Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The Loser’s Lounge: Muppet Music Extravaganza
Saturday, October 20, 2012, 3:00 pm
$12 adults/$8 children
Why are there so many songs about rainbows? Ask The Loser’s Lounge, NYC’s favorite all-star tribute ensemble! You’ll remember them at MASS MoCA when they per- formed the music of Jesus Christ Superstar and acted as house band for the musical theatre revelation People Are Wrong! They’re back to get their collective Kermit on with a salute to the Muppet musical oeuvre —which between the show, the many films, and the albums is even bigger than you think. Bring your kids or just your own sense of childlike wonder and delight, you’ll love this show even without kids in tow — it’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights…
Click here to learn more or to purchase tickets: http://www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=764
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Nerd Night: Saturday, October 13, 2012, 8:00 pm
$14 advance/$18 day of the show/$10 student/10% member discount
It’s like the Discovery Channel—with beer! Born in Boston, Nerd Nite is a phenomenon that has quickly gone global, spreading from Austin to Amsterdam, Liberia to Leipzig, and now to North Adams. Enjoy funny-yet-smart presentations beginning with one about Mumblecore: The Film Movement that Didn’t Roar. Whether you’ve got a Netflix queue full of mumblecore or this is the first you’ve heard of the “m” word, there’s much to muse aboaut in these homegrown indie movies that forged the first film movement of the 21st century.
Read more about Nerd Night here:
Monday, October 1, 2012
Jerry’s Map @ MASS MoCA
Oct 5-14, 2012
$5/Free for members
In 1963 Jerry Gretzinger doodled a map of a small imaginary town. His sketch took on a life of its own and today comprises over 2,600 hand-crafted panels spanning a jawdropping 2,000 square feet. The world depicted evolves and shape-shifts as he works and re-works a panel every day. To guide the evolution, Jerry has devised an elaborate game of chance that features a card deck with instructions—the map’s “future predictor.” Each morning he chooses a card at random that determines his course of action for that day—one day he might add new features to a panel, while on the next he might completely void one out. This is hand-wrought Minecraft on a truly massive scale.
Read more about Jerry’s Map here: http://www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=760
Monday, April 23, 2012
Grow your foraging green thumb and check out the Where the Wild Things Are!
On weekends during the months of April and May, Berkshire Farm & Table will presentWhere the Wild Things Are – eight wild food walks in our local landscape lead by experienced and passionate instructors who will focus on responsible harvesting techniques, recipes and the history of foraging in the Berkshires. One of the motivations for undertaking such a series is to present expert voices to the public to educate on ecosystem balance and sustainability.
Check out the schedule of foraging walks in short driving distance of Porches:
Saturday, April 28 (11am – 1pm) — Aimee Gelinas at Stone Hill in Williamstown
Sunday, April 29 (1 – 3pm) — Blanche Derby at Field Farm in Williamstown
Saturday, May 5 (1 – 3pm) — Russ Cohen at Money Brook Trail in Williamstown
Sunday, May 6 (1 – 3pm) — Russ Cohen at Cole Field in Williamstown
Monday, April 2, 2012
Congrats to MASS MoCA for being named to Complex Magazine’s list of the 50 Most Coolest Museums!
“Cool” is, of course, subjective. However, there are certain museums that either have undeniably awesome collections or offer unparalleled experiences. These are the places that made this list. Included are awesome centers of contemporary art, quirky holdings of anthropological items, and one of New England’s overlooked house museums.
To read the article click here.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Clark Remix at the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute (in Williamstown, MA) immerses you in a gallery filled with more than 80 paintings, nearly 20 sculptures, and more than 300 decorative arts objects from the Clark’s permanent collection. The exhibition is both a physical reality and a virtual space, featuring a dynamic salon-style installation and two new digital applications that offer exciting ways to engage with the collection.
Tuesday through Sunday, September through June,
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Open daily in July and August
Free admission now through May 31.
More on Clark Remix: http://www.clarkart.edu/exhibitions/remix/content/exhibition.cfm
Friday, October 21, 2011
We’re having fun with our Instagram account which is an application on the iPhone, snapping pics of all sorts of things on the Porches property. Read more about Instagram below:
Pick from one of several gorgeous filtered effects or tilt-shift blur to breathe a new life into your mobile photos. Transform everyday moments into works of art you’ll want to share with friends and family.
