Varla Rises Again (Thursday Sept. 8 – Saturday, Sept. 10)
You can’t keep a superstar down. After a freak accident involving a high heel, a stray Tic-Tac, and a busted kneecap threatened to prematurely end Varla Jean Merman’s 25th season in Provincetown, the indomitable drag chanteuse returns for a final run of shows at the Crown & Anchor, Sept. 8 to 10 — with wheels added to her already impressive bag of tricks. Tickets at thecrownanchor.thundertix.com.
Shevlin’s Strings (Friday Sept. 9 -Saturday, Sept. 10)
Ptown Art House presents Daniel Shevlin, cellist of the New York City-based singing string quartet Well-Strung, on Friday, Sept. 9, and Saturday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m. Shevlin will perform his solo show, Versatile, featuring Lance Horne at the piano. Tickets are $35 at brownpapertickets.com.
Family-Go-Round (Friday Sept. 9 – Sunday, Sept. 11)
Eastham Windmill Weekend will spin into town from Friday to Sunday. The theme of the family event is “Once Upon a Time,” and visitors can enjoy activities, food, crafts, and music while celebrating the history of Eastham. Admission and parking are free. Visit easthamwindmillweekend.org for more information.
Strokes and Folks (Saturday, Sept. 10)
The Provincetown Business Guild hosts the 35th Annual Swim for Life and Paddler Flotilla on Saturday, Sept. 10: a 1.2-mile swim along the shallow East End shoreline of Provincetown Harbor that benefits a dozen local and regional organizations including the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Eastham’s Cape Cod Children’s Place, and the Native Land Conservancy. The swim begins at 11 a.m. at the Harbor Hotel beach and the finish line is at Cannery Wharf Park, 387 Commercial St. Visit swim4life.org for more information or to register.
A Plucky Bunch (Saturday, Sept. 10)
The Wellfleet Public Library presents “Travels of the Guitar” with Aaron Larget-Caplan on Saturday, Sept. 10, noon to 1 p.m. The interactive program, open to all ages, features music from Spain and Latin America, music by American composers, and pieces from Larget-Caplan’s latest album, Honey Cadence. Larget-Caplan will also present “Looking Bach, Listening Forward” at the library that afternoon from 5 to 6 p.m. Both events are free, but seating is limited, and masks are required. Visit wellfleetlibrary.org for more information.
Finally, Finales! (Sunday, Sept. 11)
The Unitarian Universalist Meeting House in Provincetown presents “Broadway: Curtain Call!” on Sunday, Sept. 11, 5 p.m. The program will feature the biggest finales of the biggest shows performed by the [email protected] Broadway ensemble, with John Thomas, music director and pianist. Tickets are $25 at brownpapertickets.com.
Goodnight for Now (Sunday, Sept. 11)
The Post Office Cafe hosts Bob Keary’s final “Goodnight, Provincetown!” of the season on Sunday, Sept. 11, 9 p.m. The show will include interviews, performances, prizes, and original live music featuring the Mike Flanagan Trio. Tickets are $35 at postofficecafe.net.
A Corny Story (Wednesday, Sept. 14)
The Truro Historical Society presents a Corn Hill history walk with amateur historian Jay Vivian on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Vivian will lead participants on a two-mile trek while talking about historical events that happened nearby (beginning with the Pilgrims’ theft of a Payomet stash of corn on the hill in 1620) and sharing stories from primary source documents. The walk is $10; more information is at trurohistoricalsociety.org/events.
Strings Attached (Thursday, Sept. 15)
The Provincetown Senior Center hosts artist Janet Beattie for a six-week weaving class for beginners each Thursday at 1 p.m. beginning Sept. 15. Participants will learn how to set up and weave on a four-harness table loom. Each class lasts three hours, with time for weaving outside of class. Call 508-487-7080 for registration and fee information.
Gregg and Guitar (Thursday, Sept. 15)
Virtuoso guitarist Gregg Sullivan will perform at Wellfleet Preservation Hall on Thursday, Sept. 15, 5 to 7 p.m. Sullivan’s acoustic fingerstyle guitar repertoire includes music from artists including the Beatles and Stevie Wonder. Tickets are $15 at wellfleetpreservationhall.org.