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Enter Marthe

Virgo 6° (August 29)

 

Yet another splendiferous morning on the beach; and as I enter the final stretch with festival plans and fundraising in particular I am potentially in very good shape right now, if I can just stay the course and keep my wits about me. I have already done what I do: Which is to Once the hub-ub of the next ten days is through I will begin to focus on getting pictures framed and junk dumped and other such things done that fall under the heading of going through the debris of the past fifty-five years. How did I get to this place it seems so very surreal. And yet here I am. Well not quite yet so we’ll hold that thought. I don’t have the support I once had on any level from would-be sponsors; so I need to pull it out now, more than I have.

I have to find a way back to the magic that could help me pull out this festival at the last minute. So I”m going to tap into “The Eight Days and Nights of William Willing” which is the name of a treatment of a novel I wrote many moons ago on what became a well-worn theme; but, hey, what else is new. I know I will drop the ball and that I’ll have to work my way back from some kind of edge because I know I’m wont to go there. The question is how far off track am I willing to go and how much energy can I put into working my way back. But now, I’ve promised myself, that I would do double duty and introduce my festival alter ego Marthe Svenjördt and to her writing as the new concierge of our website. Here are some of her restaurant “reviews”:

Afterglow Festival Concierge
Provincetown In and Out 
 by Marthe Svenjördt 

CAFE HEAVEN

Pray you get in. The one criticism we had of this restuarant was that it was too cramped and had no flow, but that’s all been changed with an newly expanded interior and the addition of a bar. It’s the in place to be and be seen, bright eyed and bushy tailed (unless you wax) first thing in the morning, especially after the early AA meeting lets out. Anonymity aside, many a well-heeled (and healing) decamped New Yorker can be seen chowing in this West End storefront, colorfully adorned with bold paintings and farmy furniture—it is the most Upstate New Yorky looking place in the whole town of P. Surely you can stomach lobster hash with poached eggs and Hollandaise or a stack of fresh blueberry pancakes. The baked goods here are truly, well, heavenly—homemade English muffins! And it’s not just for breakfast anymore. Some divine lunch and dinner creations include Tuscan cod; Portugese rack of pork with little neck clams; a killa chowdah; seared day scallops served in any number of delicious ways, depending on the day; filet mignon as salad centerpiece or served au poivre. The menu manages to be consistent while its offerings change depending on what’s fresh and what the chef is feeling du jour. Truly transcendent.
199 Commercial Street. 508 487 9639.

THE CANTEEN

Casual chic. This place lives up to its name because many a Ptown folk considers this to be their local commissary. It’s a favorite of die-hard townies and wash-ashore hipstera alike. There are no reservations taken here. You show up, you queue up, you pay and take a number, grab your utensils and await the yumminess to arrive. We never eat here without ordering the Crispy Brussel Sprouts in fish sauce. Otherwise, it could be a Kale & Quinoa salad day, or a Lobster roll lunch, or a Surf-and-Turf (grilled steak and shrimp on ciabatta) sandwich afternoon. Or perhaps Cod Banh-Mi. And tacos? How about pulled pork; or crispy cod? There’s a raw bar. And no place this side of Nantucket can you get some “Fries with Eyes”—smelts with your choice of dipping sauce. A great beer and wine list. Or “frosé—yes, you guessed it: frozen rosé. You can sit out back near the water. You can people watch inside, which is decked-out in a Bretagne-Yankee nautical theme. You’ll be back the next day.
225 Commercial Street. 508 487 3800. www.thecanteenptown.com

FRONT STREET

If you could turn back time. Walking into this place is taking a trip back to 1970s Provincetown. There are two menus—a traditional Italian one, to which this writer adheres; and a “continental” one from which most people order. Sorry, but we likes the carpaccio,  the pasta e fagioli, the burrata and heirloom tomatoes, the veal Maura with escarole and beans and chicken piccatta or Francese with artichokes, and or eggplant parmigiana with sides of al dente spaghetti. But you might go for the continental fare of Tuscan summer salad, herb-crusted rack of lamb, tea-smoked duck or gorgonzola-stuffed Angus beef filet mignon. Vive la difference, or whatever the Italian equivalent of that saying is. Typically, we love this place when the crowds are gone and the dark interior matches our  fall and winter mood. But we have never had a bad meal here or an inauthentic experience and, when push comes to shove, we would save this place first in the event of a tsunami.
230 Commercial Street. 508 487-9715. www.frontstreetrestaurant.com

JOON BAR & KITCHEN

In a word: Yum. This is a special place and you do well to reserve days if not weeks in advance. Its proprietor, Audrey, is an inspirational success story. She worked various places around town and developed a wine-bar concept that was installed here and there; and ultimately she realized her dream of having an exceptional eatery in Provincetown and no place is more appreciated than this. The list of small plates by Chef Paul Krikorian includes not-to-be-missed Wood Roasted Wild Mushrooms, house-made Naan bread, aged-mancheego-cheese-stuffed olives and house cut fries with smoked tomato ketchup or fois gras aioli. Follow with duck sliders, seared scallops with snow peas and cashews, or the Joon Nicoise with sushi-grade tuna; or hit the assortment of flat-breads—smoked halibut? wild mushroom? roasted artichoke—or go big with the dry-aged Angus burger or line-caught halibut. Wine is queen here. And Audrey is beyond careful about what vintages she serves by the glass and bottle. It’s all perfection. And be super nice to the wait staff because we will find out if you’re not.
133 Commercial Street. 508 413-9336. www.joonbar.com

