MASS MoCA Announces 2018 Season of Concerts & More

December 13th, 2017, 10:40 am by Greg

The folks at MASS MoCA have announced more than dozen new events, including concerts, theater, dance, films and a dance party. on their performance calendar for the winter/spring season of 2018,

Highlighting the North Adams museum’s performance calendar for the winter/spring season of 2018 are concerts by Sinkane, Quindar and a pair of work-in-progress performances in March by Bon Iver collaborating with the dance company TU Dance.

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Early-bird ticket discounts apply to most upcoming performances if purchased by Sunday, December 31.

MASS MoCA has previously announced a handful of concerts for 2018, including Polica and stargaze (Thursday, February 15), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Saturday, March 10) and the already sold-out show by Sylvan Esso (Saturday, March 31).

Here’s the complete schedule of newly announced events at MASS MoCA:

MUSIC/FILM: QUINDAR
Saturday, January 20, 8pm
The Hunter Center
$14 in advance; $20 at the door; $30 preferred; $5 students
The multimedia duo of Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen and his art/music collaborator James Merle Thomas synch electronic music with historical recordings and film, especially from NASA’s early manned missions.

THEATER/MUSIC: ALICIA HALL MORAN
Saturday, January 27, 8pm
The Hunter Center
$14 in advance; $20 at the door; $30 preferred; $5 students
In the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, two figure skaters representing America and East Germany battled for Olympic gold, both accompanied by music from the opera Carmen. Mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran, herself a former figure skater, tells Georges Bizet’s epic story in an all-out musical fantasy for the concert stage, joined by fearless NYC jazz trio Harriet Tubman.

MUSIC: RAFIQ BHATIA
Saturday, February 10, 8pm
Club B10
$14 in advance; $20 at the door; $26 preferred; $10 students
The guitarist-composer and member of Son Lux and his new trio balance meticulous sound art with searing improvisation. George Langford of the duo Javelin opens the show.

MUSIC: SINKANE
Saturday, February 24, 8pm
Club B10
$14 in advance; $20 at the door; $26 preferred; $10 students
Sudanese-American multi-instrumentalist Ahmed Gallab and his six-piece horn-fueled band make music that is joyful and generous, blending krautrock, prog rock, electronica, free jazz and funk rock with Sudanese pop.

MUSIC: CJ FIELD
Saturday, March 3, 8pm
Club B10
$10 in advance; $16 at the door; $22 preferred; $5 students
North Adams native and gritty guitarist CJ Field carved out a place for himself on the Nashville scene as a frontman of the edgy rock-and-roots collaborative Delta Riot and as a chart-topping songwriter. Now he’s playing a homecoming concert.

DANCE/MUSIC: BON IVER & TU DANCE
Saturday, March 24, 8pm
Sunday, March 25, 2pm
The Hunter Center
$25 in advance; $35 at the door; $45 preferred
Grammy Award-winner and endlessly influential balladeer Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver) performs a work-in-progress score alongside dance company TU Dance. The new work will officially premiere on April 19 in Saint Paul.

FILM/TALK: “ASK THE SEXPERT”
Thursday, March 29, 8pm
Club B10
$9; $5 students
Dr. Mahinder Watsa is a cult sex advice columnist in Mumbai. In the face of fierce conservative backlash, he champions comprehensive sex education in this whimsical and moving documentary. Followed by a Q+A with director Vaishali Sinha.

FILM: “GULÎSTAN, LAND OF ROSES”
Thursday, April 5, 7:30pm
Club B10
$9; $5 students
In the mountains of Kurdistan, a left-wing military force works to keep its territory safe from the Islamic State. Remarkably, one of the army’s greatest assets is an all-female regiment. Peer into their daily life in this one-of-a-kind documentary film.

DANCE: “POOR PEOPLE’S TV ROOM”
Saturday, April 7, 8pm
The Hunter Center
$30 in advance; $40 at the door; $50 preferred; $20 students
New York’s beloved choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili pulls you through an ancestral fever dream shared between four women mysteriously linked through time and fractured memories.

FILM: “BABYLON DREAMERS”
Thursday, April 12, 7:30pm
Club B10
$9; $5 students
This documentary follows a group of immigrants from the former Soviet Union who form a breakdancing troupe in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Israel. They dream of competing in the International Breakdancing Competition in Germany, but the road is paved with hardship and crisis. Followed by a skype Q+A with director Roman Shumanov.

FILM/TALK: “TRUE CONVICTION”
Thursday, April 19, 7:30pm
Club B10
$9; $5 students
The documentary follows three exonerated men band together and form a detective agency with the goal of freeing other wrongfully convicted people. Followed by a Q+A with director Jamie Meltzer.

THEATER: “HAPPYFLOWERNAIL”
Saturday, April 21, 8pm
Club B10
$16 in advance; $22 at the door; $30 preferred; $10 students
Hollywood writer-actor Radha Blank fills the stage in this one-woman performance about a Korean-owned nail salon in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. As a rival salon opens down the street and a manicurist goes missing, we explore the lives of five women as they pursue the American Dream.

DANCE: EPHRAT ASHERIE DANCE’S “ODEON”
Saturday, April 28, 8pm
Club B10
$14 in advance; $20 at the door; $30 preferred; $5 students
Bessie Award-winning choreographer Ephrat Asherie offers a sneak peek at her work-in-progress Odeon, a dazzling exploration of breaking, hip-hop, house, and vogue. Her brother Ehud, an acclaimed pianist, will perform a score by Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth.

MUSIC: ZEMOG EL GALLO BUENO
Saturday, May 5, 8pm
Club B10
$14 in advance; $20 at the door; $26 preferred; $10 students
A group of 11 New York City musicians ventures through 1930s Puerto Rican street cries and laments with fumes of ’60s free jazz and ’70s NYC salsa in an unstoppable dance party.

FILM/TALK: “MUDBOUND”
Saturday, May 12, 8pm
Club B10
$5
Two families are pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy in this epic story of farmers in the American South during World War II. Followed by director Dee Rees in conversation with exhibiting artist Allison Janae Hamilton, whose “Pitch” also draws influence from the sights and sounds of the southern landscape.

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