AMP | Happenings

June 25, 2016

Linda Ohlson Graham & Hilde Oleson

Readings

4pm

Linda Ohlson Graham: Leading Humanity in a Path to Global Peace and calmer weather patterns ... is the powerful dynamic that inspires Linda Ohlson Graham's award-winning fine photography and ecstatic poetry. Linda feels an intimate connection to the cosmos: she has sailed thousands of miles with the night sky in view: 4 hours on ... 4 hours off throughout the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Central and South America, even off shore to Cape Cod one spring. This experience has rooted her more deeply in her desire to contribute to WORLD PEACE and calmer weather patterns.

Linda also lived in (1984-93) and co-directed (1984-96) the J.M.W. Turner Museum in Denver, CO. During this time the Museum was chosen 'One of the 99 Finest Museums in America' by Atlantic Monthly.

From March 2010 through March 2012 she was Colorado District 2 co-ordinator for the Campaign to Establish a US Dept. of Peace. Linda led a lobbying team in the Washington, DC office of Congressman Jared Polis, who signed HR808 a few days later. In October 2010 Linda was named CO Department of Peace Poet Laureate. Her photography and spiritual writing portray the richness of her life's experience.

Linda's recently self-published book: Earth Ocean Heavens, a mini guide book to aide Humanity in entering "The New Age" envisions 'allllllll of us' collectively entering a truly peaceful next thousand year cycle by enough of us intentionally quieting our thinking Mind(s) for just a few minutes daily. Her book shares, in poetic language - accented by award winning fine photography, Humanity's Path to Global Peace and calmer weather patterns.

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 Reward 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

July 9, 2016

Mark Adams

Doggerel, shanties, bromides and sob stories.

Reading, 7 PM

"I just want to make enough to buy this town and keep it rough."

Mark Adams: "I write I draw I scan the horizon. Painter, cartographer, human ecologist, elegiac dystopian. 25 years in the Provincetown Hook, 10 years of coastal surveys, 500 paintings, 5000 trail miles jogged, a string of failed relationships, couple hundred friends, a kayak, a bike, a guitar and a killer lamb curry. Just trying to get it right."

July 16, 2016

Nora Burns with Billy Hough

'David's Friend', a Performance

7:30 PM

Nora Burns to come...

Billy Hough to come ...

July 27, 2016

Hilde Oleson

Reading

5pm

Hilde Oleson will be reading from her newly released book of poetry entitled Why?.

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 Reward 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

July 30, 2016

Judith Stein | 'Eye of the Sixties, Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art'

Reading & Book Signing

TBD

"Art and money. Value and worth. How does art get from studio to museum? Journey back to the early sixties, to the beginning of the market for contemporary art, when the art dealer and tastemaker Dick Bellamy (1927-1998) made history but chose not to make money. At the fabled Green Gallery on Fifty-Seventh Street, Bellamy launched the careers of Pop, Op and conceptual artists, as well as mavericks and minimalists, artists such as Claes Oldenburg and James Rosenquist, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin, Mark di Suvero and Lucas Samaras, and Robert Morris and Larry Poons. The story of Dick Bellamy, a beatnik with a legendary eye, unfolds as postmodernism elbowed the past aside.

A Midwesterner whose mother was Chinese, Dick Bellamy opened the Green with the covert support of America’s first celebrity art collectors, Robert and Ethel Scull, two of Warhol’s earliest supporters. “There was nobody like Bellamy. I certainly consider myself his pupil,” art dealer Leo Castelli would later say. For decades after the Green, Bellamy preferred to be out of the limelight, becoming an éminence grise whose opinion mattered to savvy collectors, curators and fellow dealers.

