gallery opening

Tonight from 5 to 7, Massachusetts College of Liberal Art’s Gallery 51 will host an opening reception for the art exhibit, "Persistence of Spirit."

MCLA Gallery 51 invites you to get out of the cold and soak in the warmth and culture of Haiti by experiencing the rich paintings of Haiti-based artists Philippe Dodard, Gontran Durocher and Ronald Mevs of Port au Prince. This exhibition provides viewers with a glimpse of strength, resilience and vitality of the Haitian people in the face of significant economic and social challenges.

MCLA art professor Melanie Mowinski, along with eight MCLA students met and spent time with Dodard while traveling in Haiti, and subsequently learned about the other artists.

To learn more about this exhibit, visit mcla.edu/Gallery51.

Read more about the exhibit in today’s Berkshires Week. rock on

Rebel Sound Records will present a night of angst, indie, punk and rock starting at 8 p.m. Friday at Chameleons night club on East Street in Pittsfield.

The lineup includes Exovox http://on.fb.me/1evbW0O) out of Albany, N.Y., For No One (reverbnation.com/fornoone), Springfield’s Prüf (facebook.com/thepruf), and Williamstown’s own Be the Seen (http://on.fb.me/Mab8rf).

Cover is $5 for ages 21 and up, $8 for ages 18 to 20, at the door.

folk tunes

Americana/folk/roots outfit Johnny and Jane will perform Friday at 8 p.m. at No. 6 Depot Roastery & Café, located at 6 Depot St., in West Stockbridge. The café will be open at 5 p.m., serving food and libations. The concert is free and open to the public.

Johnny and Jane (Jon Bonner and Iza Jane) draw their musical influences from Townes Van Zandt, Billy Holiday, John Lee Hooker, Doc Watson, Bob Dylan and The Band. They blend a soulful mix of folk, blues and classic country.

Get the details at sixdepot.com.

improv fun

Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe, better known as RBIT, will return to The Garage at The Colonial Theatre on South Street in Pittsfield this Friday night. The laughs begin at 8 with the troupe’s own brand of unscripted comedic mayhem through audience participation.

Tickets are $10 in advance at tickets.thecolonialtheatre.org or $12 at the door.

Learn more about RBIT at facebook.com/berkshireimprov.

boot stomping

The Hunter Center at Mass MoCA in North Adams will transform Saturday at 8 p.m. into a boot-stomping ranch dance when New York sextet The Brain Cloud brings its brand of gypsy jazz dipped in big band swing.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for students and available at tickets.massmoca.org.

Learn more about the group here: braincloudwesternswing.com.

weekly trivia

Looking for some Hump Day entertainment? Every Wednesday night starting at 6:30, the Brick House Pub in Housatonic hosts a trivia night. The host shows questions on the pub’s 144-inch screen, as teams match wits. No cover, but you’ll have to earn your bragging rights.