Inspired by “The Other Side,” Rick Dorff’s monumental sculpture residing at the AMP Gallery this season, members and friends of Boston’s Fort Point Theatre Channel company (fortpointtc.org) will present a short devised theater performance with music at 7:00 and 9:00 on Saturday, August 19. The kinetic keyhole-like shape of the sculpture calls forth themes of locking out, locking in, “Human the Lock and Human the Key,” thus: migration, refuge, freedom, transgression and repentance. Directed by Christine Noah, script by Melissa Nussbaum, produced by Nick Thorkelson.
Mitch Bogen is a writer living in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA. For more than two decades he has been a participant in the Boston-area university and nonprofit education communities, focusing on peace and global citizenship education, as well as on issues relating to religious pluralism. He holds masters degrees in theology and education from Harvard University. In late 2012, he launched his blog, Mitch Bogen’s Art & Argument, as a venue for writing about his lifelong enthusiasm for the arts.
Judith Trepp, a native New Yorker, has lived in Zuerich, Switzerland, the major part of each year since 1970. From 1974-85 she also lived in Tuscany, Italy, and since 1990 has maintained an atelier in Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA, where she had a one-person show at the Provincetown Art Museum (PAAM) in 2011. In addition, Trepp has traveled extensively in various regions of India and Japan as well as in Europe. These diverse enlargements of vision — intellectually and culturally — resonate in her work. For further information regarding Trepp’s background, publications, and exhibitions please go to the website judithtrepp.net.
Eileen Myles is the author of nineteen books including I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems, and a 2015 reissue of Chelsea Girls. In 2017 Grove Press will publish Afterglow (a memoir) about Myles’s late pitbull, Rosie, a one time Provincetown resident. Eileen is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards, and a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art. In 2016 they received a Creative Capital grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. They’ve had work included in the past in shows at Southern Exposure (SF) David Zwirner, and most recently The Artist’s Institute (NYC) exhibited Myles’s 1992 campaign materials. Myles has showed their work several times in Provincetown at AMP and Schoolhouse Gallery where they will be exhibiting work in August. Myles teaches at NYU and Naropa University and lives in Marfa, TX and New York.
Katrina del Mar is a New York-based photographer, video artist, writer, and award-winning film director. Her work has been described as “beautiful”, exuding an “intimate chemistry” and also as “filth of the highest quality.” Katrina herself has been described as a “major league cutie,” “a wild woman,” “the Lesbian Russ Meyer,” and “apparently, the lesbian stepchild of Kenneth Anger.”
Her solo exhibition GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, first presented at Participant Inc. in New York City, shown at AMP Gallery in the summer season of 2013. Likewise, her solo exhibition Summer Sang in Me, first presented at Strange Loop Gallery in New York City was exhibited at AMP Gallery in 2014. In 2012, Katrina presented a series of films and photographs from the Golden Age of Performance Art (1988-2000) On the Edge of Society: Moments in Live Art, at Warehouse 9, Copenhagen, Denmark. Her solo exhibition, Gangs of New York, was presented in 2010 at Wrong Weather Gallery in Porto, Portugal. Invited to teach at the University of the Arts in Bremen, Germany, she conducted the first ever Queer Trash Feminist Film Workshop, also in 2010. Katrina has shown her critically acclaimed Girl Gang Trilogy of films internationally, including venues such as the Museum for Contemporary Art (CAPC), Bordeaux, France, the Fringe Film Festival, London, UK, 2012; Nightingale Cinema, co-presented by Chicago Underground Film Festival, the MoMA Dome 2 in Rockaway Beach, and Bio Paradis, Reykjavik, Iceland.
Katrina’s work has garnered numerous awards including a fellowship in video from the New York Foundation for the Arts, “Best Experimental Film” from the Planet Out Short Movie Awards announced at the Sundance Film Festival, the 2010 Accolade Award of Merit, and Winner of Juried Competition, Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 2012.
Katrina is currently producing a “non-linear, semi surreal” documentary-style web series called DelMarvelous: A Day in the Life, Katrina del Mar, which will be screened at AMP during this year's Provincetown International Film Festival.
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.
