Beginning in 2014, in the historic Hawthorne Barn on Provincetown’s Miller Hill, Twenty Summers has hosted annual seasons of events open to the public, from a classical concert to a world premiere play; from interviews with prominent writers to evenings of indie rock and a day of personal storytelling. Here, for your enjoyment, are videos of many of those events.
Life Is Beautiful: A Conversation with Garance Doré
June 11, 2016
Writer, illustrator, and photographer Garance Doré visited the barn on June 11, 2016, to discuss the current state of fashion, style, and her career with Twenty Summers co-founder Ricky Opaterny. Doré’s eponymous blog reaches millions of readers, and the New York Times Magazine has called her the “guardian of all style.” She has won the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Eugenia Sheppard Media Award and is the author of the 2015 bestseller Love Style Life.
John Boutté in Concert and Conversation
June 10, 2016
From New Orleans, jazz vocalist and songwriter John Boutté joins us for a conversation and performance. Boutté is a celebrated interpreter of the American songbook who rose to national attention when one of his own melodies became the theme to the HBO series “Treme.” His repertoire includes contemporary classics in popular music as well as traditional jazz and gospel. Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame producer Allen Toussaint called Boutté “one of the very best singers in New Orleans.” Over a twenty-year career, Boutté has performed across the U.S. and Europe and released a number of solo albums, including Jambalaya, Good Neighbor, and All About Everything. He has also recorded with Cubanismo! and the funk band Galactic. Joining him will be Gwen Thompkins, NPR contributor and host of “Music Inside Out,” which airs on WWNO.
Geraldine Brooks and Amy Bloom in Conversation
June 3, 2016
Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks will share the Barn’s stage with fellow New York Times bestseller Amy Bloom, in a conversation moderated by poet Gail Mazur. Geraldine Brooks is the author of five historical novels (including March and People of the Book), a memoir, and Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women. Last year, Booklist praised The Secret Chord, Brooks’s fictional portrait of King David, as “a gorgeously written novel of ambition, courage, retribution, and triumph.” Amy Bloom’s catalogue of fiction and nonfiction ranges from Away and Where the God of Love Hangs Out to Normal: Transsexual CEOs, Crossdressing Cops, and Hermaphrodites With Attitude. According to the Washington Post, her latest, Lucky Us, is proof that “if America has a Victor Hugo, it is Amy Bloom, whose picaresque novels roam the world, plumb the human heart and send characters into wild roulettes of kismet and calamity.” Both women have lived rich and variegated lives beyond the page: Brooks as an environmentalist and foreign correspondent, Bloom as a psychotherapist and teacher. Gail Mazur, a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emerson College and author of seven poetry collections, serves on the Writing Committee at Provincetown’s Fine Arts Work Center.
A Century Onstage Performed by James True-Frost
May 28, 2016
Twenty Summers hosted a theatrical reading of 100 YEARS, a new book of sage literary quotations on every age from birth to one hundred. Compiled by Twenty Summers cofounder Joshua Prager and visualized by Milton Glaser, the legendary graphic designer who created the I ♥ NY logo, the book moves year by year through the words of our most beloved authors. A Century Onstage is performed by the actor Jim True-Frost, best known for his work on the HBO series “The Wire.”
Inside Baseball: Bill James in Conversation with Rob Neyer
May 27, 2016
Bill James, whose quantitative analysis of baseball revolutionized the sport, talks with baseball writer Rob Neyer about his life, his career, and the national pastime. James, who now serves as a senior advisor to the Boston Red Sox, began writing his annual Bill James Baseball Abstract in the 1970s. These books focused on what James later termed “sabermetrics”—the objective analysis of the game. His ideas reached a larger audience when Michael Lewis wrote about him in Moneyball, a book later made into a movie starring Brad Pitt. Neyer, a writer for FOX Sports and the author or coauthor of six books on baseball, spent fifteen years as a columnist for ESPN and has served as the baseball editor for SB Nation.