MAC’S FISH HOUSE

Fresh and fancy-free. Unlike the other sushi restaurant in town where you might suspect the fare is overpriced for the purpose of being snorted up somebody’s nose, Mac’s is a wholesome alternative with a genuine pedigree. We live for the Crabby Crunch roll. Do we love their original Mac’s Shack in Wellfleet better? Sure. That place, with its outdoor bar, exposed white-washed ceiling beams and frenetic seaside feel—you will wait for an hour to dine at the Wellfleet spot—makes for better Instagramming as compared with the Provincetown location which makes one feel they were going for a diner look instead of a dining one. But we soon move past that when it comes to the food. The sushi here is beyond compare in Provincetown. And the local millionaires seem to have bar stools with their names engraved on them. It’s not cool, which is so cool. The Afterglow Festival drives our audience in this restuarant’s direction because it never disppoints and the fish is so fresh it practically talks back to you. That might be true, too, in regard to the staff; but it’s authentically New England (and people that work here are from here, trust!) and we’ve never been an effusive lot.
85 Shank Painter Road. 508 487-6227. www.macsseafood.com

THE MAYFLOWER

Tradition. Not a summer can go by without at least one meal here. This family run die-hard, with its original coccyx numbing wood booths and Sardi’s-like caracitures crowding every inch of wall space, takes you back to a simpler more food-processed time of Chicken Cordon Bleu, Baked Stuffed Scrod or Pork Chops or Shrimp or Filet of Sole or Manicotti. Let’s not forget the system stalling fried Seafood Platter or Clams or Clam Strips or Oysters or Scallops or Shrimp or Fish n’ Chips, nor the three different dinner choices  with the suffix: Parmagiana. There’s a pasta menu, a burger menu, a “submarine” menu, a pizza menu, a children’s menu and a cocktail menu—there are Reubens and club sandwiches and tacos and hot dogs and grilled cheese. What else? Oh, of course: “salads”—cold tuna salad plate, grilled chicken salad plate. Do not order wine. The selection makes what they serve on Jet Blue look and taste like Chateauneuf du Pape. But “milk” is an actual menu item. Though we wouldn’t be surprised to see a Sexton truck parked out front, there is simply no resisting this place, self-punishment be damned. Celebrating its 87th year in business, one wonders at the vintage of their oldest freezer item.
300 Commercial Street. 508 487-0121. mayflower-ptown.com

THE RED INN

Live a little. We always go to the Red Inn when we’re feeling flush and or deserving (of  what is anyone’s guess). There is just something about this place that says you’re on a tony vacation, even if you live here. The waiters are properly pressed and walk up-right, smoothly operating tableside. It surely isn’t the best food in town, but it is in the good-to-excellent category, most often, though it can be hit or miss. But who cares. You’re tan and taut and tawny and you’re wearing light colors to accentuate the fact; and this place exudes an earthy elegance you can’t find anywhere in town. And there are those wide-plank wood floors and most every table has a water view; and some folk are just hanging on the deck getting a luxury buzz on. It’s the closest thing Provincetown has to dining at the club. So you linger. A long time. The duck is great every other time.
99 Commercial Street. 508 487-1279. they don’t seem to have a website.

SAL’S PLACE

We shall see. The writer of this installment has yet to eat here but this cash-only place, owned by Siobhan Carew (Pomodoro, Boston), an Irish native,  has been a well touted hit with neighborhood West-End Provincetonians who found themselves invited for dinner with knocks on their doors. Cash-only always makes one suspicious; and a Google of the owners’ history in Boston doesn’t inspire a surplus of ease—and then there have been disputes with neighbors as this new incarnation of the decade’s old original Sal’s Place got underway. But here it is. And real foodies are raving—apparently they have a killer eggplant parm. We shall see; and update this entry when we ourselves have sampled the goods and perhaps even addressed some of the publicized issues with its owner. (Not to be confused with the East End’s Ciro & Sal’s, which is worth a visit for the decor and would make a great spot for a kitsch party, so long as you eat very little.)
99 Commercial Street. 508 487-1279. they don’t seem to have a website.

