Live music, salsa lessons fill Berkshire weekend
'Tis the season to catch a good film or check out an ugly sweater, see your favorite local band, or catch a new-to-you performer. Here's a look at just some of what's in store this weekend and beyond:
- There's a little something for everyone at the Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum, this weekend. Located at 39 South St., in Pittsfield, the no-frills auditorium has two selections on tap: "London Town," (londontownfilm.com) a coming-of-age flashback to 1970s London, during which a 14-year-old boy is introduced to iconic punk band, The Clash. Showtimes for "London Town" are at 7 p.m., Friday through Monday, and also at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.
For the young at heart, the Little Cinema's holiday film series continues with a screening of the animated classic, "The Polar Express," at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets are $7.50 general admission. Info: berkshiremuseum.org/little-cinema
- The "Live on North" event series at Hotel on North, 297 North St. in Pittsfield, continues, presenting classic rock and blues by Lady Di & the Dukes from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday.
From 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, check out a special holiday-themed trivia night to benefit the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter. There will be a raffle and prizes, in addition to the chance to win bragging rights. Teams (two to six people) must register for this event by calling Kerri at 413-553-4212 or emailing email@example.com. The cost is $10 per team, cash payable at the event, and benefits the animal shelter.
- Will Eno's "Middletown," a lyrical play about the mystery and living in small town America, will continue to run through Sunday at 7:30 p.m., at the Austen Riggs Theatre 37, located at 37 Main St., in Stockbridge. Directed by Kevin G. Coleman, the cast and crew includes local residents. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, $20 general admission, and can be reserved by calling 413-298-5519, ext. 5606. Info: austenriggs.org/event/riggs-theatre-37-middletown
- Mission Bar + Tapas, 438 North St., in Pittsfield, will feature local band Misty Blues, from 8 to 11 p.m., on Saturday.
The popular "A Very Wrba Xmas," with local musician Andy Wrba and friends, will be held on Monday and Tuesday nights, 7 to 10 p.m. Guests include: John Wayno, Dan Holmes, Tory Hanna, Marisa Massery, Chris Vecchia, Waterfall Perry, Billy Keane, Conor Meehan, Benny "Fingers" Kohn, Wes Buckley, Eddie Wrba and Jason Ennis. There's a $5 cash or non-perishable food donation cover. Reservations are required and can be made by emailing Missionbarandtapas@gmail.com. Doors open at 6 p.m.
- The Spectrum Playhouse, 20 Franklin St., in Lee, will host a Latin Dance Party that starts with a salsa lesson with instructor Catherine, at 7 p.m., then goes until 10. No partner needed, and feel free to dress to impress. The cost is $5 general admission. Info: 413-394-5023 or spectrumplayhouse.org/salsa-class
- Seth Brown is humoring you with a "Snack Potluck with comedy mic," from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Eclipse Mill Gallery, 243 Union St., North Adams. Bring a snack and some stand-up comedy to share, or be a bystander.
- Berkshire Organization for Original Music, aka BOOM, is hosting "Raffle-Rama" from 5 to 8 p.m., in the BOOM Room at Crawford Square, 137 North St., in Pittsfield. In addition to a live performance by Boston area indie folk duo, Jack & Katie, and local guitarist and singer-songwriter, Jordan Franklin, there will be drawings for BOOM's benefit raffle for studio time, a guitar, songwriting workshops and more. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Boom Room or online at boom413.com for $5 right up until the drawing, with all proceeds going to BOOM, which is part of the nonprofit Columbia Arts Team (CAT).
- Local rockers White Liger play at 9 p.m., at the Tavern at The A, 303 Crane Ave., Pittsfield.
- Skyline Country Club, 405 South Main St. (Route 8), in Lanesborough, will host an Ugly Sweater Dance Party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., featuring DJ Marc the Don spinning Top 40, reggaeton, R&B, hip-hop and more. There's a $10 cover for this age 21 and up event.
- Berkshires Salsa's Latin Night will host its last party of the year with DJ Geova from Hudson, N.Y., at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. There will be a beginners bachata lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by an intermediate bachata lesson at 9:15. This dance, along with salsa, merengue, cha-cha, kizomba, cumbia and more will continue into the night. There's a $10 general admission cover; $8 with valid student ID for guests 18 and up. This is a cash-only venue for admission and the bar. Info: Alan Franco at 413-347-2801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Whiskey Highway, a high-energy New York Capital Region-based country-rock band, will play at Casey's 501 Dalton Ave., Pittsfield. There's a $5 cover, and show starts at 10 p.m.
- Local folk duo, Long Journey, will perform from 7:30 to 10 p.m., at The Williams Inn, 1090 Main St., in Williamstown. There's a $10 cover at the door.
- WordXWord closes out 2016 with a Story Slam at 3 p.m., at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., in Pittsfield. This month's theme is "Making a List." For newcomers, a story slam is a friendly competition in which storytellers share 5-minute stories relevant to the event's theme. Stories are scored by volunteer judges from the audience. Typical story slams are fast paced and high spirited with widely ranging responses to the theme. A limited number of storytelling slots are available on a first come basis for anyone with a "making a list" story. Register at wXw365.org/story_slam. No cover and note that some stories may include content more suitable for mature audiences.
- Common Folk Artist Collective will host from 7 to 9 p.m., "Recycled Jewelry Workshop: Guitar String Pendants" at the UNO Community Center in North Adams. A $10 fee gets you instruction with Jess Sweeney and supplies. Feel free to bring your own pendants and old guitar strings. RSVP to email@example.com. You'll leave with at least three pieces of jewelry, just in time for sharing during the holidays.
- Dottie's Coffee Lounge, 444 North St., in Pittsfield, will host, from 6 to 9 p.m., its fourth annual "Manual" evening of shopping local goods, with beer, wine, music and a raffle to benefit Soldier On.
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