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Marfa Myths

March 10-13, 2016

Ballroom Marfa & Mexican Summer Present Marfa Myths March 10-13, 2016 in Marfa, Texas Featuring Parquet Courts, No Age, Connan Mockasin’s Wet Dream, Dungen, Lower Dens, Fred & Toody (of Dead Moon), William Basinski, Hailu Mergia, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Quilt, Heron Oblivion, Sheer Mag, Pill, Raum With Paul Clipson, Mary Lattimore, Maria Chavez, Weyes Blood, David Fenster, Rob Mazurek
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Presale tickets for Saturday’s concert are now closed. Tickets will be available for $25 at the door, March 12, at 6pm. Tickets for Sunday’s show are sold out, though we are offering limited standing room. If interested, please queue up at the Crowley Theater early, as space is limited.

Marfa Myths final festival line up for 2016 is announced, including the addition of Connan Mockasin’s Wet Dream (a one-off collaboration between Connan and some special friends); Fred & Toody of the legendary Portland band Dead Moon; Hailu Mergia, the Ethiopian musician rediscovered and championed by Awesome Tapes From Africa; Bay Area bashers Heron Oblivion; and recent Mexican Summer signees Pill.

Marfa Myths is a cultural program taking place March 10 – 13, 2016 in Marfa, Texas. Curated by Brooklyn based record label Mexican Summer and Ballroom Marfa, Marfa Myths features artists and musicians from within and outside of the label’s roster working creatively and collaboratively across music, film, and visual arts contexts.

Following a successful 2015 program bringing more than 600 international attendees to this quiet Texas town, Marfa Myths enters its third year in 2016. A key component in the festival’s mission, our annual recording residency will feature Natalie Mering (aka Weyes Blood) and a special collaborator to be announced during the festival.

Marfa Myths hits the ground running with intimate performances from Pill and Fred & Toody of Dead Moon at infamous watering hole the Lost Horse Saloon on Thursday night. The festival eases into Friday with an early evening performance by harpist Mary Lattimore at Wrong Marfa.

Ballroom Marfa will open the group exhibition After Effect to coincide with the Marfa Myths weekend, with a reception on Friday, March 11. This visual arts program will feature the work of Dan Colen; Loie Hollowell; key works by Emil Bisttram, Raymond Jonson, Agnes Pelton, Florence Miller Pierce, and Stuart Walker of the Transcendental Painting Group; an animated film by Oskar Fischinger; and an installation by Arturo Bandini. The opening will feature a live performance from Heron Oblivion and will be followed by an afterparty featuring live and DJ sets from Hailu Mergia and Awesome Tapes From Africa at El Cosmico.

Marfa has become a destination for contemporary art since the arrival of Donald Judd and the establishment of The Chinati Foundation in 1986. This year, Marfa Myths will partner with Judd Foundation and The Chinati Foundation for two separate Saturday afternoon performances. The first, a daytime performance by William Basinski at Chinati’s breathtaking Arena. The second, a site-specific work by New York artist and turntablist Maria Chavez at The Block, Judd’s residence and studio in Marfa.

Our extended weekend programming continues at The Capri on Saturday night with Parquet Courts, No Age, Connan Mockasin’s Wet Dream, Quilt with Mary Lattimore, Sheer Mag, and Lower Dens.

New audio / visual performances at the Crowley Theater — including Dungen’s score of The Adventures of Prince Achmed; Raum, the collaboration of Liz Harris/Grouper and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma with filmmaker Paul Clipson; David Fenster’s mushroom movies, scored by local Marfa musicians; plus a selection of short films, presented by Anthology Recordings, the reissue subsidiary of Mexican Summer — end our festivities on Sunday.


Wednesday, March 9

2-4pm Real News “Around Town” at Jett’s (Free) Stop by and contribute gossip, get interviewed, entertain, share youtube videos, etc.!

Thursday, March 10

2-4pm Real News “Around Town” at Dairy Queen (Free)

7:30pm Welcome party with Pill and Fred and Toody (Dead Moon) at the Lost Horse (Free)

10:30pm Midnite Movie at the Crowley Theater (Free) featuring A Poem Is a Naked Person, about singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell as filmed by documentarian Les Blank between 1972 and 1974.