SPINDLERS 

Seriously…Named for Amy Spindler (not the late New York Times fashion writer) but a “Rum Runner” that ran aground in 1922 during the prohibition era, this eatery is owned by Ryan Campbell and James DeRosier, the same pair that own KoHi coffee company and the Waterford Inn, where the restaurant is situated. “Spindler’s serves some of the finest food and handcrafted drinks that Cape Cod has to offer, housed in a comfortable and approachable environment.” DeRosier and Campbell have teamed with James Beard award-winning chef Barbara Lynch and her staff on the opening of Spindler’s Provincetown. Chef Lynch has developed an inspired menu of seasonal New England ingredients using classic French technique and Italian soul; while the lady calling the shots on premise is chef Raina, whom we love. The bar program has been curated by Ezra Star, general manager of Lynch’s famed cocktail bar, Drink.
386 Commercial Street. 508 487-6400. www.spindlersptown.com

STRANGERS & SAINTS

Finally! For years we’ve been casting white-witch spells in hopes of conjuring a restaurant such as this. Afterglow sponsor and famed interior designer Ken Fulk conceived of the decor of this modern-traditional eatery in what can all too often be a mediocre culinary landscape. Billed as a Mediterranean tavern, S & S boasts a comprehensive wine list, craft cocktails and numerous meat and cheese plates, a favorite of which is the Forrest & Earth, a combo-platter of venison and boar salami, Lebanon bologna and pork and pistachio paté paird with Arethusa blue and Garrotza de Cabra cheeses which suffice for sitting outside taking in the harbor at sunset. Or how about hot dog sliders or dollar oysters and shrimp at happy hour to soak up the Mayflowerian themed cocktails with names like Lady Alden and Bill Baldwin. But trust there is nothing hoaky about this real, sophisticated eatery, from its wood-oven stove pumping out 10-inch stone-hearth pizzas—little neck clam and pancetta or arugula proscuitto and mission fig, or a purist pepperoni and mozzarella, to name a few. The appetizer list is to live for: Porgtugese brandade, house-made chips a quahog clam dip, curried octopus and chickpea smash; and a trio of perfect mains—roasted cod, roasted half chicken, grilled skirt steak—super more than suffice.
404 Commercial Street. 508 487-1449. www.strangersandsaints.com

YOLK

Brekkie. As the name suggests this place is all about your morning meal, which can be had from eight in the morning until two in the afternoon. Brandon Quesnell and Steve Katsurinis—owners of the nearby 8 Dyer Hotel—have taken over the old Devon’s spot with views from the inside dining room of the harbor and light house on the beach side and those of passersby on the street from the patio. Serving cage-free, local organic eggs, you get your classic Benedict with roasted sweet potatoes or tater tots and a spicy kale crunch salad; there are folded eggs (we think they mean omelettes) with geographically close names like Californian and Mexican. You can even go bigger with chicken and waffles or chorizo tacos, or feel superiorly svelt ordering the quinoa pancakes. Though you needn’t stick to coffee—they serve bloodies, mimosa along with tequila and gin and rum concoctions and the unsubtly named Palmer’s morning wood, a hard-lemonade version of the sober classic Arnold. Breakfast has never been so intoxicating.
401 1/2 Commercial Street. 508 487-0600. www.yolkptown.com

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Assume The Position

Virgo 5° (August 28)

 

Another beach walk first thing this morning. The bittersweetness of the season has already descended. It was one of those magical mornings where the light twinkles like crazy and you feel like you’re inside Wrinkle in Time or The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. The walks have been spectacular although they are surely touch on the feet, I must say. I believe I can begin to make myself easy, but to do so I should dedicate this Blague, today, to my to-do list and just record all the random notes that have once again began to crowd the surface of my desk. We have one appointment today with a client in Munich and then I have a phoner with one in L.A.; though it’s cliche to say the one in L.A. could very well flake out and just not call at the desginated time. (As expected.)

 I will aggragate all random thoughts and I will tie up all loose ends such that all runs like clockwork starting now (it already does). I needed to get sparkler level from Bai and perry’s and figure out who to approach vis a vis missionary sponsorships and update that doc, which I will do today. I will keep writing until my nerves calm down and I’m in the final stretch and trying to make sense of it all. I think I’m managing okay, all in all. And on deeper thought, I’d say, pretty well. I will sketch in Thursday for Hotels and Realtors, as they are an untapped but important source I ignore most years for fundraising because they are just so dire. Also the hotels already pay tax to help, so the best I can hope for is a little accommodation and anyway, theirs are the perfect places to peruse to make sure they have cards and such. Seaglass is especially on the to-do list.

I will indeed be introducing Marthe to the world tomorrow so I’m excited about that. I’ve put together three different mailers that I’m hitting everybody with and then next week I’ll go even wider for support. I have to also make a third doc for Brian King that combines Nefa Info up Front with Poster and Bio Info and send to the Nefa peeps to make sure all looks kosher. I can borrow from the Endicott release on that score.

Ugh I just got a note about our upcoming court case vis a vis the accident we had three years ago when some stupid idiot while texting plowed into us going a mile a minute while we were stopped in traffic behind a long line of traffic. I hate insurance companies and these kind of sick venal institutions that try to fight you for money when it is all their fault. I don’t know. I really am losing my faith in this country and the way things (don’t) work here. I used to be so proud of our functionality, dating back to Rondald Reagan who was a horrible person and president. Even his son, junior, seems to think so. What are you supposed to do with these kinds of people I mean really?

