Date Night Ideas: Take your date to the ball game

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This weekend's social forecast for the Berkshires includes some dance parties, arty happenings and lots of live music.

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Dance the night away and celebrate the kick off Jacob's Pillow 85th Anniversary season and its Gala after party from 9 p.m. to midnight on Saturday under the tent on the Becket campus. Your $75 ticket include open bar, light snacks and live music by Paul Loren and His One Night Only Band. A special is running right now — buy four tickets for $200. Contact Gretchen Weber to purchase tickets: gweber@jacobspillow.org or 413-243-9919 ext. 126.

ONGOING

Summer collegiate baseball returns this week to the Berkshires! The North Adams SteepleCats play home games at Joe Wolfe field on at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Wednesday. The Pittsfield Suns play at 7 p.m. on Friday and 5 p.m. on Sunday at Wahconah Park. Tickets for games are available at the ballpark or online at steeplecats.pointstreaksites.com/view/northadams/tickets-281 (SteepleCats Tickets) or http://pd1.glitnirticketing.com/pdticket/web/ev_list.php (Suns Tickets).

TONIGHT

From 5-8 p.m. during Third Thursday with Cultural Pittsfield, The Dolphin Studio and the gallery in the Shire City Sanctuary will be open. Additionally, Shire Kitchen will have food available at its booth on North St. Admission is free.

FRIDAY

Wanda Houston will front the Vermont Jazz Center Big Band at in a tribute concert to Ella Fitzgerald as part of the Berkshire Gateway Jazz Festival. The 8 p.m. concert at the First Congregational Church, 25 Park Place, Lee, will feature arrangements of songs Fitzgerald performed with the likes of Count Basie and Duke Ellington among others. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 413-243-1033 or by visiting berkshiregatewayjazz.org.

Join the fun at the Berkshire Museum's Guitar Exhibit as maestro/MC Andy Kelly joins Berkshire recording artist, Linda Worster, and James Lumsden for a wild pop-up songfest from 6-8 p.m. that includes Arlo Guthrie, the Beatles, R and B and CSN&Y, Patti Smith and more. $5 regular admission. Museum members $3.

Come out and show your love smack in the middle of Pride month at a dance party/fundraiser for Transilient at Fuel GreatBarrington on Main Street. The $5 cover will be donated, and a tip cup will go around for anyone who feels inspired to dig deeper for the trans community. Tunes start at 9 p.m. and go to midnight.

SATURDAY

The Aston Magna Music Festival travels to the Berkshires with "Music For Forbidden Dances" at 6 p.m. Hector del Curto (bandeon) along with Aston Magna musicians will play a 6 p.m. concert consisting of Sarabands, Chaconas, and Tangos at Saint James Place, 352 Main St., Great Barrington. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. All seats general admission.

The New Black Eagle Jazz Band with Legendary Blues Guitarist Duke Robillard performs at 8 p.m. as part of Berkshire Gateway Jazz Festival at the First Congregational Church, 25 Park Place, Lee. Both the band and Robillard have received a Grammy nomination during their successful careers. Tickets are $25. Call 413-243-1033 or visit www.berkshiregatewayjazz.org for more details.

Part of the Popular Artist Series at Tanglewood, "Four Voices," featuring Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Amy Ray, and Emily Saliers begins at 7 p.m. The concert will take place at the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, 297 West St., Lenox. Tickets are $25-$99 and can be purchased at bso.org or by calling 888-266-1200.

If classical music or jazz isn't your jam, stop over at Crossroads Cafe on Onota Street in Pittsfield starting at 7 p.m. for a lineup of hardcore and punk rock. Silence Equals Death, The Damaged, Brainwash, and Brain Habits fill the night's lineup. $5 admission for this age 18-and-up show.


SUNDAY

Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra present "Jaws in Concert" at 8 p.m. at the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, 297 West St., Lenox. "Jaws" is the ultimate film-with-live-orchestra experience. Tickets are $23-$124 and can be purchased at bso.org or by calling 888-266-1200.

Celebrate Father's Day at one of the most beautiful spots in Berkshire County. There will be a picnic-style BBQ from 6-8 p.m. at the top of Hurlburt's Hill with live music and field games. Pre-Registration is Required. $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Hosted by Trustees West Region, the event will take place at Bartholomew's Cobble in Sheffield. Call 413-298-3239 ext. 3013 for more information.

If you can't get enough of Harry Potter-Mount Greylock connections, stop by the M.A.G.I.Con from 1-6 p.m. for live music at the Greylock Glen with Harry and the Potters featuring Morrighan's Flight, a Quidditch demo with Boston University Quidditch, Geocaching demos with Berkshire GeoBash, food, drink from Bright Ideas Brewing, vendors and more. Get your tickets at www.eventbrite.com/e/magicon-2017-tickets-33256728771. Parking for the event is located at 5-7 Hoosac Street in Adams. Shuttles will run every 20 minutes to the Glen from this lot. This event free for children 12 and under!

Raise a pint to the men in your life at the official one-year anniversary of Bright Ideas, North Adams' hometown brewery. A "For Dads, By Dads" afternoon with great live music from GOOD FRIENDS (featuring Ian O'Neil, Dennis Ryan, And Christopher Ryan of Deer Tick) and Beard & Glasses, delicious street food from CRISP Event Planning & Catering and Hot Tomatoes, and, of course, spectacular beer. Kick off summer at this fun, community-friendly event from 3-7 p.m.

TUESDAY


Saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky plays a Boston University Tanglewood Institute Faculty Recital at Trinity Church, 88 Walker St., Lenox. The performance is at 6:30 p.m. and free to all.

WEDNESDAY

License to Groove, a local band that plays the best of Disco and New Wave, performs at 6:30 p.m. at Windsor Lake, Windsor Lake Drive, North Adams. Admission is free and concessions are available at the lake. Visit www.licensetogroove.com for more about the band.

Seasoned screen printer and co-owner of The Dolphin Studio, Crispina Ffrench will offer a silk screen-printing workshop at 6 p.m. at the Shire City Sanctuary. Participants will make a single color print to take home and learn the basics of stencil cutting, transparency printing, screen preparation, and touch upon multiple color print planning. Cost is $20 for the general public and $15 for Shire City Sanctuary Members. Tickets can be purchased at shirecitysanctuary.org/events/screen-printing-workshop-2/. Call 413-236-9600 for more details.


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