DATENIGHT IDEAS: Balladeers, burlesque and cabaret abound

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Can't wait for the weekend? Grab a date and head to Sheffield's Dewey Hall to see Lovestruck Balladeers in concert. Dewey Hall says, "The Lovestruck Balladeers enchant audiences with their masterful performances and inspired repertoire of ragtime, jazz and beautiful songs from around the world." Tickets to this 7:30 p.m. show are $23. If you're looking to make a night of it, head out early for dinner and get 15 percent off dinner at The Stagecoach Tavern at Racebrook Lodge with your concert ticket and coupon code #oldonenative.

Egremont Barn is also offering live music, with folk trio Bellwether performing from 8 to 11 p.m. "Crystal clear voices swirl above-driving fiddle, sparky accordion and dynamic guitar lines, culminating in a tapestry that reaches from dulcet to all-out raucous, and everywhere in between," previews the Barn online. Tickets are $15, available at The Barn at the Egremont Village Inn is located at 17 Main St., South Egremont.


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Editor's Pick: Gypsy Layne Cabaret & Co. head to Hotel on North for a hilarious burlesque show, 7 p.m. "From astounding swordplay to outrageous sketch comedy, eye-popping strips and toe-tapping songs, Gypsy Layne is ready to tease you, please you, and warm up your winter once more, with feeling, in the heart of downtown Pittsfield." Tickets are $25. If you can't make it, no worries! You have another chance to catch them Saturday night.

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The Down County Social Club at Race Brook Lodge welcomes back multi-instrumentalist Jonny G, 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.


Don't miss contemporary folk artist Tracy Grammer, Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 8 p.m. According to Spencertown Academy, "Grammer is renowned for her pure voice, deft guitar and violin work, and incantatory storytelling." Tickets are $25.

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Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Winter Cabaret returns to Club Helsinki Hudson, 9 p.m. Each month features a new lineup of Cirkus and variety arts stars, with acts like trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, and oddball novelty turns. Tickets are $27-$35; to guarantee seating, purchase Reserved Seating Level Tickets. Club Helsinki is a 21 and only club.


Make the most of what's left of the weekend with Bernice Lewis and Mariah Lewis at HiLo North Adams. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Find HiLo at 55 Union St., North Adams.


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