Enjoy live music, story slam this weekend

Happy New Year, everyone! We hope your 2017 is off to a good start.

'Tis the season to be festive, to gather and be cozy, and there are plenty of opportunities to head out and about to do just that, be it joining a knitting circle, seeing a story slam or checking out a local band. Here's a sample of what's on tap this weekend:


- The Story Slam series resumes at Fuel, 293 Main St., Great Barrington, from 7 to 9 p.m. This month's theme is "New Beginnings." Joey Chernila and Will Curletti will emcee this event, a la Moth Radio Hour. There's a $5 cover.

- Great Barrington Green Drinks meets at 5:30 p.m. at The Prairie Whale, 178 Main St., Great Barrington. This free event invites interested people to hear from local residents, Rema Loeb, Sarah Stull, Kathy Kessler and others about their recent travels to the Sacred Stone Camp at Standing Rock to join with the water protectors who have been camping out for months in protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

- Knitting Night returns to Makers' Mill, 73 Main St., North Adams, from 7 to 9 p.m. This every-other-weekly evening of knitting is open to all community members, so bring a friend or make a new one. Need supplies or tools? There will be discounted yarn for sale, a grab box of free stuff, needles and hooks for check out, and loads of great reference books. Local knitter Michelle Marrocco will be available to answer questions and troubleshoot problems. Info: 413-749-2073 or info@northadamsmakersmill.org

- Local rock group, Hack Monet, will play Casey's, 501 Dalton Ave., Pittsfield, starting at 9 p.m., to launch a new album, "Control." There's a $5 cover, which includes unlimited pool.


- The Barn at The Egremont Village Inn, 17 Main St., South Egremont, will welcome local favorite, The Lucky 5, a hard-swinging jazz outfit, to entertain and move the masses starting at 8 p.m., There's a $10 cover.

- Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville St., Pittsfield, will host its inaugural First Friday Community Dinner through its Shire City Kitchen, from 6 to 8 p.m. Mariana Bergtold of The Dancing Vegan heads the kitchen and will be fixing a vegan, mostly gluten-free/soy-free, meal with all sorts of tasty adornments on the first Friday of each month. January's menu will be comprised of Russian cuisine: pickled mushrooms in sour cream and dill borscht; dark rye, stuffed cabbage, barley and onion phyllo squares; seitan stroganoff, Zapiekanka, cranberry blini and Russian tea cakes. Cost is $20 per person, children welcome. Tickets must be purchased in advance through eventbrite.com (search for "Shire City Sanctuary" then "January Community Dinner). Questions? Email kitchen@shirecitysanctuary.org.

- The Suitcase Junket, aka the one-man band of the slide guitar-wielding Matt Lorenz, will be joined by singer-songwriter Sophie Lane, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., at The Williams Inn, 1090 Main St., Williamstown. Admission is $15 at the door for this intimate evening of music.


- Hopefully there's some new snow on the way for the "Brew Moon Snowshoe & Ski," scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m., at Notchview on Route 9, Windsor. Let the moon light your way by ski or snowshoe along Notchview's self-guided trails, then gather inside the Visitor Center for a beer and wine tasting and tasty treats. The cost is $20 general admission, $12 for members of the Trustees of Reservations. Info: 413-628-4485, ext. 3, or acaluori@thetrustees.org.

- A Zumba fundraiser party with Krystle Gallo to benefit the Berkshire Leadership Program will be hosted from 4 to 5 p.m., at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness, 55 North St., Suite 201, Pittsfield. Class is $10 cash or check, payable to 1Berkshire, and all proceeds will go directly to the scholarship fund to support local leaders. For more information or to register, email Krystle.Gallo@me.com, or just drop in. This Latin dance-inspired cardio class is a perfect warm up for the return of Latin Night at The Tavern at The A (see below).

- Latin Night at The Tavern at the A., 303 Crane Ave., Pittsfield, will start with a salsa lesson for beginners from 8:30 to 9:15 p.m., followed by an intermediate lesson until 10, then open dancing until 1 a.m. with DJ Rolo and Andres Prieto from Albany, N.Y. Admission is $10; $8 for students with a valid school ID, cash only. Info: Alan Franco at 413-347-2801 or franco.alan@hotmail.com

- The dynamic duo of Duffy and Erin return to J. Allen's Clubhouse Grille, 41 North St., Pitsfield, from 8 to 11 p.m. No cover.

- Worthington presents a "Support Your Local Scene" lineup of rock and metal at the Crossroads Cafe, 195 Onota St., Pittsfield. Performers include: Pittsfield metalcore groups, Taste for Violence and Fit to Swing; hard rock group The Loading, and Colin Moran, lead singer of Adams-based punk group The Damaged, on solo with his guitar. Doors open at 7 p.m. for this age 18 and older show, with bands starting at 7:30. There's a $5 cover.

- The "First Saturday Documentaries for Everyone" series resumes at the Mason Public Library, 231 Main St., Great Barrington, with a screening of "Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story," by filmmakers Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin. A social with wine and cheese will be held from 7 to 7:45 p.m., followed by the film and a discussion, in the main reading room. This event is free and open to all.

- Misty Blues will play at Firefly Gastropub & Catering Co, 71 Church St., Lenox, from 8 to 11 p.m.


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