AMP | Archive | 2014

October 9 - December 7 2014

Diane Ayott | Susan Bernstein | Melanie Braverman | Barbara Cohen | Mary Deangelis | Jane Edgell | Jennifer Engel | Marsha Lieberman | Jicky Schnee | Amy Solomon | Lisa Turngren | Champa Vaid
Diane Ayott: One
Susan Bernstein: Queries
Melanie Braverman: Suffered for Beauty
Barbara Cohen: Works on Sail Cloth
Mary Deangelis: Off the Rack
Jane Edgell: Stacks
Jennifer Engel: Don't Ruin It
Marsha Lieberman: Landscape Within A Landscape
Shelley Marlow: Hope Street
Jicky Schnee: Mend and Rend
Amy Solomon: Altered
Lisa Turngren: Mark Out
Champa Vaid: Dreams & Memories

Reception Friday, October 17, 6-9pm - Women's Week.

Documentary Film, clips & discussion with Rebecca Alvin. Saturday, October 11th, 4 pm.

Double Feature: Hot, Deep & Connected, The Art of Sex in Partnership: A Conversation with Felice & Constance + Tease It Out: Readings by Anna Watson & Sacchi Green. Tuesday, October 14th, 4 & 5:30 pm.

Readings by Melanie Braverman, Olga Broumas, Hilde Oleson, and Shelley Marlow. Monday, October 13th, 4 pm.

'This is not the Ken Burns effect! Enacting the Archive', Videos and Art by Sam Smiley; plus a Talkback with Sam Smiley and historian Denise Doherty Pappas. Saturday, October 25th, 5 pm.

November 1 2014

Zainab Syed

A reading

5pm

Zainab Zahra Syed is a Pakistani activist and spoken word poet. She graduated from Brown University in 2014 with a degree in Political Science. Zainab won the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational Qualifying Slam at Brown University in 2012 and was nominated for “Best Poem” at 2012 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in La Verne, California. She has worked as a poetry workshop facilitator at the women’s prisons in Rhode Island and performed at poetry venues in New York, Boston, DC, Pakistan and Australia. Her scholarship and poetry focuses on the Middle East and South Asia, with specific attention paid to humanized politics. Her first full length manuscript weaves the history of the Pakistani Partition with personal narrative in an attempt to reconcile memory and the act of remembering.

October 25 2014

This is not the Ken Burns effect! Enacting the Archive

Video artist sam smiley and author Denise Doherty Pappas | Screenings & Talkback/Discussion

5pm

Media artist sam smiley will be screening recent works that use archival images to tell alternative stories through video art. Collaborator Denise Doherty Pappas, author of John Simmons: The Measure of A Man will join the screening and discussion.

Open discussion: How can video artists and historians enact historical documents in a way that is accessible and meaningful without being literal?

A FREE zine will be handed out to all those who attend!

The Films:

The Queen of Kudzu; 10 minutes

Produced by AstroDime Transit Authority and sam smiley

This video uses primary source documents, historical artifacts, interviews, and experimental video and audio to tell the story of C.E. and Lillie Pleas, who introduced Kudzu to the continental Americas in the early 1900's. This video sheds some light on Kudzu's amazing growth and use in the United States, prior to its being considered an "Invasive Species". It is narrated by C.E. Pleas' great great grandniece, Betty Pleas Taylor, and her husband John Taylor and produced by sam smiley with assistance from Lisa Gordon and AstroDime Transit Authority.

Imagining John: The Vision of a Tailor-Philanthropist; 20 minutes

Produced by Denise Doherty Pappas; Direction, Editing and Sound Design by sam smiley

Based on the book John Simmons: The Measure of a Man by Denise Doherty Pappas. Portions shot on location at the LIttle Compton Historical Society and Brickbottom Artists' Association Gallery.

The Secret Lives of Weeds, an short excerpt of a work in progress by sam smiley

October 13 2014

Olga Broumas, Melanie Braverman, Hilde Oleson, and Shelley Marlow

An afternoon of readings

4pm

Olga Broumas is a poet, translator, yoga teacher, and bodywork therapist. She teaches at Brandeis University's Creative Writing major, and lives in Brewster. Her poetry is collected in RAVE, and her translations of Odysseas Elytis in EROS, EROS, EROS.

Melanie Braverman is the author of RED (Perugia Press, 2002), winner of the Publishers Triangle Poetry Award. She has been working with Olga Broumas since 1982.

Hilde Oleson. From a pretend husband at age 3 to falling in love at age 80, Hilde Oleson has lived on dreams. The daughter of a Methodist minister in small Vermont towns, she lived a quiet life. Later she worked in urban slums as a social worker and a teacher. She moved to Cape Cod and Provincetown after the death of her husband, and from that grief emerged a new life as a poet.Dreams Rewar was her first published collection.

"When Hilde Oleson arrived on Cape Cod for the first time in 2004, she was recently widowed and adrift. She came with her son Bill, a musician who had a summer gig in Provincetown, and she has never left. The poems in, Love in the Nursing Home, published in 2011, focus on the four years she and Ken spent at a New Hampshire facility when she could no longer care for her husband herself. Published last year, Coffee at Hilde’s: Four Provincetown Poets,, is a collection of selected poems by Oleson, Lorraine Kujawa, Pat Lombardi and Margaret Phillips, who meet every Wednesday morning “to conspire, inspire and write” at Oleson’s apartment." - Nicole Muller, The Register

Shelley Marlow's first novel Two Augusts In a Row In a Row will be published by Publication Studio, Portland, Oregon, February 2015. Marlow is fiction editor for Ping Pong Magazine, out of the Henry Miller Library; collaborates with performance artists; exhibits paintings and drawings; and writes novels. Marlow's writing and visual art are published in the St. Petersburg Review; LTTR (Lesbians to the Rescue); Drunken Boat; saint-lucy.com; Zingmagazine; Allupinit; Log Illustrated; New Observations; and in various art catalogues.

"Marlow’s true story of self-discovery takes one on a trip further out of the ordinary, bending one’s mind more than much fiction." about Notes In Kyzyl, Anne Wolfe, New Pages

October 14 2014

Hot, Deep & Connected: The Art of Sex in Partnership

A Conversation with Felice & Constance

4pm

Sex in the context of a longterm relationship offers richness and depth, and yet can be really challenging. When was the last time you had a refreshingly frank discussion about sex? Let’s talk about what works, what doesn’t, and how can we get more of what we want. Open to all women (lesbian, bi, queer).

