Things to do in the Berkshires, Feb. 18


February is flying by and there are enough events on the calendar to make your head spin!

So what are you waiting for, grab a coat and an adventurous attitude and best winter by getting out and about to enjoy the local offerings for entertainment. Here's just a taste of what's ahead:


The 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival in Pittsfield wraps up Sunday, but there are still so many events happening, and most of them free of charge. From theater to burlesque life drawing and performance, to an art auction, live music, fireworks and so much more, you won't want to miss out. Get the full schedule and details at, or contact the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development at 413-499-9348.


• The Down County Social Club, located beneath The Stagecoach Tavern at Race Brook Lodge, 864 South Undermountain Road (Route 41) will at 8 p.m. host Patrick Surdam, lead singer and guitarist for northwestern Connecticut-based rock band The Nice Ones. His solo act features favorite acoustic covers from artists ranging from Nina Simone to Ryan Adams as well as some of his originals. There's a suggested $10 donation for this event.

• Berkshire Mountain Distillers will be joining The Lion's Den at The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge tonight for a special rum-themed trivia night event starting at 8.


"Inkless," a live storytelling event returns for its fourth installment, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Six Depot Roastery Cafe in West Stockbridge. Joey Chernila emcees a night of six storytellers. Note: This is not a kid-friendly event. Reserve your $5 ticket by emailing


• Notchview, located on Route 9 in Windsor, will host a few special events today, in addition to its regular offerings of outdoor recreation. Call Notchview at 413-684-0148 for event details, registration and weather conditions, or visit or Equipment rentals are available.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., check out the Paintball Biathlon. Participants of all ages and skill will have fun with this new winter sport that combines cross-country skiing interspersed with paintball target shooting. Registration required to compete.

From 7 to 9 p.m., will be the "Brew Moon Ski & Snowshoe" event, of outdoor recreation followed by a wine and beer tasting with tasty treats provided by Kelly's of Dalton. Hot cider and teas are always on tap. Beginners welcome and reservations are encouraged.

• Join Vibe Master DJ Roth Fitz starting at 8 p.m., for an evening of dance and good times at the first annual Step Out the Matrix Dance Party in The Garage at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. The evening will open with a live dance and music performance featuring special guest artists Heather Fisch and Boy + Rocket, followed by a dance party to remember. Come warm your bones and move your body, at this age 18 and up event. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 413-997-4444.

The Infield will host from 7 to 9 p.m. a Martial Arts Expo to benefit the Accelerated Cure Project to fight Multiple Sclerosis, at 10 Lyman St., in Pittsfield. Doors open at 6 p.m., and there will be a cash bar and family friendly displays of Taekwondo, kickboxing, Kendo, and more. For more information call 413-445-7903.

•The Rev Tor Band will host a 20-year anniversary celebration starting at 8 p.m. at The Tavern at The A in Pittsfield. Tickets are $10 for this age 21 and up event, with proceeds to benefit Moments House. Special guests include Domino Theory, Mark Mercier of Max Creek, Brett Connors of Flipper Dave, Gary Backstrom of Jiggle the Handle, Steve Ide, Pte Adams, Mike Basiliere, Gina Coleman, Dan Esko, Tyler Fairbank, Dave Lincoln, Matt Mervis, Ed Moran, Pat Muraca, Mike "Gallagher" Rau, Jim Reynolds, Derrick Rodgers, Jennifer Schultheis, Matt Stonewell, Mary Verdi, Dave Vittone, Jason Webster and other surprise happenings.


At 3 p.m., The Gospel Gang and The Messengers, with special guest Mary Verdi, will present a program of gospel music in the "Keep the Heat On!" concert to benefit the Emergency Oil Fund of the PACC (Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations) and The Emergency Assistance Fund of Construct Inc. in Great Barrington. The program will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Fenn Street, Pittsfield. There is a suggested donation of $10. Info: 413-445-5918 or


Hops & Vines Beer Garden & Brasserie in Williamstown from 5 to 8 p.m., will host a Jack's Abby Tap Takeover, featuring prize giveaways and a tasting of brews from the Framingham-based brewery.


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