MASS MoCA Announces Fall Season of Shows

MASS MoCA in North Adams wrapped up its summer performance season over the weekend, and they’re gearing up for their big fall event, the previously announced three-day FreshGrass festival, which takes over the old factory campus from Friday-Sunday, September 20-21.

But that’s not all that MASS MoCA has up its collective sleeve. Now they’ve unveiled their autumnal season of shows – concerts, dance, theater, film, children’s events and more. And to no one’s surprise, they’re cutting a wide swath across the arts – from the hip-hop of Talib Kweli to the campfire cowboy songs and stories of Don Edwards to the guitar-squall of Kim Gordon’s latest project, Body/Head.

Here’s what’s on tap at MASS MoCA through the end of the year:

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MUSIC: BEN PEROWSKY’S MOODSWING ORCHESTRA
Saturday, October 5, 8pm
Club B-10
$12 in advance; $16 at the door; $10 students
Drummer Ben Perowsky cut his teeth collaborating with the likes of John Cale and Bill Frisell, then broke ground driving back beats for cutting-edge collectives Joan as Policewoman and the Lounge Wizards. His Moodswing Orchestra is a carefully curated cauldron of NYC’s hottest musicians, including the fresh and fearless singer-rapper TK Wonder and singer-musician Jennifer Charles.

DANCE: DAVID DORFMAN DANCE
Thursday, October 10, 8pm
Hunter Center
$15; $10 students
David Dorfman’s “Prophets of Funk” sold out a six-night stand at Jacob’s Pillow. Prior to its fall premiere at BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Dorfman is in residency at MASS MoCA with a new multimedia work, “Come, And Back Again,” driven by the charged poetry and ferocity of indie, punk and folk-rock music. Five dancers, a band of musicians, a junk sculpture – contributed to by the audience – and stunning projections create a kinetic anthem about humanity.

MUSIC: PLUME GIANT
Saturday, October 12, 8pm
Club B-10
$12 in advance; $16 at the door; $10 students
“A striking blend of ‘60’s tunes with a dash of humor.” – Paste
The huge sound of new Brooklyn-based band Plume Giant belies its three-piece chamber-folk format. The band employs a dozen instruments, infusing its music with soft whispers and vaulting vocals to achieve both intimacy and exaltation. Charming, sometimes strange, always erudite…

ARTIST TALK: JASON MIDDLEBROOK
Thursday, October 19, 2pm
Club B-10
$7; FREE students
Learn more about Jason Middlebrook’s interests in site, sustainability and community during this presentation of his past and present art work, as he discusses his ongoing investigations of the effects of time on both a human and geological scale, as well as his interest in the tumultuous relationship between man and nature. His exhibit, “My Landscape,” is now on view at MASS MoCA. A reception with the artist follows the lecture.

MUSIC: TALIB KWELI
Saturday, October 19, 8pm
Hunter Center
$22 in advance; $25 at the door; $18 students
“One of the most rounded and complete rap personas in the game.” – Pitchfork
Talib Kweli is not just the founding father of conscious rap; he is an artistic tour de force and shining light in hip-hop. His dynamic musicality is the centerpiece of his most recent album, Prisoner of Conscious AKA P.O.C. The release brings forward new vibes, unlikely collaborations, and the clever verbal gymnastics that previously took a backseat to Kweli’s always-impressive message. World-music hip-hopsters Rebel Diaz open the show.

KIDS EVENT: FAMILY ART QUEST
Saturday, October 26, 1pm
Galleries
$7
Come dressed as your favorite mythical creature for the final weekend of Xu Bing’s “Phoenix” (open through October 27). A museum-wide scavenger hunt will reveal hidden treasures, with art-making activities and lots of good snacks.

DANCE: SHEN WEI DANCE ARTS
Saturday, October 26, 8pm
Sunday, October 27, 3pm
Hunter Center
$39, $32 & $20; $18 students
For over a decade, choreographer Shen Wei has created dances steeped in drama and mystery. Sculpture, painting, and video wind their way into the works of Shen Wei Dance Arts, where a gesture as simple as an outstretched arm becomes a revelation. Performing “The Rite of Spring” and the riveting “Collective Measures.” NOTE: This program contains partial nudity.

MUSIC: DON EDWARDS
Friday, November 8, 8pm
Hunter Center
$45 premium; $20 in advance; $25 at the door
No one knows cowboy lore like Don Edwards. Equal parts historian, musicologist and balladeer, Edwards croons and spins canonical tales of the American West with passion, poetry and sharp factual detail.

MUSIC: JAVELIN
Saturday, November 9, 8pm
Club B-10
$12 in advance; $16 at the door; $10 students
This boom box-weilding duo is groovy and abstract, colliding rhythms from crooked disco, schoolyard funk and everything else from the golden age of dance that they can re-imagine. Prefix Magazine calls the sound “junkyard aesthetic from a dizzying array of sources.”

FILM/MUSIC: “THE YELLOW TICKET”
Saturday, November 16, 8pm
Club B-10
$12 in advance; $16 at the door; $10 students
A forgotten gem from the silent era is resurrected with a new score composed and performed by Klezmatics co-founder Alicia Svigals, the world’s foremost klezmer violinist. Featuring a larger-than-life performance by the great Polish silent film star Pola Negri, “The Yellow Ticket” was the first film to explore anti-semitism in Imperial Russia, and Svigals breathes new life into this old classic.

KIDS EVENT/MUSIC: MILKSHAKE
Saturday, November 23, 11:30am
Hunter Center
$8
The Grammy-nominated Milkshake is a band on a mission to create great rock music for kids. Led by singer Lisa Mathews and guitarist Mikel Gehl, formerly of the indie rock outfit Love Riot, they’ve popped up everywhere from PBS KIDS to Nick Jr. to the Emmy Award-winning cartoon “ToddWorld,” winning oodles of fans with their catchy, kid-friendly songs and electrifying live show.

THEATER: SUNDANCE INSTITUTE THEATRE LAB
Saturday, December 7, 8pm
Club B-10
$12 in advance; $16 at the door; $10 students
For several weeks in December, MASS MoCA becomes the home of venerable Sundance Institute Theatre Lab. Sharing a mission to support the development of new art across all media, Sundance Theatre Lab provides workshop support to important new playwrights, directors, composers and librettists. The residency concludes with a theater performance of a work-in-progress that will be — at least in part — made at MASS MoCA.

MUSIC: BODY/HEAD
Saturday, December 14, 8pm
Hunter Center
$20 in advance; $25 at the door
Since cutting the first Sonic Youth demos three decades ago, Kim Gordon has delivered a new boundary-breaking project every year, in every manner of art and music. She comes to MASS MoCA with her latest — the Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd-inspired, deeply improvisational duo that pairs her propelling guitar and vocals with free-noise guitarist Bill Nace.

KIDS EVENT: DECEMBER BREAK FOR ART
Thursday & Friday, December 26 & 27, 10am
Monday & Tuesday, December 30 & 31, 10am
Kidspace
$7
At the “One-Minute Art-Making Festival” (December 26 and 27) kiddos make 15 art projects for 60 seconds each, in tribute to our “One Minute Film Festival” exhibition. Then close out the year with our “Rockin’ Art Countdown” (December 30 and 31), an art-making countdown of the Top 10 hits from over 14 years of Kidspace art projects. Jello sculpture, anyone?

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