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Crown & Anchor Unveils Entertainment Plans

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Producer Rick Murray will safely present a diverse and exciting lineup of outdoor entertainment this summer at the 2021 Crown Poolside Series.  COVID-19 protocols will again be in place throughout the venue; seating and tickets will be limited for all events.  

Headliners in residence for summer 2021 are Varla Jean Merman and Dina Martina. Varla Jean Merman’s Little Prick will be performed Tuesdays through Saturdays at 9 p.m.,  June 15 – September 11. After a long winter spent in lockdown, Varla Jean Merman has been paroled and is ready to stick it to you! Join everyone’s favorite non-essential twerker poolside at the Crown & Anchor Resort where she will vaccinate audiences with a double dose of infectious new songs and viral videos. Varla Jean Merman’s Little Prick is the laughter-filled shot-in-the-arm that we all need!

Dina Martina

The incomparable Dina Martina barrels back into Provincetown with a brand-new show that’s absolutely packed with ludicrous song stylings, unfortunate dance, overburdened costumes and sidesplittingly hilarious comedy. Her new show will start off  June 3 – 12 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and then move to  Wednesdays through Sundays, 7:30 p.m., June 16 – September 11.

Additional shows this season include the following limited engagements: Christina Bianco: Crowd Control (June 29 – July 1); Matthew Darren: All Messed Up (July 8 and 15); Zoe Lewis & The Social Distancers: Keep Calm And Carry On! (July 21); Anne Steele: The Remix (July 22); Marti Gould Cummings: Bawdy By The Bay (July 28 And 29); Melissa Errico: Amour & After – The Music Of Michel Legrand (August 4 and 5); Naked Boys Singing! 20th Anniversary Celebration (August 11 And 12); The Boy Band Project (August 18 and 19); and Suede (August 25 and 26).

In addition, the season will be filled with an ongoing schedule of performances by favorites Donnelly & Richardson Sing Dolly Parton (June 4 – September 10);  Illusions (June 4 –  September 11); Broadway On The Beach featuring Jonathan Hawkins & Jon Richardson with new guests each week (June 5 – September 5); Elton & Billy Greatest Hits Live! (June 14 – September 6); Thirsty Burlington: One Night Only with Cher (June 21 – September 6); Live From Provincetown, Jonathan Hawkins’ weekly variety show featuring your favorite performers from Provincetown and beyond! (June 22 – September 7); and Edmund Bagnell: Happy Days are Here Again (July 6 – August 31).

Donnelly & Richardson

Producer Rick Murray says, “2021 is an exciting year – we have turned the corner on the pandemic, but will remain vigilant with our safety protocols and social distancing.  We’ll be offering an incredible variety of Provincetown’s favorite entertainers nightly at our exclusive outdoor ocean-view venue, Crown Poolside.”

Tickets are now on sale both for general admission seating and special VIP packages.  Pricing and additional information available at onlyatthecrown.com, by phone at 508.487.1430, or at the Crown & Anchor box office, 247 Commercial St., Provincetown.

Twenty Summers 2021 Season Announced

Twenty Summers has announced their May 15 – June 5 spring season at the Hawthorne Barn. The events will take place at the Barn, however, audiences will attend via Zoom and all tickets are free.

