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A Marriage: 1 (Suburbia)

Monday, August 26th - 6pm
Artist Talk, Bascom Lodge, Mount Greylock
Thursday, August 29th - 6pm-9pm
Exhibition Opening & Performance, Gallery 51
Monday, September 2nd - 10:30am-2pm
Gum Piece, Gallery 51
Saturday, September 21st - 4pm
Spray Piece, Gallery 51
Sunday, September 22nd - 4pm
Perry v. Schwarznegger Piece, Gallery 51

Nick & JakeMCLA Presents! steps into a double self-portrait steeped with the iconography of the American Dream with Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin's panorama of visual and performative art, A Marriage: 1 (Suburbia). Gallery 51's physical space will be transformed into a blend of perfomance art, video, sculpture, drawing, and sound, to create an immersive, mixed media installation that reveals the artists' experiences of their same-sex marriage and expresses their new standing as a normal American couple.

Orquesta, SCC
Co-presented with LAS, ALANA and other MCLA ClubsSaturday, September 14 - 2pm
MCLA Academic Quad
Rain site: MCLA Venable Gymnasium

OrchestraFall semester kicks off with Orquesta SCC throwing down Salsa music on MCLA's Quad. Orquesta Salsa con Cociencia "SCC" formerly known as La Excelencia, is 'The New Generation of "Salsa Dura". Orquesta SCC is an 11-piece salsa dura band based in New York City, that brings a modern vitality and social consciousness to the salsa genre, taking their bold sounds to salsa dancers and fans around the world. _____________________________________

"Creating Equality" Kickoff Event:
James McBride
Performance and talk, featuring excerpts from James' newest book "The Good Lord Bird"
Co-presented with MCLA's Office of Academic Affairs and MCLA's "Creating Equality" Series

Thursday, September 26 - 7:30pm
MCLA Church Street Center
Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium

 James McBrideJoin us for an evening with MCLA honorary degree holder James McBride as he shares his music, his thoughts, and his latest book, The Good Lord Bird. For this return engagement, James will be joined by four gospel singers. Together they will capture the audience through talk, music, and laughter. Be sure not to miss this night with this very special artist.

This event is free, however seating will be very limited. Please call 413.662.5391 for more information.

Word Becomes Flesh
Co-Presented with Williams College and MCLA's "Creating Equality" Series

Saturday, October 5th - 7:30pm
6pm Pre-Performance Discussion: Trayvon, Race and being a Black Man in America
MCLA Church Street Center
Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium

Word Becomes FleshA series of performed letters to an unborn son, Word Becomes Flesh (WBF) uses spoken word, dance, and live music to document nine months of pregnancy from a young single father's perspective.

Performed by an exceptionally talented cast of poet-performers, WBF fuses tender stories, playful wit, and at times, purposeful rage to give voice to complexities and contradictions surrounding race and gender in America.

With deep honesty and raw physicality, the play integrates hip-hip and contemporary dance to deconstruct black male identity in the 21st century. WBF lyrically and choreographically shares one man's experience of fatherhood and in doing so examines the legacy of patriarchy and male privilege and the continuum between fathers and sons. Together these narratives confront the interaction between the reality and the mythology of the black male body - from the cotton field to the athletic field and all spaces in between.

REWILDERMENT: Passing Through the Veil Between Worlds
Co-Presented with DownStreet Art and MCLA's Gallery 51

Thursday, October 31st - 8:30pm
Branch Gallery
18 Holden Street

rewilderment_smallA special All Hallows Eve show with music, projections, costumes, taxidermy and other macabre phenomena. Ryder, Hazel, & the Dust Bowl Faeries will serenade you with haunting songs on accordion, uke, lap steel guitar, and singing saw. Shana Falana will transport you with psychedelic pop songs.

Please come to our musical masquerade in your costumes, we will take you on a journey to the netherworlds.


