July 25, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — DownStreet Art (DSA), a program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), will continue its DSA Thursday events on July 27 with a variety of musical performances, new art exhibitions, and a community bike ride.

The evening will feature Thread Ensemble from Boston. Thread Ensemble is the convergence of three musicians: Abigale Reisman and Rachel Panitch on violins, and Andria Nicodemou on vibraphone and percussion. Thread formed via an Ensemble Fellowship at New England Conservatory’s Community Performances and Partnerships Department in 2012. They will perform original, improvised compositions created in the moment through the use of listeners’ experiences.

BOOM Music Stage performers will be The Matchstick Architects and Heart of Gold.
Heart of Gold is an acoustic emo project started at MCLA in 2010 by Devan Gardner and wife Brittany Gardner, of Pittsfield.

The Matchstick Architects perform blend of country, blues, folk, jazz and Americana,
influenced by an eclectic mix of artists ranging from Lucinda Williams and Aimee Mann to purveyors of the American indie scene, such as The Decemberists. The band is fronted by Dar Maloney (Pleasant Valley, N.Y.) on guitar and lead vocals, and features Tom Conklin (Pittsfield) on lead guitar. DiDi Davis (Barkhamsted, Conn.) plays the six-string bass, and Dave Willey (Becket) plays the drums.

Local writer and rapper Seth Brown also will perform freestyle raps. These raps will be created spontaneously and originally, based largely on suggestions from the people inhabiting the public space of the performance. Freestyle improvisation brings engagement on multiple levels, through rhyme, through freestyle, and through direct interaction.

Katie Hargrave and Brett Hunter will present their “Like Riding a Bicycle” residency project and performance July 24-27. “Like Riding a Bicycle” events are interactive and collective; people share skills, tell stories, and explore their neighborhoods together, creating a collective body of knowledge. For this project, they will collect, archive, and share local knowledge using an interactive installation, onsite interviews, a low-power mobile radio station and a community bike ride.

The community bike ride will take place in downtown North Adams on Thursday, July 27, at 7 p.m. Over the course of the ride, Hargrave and Hunter will tow the bike-mobile radio station, broadcasting the voices of North Adams residents, in a moving radio “bubble,” the signal will pass by listeners or be continuously accessible if in the ride group.

The aim of this project is to create a convivial space for neighbors to learn from each other and respect each other, to explore the unseen resources of personal knowledge while participating in a lighthearted activity.

Also outdoors, completed parklets will be on display. Inside the galleries, an opening will be held at MCLA Gallery 51, for “3 Second Stories,” the work of flipbook artist Tom Olson.

On the MASS MoCA campus at 1315 MASS MoCA Way, CYNTHIA-REEVES, a site-specific sound installation by Cuban artist Mabel Poblet – in collaboration with composer Andres Levin – will be on display. And, at Ferrin Contemporary, selected work by Kurt Weiser, rhythmical black-and-white designs on large-format linoleum cut prints and ceramic forms, are on view, as well as Sergei Isupov’s larger-than-life figural sculptures and smaller works.

The Eclipse Mill Gallery is featuring “Sound Machines,” which showcases unique, handmade instruments made by local, regional and national artists and luthiers. This group show was curated by Julia Dixon.

At the Berkshire Art Museum, “Volume,” a group sculpture exhibition that includes the work of 30 artists also will be on display.

DSA Thursday events will continue on Aug. 31 and Sept. 28. For a full history of DSA art installations and performances, as well as more information about upcoming events, go to For more information, go to and

MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) provides professional development training, resources and support to the artists, art managers and creative workers of Berkshire County. Through its multiple programs and presentations, BCRC brings the best of performance and art to the Berkshires and showcases the best of the Berkshires to the world.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.