MASS MoCA Announces Fall Schedule of Concerts & More

August 17th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

Of course, MASS MoCA in North Adams is a wonderland of visual art, especially with the opening of the massive new Building 6 exhibition space earlier this year. (The James Turrell work is worth the trip all by itself!)

But the sprawling museum also presents a very forward-thinking array of performing arts as well, and the MASS MoCA folks have just announced their fall schedule of concerts, comedy, theater, dance, films and more.

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BONUS: 25% early bird ticket discounts are available for most of the new events if purchased on or before Friday, September 1.

Here are the details of the the newly announced MASS MoCA events:

MUSIC: SAMEER GUPTA
With Todd Reynolds
Saturday, September 30, 8pm
Club B10
$10 Students; $12 in advance; $18 at the door; $24 preferred
Sameer Gupta is “kinetic, bass-heavy, and tender” percussionist (The Jazz Observer), with roots in the Indian Classical tradition. He’s bringing a propulsive band featuring Marc Cary, for a magical evening of tracks from his new album, A Circle Has No Beginning.

MUSIC: ANI CORDERO
With Jota Sete Duo
Saturday, October 7, 8pm
Club B10
$10 students; $12 advance; $18 at the door; $24 preferred
The Brooklyn-based Puerto Rican songstress is a storyteller of the first order, winding through topics that range from feminism to immigration to friendships and relationships. She visits MASS MoCA with her quartet in a whirlwind of pan-Latin stylings.

THEATER: “BITTER GAME”
Saturday, October 14, 8pm
Club B10
$10 students; $14 in advance; $20 at the door; $30 preferred
Keith A. Wallace brings a searing solo theater piece about race relations in America. The blend of verse and prose raises questions about police accountability and the ripple effects of trauma in communities of color.

MUSIC: GABRIEL KAHANE
Friday, October 20, 8pm
Hunter Center
$10 students, $14 in advance; $20 at the door; $30 preferred
The Brooklyn composer returns to MASS MoCA with “Book of Travelers,” an intimate new song cycle, solo at the piano, based on his recent two-week Amtrak journey around the country. The morning after the 2016 presidential election, the singer-songwriter set out for a two-week, 8,980-mile train trip across the U.S. with no phone or internet.

ARTIST TALK: WES SAM-BRUCE
Thursday, October 26, 5pm
Club B10
$6 Students; $10 in advance
Watch the artist’s film “The Wonder Sound,” then discuss the artistic process and create your own work.

DANCE: BIG DANCE THEATER
Saturday, October 28, 8pm
Hunter Center
$20 students, $30 in advance; $40 at the door; $54 preferred
The Obie Award-winning maverick ensemble takes a dizzying intertextual spin through the outré diaries of Samuel Pepys, a famed 17th-century socialite, weaving music, dance, video and text into this sneak preview performance of “17C.”

ARTIST TALK: ELIZABETH KING
Thursday, November 2, 5pm
Club B10
$6
The artist traces her deep research into the history of figurative sculpture from early automatons and puppets to her own meticulously crafted, movable figures.

MUSIC: THE WEEPIES
With Benjamin Jaffe
Saturday, November 4, 8pm
Hunter Center
$20 student, $26 in advance; $34 at the door
The husband-and-wife duo emerged from the Boston folk scene and has built a deep catalog of hook-laden, irresistible folk-pop.

COMEDY: “MAEVE IN AMERICA”
Saturday, November 11, 8pm
Club B10
$10 students, $12 in advance; $18 at the door; $24 preferred
Irish immigrant and acclaimed comedian Maeve Higgins is ready to change the conversation around immigration. She washes the taste of “bad hombres” out of America’s mouth with a series of heartfelt stories and interviews as she records her performance for her podcast.

DANCE: MATEO LÓPEZ, LEE SERLE & MAYA ZBIB
Saturday, November 18, 8pm
Hunter Center
$10 students, $14 in advance; $20 at the door; $30 preferred
Australian choreographer Lee Serle, Colombian visual artist Mateo López and Lebanese theater director Maya Zbib all come together for a hands-on theater-and-sculpture piece that explores consumerism and individualism in America today.

FILM/ARTIST TALK: TANJA HOLLANDER
Saturday, November 30, 5pm
Club B10
$6
Watch and discuss “Are you really my friend? The Movie” with the artist and filmmaker Robin Greenspun.

ARTIST TALK: LONNIE HOLLEY
Thursday, December 2, 3pm
B6: The Robert W. Wilson Building
$6 students; $10 in advance
The artist leads us through the exhibit, “Thumbs Up for the Mothership,” to discuss his deeply personal and affecting artwork.

MUSIC: LONNIE HOLLEY
Saturday, December 2, 8pm
Club B10
$10 students; $12 in advance; $18 at the door; $24 preferred
Artist and musician Lonnie Holley recorded his first album in 2012 at age 62 after making home recordings for more than two decades. Holley’s music, like his art, defies classification — haunting vocals, keyboards and new renditions of songs with every performance.

FILM/MUSIC: SAM GREEN AND KRONOS QUARTET
Friday, December 8, 8pm
Hunter Center
$20 students; $30 in advance; $40 at the door; $54 preferred
Filmmaker/artist Sam Green pairs up with the legendary Kronos Quartet for “A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary,” a work-in-progress film-and-live-music meeting of the minds. Green’s doc, which he narrates live, tells the quartet’s 40-year story, and they provide a live score in the flesh.

THEATER: SUNDANCE THEATER LAB
Saturday, December 9, 8pm
Club B10
$8 students; $10 in advance; $15 at the door; $21 preferred
The renowned Sundance Institute returns to MASS MoCA with its two-week Theatre Lab. The residency includes, as always, a work-in-progress showing.

PERFORMANCE: MIKROKOSMOS
Saturday, December 16, 3pm
Club B10
$6 students; $10
Composer Justin Hicks and artist Steffani Jemison perform the U.S. debut of their project Mikrokosmos. The two map vocal pitches and gestures to the syllables of various pop songs, including Gil Scott-Heron’s “We Almost Lost Detroit.” An artist talk follows.

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