If you can’t find entertainment in Provincetown this weekend, c’mon, you can’t be trying very hard. A flood of events around town for the Indigenous People’s/Columbus Day weekend includes a giant music festival, a new arts festival, the start of the annual Women’s Week activities, a movie star at Town Hall, and a “monumental” yard sale all around town.
Want to make a plan? Here are some details:
The Washashore Music & Arts Festival
The new Washashore Music & Arts Festival will feature performances by close to 30 national and local queer entertainers with shows at three venues to create a three-day “immersive experience.”
Performers will include pop star Vincint, who says “every time I’m (in Provincetown), it feels like home”; Grammy Award-nominated and music-chart-topping singer Ty Herndon, described as a “gay country music icon”; emerging national acts; DJs leading late-night parties; and local entertainers.
The Friday through Sunday event will be a celebration of “the union of live music, queer artists, good beer, and the singularity of Provincetown,” according to the event website.
One goal of the festival “is to introduce Provincetown to a new, younger, and more diverse audience while also reinforcing Provincetown’s place as a haven for queer creative expression,” said Erik Borg of festival presenter Provincetown Brewing Co. in an announcement. “We envision the festival growing in the coming years into a South by Southwest-like event where art and performance can be found in every cafe, cabaret and corner of Ptown.”
Shows will take place at Provincetown Brewing Co.’s taproom, The Red Room and The Crown & Anchor resort. Executive producers are Live from Provincetown and Not Your Average Presents.
“The Washashore Festival is committed to uplifting and reflecting Provincetown’s unique soul with performers that embody free expression, individuality, beauty, acceptance, and joy,” said Jonathan Hawkins of Live from Provincetown in the announcement. “We want this festival to contribute to keeping Provincetown a queer and accessible destination.”
Specific times and venues were not available at presstime, but performers listed by date are:
Friday: Herndon, Justin Dawson, Derek Monteiro, Donnelly & Richardson, and New Breed.
Saturday: Blew Velvet, Kate Yeager, Siena Liggins, Marielle Kraft, LVDY, Johnny I, Zoë Lewis, Thirsty Burlington, SDOT, Daytime Disco, Chris Marchant and Joâo Santos.
Sunday: Vincint, Boy Radio, Karsten Sollors, The Dragon Sisters, Bitch, Billy Hough, Mike Sullivan, Qya Cristál, MikeMRF x Lisa Bello, Hops N Bottoms, Sunset Session and Andrew Haig.
The age 21+ event offers general admission tickets ranging from $85 for one day to $190 for three days. Proof of full vaccination is required to attend the festival. Information: https://washashorefestival.com. Tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/washashore-music-arts-festival-tickets-161109172873.
The new ArtProvincetown Festival will be held Friday through Sunday to spotlight art and galleries in town, which have been challenged by pandemic restrictions. This festival will share some crossover with the Washashore festival.
Designed as “a festival for the entire community” in a town with a long history as an art colony, ArtProvincetown will include receptions, a scavenger hunt and parties with the focus on museums, galleries, studios and marketplaces for artists and craftsmen.
Among the events:
Friday: 2 to 6 p.m., marketplace and reception at Saki, 258 Commercial St, #4, with live entertainment, guests and a raffle; 7 to 10 p.m., party with guest DJs in conjunction with Washashore at Saki
Saturday: noon, scavenger hunt with cash prizes begins and ends at Kmoe Gallery, 397 Commercial St.; 4 to 6 p.m., “Women Arts of Ptown” reception with business owner/art collector Jeri Boccio at Waydowntown, 265 Commercial St.; 9:30 p.m. to midnight, live music by the Sarah Burrill Band at Waydowntown
Sunday: noon to 6 p.m., marketplace and artist exhibit with guests and live entertainment at Harbor Hotel, 698 Commercial St. (co-hosted by Provincetown Brewing Co and The Washashore Festival).
The ArtProvincetown push includes the www.ArtProvincetownfestival.com website built with a map of galleries, businesses and attractions, featured artists and more; plus the @ArtProvincetown instagram site.
The popular fall tradition of Women’s Week is back “live and in person” this year, with a huge variety of events and activities starting Friday and running through Oct. 17 all over town.
Opportunities include sailings, whale watches and wine tastings daily, with films screening throughout the week at Waters Edge Cinema (237 Commercial St.), including “Invisible,” “Lady Buds” and “The Lesbian Bar Project.”
