2015 Season

tag_20summers_logoOpening Reception
Saturday, May 16
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Visit the barn before our first concert and enjoy complimentary food provided by Far Land Provisions! Event is free and open to the public until 6:30 pm.



Twenty Summers David Wax MuseumDavid Wax Museum (duo show) in Concert – SOLD OUT!
Saturday, May 16
7:00 p.m. $30

When future music historians look back at the strong currents circulating between the Americas in the 21st century, they will find Los Lobos, Calexico, and a charismatic, lanky Missourian singing tight harmony with a Southern belle rattling the jawbone of a donkey. David Wax and Suz Slezak form the artistic core of the David Wax Museum, and together they fuse traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock to create a Mexo-Americana aesthetic. Combining Latin rhythms, infectious melodies, and call-and-response hollering, DWM was hailed by Time for its “virtuosic musical skill and virtuous harmonies” and has built a reputation among concertgoers all over the U.S., Canada, Europe, and China for “kicking up a cloud of excitement with their high-energy border-crossing sensibility” (The New Yorker).

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Good-Bye, Sailor: An Evening of Fond and Not-So-Fond Farewells, Spoken and Sung
Saturday, May 23
7:00 p.m. $25
Join us for an evening of classical music and readings about nautical wanderlust. The musical performance by L’Académie chamber orchestra will feature dramatic pieces by Henry Purcell, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, Marin Marais, and others. Literary excerpts, ranging from Homer to Robert Browning, will be read by National Book Award–winning authors M. T. Anderson and Julia Glass.
More About L'Académie

L’Académie was founded in 2009 by the celebrated harpsichordist Leslie Kwan (now general director) and choral conductor Michael Barrett. It has since become a critically acclaimed period chamber orchestra that specializes in historically informed performance of French Baroque music. The orchestra’s distinctive approach has been consistently praised for its intelligent, stylish programming and also for its innovative mission of presenting chamber music concerts at health institutions in Greater Boston, primarily Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Michael Cunningham Twenty SummersNo Passport Needed: Canada to California, Paris to Provincetown . . . with Tour Guides Michael Cunningham and Adam Gopnik
Sunday, May 24
7:00 p.m. $20
Pulitzer prize–winning novelist Michael Cunningham (a Ptown regular) and the Canadian-American New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik (who’s partial to Wellfleet) will unite onstage for the first time ever, to talk of matters newsworthy and intimate, factual and imaginary, lofty and lowbrow. Learning to drive, channeling Virginia Woolf, parenting in a foreign country, trespassing in the forbidden forest of the fairy tale—no topic will be off limits. An audience Q&A session and book signing will follow the conversation.
More About the Participants

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 and the Pulitzer prize), The Snow Queen, Specimen Days, and By Nightfall, as well as the nonfiction book, Land’s End: A Walk in Provincetown. His new book, A Wild Swan and Other Tales (illustrated by Yuko Shimizu), will be published in November 2015. He lives in New York and teaches at Yale University.

Adam Gopnik has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. During his tenure at the magazine, he has written fiction, humor, book reviews, profiles, and reporting from abroad. He was the magazine’s art critic from 1987 to 1995 and the Paris correspondent from 1995 to 2000. From 2000 to 2005, he wrote a journal about New York life, and since then he has been working as a miscellaneous essayist. His books, ranging from essay collections about Paris and food to children’s novels, include Paris to the Moon (2000), The King in the Window (2005), Through the Children’s Gate: A Home in New York (2006), Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life (2009), The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food (2011), and Winter: Five Windows on the Season (2011). Gopnik has won the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism three times, as well as the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. In 2013 Gopnik was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. He lectures widely and delivered the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Massey Lectures in 2011. Gopnik lives in New York.

MaryStuart_Jeremy twenty summers“the little things”: A Docudrama by Jeremy Davidson, directed by Mary Stuart Masterson
Friday, May 29
7:00 p.m. $25

StoryHorse presents a reading of a documentary theater piece about one family’s journey through the enigma of Lyme disease, based on transcribed conversations with the Elone family of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Starring Marcel Spears, Brandon Michael Hall, Jean-Remy Monnay, and Kellie Overbey.

