If youâ€™re looking for a trick or a treat this Halloween, come to MASS MoCAâ€™s special night of mischievous performance complete with storytelling, surprise, and live music. NYC-based The Happy Ending Series will be transported to MASS MoCA on Saturday, October 30th for an especially ghoulish performance titled Ghosts and Curses. Two authors, local favorite Jim Shepard and Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Paul Harding, will both tell a story and do something on stage that theyâ€™ve never done before. The readings will be prefaced and followed by what is sure to be a beautifully hard-hitting music performance that you wonâ€™t want to miss! Indie singer-songwriter and newbie author Kristin Hersh, will perform six songs in her signature style of intimate performing with candid lyrics, â€śbeautiful even when theyâ€™re uglyâ€ť and â€śtrue even when theyâ€™re confusingâ€ť.
Hersh, who formed the alternative rock group Throwing Muses in the early 80s, has recorded more than twenty albums (with bands Throwing Muses, 50FootWave, and solo), and can now add a memoir to her list of credentials. Rat Girl, which was published by Penguin Books on August 31, is a diary-based account of the year 1985 that lends to an intimate understanding of her music and the journey of growing up faster than one could plan. This year in the singerâ€™s life marked the first full-length album release by Throwing Muses, the diagnoses of bipolar disorder, and the realization that she was pregnant. The memoir traces her mania to a bike accident at the age of sixteen that left Hersh processing ambient background sound as music. In Kristin Hershâ€™s own words about the book, â€śI donâ€™t know if the time Iâ€™m talking about is specific to 1985 or oneâ€™s 18th year, or a stage in your life when your story begins to tell itself, but itâ€™s such an optimistic moment in oneâ€™s life when things begin.â€ť
If you like what youâ€™ve read here, join us at Saturday at 8 p.m. for this special Halloween Alt Cabaret. Afterwards there will be a book signing, where Kristin Hershâ€™s music and memoir Rat Girl will be available for purchase, as well as novels by Jim Shepard and Paul Hardingâ€™s Tinkers.