Posts Tagged ‘North Adams’

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


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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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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