 

Afterglow Festival sponsorships traditionally start at the thousand dollar mark. And though we would never dissuade you from giving at that level, Afterglow seeks to penetrate the imaginative, supportive spirit of our kindest Provincetown and Cape Cod entrepreneurs and entities who are better able to sponsor the festival with a more modest donation. So we created an affordable sponsorship (that, in essence, pays you back in kind) for small and local businesses and enterprises—those with restaurants, inns, shops, products and services, which we already promote to our visiting festival-goers. Did you know that 85% of our audience comes from off-Cape?

Our MISSIONARY SPONSORSHIP at the $500 level is not only tax deductible to the full extent of the law, but it also entitles five employees and/or friends to half-price tickets (for two!) to all Afterglow Festival shows (September 12-16, 2017). Afterglow simply forgoes its usual cut at the box office. So not only are you supporting Afterglow, now, when we need it, you’re also giving pals and those in your employ affordable access to the hottest, newest, most progressive performances to hit Provincetown in each year.

 And that’s not all. The Afterglow Festival will feature your place of business on its website, in its newsletters, actively directing our audience to your doors. Plus, it gets better: As a Missionary Sponsor, you and your crew are guest-listed for our parties and events, including our Opening Eve Repast at Baie Bar Resto, Monday, September 10, with visiting artists and fellow friends of the Afterglow Festival.

So let’s review: Just five hundred clams you needn’t give to the government…as many as five happy employees (plus one!) and/or friends who see any and all our Afterglow shows at half-price…your whole crew on our opening night party guest list…promotion via our website, eblasts and and in print…and, oh yeah, we almost forgot: that warm and fuzzy feeling that comes from being part of and fostering, a community where art and commerce can work hand-in-hand, honoring and championing Provincetown’s birthright as a cultural center for progressive live performing arts, which crucially befits its century-old status as the birthplace of the modern American stage. How about that?

 Our roster of Missionary Sponsors has included Baie Bar Resto, Perry’s Liquors, Tim-Scapes, Kiss & Makeup, Ptown Bikes, Canteen, Strangers & Saints, Fanizzi’s, The Waterford, Shor, Roux, Ken Fulk, Mercedes Cab, TJO Home and others. Emissary Sponsors have included local businesses like Salt Hotels, Baystate Cruise Company, The Art House, , 151 Bradford Market, John Derian Co. and many more.

 

To view the original Sabian Symbol themed 2015 Blague corresponding to this day: Flashback! The degree of the Sabian Symbol may be higher than the one listed here  as the symbols cluminate in the next degree. There are 360  degrees spread over 365 days.

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Naming Names

Virgo 4° (August 27)

 

We were out the door at 6:30 and it was quite good walk. Not as good as tomorrow. I just know these things. Thinking about the gaslighting thing. And of course my mind made a joke of it. It makes sense that John Derian has a nineteenth-century aesthetic and vision because, as long as I’ve known him, he’s operated by gaslighting. It just might be something that Marthe Svenjördt could get away with.

Jokes of intros for curtain speaches. Definitely doing the Provincetown thing and the Wellfleet Jewish joke. Perhaps add a thing in about surfing.   Maybe also the Manafort joke. I can’t watch tv anymore because you know it’s the same repetitive story and images on a loop. The one image that unfortunately stuck with me is that Manaforte walking shot where he shoves the cameras out of the way. His body language is so sick.

Went to the PAAM to see the Biala and the Helen Frankenthaler and both were amazing. It makes me so proud that we have such good art right here in river city. Sorry. I’m a bit punchy. Grabbed some salmon with cauliflower and spinach salad made dinner.

They used my sleigh joke tonite on Insecure. I like the show although it does sometimes seem to move sideways. I just hope nobody really caught it because it’s one of those jokes that’s so up from grabs Zeitgeist wise. Anyway, right now this Blague is designed to get my head on straight with only thirteen days to go before this fundraising year turns into a pumpkin which people in New England tend to put on door steps way too early. They probably do it in New Jersey as well. There is plenty of time when there is “collection time.”

I was struck in the letters Helen Frankenthaler wrote that she and Bob (Robert Motherwell, her husband) were working 18 hour days. Nobody ever really works 18 hour days. 12 maybe but not 18. There is a lot of faffing about in an 18-hour day, and one is so damn tired, they’re beat before they’ve begun. Like waking and baking, remember? How it used to just make you tired for your whole existence. Did you ever wake and bake? You’d walk around like a zombie. But there was that comfy cushion of it all. I liked pot before it became a super drug. Not that I liked really fatiguing dirt weed or anything; but I did like the kind of pot that didn’t make me feel like my arteries were about to explode sending me crutching, kneeling in the shower, running water over me bargaining with god if he would just make it stop. I don’t find that kind of marijuana very fun. Oh but I was talking about “collection time.”

“Collection time” refers back to when we worked in fashion and S aka L had her own sporstwear collection. Designing two seasons a year for a young designer is actually a lot and despite the unavoidable faffing about that was part of the picture (due to her partner, a too-rich-and-thus-totally-dysfunctional-and-immolized-creature who would show up to work wearing two differnt shoes or carrying the trash she was meant to drop down the incinerator in her building but instead took for a ride on the subway to their 40th street studio and showroom. Anyway….”collection time”, two but especially the one week leading up to the show/defilé required one live on about four hours sleep. Apparently, Helen and Frank got in a good six hours, which isn’t terrible, and they considered putting together party lists as part of their “work.” I do love both painters though I must say. But their party list reads like…oh never mind…there is no good way to make this joke without seeming completely anti-Semetic.

