Things to do in the Berkshires, Jan. 14


The days are just flying by. Here we are, already heading into the third weekend of the new year.

We wish you well if you're planning to stay inside and cozy, but if you venture out there are plenty options available to keep you entertained:


• The line-up for the Tavern at The A in Pittsfield includes an open mic tonight, rock with the A Bombs and Alan Lucas on Friday, the return of Live Wire with Billy Perkins on Saturday. Music starts around 9:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more details.

• Gypsy Joynt in Great Barrington will host Sandy & Sandy at 8 p.m. Friday and at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jordan Weller & The Feathers take the stage.

• The Lion's Den at The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge keeps booking away. Big & Bigger, featuring Jeff Gonzales, Wanda Houston Blues and guests play tonight. Rock Steady! performs Friday, offering up danceable rock 'n' roll, R&B, blues, funk, reggae and ska. Saturday night features the Tom Savoy Trio. Sunday offers the electric duo known as the Piper Hopkins Band. Catch the acoustic sounds of Gary Jones on Tuesday. Power rocker Rob Sanzone does his thing on Wednesday. Music typically starts around 8:30 p.m., no cover.

• Casey's Billiards in Pittsfield offers entertainment every night of the week, including karaoke with DJ Mike Quinlan tonight, no cover; Mr. Doubtfire playing rock fusions at 10 p.m. Friday, $5 cover; and Albany, N.Y., country band Whiskey Highway on Saturday at 10 p.m., also a $5 cover.

• Rascal's in Adams offers karaoke every Thursday from 9:15 p.m. to 1:15 a.m. The Shutdown Team presents at 9:30 p.m. to close on Fridays DJ Marc the Don. No cover.

• In addition to Saturday's Met Opera Live in HD continuing series, The Mahaiwe Performing Art Center in Great Barrington will offer two other special screenings this weekend. "Pretty Faces," a 2014 film featuring the lives and feats of female skiers and snowboarders, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with $7 general admission or $5 for Catamount season pass holders. The iconic 1982 biopic "Gandhi" will be shown at 3 p.m. Sunday at $7 general admission. Info: or 413-528-0100.


• "Color Your Cares Away" at 6 p.m. at the North Adams Public Library. Coloring books designed for adults are all the rage. Artist Julia Reidy will lead adults through advanced coloring activities in the library's Heritage Room. All materials will be supplied. Just be ready to unleash your inner child and join others in the fun. Info: or 413-662-3133.

• The Down County Social Club, located beneath The Stagecoach Tavern in Sheffield will host Dreamsea at 8 p.m. Recall Seattle in the early 90s and sounds of shoegazing splendor. There's a suggested $10 donation to help pay the band.

• The Power Hour of Comedy returns to Dottie's Coffee Lounge from 7 to 9 p.m. in Pittsfield, featuring performers Jason Marby, Theresa Cassiack, Ethan Ullman, Jonathan Ashby, Ryan Shea, Mike Shea and room for open mic sign-ups at 7. Female comics are especially encouraged to give stand-up a go.


• Dottie's Coffee Lounge will welcome back at 6 p.m., a Burlesque Life Drawing session back in its art room. Drawing boards, newsprint and sketching crayons are provided or bring your own art materials; also BYOB and cash to tip the model.


• Berkshire Ballroom will host "Frozen Ballroom: Social Dance" from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 116 South St., Pittsfield. A Texas Two-Step dance lesson will be offered at 7 with Cheryl Wendling. The floor opens at 8, with live music by Mark Niekrewicz. Admission is $10 for USA Dance members, $15 for guests and $5 for school-aged or college students. Info:

• Rebel Alliance will play all their groovy jams starting at 9:30 p.m. at The Downtown Pub at the Berkshire Crowne Plaza, 1 West St., Pittsfield. There's a $5 cover for this age 21 and up dance party.


• The Writer's Read Monthly Reading Series reconvenes at 5:30 p.m. at the Lee Library, featuring readings by local talent, including: creative writer Elizabeth Brown, essayist Amanda Giracca, poet and nonfiction writer Kristen Hewitt, and creative nonfiction writer Amanda Pleau. Enjoy hearing the written word while having some wine and goodies at this free public event.

• Pittsfield Green Drinks holds its first meet up in the new year at 5:15 p.m. at J. Allen's Clubhouse Grille in Pittsfield, this and every third Tuesday of the month. January's presenter is Erik Hoffner, who will talk about his new job as the marketing and membership director for Coop Power, a regional renewable energy cooperative that he co-founded 10 years ago. This is a free event for all. Info: Contact Elia Del Molino at or 413-230-7321.


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