‘Empowerment’ at the Cultural Center
Curated by recently appointed Executive Director Molly Demeulenaere, “Empowerment vs. Exploitation” opens at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St. in South Yarmouth, on Tuesday, Feb. 8 and runs through March 26.
The show, which includes 56 works from around the U.S. and Canada, tackles the big, knotty questions of gender-based inequality. “I want girls to grow up and be brave instead of perfect, to feel beautiful for being intelligent and strong,” says Demeulenaere in a statement. “I hope an exhibition experience like this will encourage people to open a dialogue, look at the world, challenge the accepted norm.”
There will be an opening reception on Friday, Feb. 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. Masks and proof of vaccination required. The Cultural Center is open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
Open University of Wellfleet
Enrollment has started for winter courses at the Open University of Wellfleet. Capacity is limited, with some classes already sold out, but there are still spots in “Irving Berlin, America’s Songwriter” with Marc Strauss via Zoom on Mondays, beginning Feb. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.
“Utopias and Dystopias” with Elissa Greenwald, which began Feb. 1, continues via Zoom on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. “Two Worlds Collide: Teaching Ourselves About Cape Cod’s First Inhabitants” with Paul Savage, in person at Wellfleet Preservation Hall; and “Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier: Context and Contrast” with Martha and Elliot Rothman, via Zoom, are both sold out. Registration for each course is $60 at openuniversityofwellfleet.org.
Provincetown Film Society Auction
The Provincetown Film Society’s annual winter auction runs virtually through Feb. 13. The hottest item is a dinner with John Waters at the Provincetown dump, featuring a “dumpster dive” meal cooked by chef Jacob Hetnarski, “custom damaged plates” by artist John Derian, and “dead flower arrangements” by Garden Renovations Nursery. Other auction items include a virtual Provincetown architecture tour with David Dunlap; a one-week vacation rental in Umbertide, Italy; a personalized voicemail message by Kathleen Turner; a stay at the Mary Heaton Vorse House; and a drag makeover by Billie Jean Beetem. Bid at biddingforgood.com/ptownfilm.
Winter Whenevers is the hybrid version of Winter Wednesdays, a free community education program held via Zoom and in person at Provincetown IB Schools, 12 Winslow St. The seven-week program will run Monday, Feb. 7 through March 24. Virtual classes include yoga with Hannah O’Rourke and Karen Kwass; photography with Jim Austin and Tara Conant; “Creative Visual Journaling” with Rowan Weilblad; and “The Complete Bob Fosse on Film” with Marc Strauss. In-person classes, held Wednesdays at 6 p.m., include dance with Jaime De Sousa and “The Art of Dying” with Dawn Walsh, an end-of-life doula and executive director of the Lily House. Masks and proof of vaccination required for in-person classes. Free child care is available as well as free cab rides for Provincetown participants. Register at winterwednesdays.org.