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HELEN SUNG, JAZZ PIANO
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Pianist/composer and rising jazz star Helen Sung presents an evening of jazz piano. Among her other notable achievements, Ms. Sung is an alumna of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Free and open to the public. http://music.williams.edu/events/helen-sung-jazz-piano/ Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall
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PEOPLE'S CHAMPS
North Adams, 8 p.m.
With twenty hands, People's Champs synthesize rhythms from all over the world – from Rio to Lagos to Detroit to Budapest – yet their roots-dance music is always deeply inflected with their Brooklyn heritage. Slinking synths and electronic riffs fold in to traditional rhythm and blues orchestration for an incredible night of moves-bustin' up in the club.
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PABLO ASLAN QUINTET: JAZZ-INFUSED TANGO
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
The Pablo Aslan Quintet plays a unique and energetic brand of jazz-infused tango, featuring Pablo Aslan, an Argentine-born performer whose music has taken them to stages around the world. They feature works from their newest album. Free and open to the public. http://music.williams.edu/events/pablo-aslan-quintet/  Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall
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'BEER & HYMNS'
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Zion Lutheran Church of Pittsfield presents "Beer & Hymns & The Great American Songbook" in the back room of Baba Louie’s Pizza, 34 Depot St. This marks the sixth installment of Zion Lutheran’s increasingly-popular series of community “Beer & Hymns” sing-alongs, with the goal of gathering lots of people together in a non-church space for a lively night of singing. There is no admission fee or cover charge and all seating is general admission. A free-will offering will be taken to support the Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations (PACC) Emergency Fuel Fund.

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THE SOURCE
North Adams, 8 p.m.
In July 2013, Private Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison after publishing the largest set of classified documents ever leaked to the public. The conviction provoked a maelstrom of media coverage, ranging from portraits of Manning’s personal life to new dialogues about military abuses. In producer Beth Morrison’s latest work-in-progress, Ted Hearn and director Daniel Fish dive headfirst into this digital storm with an assemblage of Twitter feeds, chat transcripts, and court testimony, wound together in an arresting music-theater production.
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GARY LUCAS: THE GODDESS
North Adams, 8 p.m.
Magical guitarist Gary Lucas performs his original live score to touchstone of Chinese cinema. Directed by Wu Yonggang and starring the incomparable Shanghai diva Ruan Lingyu, The Goddess (1934) tells the tragic tale of a young single mother forced into prostitution in Shanghai – the “Paris of the East” – in order to raise money for the education of her son. Lucas’s score draws upon his extensive knowledge of 1930s Shanghai pop, also displayed prominently in his celebrated album The Edge of Heaven.
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MUSIC INN REUNION AND BENEFIT CONCERT WITH JAY & THE AMERICANS
Pittsfield, 4:30 p.m.
A Music Inn Reunion and Revival will top off the Made in the Berkshires Festival at the Colonial Theatre on Columbus Day weekend as a benefit for Music Inn Archives. The October 12 event includes a FREE Music Inn Reunion in the Garage at the Colonial from 4:30-6:30, including stories, memorabilia, multimedia, raffles. Food, beer and wine will be available. Come to reconnect and share stories with Music Inn alumni! The reunion will be followed by a ticketed concert with Jay & the Americans at 7:30pm. This event benefits the development of musicinn.org and the continuation of the Music Inn Documentary that spans the 30 years of Music Inn.   More info on Music Inn: https://www.facebook.com/MusicInnArchives Concert tickets available at: http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/on-our-stages/music/451-jay-and-the-americans or 413-997-4444
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ABRAHAM.IN.MOTION
North Adams, 8 p.m.
Choreographer Kyle Abraham is modern Renaissance man, trained as a classical cellist, visual artist, and contemporary dancer. Abraham, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow – and his ensemble of phenomenal dancers – performs his newest work, The Watershed. Set to a rambunctious score ranging from contemporary cello to Otis Redding, Abraham’s signature blend of postmodern traditions, urban influences, and classical form delivers meaning and message through excitingly original dancing.
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BERKSHIRE DRUM & DANCE FEST
Pittsfield, 7:30 p.m.
The fifth annual Berkshire Drum & Dance Fest will be held at the Berkshire Community College Boland Theater in the Koussevitzky Arts Center and will feature the theme Carnivale. There will be celebratory drum and dance from around the world featuring more than 75 drumming artists from the Berkshires and beyond. The fest is a fundraiser event for the Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center’s “Raise the Roof” project to build a sustainable nature and education center and to conserve 32 acres of highland Boreal forest in Windsor. There is a $10-$20-plus suggested donation at the door. Email aimee@gaiaroots.com for more info, to volunteer or to help sponsor this event. Visit www.tamarackhollow.com for more info.

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ALTURAS DUO & MINTA WHITE
Pittsfield, 7:30 p.m.
Alturas Duo (Scott Hill, guitar, Carlos Boltes, viola, charango, Venezuelan cuatro) with special guest, Minta White on flute will perform at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. The award-winning Alturas Duo will collaborate with multitalented flutist and improvisor Minta White to present a program of virtuosic classical and South American folk music, including the world premiere of Arthur Hernandez's "Three Meditations for Flute and Guitar." Admission is $20; tickets can be reserved via email to: tix@thewhit.org or via phone call to 413-443-0289.

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THE MUSIC OF NOW
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
The Williams College Department of Music presents Ensemble Dal Niente in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. Earlier in the afternoon, the ensemble hosts a compostion reading at 1 p.m., featuring the work of talented Williams music students. These free events are open to the public.

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ALLEN TOUSSAINT AND PRESERVATION JAZZ BAND
North Adams, 8 p.m.
As both a brilliant pianist and as the city’s premier composer, arranger, and producer, Allen Toussaint is New Orleans’ musical foundation, having worked with a who’s who of Big Easy musicians including Dr. John and the Neville Brothers – as well as other luminaries such as Paul McCartney, the Band, and Albert King. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been a musical treasure chest of traditional New Orleans sounds for half a century.
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CHRISTMAS AT THE COLONIAL WITH MARY VERDI
Pittsfield, 2 and 7 p.m.
Mary Verdi is returning for her fifth annual Christmas at the Colonial Theatre, featuring special guest Rev Tor, the Dalton Ballet, Berkshire Music School’s violinists, a children’s vocal group, Berkshire Gymfest and, of course, Santa Claus. The shows will land on Mary Verdi’s 50th birthday and to celebrate this day, Mary will be joined by her daughters, Madilyn & Kate McCarthy, from Austin, Texas.Her brother, John Handley from Grand Junction, Colorado will also be performing with Mary. For tickets visit www.berkshiretheatre.org or call 413-997-4444.

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