Category Archives: Provincetown

2018 Bear Week: Parties and Events

bear weekJust as 2018 Independence Week comes to a close, 2018 Bear Week roars into Ptown starting Saturday. If you are heading to Provincetown for this coming Bear Week, check out the Boatslip’s massive tea dance each day, visit the clubs like The Crown & Anchor’s Paramount & Wave Bar, Atlantic House (A-House) and Purgatory. But also make time to catch a show or two while you visit. Below is a sampling of some of the parties that will take place in Ptown this week.

Purgatory’s underwear party during Bear Week starts at 9:30

Saturday, July 7th: 
Underbear Party will be packed at Club Purgatory – doors open at 9PM
Big Muscle Bears Dance Party at the Crown & Anchor starts at 9:30PM
BearMania hits the A-House doors open at 10PM

Sunday, July 8th: 
BRUT at the Crown and Anchor starts at 9:30PM
Bear Disco Party is at the A-House doors open at 10PM

Bear Week 2018Monday, July 9th: 
I Love the 90s Tea Dance at the Boatslip 4-7PM
Pig Dance at the Crown and Anchor starts at 9:30PM
Bears Night Out at the A-House starts at 10PM

Boatslip, Provincetown, PtownTuesday, July 10th: 
Locker Room Party hosted by Ptown Bears at the Boatslip starts at 9PM
DILF Party at the Crown and Anchor starts at 9:30PM
Leather / Fetish night at the A-House starts at 10PM

Adrian De Berardinis, Wednesday, July 11th:
Come and Scrum Boston Ironsides Party at Harbor Lounge 12-3PM
Bear Naked Pool Party at the Crown and Anchor from 12-4PM
RAM: Sports Gear & Leather at the Crown and Anchor starts at 9:30PM
Jock Night at the A-House starts at 10PM

Provincetown, Ptown, Bears Boots and Boxers PartyThursday, July 12th:
Solid Gold Tea Dance at the Boatslip 4-7PM
Bears, Boots & Boxers: Excessive 80s at Club Purgatory starts at 9PM
FurBall at the Crown and Anchor starts at 9:30PM

Bear WeekFriday, July 13th:
PLUNGE! Pool Party at the Crown and Anchor 11AM-4PM
Fireman’s Ball at the Crown and Anchor starts at 9:30PM
Uniform Ball at the A-House starts at 10PM

For a complete listing of all official 2018 Bear Week events you can check out the online schedule on the Ptown Bears website.

Throwback Thursday: Coleby and Sergio

provincetown, ptown, independence week, fourth of july ptown, sergio mazonProvincetown is going crazy this week with the circuit in town for “Independence Week”. Sergio and I have not been in Ptown for the Fourth of July in several years. This photo of Sergio and Coleby dates back to July 4th week in 2012.

Provincetown live entertainment schedule July 2018

Arthouse, PtownEach week large crowds head to Provincetown and while there is plenty to do, I like to encourage people to take in at least one performance. Below is a modified listing of shows taking place the month of July. If there is not a date next to the performer / performance, it means they perform weekly – just check ahead for which days and availability.

 Migguel Anggelo, Nora Burns, Chris Harder, James Judd, Sam Morrison, Neil Thornton, Deven Green, Randy Rainbow, Unitard, Paula Poundstone, Leslie Jordan, Bruce VilanchCOMEDY & CABARET IN PROVINCETOWN

ShowGirls weekly talent show is every Monday

Jul 9-11                  Sam Morrison performs his show Hello Daddy
Jul 10                     Neil Thornton One night only, comedy show
Jul 18-20               Poppy’s Poppin’ N Rockin’ Comedy Show
Jul 23-27               Deven Green comes to Ptown for five nights only

DRAG SHOWS IN PROVINCETOWN

Thirsty Burlington performs All Things Cher

Miss Ritchfield 1981 (new venue this year)

Dina Martina performs “Crème de la Dregs” 

