Thank you to thousands of visitors who walked downtown North Adams this summer to explore our galleries, to shop at NA,MA businesses and to enjoy our city! DownStreet Art V was a great success. North Adams is now a much more colorful city and we look forward to our next season… STAY TUNED for upcoming events, DSA usually shows up, more or less unexpectedly, throughout the year! THANK YOU!

Thank you our SPONSORS, to our supporters, aficionados, friends, volunteers, to the artists, the students and to everyone that makes DSA possible!


Nora Chipaumire: Miriam

Saturday, August 25, 2012, 8:00 pm
Hunter Center
$15/$10 for students/10% discount for members
Member tickets are not available via the internet.


An evening-length work written and choreographed by New York-based Zimbabwean dance theatre artist Nora Chipaumire, Miriam is inspired by Chipaumire’s own history as well as the icons of legendary South African artist Miriam Makeba and the Virgin Mary. Miriam explores the tensions women face between public expectations and private desires, selflessness and ambition, and the perfection and sacrifice of the feminine ideal.



Ophira Eisenberg

Saturday, August 18, 2012, 8:00 pm
Club B-10
$15/$10 for students/10% discount for members
Member tickets are not available via the internet.


A veteran of The Moth and a mainstay on the New York City standup and storytelling circuit, the Calgary-bred Ophira Eisenberg is one of Canada’s finest comedy exports since the word “mounty.” She was named one of New York Magazine‘s “Top 100 Comics,” and is the host of NPR’s new trivia and puzzle show Ask Me Another.


500 Clown: Trapped

Saturday, August 11, 2 & 7 PM
Hunter Center
$12 adults/$8 kids under 12/10% discount for members
Member tickets are not available via the internet.


The remarkably clever ensemble 500 Clown ricochets between planned elements and improvisation, with breathtaking speed and to powerful effect. Trapped features the troupe’s signature mix of high physicality, raw emotion, and powerful storytelling that all ages can appreciate. Using an innovative set piece, three clown-musicians are unexpectedly ensnared. Their response spirals out of control and into slapstick mishaps and vaudevillian turns as they try to escape the trap they’ve made for themselves.



Real Estate

Thursday, August 9, 8 PM
Courtyard C or Hunter Center
$14 advance/$18 day of show/10% discount for members
Member tickets are not available via the internet.


The New Jersey indie band Real Estates “share[s] tones with North Jersey indie rock titans Yo La Tengo and The Feelies, pouring those influences through warm impressions of oldies radio” (Pitchfork). The band is on a steady and easy rise to greatness; their sophomore album Days, released last fall, saw them tighten and refine their brand of timeless, melodic, and genuine music — consolidating the breezy sketches of earlier work into lo-fi, graceful, summery pop songs.


Girl Walk / / All Day

Saturday, August 4, 2012, 9:00 pm
Courtyard C or Hunter Center
$15 advance/$19 day of/10% member discount
Member tickets are not available via the internet.


The film Girl Walk / / All Day is a long-form dance music video set to Girl Talk’s album All Day in which three dancers move across New York City, turning its sidewalks, parks, and architecture into an evolving urban stage. This event features a full screening of Girl Walk / / All Day, other music videos and short films, dancer John Doyle from the film presenting new work, and DJ King Roomie Rock and DJ CDR spinning late into the night.

Visit the film’s website.


Wilco Benefit Concert

Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 8:00 pm
Hunter Center

There are still a handful of tickets available for this special event. Call the Box Office at 413 662 2111 to inquire.

MASS MoCA and Wilco have announced that the band will perform this summer in North Adams on July 31, with 100% of the proceeds to benefit the museum, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization. This special evening will take place in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, an indoor venue which will have a capacity capped at 1000, in a general admission, standing room only configuration. “On a different and more intimate scale than Wilco’s other New England appearances, this will be a rare opportunity to feel Wilco’s ‘whole love’ up close,” said MASS MoCA Director Joseph Thompson. “The museum galleries will be open until 30 minutes before the performance that evening for those who want to take in some art as part of their visit.”

In a break with the sometimes inconvenient — and frequently frustrating — tradition of awarding scarce concert tickets to the person who happens to be the first to break through a long telephone queue, tickets for the concert are being sold through a unique “Name your Own Price” auction/lottery. “It’s an experiment, which we hope proves to be more civilized, more fair, and more fun than the standard mode of ticket sales,” said MASS MoCA Director Joseph Thompson, “and we hope it brings MASS MoCA the strong charitable support which is at the heart of this special evening.”

The first 500 tickets will be sold to bidders who make the highest offers online over a two and a half day period which begins at 10 AM on Friday, April 13, and runs through 10 AM on Monday, April 16. To maximize the chance of getting tickets -– and also support MASS MoCA -– bidders should make the highest offer they can. Those whose bids are not among the top 500 will still have a chance to score tickets to this performance when their bid is placed into a random lottery. Bidders drawn from a hat will be offered the opportunity to purchase a pair of tickets at the price named on their bid form.

The benefit is courtesy of Wilco, with additional support from Higher Ground Presents.

