this week, Outer Cape audiences have the opportunity to celebrate short form films of nearly every genre at a satellite screening of the New York-based Manhattan Short Film Festival.
“It’s everyone’s party around the world,” according to Festival director Nicholas Mason. Indeed, not only are the ten films to be shown representative of numerous countries (Canada, U.S., Scotland, Hungary, Egypt, Switzerland, Peru, Sweden, and Australia), but one of these films will be named the winner of the Manhattan Short Film Festival competition, based on the votes of audiences in over 200 cities spanning six continents, within the space of this week only.
Mason says it is particularly valuable to have “regular” people vote for the winning film because when filmmakers and others involved in the film world judge film festivals, “they tend to like the films they were involved with.”

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Living the Dream in “Snail Road”

June 3, 2011 3:14 pm0 comments

alt Reality and Provincetown are not two words that are often found in the same sentence. Reality is relative in Provincetown.
For many, the first glimpse of Provincetown is akin to Dorothy seeing the Emerald City. It’s a place that promises you can be who you want to be, and that your past, and indeed reality, is irrelevant. People all over the world click their heels and end up in Provincetown to fulfill their dreams, and along the way they meet fantastic creatures, mythical characters, and mysterious beasts.
“We make our own reality here,” says musician Zoe Lewis. “And it’s a marvelous thing.”
Snail Road, a new musical by Lewis premiering at the Art House, sets the alternate reality that is Provincetown to music. Gertrude Golightly, played by Lewis as sort of “the love child of Gertrude Stein and Holly Golightly,” is riding her bike down Commercial Street when she has an accident and bumps her head. Waking up, the first thing she sees is a giant Miss Richfield 1981. And so begins her fantastical journey through Provincetown to realize her dreams, which does not necessarily include going back to reality, but embracing the new life she has found.

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