Just beyond the county tonight at 7, the Berkshires’ only burlesque troupe, Gypsy Layne Cabaret & Company, debuts at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton. The crew of girls and boys will share their hallmark repertoire of bawdy humor, live music, dynamic dance routines and cheeky sex appeal with the Pioneer Valley. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.
This Friday at 8 p.m., musician Deena Smith will host a new acoustic Community Open Mic at the Vermont Arts Exchange, 29 Sage St., North Bennington, Vt. There’s a suggested donation of $5 at the door, which opens at 7 p.m. Performers can also sign up at the door. Libations will be served. Seating is limited. For more information, look for the VAE on Facebook.
Also happening on Friday at 8, Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe (RBIT) returns to The Garage at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. Performing a mix of theater games reminiscent of the TV show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," the group models its work on the teachings of renowned theater games/improvisation instructor Keith Johnstone. Audience participation is always part of the gig. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Learn more at berkshiretheatregroup.org.
IS183 Art School of the Berkshires and the Red Lion Inn are teaming up Saturday from 1 to 10 p.m. to present Art Lab 2014. Festivities begin at the former Hall’s Garage at 35 Main St. in Stockbridge, and continue at sites throughout the town. Evening entertainment includes pop-up art events around town starting at 5, and "A Rockin’ Dance Party" at the garage space with DJ RothFitz starting at 8 p.m. For full details, visit is183.org or call (413) 298-5252, ext. 100.
rock with Ramone
Gabba gabba hey! Yes way! Punk rocker CJ Ramone returns to Pittsfield on Sunday at Casey’s Billiards on Dalton Avenue in Pittsfield, with local guests Order of the Circle and The Fallen Starlets. If you missed last spring’s show at Chameleons, you can redeem your absence at this event, which starts at 7 p.m. It’s $10 for ages 21 and up.
CJ will be joined by bandmates Steve Soto (Agent Orange) and Dan Root (Adolescents), playing Ramones tracks and some originals (cjramone.com).
Order of the Circle (facebook.com/OrderOfTheCircle) hails from North Adams and includes members Nate Belanger (vocals, lead guitar), Mike Kelly (vocals, bass), Mike Delisle (drums, backup vocals) and Silas Bonneville (guitar).
The Fallen Starlets’ genre is hard to describe and their shows are hard to forget. According to Facebook (http://goo.gl/q5SjG4), they call their style "electric gutter folk." Members go by the names of Dokter Ugs, Professor Giant, Deimos Der Soul Stealer and Frank Burns.
The Back Nine Bar & Grille at The GEAA in Pittsfield will offer live music Friday and Saturday. WYKYD will make their first spring appearance there at 10 p.m., Friday. New Rock band SHYNE will do their thing starting at 9:30, Saturday. Both these shows are $5 and for ages 21 and up.