Happy Thursday, dear readers, and welcome (almost) to the weekend! There's plenty of happenings out there to get you out of the house. Here just a taste of what's going on:
• The Tavern at the A in Pittsfield will host tonight an open mic and the Arthur Holmes Blues Band; Misty Blues on Friday; and T-Bone Daddy on Saturday. The good times start at 9 p.m.
• The Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield presents "Frame by Frame," at 4 and 7 p.m.. Friday; at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and at 1:30 and 7 p.m. Monday. This unrated documentary film takes a look at the development of the free press in Afghanistan after foreign troops and media withdraw. Directed by Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli, this film runs for 85 minutes. Tickets are $7.50 general admission and $5 for museum members.
• The Gypsy Joynt in Great Barrington will muse all, with performances at 8 p.m. Friday by John Myers and Pete Toigo, and 8 Foot River on Saturday.
• The Down County Social Club, located beneath The Stagecoach Tavern at Race Brook Lodge in Sheffield, will host the Easy Ridin' Papas starting at 8 p.m. These local guys return to play a signature blend of early 20th-century country blues, jazz, western swing, southern gospel, jug band, ragtime, and the like.
• The "WCMA at Night" series returns from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Williams College Museum of Art. The winter study class, "Mapping the Museum," culminates in an evening of "petite interventions." Curated by socially engaged artist and class leader Lexa Walsh, these student developed projects engage WCMA, its collections, and staff in unconventional ways. This event is free and open to all.
The Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield will present a Celebration of David Bowie. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a potluck dinner and musical homage for your grand entrance. Beer, wine and tapas will also be available for purchase throughout the evening. A DVD of the final Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars performance at the illustrious Hammersmith Odeon will follow at 6:30. From then out, put on your red shoes and dance the night away to all your Bowie faves. Dress to impress. This event is free and open to all.
• Local fitness celebrities Caleb and Becky Miner of Miner Combat will be serving up drinks starting at 8 p.m., at Hops and Vines Beer Garden & Brasserie in Williamstown, with tips to benefit scholarships and purchase equipment for their new community outreach program, "Minor's Combat, Youth Boxing." Prizes go to the best tipper.
• Local country-rock group Bandit returns to Casey's in Pittsfield, starting at 9:30 p.m. Enjoy free pool too.