High Mud Comedy fest, live music on tap for the Berkshires this weekend

Whatever the weather, there's still plenty to do and see in the Berkshires this weekend. Whether you're into music or dance, art or comedy, there's surely something fun for everyone. Here's just a taste of what's on tap:


- The Barn at The Egremont Village Inn, 17 Main St., South Egremont, is opening Thursday through Sunday evenings, starting at 5 p.m., and regularly booking live performances. This Friday night, starting at 8 p.m., Aaron Comess, drummer of the Spin Doctors, will jam with the other members of his power trio, Teddy Kumpel (guitarist, Joe Jackson Band) and Richard Hammond (bassist, orchestra for "Hamilton"). For a $20 cover, you'll get to see two sets.

Then at 8 p.m. on Saturday, the bluegrass/Americana duo of Mercer and Johnson will take the stage. Admission is $15.

- It's finally here! If you need a good laugh, head to The High Mud Comedy Festival this weekend at Mass MoCA in North Adams. Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens) headlines, and will be joined by absurdist guru Aparna Nancherla, deadpan comic Dave Hill, stand-up funnyman Jordan Carlos, cabaret-style comedian Erin Markey. Local and regional performers will also be staged throughout the campus offer hilarious tours, workshops and more. That lineup includes: Thomas Attila Lewis, Mike Lebovitz, Julie Kottakis, Maggie Crane, Ryan Shea, Jenny Rubin, Dylan Carlino. Post-mainstage, late-night gigs at local venues, including Desperados and the Freight Yard Pub, will feature local talent. And the Common Folk Fools (featuring Tim Martin, Luke Tobin, and Dylan Girouard) entertain in the lobby between acts. There will also be beer tastings with Bright Ideas, comedy show screenings and other surprises. Get the full details at http://massmoca.org/event/highmud/. Tickets and passes range from $10 to $75.


- The Bookloft, 332 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, continues its monthly poetry night from 6-8 p.m. This series continues on the last Thursday of every month. Read your own works or share someone else's (published or unpublished) that you love. Accompany it with your musical instrument or your artwork, team up with a friend, act it out spoken word style, or just read it off a scrap of paper. Or, just show up and listen. This evening is all about celebrating the written word come alive, according the event's Facebook page. This event is free and open to the public. If you do sign up to perform, pieces should be 5 minutes or less in duration.


- The second annual Sounds & Tones Records Feminism and Art Showcase starts at 7 p.m., at Design Lab, 49 Main St., North Adams. There's a $5 cover to benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center. The musical acts include GRNDMS, Francesca Shanks and Queen of Bees, with art and poetry by local women and lots of cool conversation.

- The Funky Phoenix, 441 North St., Pittsfield, will from 6-8 p.m., be offering a workshop where you will be able to create your own outdoor beverage table. Participants can pick out an unpainted reclaimed wood table and then paint and accessorize it to make your own custom, one-of-a-kind salvage art piece to enjoy or give as a gift. The cost of the workshop is $15, and can be paid by cash or credit card at the time of the class. To register, visit facebook.com/TheFunkyPhoenixShop/events/, call Gary at 860-885-9995 or Tina at 413-464-6485.

- Fuel, 293 Main St., Great Barrington, will host from 8-11 p.m., a dance party with the band Rock Steady. This is an uptempo five-piece band featuring Kyle Murray (tenor sax/vocals), Carolyn Dufraine (trombone), Steve Deitman (bass), Ira Grable (drums), and Tom Trabka (guitar/vocals), playing everything from reggae to R&B.

- Clarksburg Elementary School PTG will host a night out for grownups at 6:30 p.m., at Bounti-Fare restaurant, 200 Howland Ave., Adams. The event will including a buffet-style chicken dinner and entertainment provided by CJ Field.

- Latin Night returns to The Tavern at The A, 303 Crane Ave., Pittsfield, with DJ Geova. It will start with a cha-cha lesson at 9 p.m., then open dancing from 10 p.m. on. Admission is $10; $8 for students with valid school ID.


Greg Smith of Whisky Treaty Roadshow, will play a solo gig starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Adams Ale House, 8 East Hoosac St., in Adams.

- "No Fools Slam," a poetry/spoken word event featuring young poets (14-24), will be held at 7 p.m. at the Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. This event is free and open to the public. Poets ages 14-24 may register to compete in the poetry slam or read at the open mic by registering at http://wxw365.org/april1.

- The Hoping Machine presents "Music for the March," a fundraiser to bring songwriters and activists down to Washington, D.C. for the People's Climate March on April 29. This show will take place at The Guthrie Center, 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30. This is a "secret show," meaning the guest performer won't be revealed until that person steps on stage. This will be a "well known singer/songwriter from New York as well as a few of our best local talents from the Berkshires," according to the event's Facebook page. Tickets are $20, available online at https://goo.gl/mNavcp, and there will be a cash bar.


- Jess Sweeney will host a Recycled Jewelry Workshop at 2 p.m., at Design Lab, 49 Main St., North Adams. A $10 donation covers tools, instruction and materials. RSVP to queenofbeeshoney@gmail.com.

- Misty Blues Band and special guests will perform from 3-5 p.m. at The Tavern at The A, 303 Crane Ave., Pittsfield. Tickets are $15 at the door for adults, $5 for youths, with proceeds to benefit the Herberg Middle School theater program.


- Entertainment emcees Double Entendre will host the second annual Berkshire Immigrant Center Trivia Night, from 6-9 p.m., at The Tavern at The A, 303 Crane Ave., Pittsfield, to benefit the nonprofit center. The cost is a $7 per person donation to play; teams can be comprised of 2-6 people. There will also be prize raffles, and a portion of the proceeds from all dinner sales will also be donated to the organization.


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