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    By Lauren Wolk 

    As the home of the first artist’s colony in America, still populated by many painters and photographers who cherish its golden light, Cape Cod is known for its visual art. But it is also widely respected for its performing arts, especially music, theater, and film.

    From intimate venues like the Harvest Gallery Wine Bar  in Dennis, to arts institutions like the Cultural Center of Cape Cod and the Cotuit Center for the Arts, to the big and bustling Melody Tent, the Cape offers everything from rock to folk, classical to alternative, rap to Celtic and Eastern music and everything in between.

    Perhaps surprisingly, jazz has deep roots in the Cape’s sandy soil, flowering today in dozens of venues that host jazz concerts but also in festivals like JazzFest Falmouth in the spring, the Provincetown Jazz Festival  in August, and the Cape Cod Jazz Festival at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club on Tuesday and Wednesday nights throughout July and August.

    The Cape Symphony has a long history here, too, and has recently bloomed under the guiding hand of conductor Jung Ho Pak, one of the country’s most exciting and creative orchestral leaders. The symphony performs at the Performing Arts Center at Barnstable High School to sold-out audiences year round.

    Likewise, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod offers very popular summer concerts and the iconic Pops by the Sea Concert on the Hyannis village green every August. It is the Cape’s single largest cultural event.

    Equally diverse and prolific is the Cape’s theater scene. Fortunately, the Cape Cod Theater Coalition makes it very easy to find the perfect performance on virtually any night of the week, in any town from Woods Hole to Provincetown and the Islands. Says the Coalition, “Our shows range from Broadway musicals to avant garde black box productions, so you’re sure to find something good to see – comedy, drama, light opera, revues and cabaret, even stand up comedy and readings of brand new plays.

    Many of our theaters also produce plays for children, and even offer summer drama camps, internships, and theater classes for old and young.” And while it is only open in the summer, The Cape Playhouse offers stellar performances featuring Equity actors who audition and rehearse in New York before bringing their work to the Cape. The Oldest Professional Summer Theatre in America, the Playhouse has produced quality, professional entertainment for over 70 years.

    Not to be outdone, the Cape’s film community offers excellent opportunities to experience the medium in unique settings. The Cape Cinema in Dennis is a gem, specializing in independent and international films, all under a 6,400 square foot ceiling mural painted by Rockwell Kent. Additionally, Woods Hole, Provincetown, and Nantucket all host world-class summer film festivals that draw film makers and audiences from across the globe.

    Something for everyone, every interest, year round, with new venues and performances cropping up all the time. Don’t blink.




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    June 03, 2014