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Video Vortex Solid Sound Edition

Video Vortex = a weekly installment of our favorite videos from MASS MoCA artists and trailers for upcoming events, plus a few random viral creations as well.

Solid Sound Festival Weekend has finally graced us with it’s presence. These are just a few of the bands, comedians, puppet shows, and more we are looking forward to seeing this weekend. Wondering who else is playing? See the full schedule here. Don’t have tickets? Buy Now!

The Books

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Vetiver

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Mountain Man

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Mavis Staples

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Story Pirates

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Comedian John Mulaney

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Comedian Todd Barry

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The Autumn Defense

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Avi Buffalo

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And of course…. Wilco

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Happy Friday
Brittany

Posted August 13, 2010 by Brittany Bishop
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Here it comes…

Posted August 12, 2010 by Brittany Bishop
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A dozen reasons to get off the couch and head to Solid Sound this weekend

12. The Perseid Meteor shower peaks tomorrow night (Thursday) and continues Friday and Saturday. To really see it, you have to get away from the city lights.

11. There’s a sales tax holiday in Massachusetts this weekend (14/15), so you can shop and rock for less.

10. Two words: Jacket Weather. Escape the dog days in the city and head for the mountains: fantastic forecast for North Adams this weekend (sunny, highs in the upper 70s, lows around 60)

9. Admit it, you’re itching for one last road trip before summer ends and reality beckons. Check promotions with Zip Car for rentals and ZimRide for sharing.

8. Speaking of road trips; the journey can be just as fun as the destination. There are 3 drive-in movie theaters en route to North Adams — (Hyde Park Drive-in (NY), Pleasant Valley Drive-in (CT), and Northfield Drive-in (NH/MA/VT border). Or for a different slice of Americana, local minor league baseball teams at home this weekend include the Tri-City Valleycats (Troy, NY), Lowell Spinners (MA) and Pittsfield Colonials (MA).

7. If you’re the outdoorsy type, there is great hiking, kayaking, camping etc. all over the area. Mass., VT, and NY state recreation websites can direct you or check this out here.

6. Plus, there’s excellent dining from one extreme to the other.

5. Once you’re in the festival, you can come and go as you please. Want to go the the Clark or Norman Rockwell Museum, the ropes course at Jiminy Peak or get all spiritual at the Hancock Shaker Museum? No problem… split for a while and come back.

4. When you’re at MASS MoCA you’ll join people from at least 40 states and 10 countries at the festival, making it both an international and cross-country scene (new friends, perhaps?) There, in addition to the festival, you’ll have full run of the museum… including Time Magazine’s #1 museum installation of the year, the Sol Lewitt Retrospective.

3. How about the festival programming? The great music, from Wilco to the band members individual projects to Mavis Staples, Sir Richard Bishop and a ton more cool stuff, plus the comedy and performance spaces where you can see Todd Barry, Kristen Schaal, John Mulaney and Hannibal Buress and multiple performances by the Bread and Puppet Theatre Co. and Story Pirates. Not to mention exhib its including Glenn Kotche’s “prepared drums” (which you can play), Nels Cline’s Stompbox Station… (again you can play), Polaroid photos from Patrick Sansone, Cassandra C. Jones’s video installation, a pair of Luthiers explaining their work, live poster screen-printing, a dunk tank, a record store where you can listen to lots of vinyl (etc.) on a Solid Sound system, plus… A veritable world of fun. Oh and if you get weary, we’ve got some of North America’s best coffee from the Intelligentsia Coffee bar/lab., plenty of local food/drink vendors and a bar.

2. Mavis Staples performance at Lollapalooza last weekend (inc. a guest appearance by “Tweedy”, as Mavis refers to him) was, according to all reports, one of the highlights of the festival. Just sayin’….

1. And, lucky you, it’s not too late. Tickets are still available and will be at the box office all weekend. Be there.

Posted August 12, 2010 by MASS MoCA
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Cinematic Ventures in the Sol LeWitt Retrospective

Education intern Kate fills us in on lobby question number 2.

Our second installment on the question board in the lobby queried what movie patrons felt should be set in the Sol LeWitt Retrospective. The 105 wall drawings on view in Building 7 generated many ideas for actual films, but fictitious ones as well.

One thing that makes the Sol LeWitt Retrospective fantastic, is the fact that viewers are continually able to revisit it, and, quite frequently notice something (or many things) new each time they enter the galleries. The eclectic variety of movie titles demonstrated individual reactions to the different phases of LeWitt’s career represented in the Retrospective. Responses included family favorites, musicals, and contemporary films.

Here are some of our favorites:

Posted August 9, 2010 by Brittany Bishop
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Tweet Pics

Artist Natalie Jeremijenko stopped by the museum a few days ago to install a bird watching/tracking camera near her upside-down tree installation Tree Logic.

Any predictions on what she will see? We’ll keep you posted if Natalie shares any info she gets from the camera!

Cheers,
Brittany

Posted August 7, 2010 by Brittany Bishop
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Video Vortex 7-6-10

Video Vortex = a weekly installment of our favorite videos from MASS MoCA artists and trailers for upcoming events, plus a few random viral creations as well.

Uncle Rock

I got you and your little music lovers a full ride scholarship to Uncle Rock U.

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Clare and the Reasons

Below are two clips from Clare and the Reasons’ appearance on BBC’s Culture Show. The first is Better With Out You and the second is a lady-licious cover of Everybody Wants to Rule the World.

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Nomadic Wax

A taste of what you can expect from the Pan-African rap collective African Underground All-Stars at the Nomadic Wax event.

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Califone: All My Friends are Funeral Singers

I’ve been in love with Califone for a long time. Now you should be in love with them too.

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Happy Friday,
Brittany

Posted August 6, 2010 by Brittany Bishop
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