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Provincetown's 'Crown & Anchor' Has a Hot Summer Line-Up For You

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CrownSummer is preparing to kick into full gear and for many of you that means a trip to Provincetown, Massachusetts at the tip of Cape Cod where the salt air, sandy beaches, delicious cuisine, gay nightlife, and wealth of performers provides a vacation experience like no other.

At the hub of all the action is Provincetown's iconic Crown & Anchor Inn, the waterfront hotel and entertainment complex which not only features the town's largest nightclub and video bar, but an award-winning piano bar, leather bar, cabaret and year-round Central House restaurant which welcomed a new chef this year (more below).

While the Crown & Anchor has literally hundreds of events in June, July, and Auguest, here are just a few of the entertainers, parties, and memory-making moments awaiting you at the Crown for the 2015 season.

 

INDEPENDENCE 2015

From Thursday, July 2 to Friday, July 10, the Crown's nightclub Paramount once again hosts Independence 2015, an international DJ line-up including JustCircuit's DJ of the Year 2014 Alain Jackinsky, Barcelona's Ivan Gomez, and circuit favorite Abel. The Freedom Beach Party this year features DJ Roland Belmares.

 

BROADWAY STAR POWER

Also appearing at the Crown during Independence week is original 'Dream Girl' Jennifer Holliday for three live concerts on July 5, 6, and 7, back to the Cape for the first time in 20 years!

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And Holliday is not the only Broadway star hitting Provincetown this year. Stage and screen icons Bernadette Peters, Shirley Jones, Linda Lavin, and Barbara Cook are scheduled to appear along with Tony-Award-winning Kinky Boots star Billy Porter and Tony nominee and Smash star Jeremy Jordan, who is making his Ptown debut!

There's Broadway star power every week of the summer - find out who will be here during your visit and get your tickets HERE!

 

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HOT NEW CHEF AT THE CENTRAL HOUSE

Executive Chef Michele Ragussis is the new chef at the Central House. Ragussis was a final four finisher in the Food Network series Food Network Star, cooking under Bobby Flay, and has come to town with a menu sourced locally with responsibly-raised and grown ingredients that reflect the changing seasonal calendar of Cape Cod. The wine list, curated by Sommelier Peter Miscikoski, features small production wines and lesser-known international varietals.

Enjoy a pre-show meal here for one of the Crown's shows and they'll have an up-front seat reserved for you so you can relax and enjoy your dinner.

 

BrutBRUT: A LEATHER MASQUERADE

On July 12th during Bear Week, the Crown welcomes NYC's famous underground party Brüt, for a Leather Masquerade with DJ Dan Darlington (pictured).

Get a taste of Darlington's dark, dirty House beats and seductive vocals as the bear crowd descends on Commercial Street. Darlington is also behind the BARCODE parties in Chicago and has played Beatbox (SF), Manhole (Chicago), and Rock Bar, Gym Bar, and the Fire Island Pavilion in New York.

 

MEN ON STAGE

On Friday, June 26, Friday July 17, and Saturday August 29, Jonathan Hawkins returns in concert accompanied by Doug Repetti. Hawkins and his "tour de force voice" are back after starring in the New York premiere of London's stage hit Legacy Falls.

Doug Repetti also teams up with Yaron Spiwak (below) for an interactive night of  songs and requests on dueling pianos for three nights in June on the 7th, 14th, and the 21st. 

Finally, producer Josh Schonewolf brings the sexy as BOYlesque, an all-male burlesque revue featuring hot men, naughty performances, and moments of pure male magic comes to the Crown on July 22 with showdates on August 6, 13, and 27, with a finale on September 3.

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'Portraits in Provincetown' That Deserve More Face Time: VIDEO

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Many of you enjoyed a gallery and interview we posted last summer by photographer Emil Cohen featuring 47 portraits of people in Provincetown, which went on to get wide exposure on the web. Now, Emil is preparing a show of the portraits in Ptown this summer at the William-Scott Gallery and a book and is looking for funding to help finish the project.

Check out Emil's Kickstarter video, AFTER THE JUMP...

And help him out here.

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The Unexpected Story of a Gay Dentist Who Became Provincetown's Entertainment Impresario: VIDEO

Provincetown, Massachusetts has a longtime reputation for attracting visionary and enterprising individuals to its scenic shores at the tip of Cape Cod. Its history as an arts colony, its spectacular natural setting, and its appeal as a tourism mecca for gay and lesbian travelers have made it a cultural hotspot where creators, curators, and connectors come together each summer to work and live, exchange ideas, and just relax.

Towleroad and LEXUS have been bringing you their stories in our AskTell ACT series. Last week we featured the story of Towleroad founder Andy Towle's relationship with 'Ptown'. The week before we spoke with our friend Josh Patner at his Loveland boutique. And you can't miss the story of Rob and Loic, a gay binational couple who fell in love, quit their jobs, and opened their dream restaurant in town.

RCF_LGBT_300x250_STATIC_112014Today we're pleased to bring you the story of Rick Murray,  who moved to Provincetown full time more than two decades ago amid the HIV hysteria surrounding medical professionals in the early days of the AIDS crisis. Rick, a dentist at the time, decided to shut down his practice before moving to the Cape; not only were things being made difficult for those in his profession at the time, but he wanted to keep his patients safe, as it was uncertain in the early days of the crisis how HIV was transmitted.

Rick moved to Ptown and opened Mussel Beach Health Club and took ownership of The Crown & Anchor Inn.

