Things to do in the Berkshires, July 7
Happy July, and boy does it feel like it! Whether you're looking for a little nightlife indoors or outdoors, there's plenty of both happening this weekend and beyond. Here's a sample of what's in store:
• The Guthrie Center's Troubadour Series is in full swing, hosting musical guests each weekend, through Sept. 3, at the Old Trinity Church, 2 Van Deusenville Road, in the Great Barrington village of Housatonic. This weekend, No Fuss and Feathers, a Americana collective, play on Friday, and Grammy-winning contemporary folk artist, Tom Chapin, performs on Saturday. Doors open and 6 p.m., and music starts at 8 for both shows. Tickets to No Fuss and Feathers are $20 for members, $25 general admission. Tickets to the Tom Chapin show are $25 for members, $30 general admission. To see the full season lineup, visit guthriecenter.org/troubadour-series.
• If you missed yesterday's celebration of Daniel Osman's 20th year as proprietor/ringmaster of The Dream Away Lodge in Becket, don't fret. Every night's pretty much a party there, with live music and Osman on hand. This week's lineup includes Boston's fiddle-guitar duo, Hoot & Holler, tonight; New York's Mail the Horse, inspired by the Rolling Stones, circa 1970s, shakes things up on Friday; Americana artist Avi Jacob, a New Englander come Charleston, S.C., performs on Saturday; troubadour Zak Trojano wraps things up for the week on Sunday. The Dream Away is located at 1342 County Road. Music starts around 8-ish, and instead of a cover, the musicians appreciate your cash tips.
• Casey's, located at 501 Dalton Ave. in Pittsfield, always has something going on. In addition to pool tables, there will be karaoke tonight with DJ Mike Q, local rock band Shepards Crossing will play on Friday, and Wood rocks on Saturday night. Music starts around 10 p.m., with a $5 cover.
• The Spectrum Playhouse, 20 Franklin St. in Lee, has two special events this weekend. At 7 p.m. on Friday, Sandy McNight & The Idea drops its new EP, "5 EP Pieces" with a live performance and special guest, Liv Cummins.
Then on Saturday, the Broadway Cabaret series continues, starting at 7 p.m. Caroline Fairweather and David Bertoldi with accompanist Carlton Maaia will entertain. Tickets are $10. Reserve your seat by calling 413-394-5023 or email email@example.com.
• The WordXWord Festival presents two slam events this weekend at The Whitney Center for the Arts, located at 42 Wendell Ave., in Pittsfield. On Friday at 7 p.m., come in and cheer on your favorite performer in a poetry slam. Then at 7 p.m. on Sunday, check out the "Money" themed story slam. Admission is free. Know that the content may contain adult themes and language. Info: wordxwordfestival.com
• Folkfaces, a melting pot of Americana, jazz, blues, folk and more will perform at 8 p.m., at the Down County Social Club at the Stagecoach Tavern, 864 South Undermountain Road (Route 41) in Sheffield. There's a suggested donation of $10.
• The Party in the Park concert series kicks off tonight, with Shepards Crossing playing from 6 to 8 p.m. at Noel Field on State Street in North Adams. The concert is free, with food vendors on site. The series will take place at the same time every Thursday, through Aug. 25.
• Arts Night Out returns to IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, located at 13 Willard Hill Road in Stockbridge. From 7 to 8 p.m., studio artist Paula Shalan will teach slab construction of a bowl that participants will each make that night and take home at a later date, after it's been fired. The cost is $35, plus a $20 materials, firing and studio fee. This is an age 21 and up, BYOB event. Info: is183.org/classes/arts-night-out/bowl-you-over.
• Ready to rock hard? Worthington Presents will stage a hardcore/grindcore show, starting at 8 p.m. at the Crossroads Cafe, 192 Onota St., in Pittsfield. There's an $8 cover for this age 21 and up event. The lineup includes: Before I Had Wings, Meth Mouth, Garland Greene, and Escuela.
• The fourth annual Run with the Cops midnight 5K fun run and obstacle course will start and finish at Berkshire Running Center on South Street in Pittsfield. Registration and check-in starts at 10:30 p.m., and the official course start is at 11:59 p.m. Registration is $20 in advance, $25 the night of, with proceeds benefitting Special Olympics. Info: http://pittsfieldrunwiththecops.kintera.org
• Prior to the Run with the Cops, the Zombie Action Committee will host a mini Zombie Pub Crawl & Copstacle, Ripped clothing and zombie attire requested. Some make-up help will be offered. The crawling starts at 8 p.m. at Methuselah at 391 North St., then continues down North Street to Eat on North at Hotel on North at 9, J. Allen's Clubhouse Grille at 10, and Thistle & Mirth at 11. Zombies who want to stay on as part of the obstacles on the Run with the Cops course should get to the McKay Street Parking Garage by 11:30 p.m. Info: facebook.com/ZombieAction.
• High Mud Comedy Fest presents New York City stand-up comedian Joe Pera at 8 p.m. at Mass MoCA in North Adams, in Club B-10. Tickets are $16 general admission at tickets.massmoca.org or 413-662-2111.
"One Man's Trash: A Repurposed Circus" comes to town for one night only, at Berkcirque, 115 Gas House Lane, Great Barrington. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with the show starting at 5. Inventive acrobats, high-flying aerialists, and quirky clowns welcome you into their world for a junkyard adventure with bottles, cans, and bicycle bits. Show is 90 minutes with no intermission. Tickets are $15 in advance at brownpapertickets.com and $20 at the door.
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