MULTIMEDIA CHAMBER OPERA ABOUT CHELSEA MANNING GETS MASS MoCA SHOWING
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – “The Source,” a multimedia chamber opera about Private Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning – who leaked hundreds of thousands of classified military documents to the public via WikiLeaks – will get a work-in-progress showing in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Friday, October 10, at 8pm. In this penetrating music-theatre work, Brooklyn-based composer Ted Hearne and director Daniel Fish dive into the media hysteria responsible for the many faces of the Army private who infamously leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.
PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION SHOWCASES ‘RURBANISM’ at SOHN FINE ART GALLERY
(LENOX, Mass.) – Rurbanism, a group show featuring the work of nine photographers united in theme by interpretations of the modern concept of Rural Urbanism, or an integration of Rural and Urban concepts, ideas and communities, or the disappearance of the duality between countryside and city, is on view at Sohn Fine Art Gallery through November. There will be an artist’s reception and a booksigning by Nathan Benn, one of the photographers featured in the exhibit, on Saturday, October 11, from 4 to 7pm.
HUDOST and ELIZABETH & THE CATAPULT at WHITNEY CENTER
(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Neo-folk world fusion duo HuDost returns to the Berkshires to perform at the Whitney Center for the Arts with Elizabeth & the Catapult in a collaborative evening of Song & Sufi Kirtan on Saturday, October 11, at 7:30pm. HuDost will back up Elizabeth on her set as the Catapult and Elizabeth will back HuDost on their set on keyboards and vocals. There will be an eclectic mixture of original songs, traditional Eastern European numbers as well as some cover songs and unannounced special guests.
GUITARIST GARY LUCAS PERFORMS ORIGINAL LIVE SCORE to CHINESE CLASSIC ‘THE GODDESS’ at MASS MoCA
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Composer/guitarist Gary Lucas performs his original score to “The Goddess” (1934), a touchstone of Chinese cinema directed by Wu Yonggang and starring incomparable Shanghai diva Ruan Lingyu, in Club B-10 at MASS MoCA on Saturday, October 11, at 8pm. Lucas is one of the pioneers of the new wave of composers writing and performing new scores for old films. He is also an idiosyncratic guitarist who has developed his own, unique language on the instrument.
ABSTRACTED LANDSCAPES by THREE PAINTERS at ECLIPSE MILL GALLERY
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – To Each Her Own, an exhibit featuring paintings by Sharon Carson, Cathy Doocy, and Debi Pendell, opens at the Eclipse Mill Gallery with an opening reception on Saturday, October 11, from 6 to 8pm, and remains on view through October 26. All three artists play with line, shape, form, color, space, contrast, and pattern to create their abstracted landscapes.
LEE BOROSON’S IMMERSIVE ‘LANDSCAPES’ TAKE OVER MASS MoCA’S MASSIVE GALLERY
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Plastic Fantastic, an exhibition of works by New York-based artist Lee Boroson featuring immersive installations that use inflatables, fabric, and light to create phenomenological experiences based on elemental forces in nature, opens in MASS MoCA‘s largest gallery in Building 5 on Saturday, October 11. An opening reception will be held that day from 4 to 6pm.
JON SPENCER’S HEAVY TRASH to BRING PSYCHOBILLY to HELSINKI HUDSON
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Psychobilly duo Heavy Trash – featuring singer-guitarist Jon Spencer of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Pussy Galore – will bring its noirish blend of rockabilly, garage punk, alt-country and early rock ‘n’ roll to Club Helsinki Hudson on Thursday, October 9, at 8pm. Bloodshot Bill warms up the crowd for Heavy Trash. In Heavy Trash, Spencer teams up with his pal, singer-bassist Matt Verta-Ray, formerly of New York bands Madder Rose and Speedball Baby. Together, the two create a vintage sound, transporting audiences back to the mid-1950s when by its very nature rock ‘n’ roll was avant-punk – a music ahead of its time. When it’s played as honestly as they play it in Heavy Trash, rock retains as much shock and awe as it had in its early days.