Nightlife in the Berkshires


Work of art

Tonight, from 5 to 9 p.m., check out the DownStreet Art festival in downtown North Adams.

Festivities will include seven new exhibition openings, as well as a one-day gallery installation. There will be a musical performance by Vermont Joy Parade, a seven-piece ensemble playing an eclectic blend of Americana, indie-rock, old-time and country blues.

Also, Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin will present a blend of performance art, video, sculpture, drawing and sound for their "A Marriage: 1 (Suburbia)," exhibition in Gallery 51. Learn more at Ask Amy

On Friday, following her appearance at Tanglewood, Amy Dickinson, columnist for "Ask Amy" and panelist of "Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me" on NPR, will be at The Lenox Library from 7 to 8 p.m.

She will give a humorous and poignant talk about her life in Freeville, N.Y., population 523; her becoming the next Ann Landers and the challenge of answering trivia questions. She will also do a Q&A with audience members.

Dickinson will read portions from her book, "The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Story of Surprising Second Chances."

The library is suggesting a donation of $10 for this event to support library services. For further information, please contact the library at or call (413) 637-2630.

Get fit

This Saturday, join some of northern Berkshire County's fitness leaders at a special event called, "Fit at the Farmers Market."

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., meet with the people, places and organizations that make North County a healthy place.

There will be mini-sessions including Zumba with Becky Miner, yoga with Danielle Gismondi and fitness with Beth Piantoni. There will also be a Fit WIC station of activities for parents and children; a "Market in Motion Fun Run or Walk," healthy food demos, as well as farm vendors and artisans.

The farmers market is located in the St. Anthony Municipal Parking lot (intersection of St. Anthony Drive and Route 8), North Adams.

Dance to the beat

The Gypsy Joynt on Main Street in Great Barrington has a weekend of live music lined up.

Tonight at 7:30, John Myers and Pete Toigo take the stage fusing sounds of guitar and bass. On Friday at 9 p.m., Bell Engine performs in stylings that have been compared to REM, Wilco, Lucinda Williams and Neil Young. Saturday night, also at 9, Jordan Weller & The Feathers will perform high energy grooves. For more information, visit

Mix traditions

Beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Mass MoCA in North Adams will host A Tribe Called Red. Tinting Native American tradition with a distinctly urban color, A Tribe Called Red's sound is at the forefront of Canada's club-music scene.

The event will be held either outdoors in Courtyard C or in the Hunter Center. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students with ID. For more information, visit


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