Storyhorse, created by Jeremy Davidson and Mary Stuart Masterson, is a documentary theater project based on transcribed conversations with people in the Hudson Valley, focusing on the social, environmental, and medical issues in our communities.
More About the Participants

Jeremy Davidson is an actor, writer, and filmmaker. His recent work as an actor includes the television series The Americans, Royal Pains, Gotham, Pan Am, Army Wives, the upcoming David Simon HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero, and CBS pilot Doubt. Film: You Bury Your Own, SALT, Little Chenier, and Deprivation. Theater: Blood and Gifts (Lincoln Center), Back, Back, Back (Manhattan Theater Club, Drama Desk Nomination), Cyclone (Studio Dante), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Kennedy Center and Geffen Theater), and the one-man play Nijinsky’s Last Dance (Kennedy Center, Signature Theater, Berkshire Theater Festival). As a filmmaker, he wrote and directed Tickling Leo (Jury Prize Best Film, Stonybrook Film Festival). He and his wife, Mary Stuart Masterson, and their four children make their home in the Hudson Valley.

Mary Stuart Masterson was raised in New York City, the child of the actor, director, and writer Peter Masterson and the actress and teacher Carlin Glynn. She debuted in The Stepford Wives at the age of 7. She has appeared in over 25 films, including At Close Range, Some Kind of Wonderful, Immediate Family (National Board of Review Award), Fried Green Tomatoes, Benny and Joon; and numerous plays and musicals, including the Broadway musical Nine (Tony Award nomination), National Anthems (with Kevin Spacey at The Old Vic in London), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Kennedy Center). Mary Stuart directed and coproduced the feature film The Cake Eaters, starring Kristen Stewart and Bruce Dern, which was released in 2009. Other producing credits include the indie feature Tickling Leo, written and directed by her husband, Jeremy Davidson, also released in 2009. Mary Stuart and Jeremy live in the Hudson Valley with their four young children.

The Parkington Sisters in Concert – SOLD OUT!
Saturday, May 30
7:00 p.m. $20

When Ariel, Sarah, and Rose Parkington of the Parkington Sisters pick up their instruments to strike up a song, the air begins to buzz. The chemistry between the three sisters is so present you feel like you can touch it. Hailing from Wellfleet, Massachusetts, the Parkington Sisters cut their teeth on music from the very beginning. Daughters of a prog rock musician and a classically trained guitarist and songwriter, they were raised playing music on picturesque Cape Cod. They became a band performing on the streets of Provincetown and since then have shared the stage with artists ranging from Mavis Staples and Bruce Springsteen to Dispatch and the Dropkick Murphys, performing in radio studios and stages across the US, Canada and Europe, including New York’s Radio City Music Hall and in March 2014 NPR’s Mountain Stage.

Perception of Self: Photographer David Hilliard
in Conversation with Hunter O’Hanian
A presentation and reception at Schoolhouse Gallery (494 Commercial Street)
Sunday, May 31
5:00 p.m.

Hunter O’Hanian, director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City, will talk with David Hilliard about the photographer’s work, especially as showcased in David’s new book, What Could Be (Minor Matter Books), a semi-autobiographical progression of the artist’s explorations of family, societal norms, relationships, and moments of personal discovery in understanding concepts of masculinity. After the presentation, David and Hunter will be free to answer questions and discuss issues raised during their conversation. The event is free, but donations to Twenty Summers are encouraged. Copies of David’s books will be on sale.
More About the Participants

David Hilliard creates large-scale multipaneled color photographs, often based on his life or the lives of people around him. His panoramas direct the viewer’s gaze across the image surface, allowing narrative, time, and space to unfold. David received his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and his MFA from Yale University School of Art. A longtime assistant professor and director of the undergraduate photo department at Yale, he is now a regular visiting faculty member at a number of Boston institutions, including Harvard University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. David has won numerous awards, including Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships. Exhibited internationally and represented by several galleries nationwide (including Schoolhouse), his work may be found in important collections, such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art in L.A., and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 2005 Aperture Press published a major monograph of his photographs. A second major book of David’s photography, What Could Be, was just published by Minor Matters Books.