Top performers will include indie rock star (and music professor) Melissa Ferrick and Broadway star Jenn Colella at the Art House, 214 Commercial St.; Poppy Champlin, “Whitney: The Music of Whitney Houston,” Suzanne Westenhoefer, and comedians Judy Gold and Jenny McNulty among the acts at the Post Office Cafe & Cabaret, 303 Commercial St.; musician Zoe Lewis and actress Fiona Goodwin (“A Very British Lesbian”) among the acts at the Pilgrim House, 336 Commercial St.; and comedian Vickie Shaw, singer Suede and the “Women’s Week Idol” competition among the entertainment at the Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St.
Other events will include: the opening and a reception for “Of This Place: A photo exhibit by Cape Cod Photo Collaborative” at The Commons, 46 Bradford St.; book-signings at Womenscrafts, 376 Commercial St.; Solid Gold Tea Dances at the Boatslip, 161 Commercial St.; “L Word Generation Q Watch Partes” at Post Office Cafe; and “Lesbo Bingo” at the Crown & Anchor.
Information and a full schedule: https://womensweekprovincetown.com/
Kathleen Turner in new comedy play
Golden Globe-winning movie star and Tony Award-nominated stage star Kathleen Turner (“Romancing the Stone,” “Serial Mom,” “Peggy Sue Got Married”) will return to town to lead a play reading of “Family Game Night,” a dark ensemble comedy by local playwright Peter Kennedy about a family board game night that goes off the rails.
The plot: “What starts out as a mildly irritating board game featuring glitter and Grim Reaper hand puppets suddenly turns darker as three generations of the Morton family struggle with articulating wildly different views about their individual end of life (and afterlife) choices. In poignant flash-forwards, we begin to see the endgame of how those choices will eventually play out.”
Joining her will be Broadway actor John Hickok (“Aida,” “Parade,” “Little Women”); New York City actors Mehret Marsh, Dan Shaked, Franca Vercelloni and Bart Shatto; and Provincetown actors Tope Oni and Anne Stott. The one-night benefit reading for the Provincetown Theater Foundation will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday at Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial St. Tickets, information and COVID-19 guidelines: www.provincetowntheater.org.
Kennedy’s plays have been produced at festivals and theaters around the country. The award-winning and -nominated “Family Game Night” was recently featured in the 2020 New Works Virtual Festival, a Broadway all-star fundraiser to benefit the Actors’ Fund, with Carmen Cusack, Richard Kind, and Liz Larsen.
► The Provincetown Business Guild’s Monumental Yard Sale will be held at participating homes all over town from Saturday through Monday. Information: https://ptown.org/calendar/monumental-yard-sale/.
► Comedian Eddie Pepitone, who “channels the power of the rant,” will make his Provincetown debut with a show at 9 p.m. Friday at the Red Room at Velvet, 258 Commercial St. with comedian JT Habersaat.
Pepitone’s press material describes him as “a force of nature on stage, switching between social rage and self-doubt. His shows are an energetic combo of calm and chaos, blue-collar angst and sardonic enlightenment.” Pepitone has appeared on “Rick and Morty” and “Bob’s Burgers” and his “For the Masses” was chosen as “Funniest Special” in 2020 by a critic in The New York Times.
Habersaat has headlined the Altercation Comedy Tour for more than a decade and was named “Godfather of Punk Rock Comedy” by Chicago Now.
Proof of vaccination will be required to enter. Tickets and information: redroomatvelvet.com.
► A gala launch event/fundraiser will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday for Project VALOR Sailing at Thanassi Gallery at 234 Commercial St. Project VALOR Sailing is a new non-profit designed to serve the disabled and able-bodied veteran communities as well as active-duty service personnel with therapy through free sailing. The Valor wooden boat is being refitted for disabled adaptability and is due to arrive next spring in Provincetown Harbor and also offer a sailing school for ages 15 and up.
The event, designed to take place in between other art and music events in town, will include an official proclamation by Town Crier Daniel Gomez-Llatta; military honors by an honor guard; entertainment throughout by Qya Cristal; food and drink; and a raffle of artwork by Thanassi Kuliopulos.
Information: Projectvalorsailing.org, email@example.com 508-237-8753.
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