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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 20-26

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North Adams Happenings:  February 20 - 26
Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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nbCC’s Teen Writing Workshop Showcase
The Green, 85 Main Street
5:30 - 7:00pm
call for more information

Local teens will read powerful, original works that they have crafted throughout this year’s 20-week Teen Writing Workshop. All are welcome. Free of charge. nbCC feels strongly that Teen Writing Workshop participants should deliver unfiltered, unchanged works. For this reason, some material may not be suitable for children under the age of 14.

Lowland Hum
The Design Lab, 49 Main Street
doors: 7:00PM | music starts at 7:30PM
$10 in advance, $12 at the door | $5 for all students
for more information

Join us for a new downtown performance series - 'Late Night at the Lab' featuring: Lowland Hum with Anna Tivel and House Sparrow.

Lowland Hum have spent their career refining the particular power of their self-imposed restraint. Glyphonic is the purest distillation of this thesis to date, setting about the difficult work of finding stillness and meaning in the midst of chaos: a collection of quietudes created and savored among all this present noisiness. Glyphonic is Lowland Hum's fourth full-length record of original material following 2017's Thin. The band has spent the last two years on the road in both the US and Europe with the likes of Josh Ritter, Penny and Sparrow, and The Oh Hellos. Over an expansive career they've earned critical praise from NPR, Paste, Huffington Post, American Songwriter, The Washington Post and more.

ANNA TIVEL reaches for that thread of understanding with her music, that moment of recognition, of shared experience. There are hundreds of thousands of miles on her touring odometer and each town is a tangled web of heartache and small reasons to believe. She gravitates toward the quiet stories of ordinary life. A homeless veteran sitting on a bench to watch the construction of a luxury hotel. A woman wondering about the life of the daughter she had to give up for adoption. Someone changing shape, someone falling in love, someone all alone.

HOUSE SPARROW are a two-person band driven by synthesizers, tenor guitar, Francesca’s heavenly voice, and a lot of rumination on nature, waiting, death, and time. Band members Francesca Olsen and Joe Aidonidis combine their talents to create a dreamy wall of sound that’s worth a close listen.

3/29 - 3/30
High Mud Comedy Festival
Various times
$75 2-Day Preferred, $45 2-Day Early Bird, $20 2-Day Student
for more information

Our annual salute to a few funny things will gather world champion comedians to enlighten us with humor in this heightened moment. Come for laugh-filled workshops, wickedly mocking museum tours, and hilarious musical interludes.




Deadline February 22
Reconnection: MCLA Alumni Exhibition Call for Submissions

MCLA Gallery 51 is pleased to announce an opportunity for ALL alumni to exhibit their work in a group exhibition highlighting their creative pursuits since graduation. It is a unique chance for the college to present the work of our alumni in our downtown gallery, highlighting the impact of an innovative liberal arts education and MCLA’s Alumni’s contribution to vibrant creative communities in North Adams and beyond.

Details and Apply online at:



Wednesday February 20


Preschool Storytime
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
10:30 AM
for more information

Preschool storytime and craft at the North Adams Public Library in the Youth Services Department is held for ages 3 to 6 years old, siblings welcome. Several stories will be read and there is time to share ideas and thoughts as well as complete a craft.

Sit & Knit
The Spin-Off Yarn Shop, Norad Mill, Ste. 302
2-4 PM & 5 - 7 PM
for more information

Join us for fellowship and help with your project.  All knitters and crocheters are welcome!

The Spin-Off Yarn Shop has an extensive and beautiful selection of yarn for every budget.  The shop carries Malabrigo, Juniper Moon Farm, Ella Rae, Rowan, DanDoh, Urth, Freia, Toft, Frabjous, and many others, along with locally produced and hand-dyed yarns.  

We have patterns and books to provide inspiration for your next project. Knitting needles, crochet hooks, gifts, and must-have haberdashery are available.  For those finishing touches, we have thousands of beautiful buttons, making our button selection the best in the area.

