Williams College's festival of new music, I/O Fest opens tonight. According to Williams College Department of Music, the first of two opening concerts, "Anthem," "offers boundary defying works by a group of restless composers challenging the limits of conventional instruments and the human voice." See the show on CenterStage, '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 7:30 p.m., followed by an audience reception. At 10 p.m., catch the second of the evening's concerts, "Night Jams 1," featuring John Coltrane, "Song of the Underground Railroad," arranged by Kris Allen and performed by Kris Allen Ensemble, and J rg Frey, "Unh rbare Zeit," performed by Axxea String Quartet and percussion. '62 Center for Theatre and Dance is located at 1000 Main St., Williamstown. Take a look at the full I/O Fest lineup at 62center.williams.edu.
Hit the slopes after dark. From now through March 15 Bousquet holds $10 Night Owl Thursdays, 3 to 9 p.m. Get your lift tickets or tubing tickets for $10, then head inside for free live music in the Lounge from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Enjoy some live music on a Friday night. Local Tyra Nurmi will perform, 7 to 10, at Methuselah Bar and Lounge, 391 North St., Pittsfield. Check her out before the show at soundcloud.com/tyra-christine-nurmi.
If you love rhythm and blues, don't miss the Piper Hopkins Band at Lion's Den, 9 p.m. They describe their sound as "the kinetic fusion of blues, rock, reggae, rhythm and blues, country, folk, jazz and soul, played with a contagious intensity." Visit piper-hopkins.com for more information on the band. The Lion's Den at the Red Lion Inn is located at 30 Main St., in Stockbridge.
David Reed provides some live jazz at Castle Street Cafe, beginning at 8 p.m. Castle Street Cafe, 10 Castle St., Great Barrington.
It's East Coast Swing Night at Dewey Hall. Come early for a dance lesson with Jason Fenton at 7:30 p.m., followed by live music by The Lucky 5 at 8:30. According to the band, "The Lucky 5 brings verve, high energy, and an unpredictable impulse to the tradition of jazz from the '20s, '30s and '40s." Tickets are $20-$15. Dewey Hall is located at 91 Main St., Sheffield.
Head to the Barn at the Egremont Village Inn at 7:30 p.m. for fundraising production of "Into the Woods." The show starts at 7:30 p.m., preceded by cocktails at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $30, available at theegremontbarn.com.
The BTUs perform at Firefly Gastropub, 8 to 11 p.m. No cover charge! 71 Church St., Lenox.
Shakespeare & Company's Winter Studio Festival of Plays closes Sunday with readings of Edith Wharton's "The Shadow of a Doubt" at 1 p.m. and Hamish Linklater's "The Whirligig" at 4 p.m. Why not enjoy an afternoon of theater before dinner? All readings are held in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Tickets are $25.
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