When she says, “there’s something for everybody this summer season” at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Executive Artistic Director Cherie Mittenthal does not exaggerate. With 175 workshops—covering ceramics; sculpture; plein air painting; memoir writing with authors William Mann, Larry Ruttman, and Elissa Altman; and even a master class in painting with Michael David—Mittenthal promises “an array of incredible learning opportunities to suit every level of experience and interest.”
What’s more, the 17th Provincetown Dance Festival is scheduled for August 25–27 at Sam’s Stage, the outdoor performance space at Edgewood Farm. The three-day festival, organized by Festival Artistic Director Adam Miller, will feature performances by Jean Appolon Expressions, a contemporary dance company deeply rooted in Haitian-folkloric culture; audience-favorite tap artists Khalid Hill and Orlando Hernandez; the dynamic contemporary artists of Rovaco; and the beloved classical Indian dance artist Rachna Agrawal in a return engagement.
Other notable events include “A Symphony of Crickets,” a music and spoken-word performance based on the poetry of award-winning African American writer and poet Charles Coe. Coe will read selected works with musical interludes performed by an all-star five-piece ensemble of musicians and vocalists. With a wide-ranging song list inspired by the text of the poems, the music will traverse jazz, funk, R & B, Delta blues, and even classical styles, outlining in words and tones the breadth of the American musical experience. Featured performers include songwriter/guitarist Mark van Bork, composer/saxophonist/flautist Ken Field, drummer Phil Neighbors, bassist Blake Newman, and Cape Cod vocalist Darlene van Alstyne.
Acclaimed food journalist and author Mark Bittman will host “Get Roasted & Smoked,” a tantalizing “feast for herbivores and carnivores,” co-hosted by David Grayson, at the Pamet Yacht Club in Truro on July 24.
The John P. Bunker Lecture Series continues July 26 with native Cape Codder and eel clan member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Leslie Jonas, who will speak on “Climate Change from the Indigenous Perspective.”
And last but not least, Castle Hill’s gallery space will host nine exhibits over the course of the season. Susan Bernstein, Daphne Confar, and Ying Li have a show July 4–14 , followed by an exhibition of works by Amy Wynne, Don Beal, and Roy Staab July 17–28 and works by Ed Johnetta Miller, Susie Amato, and Rebecca Bruyn August 8–18. Painter Mitchell Johnson will exhibit September 5–16.