Kick off the weekend bar hopping with Santa

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Happy December, 413 fans! Yes, we're in the final stretch of 2016, but there are miles to go, bands to see, places to mingle and much more.

So, if you're ready to shake off the rest of last week's stuffing, here's a list of just some of the exciting events on tap to start off the final month of the year:

Ongoing

- Hotel on North, 297 North St., Pittsfield, has a host of happenings going on. From 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday, check out a "Live on North" presentation of local cover band rockers, Tantrum. Games on North happens Mondays from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and includes a free range of gaming, from Cards Against Humanity to Scrabble, or bring your own to share. Crafts on North returns this coming Tuesday, offering ornament making and cocktails from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Run to North is an informal running group that launches each Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the hotel, and circles back for some camaraderie in the restaurant.

- It's a heady, timely topic that's addressed in "Venable 8: Three Lessons on Gun Violence," directed by Philip Shedd, produced by Common Folk Artists Collective. These theatrical stories will take place in various locations in North Adams and include talkbacks with the cast and crew members: Friday's shows are at 7 and 9 p.m., at The Armory on Ashland Street; Saturday's performances are at 7 and 9 p.m. in Venable Hall, room 4, at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts; and Sunday's matinees are at 2 and 4 at the Roots Teen Center, 43 Eagle St. Tickets are free but must be reserved, as space is limited, at venableeight2016@gmail.com.

- The Tavern at The A, 303 Crane Ave., Pittsfield, has a solid lineup through the weekend. On Friday, Promotorhead presents at 8 p.m., a metal show featuring Cazador, Vacant Eyes, Circus of Ideals and Crimsong. The cost is $7 for this age 21 and up show. SHYNE returns at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday with all the rock, and a $5 cover. Then on Sunday, the community is coming "Together with Tony." From noon to 9 p.m., there will be multiple bands, kids activities, raffles and more to support 3-year-old Tony Maschino, who is diagnosed with a terminal, inoperable brain cancer. Tickets are $15 to benefit Tony and his family.

Thursday

- "BOOM Goes the Berkshires!" is a special presentation of the BOOM Room, a live music space organized by the nonprofit Berkshire Organization for Original Music. From 6 to 8 p.m., all are welcome to celebrate and support local musicians. Donations are welcome. Television and music star John Davidson will perform around 6:30 p.m., and there will also be food, raffles and and a vintage clothing and accessory pop-up shop.

- Northampton's indie brights And The Kids, with guest, local singer-songwriter Francesca Shanks, will play at 8 p.m. The Garage at The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. Tickets are $12. Details: berkshiretheatregroup.org

- South County's Story Slam, hosted by Joey Chernila and Sheela Clary, will roll from 7 to 9 p.m. at a new location, Fuel coffee house, 293 Main St., Great Barrington. Fuel StorySlam is modeled after Moth RadioHour. The theme of the night will be "Disasters." There's a $5 cover to hear all the mayhem.     

- A perennial favorite, the "99 Cents Affordable Art Show" returns with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. All art is priced between 99 cents and $99, and includes sculpture, ceramics, watercolors, jewelry, paintings, handmade books and stationary, postcards, collages, photography and printmaking by featured artists: Stephanie Boyd, Valerie Carrigan, Paul Chojnowski, Carrie Converse, Arthur De Bow, Zoe Doucette, Peter Dudek, John Estes, Richard Harrington, Sarah Haze, Jennifer Huberdeau, Ellen Joffe-Halpren, Amrita Lash, Corwin Levi, Larry Lorusso, Jonas McCaffery, Julia Morgan-Leamon, Melanie Mowinski, Josh Ostraff, Wilma Rifkin, Mollie Trova, Derick Belford, Kathline Carr and Petrea Mannello. All artwork can be taken from the gallery when it is purchased.

Near the start of the show, "Unsilent Night" composer and creator will at 5:15 p.m., lead a "mobile sound sculpture" procession from the "tree logic" upside-down tree sculpture at Mass MoCA to Gallery 51 on Main Street, where the art show will be held. All are welcome.

- From 6 to 8 p.m., you can be your favorite movie star. Pack your star power and bring your A-game to the Berkshire Museum's "Now Playing: Costume Trivia Night." Teams of up to four people each can compete for movie and museum prizes, and a special prize goes to the best character costume of the night. Tickets are $10 per person up to $30 per team, and includes refreshments and a cash bar.

Friday

- The smash hit signature event, "Santa Bar Crawl" returns to Lenox, starting with a 7 p.m. check-in party at the Lenox Chamber of Commerce, followed by stops at Firefly, The Heritage Tavern, Alta, Prime, Frankie's Ristorante Italiano, and Bagel & Brew. Tickets are $10 online at santabarcrawllenox.eventbrite.com, and include a Santa hat. Each stop has its own surprises and tip jars to benefit local charities.

- Plucky rock outfit, White Liger returns, from 8 to 11 p.m., to Mission Bar + Tapas, 438 North St., in Pittsfield. No cover.


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