(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Before popular world-building games like Sim City and Minecraft, there was visual artist Jerry Gretzinger. Gretzinger has created a vast living map comprised of individual, handcrafted panels, a map which evolves and shape-shifts as he reworks a panel every day. With over 2,600 painted and collaged panels spanning a jaw-dropping 2,000 square feet, the extraordinary project comes to MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, where Jerry’s Map will be displayed publicly, in its entirety, for the very first time, for nine days only — Friday, October 5, 2012 through Sunday, October 14, 2012. During the exhibition, Gretzinger will continue to work on the project, while filmmaker Greg Whitmore uses this opportunity to convert the entire Hunter Center into a film soundstage, documenting the artist and this project. MASS MoCA will host a special Meet the Artist party with Gretzinger and Whitmore on Saturday, October 6, from 5 to 7pm.
Jerry’s Map began in 1963 when Gretzinger doodled a map of a small imaginary town on a piece of paper. Then, in Gretzinger’s words, “there was this moment when I came to the edge of that sheet of paper and got out another sheet of paper and… I taped them together. That’s when I kind of realized, it had a life of its own.”
(NORTH ADAMS and PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – The most famous novel ever written in the Berkshires – and perhaps anywhere in America and the world – comes to life this week courtesy of the Gare St. Lazare Players Ireland, when they bring their innovative adaptation of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick to the MCLA Church Street Center in North Adams on Thursday, October 4, 2012, at 8pm, as part of MCLA Presents! series, and then to Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield on Friday, October 5, 2012, at 8 pm, as part of Pittsfield’s Call Me Melville festival.
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – The Bandana Splits bring nostalgic charm to MASS MoCA’s Club B-10 on Saturday, October 6, 2012, at 8pm. The Brookyn-based trio of Dawn Landes, Lauren Balthrop, and Annie Nero re-creates the bubblegum pop and doo-wop styles of the 1950s and ’60s with upbeat three-part harmonies featuring ukuleles, guitars, and even kazoos.
(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – The Berkshire Botanical Garden’s 78th annual Harvest Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7, 2012. Always a highlight of the fall season in the Berkshires, the festival features much-loved autumnal activities for the whole family, including continuous live entertainment, a two-day silent auction, distinctive regional crafters, a farmer’s market, giant tag sale, and an Opportunity Clothing and Plant Sale featuring mums and bulbs. New this year is “Accessorize,” a second-hand pop-up shop offering gently used purses, hats, and ties.
Spinners, weavers, leatherworkers, handcrafted jewelry, wood accessories, ceramics, wreaths, photography and more will be featured at a crafts fair, a renowned showcase for 70 local and New England-based artisans. Drop-in workshops for gardeners include informal classes on seasonal topics such as seed saving, garden wrap-up, pickling and invasive plant control.
Continuous music all weekend long includes bands such as Alan Chartock’s Berkshire Ramblers, Terry a la Berry’s songs for kids, The Lucky Fives, 8 Mile River Band, Higher Help, Down Home, Frank Schapp, and a wandering banjo player.