Felice Newman is the author of the best-selling Whole Lesbian Sex Book: A Passionate Guide for All of Us. She is a founding publisher of Cleis Press, the still-going-strong-and-proud independent publisher of feminist and queer books since 1980. Felice is a somatic coach and sex educator who has helped many couples create satisfying sex lives. Felice is also an artist whose paintings can be seen at the Hutson Gallery.

Constance Clare-Newman is an Alexander Technique teacher who helps people find ease in their bodies. As a former member of the Good Vibrations cooperative in San Francisco, she is a trained sex educator and an advocate for pleasure. She has a lot to say about the embodied experience of sexuality.

Tease It Out

Smut readings by Anna Watson & Sacchi Green

5:30pm

What do you like? What makes you shiver and moan? Who has the key to your own personal heaven? The world of sexual pleasure is vast and filled with a plethora of delights. After Felice and Constance's workshop, stay hot, deep and connected with Anna, Miel, and Sacchi as they tease and please you with stories of lesbian lust.

Anna Watson participated in a workshop with Carol Queen at an OutWrite Conference many years ago and has been writing queer smut ever since. Find her in Best Lesbian Erotica 2009, 2012, 2015; Girl Crazy, The Harder She Comes, Take Me There, No Safewords: A Collection of Marketplace Fan Fiction and the forthcoming Me and My Boi among others. With her colleague, Alicia Wag, Anna recently founded Laz-E-Femme Press, from which her novel, Tasty, is forthcoming. She lives in Arlington, MA with her butch husband, 2 sons, a Cairn terrier, and a senior kitty citizen.

Sacchi Green writes in western MA and has published her steamy stories in a thigh-high stack of books with stimulating covers. She’s also edited nine anthologies of lesbian erotica, most of them for Cleis Press, including Lambda Award-winning Lesbian Cowboys and Wild Girls, Wild Nights: True Lesbian Sex Stories. Three more, including a collection of her own work, A Ride to Remember from Lethe Press, have won Golden Crown Literary Awards. Sacchi firmly believes that well-written erotica, whether gritty, edgy to the point of transgression, or with a tinge of romance, is the equal of any genre or mainstream literature, and the writers in her anthologies consistently prove that point.

October 11 2014

Rebecca Alvin

Documentary Film, clips & discussion

4pm

Filmmaker and writer Rebecca Alvin will present clips from previous feature documentaries, her short documentaries, and a sample of her current work-in-progress, and discuss the process of documentary filmmaking, as it has evolved over her 20 years in the field.

Rebecca Alvin (MA, Media Studies, The New School; BS, Film, Emerson College) has been working with film in a variety of ways for more than 25 years. She studied film scoring at Berklee College of Music and filmmaking at Emerson College and earned a Master of Arts degree in Media Studies at the prestigious The New School for Social Research. She has directed & produced three feature-length documentaries, which have shown in venues all over the world and span in subject matter from women in the Catholic Church (Women of Faith - distributed by Women Make Movies) to feminist sex workers (Our Bodies, Our Minds - distributed by The Cinema Guild). She has also made three short films, including Out of Service, a documentary about the abandoned Air Force Station in North Truro, which was commissioned by Payomet Performing Arts Center for the 300th anniversary of the Town of Truro.

In addition to a demonstrated passion for film, Alvin has also spent the past 12 years on Cape Cod committed to bringing film to the community. Her passion for film and the arts brought her to write about them for various Cape publications, including The Cape Codder, Cape Cod Magazine, Cape Cod View, The Harwich Register, The Upper Cape Codder, and most recently as editor of Provincetown Magazine. While writing about and promoting the arts on Cape Cod has been Alvin's primary work here, she also founded the Cape Cod Film Society Screening Series in 2002, which brought underground, hard-to-find movies to audiences on the Lower Cape (Chatham, primarily) along with their directors. She has also programmed screenings for the Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Payomet Performing Arts Center, and the Woods Hole Film Festival, moderated film panels at both the Provincetown International Film Festival and the Woods Hole Film Festival, and has written for internationally known film publications including Cineaste and The Journal of Film and Video.

Alvin continues to edit Provincetown Magazine and also teaches film and media studies for The New School in New York City. Courses she currently teaches include History of Nonfiction Film, Surrealism and the Cinema, and Political Cinema and Representation of The Other. She also periodically teaches film for Curry College (History of Film), Emerson College (Film Production; Concept Development), and Cape Cod Community College (Intro to Film; Intro to Mass Communications; Documentary Film).

In 2012, she created and programmed the first Cape Cod Festival of Arab & Middle Eastern Cinema, produced by Payomet Performing Arts Center. She continues to curate and produce this and other screening events around the Cape Cod region.

September 24 - October 8 2014

Terry Boutelle | Lora Brody | Dana Dunham | Victoria Haynes | Nina West | Tim Winn | Mo Ziochouski
Terry Boutelle: Counting Breaths
Lora Brody: Skin Pix ─ Your Body, My Canvas
Dana Dunham: Horses
Victoria Haynes: Henry Bunyan Appleseed
Tim Winn: Folkdevils Magazine
Mo Ziochouski: Little Blue

Opening reception Friday, September 26, 6-9pm.

Readings by Sarah Johnson, Mark Chiusano, and Austin Dale. Saturday, September 27th, 4 pm.

September 27 2014

Sarah Johnson, Mark Chiusano, and Austin Dale

Readings

4pm

Sarah Johnson is the author of The Lightkeeper’s Wife (Sourcebooks), The Very Telling, The Art of the Author Interview, and Conversations with American Women Writers, all published by the University Press of New England. Her interviews appear in The Writer’s Chronicle, Glimmertrain Stories, Provincetown Arts, and The Writer where she is a contributing editor. Her fiction has appeared in Other Voices, and she is the recipient of residencies in fiction from Jentel Artists’ Residency Program and Vermont Studio Center. She has taught the Art of the Author Interview Workshop at Bennington College Writing Seminars MFA Program, Lesley University MFA Program, and at literary conferences.

Mark Chiusano is the author of Marine Park, a collection of stories. His fiction and essays have appeared in Guernica, Narrative Magazine, Salon, Harvard Review, and online at Tin House, the New York Observer, and The Paris Review, among other places. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, educated at Harvard College, spent some summers playing baseball in Switzerland, among other places sometimes more exotic than the Parade Grounds, and now works at Vintage Books.

Austin Dale is a 23-year-old playwright and essayist. He has previously been Arts and Culture Editor of Pioneer Magazine, staff writer at Indiewire, and contributing writer to Essential Homme Magazine. He has written widely on cinema, fashion, queer culture and theory, and is the director of the documentary film SOPHIA LAMAR: CLOWN OF GOD. He is currently at work on his “angry young man/eat the rich” play RESPONSIBLE and a collection of essays on depression, queerness, Elizabeth Taylor, feminism, Provincetown, and spelling bees, among other important subjects, under the working title BEST STRESSED.

