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 shows per night for $54

Tuesday Glimmer Pass:   Bearded Ladies Cabaret / Martha Graham Cracker
Wednesday Glimmer Pass  Tammy Faye Starlite / Joey Arias
Thursday Glimmer Pass:   Dan Fishback / Carol Lipnik
Friday Glimmer Pass:   Anne Stott / The Illustrious Blacks
Saturday Glimmer Pass:   Enid Ellen / Ruby Rose Fox

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.

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John Jarboe & Bearded Ladies Cabaret   Do You Want A Cookie?
A Cabaret Confection

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 – 7 PM
The Art House, Provincetown

Once described by The New York Times as “an experimental cabaret company,” Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret concocts the perfect cabaret confections to feed your cravings. Part Great Cabaret Bake-Off, part irreverent romp through cabaret history. Expect ‪bad cat puns, glitter, songs and a little ritual healing.The Bearded Ladies Cabaret is an interdisciplinary troupe of artists who reinvigorate and redefine the form of cabaret by fusing it with theater, opera, and dance and using nostalgia and humor to tackle the politics of gender, identity, and artistic invention with sparkle and wit. With your host, John Jarboe and silver fox Heath Allen on the keys.


“Jarboe has made provocation his calling card with an always daringly incendiary brand of queer cabaret whose caginess reaches into everything he does.” —Philadelphia Weekly

“An experimental cabaret troupe”—The New York Times

“Medley is the name of their complicated, charming, entertaining game: old and new, historical and contemporary, male and female, funny and moving, parody and pointed, if implicit, social commentary.” — The Philadelphia Inquirer


photo credit: John Huber

Martha Graham Cracker  • Tits And Teeth
Diary of a Vegas Showgirl
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 – 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: Bob Gruen

Tammy Faye Starlite Nico: Evening of Light
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 – 7 PM
The Art House, Provincetown

Tammy Faye Starlite, the fearless and much celebrated New York-based rock/cabaret/performance artist brings to Afterglow her portrayal of Nico, the Warhol-era siren, muse and tragicomic figure. Accompanied by Richard Feridun, Starlite eerily channels Nico, chanteuse from the Velvet Underground and beyond (i.e., the overground) featuring her better-known and lesser-known songs, which encompass the ominous and beautiful opacity of her Teutonic soul, her recollections (Rashomon-style) about the men who loved her: from Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Jim Morrison, Jackson Brown, Iggy Pop (among others, many others), her musings on fate, nihilism, necromancy and the current state of the world, which is as protean as her flickering soul.


“Jaw-dropping.. a serious comic creation intended to be so authentic that it might be mistaken for the real thing.”— Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“The show mocks and honors its subject with loving regard.”—David Fricke, Rolling Stone

“Remarkable — and howlingly funny.. a funny, morbidly fascinating night of theater.”—Charles Isherwood, The New York Times 

“Tammy Faye Starlite channels the chanteuse’s languid essence..” (she is) “..a performer who thrives on spontaneity and improvisation.”—David Keeps, Los Angeles Times

There wasn’t a minute when we didn’t think we weren’t watching the real Nico.”—Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, a/k/a The Pet Shop Boys

photo credit: Albie Mitchell

Joey Arias • Arias Deconstructed
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 – 9:30 PM
The Art House, Provincetown

NYC Icon Joey Arias and the delicious Charly Zastrau team up together to fan the flames of love, desire and change.  This evening they share original songs, jazz and pop-classics, and a special nod to the work of film composer Bernard Hermann.  Drawing on his life-long affinity for music, Arias & Zastrau take you on a journey across musical genres (jazz, pop, rock, experimental) that spans his earliest musical influences; his days at Capitol Records; his tenure as the lead singer of Strange Party (an influence on the Talking Heads); and his original songs from Jazzo~Lozzo, an album that quite literally made Arias “big in Japan”  Arias revives this rich backlog of musical history, with Zastrau, as medium and muse, reflecting on the roots of his career and redefining, deconstructing  his own musical language and history.


More than most, Mr. Arias understands the risks and rewards of playing with fire.”
—Stephen Holden, The New York Times

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

“The shock is not in the imitation of Holiday’s sound but in the intensity of Mr. Arias’ feeling.”—John Lahr, The New Yorker

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

photo credit: Sammy Tunis

Dan Fishback • Dan Fishback Alone!
Thursday, September 13, 2018 – 7 PM
The Art House, Provincetown

Before building a life in theater, Dan Fishback was known in the East Village’s anti-folk scene for his mousy voice, wordy songs and queer politics. After developing a string of ambitious musicals, Fishback is performing “Dan Fishback Alone!” to escape the manic frenzy of coordination. Fishback’s repertoire of queer desire and disaster includes work from his own solo albums, his band Cheese On Bread, and his musicals, including The Material World and Rubble Rubble.