Wilco’s latest album, the Grammy-nominated The Whole Love, is out now on the band’s own dBpm Records. “Quite simply, this is the work of a great band at the peak of their powers, and The Whole Love is a joy to hear…confirming once again that Wilco is as good a band as America can claim in the 21st century.” – All Music

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Jeff Tweedy formed Wilco in the mid-1990’s. The Whole Love is the third album by the band’s current lineup, which solidified in 2004 when guitarist Nels Cline and guitarist/keyboardist Patrick Sansone joined Tweedy, founding bassist John Stirratt, drummer Glenn Kotche and keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen. Together, they released Sky Blue Sky in 2007 and the Grammy-nominated Wilco (The Album) in 2009. Wilco have won Grammy Awards for their 2004 release A Ghost is Born in the Best Alternative Album and Best Recording Package categories. Wilcoʼs Jeff Tweedy won a Grammy award as producer for Mavis Staples’ 2010 album You Are Not Alone.

Wilco have released 10 studio albums to date, including Mermaid Avenue Volumes 1 & 2, which, in collaboration with British folk singer Billy Bragg, set original music to song lyrics by the truest of American icons, songwriter Woody Guthrie.

Wilco’s dBpm Records is a full-service label releasing all future Wilco recordings and more. ANTI- Records provides distribution and additional label services for all dBpm releases. In 2010 Wilco, in collaboration with MASS MoCA created the Solid Sound Festival, a three-day event of music, art, comedy and culture. The festival returns to MASS MoCA June 21, 2013. For more information please visit or

Read a press release about the event.

Come early! Galleries open until 7:30 pm.

Co-presented with Higher Ground Presents.


Bang on a Can: 2012 Marathon with Steve Reich

Saturday, July 28, 2012, 4:00 pm
Hunter Center
$24/$35 day pass (includes gallery admission)/$15 students/10% member discount
Member tickets are not available via the internet.


Legendary composer Steve Reich returns for a 6-hour boundary-busting, ear-pleasing, innovative concert and gathering of music lovers. Featuring over 50 musicians and composers from around the world, this concert is one of the most diverse, open, and exciting summer music events in the Berkshires. Ticket-holders are welcome to come and go as they please and enjoy food and drinks plus ice cream from Lickety Split between songs throughout the concert.

Steve Reich will be on hand to hear his hard-rocking 2×5 (premiered and recorded by Bang on a Can), the ever-popular Eight Lines, and a rare performance of Cello Counterpoint, played live by eight cellists. The performance will also feature George Crumb’s virtuosic and eerie Ancient Voices of Children, Lou Harrison’s wild and lyrical Violin Concerto, plus music by Hans Abrahamsen, Dan Becker, Jeffrey Brooks, David Crowell, Michael Gordon, Lou Harrison, David Lang, Missy Mazzoli, Pauline Oliveros, Giacinto Scelsi, Julia Wolfe, and more.


Saturday, July 21, 2012, 8:00 pm
Hunter Center
$24/$35 day pass (includes gallery admission)/$15 students/10% member discount
Member tickets are not available via the internet.


The Bang on a Can All-Stars return to MASS MoCA for the first time in five years with a new multimedia project featuring hot-off-the-presses new commissioned works by Tyondai Braxton, Mira Calix, Florent Ghys, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Christian Marclay, Todd Reynolds (performing live), Julia Wolfe, and Nick Zammuto (also performing live). These composers went into the field of sound itself to find something old or record something new, and responded to what they found with their music, in a dialogue. All-Stars playing in this concert include Ashley Bathgate, Vicky Chow, and David Cossin. Collaborators include Gregg August, Derek Johnson, Eileen Mack, Todd Reynolds, and Nick Zammuto.


Wed July 11 – Sat July 28, 2012
MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
Daily 4:30 pm recitals free with gallery admission
About the Festival
For over 10 years, the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA has presented thousands of hours of music and hosted hundreds of talented musicians. Join us for three weeks of contemporary music featuring live music every day: daily gallery recitals, free community performances, kids events, two major concerts, and more.

Special Upcoming Events

  • July 11, 1:30 and 4:30 PM: FREE (with admission) gallery recitals begin!
  • July 12, 8:30 PM: live performance of Michael Gordon’sTimber at the Chalet. Curious? Watch a preview here.
  • July 25, 7:00 PM: Bang on a Can at Windsor Lake, North Adams

Major Concerts

Gallery Recitals
Inspired by the art on display, the faculty and fellows of Bang on a Can perform in the galleries twice a day. The earlier recitals at 1:30 PM can pop up anywhere on our campus, so prepare to be surprised! The 4:30 PM recitals are more structured (but still casual) and fill the galleries with extraordinary music. Take in the whole performance or just a portion.

Recital Highlights

  • July 11: David Cossin, percussion
  • July 12: Vicky Ray, piano
  • July 13: Ashley Bathgate, cello plus others
  • July 14: John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes by Vicky Chow on piano
  • July 16: Todd Reynolds
  • July 18: Ken Thompson
  • July 19: David Lang, Child
  • July 20: Gregg August, bass; Nick Photinos, cello
  • July 21: the music of Philip Glass
  • July 23: festival composer premieres
  • July 24: the music of Julia Wolfe
  • July 27: cello extravaganza – trios, quartets, and octets