 

 

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Feeling Full

Virgo 3° (August 26)

 

Feeling the power of the Full Pisces Moon today. It is two weeks and two days to festival and in between times Labor Day will come and go. I will be alone and am determined to make some magic here, not pushing but letting the pieces fall into place. This goes for all aspects of my life. The hallmark of my own majority has got to be the balancing of extremes. I should be able to swim through a social sea without drowning, for starters. The fact is that I have anxiety on that score which is characterized as an inability to sink into situations. Which is why, in the past, I have needed to extra chill, typically in mixed company. Though I have learned that lesson, now, without having to go to extremes on that score either, the feeling of total ease in company still eludes me, but perhaps it does most people. And then there is the other thing about feeling appreciated, mostly, for talents and the like. It’s a Libra thing for starters. The trick is letting other people see the real me.

Yesterday Patrick and Will came over. We had a lovely dinner at Baie earlier in the week. And I’ve worked it out to have our party there. And to get some catering going for the next night. And for wine for both parties which is awesome. I think when it comes to this coming Friday I will do a hotel tonight type thing and see what I can come up with. I will start on hotels and realtors this coming Thursday. Been watching Sharp Objects and it’s giving me some weird dreams. I’ve been resisting the so-called bullet coffee on this diet I’m on but I think I’ll take the plunge when I’m alone from Thursday. But back to Friday, I can just hop a bus pretty much any time from Wellfleet to Provincetown and just be free to roam around at will. I could stay some place S. would never stay with me—that is to say I’m not fussy on what kind of accomodations I might get. I draw the line at Crew’s Quarters lol. I can’t imagine wanting to stay in a place where people are having sex all around you. Just sounds like a landscape of hell. Also the last bus from Stop n Shop goes at 11:30 PM so I could conceivably make that if I were to simply schmooze; but if I’m to make a night of it I really should have a place. I don’t think I should just wander around until six a.m.. The very idea makes me feel strung out.

Well we spent a year working on a business plan and I have a feeling it will really pay off. I was saying yesterday how any kind of bump up in abundance wouldn’t feel like winning the lottery—lottery winners always blow through that money and go back to where they started, it seems—rather I would feel it compensation for all the work I’ve done thus far. And it would give me a sense of comfort and relaxation. There will be a lot of dividing and conquering involved too which I think will be healthy. I can’t conceive of any couple working together so closely as we do and having it be blissful, pretty much, ninety percent of the time. The thing is, maybe it’s a Libra thing, but I can face hard tasks when I’m doing it as a two-person team. I do think Libra men are born to work in a two-person team. I do think it can be that literal. I know it will be just as difficult to pull off something entrepreneurial but I am rather in the mood for making some deals and I know that the ground-levelness of our business should be stationery work.

 

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Please Release Me

Virgo 2° (August 25)

 

As you know it has been a lot of hours talking and trying to work with Endicott College. I do have big hopes for the collaboration and I really enjoy working with the team there. I’m excited for this leg of the journey I must say and I think we have a really good release going that really sums up what it’s all about. I’ll let you decide….

 

Gravitational Fool, a musical circus by Brian King & What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? gets Premier Showcase at Endicott College Arts Center, September 27, with a Special Grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) in Debut of Moveable GLOW Festival

Beverly, MA August 2018: With an expedition grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts, Quinn Cox—founder, with Tony-award-winner John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) of Provincetown’s non-profit Afterglow Festival and the Afterglow-at-Oberon (Glowberon) series at the American Repertory Theater—will present Brian King’s original musical Gravitational Fool as a special showcase at the Endicott College Manninen Center for the Arts in Beverly, MA, on September 27, 2018. The (NEFA) grant is awarded to non-profits to plan tours throughout the region for New England artists. Gravitational Fool, which premiered at Afterglow and was presented at Oberon/ART, is the inaugural stage work to be presented under a new non-profit aegis: GLOW, “A Moveable Festival.”

Backed by his neo-cabaret band, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?, singer-songwriter, Brian King performs an internal-external wrestling match onstage through monologue, make-up, costume, aerialism and original music. “Gravitational Fool is about identity and its many, many layers,” King explains.  “We have the ‘we’ everyone says we are, the ‘we’ we want to be, and the many contradictory ‘we’s we actually are.” Packed with pathos, Gravitational Fool thoughtfully surveys the relegation of the queer person to the archetype of The Fool, throughout history and artistic mediums. Nancy Bauer, Dean of Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) says: “At once joyous and elegiac…Gravitational Fool explores the multifarious moods and personae of the clown…the show is both ethically productive and hugely fun.”

Now in its eighth year, the Afterglow Festival has produced upwards of seventy-five artists; premiering works that moved off-Broadway, like James Lecesne’s Absolute Brightness, Drew Droege’s Bright Colors and Bold Patterns; and others like Penny Arcade’s Longing Lasts Longer, Dane Terry’s Anytime Moe, Justin Vivian Bond’s Mx. America and sequel Hedwig work by John Cameron Mitchell; championing the careers of Bridget Everett, Cole Escola and John Early and others in Provincetown and Cambridge. The new GLOW will seek to create a circuit of progressive venues throughout New England for artists to tour.

