Arts Guide

Paint aboard a whale watch boat, attend an open mic night or sign up for a line dancing class! This 28-page feature walks you through dozens of concerts, plays,workshops and special celebrations in 2015.

By Lisa Conors


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Special celebration: The playhouse marks its 40th anniversary this year. A special gala will be held on May 17 at the Chatham Bars Inn Beach House. Tickets are $100 apiece.
On stage this month: “Same Time Next Year,” by Bernard Slade runs through May 15.
Hot summer offerings: “Sweet Charity,” June 18 through July 18, and “The Man of La Mancha,” July 22-Aug. 22.
Fall buzz: Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” opens Oct. 9 and runs through Nov. 15.

•120 Main St., Orleans • 508 255 1963 •




Special celebration: The 30th anniversary of Citizens Bank Pops by the Sea, featuring the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Aug. 9, on the Hyannis Village Green.

Hot summer offerings: The new Summer Soloist Series, in partnership with Mashpee Commons, will feature a lineup of Cape Cod’s finest singer/songwriters showcasing their original music each Thursday evening through July and August.

Must-see events: The 26th Annual Pops in the Park on Aug. 22 at Eldredge Field in Orleans. The TD Bank Summer concert series and the AFCC summer concert series, weeknights July 6 through Aug. 28 held in eight Cape towns.

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What’s new: Neil Drevitson: “Seeking Beauty in the Natural World,” May 2 – July 5. Drevitson is a master in the Boston School of Painting tradition. His paintings are much sought-after by collectors, receiving many prestigious awards throughout his 40-year painting career. On May 9, a panel discussion with the artists of “Formal Aspects”: Erica Adams, Emily Berger, Joanne Freeman, Sarah Hinckley, Joanne Mattera, Mira Schor. These six artists have spent their lives coming to the Cape. Their experience, made manifest in their artwork, shows the many unique ways people internalize and respond to nature, and to this specific landscape.

Hot summer offerings: “After Hopper,” a celebration of work by contemporary artists inspired by Edward Hopper, events scheduled throughout the year (see page 54 for more specific details). Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: Abstraction,” July 9- Aug. 9, featuring selected artists from Deborah Forman’s newest book, “The Contemporary Cape Cod Artists.” This exhibition will highlight the depth and breadth of abstraction in its many varied forms.

What’s the buzz: Fashion show and luncheon at Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, May 20, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Hosted by The Guild of Cape Cod Museum of Art, to benefit the museum. Fashions by the Chatham Clothing Bar. Tickets: $50; call 508-385-4477, ext. 20, or order online at “Clearly: Glass as Sculpture – An Invitational Glass Exhibition,” Sept. 5-Nov. 15, featuring a wide range of glass sculptures created by regional artists. Demonstrations by participating artists will be held in conjunction with the exhibition.

•60 hope lane, Dennis • 508 385 4477 •



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What’s new: Nine concerts among the Masterpiece and

CapePops Series, plus a tribute to one of Hollywood biggest legends, Judy Garland. On the classical side, an all-Mozart concert and Beethoven’s “Choral Symphony” (No. 9). (Tickets to the

general public go on sale in July).

Hot summer offerings: On the conservatory side, the launch of a new intensive youth orchestra workshop, along with a new course utilizing modern technology – the iPad – to create music and art. In July, the conservatory’s SummerSounds program returns to provide pop, jazz and rock band experiences for student musicians ages 10 to 18.

Fall buzz: This year’s symphony season opener in September features two guest artists who also happen to be very good friends: Pianist Jon Nakamatu and clarinetist Jon Manasse. The pair will premiere a piece by four-time Grammy-winning composer Gordon Goodwin. Cape Symphony’s new chamber ensemble, Nth Degree, debuted this season and will be back with a brand new concert series starting this fall.

Must-see events: Catch the Cape Symphony under the tent and under the stars. The symphony will bring a new Broadway show on June 20 to the Cape Cod Melody Tent and expect a dazzling performance on Aug. 22 at the annual Pops in the Park concert in Orleans.

Noteworthy: The Cape Symphony & Conservatory continues an active search for a new leader to replace outgoing executive director, Jerome Karter, who will finish his nine-season run on June 30.

•Barnstable Performing Arts Center • 774 Main St., Hyannis • 508 362 1111 • •



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What’s the buzz: In addition to summer blockbusters and screenings of classic films like “Jaws,” the Orpheum also offers a “Rainy Day Matinee.” On rainy days in July and August, the theater screens a variety of family films, including “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” and “Surf’s Up.”  Tickets are $5 and all shows start at 10 a.m. on rainy days.

