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Happy anniversary, Fine Arts Work Center! The Provincetown organization will celebrate 50 years of supporting emerging artists and writers with a full summer season of fellowships, exhibitions, events, classes and parties.

Since being founded 50 years ago by Provincetown artists, writers and patrons, the center has helped 1,000 artists and writers with residencies of “uninterrupted time and space” to work. The anniversary celebration began last month with a New York City benefit to honor Pulitzer Prize-winning writing fellows Tyehimba Jess and Jhumpa Lahiri.

The event, which also launched the center’s 50th-anniversary campaign to raise $5 million to support the fellowship program, was held at Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Grill, with selected works on view by the actor’s father, artist Robert De Niro Sr., who kept a summer studio on the center’s grounds in 1941-42.

The work center will present a Visual Fellows Spotlight exhibit May 4-20 at the Boston Center for the Arts, with an opening reception to honor painter and visual fellow Lisa Yuskavage. That event will launch a series of “Visual Thread” exhibitions to be on view at various times through the spring and summer at Provincetown Art Association and Museum, the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, and at some Provincetown galleries, including the Schoolhouse Gallery, Berta Walker Gallery and Merola Gallery.

Artist Ai Weiwei, whose work is rooted in “political urgency and contemporary relevance,” will be the center’s visiting artist this summer. There will be a solo exhibition of his work, a moderated conversation about his life, and a screening of his documentary “Human Flow,” on the global refugee crisis.

The center will kick off its summer workshop program on June 10, with more than 600 summer students working with writers and artists over 11 weeks of workshops on poetry, memoir, fiction, creative nonfiction, photography, printmaking, painting and drawing, and multimedia work. Themed weeks will include Creative Nonfiction Week (July 8-13, with keynote speaker Michael Cunningham), Social Justice Week: Writers & Artists as Activists (July 22-27, with Weiwei’s participation, and keynote speaker journalist/author Masha Gessen); and the third annual Poetry Festival (Aug. 5-10), with a keynote address from poet Ross Gay, three benefit concerts and former poet laureate Robert Pinsky reprising his Favorite Poem Project (based on his decade of asking Americans to share their favorite poems and collecting them into anthologies, videos and an archive).

The center’s summer awards celebration will be held July 14, honoring Provincetown artist and center co-founder Salvatore Del Deo, with other guests to be announced. The center’s 42nd annual art auction is scheduled for Aug. 18.

More information on the center and its programs: web.fawc.org.

Pops go wild for the Beatles

“RAIN: a Tribute to The Beatles” will join conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra on Aug. 11 as special guest for the 22nd annual Boston Pops on Nantucket concert.

The event at Jetties Beach, the largest single fundraiser for Nantucket Cottage Hospital, will involve RAIN performing a wide range of Beatles’ music with the orchestra, including, according to this week’s announcement, “the most complex and challenging songs that the Beatles recorded in studio but never performed for an audience.” RAIN’s imitative performers have been together longer than the original group.

Tickets and information: NantucketHospital.org/Pops.

LGBTQ fest: more than movies

A filmed version of the seven-hour “Angels in America” theater production now on Broadway will be the grand finale of the four-day, second annual Spectrum Film Festival to be held later this month by the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society.

The April 26-29 festival – focused on LGBTQ stories, people and issues – will include eight programs, often with guests in person or via Skype connected to the film. There will also be live music (including by local musicians Siren Mayhew and Sean McMahon); guest appearances, including live by state Sen. Julian Cyr and recorded by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren; fundraising through T-shirt sales for the island’s high-school gay-straight alliance members to attend next month’s Boston Pride event; and LGBTQ-friendly commercials.

The documentaries to be shown are described as highlighting “dark moments in U.S. history, military rules and regulations, and the evolving relationship between religion and sexual orientation.” Narrative features involve “issues of aging, parent-child separation, faith, coming out, and the scourge of AIDS.”

The festival will open with “The Lavender Scare,” with producer/director Josh Howard on hand to talk about the “federal witch hunt” for gay men and lesbians in the U.S. government during the McCarthy era of the 1950s and 1960s. The full-day event of the National Theatre production of “Angels in America” – in which Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield starred in London and now perform on Broadway – will close the festival on April 29. (Organizers note that the screening is scheduled with a dinner break, but Cape Cod patrons will still have time to make the last ferry back to Woods Hole.)

Students ages 13 to 21 will receive free admission to any Spectrum event. Advance tickets for non-students or for a full schedule: mvfilmsociety.com. Past and current members of the U.S. military will get free admission at the door (pending availability) for the April 28 screening of “Transmilitary,” about transgender people serving in the military.

Art, science meet at conference

Can artists and scientists work together to help the Earth? An international roster of speakers will discuss that kind of joint effort at the first “Broto: Art, Science & Collaboration” conference scheduled for May 4-6 in Provincetown.

Panels will include “Using Art to Inform Science,” exploring what is already happening in fields such as cancer research, neuroscience and climatology, and “Imagining a World Made Sustainable,” looking ahead at a possible future once challenges are met.

Guests will include keynote speaker Dehlia Hannah, research curator for the Centre for Environmental Humanities in Denmark, presenting “A Year Without a Winter,” which revisits the environmental conditions under which the novel “Frankenstein” was written; Hilairy Hartnett, associate professor at Arizona State University’s School of Earth & Space Exploration, talking about a faculty-led design for managing Earth’s future; and Aaron Ellison and David Buckley Borden, fellows at Harvard University’s Harvard Forest outdoor classroom, who lead the “Hemlock Hospice” art installation focused on the vanishing eastern hemlock trees.

