The Creative Exchange Podcast
Finding a Safe Place on Stage with Scott Townsend aka Thirsty Burlington

Finding a Safe Place on Stage with Scott Townsend aka Thirsty Burlington

May 22, 2022

Where do you go when you live in fear because you’re different? If you’re Scott Townsend, you escape to the stage.

It is here where Scott, lovingly known to many as Thirsty Burlington, has forged a career spanning more than 20 years. Regarded as one of the finest female impersonators in the business, Scott has found a home in Provincetown and a safe haven on the stage, allowing him to bravely face the challenges that life has thrown his way – cancer, dyslexia, and childhood trauma.

In this heartwarming conversation, the thoughtful and articulate Scott Townsend takes CEX Host Julie Wake on a creative journey of becoming who he is today.

Artists Never Really Retire with Nina Schuessler

Artists Never Really Retire with Nina Schuessler

May 15, 2022

How do you encapsulate a 26-year career in the arts? For former Cape Cod Theater Company/Harwich Junior Theater Artistic Director Nina Schuessler it looks something like this – over 270 musicals and plays produced and/or directed.

But sheer numbers don’t tell the whole story of Nina’s impact on and passion for the arts which will never go away despite her recent retirement. In this episode of the Creative Exchange, we sit down with Nina, who has been a driving force in Cape Cod theater for over three decades and dive into her career and love of the arts.

The Impermanence of Art with Deborah Howard and Susan Blood

The Impermanence of Art with Deborah Howard and Susan Blood

May 8, 2022

In this conversation with visual artist Deborah Howard and writer Susan Blood, we discuss wiping the canvas clean and starting over, the impermanence of art, the path of least resistance, and adapting your practice.

 

Susan’s writing has appeared in the Petigru Review, Christian Science Monitor, the London-based BachTrack, Provincetown Arts, and the Provincetown Banner. Her first book “How Not to Do Things” was published in 2017. She has credited her 2018 Arts Foundation of Cape Fellowship for inspiring her to write a second novel, “Hermit”, which she recently completed.

 

Having grown up on Cape Cod, Deborah has always been inspired by the region’s ever-changing landscape. Drawn to the unpredictability of this environment, she attempts to convey its dynamic and ethereal nature in her work. Her paintings are about capturing moments she experiences and communicating the feeling of a certain time and place to the viewer.

 

For more information about Susan Blood - http://www.trouttowers.com/

For more information about Deborah Howard - https://deborahwhoward.com/

You can’t be what you don’t see with Tara Vargas Wallace and Maria Daluz Reid

You can’t be what you don’t see with Tara Vargas Wallace and Maria Daluz Reid

May 1, 2022

In this conversation with Tara Vargas Wallace and Maria Daluz Reid, we discuss inspiring students through arts, creating access, building confidence, and further representation of the BIPOC community in the arts on Cape Cod.

 

Tara Vargas Wallace is an artist and founder of Amplify POC.  She is a strong voice and advocate through her work with marginalized populations with severe socio-economic challenges.  Maria Daluz Reid is an artist and retired arts educator having taught in the Barnstable school system for over 35 years.  She aspired to build confidence in her students through art.

 

More information about Tara and Amplify POC - https://amplifypoccapecod.com/

Being Content with the Unknown with Paloma McLardy aka Palmolive

Being Content with the Unknown with Paloma McLardy aka Palmolive

April 24, 2022

In this episode "Being Content with the Unknown", we sit down with Paloma McLardy, the drummer and songwriter of the first all-girl punk band, The Slits.  Known as Palmolive in the punk scene, she now self-defines herself as a punk mystic.

We explore her experience growing up in Spain under a Franco dictatorship, family and togetherness, her defiance to living a prescribed life, and how just 2.5 years in London playing punk music helped define a time that continues to live on in myths, movies, and fashion. 

You can find more information about Paloma McLardy here:

- https://www.punkspalmolive.com/

- https://www.facebook.com/WeDoCapeCod/

Creating to the Edge with Jo Hay and Jonatha Brooke

Creating to the Edge with Jo Hay and Jonatha Brooke

April 17, 2022

In this conversation with Jo Hay and Jonatha Brooke, we talk about so many facets of being an artist such as building our confidence, what drives the passion for the work, being fearless, and creating to the “edge.”  We also discuss the impact of COVID, privilege, climate change, and even aging.

Brazen Naked Ladies Everywhere with Aanjes Larkin Hershfield a.k.a. Pepper Grinds

Brazen Naked Ladies Everywhere with Aanjes Larkin Hershfield a.k.a. Pepper Grinds

April 10, 2022

In this episode "Brazen Naked Ladies Everywhere", Aanjes joins us to discuss the art of the tease, how Brazen Belles came to be, and her own discovery of self-love and body positivity.

Aanjes is the founder and artistic director of Brazen Belles, a cape-based burlesque production. She is the daughter of a musician and NOAA fisheries marine biologist, Aanjes performed music and acted in high school and college, but she wanted an outlet that allowed more creativity and that combined music, acting, singing, and Comedy.

 

https://www.facebook.com/brazenbelles

Funding the Creative Economy with Senator Julian Cyr

Funding the Creative Economy with Senator Julian Cyr

April 3, 2022

Senator Julian Cyr serves in the Massachusetts Senate representing Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. First elected to the State Senate on November 8, 2016, Julian is now serving in his second term and is the youngest senator in the 40-member body. And he’s been a champion for arts and culture here on Cape Cod. 

In this episode, we speak with the Senator about how the arts led him to a career in politics as well as how the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod’s Creative Exchange is being bolstered thanks to $400,000 in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). 

Senator Julian Cyr was instrumental in securing the federal dollars to support the Cape’s creative economy, filing an amendment to the Legislature’s $4 billion ARPA and surplus tax revenue spending bill, which Governor Charlie Baker signed into law in December 2021. 

“These are once-in-a-generation funds that are meant to help us rebuild and repair and build more resilient communities,” Senator Cyr said. “When you look at what powers Cape Cod and the Islands’ economy, it is not solely tourism and our gorgeous beaches and natural beauty. The fabric of our community is its creativity and innovation.”

Art as a Self Care Practice with Esteban del Valle

Art as a Self Care Practice with Esteban del Valle

March 14, 2021

Esteban del Valle is a Brooklyn based interdisciplinary artist whose work ranges from drawings to video animation and large-scale murals. In this episode, del Valle discusses how his art has taken on a distinct personal significance as a result of our newfound connectivity (or lack thereof), revealing a profound perspective on the importance of art as a self care practice. 

Structure and Stability with Anne Stott

Structure and Stability with Anne Stott

March 7, 2021

Provincetown-based musician and actor Anne Stott discusses the seesaw of structure and stability and the ways in which a global pandemic has asked us to to both rediscover and redefine a balance of the two in order to create.

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