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. Mr. Miller’s book, "Fabulous! A Photographic Diary Of Studio 54" 144 black and white photographs with text was published by St. Martin's Press in September 1998, He is also the author “A Downtown State of Mind: NYC 1973 – 1983”, “Wigstock in Black & White: 1985 – 2005”, “Jackie 60 Nights”, “Amina”, “Queer Nation”, “PORTRAITS: Volumes 1 – 3”, ”Ptown Peeps” Volumes 1 , 2 and 3, “Forget Them Not”, ”Fetish and Fairytale Folk”, “Diva’s, Dudes & Dandies”, and “Fabulous! A Photographic Diary of Studio 54: REDUX” with 37 color plates added for the 37th Anniversary of Studio 54. All of his books can be purchased at www.blurb.com/user/store/TroubleBlond.
His is work has been exhibited in NYC, Palm Springs and Provincetown at AMP Gallery, and Woodman Shimko Gallery. Bobby has been taking photographs since 1974. His first influence was his mother Dorothy C. Miller, a prolific amateur photographer. His first contemporary influences were Christopher Makos, Robert Mapplethorpe and Jimmy De Sana. He studied photography with Lisette Model in 1976 in NYC at The New School during the last year of her life. As a hairdresser and make-up artist he has worked with photographers Lynn Goldsmith, Francesco Scavullo and Robert Mapplethorpe and many others.
As a poet and spoken word artist he has collaborated with recording artist DJ Dmitry of the band Dee-Lite on a recording of “My Life as I Remember It to Be” released in 2015 and can also be heard on Epic Records CD Home Alive with Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Joan Jett, and others performing his “Keep Your Mouth Off My Sisters”.
Sarah Greenwood is a songwriter and performer, born in Switzerland to British transplants. Graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Sarah is the recipient of multiple Professional Writing Division Awards for Songwriting from Berklee. She released several well received eponymous EP's including 24 Hour Shift before forming GSX, known for its fiery live performances. Sarah's full length album Manifest was released in 2005 and GSX headlined and played both internationally, notably to a crowd of 50,000 in Reykjavik, Iceland and nationally, at notable venues including the Gramercy Theater and the notorious CBGB’s, where they opened for Joan Jett. The GSX videos Bringin' Me Down and I Got What I Came For directed by Katrina del Mar, both made the Top Ten on LOGO's Click List(MTV Networks). Sarah is currently working on a new record. She lives in New York City. website
“Greenwood has a knack for transforming pain and anger into edgy songs which alternately smolder and blaze with the eloquently pissed-off attitude of Chrissie Hynde. Her Lyrics are reminiscent of Lou Reed and Patti Smith.” - Boston Phoenix
Karyn Kuhl: The Stars Will Bring You Home is the newest EP from the Karyn Kuhl Band. Home for Kuhl is Hoboken, NJ, where she was a founding member of Gut Bank and Sexpod, two staple bands during the much-revered Maxwell's club's legendary heyday. The album was produced by another Hoboken stalwart, James Mastro (The Bongos, Ian Hunter), and recorded at the local Nuthouse Recording studio by Tom Beaujour (Nada Surf, Juliana Hatfield), and at Water Music by Rob Harari.
Thalia Zedek started her career as a musician in the groups White Women and Dangerous Birds, whose 1982 singles “Alpha Romeo”, "Smile On Your Face", and "Walking Emergency" are rare finds these days. She really made her mark shortly thereafter with Uzi, whose 1986 Homestead release Sleep Asylum was a landmark not only for the Boston region but for the underground in general. It rightfully put Thalia in the company of other challenging female pioneers such as Kim Gordon, and was reissued by Matador in the mid-1990’s to much acclaim. In 1998, a mere two years after Uzi, Thalia broke new ground again with the NYC band Live Skull. The three records that she released with them more than stand the test of time and laid the groundwork for artists who followed such as PJ Harvey. It was with Come that Thalia rose with the swell of popularity of so called Indie Rock. Fueled by the guitar interplay between herself and bandmate Chris Brokaw, Come released four full length records, Eleven-Eleven, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Near Life Experience, and Gently Down The Stream as well as various EP's and singles and toured extensively throughout the 90s.
