Live music fills the Berkshires this weekend

Another weekend is upon us, and it's hopping with happenings.

From film to music, parties with a purpose and an ice cream social, there seems to be something for everyone to enjoy. Here's just a sample of what's in store:


- If you missed the special screening of filmmaker Raoul Peck's "I Am Not Your Negro" at the Beacon Cinema on Wednesday, the Berkshire Museum's Little Cinema, 39 South St., Pittsfield, has your encore. Journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter, with narration by Samuel L. Jackson. This 93-minute film is rated PG-13, and will be shown at 7 p.m. this Friday through Sunday, and at 1:30 and 7 p.m. on Monday. Tickets are $7.50 general admission; $5 for museum members.

- "Live at the Log" continues this weekend at The Log restaurant, 78 Spring St., Williamstown. North Adams' own Francesca Shanks with Joe Aidonidis bring their own brand of sound to the stage at 8:30 p.m. on Friday. She plays ukulele. He plays keys, drums and sleigh bells.

At 8:30 on Saturday, the Berkshires' The Chain Letter, will share indie rock from their new EP, "Worse Things Have Happened to Better People," coming out May 5 on Sounds and Tones Records. Both shows are free and open to the public.

- Race Brook Lodge, 864 South Undermountain Road (Route 41) in Sheffield, will host two special events on its historic hideaway property.

Tonight, from 8-11 p.m., its Down County Social Club, located beneath The Stagecoach Tavern, will host "a Berkshire-centric musical triptych" that will surely put you on your feet. The lineup includes Heather Fisch, Michael Lesko and MamaDala from the eclectic indie/performance art scenes. There's a $10 cover to support the artists. Info: 413-229-8585

- On Saturday, the venue will host, "We Are All Immigrants: A Dance Benefit for Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Berkshires." The program starts at 5 p.m., with a yoga class led by VIM board member Nancy Fernandez Mills. Take a dinner break on site, or head there later, when high-energy Boston-based The Nephrok! Allstars take the stage from 8-11 p.m. There's a $20 donation, with all proceeds to benefit VIM Berkshires for the dance party only. Or, call 413-229-8585 for a $45 event package which includes dinner. Details and tickets:

- Berkshire Young Professionals ring leader Jonah Sykes, and his fellow committee members welcome all to an informal "BYP Coffee Hour" series. This week's is from 8-9 p.m. at Dottie's Coffee Lounge, 444 North St., Pittsfield. Come, sit, offer advice, share opinions, and get to know one another. The other events in the series will be at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, at Fuel in Great Barrington, and at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 27, at Six Depot Roastery Cafe in West Stockbridge.


- Rhythms Yoga Dance, 55 Pittsfield-Lenox Road, Building 8A, Lenox, will host from 7:30-9 p.m., a Kizomba dance night. Instructors Ricky and Nikki will introduce the musicality, techniques, and fundamentals of various Kizomba styles and intimate moves. The cost is $20 per person, $16 if you bring a friend.


- Local folk duo, Long Journey, takes the window seat at Mission Bar + Tapas, 438 North St., Pittsfield.

- The "Live on North" series presents the Tom Savoy Trio, 7:30-10:30 p.m., at Hotel on North, 297 North St., Pittsfield. Tom Savoy is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter performing with the bass/vocals of Natalie Savoy, and the percussion/vocals of Stan Knappe.

- SoCo Creamery is rolling out the red carpet, literally to host its 2017 Spring and Summer Seasonal Flavor Premiere Party, 6-9 p.m., 5 Railroad St., Great Barrington. There will be paparazzi and prizes, as you chat with staff and taste free samples of SoCo's new seasonal flavors: Blueberry Honey Lavender, Pecan Buttercrunch, Black Raspberry Chip, and Blackberry Cabernet Sorbet.

- Worthington promotions presents a hardcore lineup at The Tavern At The A, 303 Crane Ave., Pittsfield. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and music starts at 7. Admission is $8 for this age 21 and up show. The bands include: Meth Mouth (Syracuse, N.Y.), Paper Trail (Virginia Beach), Gator King (Southbridge, Mass), Burn Book (Buffalo, N.Y.), Combative (Utica, NY.) and Wrong Move (Albany, NY.).

- Mr. Doubtfire plays Fuel, 293 Main St., Great Barrington, from 9 p.m. to midnight. You could hear The Beatles, or Taylor Swift, depending on this cover band's mood. There's a $5 cover for this 21 and up dance party.


- MCLA's Harlequin Musical Theatre Club presents, "A Light in the Dark!: A Celebration of the Arts," 375 Church St., North Adams. Meet others on the quad for performances of songs, monologues, and scenes in a response to the social and political climate both on an off our campus. There will be free food and an open mic, and this event is free and open to the public.

- Notchview, part of the Trustees of Reservations properties, will offer an evening of star gazing, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., with telescopes available thanks to Arunah Hill. The cost is $10 general admission.

- Jam-rock-reggae outfit, Rebel Alliance, performs at The Grille, 77 Summer St., Adams. Doors at 8:30 p.m., and the show starts at 10. There's no cover.


Misty Blues Band will host an open rehearsal, from 6:30-9 p.m., at Mission Bar + Tapas, 438 North St., Pittsfield. It's their last rehearsal before hitting the road to play the Midway Tavern & Dancehall in Indiana. New songs will be debuted, and donations are welcome to support the band's travels.


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