August 29 - September 21 2014

Justin Vivian Bond | Liz Collins | Jill Pangallo
Justin Vivian Bond: Gold Mesh Cross-Body Bag
Liz Collins: Sitting Room (featuring a furniture collaboration with Harry Allen)
Jill Pangallo: People Are Tired of Being Human

Opening reception Friday, August 29, 6-9pm.

During the reception there will be an outdoor interactive body art performance by Runn Shayo exploring gender, endurance, intimate proximity and permission.

August 31 2014

Screening of Liquid Sky + Performance by SKOTE

Hosted by Liz Collins inside her installation Sitting Room

7:30 to 10:00 pm

"Liquid Sky is stylistically and conceptually relevant to my current work, and has also had a lasting effect on me since I first saw it in 1982 in New York City. I see it as a seminal new wave high style genderfuck alien druggy movie, which aptly reflected the times in which it was made, and still resonates as a beautiful, strange, and artistic vision aligned with my own. I like imagining this film in the context of the installation as it will bring new patterns and colors and vibrating chaotic energy, including sound, into the space to add to the cacophony.

And what better to do on a Sunday night in Ptown? Watch a seedy movie, have some cocktails, and hang out with amazing SKOTE, who will work their own brand of magic on this immersive installation. Drinks will be served, but BYOB welcome as well."

SKOTE is a collaborative duo committed to performance research and the queer politic. Founded by artists Jill Pangallo and Alex P. White, SKOTE has performed, shown and screened in public spaces, nightclubs and galleries since 2006. Based in New York City, SKOTE most recently performed at Judson Church with Movement Research, at Participant Inc., and La Mama. Their video work was included in shows at Regina Rex (Brooklyn), Night Gallery (LA) and screened at the queer film festival, MIX NYC. SKOTE attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Residency in 2010.

SKOTE is dedicated to the movement arts, the value of play and our favorite emotion, laughter through tears. We are complicated like clowns. SKOTE is about altering reality, about complicated bodies and confusing identities. SKOTE is a media construction - recorded, reordered, coded and decoded, duplicated ad nauseam. We shift through layers of reference to reclaim and reposition cultural codes to suit our creative agendas. Our product and content come from this process, copies of copies of copies – a type of decay we appreciate and preserve.

We are SKOTE: a construct, complicated and confused.

August 29 2014

Runn Shayo

An outdoor interactive body art performance exploring gender, endurance, intimate proximity and permission

6-9 pm, during the Opening Reception for Justin Vivian Bond, Liz Collins, and Jill Pangallo

"I am a time-based, environmental, site-specific film and performance artist. I use film and video to create installations, sometimes combining multiple channel video projections with live art. My background as a dancer and an actor in theater and film has influenced my work a great deal.

The work I produce for the screen range from experimental documentaries to dance films, and to what I define as environmental site-specific performance art film. These pieces explore environmental aspects of landscapes through filmed performances.

My works usually deal with subjects of gender, immigration, or the environment. They explore the struggle of an artist in contemporary contexts. I discover my characters and their stories through researching archived popular TV shows, classic history films, and archived documentation of conceptualized contemporary performance art. The ancient form of storytelling is what I ultimately honor, yet, in the center of my exploration is the meaninglessness of words, the out-cast, the sidekick; a voice of a mute preacher."

Runn Shayo was born and raised in Israel, and moved to New York 18 years ago to attend school. He has lived here ever since.

August 14 - August 27 2014

Karen Cappotto | Marian Roth | Judy Mannarino | Forrest Williams | Keith Krisa | Shane Adams
Karen Cappotto: One Summer
Marian Roth: The Running Stitch
Judy Mannarino: I'll Be Your Mirror
Forrest Williams: Arrival
Keith Krisa: The Way I See It
Shane Adams: Out the Window

Opening reception Friday, August 15, 6-9pm.

Readings by Michael Klein, Christina Davis, Alden Jones and David Ryan on Saturday, August 16th, 6pm.

August 25 2014

Nora Burns

One-woman performance of Honey, I'm Home

7:30 pm

Honey, I'm Home is writer/performer/faghag Nora Burns' (of the Nellie Olesons and Unitard) solo stand-uppy show starring: junkies, jerks, hookers, Hawaii, poseurs, parents and New York City. Unlike her earlier works this one doesn’t involve dancing queens, obscure accents, miming fellatio or a hatrack full of wigs. though it may be delivered dangling naked from a trapeze! Or not. Nora has also performed it in NYC, LA and Hudson NY.

August 20 2014

Runn Shayo

Endurance performance piece exploring isolation, intimacy and disappearance.

7-9 pm

"I am a time-based, environmental, site-specific film and performance artist. I use film and video to create installations, sometimes combining multiple channel video projections with live art. My background as a dancer and an actor in theater and film has influenced my work a great deal.

The work I produce for the screen range from experimental documentaries to dance films, and to what I define as environmental site-specific performance art film. These pieces explore environmental aspects of landscapes through filmed performances.

My works usually deal with subjects of gender, immigration, or the environment. They explore the struggle of an artist in contemporary contexts. I discover my characters and their stories through researching archived popular TV shows, classic history films, and archived documentation of conceptualized contemporary performance art. The ancient form of storytelling is what I ultimately honor, yet, in the center of my exploration is the meaninglessness of words, the out-cast, the sidekick; a voice of a mute preacher."

Runn Shayo was born and raised in Israel, and moved to New York 18 years ago to attend school. He has lived here ever since.

August 16 2014

Michael Klein with Christina Davis, Alden Jones and David Ryan

An evening of readings

6:00 pm

Michael Klein is a five-time Lambda Literary award finalist and won the award twice for his anthology, Poets for Life: 76 Poets Respond to AIDS and for his first book of poems, 1990. His third book of poems, The Talking Day is a finalist for both a Lambda Literary Award and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. He is also the author of two books of prose, Track Condition and The End of Being Known both published by the University of Wisconsin Press, as well as a chapbook, States of Independence which won the inaugural BLOOM chapbook prize of non-fiction, judged by Rigoberto Gonzalez. He has new work appearing or forthcoming in Little Star, Provincetown Arts, The Awl, Ampersand Review and Poetry magazine and he teaches poetry and non-fiction in the MFA Program at Goddard College and at Castle Hill Center for the Arts. He lives in New York City and Provincetown.

Christina Davis is the author of An Ethic (2013) and Forth A Raven (2006). Her poems and essays have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Jubilat, Poetry Magazine, Paris Review and other publications. She is the recipient of the Witter Bynner Award from the Library of Congress and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Dora Maar House in France. She currently serves as curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room, Harvard University.

