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Take a trip to outer space with Quindar — Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen and his art and music collaborator James Merle Thomas. The multimedia duo synch electronic music with historical recordings and film, especially from NASA’s early manned missions. The results are mesmerizingly beautiful, and they packed the house at last summer’s Solid Sound.Join us during the day for the museum’s annual Free Day, from 11am to 7pm.

When: Jan 20, 2018 8pm in North Adams, MA
Jenny Holzer Teacher Workshop with Art21 & MASS MoCA
MASS MoCA is partnering with PBS’s Art21 documentary series on an Art and Social Change high school teacher workshop centered around the work of Jenny Holzer, particularly the Redaction Paintings on view in MASS MoCA's Building 6, which feature declassified documents around the Iraq War and enhanced interrogation techniques at Guantanamo Bay. The workshop will encourage teachers to consider how they can use the arts to develop learning opportunities for students to consider such questions as the nature of truth, dissemnitation of information, authority, and narrative.  Workshop Overview: Friday, 1/26     5pm - Public screening of selections from Art:21's series of Holzer videos                         7pm - Welcoming reception (for workshop participants only) Saturday, 1/27  9am-4pm - Hands-on workshop led by educators from the museum and from Art21 (lunch provided) Teachers who then spend 2 additional hours creating a related lesson plan will be able to earn 10 PDP credits. Registration is free but space is limited. Non-visual arts educators are encouraged to attend. Art teachers within a 100-mile radius who register with a non-visual arts colleague will receive a fully-funded (bus included!) field trip to MASS MoCA to participate in an "Examining Truth" tour, featuring the Jenny Holzer exhibition.

When: Jan 26, 2018 5pm in North Adams, MA
Alicia Hall Moran
In the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, two figure skaters representing America and East Germany battled for Olympic gold, both accompanied by music from Carmen. Mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran, herself a former figure skater, tells Georges Bizet’s epic story in an all-out musical fantasy for the concert stage, joined by fearless NYC jazz trio Harriet Tubman.

When: Jan 27, 2018 8pm in North Adams, MA
Patrick Gray Jr.
Join me for an evening of solo acoustic music, great food and drink in a great atmosphere! Hope to see you there.

When: Jan 27, 2018 8pm in North Adams, MA
Rafiq Bhatia
Rafiq Bhatia is a guitarist and composer who balances meticulous sound art with searing improvisation, “transcending real sound in real time with the unexpected” (The New York Times). As a member of Son Lux he anchors the ensemble’s minimal arrangements — and here he appears in a new trio.

When: Feb 10, 2018 8pm in North Adams, MA
JP Murphy Band
Join us for an evening of foot stomping Irish music in a great Pub atmosphere! Hope to see you there.

When: Feb 10, 2018 8pm in North Adams, MA
POLIÇA / s t a r g a z e
s t a r g a z e, Berlin’s collective of new music mavericks, joins forces with the brooding pop of Poliça to create a new evening-length work Music for the Long Emergency, commissioned by and premiered with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series. Pitchfork describes Poliça as “digitized Norah Jones atop Radiohead at its most polyrhythmic.” Fold in one of Europe’s hottest ensembles for a sense of this boundary-breaking collaboration. A new work for the ensemble by Daniel Wohl opens the show.

When: Feb 15, 2018 8pm in North Adams, MA
The FPA Theatre Program presents Eugene Ionesco's cautionary drama. In a small-town cafe, Beringer meets his friend Jean, when suddenly, it’s a rhinoceros! Not long after, another, then another, until soon, the square is overrun with rhinos! Berenger realizes, to his horror, that people are actually TURNING INTO RHINOS! It is an epidemic of 'Rhinoceritis' and nearly everyone succumbs in this absurdist allegory about the nature of moral strength and the human race’s ability to stand up to fascism. General Admission - $15.00 MCLA Alumni - $12.00 MCLA Faculty, Staff - $10.00 Non-MCLA Students (highschool or college) - $10.00 MCLA Students - $5.00

When: Feb 23, 2018 8pm in North Adams, MA
Cost: $5.00 - $15.00
Ahmed Gallab makes music that is joyful and generous, with a razor-sharp message about community and social justice. He led the 15-piece Atomic Bomb Band, with collaborators that included David Byrne, Damon Albarn, and Jamie Lidell. Now he visits MASS MoCA with his 6-piece project Sinkane, horns blazing.

When: Feb 24, 2018 8pm in North Adams, MA
CJ Field
North Adams native CJ Field wasn’t born with a guitar in his hand — but he could have been. Field carved out a place for himself on the Nashville scene as a frontman of the edgy rock-and-roots collaborative Delta Riot and as a chart-topping songwriter. He’s back in his hometown for a show of spirited, gritty guitar that’s sure to please all you fans of Sam Cooke, Levon Helm, or Ryan Adams.

When: Mar 3, 2018 8pm in North Adams, MA