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MCLA Presents! Home: Past Shows : 2010/2011 Season  

Black Violin

Saturday, September 25, 2010; 3PM

Black Violin is an American hip hop duo from Florida comprising two classically-trained string instrumentalists. Kev Marcus plays the violin and Wil B. plays the viola.

The group name "Black Violin" is derived from the influence of a famous jazz violinist, Stuff Smith; six months before Smith's death, he recorded a solo album entitled Black Violin. The duo decided to name their group after the music of themost inspiring violinist they had ever heard. [more]

Regina Carter

Saturday, October 23, 2010; 8PM
MCLA Church Street Center

When preeminent violinist Regina Carter made the decision to record an album primarily of African folk tunes, she created a great challenge for herself: how do you take beautiful traditional music and infuse it with a contemporary feelwhile remaining true to its past -- and then, not compromise its beauty? Her newest release, Reverse Thread, due out on E1 Entertainment on May 18th brilliantly responds to the challenge. [more]



First Love

Wednesday, November 17, 2010; 7:30PM
MCLA Church Street Center

Gare St Lazare Players Ireland (GSLPI) came out of the original Gare St Lazare Players, an international company based simultaneously in Ireland and France with workshop/rehearsal facilities outside Paris.

Conor Lovett, the interpreter of First Love, trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. His work with Gare St Lazare Players Ireland on Samuel Beckett has gained him a reputation as one of the foremost Beckett interpreters. [more]

The Sweetback Sisters 
Co-presented with Railway Cafe'

Wednesday, December 8, 2010; 7:30PM
Taylor's Restaurant, North Adams

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 of local UHF TV kiddie shows.

That whimsical exterior is wrapped around a core of deeply felt love fortraditional country music styles and a palpable joy in playing and singing together. Like their pseudo-sister role models, the Davis Sisters, the Sweetback Sisters sing country songs in close, surrogate-sister harmony and matching dresses. [more]

6th Annual MCLA Blues & Funk Festival
Papa Grows Funk and Benny Turner

Co-presented with MCLA's Black Student Union and The Multicultural Resource Center

Friday, February 4, 2011; 7:30PM
MCLA Venable Gymnasium

The 6th Annual MCLA Blues & Funk Festival packs the blues and the funk into a single night of exceptional music, courtesy of the Crescent City. Last heard at MCLA in 2008, Papa Grows Funk returns with their original brand of funk, embodying the soul of New Orleans -fun, funky, unpredictable and energetic. Joining them on stage, award-winning bass player Benny Turner brings straight out old-school blues to the Berkshires. [more]

Beckett x2

Co-presented with Williams College Stalwart Originality: New Traditions in Black Performance and MCLA's African, Latino, Asian, and Native American (ALANA) Student Clubs and Organizations

Day 1: Waiting for Godot - DOCUMENTARY

Sunday, February 27, 2011, 3:00 p.m.

In an audacious restaging of the Beckett masterpiece that revolutionized 20th-century theater, two tramps are still waiting endlessy for a guy named Godot. But in this production, the pair are stranded in New Orleans at a post-Katrina crossroads. The documentary showed the making of the New Orleans production of Waiting for Godot with conversation to follow on art and change with Director Christopher McElroen and actor J. Kyle Manzay. [more]


Day 1
: Krapp's Last Tape

Monday, February 28, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
MCLA Church Street Center

Krapp's Last Tape is the outrageous title of an outrageous play by Samuel Beckett, presented here by T. Ryder Smith. A feeble, nearly blind and deaf, solitary and half-drunk man, crouching in a squalid room, subsisting on bananas and playing to himself (commenting the while) old tape recordings of his own voice-recordings, moreover, that consist in no small part of comments on still earlier tapes. [more]



Nora Chipaumire with Thomas Mapfumo/The Blacks Unlimited: lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukurahundi

Co-presented by '62 Center for Theatre and Dance at Williams College

Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5, 2011; 8:00PM
'62 Center for Theatre and Dance at Williams College 

Lion will roar....

A visual, aural and kinesthetic equivalent of Africa's great cities: Kinshasa, Jo'burg, Dakar, Lagos. Cities full of life, contradictions, grace, defiance, vibrant, vulgar, and "now!". [more]



Co-presented with Railway Cafe

Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
MCLA Gallery 51

DalaAn acoustic-folk duo from Ontario, Dala have been called the biggest rising stars on the pop folk circuit. Their sultry vocal harmonies are guaranteed to give you chills and are sure to remind you of American folk rock duo the Indigo Girls. Members Sheila and Amanda blend their angelic voices with considerable talent on guitar and piano to create a unique brand of acoustic pop.


PAM Show

Vivid Rhythms Festival - PAM! show

Sunday, May 1

The Performing Arts Management (PAM) class at MCLA created the VIVID RHYTHMS FESTIVAL on May 1, 2011 in the QUAD on MCLA Campus.


Great performers, happenings, DJs, events and more... an extraordinary outdoor spring experience! 

"Performing Arts Management was by far one of the most valuable courses I have taken so far at MCLA. The whole class worked with Jonathan as a team to plan, program, and present MCLA's biggest event yet ... I am proud to have been a part of such an experience and I will carry it with me for the rest of my life." Karolyne Symonds '12 [more]