For Cape Ann native King and bandmates, and Cox whose family lives on the North Shore, the state-of-the-art Manninen Center was the perfect choice of venue for this showcase. “The North Shore is home to sophisticated audiences who will appreciate Brian’s genius brand of musical, theatrical artistry,” says Cox. “Besides searing talent, all our artists embody a strong narrative and cultural conscience; and they are not only evolving the worlds of theater and live performance, but the social discourse itself.”

The Manninen Center for the Arts at Endicott College and Performing Arts Department seek to celebrate the intersection of the arts. “Gravitational Fool epitomizes our mission in 2018,” said Becca Kenneally, Chair of Visual and Performing Arts. “With relevant subject-matter, and fresh presentational style, we feel this is exactly where educational arts should live.”

Glow and Endicott College present Gravitational Fool, Thursday, September 27, at 8PM at Endicott’s Rose Hall, Manninen Center for the Arts, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA. Tickets www.tickets.endicott.edu or 978-998-7700 Information: (978) 232-2397 or www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts

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Come To Think Of It

Virgo 1° (August 24)

 

I can’t do anything perfectly and it’s ridiculous to think that I can. I’m wont to beat myself up, for instance, if an email goes from the wrong box. Big deal. Who cares. I really am doing the very best that I can and I think I’m making major strides. Right now I am mounting this festival and fundraising and producing shows, already, for the next months ahead; and I am writing books and blagues and trying to keep the business going. I need money from sponsors and asses in seats so I’m going to make this the target of my day.

I have been thinking about what I want to say in a distilled way to people, off the top of my head:

Dear Friends,

 It is just two weeks until the Eighth Annual Afterglow Festival, and we are super excited for this milestone as we hit the pavement hard in our final plea for Sponsorships and Sparklerships. Many of our most loyal supporters dating back to 2011 have fled these shores; and we’ve only begun to infiltrate the hearts and minds of new, some world-known, summertime residents. We will meet our goals, never fear—we are undaunted! Doing so, though, does require suppot from our friends, community and colleagues. 

 Afterglow has been an incubator these past seven years (as Provincetown had been for the early part of the 20th century) for many talented  emerging and evolving playwrights and performing artists working in myriad forms. We’ve premiered solo plays that moved Off-Broadway and to stages around the globe, and debuted performance pieces by artists who have headlined major festivals and theaters worldwide. Provincetown and Afterglow are now well-established in the arts-hive-mind along with festivals in major cities like Edinburgh, Sydney, London, Rome, Dublin, Berlin, Zagreb and beyond. Funded separately, our Afterglow-at-Oberon (formerly Glowberon) series at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, now in its fourth year, has allowed our festival artists to further develop their work and vision and reach wider audiences and garner praise from The Boston Globe and WGBH-PBS and other media outlets with national scope. And the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has provided us a grant to create regional tours for artists. Always though, Afterglow is at the core, all works we proliferate being stamped with a “made in Provincetown” seal.

Unlike other festivals, Afterglow funds the travel and lodging of all its artists and pays them a fee—it is part of our festival mission to treat artists with the dignity they deserve. And, in an entertainment environment where stage space, like everything else, is real-estate, Afterglow pays for the venue, rent and staff, promotion, press, design, graphics, printing, administration and all ancillary costs with funds raised from our supporters. In this day and age, the only way to preserve Provincetown’s heritage as the birth place of the modern American stage and performance, and as a bastion for performing artists to explore, expand, experiment and evolve, is to do so non-profit. The Afterglow Festival is a 501 (c) (3) charitable arts organization to which sponsorships and donations, in cash or kind, are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Please help us to continue to carve out sacred stage space in American theater’s spiritual home for creative, non-commercial, progressive performing artists who evolve the genre and the social discourse. Please help preserve Provincetown as a beacon for artistic expression for artists and a destination for eager, open, interested audiences.

Sponsorships range from $500 to the skies the limit, and carry all kinds of perks and ways we can give back. www.afterglowfestival.org/sponsorships ; and Sparklerships allow generous people of limited means to donate $100 and receive pairs of tickets at half-price to all our shows www.afterglowfestival.org/donations. If a Sparkler +1 sees all the shows they’d actually save $200!! So, again, please give; and if you can’t give this year,  please forward e this email to an interested someone who maybe can.

 I can’t thank you enough for reading through to the end here. I know it’s a lot (and there’s so much more I’ll spare you) and, despite the etymology, there isn’t much fun in fundraising. So from all of us at the Afterglow Festival, I want to wish you another wonderful four full weeks! of actual summer, a safe Labor Day, and all good things.

Oh, and supporters save the date Monday, September 10, for our Opening Eve Repast at delicious Baie Bar Resto where our dear friend Chef Raina Stefani will create some gorgeous plates, with wine from Perry’s!