Share your photos in a simple photo stream with friends to see – and follow your friends’ photos with the click of a single button. Every day you open up Instagram, you’ll see new photos from your closest friends, and creative people from around the world.
If you’re not on Instagram, follow our feed here on Gramfeed and we’ll be doing more with this images soon! Have a great weekend!
Friday, September 23, 2011
FreshGrass: A Festival of Bluegrass + Art @ MASS MoCA
Sept 24 – Sept 25
Courtyard C or Hunter Center
$68 Festival Pass / $48 Sunday only / $38 Saturday only
You’ll find some of the finest pickin’ and grinnin’ anywhere in the country this weekend in North Adams on this weekend as MASS MoCA presents some of today’s most exciting young bluegrass artists — along with one of the genre’s living legends — in the Hunter Center and Courtyard C plus pop-up performances in the galleries in FreshGrass
, their first ever bluegrass festival. Ticket prices include gallery admission.
The festival kicks off on Saturday with a short outdoor acoustic set by Dave Mayfield
, during the reception for our new expansion called, The Speed Way
, an outdoor extension of the MASS MoCA campus including three new works of art, and 1.5 acres of “asphalt meadow” landscaping. The festival will then pick ups at full speed at 7pm in Courtyard C with Sarah Jarosz
then moves indoors to the Hunter Theater at 8:30pm.
Click here to see the full schedule, videos of the performers and more!
Friday, September 2, 2011
Things are safe and sound at Porches, but our thoughts are with our neighbors and friends in area communities that were impacted by Hurricane Irene. We wanted to inform those coming our way this weekend of road closures. Our beloved Mohawk Trail has experienced significant damage, as well areas in and around North Adams and Northern Berkshire & Franklin County and beyond. If you are interested in learning more about the local relief effort, click here.
For those traveling in Massachusetts and points North/East: please check Mass Department of Transportation website for road closures and updates. They have also created a Google Map outlining these as well.
For those coming from New York and points West/South (outside of MA) please check New York’s 511NY website. In the map legend, make sure to click on Incidents/Closures as that will show places there is road damage or closures.
Route 2 between Williamstown and Albany is not open (it was a recommended alternate route in the directions below).
Directions from both Boston and NYC: Take 90 to exit 2 in Lee, MA. From there take Route 20 West. It will join with Route 7. Continue into Pittsfield and take a right onto Route 8 North. Follow Route 8 into North Adams. You will come over a bridge that is under construction. Continue until the 3rd stop light and take a left onto River Street. We will be on the right. (From NYC take 87 or the Taconic to get to 90.)
If you have any questions, please contact us at 413-664-0400.
Have a safe and fun Labor Day Weekend.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Porches is located right near the end of the Mohawk Trail, which was historically a Native American migratory game path, now known as Massachusetts Route 2. Not only has it been recognized as one of the best scenic routes in the country, it’s a nice way to get from A to B without going on an actual “highway.” From the famous Hairpin Turn to the rich Native American history, the Mohawk Trail makes for a great day trip! Here is a map from the Porches to Greenfield (with a couple of cool stops along the trail). Happy Trails!
Here are a few fun links if you’re planning a drive up the trail while you’re at Porches :
- Here’s a video of cars going up the Hairpin Turn (and here’s another…with over 3,000 views!)
- driving tours
- Check out a superbrief history or an in-depth history of the Mohawk Trail. Either way it’s neat to see how it became the “
- The Learning Channel recognized the Mohawk Trail as a scenic ride in Massachusetts Scenic Drives: Mohawk Trail
- Itinerary from WikiTravel.com Things to do, see, etc…
- You can have lunch 1700 feet above sea level at the Golden Eagle, on the Hairpin Turn (great lookout point, complete with coin-operated binoculars.)
- In National Geographic Guide to Scenic Highways & Byways, the Mohawk Trail is named third in the category Best Fall Foliage.
- “What right minded retro roadside attraction loving person would dare pass by this wonderful and colorful souvenir shop on Route 2 in Shelburne Falls, MA?” Find out on RetroRoadMap’s blog about The Big Indian Shop Gift Shop on Trail. (Also check out the Flickr page for the Big Indian Shop. It’s a phenomenon!)