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  Since opening in 1999, MASS MoCA has become one of the world's premier centers for making and showing the best art of our time - it ranks among the most visited institutions in the United States dedicated to new art. More than 80 major new works of art and more than 50 performances have been created through fabrication and rehearsal residencies in North Adams.

In addition to challenging and inspiring visual art, MASS MoCA brings valuable performing arts to the region including film, theatre, dance, and music in just about any genre you can imagine. MASS MoCA’s Director, Joe Thompson and Director of Communications, Jodi Joseph join us to tell us more.

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Governor Charlie Baker and members of his administration made their first trip to the Berkshires as office holders Saturday.

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Governor-elect Charlie Baker has announced a series of stops meant to celebrate success across Massachusetts. He is set to be officially sworn in Thursday.

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As MASS MoCA embarks on another major expansion, the contemporary art museum announced its winter/spring performance and visual arts lineup.

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  Academy Award-nominated Lucy Alibar, whose stage play was adapted into the award-winning film Beasts of the Southern Wild, has been working on her latest, Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up with the Sundance Theatre Lab, in residency for two weeks at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA.

There will be a performance of the work at the museum's Club B10 tomorrow night at 8pm.

    Singer-songwriter, touring musician, and novelist Josh Ritter joins us this morning at The Linda.

Josh tours nationally and internationally often with The Royal City Band, sometimes in a trio, and some other times - solo.

Tomorrow night at MASS MoCA in North Adam, MA, Josh will play solo acoustic, trying out new material -- warming it up and feeling it out for an as-yet unnamed forthcoming album.

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In what will most likely be his last official visit to the Berkshires, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick took time Monday to celebrate state investments in the region.

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  Vermont-native Sam Amidon has won critical acclaim and an energetic following in the indie world for his ability to re-invent songs on guitar, banjo, and fiddle.

Sam will perform this Sunday at MASS MoCA’s weekend-long FreshGrass Festival and Lily-O, a new album of re-imagined folk songs will be released on Nonesuch on September 30th.

  FreshGrass is a three day festival rich in both traditional and cutting-edge bluegrass, presented in a wide array of venues tucked into MASS MoCA’s 19th-century factory turned 21st-century museum.

More than 40 bands will play on MASS MoCA’s four stages this coming weekend, Friday through Sunday. Elsewhere on campus, instrument-specific workshops and industry seminars will be offered in conjunction with Berklee College of Music and its American Roots Program, often featuring guest musicians from the festival.

    Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth is an eight voice ensemble committed to exploring the full potential of the human voice through study with masters from non-classical traditions all over the world.

Roomful of Teeth won a Grammy Award earlier this year for their self-titled album. They’ve been in residency at MASS MoCA this month and perform in MASS MoCA’s Courtyard C tonight at 8pm.