Talks, soup, song & 1940s dancing: 10 top things to do on Cape Cod Jan. 21-27

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With the temperatures chilly and continued concern over COVID-19 spread, there are a lot of ways to stay entertained and information this week from the comfort of home. Or you can go out dancing — take your pick.

Through online programs this week, you can learn about Jewish soups or cook along; start the process of journaling; or learn about the conservation of artifacts from shipwrecks, how insects solve crimes, or the history of the Cape Cod National Seashore. On Thursday, an author talks about how cars helped African Americans resist oppression through travel in "Driving While Black."

On the music scene, there's a chance to be part of a virtual open mic in Falmouth. For in-person events, there's a movie on national parks, a 1940s-style swing night or the Cape Cod Museum of Art hosts a concert Sunday of music by Duke Ellington — but that show is also offered via live-streaming. Take a look:

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Good soup and a history lesson

Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz, who make up The Gefilteria, a Brooklyn-based kitchen that promotes and educates about Ashkenazic Jewish food, are offering an interactive winter soup workshop. Participants can simply watch or gather ingredients and cook along with the expert guides, who will discuss the historical and culinary context of the soups on the menu: borscht, mushroom-barley and vegetable stock. The Gefilteria launched in 2012 with a mission to reimagine eastern European Jewish cuisine and has published a cookbook. The soup theme of this workshop ties in with the usual tradition of the Soup-er Bowl lunch fundraiser hosted by Falmouth Jewish Congregation and the Waquoit Congregational Church, and participants are asked to consider making a contribution to support the Falmouth Service Center.

When: 10 a.m. Friday

Where: Zoom event

Admission: Free

Information: http://falmouthjewish.org; https://www.gefilteria.com/

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Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz make up The Gefilteria.
Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz make up The Gefilteria.

Go back to the 1940s

A “G.I. Jive” night of 1940s-style entertainment will celebrate the men and women who fought to victory in World War II and will benefit the Cape Cod Veterans Outreach Center. Those who gather at The Seal Pub & Cafe are encouraged to dress in 1940s costume, and can get help from a hairstylist that afternoon. There will be music, dancing and cocktails.

When: 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday

Where: The Seal Pub & Cafe, 703 Main St., Harwich

Admission: $20, additional donations accepted

Information: https://www.facebook.com/thesealpubandcafe

Learn about the national parks

America’s national parks will be the focus of the Cape Cod National Seashore’s annual winter film festival, co-sponsored b Friends of the National Seashore. “The National Parks — America's Best Idea,” a film by Ken Burns, will be shown in six segments on six consecutive Sundays beginning Sunday. The first installment is “The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890),” which shows the beauty of Yosemite Valley, the geyser wonderland of Yellowstone, and features John Muir becoming their eloquent defender.

When: 1:30 p.m. Sunday (and consecutive Sundays through Feb. 27

Where: Salt Pond Visitor Center, off Route 6 in Eastham

Admission: Free

Reservations (required): 508-255-3421, ext. 0

Information: https://www.nps.gov/caco

Need to know: Masks are required to be worn inside the visitor center and auditorium, and throughout the film showings, regardless of vaccination status. Auditorium seating will be limited to meet current National Park Service capacity limits and to maintain distance between groups.

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The songs of Duke Ellington

Vocalist Tish Adams will share her passion for certain jazz music in "Ellingtonia: Songs of Duke Ellington." Pianist Paul McWilliams and bassist Marshall Wood round out the Tish Adams Jazz Trio. This in-person concert will also be livestreamed via Zoom.

When: 3-4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis

Admission: $18

Information: https://ccmoa.org

Vocalist Tish Adams is based in Rhode Island and has lifelong ties to Cape Cod as well.
Vocalist Tish Adams is based in Rhode Island and has lifelong ties to Cape Cod as well.

Journaling for wellness

The Hyannis Public Library will offer an opportunity to take up a New Year's resolution with a "Journaling for Wellness Workshop." The workshop includes a brief discussion about the health benefits of journaling, "short and sweet" free-writing exercises, and tips about how to sustain greater self-compassion and self-awareness through writing. Presenter Lara Tupper is a graduate of the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, taught at Rutgers University and now presents private writing workshops.

When: 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Zoom event

Admission: Free

Information: https://hyannislibrary.org

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Bill Burke is the cultural resources program manager for Cape Cod National Seashore.
Bill Burke is the cultural resources program manager for Cape Cod National Seashore.

A look at the Cape Cod National Seashore at 60

Bill Burke, Cape Cod National Seashore’s cultural resources program manager, will talk about the history, evolution and future of a local treasure in "The Cape Cod National Seashore at 60: A Dream Come True." The program will cover the creation of the national seashore, including the obstacles, opposition, compromises, establishment, growing pains and today's management challenges. The presentation is part of the Atwood Museum's "Tuesday Talks at the Atwood" series.

When: 5 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Zoom event

Admission: $10

Information: https://chathamhistoricalsociety.org

Learn the science and history of shipwrecks

The Falmouth Public Library will host a discussion on "Science and History of Shipwrecks: Archaeology and Conservation," focusing on the effects of different underwater environments on ships and their artifacts and the challenge of conservation. The program will include a look at shipwrecks from diverse time periods throughout history as well as spanning the globe in terms of construction and final resting places — from Ancient Greece to pirate treasure.

When: 7-8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Zoom event

Admission: Free

Information: http://falmouthpubliclibrary.org

How insects help solve crimes

Insects are used to investigate a number of mysteries — the contamination of foods, apartment problems and even violent crimes. In “Forensic Entomology: Who Dunnit?,” entomologist Larry Dapsis will talk about the key bug players and how they have helped to solve crimes that conventional investigation techniques could not. The talk will be presented by the Chatham Council on Aging.

When: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday

Where: Zoom event

Admission: Free

Information: 508-945-5190

Gretchen Sullivan Sorin is the author of "Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights" as well as co-writer and senior historian on the documentary film "Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility," which aired nationwide on PBS.
Gretchen Sullivan Sorin is the author of "Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights" as well as co-writer and senior historian on the documentary film "Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility," which aired nationwide on PBS.

'Driving While Black' lecture

Gretchen Sullivan Sorin is the author of "Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights." In a live webinar presented by Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sorin will meld new archival research with her family’s story to recover a lost history, demonstrating how, when combined with black travel guides ― including the famous Green Book ― the automobile encouraged a new way of resisting oppression. A Q&A will follow to discuss African American travel and tourism on Cape Cod.

When: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Virtual event

Admission: $10

Information: https://heritagemuseumsandgardens.org

Sign up for (virtual) open mic

Falmouth Community Television will continue its series of virtual monthly open mic nights, and “Peace” is this month's suggested theme. Titled “Poetic License,” this Zoom event invites performers to share their original poetry, stories, comedy, spoken word or solo acoustic musical performance in a four-minute time slot. Register by emailing tony@fctv.org. The event will be recorded and shown on FCTV Public Channel 13 and the FCTV YouTube Channel at a later date.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Zoom event

Information: http://fctv.org

For your event to be considered for Best Bets, contact Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll at kdriscoll@capecodonline.com.

This article originally appeared on Cape Cod Times: Cape Cod things to do Jan. 21-27 Talks, soup, open mic, 1940s dance

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