(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Blending 1970s Nubian songs, Western soul, and vintage Sudanese pop, Alsarah and the Nubatones rock Club B-10 at MASS MoCA on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at 8 p.m. Alsarah, a Sudanese-American firecracker, is the leading lady of this extraordinary band bound together by a collective love for Nubian music and the belief that soul transcends all cultural barriers.
(Stockbridge, Mass.) — Acclaimed comic book artist Alex Ross, whose work has appeared in print, on film, on album covers and in video games, is the subject of a retrospective exhibition opening at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday, November 10, 2012, and running through February 24, 2013. The show, Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross, will present a comprehensive look at the career of the artist who has been called “the Norman Rockwell of the comics world.” Organized by the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pa., the exhibition features more than 130 works, including paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures from Ross’ personal collection.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – New wave band Human Sexual Response embarks on a rare reunion tour, stopping at Club Helsinki Hudson on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at 8pm, on the occasion of the release of Unba Unba, a DVD recording of the band’s past live concert performances. Rasputina warms up the crowd. Best known for the college-radio hit “(I Want to Be) Jackie Onassis,” the group – named after the Masters and Johnson bestseller – was founded by four neighbors in Boston in 1978 as an all-kazoo band. The lineup expanded to seven members when it became a full-fledged rock band on Boston’s notoriously fertile punk/new wave scene of the early eighties, featuring four singers, Larry Bangor, Casey Cameron, Windle Davis and Dini Lamot, galvanized by guitarist Rich Gilbert, bassist Chris Maclachlan and drummer Malcolm Travis.
(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – On Friday, November 9, 2012, at 5:30 p.m., four-time National Poetry Slam champion Taylor Mali will read a selection of works at Crissey Farm in Great Barrington to benefit CATA. There is a suggested donation of $10 for the reading and reception. CATA (Community Access to the Arts) will host a writing workshop earlier in the day facilitated by Mali. Participants will include CATA’s writers with disabilities and creative writing faculty, as well as friends of CATA and members of the community. Mali will read some of the work produced in the workshop, as well as a selection of his own highly acclaimed writing.