NORTH ADAMS -- Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art announced this week a fall season highlighted by an array of musical, artistic and theatrical events.
According to a press release, the season commences with the second year of the FreshGrass Festival, featuring headliners David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Tony Rice, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Trampled by Turtles. The bluegrass festival runs from Friday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Sept. 23.
October's highlight is a massive work by Jerry Gretzinger to be displayed in the Hunter Center. "Jerry's Map: A Half Century of Imagination," is a half-century project of imagination which started in 1963 with a doodle of an imaginary town. Today, the map contains over 2,600 hand-drawn panels covering 2,000 square feet. From Oct. 5 to Oct. 14, Gretzinger sets up his studio in the Hunter Center, and the map is displayed for the first time ever in its entirety during the production of a new documentary film about Gretzinger by Greg Whitmore.
At the end of the month, on Oct. 26, English folksinger Laura Marling takes the Hunter Center stage for a solo show.
Other October music highlights includes Bandana Splits on Oct. 6 and Loser's Lounge with a Muppet Music Extravaganza on Oct. 20. Mass MoCA presents comedy with Nerd Nite on Saturday, Oct. 13, an event described as "like the Discovery Channel -- with beer."
November events include music in Club B-10 with Ben Perowsky's
On Dec. 8, Mass MoCA opens an installation by Chinese sensation Xu Bing in the oversized Building 5 Gallery. The centerpieces of his newest work, "Phoenix Project," are two birds, more than 90 feet long, fabricated entirely from materials harvested from constructions sites in urban China.
Two theater showings round out December: A staged reading of Tim Crouch's "My Arm" on Saturday, Dec. 1, and a work-in-progress showing of "Seagull (Thinking of you)" on Saturday, Dec. 15. The latter is presented by Half Straddle and PS 122, which works with, against, and beneath Chekhov's "The Seagull" and includes a Russian folk metal-influenced score.
Tickets for all events are available through the Mass MoCA Box Office located off Marshall Street. The box office is open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and closed Tuesdays. Tickets can also be charged by phone by calling 413-662-2111 during box office hours or purchased online at www.massmoca.org.
The Mass MoCA fall season at a glance
Sept. 21-23, daily
Oct. 5-14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"Jerry's Map: A Half Century of Imagination," Hunter Center
Oct. 6, 5-7 p.m.
Meet the artist reception, Hunter Center
Oct. 6, 8 p.m.
The Bandana Splits, Club B-10
Oct. 13, 8 p.m.
Nerd Nite, Club B-10
Oct. 19, 8 p.m.
Williamstown Film Fest, Hunter Center
Oct. 20, 11:30 a.m.
"Gallery Quest," in galleries
Oct. 20, 3 p.m.
The Loser's Lounge plays Muppet Extravaganza, Hunter Center
Oct. 26, 8 p.m.
Laura Marling, Hunter Center
Oct. 27, 4 p.m.
Guy Maddin's "The Saddest Music in the World," Club B-10
Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.
"LeWitticisms," in galleries
Nov. 3, 8 p.m.
Ben Perowsky's Moodswing Orchestra, Club B-10
Nov. 8, 6 p.m.
Book Club: Italo Calvino, in galleries
Nov. 10, 8 p.m.
Alsarah and the Nubatones, Club B-10
Nov. 16, 8 p.m.
Emily Johnson, Hunter Center
Dec. 1, 8 p.m.
Sundance, Club B-10
Dec. 8, 4-6 p.m.
Xu Bing, Building 5
Dec. 15, 8 p.m.
"Seagull (Thinking of You)," Hunter Center