Ahoy, dear readers, and welcome to the advent of another weekend! Can you believe it's already the third weekend in May?
If you're looking for an excuse to shake off the work week blues or to celebrate the return of warmer weather and the leaves on the trees, here's a spread of just some of the happenings going on in our Berkshire backyard in the coming days:
• Six Depot Roastery & Café in West Stockbridge has several special events coming up.
At 7 p.m. Friday, "Inkless: Live Storytelling Series" returns, with emcee Joey Chernila. The Episode 5 theme is "Other People's Stories." Reserve your seats, $5, in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is for adults only, as tales can be told with strong language or mature themes.
On Sunday, the Stardust Jazz Trio performs from 2:30 to 4 p.m., with vocalist Trice Aitchison, Michael Junkins on guitar and Roger Suters on bass.
• Race Brook Lodge's performance venues will bring two special events to Sheffield.
Tonight at 8, check out three eccentric acts — Mama's Broke, Belligerence, and The Wildcat Collective in the Down County Social Club at the Lodge's Stagecoach Tavern. Mama's Broke is Canadian folk duo. Belligerence offers eerie old school stylings from New Orleans. Then the capstone of the evening is a musical puppet show with The Wildcat Collective. There's a $10 cover for this event.
Then on Saturday, celebrate spring in the Lodge's barn with live music from members of Brooklyn Raga Massive, including Bansuri flute impresario Joshua Geisler, tabla player Ehren Hanson and Camila Celin on sarod. Tickets are $10 at the door, which opens at 7:30 p.m. The three will perform a classical Indian raga concert at 8 p.m., and 9:30 p.m., Geisler will perform with his newest project, Cobearnicus, an electronic set.
• Mission Bar + Tapas in Pittsfield continues to host at 8 p.m. Mondays, jazz with Andy Wrba & Friends, and Open Mic with Jordan Franklin at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays.
• Pittsfield's Third Thursdays festival launches into its 10th season, starting at 5 p.m. Explore live music, demonstrations, food, and more throughout the city's downtown area. The first festival always celebrates and showcases the talents of local youths, and all festivals are free and open to the public.
• The Berkshire Realtors Charitable Task Force will offer a "Battle of the Bartenders," at the Olde Heritage Tavern in Lenox. This fun team competition benefits the Lenox Affordable Housing Trust. Realtor "celebrity" bartenders will work in the following shifts: 5-6 p.m. features Elle Villetto, Cortney Dupont and Craig Kahn; catch Billy Keane and Waterfall Perry from 6 to 7; from 7 to 8, Anne Meczywor, Jennifer Davidson-Showalter and Donna Gilmore will be slinging drinks; from 8 to 9 is Mike Sorrentino Jr., Tessie Sorrentino and Jackie McNinch; closing out the event from 9 to 10 are Kelley Vickery and Channing Gibson. Only cash or check tips will be accepted for the housing trust.
• The "THIRDsday Comedy Open Mic" in North Adams has become a nomadic affair. Tonight, the event takes place at 7, in the exPress Gallery, 49 Main St., and is free and open to all. Hosted by Seth Brown, amateurs and professionals are welcome to come early and sign up for a performance slot.
• In honor of Berkshire United Way's 2016 Day of Caring, Hancock Shaker Village will host a "Movers + Shakers" dance party under the tents. This United Way benefit is $50 per person, and you can shake the night away with beats courtesy of DJ BFG, enjoy hors d'oeuvres, signature cocktails, homemade milk shakes from The Scoop, and a cash bar. There will also be pop-up dance performances by local artists.
• The Cards Against Humanity tournament returns from 8 to 10 p.m., at Hotel on North in Pittsfield.
• The annual Faculty Art Show of IS183 Art School of the Berkshires will open with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Purple Pub Annex, 65 Spring St., in Williamstown. Mingle with 76 artists from the region who have taught at the school, then stroll 14 display spaces along Spring Street, with a map of each participating exhibition site.
• From 6 to 10 p.m. in Lanesborough, visit the Wildflower Full Moon Music & Arts Festival at the Mt. Greylock Reservation Visitor's Center. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 to $20, free for youths ages 12 and under, with proceeds benefitting The Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center in Windsor. The evening includes food, drinks and edible wildflowers; performances by Gaia Roots, Berkshire & Valley Rhythm Keepers, and a campfire jam and open mic. There will also be a full moon hike along the Bradley Farm Trail, led by Sam Kissel; a Youth Wildflower Art Exhibit; interactive wildflower art activities with artist Elizabeth Kick; a Hoopla hula hooping event with Serenity Circles; Tamarack Hollow Trading Nature Craft Marketplace; and more. The event will be held rain or shine. Info: http://www.tamarackhollownatureandculturalcenter.org