Family Week is Family Equality Council’s largest annual event. In it’s 19th year, this fun-filled week will include numerous opportunities to build community among attendees and to get empowered on the issues that face our communities today. Family Week is help on iconic Cape Cod, in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
From sun-up to sundown, Family Week offers programming for your entire family. Each morning and afternoon is filled with programming for individual age groups, and each evening yields a signature Family Week event for all ages. Ask some Family Week veterans; Family Week really is for ALL families!
Family Equality and COLAGE are partnering once again to create an amazing week full of great conversations, dancing, games and so much more with LGBTQ parents, children, families, and friends that join us in Provincetown!
For more information check out the FAQs page. Also, feel free to check out a slideshow from last years event!
By: K. Pearson Brown
Today I am excited to be headed with my partner and son to Boston and then to Provincetown to partake in the annual Family Week there hosted by Family Equality Council!
I’ve been to three fantastic events held by Family Equality, but they have all been for adults. If they put on picnics, bonfires, movie nights, play dates, open swim, family happy hours and the all of the other activities of this special week for LGBT parents and their kids like they do their fabulous galas and fundraising cocktail parties, then this will be a truly wonderful week; we I expect it will be!
I’ve been in NY all week on business, so my family is reuniting with me in Boston tonight and then spending a couple of days in the city before we embark on our Family Week excursion. While my workweek was wonderfully productive and enjoyable, it was seven excruciating days without my son and is the longest I have ever been separated from him. Hearing his little voice on my nightly calls only made it worse. I can’t wait to snatch him up and give him a full-on bear hug!
I’m packing up from my hotel in NY and off to JFK. It’s been a long week away from my blog as well, so I am hoping to have time to write some updates from Bean Town and P-town. I can’t wait!!
By: Tony Tripoli
So, I’ve been away, kids, and I apologize.
I was in Provincetown, Massachusetts doing my one-man show, TONY TRIPOLI: I Shit My Pants (An Evening Of Sophisticated Standup), and, since it was my very first time there, I have QUITE A BIT to report.
I got offered the booking there a few months ago, and, while I knew that Ptown was a gay beach town with lots of entertainers performing all summer, and that a number of my friends have worked there and had a blast, what I didn’t know could fill a book.
Or, at least, this column…
First off, the lovely lesbian booker had only one condition for my hiring: re-shoot the poster for my show…shirtless. This, of course, goes contrary to virtually every tenant of comedy. I mean, other than Dane Cook, name a comic you’d wanna bang. Exactly. And, don’t say Sarah Silverman, ‘cause, while I’m a fan, she is hardly the epitome of feminine grace. My point is, as comedians, we are supposed to be outsiders pointing out the flaws in the system, and complaining about how we can’t get laid. If you are half naked on the billboard, it’s sorta sending the wrong message. But, the lovely lesbian booker claimed that THAT is how things are done in Ptown, and that it was a deal breaker.
I re-shot the poster.
What was originally this:
Was changed to this:
But, I gotta admit, it put butts in the seats. Score one for the lovely lesbian booker.
Another thing that is unique to Ptown is called “Barking”. Barking is the act of standing outside in front of your theater, handing flyers to the passersby, and trying to convince them to buy a ticket for your show. It’s very much like being a homeless person begging for change, except with less dignity.
And more dirty looks.
So, every day, I would walk the beach, handing out flyers, and stand on the street, handing out flyers. All the while, asking folks to come to the show, and having them say things to me like:
1) Is that supposed to be you?
2) You look taller in the picture.
3) Do you show your cock?
Lucky I never considered myself an artist, cause this woulda killed it.
All in all, the shows went great, though after my first performance, my lovely lesbian booker asked me very politely to take out 2 jokes that she felt were too edgy for Ptown. A town full of homos, and my stuff is too edgy? Upset, and unsure what to do, I called my dear friend, actor and comedian extraordinaire Alec Mapa. You know him from Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty, and his standup is filthy and fabulous.
“What should I do?”
“Girl, I’d take those 2 jokes and turn ‘em into 20 minutes…”
“Yes, but, I don’t have Ugly Betty money.”
“Take ‘em out.”
Disaster averted, I finished my run to nice audiences, and 2 less jokes than I do everywhere else. But, the check cleared, so, screw it.
Remember…I told you I wasn’t an artist.
You can read more about Tony at tonytripoli.com