Nicole Atkins in Concert
May 21, 2016
On May 21, 2016, we welcomed Nicole Atkins to the Barn. Her debut album, Neptune City, paid homage to her New Jersey hometown and won her a place on Rolling Stone’s list of “Top 10 Artists to Watch.” Since then, she has produced two more (Mondo Amore and Slow Phaser) and toured widely through the U.S. and Europe, both as a headliner and alongside bands such as Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Primal Scream, and the Avett Brothers. She has also performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Conan,” and “Later . . . with Jools Holland” and is a host on Sirius XM’s Spectrum channel.
Edith Windsor in conversation with James Lecesne
May 14, 2016
Edith Windsor is one of the two plaintiffs whose joint victory before the Supreme Court led to last year’s landmark decision in favor of marriage equality. In 2009, after the death of her spouse and longtime partner, Thea Speyer, Windsor learned that because her marriage was not recognized by the federal government, she was required to pay more than $300,000 in estate taxes. Windsor fought back, in United States v. Windsor, all the way to the Supreme Court, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and winning a national following as a beloved and charismatic leader for human rights. Together with Speyer, Windsor is the focus of the documentary film Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement. Her many honors and awards include the Women’s Rights Award from the American Federation of Teachers and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Out magazine.
Marshall Crenshaw in Concert
May 13, 2016
Musician, actor, author, publisher, and jack-of-all-trades Marshall Crenshaw launches Twenty Summers’ third season with an intimate acoustic solo performance. In a career now spanning four decades, Crenshaw has reached the Billboard Top 40 and been nominated for a Golden Globe Award. As a stage and film actor, he has portrayed other musicians, ranging from Buddy Holly to John Lennon. Since 2011, Crenshaw has served as the host of WFUV’s radio show “Bottomless Pit,” and he is a contributor to Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger’s HBO series “Vinyl.”
Artist and Teacher: A Hans Hoffman Symposium
June 14, 2015
Twenty Summers hosted 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 is devoted to the catalogue raisonné itself, with a focus on his career-changing Chimbote series. Panelists include gallerist James Yohe, professor Ken Silver, and Stacey Gershon, collections manager at The Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust. The second part features a discussion of Hofmann as teacher with Paul Resika and Penelope Jencks, who studied with Hofmann at two different periods of his career.
Goodbye, Sailor: An Evening of Words and Music
May 23, 2015
On May 23, 2015, Twenty Summers hosted an evening of classical music and readings about nautical wanderlust. The musical performance by L’Académie chamber orchestra featured 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, were read by National Book Award–winning authors M. T. Anderson and Julia Glass.
In Conversation: Michael Cunningham and Adam Gopnik
May 24, 2015
Pulitzer prize–winning novelist Michael Cunningham (a Ptown regular) and the Canadian-American New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik (who’s partial to Wellfleet) united 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. This event took place on May 24, 2015.
In Concert: The Parkington Sisters
May 30, 2015
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.
In Conversation: David Hilliard
May 31, 2015
Hunter O’Hanian, director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City, speaks 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.
In Concert: Stephin Merritt
June 6, 2015
Stephin Merritt visited Twenty Summers for a rare solo performance on June 6, 2015. This performance is part of a solo U.S. tour by Stephin Merritt, which began on May 2, 2015. A longtime bandmate Sam Davol accompanied him on cello.
In Conversation: Barney Frank and Joanna Weiss
June 7, 2015
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.
In Concert: Patty Larkin
June 13, 2015
Patty Larkin visited Twenty Summers for an intimate concert on June 13, 2015. 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).
In concert: Kaki King
June 14, 2014
Kaki King, named by Rolling Stone in 2006 as one of The New Guitar Gods and hailed as “a genre unto herself,” is a true iconoclast, a visionary musician/artist whose singular work rightly stands out among the easily formatted. The Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer has recorded five extraordinarily diverse and distinctive LPs.
Storyteller: Christine Horovitz
June 14, 2014
Christine Horovitz, owner of Kiss and Makeup in Provincetown, is writing her first book about her journey to becoming transgender. In the early 1990s, she moved to Provincetown, where she met her husband. They built a life in Rhode Island until Horovitz was widowed by his accidental death. She relocated to Provincetown five years ago.
Storyteller: Corey Johnson
June 14, 2014
Corey Johnson was elected a New York City Councilmember in November 2013, representing Manhattan’s West Side. Raised in a union household that instilled in him the values of community service and political engagement, Corey first came to national attention in 2000, on the front page of the New York Times, as a trailblazer for LGBT youth.
