The 413: Trivia, Thunderfest and parties with a purpose

The first weekend of March and the last weeks of calendar winter are upon us. As the season begins to change, so is the entertainment lineup around the Berkshires. This coming weekend and week ahead includes both local favorites, newcomer performances and new events. Here's just a taste of what's on tap:


- The Log, 78 Spring St., Williamstown, offers regular events and live music. Trivia Thursdays returns tonight at 8, featuring a guest host with five rounds of questions. At 8:30 p.m. on Friday, check out the acoustic alternative sounds of Autographed Apologies (Michael O'Keefe, lead vocals; Bryan Gamari, rhythm guitar/backup vocals; Tom Gamari on lead guitar; Justin Clairmont on bass guitar/backup vocals; and drummer Johnny Bourque). Then at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, The Matchstick Architects (Dar Maloney, guitar and lead vocals; Tom Conklin on lead guitar; Diane Davis on bass, and Dave Willey on drums) take the stage, bringing their "soulful blend of country, blues, and folk."


- Elixir, 70 Railroad St., Great Barrington (next to The Triplex cinema), will host in its Dinner Salon series, "Advocating For Yourself and Others," from 6 to 9 p.m. Following dinner, Attorney Eve Schatz of the Berkshire Center for Justice Inc., will talk about her experiences leading to the formation of the center, then touch on the topics of writing a will, power of attorney and medical proxy documents, and what every parent, who has a child who just turned 18, should know. RSVP for dinner to Nancy by calling 413-644-8999. The cost is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Learn more about Schatz at and; find out about Elixir at

- It's the first Thursday of the month and that means it's time for Fuel Story Slam, a live storytelling series a la "The Moth Radio Hour," held from 7 to 9 p.m., at Fuel, 293 Main St., Great Barrington. This month's theme is "Lost in Translation," and hosts for the evening are Joey Chernila and Sheela Clary. Email or if you would like to tell a story. There's a $5 cover for audience members, and dinner and bar service is available.

- From 8 to 10 p.m., at The Olde Heritage Tavern, 12 Housatonic St., Lenox, you can get a Guinness glass custom engraved on the spot while listening to the sounds of local musician Matt Boulais.


- The Tavern at The A, 303 Crane Ave., Pittsfield, will present at 9 p.m., rock outfit Nothing Girl (Jessie Lynn on vocals; Josh Guitars on lead/rhythm guitar; Toby Myers on bass guitar and Jason Brooks on drums).

- The acoustic duo of Duffy and Erin (Michael Duffy on vocals, guitar and mandolin, and vocalist Erin Duffy) return from 8 to 11 p.m., to J. Allen's Clubhouse Grille, 41 North St., Pittsfield. No cover.

- MCLA Design Lab, 49 Main St., North Adams, at 7 p.m., will with Sounds and Tones Records present an evening with Brooklyn's High Falls, and locals Luke Tobin and Francesca Shanks. There's a $5 cover.

- A Benefit Gala for local artist Andrew DeVries and gallery director Patricia Purdy will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., at Ventfort Hall, 104 Walker St., in Lenox. The cost is $50, and includes wine, craft beer and hors d'oeuvres, with proceeds to benefit the couple, who lost their studio in a Nov. 23 fire. Info: or call the Lenox Chamber of Commerce at 413-637-3646.


Mary Ann Palermo and First Take return to the Rainbow Restaurant, 109 First St., Pittsfield, at 7:30 p.m., performing jazz, blues, funk and rock.

Latin Night at The Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, returns, starting with bachata for beginners at 8:30 p.m., intermediate bachata at 9:15 p.m., and an open dance floor with DJ Goeva from 10 p.m. on. There's a $10 cover; $8 for students with ID. Info: Alan Franco at 413-347-2801 or

- Thunderfest, celebrating the Thunderbolt Trail winter races, will be held from noon to 5 p.m., at the Adams Visitors Center, 3 Hoosac St., Adams. There will be food, a chowder competition, local beer and wine; live music from Jim Witherell and Misty Blues Band; Kids Corner with hot chocolate bar; entry into the Thunderbolt Ski Museum; and retail vendors.

- Misty Blues will also play at 8 p.m., at Firefly Gastropub & Catering Co., 71 Church St., Lenox.


A "Wine, Chocolate, and Craft Beer Tasting" to benefit the AYJ Fund for children with cancer will be held from 3 to 6 p.m., at Freight Yard Pub, 1 Furnace St., North Adams. There will also be a silent auction, wine pull and more. There's a donation request of $25 to attend. Info and tickets:


Trivia returns at 6 p.m. at Hotel on North, 297 North St., Pittsfield, to benefit the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter. There will be prizes for top winners and also last place teams. Teams must be of 2 to 6 people, and the cost is $5 per person, cash. Email to reserve your spot with your team's name.


An International Women's Day Celebration to benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center will be held at 8 p.m., at Flavours of Malaysia; use the 62 McKay St. entrance, in Pittsfield. Tickets are $25 per person, available at Flavours, Bagels Too, or online at There will be food, raffles and a cash bar.


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