Based on decades of research and on hundreds of interviews with Bellamy’s artists, friends, colleagues, and lovers, Judith E. Stein’s Eye of the Sixties recovers the lost history of the elusive art dealer." - July 2016 from Farrar Straus and Giroux

Judith Stein is a writer and independent curator. Her biography-in-progress of the art dealer Richard Hu Bellamy earned a Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant (2008). Among her honors is a Pew Foundation Fellowship in the Arts in literary non-fiction (1994); an Award for Best Catalogue, International Art Critics Association, American Section, for I Tell My Heart: The Art of Horace Pippin, (1995); and a writing residency at the Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio, Italy, (1999). For the last thirty years, her features and reviews have appeared in Art in America and Art News, as well as in The New York Times Book Review, Ms., and Metropolitan Home. She is a former arts reviewer for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air and Morning Edition. A graduate of Barnard College, she earned a doctorate in art history from the University of Pennsylvania.

August 3, 2016

Yvonne Anderson

Screenings of The Sun Gallery in Provincetown, 1955-59 (36 min) + Dominic Falcone, 1928-2009 (50 min)

7 PM

Join us at AMP Gallery for a very special evening of screenings and discussion with Yvonne Anderson. Yvonne, and her husband Domenic Falcone, directed the infamous Sun Gallery in Provincetown during the 1950s.

Yvonne Anderson: "We created the Sun Gallery in 1955. After 5 years and maybe 50 shows there we thought we had done every kind of exhibit that we could think of, including the first “HAPPENING” with live actor (Red Grooms Director) ...and now we had a baby (Paul) to consider. We moved to the Boston area. Dominic went to work as a cook at Harvard, we had a second baby.

A lot of neighborhood children showed up in my house to play with our children ...and use all the free art supplies laid out on the tables.This got expensive so I had to organize Saturday morning art classes. One day I showed the children my first animated film made with Red Grooms. They wanted to do it too! So we started the Yellow Ball Workshop, for which we are most known.

I had no idea that Film Animation Production classes for children had not existed before. I showed our first film at the Harvard Film Archives and it was a big hit. The classes were bigger the next year , and my students and films became shown on TV all over this country and and won awards at international Film Festivals.

I spent several years running around this country and others doing workshops and writing books and articles on the subject. Later I was recruited to teach flat animation, puppet animation and and Film Special Eeffects at at RISD. I worked there for 23 years, nine of them as Dept head of Film/Video/ Animation. I had to retire at age 70 when Dominic became sick. He died in 2009.

The Provincetown Museum and Art Association did two Sun Gallery Exhibitions, one in1981 and another in 2003. Tony Vevers wrote the catalogue for the first show and I presented a slide show,

When we were invited to do a second Sun Gallery Show in 2003 we showed one of the artists work that we had shown at the Sun Gallery and asked the artists to present one of their more recent works. It was fun to see how the styles changed. We prepared a 16mm film showing for that show. We showed the SUN GALLERY in Provincetown then, in a slightly different way, and FAT FEET, and APPOLIONARE UNEXPECTED (without a sound track) but the audience furnished it by laughing!

A few years after the Sun Gallery we returned to Provincetown for two summers to run a film series at the other end of town, consisting mostly of new films of all types by independent filmakers. Some of the early Yellowball Workshop films were shown then.

Domenic Falcone 1928-2009 has not been shown in Provincetown before. The documentary portion is 27minutes, and includes Sun Gallery segments... “I SAW THEIR ANGRY Faces” a group of short animated films using his poems and narrated by him (12 minutes) We WILL LIVE FOREVER is a 6 minute animated film we made together, based on his poem and animated by myself. It has won first prize at 6 film festivals. This whole reel is 45 minutes long."

August 6, 2016 (tentative)

Michael Cunningham & Billy Hough

Readings

7 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), The Snow Queen, Specimen Days, and By Nightfall, as well as the non-fiction book, Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown. His latest book, A Wild Swan and Other Tales (illustrated by Yuko Shimizu) was published in November 2015. He is a Senior Lecturer at Yale and lives in New York.

Billy Hough lives between Provincetown and New York City. He and Susan Goldberg comprise "Scream Along with Billy", a brilliant rock 'n roll stream of consciousness piano and bass duo, now celebrating its 11th year. He also is a member of the punk band "garageDogs", and plays piano and sings at the Gifford House on the weekends, and is a founding member of 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 is featured in the recent film starring Richard Gere and directed by Oren Moverman entitled Time Out of Mind. He is working on a memoir.