It's hard to miss The Crown & Anchor Inn in Provincetown. The lively, colorful, and historic complex at the center of the town's Commercial Street is flanked in the afternoon by an assortment of Broadway performers and drag queens hawking their various shows and in the evening provides a street soundtrack of show tunes and tinkling melodies that waft to the street from the piano bar in its lobby. It's also a restaurant, a prime nightclub and must-not-miss party experience for those visiting over the 4th of July or other summer holiday weekends. Towleroad partnered with the Crown for our Summer Camp last year.

In the video above, Rick tells us how he made the show go on for The Crown and his own career. We hope you enjoy it.

And don't miss our earlier videos in this series:
> This Gay Couple Found Love, Quit Their Jobs, and Opened Their Dream Restaurant in Ptown
> Fashion Exec Left the Rat Race and Opened the Ideal Boutique in Provincetown
> Towleroad's Founder Extols the 'Unlimited Inspiration' He found in Provincetown

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Towleroad's Founder Extols the 'Unlimited Inspiration' He Found In Provincetown: VIDEO

Artists and writers have flocked to Provincetown "not just because it’s an amazingly beautiful place, but because people felt free to be themselves," says Towleroad’s own founder and editor, Andy Towle, who first landed there in 1991 for a writing fellowship at the town's Fine Arts Work Center, returning for inspiration from the culture, history, art, and people every summer for the past 23 years.

RCF_LGBT_300x250_STATIC_112014Towleroad spent much of last summer in 'Ptown' and got to know some of the people whose dreams have been brought to life by this unique place, and whose visions are helping make it the most popular destination in the country for LGBT vacationers.

Towleroad and LEXUS have been bringing you their stories in our AskTell ACT series. Last week it was our friend Josh Patner and his Loveland boutique. The week before we brought you the story of Rob and Loic, a gay binational couple who fell in love, quit their jobs, and opened their dream restaurant.

Today we’re especially pleased to present our own Andy Towle who prior to starting Towleroad ten years ago was a published poet, professional photographer, magazine editor, and a bartender at New York’s famous Splash Bar and Ptown's Boatslip. All of that along with a Stanford graduate writing fellowship and regular time in Provincetown is perhaps the most optimal resume for what we try to do on this site, presenting news of, by and for the LGBT audience.

Towleroad was at the forefront of the "blogging craze" ten years ago and has evolved into the most widely-read and respected gay news site online. As Andy says in the video, Towleroad has "allowed us to reach out with news to a lot of different people" over the years and we hope to do so for many more.

We hope you enjoy this opportunity to get to know our founder a little better in the video above.

And don't miss our earlier videos in this series:
> This Gay Couple Found Love, Quit Their Jobs, and Opened Their Dream Restaurant in Ptown
> Fashion Exec Left the Rat Race and Opened the Ideal Boutique in Provincetown

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This Fashion Exec Left the Rat Race and Opened the Ideal Boutique in Provincetown: VIDEO

Provincetown's main drag Commercial Street "is a stage and everybody is on it," says Josh Patner, the owner and founder of Loveland, his one-of-a-kind boutique in the west end of the gay and lesbian tourist mecca at the tip of Cape Cod. Provincetown's history, its spectacular natural setting, and its cultural appeal have made it a hotspot where creators, curators, and connectors come together each summer to work and live, exchange ideas, and just relax.

RCF_LGBT_300x250_STATIC_112014Towleroad spent last summer in 'Ptown' and got to know some of the people whose dreams have been brought to life by this unique place, and whose visions are helping make it the most popular destination in the country for LGBT vacationers.

Towleroad and LEXUS are bringing you their stories over the next few weeks in our AskTell ACT series. Last week we brought you the story of Rob and Loic, a gay binational couple who fell in love, quit their jobs, and opened their dream restaurant.

Today we're introducing you to Josh, a former NYC executive who brought his experience in design, retail, and journalism to bear at Loveland, a shop he thinks of as "a pirate ship...because the shop to me is a treasure trove of bounty from far away."

Loveland is also a theater of sorts, and its changing interiors, colorful cast of friends, shoppers, and townie regulars tell a story throughout the summer that could not be told in any other place but Provincetown.

We think you'll agree. Please enjoy his story in the video above.

And don't miss last week's video about Rob and Loic, who fell in love quit their jobs, and opened their dream restaurant, The Canteen.

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This Gay Couple Found Love, Quit Their Jobs, and Opened Their Dream Restaurant in Provincetown: VIDEO

Provincetown, Massachusetts has a longtime reputation for attracting visionary and enterprising individuals to its scenic shores at the tip of Cape Cod. Its history as an arts colony, its spectacular natural setting, and its appeal as a tourism mecca for gay and lesbian travelers have made it a cultural hotspot where creators, curators, and connectors come together each summer to work and live, exchange ideas, and just relax.

RCF_LGBT_300x250_STATIC_112014Towleroad spent last summer in 'Ptown' and got to know some of the people whose dreams have been brought to life by this unique place, and whose visions are helping make it the most popular destination in the country for LGBT vacationers.

Towleroad and LEXUS are excited to bring you their stories over the next few weeks in our AskTell ACT series.

Today we'd like you to get to know Rob and Loic, a binational married couple who met in Provincetown and two years ago decided to pursue Rob's passions as a chef and Loic's ambitions as a business owner, renovating a restaurant in the center of town.

Their restaurant, The Canteen, has since become a go-to destination for foodies and tourists alike, hungry for its lobster rolls and fried brussels sprouts, its quaint backyard a serene oasis amid the chaos of the town's main drag, Commercial Street.

In the video above, Rob and Loic explain how they made their dreams a reality in the place they now call home.

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