The conference’s initial goal “is to start a new conversation about how, more than why, art and science should collaborate on issues like climate change,” says Broto founding director Ian Edwards in an announcement of the speakers. “We’ll leverage the rich art and science heritage of Cape Cod and work toward innovative, urgent climate-change solutions through a more blended art-sci framework.”

For the full roster of speakers and other information: broto.eco.

All events, which will also include a May 4 opening gala and a May 5 “roast”-style dinner and improv comedy event, will take place at Sage/Pilgrim House. The project is co-hosted by Provincetown Art Association & Museum, the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown and the Cape Cod Center for Sustainability, with financial support from various local organizations, including the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.

Tickets range from $50 for some single events to an all-event ticket for $255.

Grants help Yard grow

The Yard dance program on Martha’s Vineyard recently got a big boost toward its push to become a year-round organization, winning a total of $980,000 in grants.

The majority of that money, $950,000, will come over three years from the Boston-based Barr Foundation, which has a mission to “invest in human, natural, and creative potential.” The remaining $30,000 grant is from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Yard aims to use the money to offer more creative residencies, public performances and community education, and programs in dance and related arts. The organization’s board and staff also hope to increase audience capacity and make capital improvements to its Chilmark campus.

Nearly half the Barr grant will be for operating support, including for the 3-year-old Winter Yard programs. That program was launched with help from a previous Barr grant, and includes the April 28 show by Flor De Toloache, an all-female, all-Latina mariachi band that won a 2017 Grammy Award. The Barr support will also help to create curriculum for and grow the islandwide “Making It” education program.

The NEA grant helps to fund summer activities on the Chilmark campus and at the Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center in Oak Bluffs. Both grants require raising matching funds.

Information on The Yard: www.dancetheyard.org.

Gold Dust Orphans visit Wild West

Ryan Landry, a regular Provincetown performer and writer, will open “Brokelahomo!” his latest satire with his Gold Dust Orphans troupe, April 26 through May 27 at the Machine theater in Boston. The show is due to play in Provincetown this summer, but no details have yet been announced.

The comedy is a mash-up of classic films “Destry Rides Again,” “Johnny Guitar” and “Oklahoma!” The plot description: “Brokelahomo is a town in trouble. … Overrun by dirty, outlaw gays, the few law-abiding citizens left must spend their days dodging bullets, putting out church fires and fearing for their pets’ lives until a heterosexual is sent for. Enter Dusty Rhodes, the unlikely hero of this far-out fable set in the groovy 1880s.”

The parody is adults only; no one under 18 permitted. Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3220136.

Cabaret star to receive award

Provincetown CabaretFest 2018 next month will give a lifetime achievement award to Carol O’Shaughnessy as “Boston’s First Lady of Cabaret.”

O’Shaughnessy, who has taught master classes at past CabaretFests, has a nearly 45-year performing career. That includes 30 as a cabaret performer in Boston, New York City and, years ago, Provincetown, including at the Pilgrim House and the Post Office Cabaret. Her show “Ring-a-Ding-Ding: the Music of the Rat Pack” matches the 1950s theme of this year’s CabaretFest.

The award will be given out during the May 31-June 3 festival, designed for both performers and music-lovers and based largely at the Crown & Anchor resort. Events will include cabaret veterans and newcomers from Boston, New York City and Palm Springs participating in 10 live shows, two workshops, a master class with cabaret singer Marilyn Maye, an open-mic party and education opportunities. Headliner will be Jeff Harnar and his “The 1959 Broadway

Songbook” show.

Information: www.provincetowncabaretfest.com. Tickets: www.onlyatthecrown.com.

SpeakEasy announces next season

Two Tony Award-winning musicals, a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, two off-Broadway hits and a new musical will fill the 2018-19 season of largely regional premieres for SpeakEasy Stage Company in Boston.

Each of the contemporary-theater choices, producing artistic director Paul Daigneault said in announcing the season, “celebrates the importance of sharing our stories to better appreciate our common humanity.”

The season will open Sept. 7-Oct. 6 with the 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning “Between Riverside and Crazy,” by Stephen Adly Guirgis, a dark urban comedy about an ex-cop trying to hang on to one of Manhattan’s last rent-controlled apartments. Finishing up 2018, Oct. 19-Nov. 17: the Jeanine Tesori-Lisa Kron musical “Fun Home,” winner of the five 2015 Tony Awards (including best musical), based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir about her youth and her father.

Coming in 2019: Jan. 4-Feb. 2, Bess Wohl’s “Small Mouth Sounds,” about six strangers in search of serenity who meet at a wellness retreat; March 1-30, the eight-Tony-Awards-winning musical “Once,” by Enda Walsh, with music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, based on the film about a romance between an Irish street musician and a determined Czech immigrant; May 3-25, “School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play,” by Jocelyn Bioh, a comedy about the reign of a Ghana school’s “queen bee” status threatened by a new student; and May 31-June 22, “The View Upstairs,” by Max Vernon, a glam-rock musical exploring two generations of queer history.

In addition, the company’s new works program, “The Boston Project,” will commission two more plays by Boston playwrights about what it means to live in that city at this moment.

Information or subscriptions for SpeakEasy’s productions at the Boston Center for the Arts: 617-933-8600 or www.SpeakEasyStage.com. Single tickets will go on sale in August.

Follow Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll on Twitter: @KathiSDCCT.