(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Storyboard P and his troupe, the Warriorz, bring their stylized street dance to Club B-10 at MASS MoCA on Saturday, February 28, at 8pm. Storyboard P has been called “the Basquiat of street dance,” and “a man whose dancing seems to belong less to the limitations of the human body and more to the magic of special effects.” Kinetic, fluid, and utterly mesmerizing, Storyboard P elevates street dancing to a form of high art with his explosive energy, smooth yet spasmodic style, and perpetually in-the-moment stage presence.
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Uncanny Valley, a show of innovative works on paper and paintings by New England-based artist Shona Macdonald, opens at Independent Art Projects on Saturday, February 28, with a reception from 3 to 5pm. The exhibition, presented by CYNTHIA-REEVES, runs through March 29. Uncanny Valley is a new series developed from 2013 to 2015 that explores how human intervention interrupts the landscape. Macdonald deciphers those interruptions in illustrative and figural forms: tarps covering over-wintered plants, reflectors resembling eyes, hay bales becoming teeth.
MOMENTA QUARTET to PLAY IVES and TAN DUN at SIMON’S ROCK
(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – The adventurous Momenta Quartet will perform works by Charles Ives and Tan Dun at Simon’s Rock College as part of the South Berkshire Concerts series on Saturday, February 28, at 8pm in the McConnell Auditorium of the Daniel Arts Center. The program will include the Second String Quartet of Charles Ives followed by “Ghost Opera,” a theatrical work for quartet and pipa, a Chinese lute, composed by Tan Dun, perhaps China’s best known living composer. The quartet will be joined in this performance by pipa virtuoso Zhou Yi.
(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Machine Age Modernism: Prints from the Daniel Cowin Collection, featuring works created by artists associated with London’s Grosvenor School of Modern Art in the 1930s and 1940s that were inspired by such prewar movements as Futurism and Cubism and used innovative techniques, goes on view at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, February 28, 2015, and remain on display through May 17, 2015. The exhibition considers the history and politics that inspired many artists working during and between World Wars I and II, artists of the Machine Age who defied aesthetic and technical conventions in order to convey the vitality of industrial society and changed printmaking in the process.
(TROY, N.Y.) – Performance artist Ryder Cooley will present her new multimedia work, “Revival,” at the Tavern Bar and Library above Pecks Arcade (217 Broadway) coinciding with Troy Night Out on Friday, February 27, at 9pm. The program is a 20-minute live-cinema performance comprised of re-edited archival film, live music, recorded sound, projections, shadows and movement. Cooley will also perform a selection of musical numbers from her vast repertoire with her Dust Bowl Faeries bandmate Karen Cole. Regional storyteller Richard Lovrich of Regrettable Lagniappe fame will be introducing each of the sets with a series of short story readings topically appropriate to the evening’s theme.
(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – George Thorogood & The Destroyers bring their singular style of boogie-blues to the Colonial Theatre on Tuesday, March 3, at 7:30pm. Legendary Boston-based soul-rock shouter Barrence Whitfield opens the show. George Thorogood and his longtime band, the Destroyers boast a catalog of iconic hits, including “Bad To The Bone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” and “Move It On Over.” Barrence Whitfield is a full-throttle soul-screamer in the spirit of Little Richard, Wilson Pickett and Solomon Burke.
NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS and ANDERS OSBORNE JOIN FORCES at HELSINKI HUDSON
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Grammy Award-nominated North Mississippi Allstars and singer-guitarist Anders Osborne will combine forces as N.M.O. (North Mississippi Osbornes) at Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, March 1, at 8pm. The evening will feature one acoustic and one electric set, combining the Southern blues-rock approach of the North Mississippi Allstars with Anders Osborne’s unique brand of New Orleans soul to make for a new American roots fusion.