SEX MOB to PLAY ORIGINAL SCORE to ITALIAN SILENT CLASSIC at MASS MoCA
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Sex Mob, trumpeter Steven Bernstein’s wild and wooly avant-jazz party band, performs its brand-new original score to a live screening of “Maciste in Hell,” a seminal film of the Italian silent era, in Club B-10 at MASS MoCA on Saturday, April 4, at 8pm. The movie stars Bartolomeo Pagano as Maciste, a Herculean strongman whose physical prowess and matching virtue are tested when the Devil and his minions capture him and drag him to hell. Fellini cites the film as one that inspired him to lead a life in cinema.
JIM SCHANTZ LANDSCAPES FEATURED at BERKSHIRE MUSEUM
(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Luminous, vibrant landscapes by Berkshire-based artist Jim Schantz are on view at Berkshire Museum now through Sunday, May 10, the first exhibition in a new series to be mounted in the Museum’s Crane Room. Titled “Into the Light,” the exhibition is curated by Maria Mingalone, the museum’s director of interpretation. An artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, April 2, from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Known for his spectacular depictions of the Berkshire Hills, the Housatonic River, and other compelling outdoor scenes from farther afield, Jim Schantz finds inspiration for his paintings and pastels in nature.
GRYPHON TRIO to PLAY WORKS by HAYDN, SHOSTAKOVICH, SCHUBERT at WILLIAMS
(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – The Gryphon Trio performs works by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Schubert in a free concert at Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus on Tuesday, April 7 at 8pm. The Gryphon Trio has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent trios, with a repertoire that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia. The trio performs Haydn’s Trio in E Major, Shostakovich’s Trio No. 2 in E Minor, op. 67, and Schubert’s Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major for piano, violin, and cello.
WORKS by DAWN BLACK on VIEW at IAP
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Incitements of Folly, a new show of touching works on paper and paintings by Baton Rouge artist Dawn Black opens at Independent Art Projects (IAP) with an artist reception on Saturday, April 4, at 3pm. Incitements of Folly takes a candid look at the personifications of “folly” within the broader context of Black’s primary themes: dynamics and imbalances of power; the constructs of identity and self awareness; and, depictions of the socially absurd. The exhibition, presented by CYNTHIA-REEVES, runs through Sunday, May 3, 2015. Black’s work examines the practice of masquerade and its role in relation to conceptions of identity and power.
NELLIE McKAY BRINGS NEW ALBUM of ‘60S SONGS to HELSINKI HUDSON
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Cabaret-rock singer-songwriter Nellie McKay brings her uniquely eccentric blend of pop, rock, jazz and hip-hop to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, April 5, at 8pm. Her performance comes just a week after the release of her new album, “My Weekly Reader,” on which she revisits some of the melodies born out of the fertile, conflicted climate of the 1960s. With the aid of Beatles’ producer Geoff Emerick, McKay covers songs from the era of political turmoil and creative delight by Frank Zappa, Ray Davies, Steve Miller, Country Joe McDonald, and others.
NEIL GAIMAN and LAURIE ANDERSON to TALK SHOP at BARD
(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) — Author Neil Gaiman will engage legendary multimedia artist Laurie Anderson in a public conversation on the topics of “Story Structure” and “Fiction vs. Autobiography” in the Sosnoff Theater of the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College on Friday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m., in the third edition of an ongoing series of public conversations hosted by Gaiman as part of Live Arts Bard. Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned—and daring—creative pioneers. She is best known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of technology.