MASS MoCA Announces Fall Season

Their summer season isn’t over yet – be sure to check out Roomful of Teeth (with tUnE-YarDs’ Merrill Garbus) at 8pm on Friday – but the fine folks at MASS MoCA have unveiled the fall 2011 season of performances, and, as expected, there are a whole lot of great events on tap.

So whether you want to hear some great bluegrass pickin’, listen to a discussion by the fabulous wrap artist Christo, engage in a virtual reality talk show or rock out with quirk-pop pioneers the Feelies, you’ll want to make a trip to the sprawling North Adams museum this fall.

Here’s the line-up of concerts, films, theater and more for MASS MoCA’s fall 2011 season:

FreshGrass: A Festival of Art & Bluegrass
Saturday, September 24, 6pm @ the Hunter Center
Sunday, September 25, 11am @ Courtyard C
All-fest pass $68; students $50; kids 6-12 $30
A two-day fest of some of the finest young bluegrass musicians plus a legendary veteran. Saturday’s line-up features the Infamous Stringdusters, Sarah Jarosz and the Hackensaw Boys. Sunday’s roster of performers includes the Yonder Mountain String Band, Del McCoury, David Mayfield and Crooked Still’s Aoife O’Donovan. The fest will also feature a number of pop-up concerts in the galleries. Tix price includes museum admission; some single-day tix may be made available closer to the fest dates.

“The Love Show”
Saturday, October 1, 8pm @ Club B-10
$12 in advance; $16 at the door; students $10
It’s part concert, part performance piece, part call to action, featuring five soulful NYC vocalists – including Carla Cook and Helga Davis – as they fuse together the themes of love and revolution.

Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company
Saturday, October 8, 8pm @ the Hunter Center
$25 in advance; $29 at the door; priority seating $35; students $20
Some of the best young improv comics and actors from LA and NYC serve up an evening of off-the-cuff, spontaneous and provocative alt-comedy.

John Kelly: “Find My Way Home”
Saturday, October 15, 8pm @ the Hunter Center
$15; students $10
A work-in-progress re-visiting of his award-winning 1988 dance-theater-opera piece that re-casts the Orpheus and Eurydice myth in the midst of the American Great Depression. Featuring Kelly with projected film sequences, extravagant costume and set design and a company of seven dancers.

Christo: “The Running Fence Revisited”
Saturday, October 22, 8pm @ the Hunter Center
$25; students $15
Wolfram Hissen’s compelling documentary film takes Christo and his late wife and longtime collaborator Jeanne-Claude back to Sonoma and Marin Counties, the site of their 24-mile-long fabric fence which stretched across ranches and farmland back in 1976. Followed by a post-screening discussion with Hissen, Williamstown Film Festival executive director Steve Lawson, MASS MoCA director Joe Thompson and the artist Christo himself.

“Never Stand Still”
Friday, October 28, 8pm, the Hunter Center
$15 in advance; $18 at the door; students $10
Ron Honsa’s documentary film celebrates the rich heritage of Jacob’s Pillow, cinematically weaving in and out of the Pillow’s history with interviews and rare footage from Ted Shawn and Martha Graham to Merce Cunningham and Bill Irwin, from ballet to flamenco to hip-hop. Followed by a post-screening Q&A with Honsa and Pillow director Ella Baff.

Salsa Dura Dance Party
Saturday, November 5, 8pm @ the Hunter Center
$15 in advance; $19 at the door; kids and students $10
With infectious energy and gusto, La Excelencia fires up the classic, hard-hitting, brass-and-percussion salsa of the old school Fania Records, but with a decidedly contemporary attitude.

The Feelies
Friday, November 11, 8pm @ the Hunter Center
$22 in advance; $26 at the door; students $18
Oh my goodness, here come those “Crazy Rhythms.” Singer-songwriter-guitarists Glenn Mercer and Bill Million lead the reunited classic line-up in concert in support of “Here Before,” the pioneering quirk-pop band’s first album of new material in two decades.

Sam Amidon
Saturday, November 19, 8pm @ Club B-10
$12 in advance; $16 at the door; students $10
In support of his latest album, “I See the Sign” (produced by Nico Muhly), the neo-folk wunderkind re-invents traditional folk and gospel songs – as well as diverse covers of R. Kelly and Tears for Fears – on guitar, banjo and fiddle.

Stephanie Rothenberg’s “Best Practices in Banana Time”
Saturday, December 3, 8pm @ Club B-10
$12 in advance; $16 at the door; students $10
An interactive, mixed-reality talk show that takes place simultaneously in the virtual environment of Second Life and in the physical theater. Hosted by Rothenberg’s virtual doppleganger, Doctor Rodenberger.

Maya Beiser: “Elsewhere”
Saturday, December 10, 8pm @ the Hunter Center
$15; students $10
A work-in-progress in three parts featuring the compositions of Eve Beglarian, Michael Gordon and Missy Mazzoli, this “cello opera” features video by Peter Nigrini, choreography by Karole Armitage, environments by Riccardo Hernandez, amplified, distorted and acoustic cello by Maya Beiser and spoken and sung texts by Erin Cressida Wilson and Henri Michaux.

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  1. hojohifive says

    The Feelies in North Adams. The rides are getting shorter.

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