Starting with a St.Patrick's Day motivated theme, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, in South Yarmouth, is bursting with cultural activities this spring.
An "Introduction to Irish Literature" on Wednesdays through April 24, is a course recommended for a greater understanding of the Irish literary landscape. It will explore the vast literature of Ireland from its antiquity to the present. Some of the works touched on include the ancient tales, folklore, famine literature, journals of the Western Island of the Great Blasket and the Aran Islands poetry, drama and fiction. The cost is $75 for eight sessions, and a used book for the course costs approsimately $40.
On March 22, the Cape Cod Conservatory's second annual Artini Partini will be held, with live music, silent and live auctions, vibrant artwork including a live painting by artist KR Ryder, and an array of culinary delights from Crazy Chefs Caterers, is $50 per person and benefits the Cape Cod Conservatory of Music & Arts. The cultural center is at 307 Old Main Street. RSVP capecodconservatory.org.
On March 23 the Les Sampou Trio presents Lonesomeville at 7:30 p.m. Sampou write and sings Americana music with twang and blues. Lonesomeville is her diary, taking you through lonely hotel rooms, highways, and the bedrooms of hard-living lovers. Supported by the Yarmouth Tourism Fund, tuckets are $20 by calling 508-394-7100.
"You Can Grow Roses" is the subject of the Cultural Center's April 23 and 30 lecture series from 1 to 3 p.m.. Presented by Oz Osborn, president and founder of the Lower Cape Rose Society, a $5 donation for each program includes membership in the society.
One of the more unusual activities of the center is its "Have Fun Playing in a Band!" event. New Horizons is a national organization for people over 50 who may have never learned to play an instrument or never played in a band before, or if you did play, even if you haven't touched an instrument in years. For more information, call Jean at 508-778-6655 or e-mail Corey at CoreyR@newhorizonscapecod.org.
Life drawing/painting opportunities occur on Thursdays at Chalkboard Studios=s, Old Schoolhouse, 3328 Route 6A, Barnside Village. Sessions are 10 to 12:30 and cost $75 for four sessions or $20 to drop in. Call Jackie Reeves, 508-612-8620 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 13th annual Poetry and Chili Festival of Arts On the Cape will be held on Saturday, March 23 from 6 to 11 p.m. at 4404 Falmouth Road (Route 28) in Cotuit. local poets read their best, prizes are given for the best chili, best cornbread and best table, and live music is presented by the Catbirds. if you register as a cook, your ticket is free. Otherwise it's $20.
Artist are invited to compete in Paint Night, the one-year anniversary charity and painting competition at Ned Devine's on March 24 at 4 p.m. at 1 North Market Street, Boston. Free to the general public. Artists must sign up and this is limited to the first 150 artists. Judges will be local art gallery owners, professors and online Art Magzine owner Ross Gronold. Prizes are $500, $250, $150 and $100.
The Cotuit Center for the Arts Studio Series presents Salon of Shorts, which includes poetry, story, essay, song, performance art, dance, improv and stand-up. Performers are limited to five minutes, using original work only. This happens every fourth Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the studio in Cotuit. Call 508-428-0669 or go to www.artsonthecape.org.