Datenight ideas: Plenty of jazz to heat up your nights

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THURSDAY 

- Tonight at Colonial Theatre don't miss "Ain't Wastin' Time: A Berkshire Tribute to Gregg Allman," with Rev Tor's Steal Your Peach Band, featuring Tor Krautter, Andy Crawford, Drew Costa, Dan Teichert, Brian O' Connell and Jeremy Walz. There will also be guest performances by Sara Lee and Abe Guthrie, Beau Sasser of Kung Fu, Jen Durkin of Deep Banana Blackout, Gina Coleman, Ed Moran, Dan Broad, Ben Kohn, Jason Webster, Randy Cormier of Whiskey City, Glen Nelson, Mike Wood, Dave Vittone and more. This memorial concert featuring an all-star lineup of regional and local musicians is sure to get you moving, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $27.50, available at berkshiretheatregroup.org.

- Head to the movies! Images Cinema celebrates their 101st birthday with a screening of the 1928 film "Steamboat Bill, Jr." with live musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin and actress/singer Joanna Seaton, 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, available at imagescinema.org. Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring St., Williamstown.

FRIDAY

- It's that time of year again! Join the Whitney Center for the Arts during First Friday for a look at the "5th Annual Whimsy," a whimsical art exhibit on view for the months of December and January. This year's show features art by Nancy Baumiller, Michael Boroneic, Misa Chappell, Ryder Cooley, Katherine Haig, Don Orcutt and Marney Shorr. The opening, beginning at 5 p.m., will be followed by an afterparty at 8 p.m., featuring live music by the Dust Bowl Fairies. Whitney Center for the Arts is located at 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

- Love jazz? Don't miss Beth Rose performing at Castle Street Cafe, 8 p.m. Why not head over early and grab dinner first? Castle Street Cafe serves from 5 p.m. to close. The cafe has a great lineup of live music playing every Friday in December. Visit castlestreetcafe.com for the full schedule.

- "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" is in its final weekend at Hubbard Hall. If you haven't had a chance to catch the Tony-Award winning musical comedy, now's your last chance. Don't have a babysitter? Bring the kids! The show is family friendly. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30-$15. Hubbard Hall is located at 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y.

- Let your creative side shine at a repurposed Christmas ornament workshop, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Funky Phoenix, 441 North St., Pittsfield. $10 includes repurposed materials including hardware and salvage for you to turn into beautiful works of art. Call 413-464-6485 to sign up.

SATURDAY

- Progressive folk band Honeysuckle, featuring Holly McGarry, Benjamin Burns and Chris Bloniarz, comes to the Barn at the Egremont Village Inn, 8 p.m. Unfamiliar with the band? Check them out at honeysuckleband.com. Bethel, N.Y. native Shlomo Franklin will open. Tickets are $15.

- It's karaoke night again at SereniTea Cafe, 8 to midnight. This time the theme is Country Night, so polish up your Haggard and Jones. Themed dress gets you discounts on food and drinks, with an extra discount for cowboy hats! SereniTea Cafe is located at 303 Ashland St., North Adams.

- Get in the holiday spirit and to the Colonial Theatre for the annual production of "The Nutcracker" by the Albany Berkshire Ballet. Showings at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $44-$20.

- Tavern at the A hosts Berkshire Salsa for Latin Night Out. The event is the fourth Salsa Rueda de Casino lesson, so knowing at least your basics is recommended. The lesson begins at 9 p.m., with dancing from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Find Tavern at the A at 303 Crane Ave., Pittsfield.

SUNDAY

- Award-winning fiddle virtuosos Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy present "A Celtic Family Christmas" at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m. Get your tickets now for this wonderful holiday concert. $75-$25, available at mahaiwe.org.

- Rob Fisch, Tom Parker, Jason Schwartz and Ben Kohn perform " A Jazz Timeline" at the Whit, 7 to 9 p.m., seating at 6:30. There is no cover for this event. Beer and wine will be available for purchase, so head down a little early, grab a drink and sit back and enjoy jazz selections dating back to the 1920s.


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