Friday, March 11

2-4pm Real News “Around Town” at Freda (Free)

5pm Mary Lattimore at Wrong Marfa (Free)

6pm Opening reception for After Effect at Ballroom Marfa with Heron Oblivion (Free)

9pm Afterparty with Hailu Mergia and Awesome Tapes From Africa at El Cosmico (Free)

Saturday, March 12

11am After Effect walkthrough with artists at Ballroom Marfa (Free)

1pm William Basinski performing in the Arena, presented in partnership with The Chinati Foundation (Free)

3-5:30pm Open viewing and workshop at The Block with 5pm performance of a site-specific work by Maria Chavez. Presented in partnership with Judd Foundation. (Free)

6pm No Age, Parquet Courts, Connan Mockasin’s Wet Dream, Lower Dens, Quilt with Mary Lattimore, Sheer Mag at The Capri (Ticketed)

Sunday, March 13

11am Release of Real News Marfa Myths Edition at Marfa Book Company. (Free)

2pm Anthology Recordings presents David Fenster’s mushroom movies with local musicians; Raum with Paul Clipson; and Dungen scoring The Adventures of Prince Achmed at the Crowley Theater (Ticketed) (Online tickets are sold out for this event, though we will be selling limited standing-room tickets on the day of the show.)

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Thanks to all of our amazing partners for opening their doors to us, not to mention the general community of Marfa. Discounted Marfa Myths tickets available in the Ballroom Marfa gallery for Ballroom Marfa members and all residents of Brewster, Jeff Davis and Presidio counties until March 1, 2016. See our blog for tips on getting to Marfa and where to stay.

    Marfa Myths has been made possible by the generous support of The Brown Foundation, Inc. Houston; National Endowment for the Arts; the Texas Commission on the Arts; the Ballroom Marfa Board of Trustees; and Ballroom Marfa members.

    Special thanks to our media partner, Marfa Public Radio.

    In-kind support provided by Big Bend Brewing Company, Casa Dragones, SAVED Wines, and Matt & Mikelle Kruger.

    Special thanks to our partners Bazaar Marfa, Building 98, The Chinati Foundation, Crowley Theater, Do Your Thing, El Cosmico, Food Shark, Freda, Inter-Dimensional Music, Judd Foundation, Lost Horse, Marfa Book Company, Marfa Recording Company, Thunderbird Hotel, Visit Marfa, and Wrong Marfa.

    Thanks to Elizabeth Abrahamson, Warren Acosta, Luca Antonucci, Rocky Barnette, Bearded Lady, Sally Beauvais, Johanna Beckman, Travis Bubenik, Vicente Celis, Dan Colen, Joe Cashiola, Ross Cashiola, Cara Crossley, Rob Crowley, Tim Crowley, Anthony DeSimone, JD DiFabbio, Fairfax Dorn, Hilary duPont & Rosa McElheny, Ector County ISD, Jeff Elrod, David Fenster, Mona Garcia, Richard Griggs, Rob Gungor, Blake Heidenheimer, Chris Hillen, Darby Hillman, David Hollander, Buck Johnston, Flavin Judd, Rainer Judd, Erin Kimmel, Matt & Mikelle Kruger, Belle Lancaster, Virginia Lebermann, Susannah Lipsey, Minerva Lopez, K Lye, Alex Marks, Jeff Matheis, Ellie Meyer, Tom Michael, Jenny Moore, Motormouth Media, Caitlin Murray, Ty Mitchell, Luis Nieto Dickens, Vincent Pierce, Chris Price, Jess Rotter, Simone Rubi, Gory Smelley, Andy Stack, Krista Steinhauer, our friends at The Big Bend Sentinel, The Capri, Hotel Saint George, Hotel Paisano, Riata Inn, The Well Marfa, and the rest of the Marfa community at large.

