New Shows: MASS MoCA’s Summer Schedule

The Solid Sound Festival
The MASS MoCA sign during last summer's Solid Sound Festival (photo by Mike Wren)

MASS MoCA in North Adams has already announced the most buzzed-about event of the summer – at least here at Nippertown headquarters – the return of Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival on Friday-Sunday, June 24-26.

But there’s lots more on tap at the massive electronics factory-turned cutting edge arts center all year round. Here are some of the events that MASS MoCA has just announced for its summer season:

Saturday, June 11, 2pm: Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell join forces for a stripped-down, acoustic children’s music concert. $20; kids $10.

Saturday, July 2, 8pm: ReadNex Poetry Squad throws down a dance party of hip-hop and poetry. $15 in advance; $19 at the door; kids & teens $10.

Saturday, July 9, 9pm: Charlie Chaplin’s film “The Kid” with live soundtrack by guitar hero Marc Ribot. $15 in advance; $19 at the door; students $10.

Saturday, July 16, 8pm: Inventive, experimental pop from the dynamic duo, Buke and Gass. $14 in advance; $18 at the door.

Saturday, July 23, 8pm: The Bang On a Can All-Stars pay tribute to composer John Adams, performing “Gnarly Buttons” and “Scratchband.” $24.

Saturday, July 30, 4pm: The Bang On a Can Marathon features six hours of adventurous, cutting edge music. $24.

Friday, August 5, 9pm: MASS MoCA is converting the North Adams Airport into a one-night-only drive-in movie theater for the screening of “The Great Waldo Pepper” starring Robert Redford and Susan Sarandon. $7; kids $3; or $14 per carload.

Saturday, August 6, 8:30pm: A screening of the newly restored complete version of Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” with a live soundtrack by the Alloy Orchestra. $15 in advance; $19 at the door.

Friday-Sunday, August 19-21, 3 & 5pm: Pittsburgh’s Zany Umbrella Circus and Germany’s Oko Sokolo Company perform “Mirette’s Circus.” $12; kids $8.

Friday, August 26, 8pm: The extraordinary vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth collaborates with several contemporary music composers, including Merrill Garbus (aka tUnE-YarDs). $15.

Saturday, August 27, 8pm: John Jasperse’s dance company presents a work-in-progress showing of “Canyon.” $15.

Sunday, September 4, 8pm: I Love Vinyl Dance Party. No laptops allowed. $15 in advance; $19 at the door; kids & students $10.

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