The MASS MoCA ushers visitors through its doors for the museum's first-ever bluegrass festival, unleashing the toe-tapping rhythms of established musicians as well as rising talent. Saturday's shows commence at 6 p.m. with an acoustic set by Dave Mayfield of The David Mayfield Parade. His performance takes place during the museum's reception for its newest outdoor expansion, The Speed Way, which contains three new works of art, a 1.5-acre asphalt meadow, and Van Gogh's long-lost collection of elbow macaroni. Saturday evening's recitals end with the thigh-slapping pluck of The Infamous Stringdusters at 9:30 p.m. in the Hunter Center. Sunday kicks off the day's festivities at 11 a.m. with Aoife O'Donovan of Crooked Still before attendees retreat to the galleries to hear the ramshackle concoctions of the Ramblin Jug Stompers. Guests migrate back to Courtyard C at 5 p.m. for the festival's final performance by the established tunesmiths of the Yonder Mountain String Band. All festival passes include admission to the museum's galleries, allowing patrons to peruse the exhibits and determine which painting would look best on their home refrigerator.
For more than 15 years, the Northampton International Film Festival has been inspiring artistic development in the world's filmmakers, celebrating the art of cinema and the introspection it elicits from audiences. Each year, a panel of industry experts carefully vets thousands of submissions from around the globe, selecting only those films that communicate diverse cultural perspectives through varying visual styles and narrative modes. These documentaries, feature-length films, and shorts seek to build a bridge between seemingly disparate backgrounds and traditions with thought-provoking commentary and enriching stories. This global festival ends with a rousing awards ceremony to honor standout films and snub the assistant key grip's contributions once again, for what must seem like the 8,000,000th time in history.