Afterglow Festival


In-person and Sparkler ticket purchases are made at the Crown & Anchor Box Office  247 Commercial Street, Provincetown, Cape Cod

Single Tickets are $30

GLIMMER Passes to any 2, or 2 of 3, shows per night for $54

Tuesday Glimmer Pass:   Kim David Smith / Molly Pope
Wednesday Glimmer Pass  Raquel Cion /  Johnny Blazes + Brian King
Thursday Glimmer Pass:   Ken Bullock / Bridget Barkan
Friday Glimmer Pass:   Debs Gatenby / Heather Litteer / Joey Arias
Saturday Glimmer Pass  Amy Stiller / M. Lamar / Martha Graham Cracker
Sunday Glimmer Pass:  Dane Terry / Amber Martin

GLOW Pass to All 15 shows for $360 (a 20% discount) 

Scroll Down fora  Schedule of Festival Shows and to Buy Tickets. Click Artists' Names for Bios + Media.

Opening Benefit Party + “Townie” Night Performance

photo credit: Ric Ide

Starsky + Cox  • Us And Them
Opening Night Variety Show of Festival Stars
Monday, September 12, 2016 – 9 PM
The Paramount at the Crown & Anchor

A dazzling display of performances by Afterglow’s stellar festival stars, hosted by your culturally polarized impresarios for the evening, Stella Starsky + Quinn Cox. Peppered with social satire and sagacity, this super spectacular features the fabulous Kim David Smith, Molly Pope, Raquel Cion, Brian King, Ken Bullock, Bridget Barkan, Debs Gatenby, Heather Litteer, Joey Arias, and musical director Drew Wutke, with special guests. The show follows our opening night party at the Harbor Lounge, catered by 141 Bradford Natural Market with the world’s best oysters from Josiah Mayo.

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“Brilliant and sexy”—Vogue
“Psychics to the Stars”—Vanity Fair
“A word-of-mouth phenomenon, a rare find”—Time

“Wonderfully dirty”—O, The Oprah Magazine
“Serious metaphysicians who also happen to be quite funny“—Boston Globe


photo credit: Brian Jamie

Kim David Smith • Morphium
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 – 7 PM
The Paramount at the Crown & Anchor

With Morphium: A Neo-Weimar Kabarett Fantasia, Australian cabaret performer Kim David Smith conjures the glitter, doom, and decadence of 1920’s Berlin with an intimate, musical portrait of heartbreak and love in the Weimar period through the works of Kurt Weill, Kylie Minogue, Mischa Spoliansky, The Supremes, Friedrich Hollander, and many unexpected others. With musical director Drew Wutke.

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“Mr. Smith, a transplanted Australian who has lived in New York for nearly a decade, is a living artwork with a sculpted body and the haughty attitude of a beautiful young man (he’s in his early 30s) acutely aware of his value as a love object. Not for nothing did Mr. Smith suggest a male Marlene Dietrich.”—Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“Completely stellar…slyly subversive.”—Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal

“He happily considers himself as a misfit, as the title of his show suggests, and goes about proving his point in several languages. There’s no one else around these days offering the kind of cabaret that he does so compellingly. Well, maybe Ute Lemper, but that’s it. Smith needs to be seen, and now.”—David Finkle, The Village Voice

“no avant-garde, gender-bending, or mainstream artist dancing in the cabaret arena today takes more risks. Smith is a visionary without borders who might just be the David Bowie of Cabaret.”—John Hoglund, BroadwayWorld.Com

photo credit: JD Urban

Molly Pope • Questionable Character
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 – 9 PM
The Paramount at the Crown & Anchor

Award-winning cabarettist Molly Pope delves into the world of people who slip through the cracks.  Those people who fall somewhere between moral and the immoral.  With a dose of beatnik movie, an 18th century French royal scam and 20th century pop music, romantic stereotypes of drifters and adventurers and dangerous women are at once glorified and lampooned.  The popular adulation of these people perhaps implicating a touch of questionable character in ourselves.  With musical director Drew Wutke.

