The 413: Things to do in the Berkshires, June 23
Welcome to the last weekend of June! Yep, it's happening, and there's a lot happening. So what are you waiting for? Get out, try something new, have some fun. Here's just a sample of goings-on to help inspire you:
• The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, has two special events this weekend. The theater's "Film Noir Classics Series" at 7 p.m. on Saturday, with a screening of the 1949 British murder mystery, "The Third Man." Tickets are $7, general admission seating.
On Sunday night at 7, the Joshua Redman Quartet will perform, featuring Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Greg Hutchinson. Tickets range from $30 to $80, and can be purchased online at mahaiwe.org or by calling 413-528-0100.
• The Lion's Den at the Red Lion Inn on Main Street in Stockbridge has live music nightly, starting around 8. This week's the week to find a lot of local acts. Tonight, it's Celtic/folk group, Rakish Paddy; The Lucky 5 swing jazz group plays Friday; Bigger Boat, a "4-piece fun, rock-blusey groove" group takes Saturday's set; the Rob Sanzone duo plays a range of styles on Sunday; Sandy & Sandy bring original country and folk on Monday; Jeff Przech, a roots-country guy, performs Tuesday, and on Wednesday, catch a Rev Tor solo set. Never a cover here.
• From the foothills of Western Maine the genre-blending folk collective, GoldenOak, comes to the Down County Social Club, at the Stagecoach Tavern of Race Brook Lodge, 864 South Undermountain Road, in Sheffield. Music begins around 8, and there's a suggested $10 donation to support the band.
• DJ BFG returns to the "Live on North" dance floor, at Pittsfield's Hotel on North, spinning from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Come chill or dance, whatever your pleasure.
• "The Mill Chill" is an evening of music, food, dancing, art and an auction to benefit the Makers' Mill project in North Adams. The event will start at 7 p.m., at the North Adams Elks Lodge at 100 Eagle St. Tickets are $34 general admission or $24 for Maker's Mill members. The ticket includes food, beverages, and an art gift. Info: tinyurl.com/MillChill or facebook.com/northadamsmakerspace.
• The Berkshire Blues Benefit Jam to support the scholarship fund of Berkshire Music School will take place from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Ballroom in Pittsfield. The Misty Blues Band will back up several guest musicians including: Tor Krautter, Bernice Lewis, Tony Lee Thomas, Aaron Dean, Rob Sanzone, Tyler Fairbank, Tim Sears, Dave Vittone, Ed Moran, Wanda Houston, John Zarvis, Wendy Walz, Bill Patriquin Sr., Steve Dudziak, Dan Teichert, Chris Merenda, Matt Berger, George Shoemaker, Dave Lincoln, Dan Esko, Jim Dignum, Thomas Corrigan, Robin O'Herin, Jack Waldheim, Jim Reynolds, Rebecca Mattson, Bobby Sweet, Darren Todd, Frank Alegrio, Derrick Rogers, Jeff Link, Steve Ide, Jen Schultheis, and perhaps some other special guests. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. Info: http://mkt.com/misty-blues/berkshire-blues-benefit-jam or visit Wood Bros. Music Store in Pittsfield.
For ticket holders, there will also be a special $25 per/person Southern dinner buffet by reservation: 413-553-2184.
• Are you in your 20s and 30s, and having trouble meeting people of a similar age and like minds? Then check out the "20s and 30s Community Meetup," from 6 to 8 p.m., at the South Street Cohouse, 39 South St., in Great Barrington. Bring a snack or beverage to share in this casual setting for "community organizers, activists, artists, educators, herbalists, visionaries, stewards of the land, do-it-yourselfers, solutionaries, farmers, musicians, writers, anarchists, foodies, permaculturists, outside the box thinkers, creators, and entrepreneur type folks." Info: MLKJ21@gmail.com.
• Mezze Bistro + Bar, on Route 7 in Williamstown, will host, starting at 10 p.m., a Prince/Bowie Tribute Party, in honor of the late performers Prince and David Bowie. DJ Mada will keep the tunes rolling as you party like it's 1999. Instead of a cover, a special collection of funds will be held to help support the families of the Pulse nightclub shooting victims in Orlando.
• Berkshire Flirt will host from 7:30 to 11 p.m., an "Under 40 Singles Mixer & Dance Party," at The Tavern at The A, 303 Crane Ave. in Pittsfield. There's a $10 cover for the mixer. Starting at 7:30, grab a drink and complimentary snacks, then join in on some icebreakers and get-to-know-you games. Then stay on for a dance party with local party rockers, Mr. Doubtfire, starting at 9. There's a $5 cover for the band. This is a 21 and older mixer, and tickets are available online at under-40-dance2016.eventbrite.com.
• The inaugural Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., at Bowe Field in Adams. This whimsical celebration of fantasy and arts will include live Celtic and alternative music, faerie dancers and puppet performances, a float and Dragon Fire pit, art activities and artisans; a faerie village, storytelling tent, photo booth, food vendors and more. Costume and fairy dress is highly encouraged. Admission is $5 per person/faerie; free for children under age 12.
• One-man wonder Matt Lorenz, aka The Suitcase Junket, will perform at 8 p.m. Depending on the weather, the seated show will either be held outdoors in the Pavilion or in Club B-10 at Mass MoCA in North Adams. Tickets are $12 general admission, available at tickets.massmoca.org or by calling 413-662-2111.
• Starting at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, enter Williamstown's Sand Springs Pool if you dare, for a in-pool screening of the 1975 shark frenzy thriller, "Jaws." Bring a floatie or a blanket for laying on. Tickets are $8 general admission; $6 for members of Images Cinema or Sand Springs, seniors (age 65 and up), veterans and children. Tickets and info at: imagescinema.org/film_events/jaws-swim-a-long or sandspringspool.org.