Dance, Black History, Music, Comedy


Black History Month art celebrations continue this week, including a talk on the importance of black art in Cotuit Arts Centerand a virtual Open Mic Classical program featuring black artists showcasing Ohio-related music.

Other choices include taking you out to dance as well as giving you permission to dance in a different way; three concerts at the Cape Cod Cultural Center; a show by author Casey Sherman to benefit Centraide; comedy in a brasserie; and live music and art to help local health organizations.

The counter dance is the older cousin of the square dance.

Learn some counter moves

Farthest Contra in Wellfleet invites residents to this fully vaccinated, fully masked counter dance that is the older cousin of the square dance – no fancy footwork necessary. All dances are taught and called. Newcomers are encouraged to participate in the first dances to learn the basic moves. Music will be provided by Max Cohen and Rose Clancywith John Alden serving as caller.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Or: Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main St.

Admission: $15, $10 under 30, $5 students


Qya Cristal will perform Saturday night with the Bart Weisman Trio at the Cape Cod Cultural Center in South Yarmouth.

Choose from 3 concerts at the cultural center

Musician MikeMRF and singer Sheree Marcelle have been performing together for over 10 years. At the beginning of their collaboration, they discovered their mutual love for the music of Whitney Houston. Their tribute show “Whitney! The Music of Whitney Houston” features a range of music from Houston’s career and celebrates her life and legacy. Cliff Letsche on bass and Christian McCarthy on drums will join them at the Cape Cod Cultural Center in a show postponed from last month. Live music will continue at the Cultural Center throughout the weekend with Qya Cristál, former Miss Gay USofA Massachusetts “Boston Drag Idol” winner, performing Saturday with the Bart Weisman Trio; and singer-songwriter Liz Longley, who has recorded five albums, on Sunday.

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When: 8 p.m. Friday (“Whitney!); 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Qya Cristál) and Sunday (Liz Longley)

Or: Cape Cod Cultural Center, 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth

Admission: $25


On a great weekend of music at the Cape Cod Cultural Center, singer-songwriter Liz Longley will perform on Sunday night.

Learn and discuss why ‘Black Art Matters’

The Cotuit Arts Center will host the return of the “Black Lives Matter” series: lectures written by Robin Joyce Miller and presented by her and her husband James Walter Miller. The first episode of 2022 “Black Art Matters: Master Artists Tell Our Story”. In each episode, the Millers explore new topics with the aim of engaging the local community in conversations and cultural experiences surrounding the specific challenges of racial diversity and inclusion in Cape Town – discussing topics such as slavery , the civil rights movement and racial harmony. Each presentation ends with a Q&A session to engage the audience in the conversation.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Or: Cotuit Arts Centre, 4404 Falmouth Road

Admission: $25


Robin Joyce Miller, right, and James Walter Miller will give a presentation Friday at the Cotuit Center for Arts on the importance of black art.

The gallery hosts live music and art demonstrations

The Addison Art Gallery will host a rally on Saturday to benefit Helping Our Women and Cape Wellness Collaborative that will feature live music by Sarah Burrill, an exhibition of new work by artists and gallery artists Maryalice Eizenberg, Jonathan McPhillips and Amy Sanders presenting and discussing their work in progress. Partial proceeds from sales made through Saturday will benefit HOW and CWC.

When: 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday

Or: Addison Art Gallery, 43 South Orleans Road, Orleans


Give yourself “permission to dance”

The Unitarian Universalist Chatham Meeting House will host author Anne LeClaire for a special virtual sermon titled “Permission to Dance”. LeClaire will talk about her experience of rediscovering passion, regardless of age or life circumstances, and giving yourself permission in life to do the things that bring you joy. LeClaire is a former actor, print journalist, radio host, and the author of nine novels.

When: 10:30 a.m. Sunday

Or: Zoom event

Admission: Free


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Listen to classic works by black composers

Open Mic Classical is an open-mic, intergenerational event for classical musicians of all ages and skill levels. For Black History Month, Open Mic Classical will feature Linking Legacies, an Ohio-based group of African-American artists, showcasing works by Black composers with ties to Ohio and the greater region. of Cleveland. The program will include “The Whole World In His Hands”, “Watch and Pray”, “Spirituals” by Dolores White and “Ecstasy of Love”. For the open mic portion of the program, registration to play is open to classical musicians by 2 p.m. on the day of the event.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Or: Zoom event

Admission: Free


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Casey Sherman is co-author of "The good times" and many other books.

Experience an evening with the ‘Master of Suspense’

In his one-man show “Master of Suspense,” author and investigative journalist Casey Sherman will share the stories behind his books in a multimedia performance. Sherman’s works include his re-investigation of the Boston Strangler case and the books “The Finest Hours” and “Patriots Day”, his account of the 2013 Boston Marathon finish line bombings. VIP tickets are invited to a pre-show reception with refreshments and a meet and greet with the author. All proceeds benefit the Cape & Islands United Way Micro-Grants Program.

When: 7:00 p.m. Tuesday

Or: Chatham Orpheum Theatre, 637 Main Street, Chatham

Admission: $50 to $100


Jay Whittaker adds comedy to a brewery

Naukabout Brewery will host a comedian Jay Whittaker, which has appeared on Disney Channel, Dry Bar Comedy, Hallmark Channel and Food Network. Whittaker has just completed his tour of the United States as the star comedian of the Dry Bar Comedy Tour and headlining clubs across the country. He was voted Utah’s Top Comedian in 2014 and Best of the Festival at the 2018 Big Pine Comedy Festival. Pre-sale tickets include a free drink.

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Or: Naukabout Brewery and Taproom, 13 Lake Ave., Mashpee

Admission: $20-$25


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