August 9, 2016

"Jason and Shirley", 2015

Director, Stephen Winter, presents his film along with Sarah Schulman | Screening and Discussion

7:30 PM

50 years before RuPaul… there was Jason Holliday. The most fabulous and controversial black queen you’ve never heard of!

December 1966, Jason was known throughout the New York pre-Stonewall gay world as the hottest mess around. Shirley Clarke was Jewish, wealthy and a rare female film director of her era to gain national prominence. Shirley invited Jason to her Chelsea Hotel penthouse to film him telling wild stories from his turbulent life, determined to find a groundbreaking “truth” in documentary. This footage became “Portrait of Jason,” (1967), and was hailed a masterpiece, as Jason tells stories of racism, homophobia, abuse and prostitution with Shirley urging him towards a tangled emotional breakdown that is unforgettable.

But what really happened that day? With dreams, musical numbers and graphic emotions, the NEW film “Jason and Shirley” revisits that fateful meeting and blows the lid off this true story of power, destiny and “truth.”

"Jason and Shirley" features Sarah Schulman as Shirley, and Jack Waters as Jason.

Stephen Winter is an award winning film director, screenwriter, consultant and producer. His latest film is "Jason and Shirley" (2015) which had its world premiere at the BAMCinemaFest. His other films include "Chocolate Babies" (1996, premiere Berlin Film Festival), and "Young Men Big Dreams: Inside The World of the Steve Harvey Mentoring Camp" (2014) for NBC/Universal. Some of the films he’s worked on are "Precious" (2008, Sundance, Cannes), "Paperboy" (2010), Lee Daniels' "The Butler" (2012, Cannes), John Cameron Mitchell’s "Shortbus" (2006, Cannes), Xan Cassavetes’ "Kiss of The Damned" (2010, Venice), John Krokidas’ "Kill Your Darlings" (2013, Sundance), David France’s Oscar nominated documentary "How To Survive A Plague" (2012, Sundance) and producer of Jonathan Caouette's landmark ("Virtuoso," A.O. Scott, New York Times, "4 Stars", Roger Ebert) documentary "Tarnation" (2004, Sundance, Cannes, New York Film Festival, The 2015 Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking). He has consulted on dozens of film projects across the world and his short play Be Still, about his sainted mother Aureen returning to Jamaica, was included in 24 by 24: The Best of the 24 Hour Plays Anthology.

Sarah Schulman has been an award winning novelist, playwright, screenwriter, nonfiction writer, AIDS historian, political commentator, theater critic, political journalist and a firebrand active citizen participant for over 30 years. She is the author of 17 books including The Gentrification of The Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination, Israel/Palestine and The Queer international, and the forthcoming novel The Cosmopolitans (March, 2016). She has a thirty year history in the avant-garde and with Jim Hubbard co-founded MIX:NY Queer Experimental Film Festival now entering its 20th year as a non-commercial, community-based film festival. As a screenwriter she has 3 collaborations with director Cheryl Dunye: The Owls (Berlin Film Festival 2010), Mommy Is Coming (Berlin Film Festival, 2012) and Unstuck (in pre-production.) With Jim Hubbard she is co-producer of his feature length documentary UNITED IN ANGER: A History of ACT UP that had its US premier at MOMA, and International premiere in Ramallah, Palestine. As an actor Sarah appeared in the 1980’s Downtown performance scene at The Performing Garage, The University of The Streets, Franklin Furnace and once played Valerie Solarnis in a 24 hour performance "The Plastic Inevitable." On film: in Dunye's Watermelon Woman (1995). As a playwright her works Carson McCullers and Manic Flight Reaction were produced at New York's Playwrights Horizons, and her adaptation of IB Singer's Enemies, A Love Story debuted at The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. Sarah is co-director of The ACT UP Oral History Project (www.actuporalhistory.org), on the Advisory Board of Jewish Voice for Peace, faculty advisor for Students for Justice in Palestine at the College of Staten Island where she is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities. She is currently at work on Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and The Duty of Repair.

