Join us in Provincetown's historic Hawthorne Barn between May 10 and June 15, where we will share our sixth season: six weekends of concerts, conversations, artist open studios, and community events, presenting an eclectic mix of both emerging and established musicians, writers, cultural figures, activists, and artists. Space is limited, so grab your tickets to Season Six today. Our season is made possible by the support of our generous sponsors and donors.
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Kick off Season Six of Twenty Summers at our Opening Weekend Happy Hour at Strangers and Saints!
The opening night of Season Six brings together two esteemed newswomen, photojournalist Susan Meiselas and writer Elizabeth Rubin.
Sponsored by The Betty E. and Chester C. Thompson Foundation
Social activist, public figure, and author Monica Lewinsky will join us for an intimate conversation in the Hawthorne Barn with Emmy Award–winning journalist and NBC host Ari Melber.
Sponsored by the Mass Cultural Council
Resident artists Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick are a collaborative team of artists who work primarily in the fields of photography and installation art, specializing in fictitious histories set in the past or future.
Boston-based indie folk quartet Darlingside will bring their signature superpower harmonies to Provincetown after an opening performance by Canadian singer-songwriter Taylor Ashton.
Veteran independent singer-songwriter Mirah will join us for a duo set in which she and a fellow musician share work from her vast collection of songs, with an opening set by Boston’s own Sidney Gish.
Join us for a 90-minute walking tour exploring the close connections between the history of Provincetown and the lives of the artists who have made it their home. Guide David Dunlap, a longtime journalist for the New York Times, is the author of the encyclopedic book Building Provincetown.
Americana singer-songwriters Jeffrey Foucault and Kris Delhmorst may be husband and wife, but each has a distinctive sound and an extensive arsenal of songs to share.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we will host a conversation featuring Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown, creators of Instagram’s @lgbt_history, and acclaimed author Garrard Conley (Boy Erased).
Acclaimed journalist Alex Kotlowitz will discuss his most recent book, An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago, and the issues it tackles with Adam Moss, whose fifteen years of innovative work as editor-in-chief of New York Magazine made it the must-read that it is today.
Blues singer-songwriter and performer Adia Victoria will drop into Provincetown for a stripped-down performance as she tours the world to promote her new, critically acclaimed album, Silences.
Open Studio event for Twenty Summers Resident Artist Jenna Wortham, an award-winning journalist for the New York Times and host of the podcast "Still Processing."
Authors Rebecca Makkai and Christopher Castellani will discuss their latest novels, both capturing pivotal historical moments in gay history.
Sponsored by Cape Cod Five Foundation
To celebrate the gift of her poetry, Twenty Summers and The Grolier Poetry Foundation and Forums Trust have invited four distinguished poets to read from their favorite works by Mary Oliver and discuss her powerful legacy.
One of the brightest rising stars in music today is singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews, a powerful vocalist whom critics have compared with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris.
Resident artist Rachel Rossin, a New York–based visual artist working in the media of virtual reality, sculpture, and painting, will host a Recursive Life Drawing Class in the Hawthorne Barn.
We are delighted to present the intimate harmonies of Mountain Man, following an opening set by Nashville guitarist-composer William Tyler.
Cultural critic Emily Bobrow will interview playwright and actor Jeremy O. Harris, recently named by Out magazine as "the queer black savior the theater world needs."
Resident Artist Lyle Ashton Harris has cultivated a diverse artistic practice ranging from photography and collage to installation and performance art.
The Provincetown Film Society (PFS) and Twenty Summers are pleased to collaborate on the first film screening in the Hawthorne Barn, presenting Different From the Others, the first known pro-gay film in the world.
J Mascis, the guitar legend behind the influential indie rock trio Dinosaur Jr., will treat us to an intimate solo acoustic performance, sharing tunes from his widely acclaimed 2018 solo album Elastic Days, after an opening set by duo Luluc.
Join us at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum later this summer for an afternoon conversation that brings together Nobel Prize–winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel with Emily Braun, Distinguished Professor of 20th Century European and American Art at Hunter College.
In 1907, Charles Webster Hawthorne, the 35-year-old son of a sea captain, built a barn-like studio on a sandy bluff in Provincetown on the tip of Cape Cod. Hawthorne was an Impressionist painter. And he turned the barn into the Cape Cod School of Art–the first in America to hold outdoor sessions.
In the weekdays between our events, we welcome artists into the Barn to live and work in the space, and share their experiences at Open Studios on the final night of their residency. Learn more about the painters, musicians, and photographers who joined us in our past seasons.
Watch full-length and short-form videos or listen to the podcast from Twenty Summers' 2018 season of concerts and conversations. Season Five took place May 18–June 16, 2018 and featured concerts with Kevin Morby, Dar Williams, Bedouine, Martha Wainwright, John Gorka, Marissa Nadler, and Overcoats; conversations with fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi with actor Alan Cumming, journalists Jodi Kantor and Andrew Sullivan, authors Michael Cunningham and Daniel Mendelsohn, poets Robert Pinsky and Monica Youn, and playwright J.T. Rogers with journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran; plus a theatrical reading of the play POLLOCK. Watch Now!