Alden Jones is the author of two books: Unaccompanied Minors, winner of the 2013 New American Fiction Prize, and The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler's Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia, named a Top Ten Travel Book of the season by Publishers Weekly and the Best Travel Book of 2013 by the Huffington Post. Her stories and essays have appeared in Agni, Prairie Schooner, the Iowa Review, the Best American Travel Writing, and elsewhere. She teaches at Emerson College in Boston.

David Ryan's story collection, ANIMALS IN MOTION, is forthcoming from Roundabout Press. His fiction has appeared in Tin House, BOMB, Fence, WW Norton's Flash Fiction Forward, and many other journals and anthologies.

July 24 - August 13 2014

Katrina del Mar | Maura Jasper | Pat Place | David Chick | James Forren | Laura Wulf | Jennifer Moller
Katrina del Mar: Summer Sang in Me
Maura Jasper: In Like a Lion
Pat Place: Skies: 2008 - 2014
David Chick: Andy Warhol's Last Superstar, Holly Woodlawn
James Forren: Writing With Light
Laura Wulf: Etched Color Photograms
Jennifer Moller: Gretchen

Opening reception Friday, July 25th, 6-9pm.

Readings & Performance by Eileen Myles, Katrina del Mar, Karyn Kuhl, Sarah Greenwood and Thalia Zedek on Saturday, July 26, 6-9 pm.

Readings and discussion with Urvashi Vaid, Amy Hoffman and Suzanna Walters. Wednesday, July 30, 7 pm.

Hot, Deep & Connected. A conversation with Felice & Constance. Saturday, August 2, 4-5:30 pm.

Readings & Performance by Michael Cunningham & Billy Hough with a special appearance by Penny Arcade. Saturday, August 9, 6:30 pm.

A evening of sounds with Peter Donnelly, Roxanne Layton & Kathy Phipps. Sunday, August 10, 6 pm.

August 10 2014

Peter Donnelly, Roxanne Layton, and Kathy Phipps

An evening of summer sounds

6pm

Peter Donnelly has been living, writing and performing in Provincetown for more than twenty years. His songwriting and performance style is well suited to Amp’s unplugged, parlor like setting... And a Provincetown summer evening. He has also successfully organized and hosted the coffeehouse series at the Mews for the past 23 years, bringing writers and musicians together on those chilly off-season Monday nights.

Roxanne Layton began her career as a musician studying the recorder at age 6 and continued to New England Conservatory. She had the privilege of attending the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts with Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr. and many other wonderful musicians. Roxanne started out in the Early Music World playing Bach, Telemann, Vivaldi and many more, and has been called " the Ambassador of the Recorder" because of her ability and desire to play various styles of music including Latin Jazz,Folk, New Age, and World Music.

Roxanne has been a member of Mannheim Steamroller for 19 years and with them has performed at the White house twice and on many tv shows including the Tonight Show, the View, Good Morning America, etc. Roxanne has also had the honor of playing with local songwriter Zoe Lewis and with her has opened up for and played with the Indigo Girls and most recently Judy Collins. With her instrument as a melodic lyrical component of the music she joins, she has also been labeled as " the icing on the cake". Roxanne is now ready to " bake the cake" as she puts it. Meaning writing original music of her own. She is exploring songwriting and composition for several instruments. Roxanne is a multi instrumentalist and along with the recorder is a Vocalist, percussionist, and composer.

Kathy Phipps composes lyrics that tell stories, that celebrates the people and places of her life – some of them uplifting, some bittersweet, but all with an original, authentic flair.

Since coming onto the folk scene in the early 90’s, Phipps has toured as a solo artist, and as part of the duo Daring Angels with Wendy Sobel. From Club Passim to local coffeehouses, from Boston to P-Town, and up and down the East Coast, the gifted songstress has performed on so many stages, always leaving her audiences wanting more. With a clear, honey-laden voice pitched along the lines of bluegrass singer-musician Alison Krauss, the Pepperell, Mass. native sings music that touches the soul, all the while accompanying herself on an amazingly supportive guitar. The overall feeling is one of camaraderie – of having spent the evening with a friend, sharing her stories and talent through moving, memorable music.

“Phipps combines a wistful, sensitive streak with an exuberant desire to please an audience. Her clear, girlish soprano possesses and air of spunk and innocence that is immediately appealing.” - Boston Herald

For booking info, please email: phippkv@gmail

August 9 2014

Michael Cunningham & Billy Hough plus a very special guest appearance by Penny Arcade!

An evening of readings and performance

6:30 pm

Michael Cunningham is the author of the novels A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours (winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award & Pulitzer Prize), Specimen Days, and By Nightfall, as well as the non-fiction book, Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown. His new novel, The Snow Queen, was published in May of this year. He lives in New York, and teaches at Yale University.

Penny Arcade, aka Susana Ventura, is an internationally respected performance artist, poet, writer, and conceptualist experimental theatre maker known for her magnetic stage presence, her take no prisoners wit and her content rich plays and one liners. Her work is deeply rooted in rock and roll and the human experience. Her work has always focused on the other and the outsider, giving voice to those marginalized by society. Her decades long focus on the creation of community and inclusion as the goals of performance and her efforts to use performance as a transformative act mark her as a true original. Since 1999 she co-directs The Lower East Side Biography Project with longtime collaborator Steve Zehentner Website. Bad Reputation, a book on her work is available from Semiotexte Press. Website.

Billy Hough spends half the year in Provincetown and the other half in New York City. He and Susan Goldberg comprise "Scream Along with Billy", a brilliant rock 'n roll stream of consciousness piano and bass duo. He plays piano and sings at the Gifford House on the weekends, and performs with the Gold Dust Orphans. Billy has three songs on the film RAMPART soundtrack, including his own song Venice, and covers of Downtown and Johnny Thunders' You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory. His music will also be featured in the upcoming film starring Richard Gere and directed by Oren Moverman entitled Time Out of Mind. He is working on a memoir.

July 30 2014

Amy Hoffman, Urvashi Vaid and Suzanna Walters

An evening of readings and discussion

7 pm

Amy Hoffman is the author of three memoirs: Hospital Time (Duke University Press, 1997); An Army of Ex-Lovers: My Life at the Gay Community News (University of Massachusetts Press, 2007); and Lies About My Family (University of Massachusetts Press, 2013). She is currently editor in chief of Women's Review of Books and teaches creative nonfiction in the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College. She has been an editor at Gay Community News, South End Press, and the Unitarian Universalist World magazine. She taught writing and literature at the University of Massachusetts and Emerson College and served as development director for the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and the Women’s Lunch Place, a daytime shelter for homeless women. She has served on the boards of Gay Community News, GLAD, Sojourner, and Boston’s LGBT History Project. Hoffman has a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She lives in Boston with her wife, Roberta Stone, and is currently working on a novel set in Provincetown.