Raja Season 3 winner of RPDR performs

Varla Jean Merman performs Under a Big Top 

Jinkx Monsoon performs Beach City Bimbo

Miss Conception performs Forbidden Diznee 

Jinx, Peaches & Liza in Hocum Pokem 

Varla Jean & Peaches Christ in The Whining 

Ben DeLaCreme performs Inferno A-Go-Go 

Varla Jean Merman & Peaches Christ perform The Whining

Jul 2-3                  Pam Ann
Jul 4 – Aug 19      Trixie Mattel brings her show to Ptown
Jul 16                     Chelsea Piers performs Are you there Ru it’s me Chelsea
Jul 23-24              Sandra Bernhard performs her show, Sandemonium
Jul 23-Aug 1         Joan Rivers Tribute ShowThe Bitch is Back
Jul 9                       Bianca Del Rio One Show Only! Blame it on Bianca
Jul 23-29               Deven Green
Jul 30-Aug 1         Paige Turner  performs Drag Me To The Top

ptown theaterTHEATER & BURLESQUE SHOWS IN PROVINCETOWN

Brokelohomo! is at Fisherman Hall every Sunday

Jul 8-9                    Bearlesque hosted by Josh Schonewolf
Jul 10                      Hair the Musical
Jul 16 – Aug 30     Love! Valour! Compassion!

MUSIC ACTS / SHOWS IN PROVINCETOWN

Bobby Weatherbee at the Central House Piano Bar

Doug Repetti at the Dive Bar Piano at the Crown

Esera Tualo from The Voice performs at Pilgrim House

Well Strung

Steve Grand 

Jul 7-8                   Branden & James
Jul 9-10                 Matt Alber
Jul 11-12                Tom Goss performs Confessions of a Pocket Cub
Jul 15-16               Judy Kuhn w/ Seth Rudetsky
Jul 17                     Adam Pascal w/ Seth Rudetsky
Jul 17                     Speakeasy Night w/ Zoe Lewis & the Bootleggers
Jul 19-20              Christine Ebersole w/ Seth Rudetsky
Jul 23                    Lucy Arnaz
Jul 28-29              Will Swenson w/ Seth Rudetsky

2018 Independence Week Provincetown

One of the busiest theme weeks in Provincetown all year is Independence Week. The tiny fishing village and artist community swells to well beyond capacity,  but don’t be deterred.

Be sure to check out the Boatslip’s massive tea dance each day, visit some of the clubs like The Crown & Anchor’s Paramount & Wave Bar, Atlantic House (A-House) and Purgatory. Also make time to catch a show or two while you visit. Below is a sampling of some of the parties that will take place.

Independence Week Ptown

Friday, June 29th: Independence Opening Party at the Crown and Anchor with music by DJ Blacklow will be the biggest party in town.

PECS at the A-House is hosted by Thirsty Burlington with music by resident DJ David LaSalle

Independence Week Ptown, underwear party

Saturday, June 30th: Daily Tea Dance at the Boatslip 4-7PM

Independence Saturday Night at the Crown and Anchor will feature music from DJ Alex Acosta

Underwear Party will be packed at Club Purgatory – doors open at 9PM

Independence Week Ptown, TRADE pool party

Sunday, July 1st: Don’t miss TRADE pool party at the Crown and Anchor with DJ Rodolfo Bravat from Brazil from 11AM – 4PM

Daily Tea Dance at the Boatslip 4-7PM

Rough Trade with music by Morabito starts at 9PM at the Crown and Anchor

Leather Dance Party is at Club Purgatory starting at 9PM

Provincetown

Monday, July 2nd: TRADE pool party at the Crown and Anchor features DJ Warren from 11AM – 4PM

I Love the 90s Tea Dance at the Boatslip 4-7PM

Independence at the A-House will be going strong with resident DJ David LaSalle

Independence Monday Night at The Crown and Anchor has music by DJ Grind and DJ Chris Racine

Provincetown Independence Week

Tuesday, July 3rd: Freedom Beach Party with music by DJ Brett Henrichsen from 1 – 6PM

Independence at the A-House will be going strong with resident DJ David LaSalle

Independence Tuesday Night at The Crown and Anchor with music by DJ Alain Jackinsky and DJ Chris Racine

Ptown Independence Fireworks

Wednesday, July 4th: TRADE pool party at the Crown and Anchor has DJ GSP from Greece from 11AM – 4PM

Bonus Tea Dance at the Boatslip starts at 4PM and runs til the free fireworks show over Provincetown Harbor finishes

Fireworks over Provincetown Harbor starts at dusk

Independence at the A-House will be going strong with resident DJ David LaSalle

Independence 2018 at The Crown and Anchor features music by DJ Eddie Martinez

Independence Week, Provincetown, Ptown

Thursday, July 5th: Solid Gold Tea Dance at the Boatslip 4-7PM

Rough Trade: Sports Edition at The Crown and Anchor features music by DJ Danny Verde

Atlantic House, A-house, Independence Week

Friday, July 6th: RIPPED at the A-House is hosted by Thirsty Burlington with music by resident DJ David LaSalle

Provincetown International Film Festival June 13-17

gay film, lgbtq film, independent filmThe annual Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) opens today.  Now in its 21st successful year, PIFF is the largest cultural event in lower Cape Cod and a premier cultural event, attracting 10,000 plus film-goers, movie buffs, and arts patrons.

