New Shows: MASS MoCA’s Summer Schedule

April 18th, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Solid Sound Festival

The MASS MoCA sign during last summer's Solid Sound Festival (photo by Mike Wren)


MASS MoCA in North Adams has already announced the most buzzed-about event of the summer – at least here at Nippertown headquarters – the return of Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival on Friday-Sunday, June 24-26.

But there’s lots more on tap at the massive electronics factory-turned cutting edge arts center all year round. Here are some of the events that MASS MoCA has just announced for its summer season:

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Saturday, June 11, 2pm: Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell join forces for a stripped-down, acoustic children’s music concert. $20; kids $10.

Saturday, July 2, 8pm: ReadNex Poetry Squad throws down a dance party of hip-hop and poetry. $15 in advance; $19 at the door; kids & teens $10.

Saturday, July 9, 9pm: Charlie Chaplin’s film “The Kid” with live soundtrack by guitar hero Marc Ribot. $15 in advance; $19 at the door; students $10.

Saturday, July 16, 8pm: Inventive, experimental pop from the dynamic duo, Buke and Gass. $14 in advance; $18 at the door.

Saturday, July 23, 8pm: The Bang On a Can All-Stars pay tribute to composer John Adams, performing “Gnarly Buttons” and “Scratchband.” $24.

Saturday, July 30, 4pm: The Bang On a Can Marathon features six hours of adventurous, cutting edge music. $24.

Friday, August 5, 9pm: MASS MoCA is converting the North Adams Airport into a one-night-only drive-in movie theater for the screening of “The Great Waldo Pepper” starring Robert Redford and Susan Sarandon. $7; kids $3; or $14 per carload.

Saturday, August 6, 8:30pm: A screening of the newly restored complete version of Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” with a live soundtrack by the Alloy Orchestra. $15 in advance; $19 at the door.

Friday-Sunday, August 19-21, 3 & 5pm: Pittsburgh’s Zany Umbrella Circus and Germany’s Oko Sokolo Company perform “Mirette’s Circus.” $12; kids $8.

Friday, August 26, 8pm: The extraordinary vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth collaborates with several contemporary music composers, including Merrill Garbus (aka tUnE-YarDs). $15.

Saturday, August 27, 8pm: John Jasperse’s dance company presents a work-in-progress showing of “Canyon.” $15.

Sunday, September 4, 8pm: I Love Vinyl Dance Party. No laptops allowed. $15 in advance; $19 at the door; kids & students $10.