It is the final two weeks to visit and inhabit artist Trenton Doyle Hancock’s world of characters seen in drawings, paintings, and installations at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. Hancock has transformed his childhood love of comic books, toys, and superhero culture into his own creation myth. That mythology and the multimedia iterations that it has sparked are on display in the exhibition "Mind of the Mound: Critical Mass." The exhibition is curated at MASS MoCA by Denise Markonish.
Hancock tells the story of the Mounds protected by Torpedo Boy, and their enemies, the Vegans. These narratives explore good and evil, authority, race, moral relativism, and religion, all while creating a truly unique body of visual art.
Caroll Spinney, puppeteer, cartoonist, author and speaker most famous for playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on “Sesame Street” from its inception in 1969 until 2018, died on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the age of 85.
In 2016, Joe Donahue spoke with the legendary Muppeteer in advance of a screening of the documentary about Spinney’s career entitled “I am Big Bird.” We share portions of that interview today, in memoriam.
Helen Reddy will appear in concert at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall tomorrow night at 8pm. The Australian-American Queen of 70s Pop will perform songs that she’s always loved that weren’t necessarily her hits - and she’ll perform some of those, too.
The singer and actresses biggest hit was the feminist anthem “I am Woman” - for which she she became the first Australian to win a Grammy award. A frequent guest on talk shows and variety programs of the 1970s and early 1980s – Reddy helmed The Helen Reddy Show - the 1973 summer replacement series for The Flip Wilson Show - making her the first Australian to host a variety show on an American television network. Her film career includes an extended cameo as a nun in Airport 1975 – and a starring role in Walt Disney's Pete's Dragon, introducing the Oscar-nominated song "Candle on the Water."
Helen retired from live performance in 2002 - but has returned to the stage for these concerts.