Hunter O’Hanian became the director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in 2012. Recently accredited by the New York State Board of Regents, the Leslie-Lohman Museum is the only art museum devoted exclusively to artwork that speaks to the LGBTQ experience. Previously, Hunter was VP of Institutional Advancement and executive director of the Foundation for Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. He has also led two renowned artists’ residencies programs, Anderson Ranch Arts Center (outside Aspen) and Provincetown’s Fine Arts Work Center (which recently endowed a fellowship in his name).

101TwoLetterWords twenty summersStephin Merritt (of The Magnetic Fields) in Conversation with Rives
Friday, June 5
7:00 p.m. $20

Two poets collide when Stephin Merritt and Rives visit Twenty Summers for a conversation about poetry, language, music, and Scrabble.

More About the Participants

Rives was previously the host of “Ironic Iconic America” on Bravo and has spoken several times at the TED Conference. He is also the curator of the Museum of Four in the Morning, an online collection of cultural references to that time of day.

Stephin Merritt, better known as the frontman of the indie rock band the Magnetic Fields, is the author of 101 Two-Letter Words, a book of poems about each of the two-character words allowed in Scrabble. The Los Angeles Times called the book “delightfully whimsical,” and Salon said it’s “irresistible.” Join us to learn why and, possibly, to improve your Scrabble game.

StephinMerritt_04-1 SMALLStephin Merritt (of The Magnetic Fields) in Concert
Saturday, June 6
7:00 p.m. $60

“[Stephin Merritt is] a contrarian pop genius.” –New York Times
This performance is part of a rare solo U.S. tour by Stephin Merritt, beginning on May 2. A longtime bandmate Sam Davol will accompany him on cello. Merritt will present a set of solo, acoustic versions of selected songs from his extensive catalog, performing exactly 26 songs, each song title starting with a different letter of the alphabet and running in alphabetical order.
More About Stephin Merritt

Merritt has written and recorded ten Magnetic Fields albums over two decades. The Magnetic Fields’ debut album, Distant Plastic Trees, was released in 1991. In 1999 their three-CD collection, 69 Love Songs, established Merritt as one of his generation’s most talented songwriters and garnered him widespread acclaim, including year-end “best of” lists in Rolling Stone, SPIN, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and other major national publications. 69 Love Songs was followed by three albums on Nonesuch Records: i in 2004, Distortion in 2008, and Realism in 2010.

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Barney Frank in Conversation with Joanna Weiss
Sunday, June 7
1:00 p.m. $20
How did a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew with a thick accent become one of the most effective (and funniest) politicians of our time? Barney Frank grew up in Bayonne, New Jersey, where, at age fourteen, he made two vital discoveries about himself: he was attracted to government . . . and to men. He resolved to make a career out of the first attraction and to keep the second a secret. Now, fifty years later, his sexual orientation is widely accepted, while his belief in government is embattled. Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage is one man’s account of the country’s transformation—and the tale of a truly momentous career.

Joanna Weiss is an op-ed columnist at the Boston Globe, where she also edits political commentary and curates a series of short documentary films. Her work has appeared in Slate, Pacific Standard, and other publications.

Patty Larkin twenty summersPatty Larkin in Concert
Down Through the Wood: Songs from a Dune Shack
Saturday, June 13
7:00 p.m. $30

“A virtuoso guitar player and mood-shaper . . . She is also a superb slide guitarist whose mature work is comparable to the best of Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams.” –New York Times
Patty Larkin redefines the boundaries of folk-urban pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. Acoustic Guitar hails her “soundscape experiments” while Rolling Stone praises her “evocative and sonic shading.” She has been described as “riveting” (Chicago Tribune), “hypnotic” (Entertainment Weekly) and a “drop-dead brilliant” performer (Performing Songwriter).

Hans Hofmann catalogue twenty summersArtist and Teacher: A Hans Hofmann Symposium – SOLD OUT!
Sunday, June 14
10:30 a.m.

Join us for a two-part symposium sponsored by The Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust, in celebration of the recently published Hans Hofmann Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings. The first part will be devoted to the catalogue raisonné itself, with a focus on his career-changing Chimbote series. Panelists will include gallerist James Yohe, professor Ken Silver, and Stacey Gershon, collections manager at The Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust. The second part will feature a discussion of Hofmann as teacher with Paul Resika and Penelope Jencks, who studied with Hofmann at two different periods of his career.

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