The 413: What to do in the Berkshires


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Dave Lamb and MorganEve Swain of the Rhode Island-based folk duo Brown Bird -- a favorite act at the Dream Away Lodge in Becket -- were touring earlier this year to promote their latest album, "Fits of Reason" when Lamb was diagnosed with leukemia, bringing the tour to a halt.

To help defray medical costs and cost of living bills, the Dream Away will host a two-stage music festival, beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, to support Brown Bird.

Tickets are on a sliding scale donation fee of $10 to $20. Cost includes the lineup of: The Low Anthem, Death Vessel, Orion Rigel Dommisse, Dire Honeys, Wooden Dinosaur, Tongue Oven and Passerine.

A regular indoor dining menu and special outdoor festival menu also will be available. For details, visit or call (413) 623-8725.

Can't make the show but want to support the band? Visit to make a donation. music with a cause

Local rock-reggae-jam band Rebel Alliance is playing The Red Herring on Spring Street in Williamstown beginning at 10:30 p.m. Saturday to support a friend.

According to drummer Mike Wood, the band is throwing a "Rebel Alliance Karmic Fundraiser" to support North Adams native and photographer Amanda Beckwith, whose camera equipment was stolen while photographing one of the band's shows.

Beckwith has had gigs shooting groups such as Rob Zombie, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold and Five Finger Death Punch, and had been recently been donating her time and skills to support Rebel Alliance.

Saturday's age 21 and up gig is free, but the band is suggesting a $5 donation or participation in a 50/50 raffle to help defray the costs of a new Nikon lens for Beckwith. To learn more, visit

big screen

Woody Allen's latest drama "Blue Jasmine" features a star-studded cast of Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Louis CK and Williamstown native Ali Fedotowsky of television's "The Bachelorette" fame.

After everything in her life falls to pieces, elegant New York socialite Jasmine (Blanchett) moves into her sister Ginger's (Sally Hawkins) apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again.

Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield will screen "Blue Jasmine" this Friday through Monday at 7 p.m. and also Monday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 to $7.50.

The Triplex in Great Barrington also will continue to screen the film tonight at 4:30 and 6:50; on Friday and Saturday at 3:30 and 8:50 p.m.; Sunday at 4:10 p.m., and Oct. 8 through 10 at 2 and 4:10 p.m. Tickets are $7 to $9.50.

pick a banjo

Bela Fleck's NY Banjo Summit will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington. The master banjo player will be joined by fellow pickers Tony Trischka, Bill Keith, Richie Stearns, Eric Weissberg, Noam Pikelny and other special guests. Tickets are $30 to $70. For tickets and information, see or (413) 528-0100.


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