This 5-day festival will showcase 45 features and 29 short films. Twenty-seven of the 70+ films were directed by women, reflecting the festival’s strong commitment to women-directed films (something Hollywood doesn’t champion despite lip service provided at the podiums of award shows).

This year Sean Baker will receive PIFF’s 2018 Filmmaker on the Edge and Molly Shannon and Chloe Grace Moretz will receive PIFF’s Excellence in Acting award. For more information and to get tickets visit their website at provincetownfilm.org.

Provincetown’s 1st Pride Festival June 1-3

ptown pride 2018Provincetown is a favorite destination for LGBTQ travelers so it may come as a surprise to learn that June 1-3, 2018, Ptown will host its first Pride Festival. The Festival starts with “Official Pride Ferries” from Bay State Cruise Company leaving from Boston on Friday, June 1st and includes an assortment of events including (partial listing) of the following.

Friday, June 1 at 8:00 PM: Global Rainbow is an ongoing public piece of
art by artist Yvette Mattern commissioned by Provincetown Business Guild. Colored rays of laser light will be projected toward the sky, simulating a natural rainbow arc and expected to be visible for up to 20 miles.

Saturday, June 2 at 4ish: 1st PRIDE Sashay to the Boatslip Tea. What would be more appropriate than making the walk down Commercial Street to the Boatslip Tea dance part of Ptown’s first Pride?

Sunday, June 3  Underwear PRIDE Closing Party at Purgatory is the perfect way to close out the weekend celebration. 

There are obviously more events scheduled and you can read more about Provincetown’s first Pride festival by visiting ptown.org/pride.

Provincetown 2018 summer entertainment

Entering-ProvincetownWhenever I am contacted by readers asking for suggestions about what to do in Provincetown, I always encourage them to attend at least one performance.

Below is a listing of the talent coming to Provincetown. I’ve added links to make it easier to get more information about these performances and to purchase tickets. An asterisk* it signifies that the show is performed regularly (on specific nights) starting on that date and running through the remainder of the season.

 Migguel Anggelo, Nora Burns, Chris Harder, James Judd, Sam Morrison, Neil Thornton, Deven Green, Randy Rainbow, Unitard, Paula Poundstone, Leslie Jordan, Bruce VilanchCOMEDY & CABARET IN PROVINCETOWN

May 30 – Jun 3   Cabaretfest
Jun4*                    ShowGirls weekly talent show is every Monday
Jun 12-13              Migguel Anggelo performs his one man show, La Misa, Baby!
Jun 19-20             Nora Burns performs her one woman show, David’s Friend
Jun 26-27             Chris Harder performs his show Porn To Be A Star
Jun 28*                 James Judd from NPR brings his show to Ptown
Jul 9-11                  Sam Morrison performs his show Hello Daddy
Jul 10                     Neil Thornton One night only, comedy show
Jul 18-20               Poppy’s Poppin’ N Rockin’ Comedy Show
Jul 23-27               Deven Green comes to Ptown for five nights only
Aug 6-7                  Randy Rainbow YouTube personality
Aug 9-10                Unitard presents their show Tard Core
Aug 11                     Paula Poundstone performs for one night only
Aug 13-14               Leslie Jordan performs his show Exposed
Aug 17-18               Bruce Vilanch performs A funny thing happened on                                                     the way to the dick dock

