winter jam

It may be the dead of winter, but that's no reason to stay in tonight. Join other "dead-head" fans at Rev Tor's third annual "Dead of Winter Jam and Food Drive," at The Garage at Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield.

Guest performers will include: Pete Adams, Gina Coleman, Tyler Fairbank, Billy Keanne, Garrett Lechowski, Chris Merenda, Beth Rose, Katherine Winston, Mike Wood, Ward Woolverton.

Concertgoers are asked to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to Berkshire food pantries in need. Tickets are $10 advance and $12 the day of the show. Jamacian tunes

Immerse yourself in the Rastafarian spirit Saturday night while listening to Burning Spear at Mass MoCA's Hunter Center.

The concert, which promises to be a party thanks to intoxicating rhythms and Jamacian influences that are sure to make you think of warmer weather, starts at 8 p.m. and will offer plenty of room to dance.

Tickets are $22 in advance, $27 the day of and $18 for students.

get outside

Shake those winter blues and head to downtown North Adams on Saturday. WinterFest, a day-long event, which goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is a free afternoon outside.

Hot chocolate, a chowder competition, ice sculpting, horse-drawn wagon rides -- which could be very romantic this Valentine's Day weekend -- and roasted marshmallows at a community campfire are just some of the events on tap for the day.


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Chowder tasting will take place on Main Street from noon to 2 p.m., and you can hitch a ride on a horse-drawn carriage starting from MountainOne Bank on Main Street. Festivities will wrap-up at the North Adams Skating Rink.

jazzy number

Pittsfield's 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival kicks off today and this weekend with a number of events. If you're looking for a jazzy retreat to end the week, check out the Ten-Fingered Jazz with the Roy Gerson Trio on Saturday at Baba Louie's Backroom, 34 Depot St., Pittsfield.

Pianist Gerson, who has appeared on screen or on the sound tracks of a dozen movies, takes the works of 10 different jazz pianist/composers and re-imagines them in his own inimitable style.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and are available at Baba Louie's, and online at www.BerkshiresJazz.org, or by calling (413) 442-7718.

Dinner will be available separately at Baba Louie's main dining room starting at 5 p.m., or in the Backroom when the doors open at 7 p.m. The performance begins at 8.

For more information about the 10x10 festival and the schedule of events, check out Berkshires Week, pages 8 and 9.