Dad and Family Bowling and Pizza
Valley Park Bowling
413-664-4821.  Spots are limited!
4:30 - 5:30 PM
call to register

Dads and families are invited to join us for an hour of candle pin bowling and pizza!  Dads: bring your whole family or make it a fun time for just you & your child! FREE for Northern Berkshire families with children 8 years old and under.  Call to register, 413-664-4821. Spots are limited!

nbCC’s Teen Writing Workshop
nbCC Conference Room, 61 Main Street
5 - 7 PM
for more information

An afterschool writing program for teens of all writing experiences. Teens will hone in on their skill with professional local writers and peers. For more information, call Tim at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition at (413) 663-7588.

Pondering Panels:
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
State Street Tavern, 167 State St
6 - 8 PM
for more information

Join us for our second meeting of Pondering Panels: A Graphic Novel Book Club. We will read and discuss Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

Fun Home is a 2006 graphic memoir that chronicles the author's childhood and youth in rural Pennsylvania, United States, focusing on her complex relationship with her father.

North Berkshire Artists Meetup
The Airport Rooms at TOURISTS, 915 State Road
6:30 - 9 PM
Free, cash bar
for more information

From the team that brought you the "Artist Town Hall" event held at MASS MoCA in August 2018, we're now bringing you a quarterly, informal series of gatherings—the "North Berkshire Artist Meet Ups." The purpose is to hold space for artists, musicians, and creative people of all disciplines to expand their conversations and continue to build connections beyond the Artist Town Hall. This event is free and there will be drinks available for purchase at the venue. For the first meet up, check out the new "Airport Rooms" at TOURISTS, and catch up with other artists in the community.

LOGISTICS: The Airport Rooms are located in the white and green brick farmhouse just east of TOURISTS. If possible, please park across the street in the Stop and Shop parking lot. If you'd like, feel free to bring contact/business cards, pamphlets, postcards, or other ephemera. There will be a place to leave these things and peruse/take items brought by others.


Thursday February  21st


Harry Potter Hogwarts Holiday
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
12 - 3 PM
for more information

Spend the afternoon of February 21st 12:00-3:00 p.m. traveling to Hogwarts castle to celebrate all things Harry Potter!  Activities, crafts, and refreshments provided. Costumes encouraged! Supported by the Friends of the North Adams Public Library.  Call the Youth Services Department at 413-662-3133, ext. 14 for more information.

MCLA Green Living Series: “Realizing the New England Food Vision,” presented by Julia Freedgood, assistant vice president of programs at America Farmland Trust   
Room 121, Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation on the MCLA campus.
(413) 662-5303 or
for more information

All “Green Living” seminars will take at 5:30 p.m. in room 121 of the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation on the MCLA campus. Presented on Thursdays throughout the spring semester, this series is free and open to the public.

“Sustainable Food and Farming” will focus on the past, present, and future of how food is produced and distributed in our region and strategies for improving the sustainability of our food system.

“This series offers students and community members an opportunity to learn more about how food makes its way to our plate, and choices we have as individuals and as a society about how to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy fresh, healthy food now and in the future,” said Dr. Elena Traister, MCLA professor of environmental science.

After-School Program
UNO Community Center, 157 River Street
(413) 663-7588
call for more information

Serving students in 4th Grade - 8th Grade. Healthy snack, homework assistance, tutoring, computer access and creative activities. Call or email Glenda at (413) 663-7588 ext. 20 or for more information.

Third Thursday Literary Open Mic
The Parlor Cafe, 303 Ashland St.
6:30 - 9:30 PM
Free (suggested donation of $2)
for more information

Third Thursday Poetry at The Parlor Cafe features a monthly literary open mic which starts at 7pm.

Door open and sign-ups at 6:30.

All poets have approximately 5-8 minutes(or 2 pieces) depending on the evening. You are encouraged to bring poems, prose, lyrics, essays, etc, be it yours or written by someone else. This is a safe space, come use your beautiful voices!

!!Audience and poets are encouraged to show up at 6:30pm, sign up for open mic, order food or drink, and find yourself a seat.


FREE. We ask for a suggested $2 or greater donation to help with the logistics and bring in feature poets from across the country, and pay you poets. Thanks for all the support.

Game Night!
Bright Ideas Brewing, 111 MASS MoCA Way
(413) 346-4460
7:30 - 9 PM
for more information

Join us for a raucous evening of WDYM hosted by John Del Sordo and the BIB crew. If you've never played, it's like Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity, but with memes and NSFW (except for us of course, because we work here.)


