Dinner + Theater = $40

We’re pairing up with our friends at Taylor’s Fine Dining to offer you a very attractively price dinner & theater package. On October 9, You can enjoy great food at Taylor’s (including a glass of wine!) and a great show at MASS MoCA (Cynthia Hopkins’ The Truth: A Tragedyfor just $40!

Here are the details.  Prix fixe dinner at Taylor’s includes: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted September 30, 2010 by MASS MoCA
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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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Bang on a Can Week 1 in Pictures

As always we are so delighted to have the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival faculty and staff on campus sharing their music, passion, and talent with the MASS MoCA staff and patrons. Below is a pictorial diary of a variety of events from the first week of Bang on a Can. We are also capturing the whole Festival on video so expect a week 1 video to follow soon! If you haven’t made it to a Bang on a Can event yet you still have two more weeks to experience the wonderful, crazy, and contemporary with these amazing musicians.

Gallery Recitals





Welcome Dinner


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Posted July 19, 2010 by Brittany Bishop
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BYO zinc oxide!


One of our favorite North Adams traditions (besides the Christmas Tree Lighting) is Eagle Street Beach,  started by a local artist, Eric Rudd.  Once a year Eagle Street is closed for the afternoon and turned into a beach through the deposit of enormous amounts of sand –  so much sand that kids can dig really big holes and build massive sandcastles.  This year Eagle Street Beach is happening a little earlier than usual on Friday, July 9 from 3:30 – 6:30 AND its being extended into the evening for grown ups who want to feel the sand between their toes.  The beach is closed from 6:30 – 7:00 then reopens with margaritas, music, and more for sale until 10 PM.  Good vibrations for sure.

Posted July 7, 2010 by MASS MoCA
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Artist Discussion Next Week


Our good friend artist Peggy Diggs has organized a series of Artist Discussions. The second one will take place on Tuesday, July 13, at 7 p.m. in the studio of William Oberst at 16 Holden Street, just off Main Street in downtown North Adams. July’s topic is, “Is it ‘Art vs. Life’, or are they one and the same?” Any and all northern Berkshire artists are welcome. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted July 2, 2010 by MASS MoCA
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Mavis Staples to play at Solid Sound Festival


Chicago native and American music icon Mavis Staples of the legendary Staple Singers is the latest performer to be added to the SOLID SOUND FESTIVAL lineup. Staples joins SOLID SOUND on the heels of completing work on her new album, which was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. Get the connection? Rolling Stone calls her, “the most underrated diva of the century. “  She’s amazing but don’t take our word for it, come see for yourself!

The SOLID SOUND FESTIVAL comedy stage is now also fully booked and ready to go. We’ve tapped comedian Todd Barry (The Wrestler, Flight of the Conchords) to headline Read the rest of this entry »

Posted May 26, 2010 by MASS MoCA
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