Happy first weekend of April, dear readers! Yes, it's true, and no, it's no joke!
So throw on a jacket and spring into action to check out live music, art shows, comedy and more. Here's just a taste of what's in store:
• MCLA Presents! Emel Mathlouthi, the final performer of its 2015-16 season. The performance of this Tunisian singer-songwriter begins at 7:30 p.m., in the Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium at the MCLA Church Street Center in North Adams. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $8 for MCLA Alumni, $5 for staff and faculty and non-MCLA students, $2 for MCLA students, and can be purchased at the door or online at mcla.ticketleap.edu. Info: 413-662-5320 or mcla.edu/presents.
• The North Adams Makers' Mill at 73 Main St., will host from 7 to 9 p.m., its weekly Knitting Night. Work on a project, learn something new, pick up discounted yarn, needles and hooks, and share some great reference books and conversation. Admission is by donation. Info: 413-749-2073 or facebook.com/northadamsmakerspace
• The Down County Social Club, located beneath The Stagecoach Tavern, 864 South Undermountain Road (Route 41), in Sheffield presents at 8 p.m., the Berkshires' own Leap the Dips. Within this group, "Original rock the dwells in the intersection of pop and outer space." Members are: Scott Marks on bass and vocals; John Prusinski on guitar and vocals, and Dave Serafini on drums. There's a suggested donation of a $10 cover. Info: www.rblodge.com or 413-229-2916
• Irish piper Paddy Keenan, known for his wild and free style, performs at 7:30 p.m. in a cabaret setting at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. Opening for Keenan is the Williamstown-based folk band, Long Journey. Tickets are $20 general admission, $18 for members, and can be purchased online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413-458-0524. Food and drink will also be available for purchase.
• Open Mic Fridays continue from 5 to 7 p.m., at The Parlor Café, 303 Ashland St., in North Adams. It's a free night of entertainment. Sign-ups to perform start at 5 p.m. at the bar. Info: 413-346-4279
• Albany, N.Y.'s Cobblestone, joined by North Adams' Flannel Dan and the Panhandle Band will offer sounds for everyone at 7 p.m. at 49 Main St., in North Adams. Tickets are $7 to this all-ages show.
• The sixth annual "Slice of Life Pizza Competition" to benefit Moments House will start at 6 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for adults, and $5 and $7 for kids, free for youngsters under age 4. More than a dozen restaurants will throw the dough down in this competition for "best" bragging rights. Info: www.momentshouse.org
• Oh Crepe! cafe will host "Tiniest Stage Presents: Mike Vogt & Christine Bile," from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 57 Main St., in North Adams. This performance is free and open to the public, and tipping the performers is encouraged. "Tiniest Stage" is a bi-weekly brunch event featuring acoustic music.
• The Lion's Den at The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge will launch its open mic series, which will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month. No cover. Info: 413-298-5545 or www.redlioninn.com
• Giulia Rozzi, of "Chelsea Lately," "TEDx" and "Moth" series fame will take the stage at 8 p.m. in The Garage at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, as part of Berkshire Theatre Group's Laugh Lounge Series. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door on the day of the event. Contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South St., by calling 413-997-4444, or visit www.berkshiretheatregroup.org.