Lies About My Family: "The tales in this book, replete with conflicting versions and impeccable comic timing, have clearly been refined over multiple generations. Hoffman is at her hilarious best. Who would have thought that a memoir about a functional family could be so wrenching, and so hysterically funny?" — Alison Bechdel, author of Are You My Mother?

"An all-American coming-of-age story about a nice Jewish lesbian and her large family. Amy Hoffman s wise memoir embraces three generations and the lies (mostly true) they tell about themselves and each other." — Anita Diamant, author of The Red Tent

Urvashi Vaid Urvashi Vaid is an attorney and writer whose work in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement spans over three decades. She is Senior Fellow at Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender & Sexuality Law, and has held leadership roles at the Arcus Foundation, Ford Foundation, Gill Foundation, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, and the ACLU. Vaid’s latest book is, Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics (Magnus Books, 2012). She is also the author of Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Lesbian and Gay Liberation (Anchor Books, 1996), and co-editor with John D’Emilio and William Turner of Creating Change: Public Policy, Sexuality and Civil Rights (St. Martin’s Press, 2000). Vaid is a graduate of Vassar College and Northeastern University School of Law.

Irresistible Revolution is more than a collection of revivifying, incisive, provocative, scrupulously argued, and beautifully articulated speeches and essays. It's more than a fantastically useful roadmap through the convulsive politics of these perilous times, more than the fearless analytical acumen and the clear-eyed, mature, impassioned perspectives available on every page. People in the LGBT community, people everywhere who are struggling to assimilate this era’s unnerving contiguity of hope and despair will find what’s written here indispensable.” — Tony Kushner, playwright

"Urvashi Vaid’s extraordinary collection of essays on the movement for LGBT rights reveals her capacity for audacious critical analysis, her attention to creative political strategies and her principled commitment to forge a complex unity out of the major struggles of our time. Most importantly, she urges us to embrace feminist and anti-capitalist frameworks that link campaigns against homophobia to radical movements against racism, xenophobia and war." — Angela Y. Davis, University of California, Santa Cruz

"Irresistible Revolution is a brave reckoning. Potent and invigorating—writings that call us to our most radical and truthful selves. Writings that call us to reclaim rights, freedoms, and expressions sacrificed in the need to belong. Writings that remind us that freedom does not come through narrowing our concerns but through the expansion of them." — Eve Ensler, playwright and activist

Suzanna Danuta Walters has written and lectured extensively on sexuality, popular culture, and feminism and is currently Director of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University. She is the author of several books, including All the Rage: The Story of Gay Visibility in America and Material Girls: Making Sense of Feminist Cultural Theory. Her new book is entitled The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions Are Sabotaging Gay Equality (New York University Press, 2014) — "From Glee to gay marriage, from lesbian senators to out gay Marines, we have undoubtedly experienced a seismic shift in attitudes about gays in American politics and culture. Our reigning national story is that a new era of rainbow acceptance is at hand. But dig a bit deeper, and this seemingly brave new gay world is disappointing."

“Finally, a writer and critical thinker has treated queerness with true insight, and proper respect for its complexities and contradictions. Thank you, Suzanna Walters, for bringing so much rigor and balance; such ardent, subtle questioning; such respect for genuine human rights to the horrifically over-simplified term ‘tolerance.’” — Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours

The Tolerance Trap brilliantly and boldly goes where few have gone before. It rattles the cage of tolerance in pursuit of true gay liberation. For gays and straights alike, it challenges us to be more our quirky, original, sexual, gorgeous selves and to settle for nothing less than radical love and freedom.” — Eve Ensler, playwright and creator of The Vagina Monologues

August 2 2014

Hot, Deep & Connected: The Art of Sex in Partnership

A conversation with Felice & Constance

4 pm

Sex in the context of a longterm relationship offers richness and depth, and yet can be really challenging. When was the last time you had a refreshingly frank discussion about sex? Let’s talk about what works, what doesn’t, and how can we get more of what we want. Open to all women (lesbian, bi, queer).

Felice Newman is the author of the best-selling Whole Lesbian Sex Book: A Passionate Guide for All of Us. She is a founding publisher of Cleis Press, the still-going-strong-and-proud independent publisher of feminist and queer books since 1980. Felice is a somatic coach and sex educator who has helped many couples create satisfying sex lives. Felice is also an artist whose paintings can be seen at the Hutson Gallery.

Constance Clare-Newman is an Alexander Technique teacher who helps people find ease in their bodies. As a former member of the Good Vibrations cooperative in San Francisco, she is a trained sex educator and an advocate for pleasure. She has a lot to say about the embodied experience of sexuality.

July 10 - July 23 2014

Barbara Cohen + 9 | Laura Bell & Ian Ganassi | Dana Ellyn & Matt Sesow
Barbara Cohen + 9: Venetian Slings
Laura Bell & Ian Ganassi: The Corpses
Dana Ellyn & Matt Sesow: Fairy Tales and Folklore

Opening reception Friday, July 11th, 6-9pm.

Reading by Ian Ganassi, Bill Berry, Maria Nazos and Hazel Everett on Saturday, July 12th, 7pm.

July 12 2014

Ian Ganassi, Bill Berry, Maria Nazos and Hazel Everett

Reading

7 pm.

"I have been writing and publishing poetry in literary journals for more than 30 years. Overall, I think I write poetry to change peoples’ minds, in a literal sense—I want the poems to affect the reader almost the way a drug would. Or, to put it another way, I see the poems as incantatory, as casting a spell, rather than as encoded messages that have some lesson, or that try to “make it new” for the sake of making it new. Instead, I want the reader to be mesmerized, enchanted, changed at some non-rational level. In the past 15 or so years my poetry has become more experimental. Part of this change has entailed the use of collage; the collage elements, however, consist mostly of my own writing. I save what I call “good lines from bad poems” and use them as an intuitive way of structuring new poems. I also use a small amount of language from various pre-existing material, such as advertising, Sherlock Holmes, William James, etc. My impulse to initiate the collaborative Corpse series with painter Laura Bell was partly inspired by the collage methods I was using in my poems. I have always been fascinated by collaboration in art forms such as painting and writing, which are usually solo endeavors, and I found myself hungry for something less formal and painstaking than my poems, something that would be more spontaneous. Very quickly after its inception, in 2005, the Corpse series became a much more ambitious and serious project than I had at first imagined. And as a colleague of Laura’s said, “It’s like an ongoing letter between friends. Why stop?”

