Things to do in the Berkshires, July 21


My oh my, July is flying by! It's the third Thursday of the month already, so if you've got a summer to-do list of places to go to and things to do and see, you've better get cracking!

Here's a sample list of things that are happening for your motivation:


"A Lot to Ask: a new poem of politics, love and resistance," is the latest "solo dance-ritual-theatre performance" by Southern Berkshire multimedia artist, Pooja Prema. The performance, like past works, will be an outdoor site-specific experience, taking place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Participants are asked to meet outside of the Housie Market Cafe, 226 Pleasant St., just before 8 p.m. At 8, participants will be escorted to the performance site. The work features live conga percussion by Tim Brenner, projections and shadow puppetry, storytelling and dance. Prema says "A Lot to Ask," "pushes the boundaries of theatre to find out what's truly at risk — weaving narrative through terrain as vast as neo-colonialism, immigration law, the PCB pollution of the Housatonic River, and why love may be the most pragmatic gesture in reclaiming our shared humanity." There is a suggested donation of $20, payable on site. Info:


• Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival will host from 4 to 5 p.m., a swing dance class with Caleb Teicher, in the Ruth St. Denis Studio, at the festival campus, 358 George Carter Road in Becket. Teicher is the artistic director and founder of Caleb Teicher & Company and an alumnus of The School at Jacob's Pillow. The cost is $10 to participate, free and open to the public to observe. To register for the class, call 413-243-9919, ext. 5. After the class, his company will perform at 6:15 p.m., on the Pillow's Inside/Out stage, a free event. Info:

• Pittsfield's Third Thursday downtown celebration is free to all, from 5 to 8 p.m., with this month's theme of "Food." There will also be lots of live music and musical theater performances, public art projects, free cupcakes celebrating the event's 10th anniversary, a Berkshire Young Professionals-sponsored scavenger hunt and much more. Get the street map and details here:

• After the Third Thursday festivities, DJ BFJ will be spinning a "Live on North" dance party, from 8:30 to 11 p.m., at Eat on North at Hotel on North in Pittsfield.

• If you're in the Northern Berkshires, consider checking out the ongoing THIRDsday Comedy Open Mic series at 8 p.m., hosted by Seth Brown at Common Folk 33 Main St., on the corner of Route 8 in North Adams. The event is free and open to all as spectators or as performers.


• "Chesterfest: American Music Series," kicks off at 6 p.m. Grounds open at 5, and shows in this series take place rain or shine, at Chesterwood, 4 Williamsville Road in Stockbridge. Moot Davis takes the honors of first taking the stage in this series. Tickets are $10 for adults, general admission, free for children. Local barbecue fare and beer will be available for purchase. Info: chesterwood.orgf or 413-298-3579

Annie Guthrie will celebrate at 8 p.m. the release of her new album, "Dragonfly," with her friends at The Guthrie Center, located in the Old Trinity Church, 4 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington. She's in good company, with Bobby Sweet, Abe Guthrie, Terry A La Berry, Darren Todd and Sarah Lee Guthrie. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Info:


The Lanesborough Block Dance will be held from 5 to 11 p.m., at Bill Laston Memorial Park on Route 7 in Lanesborough. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youths age 12 and under. Admission includes live music by country rock band, Bandit. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome; outside food and drinks are not. On-site food vendors include Krispy Cones and the Old Forge Tavern.


The Shire City Sessions kick off at the new series venue, The Common, on First Street in Pittsfield. Local act Chris Merenda and The Wheel performs at 6 p.m., followed by Nashville garage punk/bluegrass outfit, Banditos. at 7:30. This series is free and open to all.


Berkshire Irish music trio Dublin Porter performs at 6 p.m., at Bascom Lodge atop Mount Greylock. This event is free and open to the public.


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