Hot summer offerings: Summer blockbusters, the Local Film Makers Series, and perennial favorite classic films such as “Sunset Boulevard” and “What’s Up, Doc?”

Special event: The theater is proud to present its second annual Cape Abilities Sensory Film Series. The series, designed especially for families with children and adults affected by Autism Sensory Disorder (ASD), will continue with a different film the third Saturday of each month.

• 637 Main St., Chatham • 508 945 4900 •


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What’s new: Expansion and renovations of its facilities, including adding more seats to its Black Box Theater, as well as adding an outdoor tent for children’s theater productions this summer.

What’s the buzz: In addition to six main stage and 12 Black Box theatrical productions, the center will present more than 75 concerts and special events featuring a concert production of the musical “Hair,” a Kentucky Derby Gala, the annual Americana Hootenanny, and Brazilian, jazz and classical music festivals.

Summer sizzle: “Gypsy,” July 7- Aug. 2, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Arthur Laurents. A musical extravaganza featuring some of the best-loved music in the entire American musical theater songbook. Brazen Belles Burlesque Troupe returns Aug. 12-15, bringing music, dancing, acting, wit, sass, and of course, seduction to the stage.

Must-see events: “What the World Needs Now,” June 11-14. Last year’s hit musical tribute to Burt Bacharach returns to the center. “Pirates of Penzance,” Sept. 29 – Oct. 25, by Gilbert and Sullivan, Swashbuckling musical comedy to be presented with a twist audiences have come to expect from Cotuit Center for the Arrrrrrrrts! “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Dec. 1-20, a popular seasonal favorite the whole family will enjoy.

Special celebrations: The15th Annual Art & Souls Masquerade Ball, Oct. 31. Featuring great music, bone-chilling refreshments, and costume prizes. “Entertainment Tonight!” on Aug. 7 The center’s annual fundraiser – great food, great entertainment, and more!

•4404 Falmouth Rd., Cotuit • 508 428 0669 •



plein air Chatham 2013What’s new: Throughout the year, weekly faculty instructors will conduct painting demonstrations. The price of admission: Donations to Chatham’s food pantry.

Giving back: Pottery students donate their handmade soup bowls to the Cape Cod Potters’ Soup Bowls for Hunger. The center gives about 100 to 120 bowls each year.

Must-see events: The third annual Chatham Sparkles. On Sept. 26, artists all over town will paint during the day. Their artwork will then be framed and put on display for a sparkling reception. Great community event!

Special celebrations: The annual summer gala will be held on July 11 at the Chatham Maritime Marconi Center, with music, Hors d’oeuvres, and live and silent auction items.

•154 Crowell Road, Chatham • 508 945 3583 •


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What’s new: The new education wing, which is nearing completion this year.

What’s the buzz: The expansion of the center’s mentoring program for youth at-risk. The new education wing will feature a special studio dedicated to the program, including a culinary arts center and a recording studio for photography and digital arts, ceramics and mixed media.

Must-see events: Blues legend James Montgomery, plus an international

selection of artists, including Copley Master Christopher Zhang, a realist painter from China in May; Swiss guitarist Attila Vural in June; and McDonald’s Farm (a.k.a. “The Scottish Beatles”) in July.

 Special celebrations: A weekend-long celebration for the new education wing (date and time TBA), and several other landmark events: the 13th Annual 5K Run/Walk for the Arts on June 20; the 13th Annual Celebration of the Arts Festival on Aug. 7-9; and Great Gifts! A Special Holiday Show and Sale, on Nov. 6-7.

•307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth • 508 394 7100 •


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What’s the buzz: “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” May 15-June 14. When a new tenant arrives at Armadilla Acres, she wreaks havoc all over Florida’s “most exclusive” trailer park. For more mature audiences.

Hot summer offerings: “The Music Man,” June 26-July 11, follows a fast-talking traveling salesman as he cons people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. Meredith Wilson’s six-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy is a family friendly story.

Also, “Aladdin” on July 17-Aug. 1. A tale of mystery and magic set in a fairytale land of flying

carpets, magical palaces, and rebellious princesses. Aladdin makes his way from beggar to prince while outwitting evil sorcery, falling in love and saving the day.

•105 Division St., West Harwich • 508 432 2002 •


What’s new: “CARRIE: The Musical,” June 29-Sept. 9, and two Tennessee Williams one-act plays in a new location at Provincetown Schools at 12 Winslow St.

What’s the buzz: “We are excited about our entire season, but specifically ‘CARRIE: The Musical,’” says Peregrine co-founder Adam Berry. “By performing in the old high school auditorium, we will be able to give our audiences a site-specific and immersive theatrical experience. The school will be transformed into Carrie’s high school the weeks leading up to prom,” says Berry.