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“One of downtown cabaret’s most adventurous performers.” – The New York Times

“Viscerally thrilling alto.”—Time Out New York

“Powerhouse vocals and sassy wit.” –

photo credit: Steven Menendez

Raquel Cion • Me & Mr. Jones
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 – 7 PM
The Paramount at the Crown & Anchor

After performances that generated standing ovations and earned her a New York Cabaret Award nomination for “Best Alt Cabaret Show,” Raquel Cion brings Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie to Provincetown featuring additional songs and new material. Join this “psycho-delicate” girl as she explores her “soul love” for David Bowie, arguably one of the most important contemporary artists of the past 50 years. Ms. Cion’s personal stories and the deep cuts from Bowie’s extensive catalog are the fuel this artist uses to rocket us through her inner space—coming of age as an outsider; navigating the celestial realms of love, mid-life crisis and loss; and ultimately finding acceptance and hope in the embrace of David Bowie’s artistry. With musical director Drew Wutke.

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“Half witch…half cabaret performer.” —The New York Times

“The show is riveting and the writing at once poetic and ethereal . . . Cion’s finely-tuned band is fantastic throughout . . . the show’s true power lies in its conceptual nuance . . . For Cion, Bowie’s greatest gift was vision itself—the ability to see herself and ultimately to be seen by others. Sharing that vision, or “soul love,” is Me and Mr. Jones’ gift to the audience.” –Victoria Ordin,

“[Me & Mr. Jones] is a sacred rite of innate theatricality, artful sexuality and unapologetic emotion, Cion’s show mourns a mythic cultural figure but celebrates the invention of who you really are.”–Adam McGovern,

“Possessing a visceral power that was moving and tragic at times, Ms. Cion charges through the pain of her lost idol, making us laugh, cry, sing, and stomp our feet along with the pulsing rhythms of Bowie’s timeless art.” –Jonathan Shade,


photo credit: Molly Froelich

Johnny Blazes & Brian King •  Do You Queer What I Queer?
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 – 9 PM
The Paramount at the Crown & Anchor

Born exactly 10 years apart, Johnny Blazes and Brian King are twin queens of song and glitter that share everything… except most of their cultural references.  In the decade between their coming-of-age (or radically different “coming out” stories), social attitudes about gender, sexuality, and identity made some tectonic shifts. Searching for common ground, the pair walk a mile in each other’s Doc Martens, trading the endless corridors of high school hazing for the triumphant cresting of Beacon Hill in the sunshine of a Youth Pride Parade. While one was listening to queercore punk on vinyl in a dorm room surrounded by adoring culture-hungry fag hags, the other was riding the bus alone with Bikini Kill playing on a cassette walkman and avoiding the leers of townies. Identities blur as the pair explores intersections and spaces between their versions of queerdom, interlacing story, song, and video to expose the gaps imposed not only in generation, but by geography, gender, and shoe size.

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Press for Johnny Blazes

“Accompanied by scorching horns, Blazes infuses the song with vibrancy and a gravelly undertow, all of which seems buoyed by a sense of laughter that seems both omnipresent and which never quite breaks to the surface.”— Worcester Telegram

“Johnny Blazes is the sample case par excellence, capable of giving a lap dance, then a pithy address on how sex performs on and distorts the precarious institution of the chosen family, without missing a beat or smudging lipstick.”—HowlRound

Press for Brian King

“Catch him as his star rises.”—Adam Feldman, Time Out New York (Critic’s Pick)

“a triumph of mood and style, an unforgettable musical, theatrical and emotional experience.” —Edge

“can simmer in blues, tremble with high drama, and faint into a yawning croon”—Michael Brodeur, Boston Phoenix

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Ken Bullock • The John Henry Cornbread Muffin Machine
Thursday, September 15, 2016 – 6 PM
The Paramount at the Crown & Anchor

In Ken Bullock‘s one-man show of comic art he inhabits various characters to create an evening of hysterical madness, delving our cultural  past and present.  Reverend Process takes the audience on a journey through biblical tales of a high hair styling preacher, where scriptures are put in a mold of divine style. 1960’s scene maker, Collingsworth tells tales out of school of Princess Margaret, Peter Sellars, Twiggy and psychedelic, swinging Carnaby Street. Mr. Performance Art showcases his latest piece. And famed hillbilly supermodel, Ragu Mountain Woman, whose country chic turns heads from New York to the runways of Paris, takes us behind the scenes of all things La Mode.

