Music, dance and comedy help launch summer's official opening

Welcome to Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of the summer cultural and entertainment season in the Berkshires!

There are plenty of happenings planned, both indoors and outside, so feel free to jump in. Here's just a sample of things to do and see, for your inspiration:


- The 12th annual Berkshire Pulse Performance Celebration and Fundraiser to benefit the Pulse Tuition Assistance Fund will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for youth ages 4-18. Tickets at or 413-528-0100.


- New York City-based comedian, Joe Zimmerman ("The Late Late Show" with Craig Ferguson, "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon) takes the mic at the Comedy Garage starting at 7:30 p.m., inside The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. Tickets are $5, and the stub is also good for a post-show discount at Methuselah Bar & Lounge on North Street.

- The Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, presents a night of international folk dance with Drew Herzig, from 6:30 to 8. Learn simple dances from around the world, from Bolivia to Japan, Wales to Armenia. No partner needed, no experience necessary. Just wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes. This event is free and open to all ages.

- This Great Barrington-based, all-original alternative folk trio Dreamaholic will play from 7 to 10 p.m., at The Down County Social Club beneath The Stagecoach Tavern, 864 South Undermountain Road (Route 41) in Sheffield. A donation of $10 is suggested for the artists.

- The acoustic duo of Walter Burmer and Jordan Franklin start playing at 8 p.m., at Dewey's Public House, 16 Depot St., Dalton.


- The Pioneer Valley trio Eavesdrop will bring their "sweet yet complex" rhythms and harmonies to the "Live on North" series at Hotel on North, 297 North St., Pittsfield. Their upbeat set flows from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

- The Barn at The Egremont Village Inn, 17 Main St., South Egremont, will host its Comedy Night at The Barn with host Jenny Rubin, featuring New York-based comic Tim Dillon (New York Comedy Festival, NBC's "Last Comic Standing"), and the Berkshires' own Thomas Attila Lewis (High Mud Comedy Fest, Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Fest). Tickets are $20.

- Big Elm Brewing, 65 Silver St., Sheffield, will host three bands from Connecticut, starting at 7 p.m. This free, 21-and-older event features progressive rock group Black River Union, garage rockers Disco Teen '66, and rock fusion group Spillway, along with a bar filled with local brews.


- The Railroad Street Youth Project will unveil its "The Courage Wall" mural project during the third annual Generation Block Party, scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m., at 60 Bridge St., in Great Barrington. There will also be plenty of food, music, activities and celebration of the community spirit for all to share. Admission is free.

- Wahconah Park, 105 Wahconah St., Pittsfield, will host its first annual Pittsfield Suns Food Truck Feastival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free and food is for purchase, so remember to bring cash. Featured vendors include: Jan's Country Kitchen, Riga-bello's Fried Dough, The Chuck Wagon, Sweat Pea's, Grampie's Dog House, Flavors of Lebanon, Marco Concession's and more.

- The country-blues-tinged outfit, Oxbow Road, with special guest Tony Kieraldo, play at 9 p.m., at Fuel, 293 Main St., Great Barrington.


- Jam on with Rusted Root, starting at 7 p.m., at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. Best known for its hit, "Send Me On My Way," the eclectic band promises to enthrall all. Tickets are $40 at or call 413-528-0100.


- Tuesday is the deadline to reserve your seat "Baked to Death!", The Comical Mystery Theater Tour ensemble's murder mystery dinner-theater program at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker St., Lenox. The program takes place on Saturday, June 3, with doors opening at 6 p.m., and the first course served at 6:30. Tickets are $40 per person including a full-course dinner with a cash bar for beer and wine. Reservations can be made via 413-637-3206 or


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