beer and hymns

Now this sounds like a crazy cocktail of cabaret: The Zion Lutheran Church of Pittsfield presents at 7 tonight, "Beer & Hymns & Showtunes," in the back room of Baba Louie’s Pizza, 34 Depot St. in Pittsfield.

This marks the fourth installment of the church’s "Beer & Hymns" sing-along series, with the goal of gathering people together in a non-church space for a loud and lively night of popular hymns and songs.

Tonight, guests will be invited to call out their favorite showtunes. The musicians for the evening, pianists Timothy Weisman, Andy Barnett and Amy Renak, as well as bassist Andy Wrba and drummer Bill Chapman, will play songs from "The Sound of Music" and "The Wizard of Oz," as well as well-known jazz standards.

This event is free and open to the public, donations will be accepted to support the Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations Emergency Fuel Fund. Info: zionlutheranpittsfield.org. music night

Starting at 8 p.m., Friday, The Fallen Starlets will rock with their Electrick Cosmic Hoedown, held at La Fiesta, 284 Main St., in Great Barrington. This is an age 18 and up event. Hear more at reverbnation.com/fallenstarlets.

Also on Friday, DJ Jerrid Coty returns to the turntables at 9 p.m. at Rumpy’s Tavern in Lenox. If you’re 21 or older, you can put on your dancing shoes and groove to sets of deep/progressive/electro/house/breaks and tech all night long.


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And on the opposite end of the musical spectrum, you can check out "Desire & Deception," a night of live opera music, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., in Pittsfield. Seating begins at 6:45. Tapas, wine, champagne and beer will be available for purchase.

all weekend long

The Back Nine Bar & Grille (aka The GEAA) has a three-day stretch of live local and regional entertainment coming up. Tonight, as with every Thursday from 8 p.m. to midnight, DJ Linda hosts karaoke. No cover charge.

At 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Madison Avenue will perform, featuring lead singer Sabrina Gogan, 2012 Berkshire Idol winner and winner of WGNA’s Country Idol. The Springfield-area group will be making their first Berkshire County appearance playing at great blend of old and new rock and dance songs. Cover is $5 for this age 21 and up event.

hot spot

No. Six Depot Roastery and Cafe in West Stockbridge has a whole lot going on this weekend too. Friday night is Speakeasy Night, featuring The Jazzmen with Johanne Borge Kesten, from 8 to 10. Enjoy an evening of dancing and prizes for the best dressed glam dames and gumshoe guys. On Sunday, bring your mom to an afternoon concert from 1 to 3 with Duo Eamon, performing traditional music of Ireland, New England and Quebec.

rockin’ poetry

Greg McKillop of Speaker For The Dead makes his return at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, to The Parlor Cafe in North Adams, for another "rockin’ set of punkfolk and more poetry." According to The Parlor’s website, he’s heading to Pittsburgh, so this may be the last time to catch McKillop in the Berkshires, for free.

Preview his stuff here: gregorymckillop.bandcamp.com.