Storyteller: Jane Isay
June 14, 2014
Jane Isay is the author of Walking on Eggshells: Navigating the Delicate Relationship Between Grown Children and Parents, Mom Still Likes You Best: The Unfinished Business Between Siblings, and Secrets and Lies: Surviving the Truths That Change Our Lives. She has lectured on these subjects across the country and appeared on network TV and NPR.
Storyteller: Melanie Braverman
June 14, 2014
Melanie Braverman is a writer and visual artist. She is the author of the novel East Justice and the poetry collection Red, for which she received the Publishers Triangle Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Poetry, American Poetry Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review.
Storyteller: Michael Jewell
June 14, 2014
Michael Jewell is the president of TX-CURE, a support group for inmates and their families founded in 1972. Jewell, who made parole from the TDCJ-ID on June 11, 2010, after serving 40 consecutive years on a life sentence, is eminently qualified to speak on the pros and cons (no pun intended) of the Texas prison system.
Storyteller: Steven Petrow
June 14, 2014
Steven Petrow, also known as Mr. Manners, is a respected journalist and the go-to source for questions about modern manners. He is often cited in the New York Times, People, and Time, as well as on NPR. His usually gentle, often humorous, but always insightful advice has made him a nationally recognized expert.
The Hawthorne Barn: A Century of Art – Part I
June 7, 2014
In the first of two panels exploring the legacy of the Hawthorne Barn, Josephine Del Deo, an art historian who has lived in Provincetown since 1950, spoke about artist Charles Hawthorne and his founding of the Cape School of Art. David Dunlap, New York Times reporter and creator of a remarkable online testament to Ptown’s art history, spoke about other illustrious artists who worked in the barn.
The Hawthorne Barn: A Century of Art – Part II
June 7, 2014
In the second of two panels exploring the legacy of the Hawthorne Barn, the focus was on the great artist Hans Hofmann, who worked and taught in the barn after Hawthorne died. Hofmann experts included art critic Karen Wilkin, Marcelle Polednik (director of MOCA Jacksonville), Lucinda Barnes (chief curator of the Berkeley Museum), and Tina Dickey (author of Color Creates Light).
An Evening of Writerly Conversation
June 5, 2014
“Fantasy, Reality, and Bookcraft: The Art of World Building.” Gregory Maguire, author of the Oz-inspired series The Wicked Years, and National Book Award–winning young-adult author M. T. Anderson (Feed; The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing) discussed their lives, their craft, and their upcoming books in a staged conversation moderated by Katherine Howe, New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane.
An Evening of Classical Music
May 31, 2014
“Rich and Strange: A Celebration of the Sea in Music and Words” featured The Broken Consort and The Arneis Quartet performing musical compositions that span two thousand years. Writers M. T. Anderson, Joshua Prager, and Julia Glass read excerpts from immortal works about the sea, from Ovid to Henry Beston. Sponsored by Gregory Maguire; produced by M. T. Anderson; broadcast by NPR.
Jennifer Knapp in Concert
May 24, 2014
Jennifer Knapp showcased new material. Since releasing her highly anticipated album, Letting Go, she has solidified a loyal fan base through remarkably accessible songwriting that bridges genres.
Rebecca Goldstein and Steven Pinker
May 24, 2014
Steven Pinker, the experimental psychologist and Harvard professor, and his wife, the novelist and philosopher Rebecca Goldstein, joined Twenty Summers cofounder Julia Glass for a day of conversations with writers on May 24, 2014.
Jill Ciment and Amy Hempel
May 24, 2014
Award-winning fiction writers Jill Ciment and Amy Hempel joined Twenty Summers cofounder Josh Prager to discuss their collaboration on a novel they are writing for their late friend Katherine Russell Rich, as well as work of their own.
May 24, 2014
Novelist Valerie Martin joined Twenty Summers cofounder Julia Glass for a talk and reading as part of “A Day of Words.” Martin is the author of ten novels, three collections of short fiction, and a biography of St. Francis of Assisi.
The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, by James Lecesne
May 17, 2014
Academy Award–winning writer-performer-filmmaker James Lecesne performed his one-man show, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, the story of what happens when a community fails to protect one who dares to express his difference.