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“Hysterically loony …sheer raucous energy.”—The New York Times
“Run to see his one man show. “—Interview
“A one man John Waters movie”—New York Newsday
“A fresh voice (many voices) with a body that lends itself to physical comedy”—Paper
“Bullock is in the front ranks of performance artists.”—New York Newsday
“Rich in effect with organic feeling. He makes a fluent,funky language out of pop-cult debris.”–The Village Voice



photo credit: Steven Menendez

Bridget Barkan • Dear Stranger, I Love You
Thursday, September 15, 2015 – 930 PM
The Paramount at the Crown & Anchor

Bridget is shining her light on the community that has inspired her in this new alt-cabaret show.  It will be a night of stories, characters, original and cover songs, improvisation, poetry, dance and unapologetic truth. A musical journey from bad love to new love, the dance between free love or committed love, the fight for self love and the ultimate infinite universal love that can bring us all together. Through the recent struggles in our city and global community, there is no doubt, it is time for the season of loving. With musical director Drew Wutke.

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“Bridget is a creative library. I can throw any idea at her, and she runs with it. It’s a flexibility of the creative mind that makes her potential limitless. If she was just a singer I would say she’s a virtuoso, but it also has to do with her performance and acting background that allows her to inhabit so much versatility in voice and delivery.” —Del Marquis

“Beyond being a formidable and multi-faceted talent, Bridget has an unending emotional generosity. Invest a little time in her, and she will give you everything – heart, mind, and soul.” —Ana Matronic

photo credit: Lee Baxter

Debs Gatenby • A Place Called Happiness
Friday, September 16, 2016 – 4 PM
The Paramount at the Crown & Anchor

Debs Gatenby is a British performer and comedian who has spent over 20 years at the coal face of comedy, moving from stand up into solo theatre shows. Since making a guest appearance at last year’s Afterglow Festival, Debs spent a year thinking about happiness. It brought her down. Travelling out into the world in her outdoor activity trousers, she documented her experiences and tells us what she found in this comedic and uplifting solo show, commisioned in part by the Contact Theatre, Manchester (UK) and supported by the British Council as well as the Arts Council.

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“Delightful story-telling…fabulous physical performer”—Canal St. Online

“Her life-laid-bare monologues, whilst telling us much about her, reveal something about us too.”—Time Out

“Debs helps us through the rambling, non-linear journey that is your typical human life.”—Big Issue North

photo credit: Steven Menendez

Heather Litteer • Lemonade
Friday, September 16, 2016 – 6 PM
The Paramount at the Crown & Anchor

Heather Litteer came to the Big Apple to become an actress. She worked her way up the ladder playing hookers, junkies and Strippers. You know, the parts most actress are afraid to play. Then came the role of a lifetime. And it changed her life. Heather Litteer’s gripping, funny, heartfelt solo show explores how women are treated both onscreen and off. Her adventures as an actress and downtown darling interweave with calls back home to her ill mother, a steel magnolia whose southern roots are so strong the can suffocate. Navigating the absurd misogyny of our mediaverse. Lemonade turns female exploitation on its head, and offers redemption to any woman who has ever been typecast. Directed by Ellie Heyman.