Must-see events: Two rare and queer one acts, by Tennessee Williams: “And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens” and “The Parade, or Approaching the End of a Summer,” Thursdays and Fridays, Aug. 6-Sept 18.

•Provincetown Schools • 12 Winslow St., Provincetown •



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What to expect: The 11th annual 2015 Provincetown Jazz Festival will be held on Aug. 13 at The Crown & Anchor in Provincetown and at Cotuit Center for the Arts on Aug. 17.

What’s new: Kate McGarry, a Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist from North Carolina who is originally from Cape Cod, is making her debut at the festival. She will be accompanied by guitarist Keith Ganz, who is also making his debut.

What’s the buzz: Fabiano de Castro, a jazz pianist and composer from Sao Paulo, Brazil, is the first South American jazz musician to appear at the festival. Fabiano will be accompanied by Mark Greel from Boston on trumpet, Bruce Abbott on saxophone and flute, Ron Ormsby on bass and Bart Weisman on drums.

•The Crown & Anchor • 247 Commercial St., Provincetown • 508 487 1430 •
•Cotuit Center for the Arts • 4404 Falmouth Rd., Cotuit • 508 428 0669 •



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What to expect: The Secret Garden Tour, July 19. The day begins with a self-guided walking tour of Provincetown’s gorgeous secret

gardens—through hidden stone paths and crooked wooden

walkways into borders and beds of specimen plants, common and exotic flowers and lush greenery. Ticket-holders receive a map and booklet with stories and details about each garden.

What’s new: “Robert Motherwell: A Centennial Celebration,”

May 15–31. An exhibition of collages, paintings and works on paper to commemorate one of America’s greatest abstract expressionists.

Summer classes: Fine art workshops at The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Museum School at PAAM, Workshops range from a single-day introduction to five-day intensive sessions.

What’s the buzz: Paul Resika exhibition, June 26-Aug. 30. Resika has been associated with the Provincetown arts community for more than 60 years. The artist has drawn his iconography and inspiration from his travels, developing a reputation for his landscape and figurative paintings and has become pre-eminent in his use of color.

Special celebrations:  The PAAM annual gala on Oct. 10.

•460 Commercial St., Provincetown • 508 487 1750 •


debramann2011What’s new: In February, the hall hosted its first “pop up” restaurant with Tony Pasquale, local chef and owner of Terra Luna in Truro. This off-season event was a runaway hit, and two more were scheduled with Ceraldi restaurant in March and April. More pop-ups to come!

What’s the buzz:  On May 9, Debra Mann of Providence sings Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927 – 1994), a Brazilian composer, singer, pianist, guitarist and primary force behind the creation of the boss nova. He is best known as the composer of “The Girl from Ipanema,” one of the most recorded songs of all time. Mann will perform a concert with Ron Ormsby on bass and Bart Weisman on drums. Prez Hall will also serve as a venue for the acclaimed Provincetown International Film Festival, June 18-21. “We are excited to partner with PIFF’s umbrella organization, the Provincetown Film Society, not only on this fantastic week of independent, cutting-edge film programming, but also on producing year-round workshops and screening events for filmmakers local and abroad,” says Vanessa Downing, the hall’s managing director.

Free Line Dancing classes, May 15 – July 15. What started off as a one-time workshop has expanded because of high demand. Presented by two local line dancing enthusiasts, Sarah Porteus and Katherine Beasley.

Hot summer offerings: Prez Hall and Payomet Performing Arts Center are joining forces to produce four weeks of daily Circus Arts Camp (workshops and performance) for kids, complete with an aerial arts rig mounted in our upper hall! Juggling, clowning, partner acrobatics, hooping, ropes, static trapeze, silks, strength and agility exercises, and magic will be offered in July and August.

Fall buzz: Don’t miss the special plated-dinner event, Oysterfete, taking place the weekend of Wellfleet’s famous Oysterfest on Oct. 16. Locally sourced and produced dishes will be served, accompanied by wine pairings. This event provides the opportunity to enjoy a delicious and sophisticated dining experience.

Must-see events:  The longest-running special event, the annual Birdhouse & Garden Auction on May 23, is a quintessential Lower Cape experience, not to be missed! Take home an original and unique work of art created by a local artist. On June 27, the hall will host its 3rd annual Taste of the Town event, with many of the best local restaurants, chefs and caterers offering their culinary delights. This fun and friendly fundraiser takes place in the hall’s garden, complete with a full bar and live music.