Ian Ganassi’s poems have appeared and are forthcoming in numerous literary magazines, including Clockhouse, MadHat Annual, Altered Scale, The Moth (Ireland), The Drunken Boat, New American Writing, Warwick Review (UK), Interim, Sawbuck, Map Literary, Folly, and Trickhouse. Ganassi's poem “Blunt Trauma” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his translations from Virgil’s Aeneid have appeared in New England Review. His book-length collection, Mean Numbers, has been a finalist in several national book competitions. Selected pieces from the Corpse series were shown at Zone Contemporary Art, NYC, in the exhibition “Disciplined Spontaneity,” a historical survey including works by contemporary artists and such antecedents as John Cage and Joseph Beuys. Ian lives in New Haven, Connecticut, where he is a writer, teacher, and percussionist. Website.

Bill Berry Bill Berry was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He started writing in the 4th grade, and produced his first novella, which was a haunted house story, at the age of 13. As a young teenager, he wrote mostly horror, but dabbled in science fiction, mystery, play-writing, and erotica. Years later he became entrenched in the "Post-Movements," and his fiction took on some of the more post-structural aspects of language and story. Berry has presented his work at Wayne State University in Detroit, The Bowery Poetry Club in New York, Boston University in Boston, AMP (Art Market Provincetown), and other venues. He has been published in several small literary magazines, as well as online through Unlikely Stories, Ignavia Press, HorrorSleazeTrash.com, and Bizarro World. His work as also appeared in several anthologies. As a professor, he has given presentations on writing, facilitated discussions and workshops, and published scholarly works on identity and language in writing. His creative work can be found for sale online through Amazon.

Maria Nazos is the author of A Hymn That Meanders, published by Wising Up Press. She received her MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Vermont Studio Center, and The Gaffney Award from the Academy of American Poets.

Her work is published or forthcoming in The Florida Review, The New Ohio Review, The Southern Humanities Review, Poet Lore, The Sycamore Review, and elsewhere. She is a doctoral student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Hazel Everett is a young and very gifted writer out of Provincetown, MA. She's on her way to Sarah Lawrence in NY to earn her MFA.

June 25 - July 9 2014

Bebe Beard | Linda Leslie Brown | Mary Ting | Steven Baines | Luanne E Witkowski | Jay Critchley | Joseph Go Mahan
Bebe Beard: Love You 'Til The End Of Time: Poly Amorous
Linda Leslie Brown: New Work with Holes
Mary Ting: Insomnia Stories
Steven Baines: We Are All Islands
Luanne E Witkowski: Placed Gift of Place
Jay Critchley: Fire & Ice
Joseph Go Mahan: From Provence

Reception Saturday, July 5th, 6-9pm.

June 27 2014

Jay Critchley

Reading/performance

7 pm

Jay Critchley’s visual, conceptual and performance work and environmental activism have traversed the globe, showing and/or performing in Argentina, Japan, England, Holland, Germany, Columbia and the United States. He was featured in the LOGO channel’s “Ptown Diaries”, and interviewed by BBC/UK. His solo exhibition at Freight + Volume Gallery in Chelsea, New York City received exciting reviews from the New York Times, The New Yorker and the Village Voice.

A longtime Provincetown, Cape Cod, MA resident, he utilizes the town, landscape, harbor, beaches and dunes as his medium. He founded the patriotic Old Glory Condom Corporation, which won a controversial three-year legal battle for its US Trademark. He produced, wrote and directed several movies and documentaries, including: Toilet Treatments, HBO Audience Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival; The Beige Motel project involved encrusting a 1955 iconic, roadside motel in sand – “an A-frame with wings” before it was demolished.

He has taught at the Museum School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and has had residencies at Harvard University, AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island, Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut and Milepost 5 in Portland, Oregon.

Significant awards include a special citation from the Boston Society of Architects for his visionary, environmental proposal, Martucket Eyeland Resort & Theme Park, and, an award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum/Smithsonian Museum in NYC for his ecological response to Boston’s Big Dig − mega highway/tunnel project: Big Twig.

Jay’s social art practice includes running the Provincetown Community Compact, which works with artists and the environment and sponsors the annual Provincetown Harbor Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla, a fundraiser for AIDS and women’s health, celebrating 27 years on September 6, 2014. Website.

May 23 - June 23 2014

Penny Arcade | Bobby Miller | Marian Roth | Sam Smiley | Tim McCarthy
Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer
Bobby Miller: New York City Gay Pride Parade 1973 - 2000
Marian Roth: Sight Unseen
Sam Smiley: The Bicycle Thief: in 3-D!
Tim McCarthy: First Gay White House Kiss

Opening reception Saturday, May 24th, 6-9pm, with special performances by Penny Arcade and Bobby Miller at approx 7 pm!

Reading by Bobby Miller, Friday June 20th, 6pm.

Provincetown International Film Fest screenings: 'Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story' directed by Beth Stephens with Annie Sprinkle; 'Beautiful Darling', a documentary film written & directed by James Rasin, and produced Jeremiah Newton; 'Who's the Top?', directed by Jennie Livingston; 'Don't Be Crude', a Short Film by Jay Critchley. See festival schedule and AMP 'Happenings' for details.

June 19-22 2014

Provincetown International Film Festival

Screenings & Live Appearances at AMP Gallery

THURSDAY, JUNE 19TH, 4PM

DON'T BE CRUDE | digital, 2:23 minutes | 2011

Written & Directed by Jay Critchley

Who hasn’t thought about impersonating Elvis at least once? Jay Critchley took his turn by twisting this Bebop classic into a timely anthem to our petro culture, crooning: “There are no more turtle doves, Baby let’s drive our car to the heaven above.” The video is part of a series responding to the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jay Critchley’s visual, conceptual and performance work and environmental activism have traversed the globe, showing and/or performing in Argentina, Japan, England, Holland, Germany, Columbia and the United States. He was featured in the LOGO channel’s “Ptown Diaries”, and interviewed by BBC/UK. His solo exhibition at Freight + Volume Gallery in Chelsea, New York City received exciting reviews from the New York Times, The New Yorker and the Village Voice.

GOODBYE GAULEY MOUNTAIN: AN ECOSEXUAL LOVE STORY | 70 minutes | 2013

Directed by Beth Stephens with Annie Sprinkle; Produced by Xandra Coe, Annie Sprinkle & Jordan Freeman. Beth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle will be present via Skype to present their film.

Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story is the autobiographical documentary of ecosexual lovers Beth Stephens' and Annie Sprinkle's journey from San Francisco to West Virginia to visit Beth's family and join the fight against a devastating new coal mining technique, mountain top removal. While we all use the electricity generated by coal, mountain top removal (MTR) is little known outside of West Virginia and this film exposes its social and environmental injustices in one of the most poverty-stricken regions of the United States. It also explores the devastating global consequences to us all, even those living far beyond the destruction of the endangered, bio-diverse Appalachian Mountains. By juxtaposing sadness and humor, love and greed, beauty and devastation, it braids Beth's West Virginia coalfield hillbilly past, with the promise of ecosexuality in order to deploy new strategies of resistance and make the fight against environmental destruction more sexy, fun, hopeful and diverse. It asks, what would happen if we changed our relationship from Earth as mother, to Earth as lover? It encourages gay, lesbian, bi, trans, inter, fairy, and eventually ecosexual communities to find creative ways to engage environmental justice. This is how Stephens and Sprinkle come to marry the Appalachian Mountains and join the fight to abolish MTR. It's a compelling story of small communities facing annihilation for short-term corporate gain, but it's also a story about hope, love-and how, finding strength together, we can resist, and fight for justice in our own queer loving ways.

Elizabeth Stephens is an artist, activist and professor whose art has explored sexuality, gender, and feminism for over 25 years. Her current focus, in collaboration with Annie Sprinkle, is Sexecology. This is a new field of art research that explores the places where ecology and sexology intersect. Sexecology engages the metaphor Earth as a Lover to imagine a sustainable relationship between humans and the planet they inhabit. This work is intended to address environmental degradation and to imagine ecologically viable futures. Most recently Stephens’ film (made with Sprinkle), Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story won the Spirit of Action Award at the Santa Cruz Film Festival in Santa Cruz, CA. Stephens and Sprinkle have performed at the Museum Kunst Palast in Dusseldorf, Germany, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and they have exhibited work at PS 1 in New York, the Reina Sophia in Madrid, Spain as well as in many other performance spaces, museums, galleries and festivals around the world.

Annie Sprinkle is an internationally known multimedia artist who has toured theater pieces since 1989 to 21 countries. She is one of the pivotal players in the 80’s “sex positive feminist movement.” Her film, The Sluts & Goddesses Video Workshop: Or How to Be A Sex Goddess in 101 Easy Steps, played over 300 international film festivals and art venues, including the Guggenheim Museum and is considered a women’s sex film classic. She’s been involved in dozens of documentaries and numerous features including Inside Deep Throat, The Naked Feminist, Monica Truet’s My Father is Coming, and Gendernauts, and been in many TV shows such as four HBO Real Sex segments and The Sexual Revolution on the History Channel. She started out in x-rated feature films in the 70’s and 80’s. She produced, directed and starred in, Annie Sprinkle’s Herstory of Porn, an award winning experimental film diary about her experiences in the adult film industry. Sprinkle earned a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality, received the 2013 Artist/Activist/Scholar Award at Performance Studies International at Stanford. Currently her multi-media art projects are dedicated to making the world a more sustainable place and pollinating the budding ecosex movement.

FRIDAY, JUNE 20TH, 4PM

BEAUTIFUL DARLING: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CANDY DARLING ANDY WARHOL SUPERSTAR | 87 minutes | 2010

Written & Directed by James Rasin; Produced by Jeremiah Newton, Elisabeth Bentley & Gill Holland. There will be a Q&A following the film with co-producer Jeremiah Newton.

Beautiful Darling, a documentary film, pays tribute to the short but influential life of an extraordinary person - the actress Candy Darling, born James Slattery in a Long Island suburb in 1944. Drawn to the feminine from childhood, by the mid-Sixties James had become Candy, a gorgeous, blonde actress and well-known downtown New York figure. Candy's career took her through the raucous and revolutionary Off-off-Broadway theater scene and into Andy Warhol's legendary Factory. There she became close to Warhol and starred in two Factory movies that still shock and amuse today: Flesh and Women in Revolt. Candy used her Warhol fame to land further film roles, and her admirer Tennessee Williams cast her in his play Small Craft Warnings. She dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star, but tragically died of lymphoma in the early Seventies, at only twenty-nine. Candy's beauty, humor, and early death, the guts it took to live as a woman, the glamorous parties and the famous friends - most of all the strength of will she demonstrated in her remarkable act of self-creation - moved those who knew her in her lifetime and continue to gather fans today. It's a story of wild, creative times and of audacious people, but one that has a theme inspiring for anyone, anywhere: whatever the obstacles, be true to yourself. The film uses both current and vintage interviews, excerpts from Candy's own diaries and letters, as well as vintage footage of Candy and friends.

Writer and Director, James Rasin is a New York City writer and filmmaker. His short film The Burning Ghat, starring Beat writer Herbert Huncke, was screened at the Venice Biennale, and won the Gold Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival. His short documentary, Gregory Corso Reads From the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, was included in the Whitney Museum's "Beat Culture and the New America", and was also in the Venice Biennale. Rasin has written several screenplays, including co-writing (with Jack Walls) Somebody's Sins, about the lives of Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith. He has also written, directed and produced Off-off-Broadway theater.

Producer, Jeremiah Newton was a close friend of Candy Darling and is the executor of her estate. He co-edited (with Francesca Passalacqua and D.E. Hardy) the book My Face for the World to See: The Diaries, Letters, and Drawings of Candy Darling (Hardy Marks Publications, 1997), and wrote additional material for Mary Harron's film I Shot Andy Warhol (1996). A former president of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association, he works as Film & TV Industry Liaison at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Producer, Elisabeth Bentley has worked extensively as a writer, most recently being nominated for a Writers Guild of America award for her screenplay Nanking in 2008. Her writing for non-fiction films ranges from the Academy Award nominated Twin Towers to projects on comedian Tommy Chong and Catholic visionary Dorothy Day. Films written and/or produced by Bentley have appeared in dozens of festivals, including being invited to Cannes and Sundance.

Producer, Gill Holland is a Spirit Award-nominee Producer of the Year, of The Group Entertainment, and has been involved in the production of over sixty films, including Loggerheads (Sundance '05), Spirit Award-winner Sweet Land, multiple award-winner Spring Forward, comedy The Adventures of Power and documentary FLOW: For Love of Water (both Sundance '08). In 1997 Holland produced Hurricane, written and directed by Morgan Freeman, which was the first feature to win three awards at Sundance.

