The 413: Things to do in the Berkshires, July 14


The weekend is almost upon us again, and it looks like some sunnier weather is in store ... for now.

Either way, there is plenty happening, indoors and outside, to keep you entertained in our Berkshires' backyard. Here's a taste of what's on tap:


• There are only a few more chances to catch live music on Thursdays at The Chalet, a social art project, at Mass MoCA in North Adams. This beer and spirits garden opens at 5:30, and it's free to hang, just bring cash for the bar. Remaining performers include Williamstown's own folk duo, Long Journey, aka Amrita Lash and Karl Mullen tonight; The Jays, a multi-genre troupe from Northampton on July 21, and indie artist Haley Sabella from Plymouth on Aug. 4.

• The Late-Night Cabaret returns to Williamstown Theatre Festival this Thursday through Saturday, starting at 10:30 p.m. in Goodrich Hall on the Williams College campus. The series showcases the talents of the Festival artists — both established and emerging — during these "exhilarating, intimate and unforgettable evenings." Tickets are $30, available at or 413-597-3400.


• Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., in Pittsfield, will host "Young Professional Play Night!," a special play date for the young-at-heart, starting at 5:30 p.m. The kid-free, age 18-and-up evening includes light refreshments and a cash bar, and a chance to play in the museum's interactive exhibits. Activities include scientific experiments, building with the big blue blocks of Imagination Playground, using the giant egg drop and mini-catapult stations. Admission is $10 at the door. Info:

• The second annual Summer Music Block Party kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall Center on Church Street in Cheshire, with country-folk artist Johnny Irion and special guest. Bring your own lawn chair and cash for food and ice cream vendors. There will also be raffles and a clown entertaining the crowd. This event is free and open to all, as presented by the Cheshire Community Association.

• "Stars in the Orchard," a midsummer's night cocktail party to benefit WAM Theatre, will begin at 6:30 p.m., at Hilltop Orchards and Furnace Brook Winery, 508 Canaan Road, in Richmond. Tickets are $50, and includes live music by the Expandable Brass Band, silent and paddle auctions, pop-up performances, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar. Info:

• Dottie's Coffee Lounge in Pittsfield is going all out to celebrate the "Our Hour of Power Comedy Show: Bastille Day Edition." Local and touring comedic acts start at 7:30 p.m., but go early to try items from the special menu of French fare and wines. Sign-ups for any remaining slots will open at 7. The event is free to attend. Find Dottie's on Facebook for more info.

• Northampton singer-songwriter Amber Wolfe will perform at 8 p.m., along with auditory/visual artist, Wishbone Zoe, at the Down County Social Club, below the Stagecoach Tavern at Race Brook Lodge, 864 South Undermountain Road, in Sheffield. There's a suggested $10 donation for the performers.

• Members of the cast of The Capitol Steps, appearing now at Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort in Lenox, will host an evening of karaoke, starting at 9 p.m. at the Tavern at The Village Inn, 16 Church St., in Lenox. Sing and hear showtunes, parodies and more. You could win tickets to the show, too.


• The Misty Blues band returns to Eat on North as part of the "Live on North" music series, playing blues, funk, rock and more, from 8 to 11 p.m.

• Artist Eric Rudd's 18th annual Community Sculpture "Eagle Street Beach Party" and North Adams' seventh annual "Evening Fiesta" goes from 3:30 to 10 p.m., throughout downtown North Adams. Family friendly fun, sand play, contests, games and more takes place until 6:30, as 500,000 pounds of sand will be spread in the street.

The Fiesta continues at 7 for adults only. There will be margaritas and Corona beer, and more, with live music by Lita Williams, games, giveaways and more. This events is free and open to the public.


• A salsa dance social, hosted by Alan Franco, starts at 9 p.m., at The Tavern at The A, 303 Crane Ave., in Pittsfield. Gary Jones will start by leading a bachata lesson, then open dancing to a variety of Latin rhythms goes from 10 p.m. on. This fiesta is $10 general admission, $8 for students with ID. There will also be a raffle to win dance lessons, so bring cash.

• BerkshireFlirt invites all singles to mingle at the Pittsfield Suns game, at Wahconah Park in Pittsfield. Tickets are $20, and include an all-you-can-eat 6 p.m. picnic of burgers, jumbo hot dogs, pasta and macaroni salad, watermelon, brownies and summer soft drinks. Beer and ballpark fare will also be available for purchase. It also includes ice breakers, mid-inning contests, and your admission to the 7 p.m. game.

A limited number of tickets, 50 for men and 50 for women, are available online at

• Mass MoCA in North Adams will host at 8:30 p.m., a special screening of the 2003 animated French comedy, "The Triplets of Belleville" paired with dancing, singing, Foley sound effects, and the original hot swing score performed live by its composer BenoĆ®t Charest and his nine-piece Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville band. Tickets range from $12 to $32 for this Courtyard C event. Info:


• The Summer Sundays series at The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown continues this week, from 1 to 4 p.m., with "Toro! Toro!" Test your mechanical bull riding skills, peruse the art-making tents and be serenaded by twice-Grammy-nominated Spanish guitarist Jose Lezcano. The activities are included with regular museum admission. Info:

• Bartlett's Orchard, 575 Swamp Road in Richmond, will host its inaugural "Taste Off BBQ," from 1 to 5 p.m. There, you'll get to judge applewood-smoked ribs, and more to live music by Blind Inspiration. There will also be a bar by Big Elm Brewery; french fries, fried dough and lemonade by Bousquet Catering. Tickets are $15 per person.


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