Posts Tagged ‘North Adams’

‘Bang on a Can Plays Art’ Puts New Twist on Group’s Annual Summer Residency @ MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, April 18th, 2014
Bang on a Can

This summer, Bang on a Can Plays Sol LeWitt featuring music by Steve Reich at MASS MoCA.

From July 26 through August 2, 2014, the “relentlessly inventive” (New York Magazine) new music collective Bang on a Can collaborates with MASS MoCA to present Bang on a Can Plays Art, a jam-packed, week-long new music extravaganza featuring 14 concerts in 8 days, as the culmination of the 13th annual Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA which runs from July 14. Bang on a Can Plays Art draws inspiration from the visual art on exhibit in the galleries at MASS MoCA. Each concert will showcase music that interacts with the art on various levels – stylistically, thematically, and whimsically – performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Festival Artists and Fellows, and special guests Steve Reich and Glenn Kotche (of Wilco).

Bang on a Can Plays Art kicks off in the afternoon on July 26 with Bang on a Can Plays Izhar Patkin featuring Terry Riley’s minimalist classic In C, followed by a performance that evening of Bang on a Can co-founder David Lang’s haunting death speaks by the Bang on a Can All-Stars with special guest Shara Worden, as well as a late-night solo concert by Worden’s alter-ego My Brighest Diamond.

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MASS MoCA Announces Summer Season of Concerts, Films, More

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Some of the big events for MASS MoCA’s summer season have already been announced – including a concert by Beck in June and the fourth annual FreshGrass festival in September. But the sprawling contemporary art museum is celebrating its 15th anniversary on Memorial Day Weekend, so you can bet the summer is jam-packed with music, theater, film, kids’ events and more, all kicking off with a big party on Saturday, May 15.

Here’s a round-up of the newly announced events for MASS MoCA’s 15th anniversary summer season:

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MCLA Presents Offers Unusual Tabletop Puppet Docu-Drama “Who’s Hungry?” [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, March 31st, 2014

MCLA Presents "Who’s Hungry?"

Review by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray

Gail M. Burns: You took a little convincing to give up a Saturday afternoon for a puppet show, Larry.

Larry Murray: Yes, I was resistant, perhaps because I thought I had experienced just about everything the miniature world of puppetry could offer, but I was wrong.

Gail: If your idea of puppetry is still the hand puppets on Captain Kanagroo and Mister Rogers, the marionettes in The Sound of Music, or even the Muppets, be ready to be surprised! For one thing, these productions are not for little children, although tweens and teens with a theatrical bent will love them.

Larry: The thought that has stuck in my head is that this wasn’t the first puppet documentary I had seen. Mass MoCA brought in Dan Hurlin, who designed and directed this show, in 2010 with his sensational puppet biography of eccentric Arkansas photographer Mike Disfarmer. (Larry’s article) That too was “tabletop puppetry,” an advance on the art form that uses traditional techniques from Bunraku to shadow puppetry, and in this case, with two slow-motion Robert Wilson-esque sequences for model cars and accessories.

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Neil Simon Sets Chekhov’s Short Stories on Stage at Mill City in North Adams [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

The Good Doctor

North Adams, MA – Mill City Productions is pleased to announce production dates for “The Good Doctor” by Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov. Performances will take place on Fridays, March 14 and 21 at 8pm; Saturdays, March 15 and 22 at 8pm; and Sundays, March 16 and 23 at 2pm. The production is directed by Tara Johnson and features eleven Berkshire County actors.

This Broadway hit is a composite of Anton Chekhov’s short stories, dramatized by Neil Simon. An unnamed writer (obviously meant to represent Chekhov himself) suffers from writer’s block and his own artistic temperament, so he revisits some of his favorite characters and the stories they inhabit.

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MCLA and Barrington Stage Team Up for “Dancing Lessons” in North Adams [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, March 7th, 2014
John Cariani is featured in Mark St. Germain’s "Dancing Lessons."

John Cariani is featured in Mark St. Germain’s “Dancing Lessons.”

Barrington Stage Company, the award-winning theater in downtown Pittsfield, under the leadership of artistic director Julianne Boyd and managing director Tristan Wilson, travels to North Adams to present a staged reading of “Dancing Lessons,” the new romantic comedy by playwright Mark St. Germain, on Saturday (March 8) at 7pm at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Church Street Center, Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium (corner of Church and Porter Streets), North Adams.

Directed by Julianne Boyd, “Dancing Lessons” stars John Cariani and Brenna Palughi. Cariani made his BSC debut as Dogberry in last summer’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” Cariani is also the playwright of the popular play “Almost, Maine” and is currently starring in the play’s Off-Broadway revival. Recently seen in John Grisham’s “A Time to Kill” on Broadway, Palughi is making her BSC debut.

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A River Sings: Roomful of Teeth Follows the Colorado as Art and Nature Intersect [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

At moments it’s almost like hearing the Colorado River – and even the surrounding landscape – sing. There is joy. Sorrow. Hope. Progress. Destruction. It is nature and civilization in constant conflict.

Water Songs: Ha Tay G’am is a new live music and video project exploring the profound history of the Colorado River. Featuring compositions by John Luther Adams, William Brittelle, Shara Worden, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Paola Prestini, the delightful collaboration will be performed by MASS MoCA favorites (and recent Grammy Award winners) Roomful of Teeth on Saturday (March 1) at 8pm in the Hunter Center.

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Reggae Legend Burning Spear in Concert @ MASS MoCA on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

With 25 albums over 45 years, Burning Spear has become one of Jamaica’s most enduring treasures. His devotion to the teachings of Marcus Garvey manifests in embracing Pan-African lyrics, while his intoxicating rhythms transform any room into a party. Music lovers immerse themselves in the Rastafarian spirit of Burning Spear at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center on Saturday, February 15 at 8pm, with plenty of room to dance.

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Mortified Then, Funny Now. How We Survive Our Childhood @ MASS MoCA Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Mortified

Turning lemons into lemonade is what the longest-running project of its kind, Mortified, began to do in the late 1990s when Dave Nadelberg unearthed a wonderfully awkward love letter and shared it with friends. “I like to share that because of the pretentiousness of my 17-year-old self. I wrote drafts upon drafts upon drafts of this love letter. Then I forgot about it,” Nadelberg says. “It was a gateway to a past life. Reading it was really funny to me because I thought this kid was so ridiculous, but I was fascinated because of how similar I still was to this idiot who wrote this melodramatic – trying way too hard – love letter.”

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