Datenight ideas: Live music, wine and movies on tap

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THURSDAY

Shake up your datenight with a live show by Kung Fu at 8 p.m. at The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. For those unfamiliar with the band, Berkshire Theatre Group previews: "Proud to be firmly installed in the new-funk movement, Kung Fu is quickly popularizing their unique contribution, blurring the line between intense electro-fusion, and blistering dance arrangements. Imagine '70s funk-fusion meets a modern dance party!" Head over early for music by Mike McMann at 6:30 p.m. in the Garage. Tickets are $25.

FRIDAY

Five-piece Americana string band Grain Thief, featuring Patrick Mulroy, Zach Meyer, Michael Harmon, Tom Farrell and Alex Barstown heads to the Egremont Barn, 8 to 11 p.m. Find the Barn at the Egremont Village Inn, 17 Main St., South Egremont.

Editor's Pick: Pack your blankets and lawn chairs for a night of good wine and music. The Hotshot Hillbilly's will perform at Balderdash Cellars grass amphitheater at 81 State Road, Richmond. Enjoy a glass of wine or a tasting while you listen to music or enjoy food from one of two food trucks that will be on site. There will be a $20 donation per car, with proceeds benefiting the Richmond Pond Association.

SATURDAY

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Hancock Shaker Village is holding a contra dance, 6:30 p.m. in the 1910 Barn, featuring caller Fern Bradley. Tickets are $15. Hancock Shaker Village is located at 1843 W. Housatonic St., Pittsfield.

Dewey Hall hall is also hosting a dance with Sheffield Contra Dance, music by Wildcat Creek and Ted Randolph calling, 8 to 11 p.m., following beginners instruction at 7:30 p.m. Entrance is a suggested donation of $10 to $15, $25 per family. Dewey Hall is located at 91 Main St., Sheffield.

Support Berkshire Humane Society by heading to Race Brook Lodge, 864 South Undermountain Road, Sheffield, for Barkoberfest on the gazebo lawn, 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are by $20 donation, and include two German beers/wines and bratwurst. Following Barktoberfest at 8 p.m., Down County Social Club welcomes Li, "Independent artist and musician whose eclectic playing style features rich chord progressions over a hypnotic rhythm in an amalgam of guitar and percussion." Don't forget your $10 donation to the artists.

SUNDAY

Make it movie night with Images Cinema, celebrating Studio Ghibli. Catch a screening of "Kiki's Delivery Service," with English subtitles at 8 p.m., 50 Spring St., Williamstown.

Say goodbye to the weekend at Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, N.Y. They welcome musician, actor, playwright and author Storm Large, 8 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. According to Club Helsinki, "Storm's musical memoir, 'Crazy Enough,' played to packed houses during its unprecedented 21-week sold-out run. Her memoir, 'Crazy Enough,' was named Oprah's Book of the Week and awarded the 2013 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction." Tickets are $25-$38. General admission doesn't guarantee seating. Guaranteed seating by dinner reservation, call 518-828-4800.


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