FRIDAY, JUNE 20TH, 6PM

BOBBY MILLER | a performance & reading following Beautiful Darling

Bobby Miller is a performance poet, writer, actor and photographer. He is the author of four books of poetry; Benestrific Blonde, Mouth Of Jane,Troubleblonde and Rigamarole. He has been published in many magazines and periodicals including Verbal Abuse, Vice Magazine, UHF Magazine and the Village Voice. He is included in The 1995 American Book Award – winning Aloud: Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Verses That Hurt; Pleasure And Pain From The Poemfone Poets, and The Outlaw Bible Of American Poetry, listed on the top ten Poetry National Bestseller List. Bobby has been taking photographs since 1974. As a poet and spoken word artist he has collaborated with recording artist DJ Dymetry of the band Dee-Lite on a recording of My Life As I Remember It, and can also be heard on Epic Records CD Home Alive with Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Joan Jett, and others performing his piece Keep Your Mouth Off My Sisters.

FRIDAY, JUNE 2OTH, 7-8:30PM | Women Filmmakers Party

To come...

SATURDAY, JUNE 21ST, 4PM | Double Feature

WHO'S THE TOP? | 22:44 minutes | 2005

Written, Directed & Edited by Jennie Livingston; Produced by Ruth Charny & Laura Teodosio

From Jennie Livingston, the director of the unforgettable Paris is Burning comes a fantastical S/M musical comedy in which one writer finds her true self by determining who's the bottom. Who's The Top? is a short film directed and written by Jennie Livingston. Livingston produced and directed the award-winning feature documentary Paris is Burning, which recently was named by New Yorker Magazine as one the top cultural works out of NYC in the last 40 years, and the short film Through The Ice which screened at Sundance in 2006. Who's The Top? was produced by Ruth Charny (Love Liza, Grace of My Heart) and Laura Teodosio. The film stars Marin Hinkle of CBS's Two and a Half Men and ABC's Once and Again along with Brigitte Bako of Showtime's upcoming series The G-Spot and Shelly Mars from A& E's Role Reversal and the upcoming Bettie Page. The cast includes Steve Buscemi, Reno, and Maureen Angelos; Who's the Top? also features twenty-four Broadway dancers as well as choreography by John Carrafa, who was nominated for two Tonys in one year for Urinetown the Musical and Into the Woods.

Alixe is in love with Gwen, which is good, because they live together. But sometimes Gwen feels Alixe isn't all there. Alixe, a young poet, is often distracted by her obsession with the bad-boy poet and adventurer CYMON Blank, and by heated fantasies of scary, yet hot, gangs of women in leather. Would Gwen try a little kink from time to time? No thanks. Gwen thinks their sex life is just fine -- and that CYMON is pretentious. When Alixe travels to San Francisco to interview CYMON for a new literary zine, Gwen is worried. And for good reason: Alixe immediately runs into two old friends, Buzz and Mars, full-time "sex radicals." Is Alixe and Gwen's sexual disagreement the cause of their problems, or are their problems the cause of their sexual disagreement? And how should an artist nurture her vision: by seeking adventures on the edge or by staying home and writing poems? What's more real, our fantasies, or what we actually do? In Who's the Top? there are no right answers, just musical numbers.

BEAUTIFUL DARLING: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CANDY DARLING ANDY WARHOL SUPERSTAR | 87 minutes | 2010

Written & Directed by James Rasin; Produced by Jeremiah Newton, Elisabeth Bentley & Gill Holland. There will be a Q&A following the film with co-producer Jeremiah Newton.

See above, Friday, June 20 for details.

SUNDAY, JUNE 22ND, 1:30PM

STEPHIN MERRITT PRESENTS: THE LEAD SHOES | 16 minutes | 1949

Directed by Sidney Peterson

Selected for the National Film Registry in 2009, THE LEAD SHOES is a non-narrative short evoking the unconscious acts of a disturbed mind. Selected, discussed, and introduced by musician/composer Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields)

May 24 2014

Penny Arcade and Bobby Miller

In-gallery performances during the Opening Reception

approx. 7 pm.

Penny Arcade, aka Susana Ventura, is an internationally respected performance artist, poet, writer, and conceptualist experimental theatre maker known for her magnetic stage presence, her take no prisoners wit and her content rich plays and one liners. Her work is deeply rooted in rock and roll and the human experience. Her work has always focused on the other and the outsider, giving voice to those marginalized by society. Her decades long focus on the creation of community and inclusion as the goals of performance and her efforts to use performance as a transformative act mark her as a true original. Since 1999 she co-directs The Lower East Side Biography Project with longtime collaborator Steve Zehentner Website. Bad Reputation, a book on her work is available from Semiotexte Press. Website.

Bobby Miller is a performance poet, writer, actor and photographer. He is the author of four books of poetry; Benestrific Blonde, Mouth Of Jane,Troubleblonde and Rigamarole. He has been published in many magazines and periodicals including Verbal Abuse, Vice Magazine, UHF Magazine and the Village Voice. He is included in The 1995 American Book Award – winning Aloud: Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Verses That Hurt; Pleasure And Pain From The Poemfone Poets, and The Outlaw Bible Of American Poetry, listed on the top ten Poetry National Bestseller List. Bobby has been taking photographs since 1974. As a poet and spoken word artist he has collaborated with recording artist DJ Dymetry of the band Dee-Lite on a recording of My Life As I Remember It, and can also be heard on Epic Records CD Home Alive with Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Joan Jett, and others performing his piece Keep Your Mouth Off My Sisters.

Please visit AMP Gallery's exhibitions page for further information and images of Arcade's collaborative installation, and Bobby Miller's photographs. Website.

May 17 - May 18 2014

Flower Power! A Silent Auction/Benefit for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod

Opening reception Saturday, May 17th, 5-8pm. Viewing/bidding times: Saturday, May 17, 1-8 pm, and Sunday May 18, 1-5 pm.

A Photographic Exhibition of donated work by 40 international photographers. Curated by Bobby Miller.

All proceeds to benefit ASGCC. Featuring works by Marcia Resnick, Lisa Hull, Dan McKeon, John d’ Addario, Marcus Leatherdale,Linda Covello, Lynn Rodriguez, Brett Lindell, Scott Ewalt, James Smith, Rick Burrows, Amy Howell, Jamie Casertano, John LeClair, Loren Haynes, Michael Palladino, Suzanne Long, Scooter LaForge, Greg Gorman, Larry Collins, Bobby Miller, Susan Shacter, Christopher Souza, Zoltan Girliczki, Michael James O’Brien, Walt Cessna, Debbie Nadolney, Eileen Counihan, Stanley Stellar, Ric Ide, Mark Adams, Dana Demers, Paul & Susan Cezanne, Terry Rozo, Diane DiMassa, Merlin Monroe, Tim McCarthy, Michael Holman & others.

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