Madonna Madness Tea Dance

August 8, 2018 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Boatslip Resort

t’s hard to believe this event began 10 years ago——when Madonna turned 50! Celebrate this beloved and enduring icon’s 60th birthday when DJ Maryalice spins three hours of Madonna’s greatest dance hits and hostess Gurthie Brooks emcees an “in-the-spirit-of-Madonna” costume contest. Look-a-likes totally encouraged and welcome!

Provincetown Jazz Festival

August 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm at The Paramount

The Provincetown Jazz Festival returns for its 14th year with the vocals of Cassandra McKinley and Myanna playing the saxophone. The two Provincetown Jazz Festival newcomers will be joined by Bart Weisman on the drums, Fred Boyle on the piano and Ron Ormsby on the bass.


August 9, at 9:00 pm and August 10, at 7:30 pm at The Art House

Unitard is a wildly twisted, outspoken, fabulous, tested, ready-now comedy group from NYC featuring the combined talents of Mike Albo (former New York Times columnist and author of The Underminer as well as established solo performer), Nora Burns (of the comedy group The Nellie Olesons), and David Ilku (member of the Dueling Bankheads). They’re returning to Provincetown with their acclaimed show HOUSE OF TARDS for two nights only: don’t miss them!

Carnival Week

August 11, 2018 – August 18, 2018 Throughout Provincetown

Carnival Week is the busiest week of the summer, so make your reservations early! Sponsored by the Provincetown Business Guild, it’s a week of parties, costumes, social events, dances, and performances, topped off by the annual Carnival Parade; this year’s theme is Mardi Gras by the Sea, so you can imagine just how over-the-top we plan on being! Don’t miss perennial favorites such as drag bingo, sunset dune tours, a costume ball, and the carnival pool party (Rajin Cajun this year, of course!); it’s the 30th anniversary of the Voodoo dance party, and for 2018 we’re adding the first annual Gessellschaft King Cakes (glam, style, and drag) dance party, and more. VIP passes are available and you can even sign up to enter your own float in the parade!

Art Scene ptownie Dispatch

Dressler and Jenkins Provincetown

Alden Gallery Presents Joerg Dressler and Kirk Jenkins

Reception: August 10, 2018 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Runs through August 23, 2018
Alden Gallery at 423 Commercial St.

The Alden Gallery will present a two-person show of new work by Joerg Dressler and Kirk Jenkins, opening on Friday, August 10, 2018, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the gallery’s exhibit space at 423 Commercial St. Drinks and refreshments will be served; the gallery is open to the public and free. The show will be on view through August 23.

Joerg Dressler’s work is driven by nature and how we perceive it. He presents his experiences of reality filtered through his perception. As a result, disjointed experiences of the seen and unseen are reassembled, creating in the work a new dimension of reality. Dressler’s evocative, sensual paintings derive from a sincere dialogue between the representational and the abstract, the conceptual and the spontaneous. The vocabulary for his work is drawn from a cross-section of art history—Romanticism, Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, graphic design and photography—yet Dressler has made it uniquely his own.

In his newest series of work, “Untold Stories,” he continues to explore the mysteries of places he has visited in his life. (Dressler was born in Hanau, Germany, schooled in Offenbach and Paris, has lived in the U.S. since 1996, and now has studios in Miami Beach and Provincetown.) “The return to these places through the study of photos allows me to pursue a more detailed depiction, aiming for a sense of depth, in juxtaposition to crisp color fields and organic splotches,” Dressler says.

Pulling from his background as a graphic designer by incorporating geometric shapes and infusing intimate landscape cutouts with dynamic urgency, Dressler inspires a prolonged consideration of our own relationship with nature. Boston Globe art critic Cate McQuaid, in reviewing a recent show of Dressler’s work, wrote, “The painter, known for depictions of nature’s potency, returns here to places he has been, framing greenery and rocky vistas amid flat planes and splotches of color, setting up tension between lush realism and surface abstraction.”

The materials that Australian-born, Miami-based Kirk Jenkins works with, such as wood, tar, charcoal, natural oils, and metal, all come directly or indirectly from the same place. “I was born from the earth and shall one day return to the earth,” he says. “From as early as I can remember, nature has inspired and enriched my life in a very powerful and profound way. The energy, force, and majestic beauty of its presence, expressed through every living thing, ignites in me something so deep and significant.” But how to turn that feeling into art?

“I had reached a plateau in my creative journey and thus process,” Jenkins explains. “This led me to take an even closer look at the natural environment around me, and my first love of the ocean. Every morning at first light, I would walk down to the ocean, watching and observing the movement and formations in the clouds and water. It wasn’t long before I could see a direct unison and interconnectedness between the two. The sky and the sea, they were intimately speaking to one another, and thus exchanging energies, almost like a dance—pushing and pulling, inhaling and exhaling, a harmonious tension that would create such vast patterns and contours. The purity and fascinating qualities of this experience left me wanting nothing more than to take things back to basics. I wanted to investigate the possibilities and primal nature of charcoal. The journey was on.”

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August 1

Tennessee Williams History Provincetown

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Deep Sea Dispatch Mola Mola

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August 11, 2018 – August 18, 2018

White Party

September 1, 2018

The Great Provincetown Schooner Regatta

September 3, 2018 – September 6, 2018

Swim for Life and Celebration of Life Concert

September 7, 2018 & September 8, 2018

Afterglow Festival

September 10, 2018 – September 15, 2018

Gay Pilots Cape Cod Classic Weekend

September 14, 2018 and September 16, 2018