Live music returns to Tin Pan Alley, 269 Commercial St. in Provincetown, this week. Mike Flanagan performs Thursday, June 10th, from 8 to 11 p.m.; Mozelle on Friday, June 11th, from 9 p.m. to midnight; Flanagan joins Ken Sullivan on Saturday, June 12th, from 9 p.m. to midnight; Doug Repetti on Sunday, June 13th, from 9 p.m. to midnight; Jim Brousseau on Monday, June 14th, from 7 to 10 p.m.; then back-to-back Repetti on Tuesday, June 15th and Wednesday, June 16th, from 8 to 11 p.m. More info at tinpanalleyptown.com.
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When Sheltering Is Not So Safe
Playwright Candace Perry writes that “a portion of the Clothesline Project has been hanging in our yard in Wellfleet. We take in the shirts each evening and don’t hang them in inclement weather.”
The Clothesline Project originated in Hyannis in 1990, after members of Cape Cod’s Women’s Defense Agenda learned that while 58,000 soldiers lost their lives in the Vietnam War, 51,000 U.S. women were killed by the men who claimed to love them. The Clothesline Project has been displayed locally and all over the world, including last year at the Wellfleet Public Library.
“Each shirt on the clothesline tells a woman’s story,” Perry says. “At this time of sheltering in place there is great fear that sheltering is not so safe for many women and children. It’s in our yard in Wellfleet now to call attention to the concern about battering and to let women know there is help.”
To find out more, go to clotheslineproject.info. Independence House, the Cape Cod resource center addressing domestic and sexual violence, has a 24-hour hotline at 800-439-6507.
WOMR DJs Treat Covid-19 With All That’s Jazz
When the coronavirus hit, Henry and Jane Fischer, the husband and wife DJ team who have been regulars on WOMR in Provincetown since 2005, had to improvise. Their radio show, Dixieland Jazz, Etc., encompasses all types of jazz, ragtime, and swing — “the ‘etcetera’ covers a lot of territory,” Henry tells the Independent. Though the show used to air on odd-numbered Sundays, these days, it’s been almost every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon (92.1 FM, 91.3 in Orleans, or womr.org). And instead of doing shows live at the WOMR studio in Provincetown, they prerecord them from home.
The couple use an audio editing program to alternate music tracks with prerecorded descriptions or recaps before sending it off to be broadcast. Listeners can email instead of calling in requests. When the Fischers were at WOMR’s studio, they mostly relied on its vast library of recordings, but now they have to comb through their own CD collection, much of it discovered at the swap shop.
Working from home has presented challenges. “Our house has very high ceilings, and it’s hard to get rid of the echo,” Henry says. “We tried using some couch cushions to deaden the sound.” Jane complains that it’s hard to maintain spontaneity with a prerecorded show.
Still, it’s a rewarding way to spend your time during quarantine — Henry and Jane, who taught physics and math, respectively, have been retired since 2001. And it’s a great opportunity to play music by artists who can’t currently perform.
“I have learned so much about jazz since starting the show,” Jane says, though she claims not to be a “moldy fig” or a die-hard jazz purist. —Saskia Maxwell Keller
Tin Pan Alley Home Edition
During the coronavirus lockdown, while Provincetown’s Tin Pan Alley is offering meatballs and mac ’n’ cheese to go, it’s also presenting a kind of “musical takeout” to enjoy at home. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 7 to 8 p.m., you can live-stream concerts by the musicians who usually frequent Tin Pan Alley’s piano bar stage, right from its Facebook page.
The virtual concerts are free, co-owner Jack Kelly tells the Independent, and Tin Pan Alley pays the musicians for their time and talent, but he hopes viewers will contribute what they can to the virtual tip jar.
“This is just a purely selfless act to support artists at a time when they have been hurt the hardest,” says Tin Pan Alley’s musical director, Mike Flanagan.
On tap this week are Mike and Brendan Ryan performing on Thursday, May 14. Boston-based singer Sheree Dunwell is live on Sunday, May 17. Flanagan says of Dunwell, “She can sing any style, and she is actually trained in opera. Her musical chops, the way she uses her instrument, are amazing.” —Saskia Maxwell Keller
our picks for the week of April 30 through May 6
Outer Cape Bulletin
The Truro Historical Society, with the help of Jobi Pottery, is hoping to auction off hand-painted plates made by local artists during its gala this summer. While plate-makers are sheltering in place, Jobi’s Susan Kurtzman has organized curbside pickups to collect plates and paints, and will host an instruction session via Zoom to explain the creative process. To reserve your plate, email Lauren Kaufman at [email protected].
A Time for Healy
A virtual concert featuring Cape-based musician-songwriter Kathleen Healy, vocalist Kim Moberg, and acoustic performers Sparrow Blue (Katy Boc and Todd Nickerson) will live-stream on Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to nothing, your choice (or donate more), at eventbrite.com. Search for “Kathleen Healy.”