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Can I just stop for a second and say, “This bitch is fierce I couldn’t take my eyes off of her!” —Gayletter NYC 

“She comes off as a girl who can do anything – and might, if you ask right!”—Blackbook Magazine

“Sexy and Brash”—Time Out New York

“Heather Litteer, the star known as the “Jessica Rabbit” of downtown performance for the sexy and sultry persona she developed during the iconic Jackie 60 club years will take her place in this beloved theatrical canon.”—The Huffington Post

“The writing and acting are both utterly charming and heartbreaking. It’s smart, funny and very much a feminist tale. I was blown away.’—Justin Vivian Bond

photo credit: Santiago Felipe

Joey Arias • Looking Back At The Future
Friday, September 16, 2016 – 930 PM
The Paramount at the Crown & Anchor

The goddess returns! Joey Arias first came to Provincetown in 1976, an era of magical bohemia, to hang out with John Waters, Cookie Mueller and others; returning in the increasingly glamorous years with fashionisti Antonio Lopez, Jerry Hall, Grace Jones and gang. “It was a crazy mashup and everyone’s head was spinning! It was all so new to me and I was so young and ready for more,” Arias recalls. “I’ve always seen P-Town as the gateway to the future, which is why I return every year. There is a voice on the wind that calls me back.” Looking Back To The Future is part cabaret, part memory play, part tell-all and part time-traveling trip from the most transformational singer and performance artist of our, or any, time. With musical director Drew Wutke.

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Joey Arias is a demigod of the demimonde.”—Adam Feldman, Time Out New York

“Eat your heart out Madonna.”—Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“In a set which spans rock, Phil Spector girl group, Burt Bachaarach and a generous allowance of Billie Holiday interpretations which have seen him hailed a 21st Century ‘channel’, [Arias is] utterly convincing at bubblegum sweetness, contemplative balladry, pure jazz improvisation and, in the show-stopping and radically rearranged ‘Strange Fruit,’ Holidays’ powerful elegy about racist lynchings, a raspy bluesy howl”—Rupert Mellor, Out There

“[Arias] makes memories. The kind that last for a lifetime.” – Sundance Channel, Sunfiltered blog

“…romantic, post-modern, transgender wonder…”—New York Cool

“…make[s] Lady Gaga look like Greta Van Sustern.”—The New York Times

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Amy Stiller • Just Trust
Saturday, September 17, 2016 – 4 PM
The Paramount at the Crown & Anchor

The semi-autobiographical journey of a spiritually struggling young woman, striving to emotionally survive as the only non-famous person in a very famous family. Losing herself in the arms of an insecure comedian on the rise in Hollywood, and ending up as a patient to a therapist with challenges of her own, she tries reconnect to the magic of her childhood and find her own creative path in a culture that values celebrity above everything else, learning to trust that she is enough.

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“Stiller aims for something a bit deeper, more intense and realistic…Stiller convincingly becomes her characters, whether she’s portraying a shallow motivational speaker…a self-absorbed matron… or an anxious insecure Jane Fonda creating a video for actors on how to audition”—The New York Post


photo credit: Eric McNatt

M. Lamar • Funeral Doom Spiritual
Saturday, September 17, 2015 – 6 PM
The Paramount at the Crown & Anchor

From the ashes and ruins of long dead earth and the infinite blacknesses of what will be the year 2116 emerges M. Lamar’s Funeral Doom Spiritual: For Male Soprano and Piano. “Funeral Doom Spiritual” is a song of mourning for what Antony Paul Farley calls “the motionless movement of death through slavery, segregation, and neo-segregation.” Drawing on themes of apocalypse, end times, and rapture found in Negro Spirituals, this new performance by Lamar explores radical historical expressions and futuristic longings for destruction of the white supremacist world order. Lamar’s Funeral Doom Spiritual is a futuristic salvaging of the Negro spirit destroyed in the flames of the western world endless funeral procession. Libretto written By M. Lamar and Tucker Culbertson. Art direction and live projection by Sabin Calvert.

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“Mr. Lamar plumbs the depths of all-American trauma with visionary verve.”—The New York Times

“Through his music, he has commented on the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow, slave ships, and lynching.”—Vice Magazine

“M. Lamar, performs songs that are a cross stylistically between operatic excess, old-fashioned Negro spirituals and demonic possession.”—Ottawa Citizen

“a tactile, visual, and auditory explosion of important ideas that are usually left to society’s margins.”—San Francisco Weekly

“Lamar’s goth-postpunk-diva affect is fused with his operatic style to create a mélange that cannot be named.”—KQED

