The 413: Weekend filled with live musical acts, benefit concerts, spoken word performances and plenty of date-night opportunities
August is sailing along at top knots and the time is now to dive in to the final weeks of the Berkshire summer season. There's plenty of entertainment happening, indoors and outside, throughout the region. So what are you waiting for? Here's a sample of what's in store:
• The Dream Away Lodge, 1342 County Road, Becket, continues to host live musical acts, Wednesday through Sunday. This Saturday, the Lodge will be closed for a wedding, but catch New York singer-songwriter Emily Mure tonight; New Hampshire's indie rocker outfit Footings and Pile's Rick Maguire on Friday, and the Berkshires' own Misty Blues Band on Sunday. Shows start around 8 p.m., and cash tips for the band are welcome and highly encouraged.
• There are only four more weekends of concerts left in the Troubadour Series at The Guthrie Center, 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington.
The Hootenanny is ongoing, tonight and every Thursday, starting at 8 p.m. Sign-ups to play the session begin at 7. The cost is $5 general admission, $3 for members, free for performers playing that night.
Troubadours performing this weekend include: Northampton-based blues/American roots musician and photographer, Eli Caitlin, a Williamstown native, performing on Friday, and on Saturday Shelburne Falls native and Grammy-nominated folk-pop artist Seth Glier will take the stage.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 8 for both shows. General admission for Eli Caitlin is $20, and it's $25 for the Seth Glier show.
• Pittsfield's WordXWord festival continues through Saturday in downtown Pittsfield, and is sure to thrill, thrash and enthrall you with the power of poetry, spoken word and storytelling. Admission to festival events is free, but donations are welcomed to help support feature artists and defray the production costs.
Today, following a round of teen and young adult workshops (age 13-25) from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., the Outspoken Youth Poetry Slam begins at 5 at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave., and at 7:30 p.m., catch, "#Kahoots: two minds/two voices plus guest feature by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib," back at The Whit, with Grace Rossman, Cory Desmond, Sierra Desmond, Jonathan Stinson, Epiphany Thomas, Cassie Peltier, Ollie Kipp, Adam May, Lucy Burnett and Haley Couch.
Friday's lineup includes "I Didn't Come Here To Make Friends: On Image & The Limits of 'Reality'" workshop with Jayson P. Smith at 3 p.m. at The Whit; Story Slam Finals at 6 p.m. at the Lichtenstein Center; and "The Ragged Edge of Truth" at 8 at The Whit, featuring poets-in-residence Eve Ewing, Safia Elhillo and Jayson Smith and a cast of regional voices, including Ty Allan Jackson, Stan Spencer, Nancy Garzon, daughter-mother duo Maya and Manju Bahl, Seth Brown, Miss Julian Grey, Izzy Nunes and Curtis Asch.
Saturday's festival finale starts at 8 p.m. at The Whit, featuring Ewing, Elhillo and Smith. Full details are at wxw365.org.
• Berkshire darling Douglass Truth returns with a new production, "An Intimate Evening with Death, Herself," to be performed at 7 p.m., tonight, Friday and Saturday, and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, at Lauren Clark Fine Art gallery, 25 Railroad St., Great Barrington. Truth has been described as "The love child of Eddie Izzard and Lily Tomlin," and the 90-minute show is described as, "a serious comedy" about a middle-aged waitress who meets Death in a bar. For details and tickets ($15), visit http://deathherself.com or call the gallery at 413-528-0432.
• The classic rock tribute band, Tantrum, is back to rock the "Live on North" series at Eat on North in Hotel on North in Pittsfield. The band plays from 7:30 to 11 p.m., no cover.
• "Arts Night Out" returns to IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, 13 Willard Hill Road, Stockbridge. The workshop, "Stab-Binding!" with artist and bookbinder, Michael Vincent Bushy, runs from 7 to 9 p.m., and explores the Japanese stab technique to book binding. The general admission cost is $35, with a $5 materials fee. Arts Night Out events are open to adults ages 21 and up, and it's BYOB. Register at is183.org or by calling 413-298-5252.
• Elvis is in the building, or rather, Elvis Presley impersonator Joe Borelli and his band will be in the Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Glendale Road, Stockbridge, starting at 5:30 p.m. The program is part of the museum's "Real or Imagined? Adventures in Visual Cultural" lecture and performance series, and is included with regular museum admission. Info: nrm.org or 413-298-4100.
• Sounds and Tones Records presents an all-ages show, featuring a regional lineup with upbeat psychedelic guest artists The Duskwhales, from Washington, D.C. Local performers include The Leafies You Gave Me, a 10-piece avant-garde music and theater ensemble from Holyoke; North Adams ukulele-folk artist, Francesca Shanks; and North Adams up-and-comers, The Mighty Atom, a rock duo. Doors open and 6 p.m., music starts at 7. Tickets are $6, cash only, at the venue, Common Folk Gallery, 33 Main St., North Adams.
