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Weekend Outlook: Music, Comedy, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:41PM / Thursday, January 11, 2024
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Berkshire County is hosting a variety of events this weekend including live music, museum tours, and more.
Editor's Pick 

Zainab Johnson
Zainab Johnson Comedy Performance 
Mass MoCA, North Adams
Time: Saturday, 8 p.m. 
Standup comedian, actor and writer Zainab Johnson will share her perspective that was shaped by growing up as one of 13 siblings in a Muslim family. 
She is a regular at the Comedy Cellar in New York and the Comedy Store and Improv in Los 
Angeles. She hosts Netflix's "100 Humans" and can be seen on the Amazon series "Upload."
Tickets cost $22 in advance, $32 the week of, and $46 for preferred seating. More information here
Railway Concerts at Studio 9
Porches Inn, North Adams
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Award-winning folk rock musician and songwriter Joe Jencks kicks off the Railway Concert series at Studio 9. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, he delivers musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. 
Tickets are $25; call 413-664-6393 or email More information here.
Cocoa Club
Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield 
Time; 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. 
After a long week of school children between the ages of are invited to relax and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and popcorn as they are read "Aru Shah and the End of Time" by Roshani Chokshi. Meet in the library auditorium. 
More information here
Ghost Tours at Ventfort Hall 
Ventfort Hall, Lenox
Time: 8 to 10 p.m. 
There will be a Ghost Tour with "Ghosts of the Berkshires" author Robert Oakes.
Oakes will lead guests through the rooms and halls of the estate sharing tales of its hauntings.
"Stand in the places where the encounters occurred, listen to the first-hand accounts of those who experienced them, and maybe even experience something unusual yourself. This is not an active investigation," according to the press release.
Admission is $30 and the minimum age to attend is age 12. Reservations are required. Purchase tickets here
Please note that all tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. 
Rock Voices Performance
St. John's Episcopal Church, Williamstown 
Time: 7 p.m. 
Berkshire County's 30-voice community rock choir will perform classic, modern rock, and pop songs. 
Tickets range from $8 to $15. More information here
Queer Eye
Clark Art Institute, WIlliamstown
Time: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
There will be a free tour highlighting queer artists and artworks in the museum's permanent collection and exhibition "50 Years and Forward." More information here
Start With Art: Animals
Clark Art Institute, WIlliamstown
Time: 10 a.m. to noon
Dress for the mess and bring your preschooler to the museum for themed painting talks, gallery guides, and art-making activities specially designed for this age group. This event is best suited for ages 3 to 6. 
More information here
Berkshire LEO vs Bruins Alumni
Berkshire School, Sheffield
Time: 4 p.m. 
Berkshire County law enforcement members will be taking the ice against Boston Bruins alumni to raise funds for the Warrior for Life Fund that supports active-duty military, veterans and their families.
Tickets are $20; advance purchase is encouraged because this event is expected to sell out. Any left will be available at the door. Purchase tickets here
Mass Moca After Hours
Mass MoCa, North Adams
Time: 5 p.m. 
Celebrate the contemporary museum's "Brake Run Helix" exhibit that honors regional Black, indigenous, and people of color artists, writers, and performers in the Berkshires. 
The exhibit is a rideable sculpture in the museum's 100-yard-long Building 5 gallery which examines "how those from marginalized backgrounds explore joy and play." The exhibit closes Feb. 11. More information on the exhibit here. Check out our video here
The event will include a mixer in the exhibition's gallery which will feature dancing and activities from the diaspora. The museum's newest exhibit "Like Magic" will also remain open. 
More information here
Full Burn Performance 
The Parkside, Pittsfield 
Time: 8:55 p.m. 
Berkshire County party band Full Burn will be performing. There is a $5 cover charge and parking is available to the left at the city garage unless there is a snow storm. More information here
Indoor Pittsfield Farmers Market
Zion Lutheran Church, Pittsfield
Time: 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The region's first teen-run market, Roots Rising, will be having a indoor farmers market this Saturday featuring live music, chef demos, workshops, children's activities and more. 
More information here
VFW 996, North Adams 
Time: 9 to midnight
Sing your heart out and get a chance to win $30 at the end of the night by singing at least one solo song. More information here.
Taproom Music
Bright Ideas Brewing, North Adams
Time: 4 to 6 p.m. 
There will be a free performance by singer and songwriter Tony Lee Thomas. More information here
Cabin Fever Story Time
Mount Greylock State Reservation Visitor Center, Lanesborough
Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m. 
Relax by a hearth fire for an hour of "tales of the natural wonders and unusual people from Mount Greylock's past." The free event will include complementary hot chocolate will be provided. More information here
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