Not going to lie, the calendar gets a little empty this time of year.  It does take a little bit of effort to get out (the intermittent snowstorms don’t help this situation).  And yet don’t despair because there are plenty of intriguing things going on if you know where to look.  And there are a few bright spots.  Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 17-19, is a mid-winter break in the humdrum, when we all emerge briefly from hibernation.  There is plenty going on this weekend to keep one busy.  Here are a few highlights of the upcoming weekend in Ptown.

Visual Art: Lester Johnson from the Permanent Collection

Opening Reception: Friday, February 17, 6pm

Provincetown Art Association & Museum

Johnson has deep roots to Ptown, going back to 1953 when he has his first show at Earle Pilgrim’s shop on Commercial Street.  Curated by Christine McCarthy, this show presents Johnson’s watercolors and block prints, a body of work gifted to PAAM in 2016.

Theater: The 7th Annual 24-Hour Theater Festival

Saturday, February 18, 7:30pm

Provincetown Theater, 238 Bradford Street

Eight ten-minute plays will be shown as script-in-hand performances in this perennially sold-out community event presented by Provincetown Playwrights’ Lab.  Playwrights, actors, and directors gather the night before to select cast and learn the mystery props that must be incorporated into every play.  The playwrights have until 7:00 am Saturday morning to produce the work that will be mounted later that evening.

For a Drink: Luv Lounge at Shipwreck Lounge

February 17 – 19, Doors open at 5pm.

Shipwreck Lounge, 10 Carver Street

Our favorite upscale lounge will be open for cocktails and conversation.  Looking forward to settling into one of those cozy chairs!

Music: Bobby Wetherbee

Saturday, February 18, 9:00pm

Central House, Crown & Anchor

Provincetown’s Favorite Piano Man, Bobby Wetherbee will be singing love songs and standards at the Central House Piano Bar.  No cover!

Writing: Reading With Fine Arts Work Center Visiting Writer Paul Lisicky
Saturday, February 18, 6:30pm

Stanley Kunitz Common Room, Fine Arts Work Center, 24 Pearl Street

The Fine Arts Work Center keeps a fairly busy winter schedule of readings and exhibitions.  Lisicky’s most recent book is The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship (Graywolf, 2016). He teaches in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden, where he is the editor of the journal StoryQuarterly.