The 413: Things to do in the Berkshires, June 9


June isn't chugging along, it's steaming forth full-speed ahead, with weekend after weekend filled with ongoing live music, art and theater, along with many special events. Here's a taste of what's on tap for the next few days:


Berkshire Young Professionals from 5 to 7 p.m. will host its monthly networking social at The Beacon Cinema, 57 North St., in Pittsfield. There will be appetizers, a cash bar, door prizes and discounted movie tickets for guests, along with a spotlight nonprofit speaker from the Berkshire Immigrant Center. Info: or find BYP on Facebook.


• The Guthrie Center, located at the Old Trinity Church, 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington (Housatonic), will host two concerts this weekend as part of its Troubadour Series. For both shows, doors open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 8, and Guthrie Center members receive discounted tickets.

On Friday, Tyringham folk duo, Oakes & Smith, will perform from across their discography, with guest vocalist Taylor Ives and violinist Eric Martin. Tickets are $20 general admission.

Presque Isle, Maine-based singer-songwriter, Ellis Paul, will have songs to sing and tales to tell on Saturday night. Tickets are $25 general admission.

Info: 413-528-1955 or

• The Parlor Cafe, located at 303 Ashland St. in North Adams, will close at the end of the month but has a couple of events lined up before they do. From 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Alex the Musician returns for a Farewell Parlor show. Then from 7 to 11 on Friday, June 24, the Parlor will host a final open mic. All are welcome to come and take the stage.

• The Hilltown Hoedown celebrates everything small town, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, at the Cummington Fairgrounds, 97 Fairgrounds Road, in Cummington. Each day features rides, games, a Western Mass Cornhole Tournament, live country music, crafts, trucks, tractors, food and more. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 12 and under. Donations of non-perishable food items will also be collected for the Hilltown Food Pantry. Proceeds benefit the Hilltown Agricultural Scholarship Fund.

• The WordXWord Festival will host two slams this weekend at Dottie's Coffee Lounge, 444 North St., in Pittsfield. At 7 p.m. on Friday, Melissa Quirk Cairns hosts a poetry slam. Then at 3 p.m. on Sunday, James Burden hosts a story slam, with 5-minute spots featuring local storytellers, anchored around the theme of "In the Dark." Both events are free and open to all, though they may include strong language and mature themes.

• In continuation with its year-round happenings, the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers has a series of events taking place this weekend. Starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, BFWW teams up with the Great Barrington Historical Society to present a cocktail party, lecture, and tour of the beautiful 1930s-era American Institute of Economic Research mansion at 250 Division St., in Great Barrington. After drinks and appetizers on the terrace and a tour, author and Hofstra University English professor Paula Uruburu, will unpack the scandalous story of America's first supermodel, sex goddess, and modern celebrity, Evelyn Nesbit, based on her best-selling book "American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the Birth of the "It" Girl, and the Crime of the Century." Tickets are $25 general admission. Call 413-591-8702 or email for reservations.

Also happening at 6 p.m. on Saturday is the launch of "What We're Made Of," a new book of poetry by Lisken Van Pelt Dus. The poetry reading, Q&A with moderator Philip Timpane, and reception, which includes a cash bar, will take place at The Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., in Pittsfield. The event is free and open to the public.

Then at 3 p.m. on Sunday, the BFWW will sponsor a free Lean-In circle for women writers of all ages, featuring host Anastasia Stanmeyer, editor of "Berkshire Magazine," and creative artist Suzi Banks Baum, along with an illustrated talk about a recent photography sojourn in Armenia under the guidance of "National Geographic" photographer, John Stanmeyer. The program will take place at the Shaker Dam Coffeehouse, 2 Main St., in West Stockbridge. Women writers are invited to bring a short piece of their own writing to share (500 words max), in answer to the question: "What obstructions or invitations do you encounter as you enter your creative practice?"



• "Raven's Ball" is the Berkshire Museum's annual gala, which will feature, from 5:30 p.m. to midnight, an evening of cocktails and cuisine by Brian Alberg of Main Street Catering and Events; live entertainment including a dance party with DJ BFG; poetry on demand and the Wall of Words; live and silent auctions, and other surprises. The event also heralds the museum's new exhibit, "Finding Raven: Art and Stories from the Northwest Coast." For more information or tickets call 413-443-7171, ext. 311, or visit Ticket prices range from $50 for the dance party portion only, to $150 and up for the full experience.

• Arts Night Out returns from 7 to 9 p.m. to IS183 Art School of the Berkshires at Citizens' Hall, 13 Willard Hill Road, Stockbridge. Artist Diane Firtell will lead attendees through a process known as "PhotoWeave." Bring copies of photographs or images printed on heavy paper to cut and re-assemble using a weaving process to create mounted a surface relief of blended images. This is an age 21 and up, BYOB event. The cost is $35 general admission, plus a $25 materials fee. Info: or 413-298-5252.

• Veteran Berkshire County rock band Xavier will reunite at 9 p.m. at the Tavern at The A, 303 Crane Ave., in Pittsfield.


• Berkshire County Metal band, Warsynium, will reunite for a free, one-night-only, all-ages show, starting at 8 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 63 Center St., in Adams. The show will also feature regional bands Western Massacre, Cazador and Hill Haints.

• Abe Guthrie, Darren Todd, and Dan Teichert — aka White Liger — will rock the window at Mission Bar + Tapas, 438 North St. in Pittsfield, starting at 8 p.m. No cover.


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