Happy Thursday and happy St. Patrick's Day, dear readers!
Whether you're planning to wear your green to celebrate the holiday or just looking to head out and enjoy the weekend, there are plenty of options, from dancing to poetry slams, bands and more. Wherever you go and whatever you do, please do so safely and responsibly, and may the luck of the Irish be with you!
• Dottie's Coffee Lounge in Pittsfield will host several events over the weekend.
The first poetry slam of the 2016 WordXWord season will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, hosted by Melissa Quirk Cairns with special guest Laura Brown-Lavoie from Providence, R.I. No cover. Learn more at http://wXw365.org.
Tyringham-based folk duo Oakes & Smith will celebrate on Saturday the release of two EPs: "Evergreen" and "Between the Earth and the Sky," by performing live with Zack Cross on keyboards and vocals, Justin Green on percussion and vocals, Justin Hillman on guitar and vocals, and Taylor Ives on vocals. There's a $15 cover. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., with music starting at 8.
And on Sunday, the first story slam of the 2016 WordXWord season will be held at 3 p.m. No cover. The theme is "Dirty Laundry." Hosted by James Burden, storytellers have five-minutes to tell a true story prompted by the slam's theme. Stories are then scored by volunteer judges from the audience.
• The Tavern at The A in Pittsfield has the following acts lined up: Domino Theory plays tonight. Hi8us returns on Friday. Bandit rocks out on Saturday. All shows start around 9 p.m., and are age 21 and up, with a $5 cover.
• The Rainbow Restaurant in Pittsfield has been serving up local jazz. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Blue Light Trio will play classics and originals. On Saturday, also at 7:30, The Radikals, a young jazz quartet will make its Rainbow debut. No cover for both shows.
• In Great Barrington, the jazz destination spot is Castle Street Cafe, with The Wanda Houston Band playing on Friday and the John Sauer Trio performing on Saturday. Both sets start at 8 p.m.
• "Pun Also Rises" columnist Seth Brown returns to The Parlor Cafe from 7 to 9 p.m. to emcee "THIRDsday Comedy Open Mic" night in North Adams. It's free, it's funny, and it's open to anyone wishing to share their material.
• The Kelly Boys return to Patrick's Pub for a round of "Irish drinking songs" and merriment in the Blarney Room at Patrick's Pub. You can have a listen from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
• Hotel on North in Pittsfield will host a "St. Patty's Day Celebration" with a $15 Irish-style buffet at the hotel's restaurant, EAT on North, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., followed by dancing with DJ BFG, no cover.
• See our full list of other St. Patrick's theme happenings here: http://ow.ly/ZuDDS
• The Stardust Jazz Trio performs at 8 p.m. at Down County Social Club at Race Brook Lodge in Sheffield. The Trio is Trice Atchison singing with Michael Junkins on guitar and Roger Suters on bass. There's a $10 suggested donation.
Wanna learn some cool tricks on how to re-use guitar strings for jewelry? Common Folk Artists Collective will at 4:30 p.m. host an "Up-Cycled Jewelry Workshop" with Jessic Sweeney, 18 Holden St., North Adams. A $10 donation will get you access to supplies, a small bag of fixtures and knick-knacks, and of course, all the guitar strings you could ever want. Feel free to bring your own trinkets. Register at email@example.com.
• Rebel Alliance returns to The Grille in Adams at 8:45 p.m., playing a free, age 21 and up show.
• Mark Erelli plays at the Williams Inn Tavern from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., with a $15 general admission at the door. RSVP via eventbrite.com.
Taconic Theatre will host a Sunday brunch and cabaret from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Polish Falcons Club, 32 Bel-Air Avenue (behind Harry's Supermarket on Wahconah Street) in Pittsfield. Tickets are $10. The menu will include: eggs, pancakes, sausage, ham, potatoes, pastries, coffee, tea, and juice. The cast and crew of the school's production of "Chicago," will perform songs from the show along with other favorites.