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LIVE: Beck @ MASS MoCA, 6/24/14

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014


Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Beck rhymes with Bowie, hell yes.

Throughout Beck’s epic Tuesday night romp at MASS MoCA, I couldn’t get David Bowie out of my head.

The Thin White Duke’s effortless appropriation. Pinching Donovan’s 12-string waif, pulling Lou Reed’s New York street cred, borrowing Stevie Wonder’s soul and Stevie Ray’s blues. But put through the Bowie blender, it all became sexy, exotic and wild.

Beck, too. And not just because he interpolated Donna Summer into “Think I’m in Love.”



For MASS MoCA, a Celebration That Has Been 15 Years in the Making [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
Red Baraat

Red Baraat

By Larry Murray

This month marks 15 years for MASS MoCA in North Adams, so they’re throwing a party with Bhangra funk, fun food, festive spirits and dazzling new art. On Saturday (May 24), beginning at 4pm and lasting long through the night, dance-party favorite Red Baraat and soul-stirring spinner DJ Rekha; pop-ups from past performers including Mark Mulcahy, Cynthia Hopkins and Mark Stewart; and an opening reception for a series of dynamic and immersive new works by Brooklyn-based artist Teresita Fernández, “As Above So Below,” fill the bill at a MASS MoCA-sized celebration of their first 15 years!

“With so many good friends and terrific performers from our first 15 years, you never know who may show up,” says museum director Joseph Thompson. “Expect a rollicking dance party with lots of friends and family returning to MASS MoCA, interesting food trucks and newly concocted drinks, a few surprises and excellent art and music from stem to stern.” Thompson notes, “We’ll start with Teresita Fernández’s exquisite, lustrous installation of gold and graphite, which opens at 4pm, and dance under the stars with Red Baraat and DJ Rekha.”

The mid-career exhibition of sculptor Fernández, “As Above So Below” opens with an artist’s reception from 4-6pm in the main galleries. Primarily using graphite and gold, Fernández creates works that shift in scale from the colossal to the infinitesimal utilizing natural and manufactured light to create an ever-changing atmospheric landscape. The result is a space in which the viewer can become immersed, or even lost, in the artworks. The opening reception includes local food and wine. Museum galleries are open until 8pm.

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‘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:


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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