Berkshire County is hosting a variety of events this chilly weekend including art openings, winter jam celebrations, musical performances, and more.
Erin Rae performs at Tourists on Sunday.
Friday, Feb. 3
Rev Tor's 11th Annual Dead of Winter Jam
Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
Berkshire Theatre Group is hosting a mid-winter celebration to honor 58 years of Grateful Dead music beginning at 7:30 at the Colonial Theatre.
Performances include Rev Tor's Dead Man's Waltz (formerly Steal Your Peach), Mark Mericer (Max Creek), Jen Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout), Mark Paradis (The Marks Brothers/Lobsters From Mars), and more.
Tickets for the jam are $25. More information here.
First Friday in North Adams
Downtown North Adams
This month's First Friday is themed "I Love North Adams." It features postcards written by residents to the city displayed around the downtown. A number of businesses will be open late and Hearts Pace Tea & Healing Lounge will have live music and mocktails from 6-9 p.m. Free shuttle service from Hoosac Hall downtown for students.
The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art hosts husband and wife duo Jaime Lozano and Florencia Cuenca at 8 p.m.
The couple's "Broadway en Spanglish" interprets iconic Broadway musical songs with new arrangements by Lozano. The performance features a live accompaniment from mariachi ensemble Mariachi Real De Mexico de Ramon Ponce.
Tickets range from $22 to $46. More information here.
North Adams Farmers Market
The Green, North Adams
Monthly winter farmers market at the Green in the Concourse at 85 Main St. Runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local produce, eggs, meat and Valentine's Day gifrts and treats.
Tourist resort, 915 State Road, hosts Nashville folk pop band Erin Rae at 8 p.m.
Admission is free but space is limited. Cash tip for the band is encouraged. More information here.
Animal Support Project Fantasy Photos
Benson's Pet Center, Pittsfield
Benson's Pet Center's photo op for pets runs from noon until 3. For a $10 donation, pet parents can bring home a 4-by-6 inch framed keepsake. There are two themes to choose from: Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras.
Mass MoCA hosts collaborative performances by M. Elijah Sueuga and Armando Guadalupe Cortés this Friday and Saturday.
The performance converges on the artists' interest in sound as well as a shared geography. The title "La Seca" refers to the dry season in a vast region that stretches through Mexico and into the U.S. southwest.
Sueuga responds to Cortés' work with "Castillos," a performance within an installation. The video projection and a sonic composition that frames la(s) Seca(s) as a prelude of change to come.
This performance is free with museum admission. More information here.
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North Adams Commission Passes on River Street Parking Ban
By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Traffic Commission is holding off on any changes to parking along River Street near the Corner Store.
The commission had received a letter from resident Nancy Bullett and several phone calls from residents about congestion specifically between Holden and North Holden streets caused by cars parked along River Street.
"The way the cars were parked right up to the corner and with the high, like the SUVs, and that [drivers turning out of North Holden] really couldn't see oncoming traffic," Chair MaryAnn King told the commission on March 8. "You had to like almost pull out halfway in the road to turn before you can see oncoming traffic."
She said she didn't want to hurt any businesses by prohibiting parking along the north side and so had spoken with the police. The result was the Highway Department installed new signs for "no parking here to corner" on both sides of the street to remind motorists that parking within 20 feet of an intersection is prohibited.