Afterglow Festival


In-person and Sparkler ticket purchases are made at the Art House Box Office  214 Commercial Street, Provincetown, Cape Cod

Single Tickets are $30

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

Tuesday Glimmer Pass:   Phoebe Legere / Dynasty Handbag
Wednesday Glimmer Pass  Debs Gatenby / Lady Rizo
Thursday Glimmer Pass:   Joseph Keckler / Champagne Jerry
Friday Glimmer Pass:   Stella Starsky / Dane Terry
Saturday Glimmer Pass:   Paul Iacono / Martha Graham Cracker

GLOW PASS to All 10 shows for $240 (a 20% discount) 

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

photo credit: Bobby Miller

Phoebe Legere   Judy, Marlene, Edith, Barbra and Chuck
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – 7 PM
The Art House, Provincetown

Queer performance artist and painter Phoebe Legere celebrates Gay Romance in a hilarious and heartfelt new autobiographical show that includes impersonation, cross dressing, hyper-glamor, wet paint and poetry. Goddess Legere, now known as “International Chuck”, teaches mortals the true meaning of the word Fabulous. She will sing songs from her new top 20 album Heart of Love; covers from the greatest divas the world has ever known; plus Legere’s international hits “Lesbian National Anthem” “Marilyn Monroe” and “Two French Bulldogs” and “Wrong Honky Tonk.” Come discover why NPR says: “She is an American original—her beautiful voice will take your breath away.”


“A charismatic showman who works the audience with the razor edged skill of a veteran comic poking, teasing, and caressing it with clever turns of phrase both musical and verbal”—The New York Times

“She doesn’t so much sing a song as inhabit it…with a pure, remarkable four and a half-octave range”—New York Daily News

“An evocative blend of sexpot glamour, French insouciance, Bourbon St. bawdiness, and East Village hipness—she’s got both body and soul.”—Harpers Bazaar

photo credit: Charles Gross

Dynasty Handbag  • I, An Moron
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – 9:30 PM
The Art House, Provincetown

Dynasty Handbag‘s new falling-apart stand-up show is a current events review of her privates and her publics. Have you ever wondered why lesbians carry their drinks in a jar? Do white women having more babies make you feel enraged/grossedout/inadequate? Did you ever hear Rihanna’s well-known blue-collar anthem celebrating the proletariat and journey with her to industrial wastelands that make up our useless garbage life? All this ANNNDDD accurate analysis of coyote discrimination in relationship to the Hollywood desert nightmare that is now a metaphor for complete global destruction. Show is updated to include horrible current event jokes. Day of show events even!


“Outrageously smart, grotesque and innovative.”— The New Yorker

“One of the most insanely funny, tone-perfect pieces of performance art I have seen in years,”—The New York Times

“Hilarious and extraordinarily original.”—Paper


photo credit: Bobby Miller

Debs Gatenby • Unraveling
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – 7 PM
The Art House, Provincetown

Come on this comedic trip through Debs Gatenby’s mind as she unravels all she knows—and wishes she didn’t know—about how to live life. Expect singing, wistful looks into the middle distance, ear cupping harmonies and mis-heard lyrics. Applause applause, this is Debs’ cause…to liberate you from the pressure of having to be the best you can. This show is an antidote to the world of obsessive self-helping and self-bettering…Debs is here to tell you that, “Failure is the new success” and, “If You Can’t Get What You Want, Stop F**king Wanting It.”


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

“A fabulous physical performer and an expert at the throwaway comment, Gatenby is just funny.”—Canal Street Online

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

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Lady Rizo • Red, White and Indigo
My Love-Hate Relationship with America
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – 9:30 PM
The Art House, Provincetown

America is a very bad boyfriend but why do I still love him? If we are potentially witnessing the death of the US as we know it, Chanteuse superstar Lady Rizo delivers a deeply personal musical eulogy unpacking the feelings for the country she was born in, cut with her trademark humor, wit and soaring voice. Backed by acclaimed cellist, guitarist and composer Yair Evnine and drummer/vocalist Justin Johnson, Rizo leads us to our own utopian island nation..with no walls, only velvet curtains.


“SENSATIONAL… A fierce but kindhearted fusion of comedy, burlesque, performance art and rock ‘n’ roll” — The New York Times

“The talented Lady Rizo, who combines glamour, wit, and real vocal chops”—Michael Musto, The Village Voice

“a high-class, high-energy belter, who specializes in making old standards sound soulful and contemporary.”—The Wall Street Journal


photo credit: Frans Franciscus

Joseph Keckler •  Songs From the Edge of a Flat World
Thursday, September 14, 2017 – 7 PM
The Art House, Provincetown

Calling on a powerful and versatile voice, Joseph Keckler returns to the Afterglow Festival to unleash an evening of original musical works ahead of his related book Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World. Delivering absurd arias about everyday life as well as otherworldly ballads about placeless wanderers, he twists through terrain both humorous and haunting.


