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Good News on the way

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We asked our dear friend director David Eppel, a native of South Africa, to tell us about the time he spent with Abigail Nessen Bengson and Shaun McClain Bengson in his birth country this summer.   The duo are performing Ain’t That Good  News (directed by David) here on Saturday, November 7.

Abigail Nessen and her husband, Shaun Bengson and I, traveled through South Africa together, last July. They performed their show Ain’t That Good News in Cape Town and in Johannesburg. They participated in the work of a choir in Khayalitsha, and taught the students at the Market Theatre Lab in Johannesburg. For them, South Africa was a new experience, for me, a revisiting through a fresh lense. I worked with Abigail when she was a student at Williams College, and I knew then, the extent of her remarkable talent. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted October 26, 2009 by MASS MoCA
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Update on your iPhone and Son Lux

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Yesterday we told you to bring your iPhone to Son Lux but neglected to mention that you should do a little preparation  to participate in the Son Lux/Joshue Ott experiment.

Joshue Ott, the visual artist behind superDraw, told us we need to download the free app “mrmr” from the itunes store in advance.  This application is required to interact with the installation.  While you could install it at MASS MoCA during the show, it’s easier if you already have it installed.

He also notes that multiDraw via mrmr will work on an iPhone OR iPod touch,  so you should bring either or both!

Posted September 2, 2009 by MASS MoCA
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Bring your iPhone

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Joshue Ott will be accompanying Son Lux with his Superdraw program for Friday’s Alt Cabaret.  We’re working on making it possible for the audience to draw too using an iPhone,  so bring yours to the show. (Just make sure to silence the ringer, thanks!)

Posted August 31, 2009 by MASS MoCA
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WAMC loves Balthrop, Alabama

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Brother and sister Pascal and Lauren Balthrop met WAMC Roundtable producer Sarah LaDuke when WAMC broadcast live from MASS MoCA on May 22 for our 10th Anniversary.  Their music struck a chord with Sarah and she asked them to come back up to the studio to record Performance Place for Roundtable. They brought two more band members and made so much music for Sarah that the interview will .  The first segment airs tomorrow at 11:30 and another will air on Wednesday, August 26 at 11:30.  Tune in to 90.3FM to hear the interviews and their music.

Balthrop, Alabama will be LIVE at MASS MoCA on Saturday, August 29 with a huge band and Michael Arthur “accompanying” them on pen and ink.  He’ll sketch the band as they perform and the sketches will be projected behind the band.

The beauty of blogging: Since I just linked to Michael Arthur I clicked on his blog page and found this beautiful succinct, travel journal about his month on the road with the good folks of Balthrop, Alabama. You owe it to yourself to read it. Scroll down after the entry about Chita Rivera and scroll down further for his stunning video for Good Ideas Grow on Trees. And, if that isn’t enough, he was just in the NYT in mid July with the moving story of how he got started as an artist.

Posted August 17, 2009 by MASS MoCA
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Julia on Dory

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We’ve got a great show coming up with Julia Greenberg singing Dory Previn songs on Saturday, August 8.  While all our Alt Cabarets are cool, this one is special for a couple of reasons which Julia detailed in a recent email:

I started doing short sets of Dory’s music last year in NYC. Her step-son found me on facebook because he saw an advertisement for one of the shows, and said that I should send Dory a recording of the shows. I did, and she called me immediately upon receiving it to say how much she liked the interpretations. Since then, I’ve had the chance to talk on the phone with  her  about her fascinating history —from writing music for Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra in the early sixties  to selling out Carnegie Hall as a confessional singer-songwriter in the 70s.

The reason I was so keen to play at MASS MoCA is that Dory and her husband Joby Baker (an actor and painter of some renown) live in Western Mass. When they heard about the show, they invited me to spend the day with them at their home and gave me some obscure recordings to consider performing during my set. I just heard from them today and they confirmed that they will definitely be coming to the show.

Its so fantastic Dory is making the effort to come!

We hope you’ll make the effort to come too!

Posted July 27, 2009 by MASS MoCA
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Remember to tune in

My fortnightly reminder that I’ll be on WNAW 1230 AM tomorrow morning Thursday August 7 at 8:30 AM. And let me tell you, August is wicked busy. (Ok, I’m originally from the mid-west and we don’t use the word wicked in that context, but when in Rome…..and we ARE wicked busy). I’ll be talking about two of our Moonlit Movies, Out of Africa and North by Northwest, and two Alternative Cabarets Dark Dark Dark and Hidden City featuring Charlie Burnham and one wicked cool performance piece called Swoon from Australian troupe Strange Fruit. (There I go with the wicked again) and that’s just the next 10 days!

Tune in tomorrow on WNAW 1230AM at 8:30AM for On Stage at MASS MoCA with me, Eric. (I promise I won’t say wicked. Really. I wicked promise).

Eric Nottke

Production Manager for the Performing Arts and Film at MASS MoCA

Posted August 6, 2008 by MASS MoCA
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