Provincetown, 2014

 ​proudly presents

SHAWN NIGHTINGALE PRODUCTIONS proudly presents our best season ever with the  BEAUX ARTS BALL capping off a great summer of SOLD OUT shows. A Provincetown tradition dating back to 1915,, it's given Provincetown’s population of artists and fisherman a venue to dress up in costumes and cut loose.  The ball continued well in to the 1950’s before fading out.  For the first time in many years, the ball was produced in 2011 as a

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fundraiser sponsored by the fashion house of Marc Jacob.  In 2013, Nightingale and Rafanelli joined forces and resurrected The Beaux Arts Ball and kept it as a fundraiser.  Our 2014 designee is H.O.W. (Helping Our Women).

​Our season began with ​ the irreverent, naughty and downright bawdy  JOAN RIVERS, making her first ever appearance in Provincetown this summer.  Joan is an internationally renowned comedienne, Emmy-award-winning television talk-show host, Tony-award-nominated actress, bestselling author, playwright, screenwriter, film director, columnist, lecturer,  jewelry designer, cosmetic-company entrepreneur, and red-carpet fashion laureate.  Her continued relevance is made clear by her growing group of almost 2 million followers on Twitter.  Above all things, however, Joan is a proud mother and grandmother.  An entertainment legend of unparalleled talent, Joan was the first woman to break the glass ceiling of Late Night Television.  After she was chosen to be the only permanent guest host on The Tonight Show for 3 years, she then went on to become the first woman ever to host her own late night talk show – The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers on the Fox Network.   Joan has also enjoyed an illustrious career spanning more than five decades. After creating and hosting Live from the Red Carpet for E! (1996-2004), Joan returned to anchor that network’s popular and successful franchise, Fashion Police, hosting both its hour-long weekly broadcasts and its awards-season specials.  Joan has also conquered the reality – TV world along with her daughter Melissa in their weekly hit series on WEtv, Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best?  This inimitable duo addresses the question that has plagued daughters since the beginning of time:  Does mother truly know best? Her latest book, I Hate Everyone.…Starting With Me, a New York Times bestseller, was published by the Penguin Group in June, 2012.  Previous best-selling books include Men Are Stupid and They Like Big Boobs: A Woman’s Guide to Beauty Through Plastic Surgery and Murder at the Academy Awards: A Red Carpet Murder Mystery.  Also in 2012, Joan recorded her live concert performance at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Illinois for a comedy special entitled Don’t Start with Me, which premiered on Showtime in November and was released on DVD in January 2013.  In 2009, Joan starred in NBC’s hit reality series The Celebrity Apprentice, emerging as that season’s winner.  This significant event, along with many others, was featured in her critically-acclaimed documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work premiered in theaters nationwide in 2010, and is available on DVD.  Joan Rivers is a true pioneer, creating her own brand of irreverent, unconventional comedy and forging her remarkable rise to stardom in the entertainment world.  Enduring tawdry clubs, Borscht Belt showrooms, and grimy Greenwich Village cabarets, her comedy career skyrocketed in 1968 when she first appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.  Joan continues to dazzle live concert audiences in Atlantic City, Las Vegas and across the entire country.  In October 2012 she returned to the United Kingdom and Ireland for a sold-out concert tour – her first since 2005.  She made television history as the permanent guest host of The Tonight Show and helped launch the nascent Fox Network in 1986 with The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers.  In 1989, Joan triumphantly returned to daytime TV with The Joan Rivers Show, winning an Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host. Joan was also one of the very first high profile celebrities to partner with QVC and ever since its debut in 1990, her Classics Collection continues to be one of the highest grossing fashion jewelry, apparel and accessories brands on the channel.  From her trademark question, “Can we talk?,” to her red-carpet creation, “Who are you wearing?,” the woman who asks all the right questions gets the answers America – and the world – want to hear.  Joan's SOLD OUT performances benefited The Fenway Community Health Center, AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod and H.O.W. aka Helping our Women.  For more about Joan, check out her official website by clicking here:   

JOHN WATERS has written and directed sixteen movies including Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray, Cry Baby, Serial Mom and A Dirty Shame.  He is a photographer whose work has been shown in galleries all over the world and the author of six books: Shock Value, Crackpot, Pink Flamingos and Other Trash, Hairspray, Female Trouble and Multiple Maniacs, Art: A Sex Book (co-written with Bruce Hainley) and Role Models.  Waters’ next book, Carsick, which chronicles a hitchhiking adventure he took across the United States in May of 2012 will be published in June, 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.  John Waters is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is on The Wexner Center International Arts Advisory Council.  Additionally, he is a past member of the boards of The Andy Warhol Foundation and Printed Matter and was selected as a juror for the 2011 Venice Biennale.  John will perform his hilarious spoken word act, This Filthy World, Volume Two followed by a question and answer period along with a meet & greet and signing of his newly released book, Carsick. John's performance benefited the Provincetown Film Society and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (P.A.A.M.)  Check out John's fan website by clicking here:   

DAVID SEDARIS’ first bestseller, Me Talk Pretty One Day, a book of essays, signaled the arrival of a new and inventive voice in non-fiction.  Sedaris is a humorist, a master of satire, and a wry observer of the human condition.  With wit and care, sometimes in print, or as a regular contributor to NPR’s, This American Life, Sedaris peels back the outer layer of humanity and reveals the absurdity underneath.  Sedaris has written many bestsellers, including Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.  David's laughter filled evening will also feature a question and answer period.  Book signing and meet & greet to follow show.  David's show benefited WOMR 92.1 fm: Provincetown's "Outermost" Community Radio and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.  Check out David's official website by clicking here: 

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