(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Four musicians representing bands including the Rolling Stones, Guns n’ Roses, Smashing Pumpkins, the Replacements, Hole and Rasputina – all equally distinguished for their solo work and all four residents of this riverside city – are joining forces on Sunday, January 27, 2013, at 7pm at Club Helsinki Hudson, for an unprecedented collaboration called “Home Bass: 4 Strings, 4 Hearts,” to benefit the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, Columbia County Habitat, and its innovative project, the Columbia Passive Townhouses. Now being built in Hudson at 244-246 Columbia Street, these revolutionary homes will reduce their owners’ energy consumption and costs by 90 percent. The project is the first affordable housing development to be built in New York State according to Passive House design and construction standards. The four musicians — Melissa Auf Der Maur (Hole/Smashing Pumpkins), Meshell Ndegeocello, Tommy Stinson (The Replacements/Guns ‘n Roses), and Melora Creager (Rasputina), three bassists and one cellist (Creager) along with other local musicians and friends — will perform in a cabaret-style format, with rotating cast of players and special guests, including Cathy Grier, the self-styled “NYC Subway Girl.”
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – MASS MoCA’s Thursday night Cinema Lounge series kicks off on Thursday, January 24, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. with The Other Dream Team, which follows the remarkable journey of the members of the Lithuanian basketball team from their oppression under Soviet rule to their triumphant emergence as liberators. Nominated for Best Documentary at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, the movie – which recounts the team’s unique partnership with the Grateful Dead, which supported and sponsored their efforts, and their celebrated 1992 Olympics triumph — kicks off the Cinema Lounge series titled “Compete!”, which features five films about winning, losing, and how you play the game.
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – 100 Hours in the Woodshed IV, a collage biennial in which 30 artists from across the country create new collage-based work in real time on site over the course of five days, returns to MCLA Gallery 51 on Main Street in North Adams on Thursday, January 24, 2013. The exhibition that will result from their work will open on Tuesday, January 29. A reception will be held on Thursday, January 24, at 5-7 p.m., in MCLA Gallery 51, where members of the community can meet the artists who will participate in this year’s Woodshed project and resulting art exhibition. The event is free and open to the public. This will be MCLA Gallery 51’s fourth Woodshed, a collage collective created by North Adams-based artist, Daniel O’Connor. The gallery-as-makeshift-studio will be open to the public to come see the artistic process and progress from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass..) — A painting is a three-dimensional object, but often visitors to art museums are only privy to one aspect, and thus are deprived of the whole story the artwork can tell. In the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s exhibition Backstories: The Other Side of Art, the hidden aspects of works of art are exposed, revealing when and how they were made, how they have been cared for by collectors, and the many changes they have undergone. Spanning five centuries, the exhibition includes paintings, works on paper, sculpture, silver, and porcelain. Most of the objects in the exhibition will be displayed on pedestals, allowing visitors to view them from all sides. Special inscriptions and other details that may have gone unnoticed in a typical exhibition setting will be highlighted. Backstories is on view at The Clark from Saturday, December 22, 2012 through April 21, 2013.
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Phoenix Project, two spectacular and massive birds fabricated with construction and demolition debris from Beijing, will be shown in their premiere exhibition outside China as the dramatic centerpiece of a major exhibition of Xu Bing‘s work on view in MASS MoCA‘s signature space — Building 5 — from December 22, 2012, through October 31, 2013. Installed in the 300-foot main gallery, the two great phoenixes — each nearly 100 feet long and weighing nearly 20 tons in all — were inspired by the artist’s observations of the dramatic changes in Chinese society upon his return from a long stay in the United States. The multitude of glass skyscrapers rising in the major urban centers was a potent symbol of China’s rapid accumulation of wealth and its astounding new development. Xu spent two years creating the mammoth birds, collecting and purchasing materials from construction sites in Beijing between 2008 and 2010.
(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 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.