Welcome to August, dear readers! And my, how summer is flying by.
But from theater to art to music, inside and outdoors, there's plenty yet to explore and entertain you on your summer nights. Here's just a sample of what's on tap for this weekend:
• Greylock Federal Credit Union and Live 95.9 WBEC FM will continue its Wednesday Live on the Lake free concert series at Burbank Park on Onota Lake in Pittsfield through Aug. 24. Shows are from 6 to 8 p.m. License to Groove plays this coming Wednesday, Aug. 10; Rev Tor Band jams on Aug. 17 and Madison Avenue closes the season out on Aug. 24.
• Greylock Federal Credit Union also partners witih radio stations WUPE FM and WNAW 1230 AM to support the Thursday night North Adams Party in the Park, held from 6 to 8, each Thursday night at Noel Field. The series continues with Brave Brothers on Aug. 18, and Shyne wrapping things up on Aug. 25.
• There's still time to catch the Late-Night Cabaret, Williamstown Theatre Festival's legendary performance series. Make your reservations for the final sessions, slated Aug. 11-13, starting each night at 10:30 in Goodrich Hall on the Williams College campus. Tickets are $30, available at wtfestival.org, 413-597-3400, or stop by in person at the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance Box Office at 1000 Main St.
• Berkshire native Adam Michael Rothberg returns home to play back-to-back gigs at The Dream Away Lodge in Becket, tonight and Friday, starting around 8 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 5
• DJ BFG will spin from 9 p.m. to midnight at Firefly, 71 Church St., in Lenox. Get up, get out, and get down, no cover.
• The Chesterfest Americana Music Series continues at 5:30 p.m., at Chesterwood, 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge. The event will feature two Boston-based groups, CreaturoS, a psychedelic rock group, and Hallelujah the Hills, an indie rock outfit. Admission is $10 for adults, free for children. Local beer and barbecue fare will be available for purchase. See this and the rest of the series lineup at chesterwood.org/chesterfest, or call 413-298-3579.
• The Lucky 5 "hard-swinging jazz band" will bring its blend of swing and gypsy jazz from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Eat at North, as part of the Live on North music series at Hotel on North in Pittsfield.
• Corey Zink and the County Line Band will perform at The Tavern at The A in Pittsfield.
• The August First Fridays Artswalk will infuse its regularly visual arts displays with live musical performances, from 5 to 8 p.m., throughout downtown Pittsfield. This event is free and open to all, and visitors can show themselves around, or meet at the Intermodal Transportation Center, located at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and North Street, at 5 p.m. for a free guided walking tour.
Highlights include the "Jazz Visions" project at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, followed by "Tap & Blues: Two White Girls and The Backbeat", starting at 8 p.m., featuring Stefanie Weber and Robin O'Herin. The Berkshire Organization for Original Music – BOOM – will present a four-piece rock/country band, The Matchstick Architects, at Downtown Pittsfield Inc.; Sherry Steiner's ukulele group, The Tuesday Trio Plus Two, will perform at Crawford Square, and progressive/acoustic rock solo artist, James O'Neill, will be at The Crowne Plaza.
New shows from local artists will also be displayed at Berkshire Paint and Sip, Steven Valenti's Clothing for Men, Hotel on North, Dottie's Coffee Lounge, The Marketplace Café, The Berkshire Museum, The Kinderhook Group Real Estate, Bagels Too, and NUarts Studios & Gallery. Visit FirstFridaysArtswalk.com or call 413-443-6501 for full details and descriptions.
Saturday, Aug. 6
• The Matchstick Architects will release their debut CD "All That's In Between," with a performance party from 7 to 10 p.m., at The Whitney Center for the Arts, 2 Wendell Ave., in Pittsfield. The album will be for sale, and light snacks and a cash bar will be offered.
Sunday, Aug. 7
• OK, not a night event, but it might be a nice event to help give your body some TLC after a Saturday night out. From 1 to 4 p.m., the Clark Art Institute will present, "Body, Art, and Soul," as part of its summer exhibition, "Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado." This week's family-friendly event includes massage by Tsubo Massage; face and body painting; piercing and information about the ancient practice of body modification by Arte Bella Tattoo, all while enjoying the musical stylings of twice Grammy-nominated guitarist Jose Lezcano.
The Summer Sundays program is included with paid admission. Info: clarkart.edu/events or 413 458 2303.