The Brewster Ladies’ Library is offering “Facebook Live Story Time,” with youth services librarian Nori, free every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., and “Facebook Live Crafty Corner,” also with Nori, free every Friday at 10:30 a.m. The sessions are geared for children ages two to five, but all are welcome. Link up on the library’s Facebook page.
The Museum of Science, Boston, is hosting a free 30-minute online event, “Science in Action: Starry Night,” on Friday, May 1, at 1 p.m., which will guide explorations of the night sky. Register for free at eventbrite.com (search for the event by title), where you’ll get an entry code for Zoom.
This Ain’t No Disco
The Wellfleet Recreation Dept.’s Disco Night, a free virtual dance hour with JT & Angel, goes live on Friday, May 1, from 8 to 9 p.m. Link up five minutes early at meet.google.com/fiy-upac-dcc. For young ’uns, there’s a Family Dance Party from 6 to 7 p.m. that same night (meet.google.com/hct-icbs-vpy), and for do-si-do-ers, there’s a Virtual Square Dance Hour on Saturday, May 2, from 6 to 7 p.m., at meet.google.com/avk-rekj-fnd.
Hold the Mayo
Every year, Cape Cod Beer hosts a “Salsa Fest” on the Friday before Cinco de Mayo, and this year is no exception, though the festivities are virtual. Order a bundle of tortilla chips, salsa, and a four-pack of Cape Cod Beer for $26 at eventbrite.com (search for “salsa fest”) and join the festivities on May 1 from noon to 6 p.m. on Cape Cod Beer’s Facebook page, clicking on “events.”
Tin Pan Alley has posted that during the crisis, with piano bar sing-alongs canceled, they’ll be initiating free at-home sessions with their regular musicians every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday night from 7 to 8 p.m. Go to Tin Pan Alley’s Facebook page (or co-owner Jack Kelly’s) to see who’s playing and join in.
Color Your World
Remember coloring books? During the crisis, high-art drawings (not all of them kid-friendly) have become available as a creative pursuit. Try the Cape Cod Museum of Art’s array at ccmoa.org (scroll down the “Education” menu to “Coloring Page”), or, for an astonishing collection of free, download-able images, Google the Milano Art Guide “Colouring Book Project.” Number 0202 is by Jake Troyli, a visual arts fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Thanks to FAWC for recommending it.
our picks for the week of March 26 through April 1
Outer Cape Bulletin
The Metropolitan Live in HD series that was showing at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater has been canceled for the remainder of the season (along with all live performances at the Met), but in its stead, the company is streaming full operas from the past for free on its website. The selection offered changes daily; this week, it’s all-Wagner: You can watch Siegfried from Thursday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. to Friday, March 27, 6:30 p.m.; Götterdämmerung from Friday to Saturday; Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg from Saturday to Sunday; and Tannhäuser from Sunday to Monday. Google “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” scroll down all the way to a schedule, find your date, and click on that.
Tin Pan Alley in Provincetown, like many Outer Cape restaurants, is serving takeout ordered ahead to be picked up at the door. Its “Quarts to Go” menu is posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page. On top of that, in a recent post, owner Jack Kelly offered customers who can’t afford a cash or credit card payment to set up a house charge account, with proof of I.D., to get a running tab that’s pay-as-you-can.
On Monday, the Provincetown International Film Festival officially postponed its 22nd annual extravaganza, scheduled for June 17-21. This comes as no surprise, considering the number of festivals that have already been canceled. Provincetown Film Society’s new CEO, Rachael C. Brister, said over the weekend that one of the toughest decisions she has ever made was to let go the Waters Edge Cinema staff after the theater was closed. A GoFundMe page has been set up for their benefit but can be linked online only by going to the Provincetown Film Society & Festival Facebook page, scrolling down to a March 20 post entitled “Waters Edge Cinema Furloughed Employees Fund,” and clicking on it.
More cancellations: The Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary has closed its trails and the sanctuary to all visitors until further notice. … The Provincetown Community Compact’s V.F.W. art installation project, sparked by Jay Critchley, has been canceled. Critchley urged artists to “Create!” and reminded eager participants that “there will be other opportunities, so stay tuned.” … David Drake, the Provincetown Theater’s artistic director, told the Independent that the Mosquito Story Slam for April 11 has been canceled, and the theater’s first production, The Drag, by Mae West, scheduled to begin May 14, will be postponed. Drake is hoping to put on some virtual stage readings while we’re all sheltering in place. No details at press time.
A couple of high-quality shorts have been posted free by the New York International Children’s Film Festival. A brief one, called “The Perfect Houseguest,” is especially apt for these socially isolated days. It can be accessed on Vimeo at bit.ly/3b8u9WO, with the last letter a capital “O,” not a zero.
And finally, two up notes from the local art scene: Bakker Auctions is still accepting consignments for its scheduled May 30 auction, which will be online. Go to bakkerprojects.com. And Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown has the best virtual tour we could find. It’s of the show “Pentimento: Bring Back to Mind” at galleryschoolhouse.com.