Stepping out after dark

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THURSDAY

Get a jump start on St. Patrick's Day with the Whit's Early Bird Cabaret dinner event, with Steve Hassmer and Kimberly Gritman and special guest Tony Pastore, 6 p.m. Enjoy a dinner of Irish soda bread, Irish Guinness beef stew, coffee and cheesecake with Irish cream. Tickets are $20, available at thewhit.org. Whitney Center for the Arts is located at 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group's $5 Comedy Garage presents JR De Guzman, 7:30 p.m. in the Colonial Lobby, 111 South St., Pittsfield. De Guzman has appeared on MTV's "Acting Out" and Comedy Central's "Hart of the City," and has performed for Stand-Up Tokyo and ROR Comedy in Japan, the Joker's Ball in Indonesia, the Badaboom Comedy Series in Amsterdam and the Edmonton Comedy Festival. This event is general admission, so get there early to get seat.

Make it movie night. The Mahaiwe Movie Series is presenting The Marx Brothers' 1935 slapstick musical "A Night at the Opera," at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8. Mahaiwe Performing Art Center is located at 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

FRIDAY

If you're looking to catch some live music, don't miss The Stash! Band at the Barn at the Egremont Village Inn, 17 Main St., South Egremont. Featuring singer/songwriter/guitarist Stash Wyslouch, drummer/vocalist Sean Trischka, fiddle player Duncan Wickel and bassist Noam Wiesenberg, the band celebrates its sophomore album, "Faucet of Love," 8 p.m.

Or head to Castle Street Cafe and catch a performance by the Wanda Houston Band, 8 p.m., 10 Castle St., Great Barrington.

The Gateways Inn is open tonight, with live music by Johnny Segalla and Mike Schiffer scheduled from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The Gateways Inn is located at 51 Walker St., Lenox.

Songwriter and folk and Americana singer Bruce Mandel performs at the Knox Trail Inn, 6:30 p.m., 1898 East Otis Road, East Otis.



EDITOR'S PICK

Mass MoCA's High Mud Comedy Festival opens with Sasheer Zamata Party Time! with Maggie Crane, Joyelle Johnson, Matteo Lane, Shasta Geaux Pop and Sasheer Zamata, 7:30 p.m., 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. Friday passes are $15-$5, available at massmoca.org.





SATURDAY


It's time for Bindlestiff Family Cirkus' monthly cabaret, 9 p.m., at Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, N.Y. According to Helsinki Hudson, "Each month... will bring a new lineup, with acts including trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy and oddball novelty turns. The Bindlestiff stage is one of the few arenas in the world where attendees may see internationally renowned street performers, featured acts from Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Brothers and artists from "America's Got Talent" next to local legends, live, on stage, and in the same show." This is a 21 and older show. Tickets are $30-$25, available at helsinkihudson.ticketfly.com.

Enjoy an evening of music with the Ariel String Quartet, featuring Gershon Gerchikov and Alexandra Kazovsky, violin, Jan Gr ning, viola and Amit Even-Tov, cello, beginning at 6 p.m. They will be performing works by Schumann, Brahms and Leo Jan ek at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. Tickets are $50-$27, available at mahaiwe.org.








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