“When talking about his art, Lamar is an intellectual powerhouse, but his work is informed by that thinking — not constrained by it. It is as emotional as it is thoughtful.”—Out Magazine

“[H]e deconstructs the persona of the diva even as he wraps himself in divalike hauteur.” – Hilton Als, The New Yorker

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Martha Graham Cracker • Things Are Getting Hairy
Saturday, September 17, 2016 – 930 PM
The Paramount at the Crown & Anchor

A singing giantess. A furry nymph. A hungry tigress woman with the hairiest chest since Magnum PI. Come spend a tender hour with a luscious and literate lady who penetrates the fourth wall, fast and slow. Hailed as “The Drag Queen King” by the Philadelphia Inquirer,  and a regular at New York’s Joe’s Pub at the Public, Martha Graham Cracker performs new arrangements and bizarre mashups of songs by artists ranging from Motley Crue to Madonna, from Guns’N’Roses to Fats Waller, from the Go-Go’s to Chaka Kana. “My face still hurts from laughing!”—Steve Buscemi. With festival musical director Drew Wutke.

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“The Drag Queen King of Philadelphia” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

“A defiantly unmown lawn of a man…awesome, and confusing.”—Phildelphia magazine
Rollicking alt-cabaret shenanigans”—Time Out New York (Critic’s Pick)

photo credit: Johnny Q

Dane Terry • Bird In The House
Sunday, September 18, 2016 – 7 PM
The Paramount at the Crown & Anchor

Somewhere in Ohio, a boy’s bedroom ceiling is slowly falling in on him. Strange lights haunt the sky, living rooms glow with static, men with guns are asking questions. “Volton is coming…Volton is here.” With Bird In The House, Dane Terry weaves a surreal tale of a week in a distinctly American adolescence.  Featuring songs from the NYC based composer-performer’s 2015 release Color Movies (TONK records) Bird In The House premiered in New York at La MaMa in April 2015 and went on to be a be presented at the Public Theater’s Under The Radar Festival in 2016.  Terry’s Anytime Moe, made its world premier at last year’s Afterglow Festival and is being developed with P.S. 122 as part of Terry’s receipt of their coveted Ethyl Eichelberger award grant.

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“Outrageously talented.”—Time Out New York
“a genre defying, musical spell cast on the audience” —The Huffington Post
 “Dane Terry is the millennial Cole Porter. He’s got the hooks of Elton John, the jokes of Tom Waits and the heart of Leonard Cohen.”—John Cameron Mitchell, creator of Hedwig and the Angry Inch

photo credit: Jill Pangallo

Amber Martin • AM Gold
Sunday, September 28, 2016 – 9 PM
The Paramount at the Crown & Anchor

Amber returns to the Afterglow Festival to perform her very first solo album of original songs written and co-written with award-winning songwriter and dear friend, Brett Every. AM Gold is a witchy, audio-visual live performance of music created just for the soaring, multi-range voice and imagination of Amber Martin. At times, lush, haunting and psychedelic, Amber’s voice dances and plays out on the far reaches of the mind, spinning in orbit and landing with a growl in some dark, raucous, drunken rock & roll bar. Her stage presence is at once friendly and inviting, like being in her very own living room sipping on dirty gin martini’s and listening to K-Tel records. Not shy of laughing at herself with herself, Amber invites you on this premiere journey of music inspired by the AM radio of her youth, backwoods country bar jukeboxes, early MTV music videos and pure delighted fantasy.

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“A chameleonic performer with a mind-blowing voice, Amber Martin dissolves completely into her original characters (and a spot-on Reba McEntire)”– Time Out New York

“Chill-inducing. Her fullness of voice and spot-on characterizations put the show in another dimension. Martin is a powerful woman whose heightened sense of the ridiculous goes head to head with her distinctly American voice.”—Hilton Als, The New Yorker

“The pitch-perfect, multitalented Martin seamlessly floats between multiple costumes, personae and skits, never once leaving the stage, and carrying the calm of a seasoned performer”– The New York Times

“Amber is the real deal, a fucking scream, like I Love Lucy on acid beyond the pale! I think she is brilliant!”—Sandra Bernhard