Things to do in the Berkshires


writers read

Writers Howard Faerstein and Peter Filkins will share their work at 5:30 tonight for this month’s Writers Read event at the Good Purpose Gallery on Main Street in Lee.

Faerstein’s book of poetry, "Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn," was published in 2013 by Press 53. He lives in Florence, Mass., and teaches American literature at Westfield State University.

Filkins is the author of three full-length collections, including "The View We’re Granted," which was co-winner of the Sheila Motton Best Book Award. There is a suggested donation of $3. in the round

Dewey Memorial Hall on Main Street in Sheffield will host another Berkshire Songwriters in the Round event at 7:30 p.m., Friday. This month’s lineup includes Soul Prophet, Oakes & Smith, Eric Reinhardt and Todd Mack, simultaneously sharing the stage and taking turns performing or collaborating. Tickets will be on sale at the door and are $10 general admission, $7 for students, $25 per family.

weekend fun

Six Depot Roastery and Café in West Stockbridge will host two special events this weekend.

An Argentine Dance Party Milonga will be held from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday, led by local dancer and instructor, Megan Reisel. An introduction to tango will be given at 5. At 6, Angeles Chanaha will give a lesson for advance dancers. The milonga begins at 8.

From 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Paul De Jong, known from his former band "the Books," will be performing on cello, arpeggione, bass guitar and whatever else fits in the back of his car.

poetry slam

WordXWord will host a series of Memorial Day weekend events as a warm-up to its sixth annual festival in August.

Four-time grand slam poetry champion Omar Holmon will be at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge, 444 North St., in Pittsfield to host a Friday night Story Slam and a Poetry Slam on Saturday night.

Friday’s Story Slam will be preceded by a Teen Open Mic, beginning at 7. The prompt for the first-round qualifier in the competition is "near miss." Without notes or props, storytellers tell fantastic, true stories based on the theme.

Saturday’s Poetry Slam also starts at 7. Poets have three minutes to perform a poem of their own composition without notes, accompaniment or props. Performances are judged by volunteers from the (rowdy) audience. Top two poets will move on to the Poetry Slam semi-finals for a chance to qualify for the WXW finals in August.

All events are free. Anyone interested in performing should visit for more information and to register.

anniversary party

On Saturday, starting at 4 p.m., Mass MoCA will host a kick-off party to celebrate its 15th season. There will be an opening reception from 4 to 6, for "Teresita Fernández: As Above So Below," and a silent auction that also starts at 4; a cash food truck courtyard and bars will open at 6; Bhangra artists DJ Rekha will start mixing it up at 7, followed by featured performers Red Baraat at 8:30, and DJ Rekha will close out the night with a 10:30 set. Tickets are $15 for members; $30 general admission; $45 for gold star supporter status. More info at or (413) 662-2111.


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