Things to do in the Berkshires, April 21


It actually looks and feels like spring these days, with all sorts of outdoor activities ramping up. But at night, you no longer have to keep yourself shut in from the cold. Instead, grab a light jacket and check out some of these examples of nightlife to explore this weekend and beyond:


The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Fine and Performing Arts Theatre Program presents Michael Frayn's musical comedy, "Noises Off," directed by Sara Katzoff, as the final production of its season. Show dates and times are at 8 p.m., tonight through Saturday, with a 3 p.m. matinee Saturday, at Venable Theater on the MCLA campus in North Adams. A farce, "Noises Off" takes a look at a production during a rehearsal, a show and a performance late in its run. Mix-ups, falls and plates of sardines dominate the action of the play, while a cast of nine runs through slamming doors on a two-story set. This production contains some mature content. Tickets range from $2 to $12 at


• From Carnegie Hall to the Nomad Women's Festival in the Sahara Desert, Morley has brought her unique blend of jazz, folk and soul to the world's stage. Tonight at 8, she'll play an intimate gig at the Down County Social Club at the Stage Coach Tavern at Race Brook Lodge in Sheffield. There's a suggested donation of $10. Info: or 413-229-2916.

Morley will also perform and offer workshops this weekend at Kripalu in Stockbridge. Learn more at or

• After the success of the "Night of Fools," the monthly THIRDsday Open Mic Comedy Night will temporarily relocate to the Common Folk cabal at 18 Holden St., just off Main Street, in North Adams. The free show starts at 8 p.m., and remains hosted by Seth Brown.


Pop culture Trivia Night returns to Hotel on North, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in Pittsfield. Hosted by Lynn & Colleen, this week's contest remains free, but with a suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center, as April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. There will also be a number of raffles and awesome prizes to add to the benefit. Come solo, or form a team of up to six players.


MCLA student-run radio station 91.1 WJJW FM presents, "Downtown Sound," its inaugural concert series, starting at 7:30 p.m., at the Express Gallery, 49 Main St., North Adams. There will be food and drinks and a lineup featuring: Eric Robbins, Tom LeBeau & Madeline LaPorte, Izzy Heltai and the Pan Handle Band, Pavlov's Dogs, and Anonymous Animal. Freewill donations will be collected at the door to support the bands and radio station. Info:


• Town Players of Pittsfield will at 2 p.m., offer a staged reading of Martin McDonagh's "The Cripple of Inishmaan" at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., in Pittsfield.

Director, Becky Straight, has been wanting to bring this play to the stage for a long time after falling in love with the Broadway production starring Daniel Radcliffe. The cast includes: Marya LaRoche, Colleen Surprise Jones, Derek Ormond, Joey LaBrasca, Devin Trager, Gabrielle D. Straight, Jerry Greene, John Trainor and Patricia Duckworth. Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland in 1934, "The Cripple of Inishmaan" is a strange comic tale in the great tradition of Irish storytelling; it also contains strong language. Admission is $5. Info:

• The charitable arts education and social action initiative, They Dance for Rain, will host starting at 6 p.m., "Soup, Salad and a Slideshow!" also at the Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield. There will be food, following a slideshow at 7 of videos and photography about the project, based in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa. Patrons can also talk with project founders, Berkshire dance artist Stefanie Weber and fine art photographer Monika Pizzichemi. There's a $10 suggested donation at the door and there will be Kenyan jewelry sales to support the initiative. RSVP to for this all ages event. Info:


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