Winter's in its final stretch and so is February.
This weekend's filled with quirky-fun opportunities, from Images Cinema's annual Red Carpet Oscar Party to a Leap Year Party at the Whitney Center for the Arts, and much, much more. Here's a peek at just some of the happenings in the Berkshires.
• Six Depot Roastery Cafe in West Stockbridge will host two special events over the weekend. From 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, The Living Roots Trio will perform its own poetic blend of folk, rock, classical and jazz, with singer-songwriter Séamus Maynard, vocalist Meaghan Witri, and upright bass player "Sauerkraut" Seth Travins.
Then, from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Suzi Banks Baum, on behalf of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, will present the second annual readings from The Powder Keg women's writing workshops. More than 50 women have taken part in the series, sponsored by the Great Barrington Libraries. This free, public event will feature a sampling of those works. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
• The Tavern at The A in Pittsfield will host on Friday the rock group On Tap, with Elaine Morel, and on Saturday, the band Blues Affair, with Ed Moran. Both shows start at 9 p.m., and welcome patrons ages 21 and up.
• In addition to its films, Images Cinema in Williamstown has a few special free public events coming up.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, as part of its program, "100 Years of Images: A Centennial Film Series," the movie house will host Williams College graduate Kevin B. Lee (English '97), to discuss the art form of the video essay, and share his internationally acclaimed work.
Starting at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, dress to impress for the annual Red Carpet Party and Oscar awards screening. A red carpet entry will be hosted by the dazzling Anne Kennedy and Molly Kerns, broadcast on Willinet community television. Ballots will be for sale until showtime; if you guess the most winners correctly you win a year of free movies. Mixologist Brent Heeringa will be serving special movie-themed cocktails and there will also be theater concessions and grilled cheese sandwiches by Cricket Creek Farm. Raffles will be offered including one for a date night package created by Images Cinema and Pera Bistro. All proceeds from the bar, ballots and raffle will support the cinema.
Then on Monday, check out the The 2016 Tournées Williams College French Film Festival, presented by the Center for Foreign Languages. All films are in French with English subtitles. Admission is free. At 6:15 p.m., the 30-minute short, "La noiraude," will be show before the evening's feature, "Girlhood/ Bande de filles," a drama by Céline Sciamma, starting at 7.
For information on all these events, visit imagescinema.org.
OxBow Road is the new musical collaboration of original material from well-known Berkshire/Hudson Valley damsels, Kiki DuFault and Deborah McDowell. Tonight they'll perform at 8 at The Down County Social Club beneath The Stagecoach Tavern at Race Brook Lodge, 864 South Undermountain Road in Sheffield. Info: 413-229 8585 or rblodge.com.
• The free arts festival FIGMENT North Adams will be hosting, from 8 to 10, a night of acoustic music featuring Common Folk Artist Collective and friends at The Log on Spring Street in Williamstown. Members of the FIGMENT production team will be present to help artists submit their work for an April 30 arts festival event and share information about volunteer opportunities. Common Folk members Matt and Tim Shiebler (The Brothers Shieb) and Adam Tobin, as well as Williams College students Maija Lindaas and Ryan Patton will provide music for the night. Learn more about the FIGMENT project at northadams.figmentproject.org.
• A "Countdown to St. Patrick's Day Celebration" will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Polish Falcons Hall, 32 Belair Ave., in Pittsfield. The event will feature a corned beef dinner with all the fixings, music with Rakish Paddy and will raise funds to support local charities supporting people with cancer. Dinner will be from 5:30 to 7. Music will go from 7:30 to 10:30. Dinner and music tickets are $15 per person, or $10 for the entertainment portion only. Reservations can be made by calling Darlene Collins at 413-822-5115.
• High energy rock-pop-funk outfit Mr. Doubtfire will play at 8 p.m. at Gypsy Joynt in Great Barrington. No cover.
• The "Rise Up World Groove Dance-in" went over so well its first round, it's back for a second edition, from 8 p.m. to midnight, at the Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield. Shake off your winter blues with live dance instruction by Aidee, Sonrisa O'Toole, Maribel Polanco and others, followed by dancing to world music, and a live auction. Admission is $10 per person or $15 per couple, and all proceeds benefit the Berkshires' bilingual, multicultural newspaper and educational cooperative, "Fronteras Comunes/Common Borders." Info: 413-443-0289 or email@example.com.
• The Shire City Rhythm Club presents a night of swing dancing with live music by The Lucky Five, from 8 p.m. to midnight. A swing dance lesson will be offered from 8 to 9. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door of Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville St., Pittsfield.
From 2 to 4 p.m., head to Bartholomew's Cobble in Sheffield for "Winter Wandering at the Cobble: Snowshoe & Yoga." First, enjoy an hour-long snowshoe hike then warm up in the Visitor Center with a 45-minute yoga class. The cost is $10 for members of the Trustees of Reservations, or $20 for non-members. Info: 413-298-3239, ext. 3013 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Starting at 6 p.m., The Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield will host a Leap Day Celebration. This is a free, family-friendly affair, that will start with a potluck dinner. Bring a labeled dish to share. Then stay for music and dancing, starting at 7, by Billy Keane, Chris Merenda and Tory Hanna of The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow. Get a special treat, with ID, if you're a Leap Year baby.