• Casey's, 501 Dalton Ave., in Pittsfield, will host Bennington, Vt., rock band, Beg 2 Differ, starting at 10 p.m.
• The Spurs U.S.A. will be bringing their brand of classic country to the Crowne Plaza, 1 West St., Pittsfield from 8 to 11 p.m. There's a $5 cover for this dance party.
• Dottie's Coffee Lounge, 444 North St., Pittsfield, continues its summer "Date Night!" series with dinner, music and comedy. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., and includes a Caprese salad, roasted chicken and Israeli couscous, with strawberry shortcake on housemade basil lemon biscuits for dessert. The show starts at 8, featuring Ben Kronberg and guest associates. Kronberg zings and sings, and comes with credits ranging from Comedy Central to John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show. Tickets are $70 per couple for dinner and the show; $40 per single dinner/show ticket; $15 per person for the show only.
• Get your Latin dance styles on from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., at The Tavern at The A, 303 Crane Ave., Pittsfield, hosting a Berkshire Salsa Social with Alan Franco. The night starts with a salsa dance lesson and an invitation to rehearse for an upcoming pop-up performance. Then, dance the night away to salsa, bachata, merengue, cha-cha, kizomba, and more. Admission is $10, or $8 for students with a valid school ID, cash only for admission and raffles. Credit cards accepted at the kitchen and bar. Info: 413-347-2801, firstname.lastname@example.org, or look for the event on Facebook.
• Boxxa's Berkshire Bash is a night of fabulous celebrity illusions, dance, music, cosplay and more, at the Monterey Pavilion, 411 Main Road in Monterey. Doors open at 7 p.m., show goes from 8 to 10. Performers include Boxxa Vine, Angel South, Avi Munster, Kashi GoLean, London Jae Precise, Philly Pina and more. Advance tickets are $10 or $20 for VIP admission at boxxavine.com, or $15 and $25 at the door. VIP includes preferred front table seating, meet and greet with the performers, a special gift from Boxxa and other perks.
• Common Folk Arts & Music Festival will take place from 2 to 10 p.m., in Heritage State Park, 115 State St., North Adams; rain location is the Elks Lodge at 100 Eagle St. Parking will be available in the Sons of Italy Parking Lot, The American Legion Parking Lot, and along State Street. Anyone who rides a bike will get $5 off their ticket price along with a gift from Mass in Motion.
Local comedian, Madelyn Gardner, will emcee the event. The lineup includes: Tim Martin, Dylan Girouard, The Tobin Brothers, Sophie Lane, Francesca Shanks, Izzy Heltai and Secret Creature, Anonymous Animal, The Jays, the le duo; artists Nate Massari and Misa Chappell; activities and information by Frog Lotus Yoga, Kids Zone, North Berkshires for Racial Justice, #RESET; food and drink by Freight Yard Pub, Korean Garden and Bright Ideas Brewing.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $25 at the door and free for kids ages 12 and under. Proceeds benefit the establishment of the ROOTS Teen Center, planned to open in October. Get all the details at facebook.com/wearecommonfolk.
• Dance rock band, Bits N Pcs, will groove from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., at The Grille, 77 Summer St., Adams.
• The Levitt AMP North Adams Music Series launches its free, 10-concert series at 6 p.m. on Sunday, with New England jam band, The Adam Ezra Group, performing at Colgrove Park, on Church Street in North Adams. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for this all-ages show. Rain moves the event to the Elks Lodge, 100 Eagle St. See the full lineup and get all the details at levittampnorthadams.com.
• The Marian McLaughlin Trio, featuring Ethan Foote on double bass and 12-string guitar, and Katie Weissman with cello and vocals, perform at 8 p.m., at Down County Social Club at the Stagecoach Tavern, 864 South Undermountain Road, Sheffield. A $10 donation is requested.
• The Jazz for Justice Summer Celebration will mark the 10th anniversary of the Berkshire Center for Justice, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., at 247 East Alford Road, Alford. The event features Darren Todd and Friends Jazz Band, and original poetry by Ted Thomas, plus wine and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $35 to benefit the Center, and are available at flcberkshire.wordpress.com or by calling 413-854-1955.
• The inaugural Dog Film Festival is making the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, one of its stops on an 11-city tour. There will be a 90-minute screening at 11 a.m. and different 90-minute screening at 1:30 p.m., featuring a range of documentaries, animated and short films, all family-friendly. Tickets are $15, available at mahaiwe.org or 413-528-0100.
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