After Come ended in 1999, Thalia began writing and recording under her own name, but throughout her career Thalia’s voice has remained a singular calling card. Her songwriting has great depth and a pervading melancholic tone much like the work of Nick Cave. She has chosen unusual instrumentation to compliment her guitar, such as the viola and trumpet contributions of David Michael Curry and Mel Lederman on piano and keyboard. Her songs are rich in texture and reveal with each listen their delicately crafted layers.
On a recent release, Via, Zedek presented a collection of songs that range from the harrowing to the heartfelt. The opener “Walk Away” is a triumphantly melancholic exploration of living with ghosts, with Zedek’s richly emotive voice augmented by David Michael Curry’s gravelly viola and Mel Lederman’s measured piano. Via is an album about recovery, loyalty, chance, and gratitude: universal themes that become stirring in Zedek’s hands.
Along with the Thalia Zedek Bank, she is also in two great new experimental bands called "E" and "Dyr Fraser."
Monica Falcone is originally from New Jersey and started playing guitar at age 13. In the 90's, Mony played among New York's garage scene in the all-female garage-a-billy band, Sit n' Spin, opening for some of their favorite bands such as The Muffs, Link Wray and touring with the 5678's. After 10 years of touring and recording she landed in Brooklyn where she met Tammy Faye Starlite. Over the past 10 years, she's played with Tammy in The Stay-at-Homes (covering the Runaways), Prima Ballerina (covering the NY Dolls) and most recently The Pretty Babies (covering Blondie.) Mony has also filled in on bass guitar for Tammy's Nico performances and frequently duets with Tammy for special events.
Runn Shayo: "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 was born and raised in Israel, and moved to New York 19 years ago to attend school. He has lived here ever since.
In the damp, windy winter, Nora contends with heartbreak, aging, and local environmental worries, while painting what she hopes will be her masterpiece. Along the way, she encounters the chain-smoking, motor scooter–driving landlady Miss Ruby; Reverend Patsy, the vegan minister of the Unitarian church; and Brunhilde, barista extraordinaire and rival for Baby's affections. As the first tourists begin to arrive in June, Nora must decide what she really wants from life.
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). The Off Season (University of Wisconsin Press, 2017), is her latest novel.
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 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.
Kathe Izzo: "I am most comfortable in the poetic and very real landscape of spirit. Since I was young, I have been obsessed with parallel universes and time travel — the opening between worlds where the most subtle glimmers of intuition and secret messages break through. As an artist and spirit guide, I concentrate on this sacred moment: the nanosecond when the heart first feels the spark of activation, impulse — the original intimate theatre where love is generated and transmitted, sometimes across great distances, and used as a vital, catalytic agent for change.
Best known as The Love Artist, in homage to my 10 year True Love Project, a ongoing conceptual performance, I have professed to “love the world one person at a time for one hour, one day, one afternoon or early morning to the best of my ability, unconditionally and with unmitigated passion.” I carry this work worldwide, loving people in whatever form is appropriate, from unconditional to romantic and everything in between, in their homes and work places as well as galleries, museums, shrines and sacred sites" ~ Kathe Izzo
Izzo will be reading from her manuscript: Evidence of Absence: A Love Story A lucid, circular memoir, Evidence of Absence opens and closes with a billet-doux to Provincetown who she describes as "my most profound and besotted lover." This will be her first reading in Ptown in 18 years.
"Out of all the unfathomable parts of this story, it is the passages set in Provincetown that people are most likely to say 'This part is not real, right?'" ~ Kathe Izzo
"When I was going through my separation and dating not one but two nefarious women, my friend Nick liked to mention to friends new to town, “Yes, you can catch a PowerPoint presentation on Kathe’s divorce down at Cafe Express this evening, shows at 7 and 10.” One might think this kind of excitement tapers off a bit once the summer crowds leave but in actuality, the off-season just enables everyone to spend more time luxuriously engaged in the complex matrix of what my neighbor, a Portuguese woman born and raised in Ptown, liked to call “The Town without Pity.” ~ From EVIDENCE OF ABSENCE: A LOVE STORY