Each week, from June through September, I will be highlighting things to do and see in Provincetown, Massachusetts on the weekends, while also shining a spotlight on one (or two) performance, theatre and visual artists and/or business owners.
This weekend (Thursday, July 2nd – Sunday, July 5th)
- 4th of July Weekend! Lots of parties and events around town to celebrate our independence. Venues include: The Crown & Anchor with events at The Paramount, Crown Cabaret, The Central House, Wave Bar and Poolside; Boatslip Beach Club; Sage Inn and Lounge…and of course the Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks. Parade begins at 11am at Harbor Hotel and works its way down Commercial Street. Fireworks will be over the Provincetown Harbor at dusk – approximately 9pm.
- Jennifer Holliday at The Crown & Anchor. Broadway’s original “Dreamgirl,” Jennifer Holliday, presents her show at The Paramount, 247 Commercial Street, beginning on Sunday, July 5th at 8pm. Don’t miss this Tony and Grammy Award winner’s big soulful voice that is sure to blow the roof off this Fourth of July weekend!
- Sutton Foster at The Art House. Mark Cortale & Broadway at the Art House proudly presents two time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster for 3 shows only hosted by Sirius/XM Radio Star and pianist Seth Rudetsky. The Friday, July 3rd performance is SOLD OUT but there are tickets available for Sunday July 5th shows at 5pm and 7pm. Art House is located at 214 Commercial Street.
- The Friday Art Gallery Stroll – Show openings this week at Gallery Ehva located at 74 Shank Painter Road with Laundry Room #2 – Waterfall curated by Ellen Schön. Waterfall is an international collaboration between three artists, Pirjo Heino (Finland), Karmela Berg (Israel), and Ellen Schön (United States). The artists met through the Transcultural Tile Exchange project in 2004. Their collaboration–an exhibit, installation, and performance–explores the theme of water as a metaphor for life. Water is seen as transformative and healing, as well as a tangible resource which needs to be protected. The title, Waterfall conveys both the idea of abundant water AND water at risk. The opening reception is Friday July 3rd at 6pm with the show running through July 15th. Bowersock Art Gallery located at 373 Commercial Street opens their newest show titled Dream World featuring the work of Trenton Manning an outsider sculptor and Steve Bowersock, surreal painter, and co-owner and curator of the gallery. Opening reception, July 3rd at 7pm. The show runs through July 14th.
- Blue Door Chamber Music at PAAM. Now in their 16th season, the duo of cellist Arthur Cook and pianist Deborah Gilwood returns to PAAM with their Blue Door Chamber Music concerts Thursday, July 2nd at 7pm. Tickets are $15.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT:
Singer/Songwriter Karen Maloney
Karen began writing music as a very young child and when she was eight, her parents and the community began to recognize that she had talent. Dreams of fame and fortune didn’t really play a role in her pursuit of music…it was more a “quest to be heard” and to have a voice. It has been a wonderful and exhilarating experience for her to write and perform. Karen feels it is during these moments of creating art, art that can move people, that she is experiencing her most authentic self.
Her latest album, which she is currently working to release, is called RAW. That title comes from the very visceral notion that she sometimes wears her skin inside out and that all she has left to bare is her soul. She’s removed her suit of armor and tossed the masks to let the music flow from her truth. So it won’t surprise you to learn that the songs on this album are very personal as they tell the story of Karen’s life: overcoming homelessness is the theme of the song Cardboard Heroes; working through the grief and emotions after her mother died in the song 10 AM; other songs wrestle with physical and mental abuse and addiction and recovery from drugs and alcohol.
Like many musicians and artists trying to make their way in a small seasonal town like Provincetown, sometimes the quality of your next meal depends on whether it’s raining or not. If the suns out, you can bring your permit to Town Hall or in front of The Squealing Pig and play a set and hope to get some tips. If it’s raining, you may have to settle for something out of a can. But Karen doesn’t let the weather or other adversity get her down and her inspiration comes from deep within. She is also inspired to keep going and to create her art by the people she loves and the world she lives in. And then of course, she is inspired by other artists….Joni Mitchell and Kurt Cobain among them.
“Living here in Provincetown has been an incredible ride so far. I have been welcomed with open arms and cherish the moments here. This town and its beauty never ceases to amazes me. God blessed this place with so many wonders. I was in dire need to rediscover myself and Provincetown has been the best place for me to do just that. I am forever grateful to be here.”
You can find Karen performing on Commercial Street in Provincetown throughout the summer season and can show your support by donating to her RAW campaign on IndieGoGo. I expect we will be hearing a lot more from Karen and will continued to be moved by her raw talent, emotion and honesty. The marks of a true artist indeed!