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Gems for September

A weekend packed with theater, art and architecture

September 5th, 2012

September in Provincetown is achingly lovely, with mild days and rich golden light. It’s not as frenetic, and allows the wanderer time to savor the architecture, music, art and theater so central to the community. There are gems to be found….

In between performances you may need to get up and walk around, so consider attending “At Home in Provincetown: Plain and Fancy”, the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum’s Historic House tour.

Celebrating its seventh year, the 2012 season of the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival (September 20-23) celebrates the music which has been a central aspect to many of his plays. According to Festival director Jef Hall-Flavin, “Nowhere on earth will you find this many productions of and works inspired by Tennessee Williams in one place.” People come from 33 states and six countries (last year), bringing energy, intellect and passion to transform the town with an international flavor. Participants this year include Boston’s Beau Jest theater, the Actors Theater of Birmingham, Ala., and Matè Teatro of Italy. Tony award winning actress/singer Alison Fraser will perform the “Tennessee Williams Songbook,” and Minneapolis jazz composer George Maurer plays piano and conducts his renowned jazz ensemble in “Autumn Song.”

The poster for the Festival is a reproduction of a white-line woodcut created by local artist Bill Evaul, and the festival gets off to a rollicking start to the music of Eastham’s Chandler Travis Philharmonette. For information on the Festival schedule or to purchase tickets and passes to any of the events, visit the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival website.

In between performances you may need to get up and walk around, so consider attending “At Home in Provincetown: Plain and Fancy”, the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum’s Historic House tour, Saturday, September 22nd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A $30 ticket will allow you to peer into the history of a ¾ Cape home floated to Town from Long Point, a home featured in House Beautiful last March, a rental unit constructed from parts of the wheelhouse of a boat, the studio of one of Provincetown’s early abstract expressionist artists, and at least two others. According to PMPM spokeswoman Laurel Guazano, “The homes are all in the West End within easy walking distance, and all were chosen for their unique architectural style, historic significance and beauty.” You’ll also obtain a rare look inside King Hiram’s Masonic Lodge (ask about President Teddy Roosevelt’s trowel!) and entrance to all the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum exhibits. Following the tour, there will be a talk by a representative of the Cape Cod National Seashore and a cocktail reception at Seashore Point. There is sure to be something to appeal to every aesthetic palate! For information and tickets, visit the PMPM website.

Finally, if you’re hankering to bring an artistic gem back to your own home, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum holds its Annual Fall Consignment Auction on Saturday, September 22nd at 7pm. Admission is free, and over 150 lots will be available for bid, consisting of rare and vintage pieces by deceased Provincetown artists such as Fritz Bultman, Michael Mazur and Romanos Rizk. Also featured are works from Jackson Lambert, who was a frequent past contributor to the Provincetown Banner, and the primitive “Townscapes” of Mary Hackett.

According to Auction Coordinator Peter Macara, “Her works have a tongue-in-cheek quality that make them fun, and very popular with collectors.” Mr. Macara calls the Museum’s preview exhibition of the works, beginning September 7th, a survey of the wide variety of artists who have worked here. “These works are a wonderful cross-section of Provincetown art history,” he said. “We always see at least one or two artists we’ve never heard of or rarely see for sale.” Longtime resident Jim Bakker will continue his 20-year tradition as the official auctioneer for the event. Come see for yourself, and bring some Provincetown beauty home! Visit the PAAM website for more details.

Chris Daniels is a writer, photographer and woman-about-town who shares her life with a bossy cat and “Damon, the Dog With the Toy”.

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