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Western Swing Dance Party Begins February @ MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Western Swing

The Hunter Center at MASS MoCA in North Adams becomes a boot-stomping ranch dance on Saturday (February 1) at 8pm when New York sextet the Brain Cloud brings its brand of Gypsy jazz dipped in big band swing. These fiddlers’ fingers are too hot for the speakeasy.

A New York City staple, the Brain Cloud is lauded by Time Out New York as “one of the city’s most dependably charming retro acts.” The group – composed of Dennis Lichtman on electric mandolin, fiddle and clarinet, vocalist Tamar Korn, Raphael McGregor on lap steel guitar, guitarist Skip Krevens, Andrew Hall on upright bass and drummer Kevin Dorn – plays where jazz meets country at the high-stepping intersection of New Orleans and Nashville.

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No Solid Sound Festival This Year

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

The Solid Sound Festival

Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

Wilco won’t be hosting their Solid Sound Festival this year, and they won’t be playing a concert in North Adams, either. After four consecutive years, Wilco’s string of annual performances at MASS MoCA will come to an end in 2014.

The good news, however, is that Jeff Tweedy and his band have announced that Solid Sound will return next year, when the three-day festival takes over MASS MoCA from June 26-28, 2015.

As Wilco posted on their Facebook page, “We’ll spend 2014 roaming the planet in search of inspiration, musical and otherwise, to help us make the 2015 edition the best SSF yet.”

The Stepkids and Their Intergalactic Time Warp Arrive at Mass MoCA Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

What can be said about the Stepkids that you can’t simply glean from the video we’ve included above. Not much. Spin on it is simple enough: “Bewildering art-funk fantasias from three falsetto-prone gentlemen channeling Sly Stone channeling the macabre cosmos. ‘La La’ is beautiful and deeply unsettling. They’re the Can of Stones Throw, if that makes any sense, which of course it doesn’t.”

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Bessie Award Winner Beth Gill to Stage “New Work for the Desert” @ Mass MoCA, Jan. 18 [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, January 17th, 2014
In an earlier creation, Beth Gill gets ready to take off in “Bird of Paradise” (photo: Richard Gin)

In an earlier creation, Beth Gill gets ready to take off in “Bird of Paradise” (photo: Richard Gin)

Working with an all-star team of dancers and designers, Beth Gill creates a space in which light is alive and space is vast in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center on Saturday (January 18) at 8pm.

Presented in association with Vermont Performance Lab, as part of the Hatchery Project, the work-in-progress performance of “New Work for the Desert” will feature technical and choreographic elements achieved during Gill’s residency at MASS MoCA.

Named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2012, Gill won the first annual Juried Bessie Award and Outstanding Emerging Choreographer Award in 2011. To develop “New Work for the Desert,” she is collaborating with performers Christiana Axelson, Jennifer Lafferty, Heather Lang, Marilyn Maywald, Kayvon Pourazar and Stuart Singer, as well as lighting designer Thomas Dunn. Within the piece, the body struggles through form, gesture and contact to express something real and fictitious, old and new, foreign and familiar.

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Artist Izhar Patkin to Discuss “The Wandering Veil” Exhibition at Mass MoCA with Art Expert David Ross [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
Izhar Patkin (photo: Yanai Yechiel)

Izhar Patkin (photo: Yanai Yechiel)

Provocative and fearless artist Izhar Patkin discusses his exhibition, The Wandering Veil, with writer and curator David Ross on Saturday, January 18, at 2pm. The talk is expected to cover politics and the role of narrative, symbolism and representation in art today.

In The Wandering Veil, on view in MASS MoCA’s largest gallery space, Patkin has created a ghostly virtual city filled with personal narrative, political metaphor and myth, highlighting many of the formal innovations the artist has pioneered over three decades. The heart of the exhibition is “Veiled Threats,” a maze-like series of cinematic, mural-size paintings on tulle fabric inspired by the late Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali’s writings on memory, loss, love and exile.

Born in Haifa, Israel, in 1955, Izhar Patkin first gained recognition for his innovative approach in the mid-’80s with “The Black Paintings,” a series of white ink paintings on black rubber curtains. Patkin has exhibited extensively, most recently at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel. His work may be found in the collections of numerous prominent institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

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MASS MoCA to Ring in New Year with Free Day, January 11 [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, January 10th, 2014
Fun for everyone.

Fun for everyone

One of the popular New Year’s resolutions for those of us who live in the Berkshires is to get out and enjoy more of the attractions all those summer visitors come hundreds, even thousands of miles to see. They find the time and motivation, and so should we. We live in an amazing part of the world.

MASS MoCA in North Adams wants to see you and your family and is planning a special day to make it both affordable and interesting for your gang. So just as cabin fever begins to set in, on Saturday (January 11) they will host another free day to entice us to see what’s new and different since last year. And the answer is – a lot.

Among the activities – all of which relate to the exhibitions on view – are printmaking demonstrations, take-home book alterations, and a Jason Middlebrook-inspired, collaborative wood sculpture. Enjoy free admission and brick-wall-to-brick-wall programming throughout the museum. Art-making, dance performances, roaming musicians, and gallery tours are available throughout the day. Elevator music (played live) and Lickety Split’s signature carrot cake are not to be missed!

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MASS MoCA Announces New Concerts

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
Burning Spear

Burning Spear

MASS MoCA in North Adams has announced a 2014 winter/spring slate of concerts that live up to the museum’s edgy and forward-thinking reputation. Phish’s Mike Gordon, reggae legend Burning Spear and cabaret pop-rockers Betty share the calendar with such up-and-comers as the Stepkids and the Brain Cloud, as well as truly unique, one-of-a-kind musical talents like Brushy One String and multi-culti vintage French popster Banda Magna. And more…

Until the end of the month, tickets are available at a 25% discount for all concerts except Mike Gordon. Tickets for Mike Gordon are slated to go on sale to the general public on Friday (December 13).

GO HERE for a complete list of upcoming performance events at MASS MoCA, including dance, film, theater and special events.

Here’s the complete list of newly announced concerts at MASS MoCA:

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“The Yellow Ticket” With Live Music Score by the Klezmatics’ Alicia Svigals [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
The Yellow Ticket

“The Yellow Ticket”

The Yellow Ticket, a forgotten gem of the 1918 silent film era is resurrected at 8pm on Saturday (November 16) at MASS MoCA’s Club B-10 in North Adams, with a new score composed and performed by the Klezmatics’ co-founder Alicia Svigals. The movie features a larger-than-life performance by the great Polish silent film star, Pola Negri, was the first film to explore anti-Semitism in imperial Russia, and Svigals’ score breathes new life into this classic. A play by the same name was produced in 1914 on Broadway; it starred John Barrymore and Florence Reed. The stage version played between January and June 1914.

The Yellow Ticket is a story of secret identities, heroic measures, and triumphant love – a testament to struggle and overcoming adversity. Directed by Vicor Janson and Eugen Illes, the film follows Anna Mirrel (Negri), a young Jewish girl in Czarist Russia. Anna, believing her father is ill, must present herself as a prostitute – the only women allowed to travel freely outside the ghetto – to obtain a yellow travel ticket to reach her father. When she arrives in St. Petersburg, she finds her father has been killed. She encounters a young journalist and tells him of the crimes the state perpetrates against its citizens. But the pair fall into the hands of the secret police when the journalist publishes her remarks. In order to obtain their freedom, Anna must choose whether to submit to the desires of the sinister head of the police, Baron Andrey.

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