DRAG SHOWS IN PROVINCETOWN

May 26-27*          Thirsty Burlington performs All Things Cher                                                                   Every Friday and Sunday, starting June 29th
May 26*                Miss Ritchfield 1981 (new venue this year)
June 1*                  Dina Martina performs “Crème de la Dregs” 
Jun 5-6                  Liza Lott Sings the Blues
Jun 21*                  Raja Season 3 winner of RPDR performs
Jun 23-27             Jackie Beat comes to Ptown for 4 shows only!
Jun 26-Jul            Candis Cayne performs Hi Gorgeous for 6 shows only
Jun 29*                 Jimmy James performs Divas are forever!
Jul 2-3                  Pam Ann
Jul 4 – Aug 19      Trixie Mattel brings her show to Ptown
Jul 6*                     Ben DeLaCreme performs Inferno A-Go-Go 
Jul 6*                     Varla Jean Merman & Peaches Christ perform The Whining
Jul 16                     Chelsea Piers performs Are you there Ru it’s me Chelsea
Jul 23-24              Sandra Bernhard performs her show, Sandemonium
Jul 23-Aug 1         Joan Rivers Tribute ShowThe Bitch is Back
Jul 24*                   Aurora Sexton performs Let Them Eat Cake
Aug 12-14              The rise and fall (and rise) of Martha Stewart
June 22*               Varla Jean Merman performs Under a Big Top 
Jun 23*                 Jinkx Monsoon performs Beach City Bimbo 
Jun 30*                 Miss Conception performs Forbidden Diznee 
Jul 4*                     Jinx, Peaches & Liza in Hocum Pokem 
Jul 6*                     Varla Jean & Peaches Christ in The Whining 
Jul 9                       Bianca Del Rio One Show Only! Blame it on Bianca
Jul 23-29               Deven Green
Jul 30-Aug 1         Paige Turner  performs Drag Me To The Top
Aug 17-30              Miss Coco Peru performs The Taming of the Tension
Aug 20-29             3s Company, If you can’t beat’em join’em
Aug 28 – Sept 2    Lady Bunny comes to Ptown for six shows only
Sept 3                     Bob The Drag Queen appears for one show only
Sept 6-8                 Sherry Vine comes to Ptown for three shows only

ptown theaterTHEATER & BURLESQUE SHOWS IN PROVINCETOWN

May 2 – Jun 2       You Can’t Take It With You
Jun 2                       Jodi Kantor & Andrew Sullivan in conversation
Jun 16                     POLLOCK: A staged reading
Jun 21*                   MALECALL presents Student Bodies 
Jun 22*                  Star Boys w/ Kim David Smith sci-fi burlesque show
Jun 24*                  Brokelahomo! from the Gold Dust Orphans
Jul 8-9                    Bearlesque hosted by Josh Schonewolf
Jul 10*                    Hair the Musical
Jul 16 – Aug 30     Love! Valour! Compassion!
Aug 5-9                   Baloney: San Francisco’s All Male Revue
Sept 6-8                  Midnight at the Never Get

MUSIC ACTS / SHOWS IN PROVINCETOWN

May 28*                Bobby Weatherbee at the Central House Piano Bar
May 28*                Doug Repetti at the Dive Bar Piano at the Crown
Jun 29*                 Esera Tualo from The Voice performs at Pilgrim House
Jul 1*                      Well Strung
Jul 5*                     Steve Grand returns for a second season
Jul 7-8                   Branden & James
Jul 9-10                 Matt Alber
Jul 11-12                Tom Goss performs Confessions of a Pocket Cub
Jul 15-16               Judy Kuhn w/ Seth Rudetsky
Jul 17                     Adam Pascal w/ Seth Rudetsky
Jul 17*                   Speakeasy Night w/ Zoe Lewis & the Bootleggers
Jul 19-20              Christine Ebersole w/ Seth Rudetsky
Jul 23                    Lucy Arnaz
Jul 28-29              Will Swenson w/ Seth Rudetsky
Aug 4-5                 Sierra Boggess w/ Seth Rudetsky
Aug 5                     Telly Leung, Broadway and TV star performs for one night
Aug 9                     Provincetown’s Jazz Festival
Aug 11-16              Brian Justin Crum
Aug 12                   Liz Callaway w/ Seth Rudetsky
Aug 13                   Jeremy Jordan w/ Seth Rudetsky
Aug 19                   Emily Skinner w/ Seth Rudetsky
Aug 21-22             Stephanie Block w/ Seth Rudetsky
Aug 24-27             Marilyn Maye
Aug 26-27             Linda Eder returns to Ptown for two shows
Sept 1-2                 Alice Ripley w/ Seth Rudetsky
Sept 9                    Kathy Najimy performs Lift Up Your Skirt

NOTE: The asterisk * signifies that this production / performer will be playing through the remainder of the 2018 summer season.