Fun things for a chilly winter datenight

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FRIDAY, Jan. 25

Start your weekend out with a free staged reading of "Beyond the Veil" at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m. "'Beyond the Veil' stages a fictitious meeting between W.E.B. Du Bois and Edith Wharton. Inspired by the exclusion of Du Bois from this region's cultural history, the play examines racism in the higher echelons of our society and asks: What would happen if the racial veil were lifted and, for one magical moment, these two dazzling iconoclasts could see each other clearly?" Reserve your tickets at mahaiwe.org.

SATURDAY, Jan. 26

Want a great date but don't want to empty your wallets? Belltower Records hosts Wet Tuna, Bulle and DJ Matt Krefting from 7 to 10 p.m. The show is free, just bring a donation for the musicians. Find Belltower Records in Suite 301 at Norad Mill, 60 Roberts Drive, North Adams.

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Bindlestiff Cirkus is bringing their monthly cabin fever cabaret back at Club Helsinki Hudson, 9 p.m. Club Helsinki previews: "Each month this winter, Bindlestiff Cirkus will bring a new lineup, with acts including trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, and oddball novelty turns. The Bindlestiff stage is one of the few arenas in the world where attendees may see internationally renowned street performers... next to local legends, live, on stage, and in the same show. " Doors open at 6 p.m., at 405 Columbia St., Hudson, N.Y. Tickets are $35. Remember, this is a 21 and older club.

Looking for more live music? Love classic rock? Head over to the Egremont Barn for a show by Four Sticks. Tom Major, Chris Merenda, Rob Sanzone and Jon Suters perform the music of Led Zeppelin. Tickets are $10. The Egremont Barn is located at 17 Main St., South Egremont.

Get your datenight up out of those seats! Berkshire Salsa is holding a Fiesta Latina and Sensual Bachata lesson, beginning at 9 p.m. followed by dancing, at 307 North St., Pittsfield. Admission is $10 (cash only!), and there is a cash bar.

SUNDAY, Jan. 27

Race Brook Bard welcomes Melanie Glenn as headliner of the Sunday Night Show N' Tell open mic night, 8 to 11 p.m. According to Race Brook Lodge, "She brings a soft and soothing indie folk sound to your ears while also widening your eyes with raw, soulful moments within her set of originals and a few covers." Headlined shows are $10. Race Brook Lodge is located at 864 Undermountain Road, Sheffield.

End your weekend with an evening with Subtleties, Telltale, Hero and the Horror, and Between Forever at Tavern at the A, 6 to 11 p.m., 303 Crane Ave., Pittsfield.


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