•335 Main St., Wellfleet • 508 349 1800 •




Summer offerings/classes: A fabulous summer with renowned teachers Janet Echelman, Lois Dodd, Robert Pinsky, Michael Klein, Bernd Haussmann, Mike Glier, installation artist Maria Magdalena Compos-Pons, Emily Eveleth. Classes in painting, printmaking, ceramics, installation art, photography, digital media, sculpture, jewelry, writing, poetry and kids classes.

Fall buzz: Don’t miss the poetry reading on Sept. 16 with Mark Doty. On Sept. 29, the center will present a film about artist Lois Dodd, who will hold a discussion after the screening; held in conjunction with a solo gallery exhibition of Dodd’s work. The 2015 Castle Hill “Paints the Race” on Sept. 10 invites artists and tourists to participate in a unique opportunity to paint aboard a whale watch boat during the Great Provincetown Schooner Regatta Race.

Special celebrations: The Cocktail Party at Edgewood Farm on June 27. Gallery openings occur throughout the season every other Thursday. Special events include the “Eight x Eight” fundraiser on July 5, featuring work by local and international artists; the second annual Pamet Float and Family Cookout will be held on Aug. 1, the annual Castle Hill Silent Art Auction on Aug. 8, and a poetry reading on Aug. 13 with Dorianne Laux and Joe Millar. PoemJazz with Robert Pinsky is on Aug. 20 and the Full Moon Gala on Aug. 29.

•10 Meetinghouse Road, Truro • 508 349 7511 •


What to expect: A contemporary

Broadway comedy; a bold world premiere staging of an epic American tale, and WHAT for Kids enters its 15th season of original family programming.

What’s the buzz: The world premiere of “Moby Dick,” written by James Armstrong and directed by Christopher Ostrom, June 20-July 18. “Lady Day,” July 25-Aug. 22,

starring Tracey Conyer Lee as Billie Holiday, an intimate portrait of one of music’s greatest treasures. “Hard Travelin’ With Woody,” written and performed by Randy Noojin, Aug. 4, 9, 11 and 16, is a play about

America’s iconic folksinger, Woody Guthrie.

Fall buzz: “Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story,” written by Stephen Dolginoff. Directed by Jeffry George. Oct. 23- Nov. 8. A musical theatrical event that recounts the chilling, true story of the legendary duo who committed one of the most infamous and heinous crimes of the 20th century.

Summer offerings: WHAT Summer Music Festival, returning for its third summer. Featuring: Mainly Mozart Program 1 with the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on June 30; Big Band Swing with Stage Door Canteen on July 1; an Evening of Cabaret with Krisanthi Pappas and Edwige Yingling on July 7; An Evening of Vocal Jazz with String of Pearls July 8; George Gritzbach Blues Band on Tuesday, July 14; Mainly Mozart Program 2 with the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Wednesday, July 15.

Special celebration: On July 28, WHAT celebrates its 31st anniversary with their second annual “Players Ball: The Caribbean Magic Edition.” This gala evening will feature a sizzling menu by Jenn Mentzer of Mac’s Catering and Provisions, steel drums, the Ukeladies, and a live experiential auction.

•2357 Route 6, Wellfleet • 508 349 9428 •



Nantucket Comedy Festival, July 15-18: A nonprofit organization that uses comedy to empower, engage, and inspire through its annual festival and year-round workshops. For this year’s event, expect favorites and regulars such as Karen Morgan, Kerri-Louise Cotter and Tom Cotter; Stand Up & Learn Kids Night on the 15th; women’s night on the 16th, and the popular SmACKdown. A big-name comedian usually headlines the Saturday night show.

Nantucket Film Festival, June 24-29: Over the years, stars such as Steve Martin, Ben Stiller, Meg Ryan and Jim Carrey have appeared at this premiere film festival, which features preview screenings and live signature programs. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the festival will bring more films than ever and more incredible stories. Tickets go on sale May 21.

Martha’s Vineyard Summer Madness, Aug. 7-9: The MV Summer Madness Music Festival and Conference is a weekend-long event featuring unforgettable concerts with top-notch acts, parties, artist showcases and networking opportunities through educational panels consisting of major players in the music industry.


What to expect: The eight-day festival July 25-Aug. 1 showcases the best in emerging independent film in Woods Hole and will host daily screenings of more than 100 independent films submitted from around the world at various venues, and will also include special events, parties, music and panel discussions workshops.

What’s new: Filmmakers in residence include Maya Forbes and Richard Ray Perez. Forbes, who directed “Infinitely Polar Bear,” stars Mark Ruffalo. Perez directed “Cesar’s Last Feast,” and is producer of creative partnership in the Sundance Institute’s documentary film program.

What’s the buzz: Sally Taylor, pictured above, daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon, will discuss her global arts initiative “Consenses.”

Tickets go on sale July 1. 

For more information, email or call

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