Things to do in Berkshire County


Go to the movies

In cased you missed the flicks this summer, the Beacon Cinema on North Street has brought back two blockbuster films in 3D for a week of limited screenings, which wraps up today. At 2:55 p.m., catch "Star Trek Into Darkness 3D."

Want to keep your heart rate up after that? Then stick around for Brad Pitt in Marc Forster's thriller "World War Z," showing at 5:35 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $10 to $12.50. Visit for more information. Spoken word

WordFest 2013 kicks off tonight at The Mount, 2 Plunkett St., in Lenox.

Directed by Christine Hensel Triantos, the festival includes a series of free Thursday evening readings as well as special weekend events, now through Sept. 21.

The Berkshires' own Christian Phiffer and his band of Rambling Poets have the honor of getting things started. The bouts of rousing readings begin at 5 p.m., and include: Phiffer, Thom Francis of Albany Poets; Kevin Peterson, Algorhythm and others from the Nitty Gritty Slam; and Craig Nelson, Sam C., Bob Lipton, Chris O'Carroll, and Marley Engvall of Northampton Poetry, among others.

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Sci-fi flick

The Davis Center at Williams College will host a screening of the comedic science fiction film "The Brother from Another Planet" on Friday at 7 p.m., on campus in the Paresky Center, 39 Chapin Hall Drive in Williamstown. This event is free and open to the public.

The film was written, directed, and edited by Williams alumnus John Sayles ('72) and co-produced by Maggie Renzi ('73). Set in New York City in the early 1980s, the film stars Joe Morton as "The Brother," a mute alien and an escaped slave with the appearance of an African-American who, while fleeing Another Planet, has crash-landed in Upper New York Harbor and is deposited in Harlem. This serves as the backdrop for a chase as two bounty hunters from Another Planet attempt to capture him.

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Go hardcore

On Saturday and Sunday, Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock will host "Hardcore Mudd Run: Part II." Events take place from 8 a.m. to noon each day.

Spectators can purchase tickets for $10 online ( or $20 on the day of the event to watch participants crawl through a mud pit, climb over a 12-foot wall, dive into freezing water among facing other obstacles on the 8-mile course. For those people who want to register last-minute and take on the challenges themselves, the cost is $135 the day of or $150 for both days.

Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Children's Miracle Network.

Easy listening

On Monday, beginning at 8 p.m., Chameleons nightclub on East Street in Pittsfield will host its "$5 Acoustic Night."

Performers include California's Bryan McPherson, who toured back in March with punk rockers Dropkick Murphys; as well as the Berkshires' Jess Hume and Cassandra Redd.


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