MASS MoCA Announces Fall Line-Up of Concerts & Other Events
From concerts to comedians, from dance to theater, from films to artist talks to simply unclassifiable performances, MASS MoCA in North Adams has announced a delightfully eclectic schedule of events for the fall season.
Of course, there are still a number of stellar events left on MASS MoCA’s summer calendar – everything from the harmony-laden folk-pop of the PigPen Theatre Co. on Saturday (August 15) to next month’s ever-popular FreshGrass festival (Friday-Sunday, September 18-20), but here’s the complete line-up of fall events at Nippertown’s largest and most fascinating art performance/exhibition space:
Saturday, October 3, 8pm
MUSIC: Henry Butler @ the Hunter Center
$18 in advance; $18 students; $25 at the door; $35 preferred
One of the true masters of the great New Orleans piano tradition, Henry Butler is a keyboard magician. A rollicking blend of jazz, Caribbean, pop, blues and R&B flows effortlessly from his hands. The Crescent City is also the birthplace of the cocktail, and this very special evening of music and culture includes classic NOLA drinks served up by our friends at Small Batch America — the first drink is included with admission.
Thursday, October 8, 5pm
ARTIST TALK: Jim Shaw @ Club B-10
Jim Shaw mines the essentials of American cultural detritus, from comic books, pulp novels and album covers to vintage advertisements, movie posters and noise rock. Hear from the artist as he entertains his own doubts and creates new ones for you about church, state and Superman.
Saturday, October 10, 2pm
FILM: “Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow” @ Club B-10
This documentary film examines Anselm Kiefer’s alchemical processes via a cinematic journey through his studio estate in the south of France. Art historian Michael Lewis excavates some of the obscure pieces of iconography from Kiefer’s Chlebnikov painting series, in a post-film talk and tour of our Kiefer gallery.
Saturday, October 10, 8pm
MUSIC: Dr. Dog @ the Hunter Center
$25 in advance; $30 at the door
With humble origins as a lo-fi recording project from Philly, Dr. Dog has blossomed into today’s great ambassadors of psychedelic music. The band’s seven studio records careen between blissful ’60s pop and guitar-led indie rock, recalling both the Zombies and Dinosaur Jr. The band lands at MASS MoCA fresh off the release of Live at the Flamingo Hotel.
Friday, October 16
FILM: Wind-Up Film Fest @ the Hunter Center
The Williamstown Film Festival takes a dramatic turn to become Wind-Up Fest. Focusing on documentary film, the re-tooled festival dives deep into creative nonfiction, including long-form journalism, podcasts, photography and socially engaged, participatory art. After a screening of “Very Semi-Serious” about the unhinged minds of New Yorker cartoonists, BEK (Bruce Eric Kaplan) and Liana Finck join us for a wide-ranging show and tell.
Saturday, October 17, 2pm
MUSIC: Randy Kaplan’s Music for Families @ Club B-10
The exceptional songwriter Randy Kaplan “doesn’t dumb it down for kids, he just expects them to come along for the ride… and they do.” (TimeOut New York) His genre-bending, fingerpicking antics are in full bloom on his latest record, Jam on Rye.
Saturday, October 24, 8pm
DANCE: Katie Workum and Kimberly Bartosik @ the Hunter Center
$15 in advance; $10 students; $18 at the door; $22 preferred
Two rising stars make their MASS MoCA debuts in this evening of dynamic and innovative contemporary dance. Katie Workum brings her new piece Black Lakes, a work full of improvisation, risk and humor. The second half of the program features Bessie Award-winner Kimberly Bartosik’s Exteriority4, part of an evening-length project that constructs a landscape of power and desire to explore violence in American culture today.
Friday, October 30, 8pm
FILM/MUSIC: Keys to Open Doors: The Hidden Life of Laura Palmer @ the Hunter Center
$18 in advance; $12 students; $25 at the door; $35 preferred
Commissioned by the David Lynch Foundation, this project is a “Twin Peaks” junky’s dream: a new edit mashing up the film — and the missing pieces — surrounding the mysterious last moments in the life of Laura Palmer. The live score is by A Place Both Wonderful and Strange, a dark dance-pop band equally inspired by Mr. Lynch and Janet Jackson.
Saturday, November 7, 8pm
COMEDY: Beth Stelling @ Club B-10
$14 in advance; $10 students; $20 at the door; $26 preferred
This rising standup star’s “razor-sharp wit combined with her girl-next-door aesthetic make for a powerfully funny combination.” (Nerdist) Stelling’s track record — appearances on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, @midnight and Chelsea Lately; opening sets for Sarah Silverman and Kristen Schaal; and a Comedy Central special in the works — doesn’t lie: she’s the real deal.
Saturday, November 14, 8pm
THEATER: Sundance Theatre Lab (Work-in-Progress) @ the Hunter Center
$10 in advance; $5 students; $15 at the door; $22 preferred
Sundance Institute’s renowned Theatre Program has developed Broadway and Off Broadway hits by the bushel, and its annual lab at MASS MoCA gathers top-tier dramatic artists and includes a work-in-progress performance. The quality of the work, combined with the feeling of ink still wet, make for a riveting night of theater-in-the-making.
Saturday, November 21, 8pm
MUSIC: Stephin Merritt @ the Hunter Center
$29 in advance; $35 at the door; $44 preferred
The acclaimed songwriter Stephin Merritt, whose vast catalog includes the Magnetic Fields’ masterpiece 69 Love Songs and two dozen albums under four different band names besides, is responsible for some of the wittiest and most melodic songs in the indie music canon — he has been called “the Cole Porter of his generation” (TimeOut New York). He’s here for a rare stripped down performance, accompanied only by Magnetic Fields bandmate and cellist Sam Davol.
Saturday, December 5, 8pm
MUSIC: San Fermin with Sam Amidon @ Club B-10
$12 in advance; $12 students; $18 at the door; $24 preferred
San Fermin is an orchestral rock band led by Brooklyn composer songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone. His enchanting songs are rendered by a veritable fleet of horns, strings and singers, in what NPR calls a “feast of gorgeous chamber-pop.” Folk revivalist and MASS MoCA fave Sam Amidon opens.
Saturday, December 12, 8pm
MUSIC/FILM: “Nari” @ the Hunter Center
$12 in advance; $8 students; $18 at the door; $24 preferred
Producer Dave Liang, filmmaker Sun Yunfan and musician Gingger Shankar’s documentary project combines animation and archival photos with live music to tell the story of Gingger’s mother and grandmother, whose collaborations with Ravi Shankar and George Harrison helped bring Indian music to the West.