Bang on a Can returns to MASS MoCA through July 28 with far-reaching and genre-bending contemporary music, musicians and composers in the galleries and courtyards; Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields, an examination of the coal-mining industry that won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize, on July 21; and a marathon of music with guest composer Steve Reich on the last night.
GreylockWorks will host Heirloom By Desing on July 28 — a showcase of handcrafted design and local food with regional artisans, curators, chefs and farmers, and demos, talks and tastings organized with the help of Berkshire Grown.
The Clark Art Institute explores the City of Light with daily gallery talks in July and August on its summer shows — including Women in Paris, 1850-1900; a newly opened companion show of photographs of the city in those years as it transformed from medieval to metropolis; and a collection of wrought iron saved from the renovations.
In a season of premieres, Williamstown Theatre Festival will revive a classic August 5 to 19: Carson McCullers’ The Member of the Wedding. Housekeeper Berenice Sadie Brown has raised her charge, Frankie, and her cousin John Henry as though they are her own children, but on the eve of a family wedding in 1945 she is struggling to protect them from the harsh racial injustices outside their Southern home.
Sept. 14 to 26, FreshGrass returns to Mass MoCA with a contemporary and global take on Bluegrass in three days of concerts, from Grammy winners to emerging talents.