“Singer with a range that shatters the conventional boundaries…The sensibility of a magician, a trickster’s dark humor and a formidable musical and literary erudition. Major vocal talent”—Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“Tantalizing… dynamic… with magnetism and poise is so high that he seems to have been born onstage.”— The Village Voice

“Riveting and beautifully absurd, Keckler singlehandedly has the power and chops to legitimately modernize a dying art form.”— Huffington Post

photo credit: Allison Michael Orenstein

Champagne Jerry • Champagne Margaritas
Thursday, September 14, 2017 – 9:30 PM
The Art House, Provincetown

Champagne Jerry is a band with a wild stage show and music that is very polished, weird, and very good. The stage show is a mixture of overblown bragging about being a fucked up white guy, comedic sexuality, and weird art stage shenanigans. So get ready for all of your dreams to come true. Funny enough to be in a comedy club, good enough to be on the radio, and weird enough to be in art venues, Champagne Jerry brings the message that even people who shouldn’t believe in themselves should believe in themselves.


One of “New York City’s Top Ten Downtown Cabaret Performers,” “he keeps weirdness alive.”—Time Out New York

“It’s like if Eminem took steroids during a women’s studies class!”—Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, the Julie Ruin)

“Champagne Jerry’s songs are established, playful and catchy… He possesses a unique swagger!”—Interview

 “Rich in effect with organic feeling. He makes a fluent, funky language out of pop-cult debris.”–The Village Voice


photo credit: Ric Ide

Stella Starsky • Birth of the American Baroness
Friday, September 15, 2017 – 7 PM
The Art House, Provincetown

Stella Starsky shines in her at turns moving and side-splitting solo play that explores both the mundane and the mystical implications of modern womandom free from motherhood, whether by choice or cast of the die. From her humble beginnings as a tweenage donut-maker in small-town Massachusetts, through a me-generational gauntlet of disco balls, body dysmorphia, designer dreams, and debatable dates with destiny, Starsky illumines our universal quest for value and validation, alighting on divinely human and hilarious realizations along the pro-creative path toward planetary parenthood.


“Serves up quick wit combined with a sexy straightforwardness”— Harper’s Bazaar

“Vivacious and engaging…you can almost see the stars twinkling about her”— The Scotsman Magazine

“One of those slightly severe-looking, high-cheekboned women who make glasses sexy”—San Francisco Chronicle



photo credit: Kate Sweeney

Dane Terry • Boomtown
Friday, September 15, 2017 – 9:30 PM
The Art House, Provincetown

A little girl is far from home in a strange city by a lake…A lightkeep struggles to repair an ancient municipal lighting system…Something is hunting in the rolling blackouts…
In his newest piece, Boomtown, composer and storyteller Dane Terry projects cinematic scenes onto a screen of kaleidoscopic piano music and vividly shared mass imagination.


“Outrageously talented.”—Time Out New York

“a genre defying, musical spell cast on the audience” —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: Mitch Zachary

Paul Iacono • Too Much
Saturday, September 16, 2017 – 7 PM
The Art House, Provincetown

Recovered child actor who played opposite Elaine Stritch and Christine Ebersole cum downtown New York performer and hedonistic nocturne-crawler: Paul Iacono (film’s G.B.F, MTV’s “The Hard Times of RJ Berger”) throws a retrospective burlesque party of excess and debauchery celebrating the highs and lows of his surreal twining careers in showbiz and nightlife, over-sharing pointedly personal and insanely hilarious moments from Hollywood to Lafayette and beyond. It’s so much more than a lot. Written by Iacono, with original music by Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls). With Drew Wutke.


“Sensational show, which lights up the room with its weirdly wonderful irreverence.”—

“the show is a hilarious, quirky, extremely gay celebration of downtown’s nightlife scene”—Blackbook

“a powder puff”—Rex Reed                  “He’s still talkin’ about the fucking arm”!—Elaine Stritch

photo credit: John Huber

Martha Graham Cracker • You Break It You Buy It
Saturday, September 16, 2017 – 9:30 PM
The Art House, Provincetown

Martha Graham Cracker is ready to benchpress you with song.  Erudite, hirsute, and totally unpredictable, she makes familiar songs strange and moving, and her dripping heart is always there for you, right there on her sleeve.  From inventing a new form of exercise—bartop Pilates—to channeling Chaka Khan, to making her shameless sexual advances on hapless audience members, she is a revolution in a wig. With musical director Drew Wutke on the white baby grand.


“Guts AND glamour.”—Philadelphia Magazine

“Rollicking alt-cabaret shenanigans.”—Time Out New York

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

photo credit: Ric Ide

 Hosted by Stella Starsky + Quinn Cox