Things to do in the Berkshires, Jan. 21


Winter is definitely giving us the cold shoulder, but there are a lot of hot happenings here in the Berkshires.

From dance parties to drag bingo, comedy to live music, there's a little bit of something for everyone happening in the coming days. Here's just a taste:


• Rumpy's Tavern in Lenox, located below the Village Inn, is starting the new year with a newly revived lineup. Trivia Night with Queen Patti and Magik Mike is held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Sing and shout at Karaoke Night starting around 8 on Thursdays. Then on Fridays, join Philly Pino for "Fierce Fridays," featuring drag bingo at 9 and a drag show starting around 10. There's no cover for these age 21 and up events. Info: or 413-637-0021, ext. 385.

• The Hootenanny continues on Thursdays at the Guthrie Center in Great Barrington. Doors open and signups begin at 7 p.m., with music starting at 8. Admission is free for performers, $5 general admission. Donations are also welcome for the center's roof repair campaign.

• There's always something happening at the newly renovated Down County Social Club, located beneath The Stagecoach Tavern at Race Brook Lodge in Sheffield. Heather Fisch and Friends tonight at 8 will fill the club with theatrical sounds, movement and an eclectic display. Her friends include: Jonathan Talbott, Don Mikkelsen and Brian Kantor of the Lucky 5; guitar virtuosos Brandon Vetrano and David Ellenbogen; and the legendary Charlie Tokarz and Rob Fisch. Her show opens with SSss, an ambient voice duo project featuring Sam Rosen on guitar, laptop and processing and Sam Sebren on synth, radios, keyboards, bass and "assorted noisemaking ephemera."

Then on Friday, also at 8, Calumette takes the stage, featuring the Swiss-born musician and producer Antoine Salem and West Texas-born vocalist Hale May.

There's a suggested donation of $10 for both shows. Info: or 413-229-2916.

• The Log on Spring Street in Williamstown has a whole bunch of live entertainment. The Williams College group The Accidentals will host Karaoke Night tonight starting at 9. Catch a jazz jam on Friday, also at 9. Western Massachusetts-based blues-folk band Woodford Way plays Saturday night at 8. Info: or 413-655-1300.

• Mass MoCA in North Adams will present two special events this week.

At 7:30 p.m. tonight, in the museum's Club B-10, catch Laurie Anderson's autobiographical film, "Heart of a Dog," presented as part of the "Love is Complicated" documentary film series. This film is about Lolabelle, Anderson's beloved terrier. The filmmaker will join the audience via Skype for a Q&A after the screening. Tickets are $9 general admission, $5 for students and members.

Then at 8 p.m. Saturday, Club B-10 will transform into a cabaret as Birds of Chicago, the husband-wife duo JT Nero and Allison Russell, offer an evening of "soul-inflected, groove-based Americana." This event is presented by the FreshGrass Festival. Tickets range from $10 to $28. Info: or 413-662-2111.


• Live on North, a new entertainment showcase at the Hotel on North in Pittsfield kicks off with DJ BFG and goes from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. No cover. or 413-358-4741.

• Rev Tor's fifth annual Dead of Winter Jam, celebrating the music of The Grateful Dead, starts at 8 p.m., in The Garage performance space at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. In addition to your hosts, the Rev Tor Band, there will be performances by members of: The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, Rebel Alliance, The Picky Bastards, Misty Blues, Domino Theory, Who Are You, along with soloists Gina Coleman, Billy Keane, Rob Sanzone, Jennifer Schultheis, Craig Simmons, Mike Wood, and Ward Woolverton. Tickets to this all-ages show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. A non-perishable food drive will also be held to benefit local food pantries. Info: or 413-997-4444.


• Promotörhead Entertainment presents starting at 9 p.m., a punk-metal show not to be missed at Tavern at the A in Pittsfield. The lineup, in order of appearance, includes: Adams hardcore/punk group Dead Radio Rebels, Stiletto Bomb out of Westfield, Cheshire-based punk veterans The Damaged, and out of Springfield, heavy metal outfit Bömber: Motörhead Tribute. Tickets are $6 for this 21 and up show.


• Need a little fresh air? Bundle up and check out The Trustees of Reservations' Winter Trails Day, going on from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Notchview Nordic Ski Center in Windsor. You'll find half-priced trail fees, free ski lessons and equipment rentals while supplies last. There will also be demos on waxing skis, how to properly fit equipment and dress for winter sports. The cafe will be open for lunch and snacks.

Then, from 7-10 p.m., enjoy a moonlit program of skiing, snowshoeing and hiking, followed by hot rum-spiced toddies, special drinks and nibbles plus tasty non-alcoholic options in the Visitors Center. This event is $20 general admission and $10 for members.

For additional info about ski and snowshoe rentals contact partners: Berkshire Outfitters in Adams at 413-743-5900; the Arcadian Shop in Lenox at 413-637-3010; or Plaine's Shop in Pittsfield at 413-499-0294. For more information about Winter Trails Day, contact or 413-684-0148.

• Revelation Hope and Refuge Ministries, a new venue located at 257 North St. (near House of India) in Pittsfield, will host a dance party from 5 to 8 p.m., with live performances by Hope FM, Seth Walsh, Oli Real and Riot Boi Entertainment. Music will include a mix of R&B, hip-hop and upbeat gospel. There's a suggested $5 cover for this all-ages event.

• The band Eavesdrop returns to Mission Bar + Tapas in Pittsfield, starting at 8 p.m.

• Local indie rockers Leap the Dips, funk-punk group Dredd Lemon, and special guests will play at 9 p.m. at the Crossroads Cafe in Pittsfield. There's a $5 cover for this age 21 and up show.


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