Glowingly yours,

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Hu Goes There

Virgo 0° (August 23)

 

Vulcanalia the First Day of August. I once wrote a whole thing about this. It was a for a variety show we hosted as opening night to the Afterglow Festival in 2013:

Quinn
Enlightenment. Revelation. A Turning point.

 Stella
A turning out.

 

Quinn
To everything, turn turn turn.

 

Stella
This is a great turn-out

Quinn
This is a real nice clambake

Stella
A revelation is a turning out of cosmic Truth and Grace

Quinn
And a turning out of Self to receive it (Stella puts arms up in Y) See you are the chalice. You are the holy grail ready to be filled

Stella
Giving up and over

Quinn
Surrendering

Stella
Total faith

 

Quinn
Belief

 

Stella
In Love

 

Quinn
Love, Love, love

 

Stella
A Sudden, Spontaneous Connection with the Divine

 

Quinn
Not organized Religion

 

Stella
A word that actually means to re-link, the root word lig as in ligament, connective tissue

 

Quinn
A re-linking implies then that there’s is a disconnect (aha moment)

 

Stella
See, that’s the enlightenment part.

 

Quinn
And as far as the entertaining goes, it’s not just that we love to sing and gotta dance and (Jimmy Durante) tell jokes just like everybody does.

 

Stella
Ah, well, everybody should. But not every body does.

 

Quinn
It’s that the performing arts and spiritual practice, ritual, used to be one and the same.

Stella
All coming under the heading of “lifting spirits” if you will.

 

Quinn
Re-linking our own indivial divine sparks with the eternal flame of the All.

 

Stella
You’ve seen it happen. Whether a performer on stage or your math teacher in class suddenly blurring-out, becoming a pure aura of energy against the green blackboard.

Quinn
Oh, beam me up, Scotty. Or to your ancestral Edinburgh home.

Stella
To be sure. That divine energetic connection will be made. As above so as below.

Quinn
If we journey inward, microcosmically we find tiny central orbs being orbitted by even smaller orbs, if we journey outward, macrocosmically, we find central orbs being orbitted by smaller orbs….and

 Stella

We are stardust (a la Joni)

 

Quinn
Yes and Hu are we, (realizing they have come full circle in conversation)

 

Stella
Huuuuu (singing)

 

Quinn
Hu-mans! Hu. H-u is the most ancient “name” for “god”. It’s the divine sound of the universe. We are man and we are hu. Both animal man and divine hu put together but…

 

Stella
there is a disconnect

 

Quinn
…which we can relink by chanting, singing Hu, the

 

 

Stella
singing Hu activates our upliftment.

Quinn
singing Hu draws us closer, in our state of consciousness to our divine being…and so we going to re-lidge, here and now, theatre and temple, stage and sacred space as well as our own man=ly sides—and I promise you you have one….

 

Stella
and you my dear are totally good to go

 

Quinn
with our Hu-sides, all together, and and and we will also connect our divinely dual individual selves with each other so I want everyone to hold hands or lay your hands on one another in some fashion, those on the aisle can grasp the shoulder of the person in front of you and Stella and I will grab hold here

 

Stella
oh I know, you hate to be touched, that’s okay there is a simple remedy for that. You turn it out. When you don’t want to be touched, right, you recoil, your energy goes in.

 

Quinn
So just turn it out

 

Stella
I use this technique especially on the subway. If someone mindlessly or intentionally rubs his leg against mine, or if i’m straphanging on a crowded train and I feel some lumber rising into my own sacred spaces i don’t recoil but instead I Turn It Out and express the full energy of my being from the area and, well, my whole being really, and the power of my energy emanating forth first relieves all my stress in the situation and it actually disallows any intrusion, repelling unwanted advances….except in those rare instances where the connection is more than you bargained for and you end up getting off …the train…a few stops earlier than planned and then have to call your girlfriend later to apologize for having had to miss your lunch date but, as I say that rarely or really never happens, but when it does you know the energy was gooood…..well it’s like you with telemarketers.

 

Quinn

yah, yah…(increasingly pleased with himself) well I did figure out the best way to get off those pesky call lists. It’s very easy. The phone rings. And it’s like: hi it’s Ashley from Foreclosure Village or whatever and instead of hanging up or yeah recoiling in some way you Turn It Out and start getting into it like oh yeah Ashley. oh yeah I am so glad you called right now cuz I was just toying with my own foreclosure was actually just feeling…..ad lib…..all kinds of pressure building up and I would totally love for you to talk me through the issue that needs to be worked out before it blows up in all our faces.

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Fade To Back

 

Leo 29° (August 21)

It is three weeks until festival and I woke up feeling grateful to have had such good time with friends but I’m still in transition mode and need another day to truly align energy with the myriad marks I’ll need to hit. I am a bit shaky emotionally today because of what went down with LR and not just because they treated me like dirt but because I reel from people feeling they can get away with that for some reason, which is a recurring issue. I’m here to tell the yoniverse that it is not okay.

It was interesting running into Shania. It would be fun to hang out. I feel an affinity there that I don’t much feel with other people, always have. And I find it to be worth exploring. We are officiellement now working the Keto and I think it will yield some good; the thing is I don’t eat much differently, anyway. Ah, that feeling you have as a young person when you can eat and eat and eat and nothing would happen to your body; I didn’t know I would miss that visceral experience quite so much.

