All kinds of music, talks and 'American Idol': 12 top things to do on Cape Cod Aug. 13-19 – Cape Cod Times

The art of Truro painter Catherine Haynes will be on display in “The Power Of Light”  through Sept. 6. During the past year, Haynes has held on to feelings of optimism and used these feelings to inspire her work. This show’s art is intended to be the light at the end of the long and somber tunnel.
When: gallery hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, through Sept. 6
Where: Woodruff’s Art Center, 1 N. Market St., Mashpee
Information: http://woodruffsartcenter.com
Schoolhouse Gallery’s latest exhibition features the work of five artists: Elise Ansel, with contemporary reinterpretations of old masters; Anne Beresford, with work that includes the themes of poignance, history and transience; fashion/costume designer Han Feng’s turn to photography the title of the exhibition comes from her love of ceramics, cuisine, and photography that mixes ceramics and cuisine; and some of Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick’s collaborative work on narrative photo-novellas and sculptural installations.
When: opening reception 6-9 p.m. Friday; exhibit will run through Sept. 1
Where: Schoolhouse Gallery, 494 Commercial St., Provincetown
Information: https://galleryschoolhouse.com
“Movement” is a new evening-length dance work by Netta Yerushalmy that “steals” movement from a range of genres, cultures and idioms to experiment with pluralism and discord as guiding creative and political principles. The project, concluding a three-week residency, features a bifurcated electronic sound score from two female composers, and performances from seven dancers who hail from Sri Lanka, Senegal, Israel, Taiwan and across the U.S.
When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: The Yard’s Patricia Nanon Theater, 1 The Yard, Chilmark
Admission: $30 adults, $5 youth under 18
Information: http://dancetheyard.org
Four weekend events will cap off Old Home Week in Centerville, which has been taking place summer since 1904. Centerville Historical Museum will host a presentation on the history of the town, followed by a social hour with wine and cheese, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at 513 Main St. Then there are three events on Saturday: the museum will host an Antique and Vintage Car Show from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; a yard sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at South Congregational Church, 565 Main St.; and there will be a bonfire at 6 p.m. on the Osterville end of Craigville Beach. The fire department will hold a demonstration of their foam firefighting technique for kids of all ages, and the Moonlighters will play R&B, soul, rock, classical and blues music. Attendees are welcome to bring a picnic.
When: Friday and Saturday
Where: Main Street, Centerville, and Craigville Beach
Admission: Free
Information: https://bit.ly/37pz4D0
The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition is hosting its 22nd annual Against the Tide athletic fundraising event both in person and virtually. The in-person event Saturday features a 1-mile recreational or competitive swims, a half-mile recreational swim, 5K or 10K runs, and a 3-mile walk. The event will also feature a 1-mile swim. Prizes will be awarded for the top swim and run finishers. The virtual event will take place over a seven-day window of Aug. 8-14 and include most of the same events, plus a full marathon option.
When: 7 a.m. Saturday for in-person; through Saturday for virtual
Where: in person at Nickerson State Park, 3488 Main St., Brewster
Admission: $40 individual, $100 family up to five members
Information: http://mbcc.org/swim; 1-800-649-MBCC (6222)
Steeple Street Music Academy will host “Mash-ville,” its annual songwriting competition, which will be judged by “American Idol winner” Nick Fradiani, who will then perform his own concert to finish the event.
When: 4 p.m. Saturday for songwriters; 7 p.m. for Fradiani concert
Where: Mashpee Commons Bandstand, 40 Steeple St., Mashpee
Admission: Free
Information: https://mashpeecommons.com
Blues guitarist Paul Rishell and multi-harmonica-playing Annie Raines will perform a concert of American roots and blues music as part of Highfield Hall & Gardens’ “Music Under the Tent” summer series. The Boston country blues duo has performed together for 25 years, and has recorded six albums.
When: 4-6 p.m. Sunday
Where: Highfield Hall & Gardens, 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth
Admission: $35
Information: https://highfieldhallandgardens.org/
Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist Marcia Ball will perform a concert on the Payomet ballfield. Her Texas boogies, New Orleans ballads and Gulf Coast blues have earned her 11 Blues Music Awards, 14 Living Blues Awards and five Grammy Award nominations.
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road, North Truro
Admission: $38
Information: https://payomet.org
The Friends of Snow Library will host the final two events of its family-friendly summer “Storyteller Series” this month. On Aug. 18, award-winning Motoko, a native of Osaka, Japan, will perform her Asian folktales and original stories, just as she has since 1993 around the U.S. and the world. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on. Big Ryan’s Tall Tales will close out the series Aug. 25.
When: 5 p.m. Wednesday
Where: On the outdoor stage on the village green in front of Snow Library, 67 Main St., Orleans
Admission: Free
Information: https://snowlibrary.org
Saxophonist, singer-songwriter and arranger Jimmy Carpenter will bring his band to the new Music Room for a live show. Carpenter — who recently reinvented himself as the Soul Doctor, including as frontman and bandleader — won the 2021 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist/Horn following six nominations.
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
Where: The Music Room, 541 Main St., West Yarmouth
Admission: $25-$65
Information: https://musicroomcapecod.com
Joseph Garver, Harvard University map collection curator emeritus, will give a talk on “The Cartography of Cape Cod: Reading Between The Lines” in conjunction with the exhibit “cARTography: Envisioning Cape Cod,” on view through Oct. 3 at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Garver’s talk will explore how the maps and mapmakers of Cape Cod reveal not only a changing natural environment, but also a wider web of verifiable data, myth and fabrication.
When: 4 p.m. Thursday
Where: Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis
Admission: $12
Information: https://ccmoa.org
New York Times best-selling author Larry Tye and host of WCAI’s “On Point” Mindy Todd will talk together about the art of writing a book, through the lens of Tye’s in-process latest work, “The Jazzmen: How Duke Ellington, Satchmo Armstrong and Count Basie Transformed America.” They will take questions from the audience, and Cape Jazz will provide live music. Bringing a picnic for the outdoor fundraiser for Cotuit Library is encouraged.
When: 5 p.m. Thursday
Where: Lowell Park, 10 Lowell Ave., Barnstable
Admission: $25
Information: https://cotuitlibrary.org
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