Friday February 22nd


Sit & Knit
The Spin-Off Yarn Shop, Norad Mill, Ste. 302
2-4 PM & 5 - 7 PM
for more information

Join us for fellowship and help with your project.  All knitters and crocheters are welcome!

The Spin-Off Yarn Shop has an extensive and beautiful selection of yarn for every budget.  The shop carries Malabrigo, Juniper Moon Farm, Ella Rae, Rowan, DanDoh, Urth, Freia, Toft, Frabjous, and many others, along with locally produced and hand-dyed yarns.  

We have patterns and books to provide inspiration for your next project. Knitting needles, crochet hooks, gifts, and must-have haberdashery are available.  For those finishing touches, we have thousands of beautiful buttons, making our button selection the best in the area.

Jungle Jim's Harry Potter Hogwarts Academy Training
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
2:30 PM
for more information

On Friday, February 22nd at 2:30 p.m. a fully-interactive program at the North Adams Public Library will prepare participants to become wizards themselves! Professor Jungle-Flick teaches children how perform their own magic, play some Quidditch, and even learn Defense Against the Dark Arts! Best suited for children ages 5-11, siblings welcome.  Supported by the Friends of the North Adams Public Library. Call the Youth Services Department at 413-662-3133, ext. 14 for more information.

Knitting Nights
Common Folk, 73 Main St.
7 - 9 PM
By donation
for more information

Come to the Common Folk space and knit with folks alike! There's plenty of space and materials for use. Participation by donation. Yarn/fabric is "fill a bag" for $3 and attendees can get 20% off that.

Facilitator: Casey Nivens


Saturday February 23rd


Fire Victims Spaghetti Dinner Benefit
Greylock Community Club, 548 State Rd
4 - 7 PM
$10/adults, $5/Children 10 and Under
for more information

Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the families affected by the Houghton St. fire. $10 adults $5 children 10 and under. (Tickets available at the door or by calling the Greylock Club.) Chinese Auction, bake sale, 50/50 and other raffles! The band Rumours will be playing starting at 4:30 for your listening pleasure!

100% of the proceeds will be divided amongst the families.

Please rsvp on this page if you are planning to come for the dinner so we can get a head count. Even if you cannot attend the dinner, please stop by for the raffles and enter to win some great prizes!

These families lost everything; let’s join together as a community to help them!

Musical Bingo at Mingo’s
Drury High School Band Fundraiser
Mingo’s, 41 Roberts Dr.
(413) 346-4067
6:30 PM
$30/ person (call to see if tickets available)
for more information

Ticket price includes light appetizers and 2 bingo cards.

Kaki King: Data Not Found
8 PM
$15/Student, $17/Advance,$26/Day of, $40/Preferred
for more information

Jazz/shoegaze/post-rock wizard Kaki King opens a portal every time she touches her guitar. In the intimate Club B10, she brings us on an exploration of big data in contemporary culture. This multimedia journey is in collaboration with Data Humanism advocate Giorgia Lupi and video designer Max Bernstein, with generous technical support from Potion.


Sunday February 24th


MICHAEL NAU - Live in the Lodge
TOURISTS, 915 State Road
(413) 346-4933 |
9 - 10:30 PM
for more information

We are thrilled to have Michael Nau join our Sing for your Slumber series on Feb 24 before he heads out on the road supporting St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Lauded by Pitchfork as having a 'masterful instinct for arrangement’ and for 'stylistically being capable of anything.’ Michael's intimate solo set will feature tunes from his latest release Michael Nau and the Mighty Thread. Tickets are extremely limited to see this unique artist in the warm, beautiful surroundings of the TOURISTS lodge.

PLUS - If you'd like to spend the night after the show, we're offering a special 20%-off room rate to ticket holders. Buy your tix here, then call 413-346-4933 to book your room! Subject to availability.


Monday February 25th


Local Arts Advocacy Training
MCLA Gallery 51, 51 Main St.
4:30 - 6:00pm
FREE, please RSVP
for more information

MCLA Gallery 51 is partnering with MASSCreative to bring arts advocacy training to North Adams/ on Monday, Feb. 25 from 4:30 - 6pm.

It's a great chance to learn about MASS Creative's policy platform, practice your advocacy skills with our State Senator Adam Hinds and Representative John Barrett III as well as share your own burning needs to make North Adams a creative place that works for everyone. 


