Things to do in the Berkshires, May 5


Happy first weekend in May, and happy Cinco de Mayo, if you're celebrating!

Spring is moving quickly, with lots of ongoing happenings and special events. So be sure to check them out before they fly by. Here's just a sample of what's on tap this weekend and beyond:


• The annual BerkChique "First Dibs Party & Sale" will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at The Stationery Factory, 63 Flansburg Ave., in Dalton. Admission to the party is $25 or two for $40, and includes hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, goodie bags, first dibs on clothing and accessories sales, and more. The BerkChique pop-up men's and women's clothing shop will remain open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, free admission. Info:

• For the first time, "The Animation Show of Shows," typically shown annual to film studios and schools, will be screened in theaters for the public, including the Berkshire Museum's Little Cinema in Pittsfield. Showings are: 7 p.m., Friday through Monday, as well as 4 p.m. Friday, and 1:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $8 general admission. The 97-minute show, curated by veteran animation producer Ron Diamond, features 11 new international shorts, highlighting techniques including hand-drawn, paint on glass, stop-motion, and computer-generated animation.

• The 2016 Darrow School Narrative Film Festival, featuring a series of films written, produced, directed, and starring Darrow students, premieres throughout the weekend on the school's campus, 110 Darrow Road, New Lebanon, N.Y. The festival is free and open to the public, and screenings will be held as follows: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The film genres range from comedy to horror, drama to documentary. A Q&A will follow the night shows. Info:


• Succeeding the "Clark After Dark" events of years ago, a new "Clark After Hours" series will re-open the Clark Art Institute's doors to patrons with an interactive program, after dark, in Williamstown. Staring at 7 p.m., Kate Barber from the Makers' Mill in North Adams will lead a silk screening workshop, while live music plays in the background in the Clark Center. North Adams' Bright Ideas Brewing will offer a pop-up cash bar, and snacks will also be available. Tickets are $16, which includes instruction and materials for the tote back session; extra tote bags may be purchased for $6 each. Info:,, or 413-458-0524.

• Celebrate aspiring young artists during the fourth annual "Evening of the Arts" presented from 6 to 8 p.m., by Renaissance Arts and Wellness Center, at Crissey Farm, 428 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington. Area students will display more than 100 works and perform. The event raises money for scholarships to be awarded to graduating high school seniors who will go on to college to study in the visual or performing arts. Tickets are $10 general admission. Info: 413-528-9600 or

• Singer-songwriter Erin Laundry will perform a mix of original and popular songs honoring women like Joni Mitchell, Indigo Girls, Colbie Caillat and more, from 7 to 10 p.m., at PortSmitt's Lakeway Restaurant, 370 Peck's Road, in Pittsfield. No cover.

• Tyringham-based singer-songwriter duo, Oakes and Smith, will perform at 8 p.m., at the Down County Social Club, at the Stagecoach Tavern at Race Brook Lodge in Sheffield. Info: 413-229-8585.


• The retro dance party band, License to Groove, will play all the hits from the 1970s and '80s, starting at 9 p.m., at the North Adams Eagles Lodge 310, located at 515 Curran Highway in North Adams. There's a $5 cover to dance all night long.

• The May First Fridays Artswalk throughout downtown Pittsfield will take place from 5 to 8 p.m., followed by an after-party from 8 to 10 p.m., at the Whitney Center for the Arts on Wendell Avenue. The events are free and open to the public and include highlights like: the "Art in Our Schools Exhibit" at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, "The Family Art Therapy Project" at The Whitney Center for the Arts, the "Nine Months From Now the Only Thing I Expect to be is More ..." art show at the Colt Gallery and more. Info and details: or 413-443-6501.


Allison Miller's jazz outfit, Boom Tic Boom!, will perform in Club B-10, at 8 p.m., at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA). Miller's band includes: Jenny Scheinman, Myra Melford, Todd Sickafoose, Ben Goldberg, and Kirk Knuffke. Tickets range from $10 to $29. Info: or 413-662-2111.

• There will be two simultaneous special events happening from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville St., in Pittsfield. Outdoors, the third annual Food Truck Rodeo returns, with 10 vendors, live music, craft beer and more. Admission is free, with proceeds from food sales benefitting the Giving Garden community food project.

The inaugural "Living the Change: Climate Action and Sustainability Fair" will also take place indoors, with kids' activities, environmental talks and demonstrations and more. Following the main event, there will be a 5:30 p.m. screening of "This Changes Everything," with a freewill donation. Then, from 8 to 11 p.m., DJ BFG will be spinning a dance party, $5 general admission at the door. Info: or 413-329-3514

• The Spectrum Playhouse, located at 20 Franklin St., in Lee, will host a samba dance party, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., with the Berkshire Bateria and Boss Triba bands, featuring Benny Kohn, Jon Weeks and Carl Oman. This age 21 and up event will have a cash bar. Tickets are $10 reserved, or $12 at the door. Info: 413-394-5023 or search the event at

• The Misty Blues Band will celebrate Mothers' Day weekend with a Matriarch's Ball, from 8 to 11 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield. Tickets are $10 and available online only at


Nationally touring stand-up comedian Kevin Meaney will perform at 8 p.m., at the Laugh Lounge series at The Garage, at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Info: or 413-997-4444


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