For more information, please visit: www.jasonandshirleyfilm.com

August 13

Jack Shamblin, Queering the Stage

Performance

7:30 - 8:30

By promoting my book Queering The Stage, available on Amazon, FastPencil, and Barnes & Nobles: I share stories of LGBTQ heroes and history.

Using video, music, and monologues; we visit queer stories such as the eighteenth century transgendered female-to-male soldier Catherina Linck a.k.a Anastasius; plus Michael Hardwick’s 1986 Supreme Court’s trial and attempt to end U.S. sodomy laws that persecuted homosexuals; and the ACT-UP activist Tim Bailey, whose corpse was dumped on the White House lawn.

Playing with my gender, I gradually shift sexes during the presentation into my trans-female identity Mia Kunter. This enables me to highlight my chapter Shake & Make A Performance and give a quick lesson in making live art.

Produced in 90s Manhattan and during Mayor Giuliani’s terrorizing of nightclubs and downtown arts, these performance-as-protest plays appeared at La MaMa, P.S. 122, Dixon Place, Mother, Jackie 60s; and the nightclub, Tunnel. Theatre artists, Kate Bornstein, Ellie Covan, and Theodora Skipitares were involved in original productions while working with playwright Caryl Churchill and director Anne Bogart influenced the storytelling.

Jack Shamblin is an American born international writer/actor/director/comedian/activist. Identifies as gender-queer and challenges his audience to home-bake performance art for pleasure and community, has been listed as a critic's pick multiple times, and with a captioned photo reading "Future So Bright” in Time Out New York.

He made his debut 1994 at La MaMa in Theodora Skipitares' “Under The Knife: A History of Medicine”.

Highlights of Shamblin's career include: Hanging from “La MaMa’s fire escape” as Prometheus. Wearing an electrical prom dress with a TV monitor wig, performing at clubs and wedding receptions about domestic violence. Performing with Jayne Atkinson and Philip Seymour-Hoffman at the Public Theatre in the New York premiere of Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker. Presenting Sodomite! (a protest against U.S. sodomy laws ) to crowds of New Yorkers. Working with Kate Bornstein and Ellie Covan on a play Thurma at Dixon Place. Writing and performing for choreographer Paulo Henrique, Minimally Invasive European tour. Drenching his body in green paint, becoming a landscape while taking a bunny-eared condom and hopping it across his torso into his mouth. Running a play “Bread & Circus” 3099 co-created with Nicole Zaray at La MaMa Annex. Being submerged in a tight water cube to make a performance video with Eva Mueller and then projected at London's Sketch Gallery on four giant walls. Dancing at the bottom of a well in Lisbon as a homeless God for charity. Sewing his body to his lover for arts publication Umbigo. Parading on stilts made of books to become a fairy tale giant in arts festival Secrets at Jardim Botânico Tropical De Belem. Creating film O Castelo Preto with performance collective Advance D-Lux that he founded with J. Carlos Díaz at C.E.M. in Lisbon. Wearing white underwear packed with strawberries and being spanked by a chosen audience member.

Since 2010, creates live art show F#CK MiA (Lisbon, New York, Montreal,) play BLATANT, (New York),and video series on YouTube Anarchist Mia.

Follow on: Twitter: @jack_shamblin, YouTube: Jack Shamblin, YouTube: Mia Kunter, Facebook: jack.shamblin, Instagram: miakunter.

August 16, 2016

Xray Aims

Performance/Installation

9 PM

Xray Aims

August 20, 2016

Tough Girls & Lucid Dreamers VI

Readings + Performance featuring Eileen Myles, Katrina del Mar, Bobby Miller, Sarah Greenwood, Karyn Kuhl, Thalia Zedek, Jay Critchley, Bobby Miller, Christopher Tanner, Runn Shayo, Gala Alexander, and others

6 to 9 PM

Eileen Myles ...

Katrina del Mar ...

Bobby Miller ...

Sarah Greenwood ...

Karyn Kuhl ...

Thalia Zedek ...

Christopher Tanner ...

Jay Critchley ...

Runn Shayo ...

Gala Alexander ...

August 24, 2016

Alison Prine & Jan Freeman

Readings

7 PM

Alison Prine

Jan Freeman

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