Tuesday February 26th


A Matter of Balance
The Green, 85 Main St., Ste 105
9 - 11 AM
Free ( Pre-registration required)
call for more information

A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. A FREE series of 8 classes including tips to reduce fear of falling and increase strength and balance. January 8, 15,22,30 and February 5,12,19,26 from 9-11am at The Green located at 85 Main Street, North Adams. Pre-registration is required, call Bret or Amanda at (413) 663-7588.

Toddler Storytime
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
10:30 am
for more information

Toddler storytime and songs at the North Adams Public Library in Youth Services Department is held for ages birth to 3 years old, siblings welcome.  One to two stories are read with lots of songs and gross motor skill activities as well.

Preschool STEM Group
The Family Center, 210 State St.
3:30 - 4:30 PM
for more information

Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in The Family Center Playroom. Explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. For children ages 2.5-5 years old. A variety of FUN hands-on STEM activities for preschoolers.

Planning Your Vegetable Garden
Working on Well-being Workshop Series
UNO Community Center, 157 River Street, North Adams.
(413) 663-7588, ext. 28 or
5 - 6 PM
for more information

Sharon Wyrrick from Many Forks Farm in Clarksburg will lead a discussion for gardeners of all ages and levels of experience. Conversation will be on tips to plan and manage a successful home vegetable garden. Share wisdom and experiences with other gardeners as well. RSVP by contacting Bret Beattie at (413) 663-7588, ext. 28 or Sponsored by the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition.

Common Folk Presents Spero
Bright Ideas Brewing, 111 MASS MoCA Way
(413) 346-4460
6 – 7 PM
Free ($5-10 Donations to musician strongly encouraged)
for more information

Come down to your local brewery for some #TuesdayTunes!

Spero is a multi-instrumentalist and songstress with a fondness for loops and anything Funky. Her ethereal grooves, soulful voice and dark lyrics float over an original twist on fingerstyle guitar. Having grown up on a bedrock of early Soul & Motown, she brings you luscious, new blends of her journeys through jazz, folk and world rhythms.

$5-$10 Strongly Suggested Donation! While we don't have a cover charge, we hope that you can throw a few (or more) dollars in the chalice to help support these AMAZING musicians!

MCLA's Literary Reading Series
with Anna Maria Hong and Julianna Spallholz
Gallery 51, 51 Main St.
Zack Finch (
7 PM
for more information

MCLA presents a joint reading by poet and writer Anna Maria Hong and fiction writer Julianna Spallholz on Tuesday, February 26 at 7 PM at Gallery 51 on Main Street in North Adams.  

Anna Maria Hong’s first poetry collection, Age of Glass, won the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Poetry Competition in 2018. Her novella, H & G, won the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Clarissa Dalloway Prize and was published by Sidebrow Books in May 2018. Her second poetry collection, Fablesque, won Tupelo Press’s Berkshire Prize and is forthcoming in early 2020. A former Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, she joined the Literature faculty at Bennington College in July 2018 and is a board member of the Belladonna* Collaborative.

Julianna Spallholz is the author of The State of Kansas, a collection of short and very short fiction published by GenPop Books.  She is a former editor at Tarpaulin Sky Press, and her work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Fourteen Hills, NOÖ Journal, and elsewhere.  She is a Professor of English at Berkshire Community College and is also a solo parent.  She lives with her son in a small village in western Massachusetts.


From Our Neighbors

thru Feb. 24

10x10 Upstreet Festival 
for more information

Sponsored by Berkshire Gas, the 8th annual 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival will take place February 14th - February 24th.   The festival has over ten days filled with theatre, dance, comedy, fireworks and much more. Everyday for ten days in Downtown Pittsfield.  For the daily schedule please follow the link here

Saturday 2/23

10 Minutes of Fireworks
First St, Pittsfield
6 - 6:30 PM
for more information

Join us for the free ten minute spectacular display of fireworks to celebrate the final weekend of the 10x10 Winter Arts Festival.  

Grasciously sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union the event will begin as soon as it is dark enough to launch.  Be here for 6pm so you don't miss any of the 10 Minutes of Fireworks!

Rain date is Sunday the 24th at 6pm.


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