support kids

Bounti-Fare Restaurant in Adams will host "The Three Amigos 153 Birthday Party" to benefit Berkshire County Kids' Place.

David Nicholas, Thomas Corrigan and Ed Waryjasz are all turning 51 this year, so they've decided to throw a party with a purpose. Nicholas says, "Bring your guitars, bring your smiles, bring your family and bring your checkbooks" to help support the safety of children in Berkshire County.

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dance party

Also on Friday, DJ B and DJ Marc the Don of the #ShutdownTeam will be spinning hip hop, R&B, reggae, reggaeton, Top 40 hits and more, beginning at 9:30 p.m. at The Underground Pub at the Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield. There will be giveaways at this age 21 and up event. There's a $4 cover, but ladies get in free before 11.

dancing required

Mission Bar & Tapas in Pittsfield will host The Skinny Janes at 8 p.m. Saturday. Members of this folk-punk outfit include Jordan Franklin and Seth Stambovsky on guitar and vocals, Taylor Williams on bass and Evan Valenti on drums.

Franklin says, "No cover, but dancing is required."

have a laugh

Need a good laugh? Comedy is back at Patrick's Pub in Pittsfield this Saturday at 8 p.m., featuring three comics: Michael Raive as seen at New York City's Gotham and Broadway comedy clubs; Will Acuri from New York's Stand Up 360 Comedy Festival; and back by popular demand, Frank Vignola, who's appeared on Comedy Central and NBC. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

metal melee

Rather rock out hard? Chameleons in Pittsfield has you covered this Saturday night. Starting at 7, the metal melee include bands Clot, Sacrificial Blood, Maximum Oversatan, Graeskul and Forest of Remorse. It's also metal man Matt Sadlowski's birthday. So scream and shout and mosh it all out. Doors open at 6, and there's a $10 cover.

go digital

This Sunday at 8 p.m., the Dream Away Lodge in Becket will host a Digital Yule get-down with Ocifur, Tree Collage and special guest Sky Hook. Expect to hear experimental electronic beat and ambient fusion sounds accompanied by a projected video collage. No cover.

get on your feet

Just beyond the Berkshires, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds will ring in the new year with their old-school, horn-inflected soul and R&B sounds at Club Helsinki Hudson, beginning Tuesday at 9 p.m. They brought the house down when they played The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield in April 2012, and will no doubt bring the New Year's Eve crowd to its feet.

The Brooklyn-based, eight-piece outfit is fronted by Catskill Mountains native Arleigh Kincheloe (aka Sister Sparrow), and features her brother Jackson Kincheloe on harmonica and cousin Bram Kincheloe on drums.

Tickets are $35 in advance, and $40 the day of the show. To reserve a seat, call (518) 828-4800.