'Glam Opera' Band Takes the Stage at Downstreet Art July 25


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - DownStreet Art, an initiative of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) will kick off its second DownStreet Art Thursday with a performance by Timur and the Dime Museum on Thursday, July 25, in downtown North Adams.

This performance by Timur and the Dime Museum, a "dark glam opera band," will be part of all the night's festivities this DownStreet Art Thursday. The event, 6-9 p.m., also will include eight gallery openings, street performers and other musical performers.

Timur and the Dime Museum were described by Los Angeles Times as "punk-operatic spectacle." They appeared at the prestigious ALOUD series and on "America's Got Talent," The band has opened for Tiger Lilies, The Red Paintings, Mucca Pazza, Prince Poppycock, Un-cabaret (Margaret Cho), premiered operas "Zoophilic Follies" by Daniel Corral at Redcat Theater's NOW festival, and "Crescent City" by Anne LeBaron and the Industry LA.

Led by tenor Timur Bekbosunov, the band fuses alternative indie operatic sounds with Bjork fierceness and Screamin' Jay Hawkins theatricality. They were featured in LA Weekly's "BEST OF LA~2011."

According to the LA Times, the group is a "Punk-operatic spectacle," that Arches described as "smart, witty, virtuosic."

LA Weekly called Bekbosunov a "brilliant architect of tension," and Q on Stage said he is a "post-modern Svengali."

Over the past two years, Timur and the Dime Museum have performed in numerous venues around Los Angeles, Calif., as well as in Portland, Ore., San Francisco, Calif., and Seattle, Wash. The band debuted in New York City at the invitation of producer Beth Morrison, as part of the Prototype Festival in January at the HERE Arts Center, with video artist Jesse Gilbert.

The group formed in 2010 in collaboration with the Klaus Nomi and songwriter Kristian Hoffman.

The Main Stage also will present performances by Bang on a Can, who are in residence at MASS MoCA. The show will begin at 6 p.m. with the closing of Holden Street in downtown North Adams and a live installation of Eiko and Koma's "Caravan" in the middle of Holden Street. DownStreet Art is a program of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center. For more information about DownStreet Art, go to For photos please go to