Margaret A. Hart '35 Scholarship Concert
50 Years After the Fire

Featuring the MCLA Allegrettos and Craig Harris with the Nation of Imagination

Co-Presented with MCLA's Allegrettos Music Department and MCLA' "Creating Equality" Series

Sunday, November 10th - 6:00pm

MCLA's Church Street Center
Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium

Craig HarrisCraig Harris returns to the Berkshires with his newest work, "50 Years After the Fire". "50 Years" looks at the turbulent 60's - Harlem, Civil Rights movement and so much more. Joining Craig on stage will be some of New York's finest musicians including Carla Cooke and the Nation of Imagination and MCLA's very own Allegrettos.

Join us as we celebrate the life of Dr. Margaret Hart '35, the first woman of color to graduate from MCLA. All ticket sales go to support a scholarship for MCLA students in her name.

Be there!

The Chronicles of Rose
A Serial Drama by David Lane
Part  of MCLA Presents! Inaugural Puppet Fest!

Thursdays, October 24th, November 14th, January 23rd, and Wednesday, April 30th - 6:00pm
Branch Gallery
18 Holden Street

Chronicles of RoseSeasoned North Adams puppeteer, David Lane, in collaboration with Toronto's Shawna Reiter and Jonathan Davis will bring a Serial Puppet Drama to MCLA throughout the MCLA Presents! season. The Chronicles of Rose depicts the fretful time in Paris during the WWII Nazi occupation of France. Don't miss this complex, yet entertaining five-part drama!

A puppet show conceived by Laura Bartolomei
Part  of MCLA Presents! Inaugural Puppet Fest!

Monday, December 2nd - 6:00pm
Branch Gallery
18 Holden Street

DormeJoin Italian puppeteer Laura Bartolomei as she explores the darker
side of sleep. DORME, meaning "she sleeps" in Italian, follows the dreams of a little girl; the nightmares, beauty, and fears: We examine the questions of what happens when our rational life goes to sleep, how deeply dreams interfere with our day time lives, and how conscious we are about our night-life creativity?

Dorme has been selected among 225 shows for the competition at the Subotica 20th International Festival of Children's Theatre, Serbia, May 2

Sweetback Sisters
A Honky Tonk Holiday Sing Along

Thursday, December 12th - 7:30pm
MCLA Church Street Center
Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium

Sweetback SistersThe Sweetback Sisters triumphantly return to MCLA for our annual
Holiday Concert. The rollicking country swing of the Sweetback Sisters is as infectious as it is heartbreaking. Their charismatic charm
harkens back to the golden era of both the silver screen cowgirl and the ersatz cowboy stars. The group will have everyone singing
along to their upbeat Honky Tonk rhythms in no time.


9th Annual Blues and Funk Festival - Day One
Jesse Dee

Friday, February 7th - 7:30pm
MCLA Venable Gym

Jesse DeeWith his warm and honest sound, his instantly memorable melodies
and positive, slice-of-life lyrics (evoking the heyday of the Brill Building
songwriters), Jesse expertly updates soul music for contemporary audiences. Dee's label debut, On My Mind / In My Heart (AL 4952), was released on February 26, 2013.
9th Annual Blues and Funk Festival - Day Two
Walter "Wolfman" Washington

Saturday, February 8th - 7:30pm
MCLA Venable Gym

Walter Wolfman WashingtonWalter "Wolfman" Washington has been an icon on the New
Orleans music scene for decades. His searing guitar work and
soulful vocals have defined the Crescent City's unique musical
hybrid of R&B, funk, and the blues since he formed his first band
in the 1970's. Don't miss night two as the Wolfman takes us on a
blues filled journey of his hits from the 1950's to today.

The Chronicles of Rose
Puppet Workshop

Part  of MCLA Presents! Inaugural Puppet Fest!

Saturday, February 22 - 2:00-3:30pm
Puppet Lab at Gallery 107
107 Main StreetChronicles of Rose
Join David Lane, director of The Chronicles of Rose, for a hands on puppet workshop exploring the art of puppet performance. Explore techniques for articulation, breath and character, using simple, directly manipulated puppets.

Then, have your hand at playing with some of the 18 inch bunraku-style figures and shadow puppets from the show.