Datenight Ideas: Pretenders coming to town

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THURSDAY, JULY 25

Looking for live music? Stationery Factory presents the second Honor Roll Session tonight, featuring Sierra Ferrell and John Brothers Piano Company. On their website, Stationery Factory previews: "One moment, with startling clarity, [Sierra Ferrell] calls to bear the opium opulence, that seductively solemn sojourn of the 1920s jazz club stage, the next, she'll have you taking to your toes ... carrying on with all the confidence of a honky tonk king or queen" and of John Brothers Piano Company: "seemingly disparate influences, from chamber music to hot jazz, are focused through emphatic, expressive lyricism." Tickets are $20 at the door, 7 to 10:30 p.m., 63 Flansburg Ave., Dalton.

Or make it classic movie night at Mahaiwe, and enjoy "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" on the big screen, 7 p.m. Tickets are $8, $10 for the movie and a drink at Number 10.

FRIDAY, JULY 26

Editor's Pick: Classic rock group The Pretenders perform a benefit concert at Mass MoCA, to support the Hans and Kate Morris Fund for New Music, which underwrites new work by emerging and established musicians at Mass MoCA. C. Gibbs and guests from Bang on a Can open, 8 p.m. Tickets are $78, available at massmoca.org. This is a standing room only concert, outdoors, rain or shine.

Club Helsinki Hudson welcomes The Fopps for a concert, 9 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. According to Club Helsinki, "From the Sonics to the Kinks to the Zombies to the Hollies, the Fopps offer the chance to see the music that exploded out of American garages and the British Invasion performed live in concert with the power and excitement of that era." Tickets are $10-$15. Remember, Club Helsinki is a 21 and older venue. 405 Columbia St., Hudson, N.Y.

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Jen Zimberg and Living Roots (Meg Witri and Seamus Maynard) perform at Race Brook Lodge, 8 p.m., doors at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door. 864 South Undermountain Road, Sheffield.

SATURDAY, JULY 27

The annual Berkshire Comedy Festival returns with a lineup featuring Paul Anthony, Frankie Fuhrman, Eric Haft, Joe DeVito and Christine O'Leary, 8 p.m. at Mahaiwe, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

The Egremont Barn welcomes Psychic Friends, featuring local musicians Jared Quinn (Eavesdrop Trio), Killian Karlsson (Garth), Miles Lally (Transmitters), and Sturgiss Cunningham (Eavesdrop Trio) to perform, 8 to 11 p.m., 17 Main St., South Egremont.

Take in the giant, floating art installation "New Horizons," a mirror-like hot air balloon by artist Doug Aitken, that will be landing at Naumkeag, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. From 8 to 10 p.m., enjoy the after dark portion of the evening, with live performances and a light show from the balloon. Tickets are $20 for garden access. Visit thetrustees.org/newhorizons for more information.

Still looking? Bobby Sweet provides live music at Dream Away Lodge, 8 to 10 p.m.; Bigger Boat at The Lion's Den at the Red Lion Inn, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.; Blue Devil Bluez at Knox Trail Inn in Otis, 9 p.m. to midnight; and Rufus Jones at Number 10, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.


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