The lineup includes: Natural Local Dyes with Elizabeth and Patricia Perry (Saturday, May 15, 1 – 2 p.m.): Elizabeth James-Perry is an enrolled member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe on the island of Noepe (Martha’s Vineyard). Her fine art work focuses on Northeastern Woodlands Algonquian artistic expressions: Wampum carving, weaving and natural dyeing. As a member of a Nation that has long lived on and harvested the sea, Elizabeth’s is a perspective that combines art and an appreciation for Native storytelling and traditional environmental knowledge in her ways of relating to coastal North Atlantic life. With a degree in Marine Science from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth 2001, she has off-shore commercial fisheries research experience, and published independent Native research projects. Elizabeth was honored to be a 38th Voyager onboard the historic Charles W. Morgan whaling vessel, as a descendant of the Gay Head crewmembers. Her work has appeared in Native People’s Magazine, Native Fashion Now, and First American Art magazine. She was a recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Councils 2014 Traditional Arts Fellowship from Massachusetts Cultural Council, resides in South Coast Massachusetts and worked in her communities Tribal Historic Preservation Office. Born in 1944, artist Patricia James-Perry’s roots are in Wampanoag ancestral lands in Aquinnah, on Martha’s Vineyard. She was born into a creative family, and was most drawn to the tradition of scrimshanding – the once-common regional art of hand-crafting decorative and functional items from whale ivory, bone and antler. She also practices Gay Head pottery. Patricia studied Education and Fine Arts at Southeastern Massachusetts University, where she began producing illustrations, paintings, and sculpture. Early career was spent working in Head Start and she pioneered the Teachers Aid Program in New Bedford. In the 1970s, to help support her growing family, she carved scrimshaw for sale at LaFrance’s Jewelers. She painted murals, including at the New Bedford Art Museum, when employed there. Patricia apprenticed her son Jonathan James-Perry in scrimshaw (using fossil ivory and deer antler) with support from the Connecticut Historical Societies traditional arts grant, and they demonstrated at Lowell Folk Festival, as well as during Cape Cod Visitors Center’s annual Wampanoag Festival. She was honored to be recognized as a descendant of the Cuffees at the opening for the Captain Paul Cuffee Park, and resides in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Spaces of Reconnecting: Of Deafness, Internment, and Pandemic with Jeffrey Mansfield (Saturday, May 22, 1 – 2 p.m.): Jeffrey Yasuo Mansfield is a design director at MASS Design Group and a Ford-Mellon Disability Futures fellow, whose work explores the relationships between architecture, landscape, and power. Jeffrey is a recipient of a Graham Foundation grant and a John W. Kluge Fellowship at the Library of Congress for his work on Architecture of Deafness, which explores how Deaf schools and other Deaf Spaces emerged as sites of cultural resistance. Jeffrey holds a Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and an AB in Architecture from Princeton University. Deaf since birth, Jeffrey is a Yonsei, or fourth-generation, Japanese American, and attended a deaf school in Massachusetts, where his earliest intuitions about the relationship between aesthetics, geography, and power emerged.

Poetry–Speaking to and Speaking with Raymond Antrobus (Saturday, May 22, 3 – 4 p.m.): Raymond Antrobus was born in London to an English mother and Jamaican father. He is a Cave Canem Fellow and author of ‘The Perseverance’ and ‘All The Names Given’ both being published in the US this year by Tin House. His first children’s picturebook ‘Can Bears Ski?’ illustrated by Polly Dunbar is published by Candlewick Press. His work has been featured on NPR, BBC, The Guardian, Lit Hub, POETRY Magazine among others. His accolades include a Ted Hughes Award, Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award, the Rathbone Folio Prize and he was awarded an MBE for his contribution to English language literature. He is currently based in Oklahoma City.

Willed by Wit and Wisdom with Chanel Thervil (Friday, May 28, 1 – 2 p.m.): Chanel Thervil is a Haitian American artist and educator that uses varying combinations of abstraction and portraiture to convene communal dialogue around culture, social issues, and existential questions. At the core of her practice lies a desire to empower and inspire tenderness and healing among communities of color through the arts. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Pace University and a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She’s been making a splash in Boston via her educational collaborations, public art, and residencies with institutions like The Museum of Fine Arts, The Boston Children’s Museum, The DeCordova Museum, The Harvard Ed Portal, and The Cambridge Public Library. Her work has been featured by PBS Kids, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Bay State Banner, WBUR’s ARTery, WGBH, and Hyperallergic.

Moving the Needle: Writing and Filmmaking with Shaina Feinberg (Friday, May 28, 3 – 4 p.m.): Shaina Feinberg is a writer/director from New York City. Her book Every Body – a candid look at sex from every angle – came out in January 2021 from Little, Brown. Her bi-weekly column in The New York Times, “Scratch” is an illustrated look at the world of business. Shaina is also a filmmaker who specializes in micro-budget filmmaking. In 2019, she was named by Indiewire as 1 of 25 queer filmmakers to watch. She has directed two original series for Audible: Aliens of Extraordinary Ability, starring Maeve Higgins and Cristela Alonzo, and Phreaks, starring Christian Slater, Carrie Coon and Justice Smith. She is a visiting professor at the Vermont College of Fine Art in the MFA program for film. She lives in Brooklyn.