I was thinking this morning how I just need to move through writing on my subject rather than thinking about the world of agents and editors and publishers. Oh, my. I’m just going to continue to create and go slow; my rushing ahead is only ever about fear of not leaving no stone uncovered to cover my ass-ets. But this has funneled, along with other obsessions, into a full river called Hypervigilance, and it no longer serves me.

I know I will slowly be moving mountains this week. I have much in the way of writing and editing and emailing to do to pull off this festival. Doing so as best I can at this point really does constutute success. And I have to keep the book-writing going as well. On that note I muse on Aries:

He can’t deal with rejection in the least (while his so-called opposite sign of Libra’s whole being and existence is hinged on negoatiating it, along with all things one-on-one relationa)l. No sign takes what life may bring more personally than does Aries. Impuslive. He sees the world/existence as possessing the same qualities as he—that reality/existence is impulsive, competitive, dog-eat-dog, raw and rather random.

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Keto

Leo 28° (August 20)

 

It’s (not according to the above date, which would make this yesterday, bacause I had to do some justifying since there are 366 days a year, nearly, and only 360°) Sunday morning and my high school friend David came to visit with his girlfriend Tracey. They are both biologists and very interesting and we have great conversation and food and wine and song together and it is a joy to be with them. A rare, true joy. It was supposed to be really lousy weather but they cam anyway and the whole weekend had a sneak-between-the-raindrops kind of feel.

I was about to close the roof and windows of our old Mercedes which we’d taken for its yearly gas-up and spin through Provincetown when our friends pulled up about 7:30. We had some lovely Lambrusco and I had made two chickens and potatoes and green beans; and we drank Rioja and played music, singing until three in the morning. I don’t remember falling asleep, but I awoke at seven with a start remembering I never closed up the car. It was just starting to drizzle; I made it in time. But I couldn’t fall back to sleep.

Bacon and eggs, trying to start this Keto diet I still have to read about. Then we headed to the beach as it was quite nice out, certain we would never get onto Newcomb Hollow, that the lot would be full. It wasn’t. Crazy. So we went for our full three-mile walk and drank lemonade and saw seals and a whale and various sea birds. We then went into Wellfleet town and harbor and settled at the outdoor Mac’s down by the water. They ate proper lobster rolls and tofu burritos and broiled salmon with steamed vegetables while I ate a bowl of chowder. Poor me.

We came back and tried to nap; but that didn’t work; and it began to pour, pour, pour. So we cancelled our dinner reservation at Baie; but then we had to shop for food and wine which meant Provincetown anyway, so off we went, just the three of us. S. stayed back and got collected. We did our one-stop-shop at Perry’s for pasta, nibbles, sauce, wine, Labrusco, cheese and crackers; and then Dave reasserted the art stroll, which was something they were really keen on doing. Tracey is a collector of sorts, so it was nice to see her enthralled. We got a spot right out front of Ken Fulk’s house and hit a half a dozen galleries. Tracey really connected with Pete Hocking’s work which made sense. And today they set back off to Ptown and purchased one before heading back to New York City.

The synchronicities also abound(ed) this weekend. Because the first night they were here I was saying how my favorite record was the David Byrne and Brian Eno: Everything That Happens. I have of course sang songs from this album and it has inspired me show-wise. Then last night, while we were eating our buccatini and marinara we enhanced with artichoke, S. said that while we were in Provincetown she saw that Neko Case had put on Instagram that it was the tenth anniversary of the record’s release and that is was in her top five records of all time or something. These things always happen to me.

 

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Oh And

Leo 27° (August 19)

 

I was also encouraged at the reaction to the GLOW concept by name-escapes-me from NEFA, and we will talk about the tour grant and how it suits our mission in myriad ways 1) to champion New England artists 2) to create this neo-Vaudeville circuit for performers to help them work more regularly and in more places throughout the region 3) connecting audiences to artists who not only evolve the world of performance, in its myriad forms, but social discourse, as well, through textual, musical, or, really, any form of narrative.

We will work off the academic smell of Harvard where you performed this already—cue ivy logo —into the equally academic Endicott which we should sell the hell out off. Here we hit on your North Shore roots so we don’t have to rewrite the press release for the local papers. Off the top of your head what are the main ones? And do you have names and titles and email addresses if so please send them to me. and THEN of course we have to get into the meat of Gravitational Fool and what it’s all about. So, drawing on stuff you’ve written before, give me an edit, a sprucing up, go back into a few of those paragraphs and punch em up as you see fit or not.

We need to be SMART and we need to be super EDGY and we need to be really CLASSY and a little CHEEKY and a lot FUNNY. I mean in terms of the vibe we are putting out there for this because this is the main point about a press release. FUNDRAISING.  I know you know that we are not limited to the NEFA grant for funding this “new tour circuit” that BRIAN KING is trailblazing with us; and in fact, we need to raise X more to help off set the NEFA grant. So please go to bitch betta have my money and click on this; Or send it to Zoom.

 

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