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    Ballroom Marfa y Mexican Summer presentan
    Mitos de Marfa
    10-13 de marzo de 2016 en Marfa, Texas
    Destacando Parquet Courts, No Age, Connan Mockasin´s Wet Dream, Dungen, Emitt Rhodes, Fred & Toody (de Dead Moon), William Basinski, Hailu Mergia, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Quilt, Heron Oblivion, Sheer Mag, Pill, Raum con Paul Clipson, Mary Lattimore, María Chávez, Weyes Blood, David Fenster, Rob Mazurek

    Comprar entradas | Programa completo | Cómo llegar a Marfa | Alojamiento

    Entradas disponibles a precio reducido en la galería de Ballroom Marfa para los miembros de Ballroom Marfa y todos los residentes de los condados de Brewster, Jeff Davis y Presidio hasta el 1 de marzo de 2016. Las entradas para el concierto del sábado noche cuestan 15$. Pase por la galería de Ballroom Marfa para comprarlas.

    Se ha anunciado el reparto final del festival de Mitos de Marfa que incluirá, además, a Connan Mockasin´s Wet Dream (una colaboración única entre Connan y algunos amigos especiales); Fred & Toody de la legendaria banda de Portland Dead Moon; Hailu Mergia, el músico etíope redescubierto y promocionado por Awesome Tapes From Africa; los músicos de Bay Area Heron Oblivion; y Pill, el reciente participante de Mexican Summer.

    Mitos de Marfa es un programa cultural que tendrá lugar del 10 al 13 de marzo de 2016 en Marfa, Texas. Comisionado por la discográfica Mexican Summer, con sede en Brooklyn, y Ballroom Marfa, Mitos de Marfa destaca a artistas y músicos de dentro y fuera del listado de la discográfica que trabajan de manera creativa y en colaboración en los campos de la música, el cine y las artes visuales.

    Tras un programa exitoso en 2015 que atrajo a más de 600 asistentes internacionales a este tranquilo pueblo de Texas, Mitos de Marfa entra en su tercer año este 2016. Como parte clave de la misión del festival, nuestra residencia anual de grabación destacará a Natalie Mering (también conocida como Weyes Blood) y un colaborador especial que será anunciado durante el festival.

    Mitos de Marfa se iniciará el jueves por la noche con las actuaciones íntimas de Pill y Fred & Toody de Dead Moon en el tristemente célebre bar Lost Horse Saloon. El festival seguirá el viernes con una actuación a primera hora de la noche a cargo de la arpista Mary Lattimore en Wrong Marfa.

    Ballroom Marfa inaugurará la exhibición colectiva After Effect para que coincida con el fin de semana de Mitos de Marfa, con una recepción el viernes 11 de marzo. Este programa de artes visuales presentará la obra de Dan Colen; Loie Hollowell; obras claves de Emil Bisttram, Raymond Jonson, Agnes Pelton, Florence Miller Pierce y Stuart Walker del Transcendental Painting Group; una película de animación de Oskar Fischinger; y una instalación de Arturo Bandini. La inauguración incluirá una actuación en vivo de Heron Oblivion seguida por una fiesta con actuaciones en vivo y con el DJ Hailu Mergia y Awesome Tapes From Africa en El Cósmico.

    Marfa se ha convertido en un destino para el arte contemporáneo desde la llegada de Donald Judd y la creación de La Fundación Chinati en 1986. Este año, Mitos de Marfa se asociará con La Fundación Judd y La Fundación Chinati para dos actuaciones separadas el sábado por la tarde. La primera será una actuación diurna de William Basinski en la hermosa Arena de Chinati. La segunda será una obra para un emplazamiento específico de la artista y DJ neoyorquina María Chávez en La Manzana, que era la residencia y el estudio de Judd en Marfa.

    Nuestra programación extendida del fin de semana continuará en The Capri el sábado por la noche con Parquet Courts, No Age, Connan Mockasin´s Wet Dream, Quilt con Mary Lattimore, Sheer Mag y Lower Dens.

    Darán clausura a nuestras festividades del domingo nuevas actuaciones audiovisuales en el Teatro Crowley, incluyendo la partitura de Dungen para The Adventures of Prince Achmed; Raum, que es fruto de la colaboración de Liz Harris/Grouper y Jefre Cantu-Ledesma con el cineasta Paul Clipson; las películas sobre setas de David Fenster con partituras de músicos locales de Marfa; además de una selección de cortometrajes presentada por Anthology Recordings, la filial de reedición de Mexican Summer.