4 events not to miss this week, Jan. 26 - Feb. 1

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Have a good time for a good cause

It's time to raise that paddle! The Rotary Club of Pittsfield will host its Splish Splash Auction and After Party from 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Holiday Inn & Suites Pittsfield-Berkshires, One West St., Pittsfield. The auction preview and silent auction will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by the live auction. The After Party around the Pool with DJ BFG will begin at 10 p.m. Tickets: $10 to $100 at eventbrite.com. A portion of all ticket purchases will support Roots Rising.

Calling all Neil Young fans ...

It's hard to represent the wide-array of Neil Young's influential material in one show, but that's exactly what the band Harvest & Rust will do from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at HiLo North Adams. Based in Western Massachusetts, the core four members of the band often augment their show with other well-known local musicians to reproduce every era of Neil Young's music. Be it the chart-topping "Harvest" material (including "Old Man," "Heart of Gold," etc.) to the electric explorations of "Rust Never Sleeps" ("Hey Hey My My," etc.), as well as songs from Neil's time in Crosby Stills Nash & Young and Buffalo Springfield, you're in for a night of "complete Neil." Tickets: hilonorthadams.com. HiLo North Adams is at 55 Union St., North Adams.

An American classic to warm you

The Clark will present Met Live in HD: The Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess" at 12:55 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. The modern American masterpiece, "Porgy and Bess," has its first Met performances in almost three decades, starring bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Angel Blue in the title roles. Director James Robinson's stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row, a setting vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion and heartbreak of its inhabitants. Now in its 14th season, The Met: Live in HD is the Metropolitan Opera's award-winning series of live high-definition cinema simulcasts. Simulcasts feature the full performance along with backstage interviews and commentary. Tickets: clarkart.edu. The Clark is at 225 South St., Williamstown.

Learn how to cook something new

Roll up your sleeves and get messy making hand pies. In the class, "Savory and Sweet Hand Pies," from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Berkshire Botanical Garden, food educator Anna Gershenson will teach participants how to make an easy cream cheese dough that is perfect for making hand pies. The fillings will be mushroom, spiced pumpkin apple butter and cranberry maple cream cheese. Families and individuals are encouraged to attend this class. Tickets: berkshirebotanical.org. Berkshire Botanical Garden is at 5 W. Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge.

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