Longtime fisherman John Our knows some people who love calamari, but won’t eat squid. Doesn’t matter that they are same thing; calamari just sounds better. “Dogfish” seems to provoke a similar visceral reaction; people turn their noses up at the name. “I’ve always thought that if you changed the name you would make it more attractive,” Our said. “It would only help.” Our’s feeling is backed by research. ...
By: Rowan Wood
CHATHAM — The Chatham Orpheum Theater is known across the Cape for showing a selection of films focusing on famous artists, and this year the Sustainability Film Series. Now the theater is branching and introducing the New York Dog and Cat Film Festivals to Cape Cod on Sept. 29 and 30. “Every winter in January, there’s a conference in Utah,” said Kevin McClain, executive director of the Orpheum, “which is a ga...
By: Amy Tagliaferri
Alison Bechdel, author and cartoonist of the graphic novel that “Fun Home” is based on, created the Bechdel Movie test. In order to pass, a movie needs to meet three criteria: have two women (named) in it, who then talk to each other about something other than a man. Naturally “Fun Home,” the Tony-award winning musical, passes that test. That doesn’t mean that men are excluded from this play though; in fact, t...
By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley
Something unique and beautiful is coming to Harwich, and for lovers of dance it will be a must-see event. The Brewster-based Movimento Project will present Paradox 2018, a unique, site-specific contemporary dance concert featuring a collaboration between American, Canadian and Brazilian dancers, for six performances on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 21 through 30 at Cape Cod Theatre Company in Harwich. T...
BREWSTER – The Pan Mass Challenge Kids Rides have a new location and are looking for local youth to ride for a great cause: raising much-needed funds for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. On Sept. 30, kids aged 3 to 14 are invited to get riding in the 11 th Cape Cod PMC Kids Ride, this year being held at Stony Brook Elementary School in Brewster. Ride coordinator Kirsten Deering said the 2018 event will have ...
By: Alan Pollock
CHATHAM — On Sunday, around a dozen local residents will be walking the 26.2-mile course of the Boston Marathon to raise money for cancer research and treatment. It’s the annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, and it will raise funds for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Taking part are seven Chatham residents: Emily and Isabelle Coughlin, Susan Hunter, Karen McPherson, Ashley and Corina Stearns, and Mel...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle
A few dozen antique cars, like the 1932 Packard shown above parked at the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, were in town last Friday, paying visits to the Atwood House and Museum, Marconi and an antique auto barn on Depot Road. Most of the cars belonged to members of the Classic Car Club of America's New England Region, who were on Cape for their Grand Classic Event, held at Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich...
By: Tim Wood
CHATHAM – The media is under assault from all sides lately, it seems. Large newspapers and major TV networks are losing readers and viewers, a trend that began years ago as the internet began to change the way people get their news. Budgets are being slashed and many media outlets, particularly newspapers in small and medium-sized cities, are only a shadow of their former selves as reporters and other staff me...
By: Ellen Petry Whalen
“Fake news” is a constant topic of conversation today, and Victorian playwright Oscar Wilde’s quote “The truth is rarely pure and never simple” gives us insightful words to ponder. Almost 125 years old, Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” is still relevant today and is currently creating many laughs at the Academy of Performing Arts. This comedy of manners revolves around two Victorian bachelors, Jack...
By: Alan Pollock
When the Cape Cod Chronicle was first published around a half century ago, it featured advertisements for modern spec homes in new developments, designed to appeal to young working families. Today, those houses are occupied largely by retirees, or they’ve been renovated and expanded for use as vacation homes. It’s a symptom of demographic changes that have been in the works for decades. From school administrat...
By: Debra Lawless
Eunice Kennedy Shriver—dare we identify her as the sister of President John F. Kennedy and the mother of Maria Shriver of NBC News?—is a fascinating and accomplished woman who deserves to have her story told apart from those of her famous brothers. This is the premise of a new biography by Eileen McNamara, a journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1997 while writing a column at the Boston Globe. ...
By: Rowan Wood
Mike Reiss, best known for his work as a writer and producer on the longest-running American television sitcom, “The Simpsons,” spends time in Chatham during the summer. “I come for one week a year, sometimes two weeks,” he said. “I love the town, I know it inside and out by this point.” After he published his book “Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Sim...