Berkchique, Design Lab and more this weekend in the Berkshires

Happy almost weekend! The weather's getting warmer and the spring lineup of entertainment is also heating up. Here's a sample of what's on deck throughout the county:


- The Berkchique pop-up boutique fashion event returns this weekend, at Catwalk Boutique, 325 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, with proceeds to benefit Berkshire Humane Society.

A First Dibs Shopping Party will be held on Friday, with a VIP hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m., for $100 per person, followed by general hours from 6:30-8:30, for $25 per person or $40 per pair. This special evening features refreshments, goodie bags, first dibs on premier clothing and accessories and more. Tickets are available online at or at Purradise in Great Barrington.

The weekend sale hours will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, with free admission.

- "Women's Shorts," an annual production of short plays by female playwrights and performers will be held this weekend at Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St., Pittsfield. Tickets are $10 general admission, free for students, staff and seniors, and can be purchased by calling 413-236-2100 or bought at the door. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and again at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

This year's featured performers include: playwright and actor Anne Undeland, playwright Jane Denitz Smith, filmmaker and playwright Cindy Parrish, and playwright and actor Maizy Broderick Scarpa. BCC students will also be featured in various scenes and working behind the scenes.


- It's National Poetry Month, and Sounds and Tones Records is celebrating with its first official poetry reading at Design Lab, 48 Main St., North Adams. Doors open at 6 p.m., and readings start at 7. There's a suggested donation of $3 at the door. Featured readings will be performed by: Sounds and Tones own Christopher Hantman, Julia Daly, Phoenix, Ruth Bristol, Alex Hicks Courrant, Christopher Tate, Erica Barreto and Francesca Shanks.

- Smellydog Productions and Encore Audio Event Services present, "Shire Song Circle," 7-9 p.m., at Taconic High School, 96 Valentine Road, Pittsfield. The lineup includes: David Grover, Rev Tor, Gina Coleman, Ben Kohn, Jack Waldheim and Michael Duffy, with Taconic students Emma Foley and Nick Donahue. All proceeds benefit Taconic's chapter of Business Professionals of America to help send them to the National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla., coming up in May. Tickets (sold at the door) are $15 for adults, $10 for students and $5 for kids ages 10 and under.


- It's a new month and that means the return of the monthly First Fridays Artswalk, which will encompass more than a dozen art shows featuring more than 20 regional artist displayed throughout Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District (between the Berkshire Museum on South Street and Dottie's Coffee Lounge on North Street). Opening receptions with artists will be held from 5-8 p.m. Get a map of venues at

There will be a free guided walking tour beginning at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center at BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave. The evening will culminate with an Afterwalk Party with Wes Buckley, 8-10 p.m. at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. All events are free and open to the public.

In addition to the Artswalk events, AdLib Inc., 215 North St., will celebrate Autism Awareness Month, with live performances, an art show and autism resources.

- Common Folk will present a special concert at Houghton Mansion, 172 Church St., North Adams, featuring the roots sounds of Fresh Grass Festival sweethearts, Damn Tall Buildings, and Not My Sisters (aka, the ladies of the New York State septet, Upstate Rubdown). Doors open at 7 p.m., music starts at 8. Tickets are $12 in advance at or $15 at the door.


- Left Sided Soul returns to Firefly, 8:30-11:30 p.m., bringing the funk, soul, classics and originals.

- MCLA's college radio station, 91.1 FM WJJW, will be hosting their second annual Downtown Sound festival from 2-7 p.m., at Colegrove Park in North Adams. In case of inclement weather, the show will be moved to Sullivan Lounge at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. This free community event will include a lineup of: Luke O'Brien, Flannel Dan and the Panhandle Band, Rosie Porter, Izzy Heltai, and T an Costa. Get details and updates at


Comedy improv troupe The Whitdiots return to the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., in Pittsfield, at 7 p.m. Expect improvised narrative comedy, short-form games, music, and audience participation. This is a pay-what-you-can performance, with a suggested donation of $10, because half of all the proceeds go to a local nonprofit or cause. This show will benefit the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, based right in Pittsfield. The cast includes: Rikke Borge, Christopher Brophy, Meredith Hamilton, Anna Hirschbiel, Hana Kenny, Patrick Toole, and Hunter Washburne, with Cathy Shane-Lydon on piano.


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