Holiday-themed fun in the Berkshires


The end of the year is nearing, and you might have to wear an extra layer of two, but there are still plenty of entertaining excuses to get out and about this weekend, from holiday-themed happenings, to all sorts of live music and more. Here's a sample of what's in store:


- Town Players of Pittsfield continues its 96th season with "Christmastime in the City: Hollywood." Shows are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Directed by Monica Bliss with accompanist Jeff Hunt, "Christmastime in the City: Hollywood" is a cabaret-style event featuring song and spoken word celebrating the magic of your favorite holiday movies. The cast includes: Erin Laundry, Steve Hassmer, Marcella Bradway, Diedre Bollinger, Tony Pastore, Douglas MacDonald, Katie Oliveira, Brianna Nicola, Kimberly Gritman, Meredith Hamilton, Joe Sondrini, Beverly Krol, Nancy Schaffer, Steve Mole, Joe Gerard, Diana Norton and Michael Graubard.

Holiday snacks and beverages will be available at concessions and can be enjoyed during the show at your table.

Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 for seniors, students and groups of 10 or more; and $10 for Town Players members. Reserve tickets by calling the Town Players' box office at 413-443-9279.


- "Dottie's La-HaHaHa-atte Comedy Night" will be up in the window, starting at 7:30 p.m, at 444 North St., Pittsfield. The show is free, and includes a lineup of: Jason Marby, Alyssa Sequioa, Seth Brown, Dylan Carlino, Jeff Van de Vies and Ryan Shea. Remaining sign-ups, if available, will begin at 7.

- The Berkshire Young Professionals will host its Ugly Sweater Holiday Party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., on the second floor of Hotel on North, 297 North St., Pittsfield. Snacks will be provided, as well as a cash bar. Bring a business card for the door prizes. The event is free for member or $5 for guests. "The one whose clothing brings the most eye pain, shall be crowned Winner of Terrible Taste!"

- Methuselah Bar & Lounge, 391 North St., Pittsfield, knows it's cold outside. So it's promising to warm you up with belly dance performances by Heart-Shaped Box, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. No cover, but tips are encouraged for the dancers and the servers!


- The Boom Room in Crawford Square, 137 North St., Pittsfield, will feature a double bill. Doors open at 5, and music will run from 6 to 8 p.m., no cover. New England group, The Matchstick Architects (Dar Maloney, Tom Conklin, Diane Davis and Dave Willey) will deliver their blend of country, blues and folk music in support of their new album, "All That's In Between." Singer-songwriter Jeb Barry will perform his style of Americana.

- Berkshire Bike and Board, 29 State Road, Great Barrington, will host its annual Holiday Bash to celebrate the season and its customers. There will be beer and other beverages, potluck bites, tricycle races, sprints, an ugly sweater contest and more, starting and 6 p.m., and going well into the evening. Plenty of store discounts, too.

- The Fly Returns will rock out Casey's, 501 Dalton Ave., Pittsfield. The $5 cover includes pool all night long.

- North Adams-based singer-songwriter-ukulele player Francesca Shanks, with special guest Joe Aidonidis, will perform at 8 p.m. at The Log, 78 Spring St., Williamstown. No cover.

- The Brookhouse Sports Pub & Restaurant, 650 Cheshire Road (Route 8), Lanesborough, is teaming up with Sam Adams to host its inaugural Ugly Sweater Party, starting at 7:30 p.m. Brian Benlien will be playing the tunes, and there will be raffles, giveaways and a grand prize for the best/ugliest sweater and/or holiday-themed costume.

- Phil N The Void (Phil Grover, Bob Witherall, Jim Stankiewicz, Eddie Waryjasz and Tony Gubelman) will play starting at 9:30 p.m., at The PNA, 13 Victory St., Adams.

- Welcome the holiday season by making ceramic items for the table and beyond at IS183's "Arts Night Out," 13 Willard Hill Road, Stockbridge. Ceramicist Jared Gelormino will lead a workshop, "Festive Clay," during which guests can make clay ornaments and a simple platter for cookies and munchies. The cost is $35, plus a $25 fee for materials, kiln firing and studio use. Info:

- Worthington Presents brings you a full punk-rock lineup at The Crossroads Cafe, 195 Onota St., Pittsfield. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the ages 18 and older show starts at 7:30. Your $5 cover brings: Boston's BarRoom Heroes, Dead Radio Rebels from Adams, Fast Times from Cape Cod, Western Mass. hardcore/punk group Sparkeater, The Dance Cancer, and North Adams' own progressive rock/metal outfit, Silent Feedback.


- Local rockers, Hair Ballz, will host an '80s rock-themed "Jingle Ballz Rock Holiday Bash" at The Tavern at The A, 303 Crane Ave., Pittsfield. Rock on with your festive self starting at 9 p.m., and bring an unwrapped gift to be donated to Toys for Tots. There will also be a $100 gift card raffle for the Tavern.

- Local acoustic rock duo, Code Blue, will play J. Allen's Clubhouse Grille, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., at 41 North St., Pittsfield.


Study up on local history then head on down to the Stagecoach Tavern, 864 South Undermountain Road, Sheffield, for a raucous night of trivia, starting at 5:30 p.m. The winning team earns bragging rights, and a $50 gift certificate to the tavern.


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