‘Buying Gay: How Physique Entrepreneurs Sparked a Movement’
East End Books, 389 Commercial St., will host a reading on Friday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m.
Author David K. Johnson, an associate professor of history at the University of Southern Florida, presents a vivid look into the lives of physique entrepreneurs and their customers. The book includes a wealth of illustrations. Buying Gay explores the connections and tensions between the market and the gay rights movement. Physique entrepreneurs of the 1950s and 1960s were at the center of legal struggles, especially against the U.S. Post Office, including the court victory that allowed full-frontal male nudity and open homoeroticism. Buying Gay reconceives the history of the gay rights movement and shows how consumer culture helped create community and a site for resistance.
Rhapsody in Blue at the CUSP Gallery
Photographer and gallery owner Curtis Speer will have an exhibition of his ocean-themed work from Nov. 1 to 24. Titled “The Blues,” the pieces include ships, shipwrecks, and other visual stories about the sea.
“The Lightkeeper” is a self portrait from a series taken along the rocky coast of Maine inspired by the paintings of Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper. “The Lightkeeper” denotes courage, bravery, and tenacity in the midst of adversity.
Solo Time for First String Violinist
Edmund Bagnell, the first violinist of the singing string quartet Well-Strung, will make his solo debut in “He Plays the Violin” in Provincetown this weekend. The new show is a part of the inaugural season of New Works Provincetown, a theater lab founded by Mark Cortale to create new works here. Music direction is by Matthew Aument and the show is directed by Michael Schiralli, Varla Jean Merman’s long-time director.
Show times are Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Provincetown Art House Theatre, 214 Commercial St.
For tickets and information see brownpapertickets.com/event/4399313 or call (800) 838-3006.
Music, Theater, and Halloween Weekend Listings
Harold López-Nussa Quartet: Sunday, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. at Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main St. $25-$30 at payomet.org.
We Are the Men: Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. at The Academy Playhouse, 120 Main St., Orleans. $20 at acacape.org.
Jon Richardson: Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at 9 p.m. at the Crown & Anchor Dive Bar, 247 Commercial St., Provincetown. No cover.
Scream Along with Billy: Friday, Nov. 1 at 11 p.m. at Grotta Bar, 186 Commercial St., Provincetown. No cover.
Tin Pan Alley, 269 Commercial St., Provincetown. Gerald Goode: Thursday, Oct. 31, 8-11 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 3, 7-10 p.m. Mike Flanagan: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 1-2, 8-11 p.m. Jim Brosseau & Friends: Monday, Nov. 3, 7-10 p.m. No cover.
Crude: The Climate Change Musical, by Maureen Condon: Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. through Nov. 10 at Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre, 105 Division St., Harwich. $27, seniors $25, under 21 $15 at capecodtheatrecompany.org
David’s Friend, by Nora Burns: Friday-Saturday, November 1-2 at 7 p.m. at Pilgrim House, 336 Commercial St., Provincetown. $20-$30 at pilgrimhouseptown.com.
Grounded in Varna, by Jody O’Neil: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 1-2 at 8 p.m. at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, 2357 Route 6. $25 at what.org.
Mosquito Story Slam, Day of the Dead Special Edition, “Reunited”: Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. (6:30 p.m. sign-up) at Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main St. $15 at wellfleetpreservationhall.org.
Something Rotten! book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick: Opens Wednesday, Nov. 6, Tuesday-Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. at Cape Rep Theatre, 3299 Rt. 6A, Brewster, through Dec. 8 (no shows Nov. 26-28). $35-$40 at caperep.org
Drag Karaoke with Dana Danzel: Thursday-Saturday at the Governor Bradford, 312 Commercial St., Provincetown. No cover.
Mackenzie’s HalloQueen Spooktacular: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 1-2, at 9 p.m. at Pilgrim House, 336 Commercial St., Provincetown. $20 at pilgrimhouseptown.com.
Varla Jean Merman in “Pieced Together … All My Best Parts,” at The Art House, 214 Commercial St., Provincetown: Friday, Nov. 1, at 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m. $35-$45 at provincetownarthouse.com.
Art House, 214 Commercial St., Provincetown. Varla Jean Merman in “Pieced Together … All My Best Parts,” Friday, Nov. 1, 9 p.m. & Saturday, Nov. 2, 8 pm. $35-$45.
Boatslip Beach Club, 161 Commercial St., Provincetown. Last Dance Tea Dance, Sunday, Nov. 3, 4-7 p.m. Free.
Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St., Provincetown. Townie Halloween in the Wave Bar, Thursday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m., no cover; Spooky Bearlesque, Friday & Saturday, Nov. 1 & 2, 7 p.m., $29; Hallowoof: The Return of the Monsters, Friday, Nov. 1, 9 p.m., $15; Spooky Bear Costume Ball, Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 p.m. $10.
Motta Field, Winslow St. Provincetown Recreation Dept.’s Greet ’n’ Treat, Thursday, Oct. 31, 4:30-6 p.m. Free.
Pilgrim House, 336 Commercial St., Provincetown. Mackenzie’s HalloQueen Spooktacular (costumes encouraged), Friday-Saturday, Nov. 1-2, 9 p.m. $20.
Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial St. Black & Gold Halloween Ball, Saturday, Nov. 2, 8 p.m. $60 at Ptown.org.
Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre, Route 6. Trunk or Treat Festival, Thursday, Oct. 31, 4-7 p.m. Free (includes hotdogs & cider).
Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main St. Community Ofrenda Installation, Tuesday-Saturday, Oct. 29-Nov. 2; Halloween Dance Party with Sarah Swain & the Oh Boys (costumes encouraged), Thursday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m. $15/$16 at the door. Day of the Dead Mosquito Story Slam, Friday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m. $15.
Halloween Screening: Secret Agent (1936) Provincetown Public Library, 356 Commercial St. Hitchcock’s Worst Films (And Why They’re So Good) film series, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 5:30 p.m. Free.