Archive for the ‘music’ Category

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Now This Sounds Fun

C’mon over to our place – we’re just across the street from MASS MoCA, where you can check out Jones Street Station on March 27th. These folks have been opening for Ben Kweller on his recent tour, “play their catchy originals with virtuosic mandolin jams and honky-tonk piano fillers, and top them with off-kilter, good-time harmonies.” (Time Out New York) Legendary rock critic Greil Marcus said listening to them “is like running down a mountain on a switchback trail, the sound of surprise generating its own momentum. There’s a punk glee inside the bluegrass craft — and a punk vehemence inside the bluegrass smile.”


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Boston native based in Colorado since 1989, Reed Foehl’s third solo release comes on the heels of his acclaimed Stoned Beautiful, a departure from the jam-oriented repertoire of his band Acoustic Junction and his first solo release, Spark.  Check out what promises to be an alluring, captivating performance. You’ll hear a blend of banjo, harmonica, and singing with elements of country, indie pop and folk-rock in a perfectly balanced mix. Catch Foehl at the Railway Cafe at MCLA’s Gallery 51 this Friday, March 12th. For tickets (only $10-15) and more information, call 413.664.6393 or email railwaycafe@juno.com.


Monday, March 8, 2010

Shack Up with Shackleton !

Our last-minute, special one-night package treats you and a pal to a fantastic evening of cutting-edge puppetry (who knew there was such a thing, but it is and it’s wild!), superb accompanying music and a few of the usual Porches goodies. Join us on Saturday, March 13th for Shack Up with Shackleton and you’ll enjoy two tickets to Phantom Limb’s 69° South: The Shackleton Project, dinner for two at the newly re-opened Gramercy Bistro at MASS MoCA, overnight accommodations in a deluxe room, Porches healthful continental breakfast buffet and admission for two to MASS MoCA. There is limited availability for this package, available for $275 (inclusive). The performance is sold out, but we have a limited amount of tickets set aside for Porches guests who take advantage of this special offer.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Continuing Education

Although I’m well beyond my school years, I still enjoy a Back-to-School feeling every September – changing my closet over to warmer garb, waking up to crisp and invigorating autumn air, watching kids parade to the bus stop each morning… but most of all, I enjoy the anticipation of digging into something new – whether it’s a new book, band or knitting pattern, it doesn’t matter. Living near several fine academic institutions, if I feel like actually getting into a lecture hall without committing to an entire semester, I can… Williams College, for example, has a number of lectures and events, many free, for those wishing to add a little academia to their lives. Curious about Race in Castro’s Cuba? Want to hear about the future of art history? The events range from lectures to master dance classes to performances and so much more – follow this link for info.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A Purple Anniversary

Stevie Nicks wasn’t the only one who worked the lace-and-ruffles look.  She may have embodied the ethereal-songstress-earth-mama type prevalent during the seventies, but the next decade brought us a vision of princely proportions, none other than His Purpleness himself… So, all you Prince fans, it’s time to don some lace and ruffles and head to MASS MoCA for a full-on sing-a-long to Purple Rain! Everything in the eighties was big and this film is no exception – big hair, big clothes, big music – in fact, this soundtrack won an Oscar for best Original Score, three Grammy awards and ranked number one on the charts for half a year. The album turned 25 on June 25th and deserves to be celebrated… On Thursday August 13, at 8:30 PM, MASS MoCA invites you to “come get your Prince on — we’ll have lyric subtitles, but you know the words already.” How can you resist?


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Only $45?!

It’s about a 45-minute drive from Tanglewood to our neck of the woods. The drive up Route 8 is beautiful, with views across placid lakes to Mount Greylock and plenty of rolling green hills to lose yourself in. If you’re heading to the Berkshires this summer, I suggest you consider this amazing deal… Tanglewood and the Clark Art Institute have partnered on a $45 package that includes two Tanglewood lawn tickets and two admissions to the Clark. To hear a sublime classical concert and visit a great museum for just $22.50 per person?! Super! Treat yourself to an extended weekend that you finish off in the Berkshires: Start with a Sunday afternoon concert at Tanglewood with a huge, decadent picnic; head north to take advantage of Porches’ thriftier Sunday night rate (and fabulous digs!); then head to the Clark the next day… Check out this link for more details on the Tanglewood/Clark package…