“Quietly revolutionary”—Time Out New York
“So much like a nerdy close friend that audience members have to restrain themselves from responding”—The New Yorker
“Like the Beyoncé experience, except with Dan, neuroses replace the wigs, glitz and glamour.”— Gayletter

photo credit: Albie Mitchell

Carol Lipnik • Goddess of Imperfection
Thursday, September 13, 2018 – 9:30 PM
The Art House, Provincetown

Carol Lipnik’s voice is a thing of wonder, soaring across four octaves with remarkable fluidity, gently cradling listeners in its sublimely sustained tone. Her songs have an aura of prophecy and the power to wound and heal. In her latest show, “Goddess Of Imperfection”, Carol lifts a shattered mirror to reflect our current precarious state through original songs and specially selected covers that transport with a shamanic, operatic, and tragi-comic intensity. A poet of beauty, decay and desolation, Carol sets her lyrics in spare, harmonically rich soundscapes created in collaboration with her acclaimed pianist and music director Matt Kanelos.


“Her instrument is, in a word, phenomenal.” —Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“A siren song to lost cosmopolitans everywhere. Dark, funny, and cosmically aligned.”—Richard Gehr, The Village Voice

photo credit: Ric Ide

Anne Stott • Scorpio Blonde
Friday, September 14, 2018 – 7 PM
The Art House, Provincetown

Hometown heroine, actor and indie-rock singer songwriter Anne Stott creates for Afterglow a new show, Scorpio Blonde, culled from her eclectic original songbook and messy transcendant life experiences. From being caught cheating in fifth grade to getting arrested for political protest on Fifth Avenue, from broken hearted love songs to spoken word anthems, Stott will take you from introspection to exultation in the pursuit of life, love, and a country that lives up to its own ideals.


“Stott’s a bewitching cross between The Pretenders front woman Chrissie Hynde and Joni Mitchell. Run, don’t walk.”—SHE Magazine

“If you never heard what this singer-songwriter can do in a studio, you’ve got a good thing coming your way”—Provincetown Banner

“Anne Stott dazzles with pure seduction”—Wicked Local, Provincetown

photo credit: Fabian Gomez

The Illustrious Blacks • Hyperbolic!
Friday, September 14, 2018 – 9:30 PM
The Art House, Provincetown

The Illustrious Blacks have arrived to save the world one beat at a time!
 Once upon a time in a galaxy not far away, there lived two kings. Each was the ruler of his own deliciously glorious planet. The first king, Manchildblack, was well known throughout the cosmos for his ethereal vocals, celestial sonics and earthy musical messages. The other king, Monstah Black, was a star in the solar system for his gravity defying performances, gender bending fashions and spacey disposition. One magical night, an inexplicable ultra-magnetic pull forced the two planets to collide. A technicolored explosion occurred, turning night into day, with a feast of aural and visual delights. It was then that the universe was changed forever. Manchildblack and Monstah Black united and became The Illustrious Blacks!


“Takes some of the most joyous genres of Black music — funk, disco, soulful pop — and puts them in a blender to create a fresh, intoxicating message” —Paper

“The style and grace of The Illustrious Blacks mirror the late musician Prince, who pushed gender aesthetics and crooned openly about controversial subjects that included sex and religion.”—Highline


photo credit: Jenny Morgan

Enid Ellen • One Nation Under Goddess
Saturday, September 15, 2018 – 7 PM
The Art House, Provincetown

Enid Ellen (David Mramor and Greg Potter) take us on a journey through the Women’s History Museum. From Betsy Ross to Lorena Bobbit, the acoustic duo takes us on a psychedelic trip, asking Alice: WTF? Through time and space, destroying the patriarchy one man at a time, changing outfits and singing original songs, and a few borrowed ones as well. Racist, bigot, anti-gay! GFYS! Enid Ellen asks you to join the revolution as they put the stars and stripes back on the flag that was sewn through other nations’ tears.


“Eclectic, dramatic piano ballads seem like Marilyn Manson singing Tori Amos.”—Next

“Melodic, strange, and with mind-bending pitch changes by Mramor, each song takes on a metal anthem feel”—Cabaret Scenes

“Enid Ellen Is Pretty QUEERsome”—World of Wonder

photo credit: Silvers and Byne

Ruby Rose Fox • SALT
Saturday, September 15, 2018 – 9:30 PM
The Art House, Provincetown

Boston based artist Ruby Rose Fox is a cultural messenger of our turbulent modern times. Her music is as sonically compelling as it is subversive, packed with lyrics that reflect and challenge our current political state, from #metoo, to the mass-shooting crisis. Part actress, director, and writer, Fox has never shied away from inventive ways to approach her art. The title as well of her sophomore record, SALT is a femme, dystopian, Trump-era, alter-ego, spectacle, one-woman pop opera.


Fox is fantastically her own thing: part stage actress, part power-vocalist, part vaudeville bandleader, part lyrical poet.”—The Boston Globe

“Ruby Rose Fox has never distinguished between rock star and theatrical artist. And why should she? If it worked for Laurie Anderson, it can work for Ruby.”—The Boston Herald

photo credit: Ric Ide

 Hosted by Stella Starsky + Quinn Cox