Vital Signs: Artist Talk with Maynard Monrow (Saturday, June 5, 1 – 2 p.m.): Maynard Monrow was born in Hollywood, California and currently lives in New York City. Monrow received his BFA and MFA from California Institute of the Arts. His work has been exhibited at numerous institutions and galleries including: The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY; Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL; Gavlak Gallery LA and Palm Beach; Booth Gallery, New York, NY; Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NY and ACME Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2005). He has staged international performances in Rome, Italy, and participated in numerous projects including Ruffian’s Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Collection and LAX Art’s L.A.P.D. Billboard Project.

Hello Neighbor: Climate Migrants & Community Journalism with Brian Vines (Saturday, June 5, 3 – 4 p.m.): Brian Vines is a Chicagoan by birth and a New Yorker by choice. After completing the Masters Program in Broadcast Journalism at Boston University’s College of Communication he fetched coffee for some of the most respected journalists and news figures in the world during his tenure at CNN. After a stint in political communications Brian fell in love with his own reflection and reported for Here! networks, NYC-TV, Brooklyn Independent Media, the internationally syndicated VJIAM show, and Broad Band Network3 among others. In addition to reporting, show running and producing Brian is also a skilled host and moderator of live events on topics ranging from contemporary memoir to police brutality. A dedicated cyclist, NPR subscriber, and podcast enthusiast, Brian can be spotted balling-on-a-budget, fighting the urge to binge watch and answering questions about his hair.

For more information and to register for any of these events, visit 20summers.org.

FAWC’s Lineup of Virtual Talks Continues

The Fine Arts Work Center (FAWC) continues its Opening to Wonder creative conversations on the visual arts series online through May 20 with a diverse array of featured artists.

Mutimedia artist Jacolby Satterwhite presents a talk Thursday, April 15, 6 – 7 p.m., entitled “We are in Hell When We Hurt Each Other.” Sattwewhite, a Visual Arts Fellow at FAWC 2011-2012 and 2012-2013, has had his work presented internationally, includign recent exhibitions at Fabric Workshop & Museum, Philadelphia (2019); Pioneer Works, New York (2019); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2019); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2019); the Minneapolis Institute of Art (2019); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2018); Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2018); New Museum, New York (2017); Public Art Fund, New York (2017); San Francisco Museum of Art (2017); and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2017). He was awarded the United States Artist Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz Fellowship in 2016. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others. In 2019, Satterwhite collaborated with Solange Knowles on her visual album, When I Get Home.  Satterwhite will discuss his recent New York solo exhibition at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, We Are in Hell When We Hurt Each Other. His work combines virtual reality and video with influences from a wide range of media, including videogames, painting, and music, often bringing in the influences of his own mother whose mark on him is deeply felt.

Satterwhiate’s talk is followed by “Phantom Bodies: The Haptic Unhinged,” featuring Angela Dufresne, Melissa Ragona, Andrew Wollbright, Mala Iqbal, and Joiri Minaya, on Thursday, April 22, 6 – 7 p.m.; “Art and Activism: A Conversation Between Mira Schor and Anoka Faruqee,” Thursday, April 29; Sam Messer in Conversation with Will Blythe, Thursday, May 6, 6 – 7 p.m.; David Humphrey & Tala Madani in Conversation, Thursday, May 13, 6 _7 p.m.; and Firelei Báez and Derek Fordjour in Conversation, Thursday, May 20, 6 – 7 p.m.

For more information and to register for any of these events, visit fawc.org.

Madge and Bisket Coming to Provincetown

For performing artists the pandemic required adaptability and imagination. As venues remained closed those that make their living on the stage had to embrace technology to reach any kind of an audience. But for the drag duo of Madge and Bisket its what they’d been doing all along. Stephanie Michel and Wayne Noffsinger, two best friends, he a gay man, she a straight woman, created the hilarious drag duo of Madge and Bisket in Michel’s basement in the tiny town of Alpine, Wyoming.  What started off as a fun side project took off and Madge and Bisket became bona fide drag stars, developing a particularly large following here in Provincetown, a place of which they were only vaguely aware. They received so many messages from fans saying “When are you coming to Provincetown?!” that they decided to leave their town full of “Mormons, cowboys, and rednecks” and visit drag queen mecca.  They’ll be arriving July 14 and staying through the end of Bear Week. While they have no plans to hit the stage anywhere yet, they will be taking in the town as Madge and Bisket, seeing shows, and becoming familiar with a town they’ve fallen in love with from afar.

Madge & Bisket

In the meantime to check out Madge and Bisket visit madgeandbisket.com or find them on YouTube, Instagram, Tik Tok, Facebook, and Cameo.

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