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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 18-24
VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR     August 18 - August 24, 2017     FRI Latin Night with Stilo Dance at The A Berkshire Salsa and Jacob's Pillow Dance present a Special Latin Night at The Tavern at The A, located at 303 Crane Ave. The dancers of Stilo Dance Company will lead a 1-hour workshop before the Social Dance begins. At 9 p.m., learn Afro-Cuban Rumba. Open to all levels. At 9:30 p.m., split into two groups - beginner and intermediate - for fundamental Latin partner-work. Dancing goes until 1 a.m.   MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE SAT Tony Trischka at Hancock Shaker Village     Hancock Shaker Village's Shaker Barn Music series presents Tony Trischka, one of the most influential banjo players in the world. Local duo Moonshine Holler kicks things off. Doors at 6 p.m. Show at 7 p.m. $20. Plus...  FRI New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players at The Colonial | FRI Haunted Hancock at Hancock Shaker Village | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Amy Ryan Band at Mission | FRI 413 Trio at Hotel on North | SAT Berkshire Ballroom Dancing & Lessons at Itam Lodge | SAT Kyle Murray Trio at Mission | SAT On Tap at The A | SUN Jazz Cabaret at Knesset Israel | SUN Open Jam Sessions at Berkshire Museum | SUN-MON Julie Budd in Remember Mr. Sinatra at Barrington Stage | MON Libations with Librarians at Hotel on North | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow    FAMILY FRIENDLY FRI Free Fun Friday & Kindergarten Night Enjoy FREE admission to The Berkshire Museum all day long courtesy of the Highland Street Foundation's annual Free Fun Friday series. Then, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., kids can explore a day in kindergarten with fun, hands-on activities, while parents learn about child development and how to help their child get ready for school. The event will feature special performances, guests, and activities for the whole family. FREE. Plus...   FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | FRI FREE Screening of Storks at Clapp Park | SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | SAT Berkshire County Youth Fair at 4-H Fairgrounds | SAT Family Field Day at Berkshire Children & Families | SAT Fairy House Village Opens at Arrowhead | MON View the Eclipse at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Grandparents Day at Hancock Shaker Village | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | THU LGBTQ Youth Art Group at Berkshire Children & Families | THU Berkshire Children's Theater: The Little Mermaid at Berkshire Museum   WELLNESS SAT Contemporary Jazz Dance at BYDF     Stefanie Weber will lead a Contemporary Jazz Dance class, teaching classic techniques such as isolations, hinges, footwork, and moving phrases. 10:15-11:15 a.m. at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness. Plus...  SAT Goat Yoga with Rachael Plaine at Hancock Shaker Village | SAT FREE Hike & Yoga with Radiance Yoga at Canoe Meadows | SUN Dash & Splash at The Common | THU FREE Yoga with Katie at Berkshire Athenaeum   PERFORMANCE ONGOING Company at Barrington Stage  The winner of 7 Tony Awards, Stephen Sondheim's musical is a wildly funny look at relationships. Over a series of dinner parties, dates and conversations with friends, the perennially single Bobby (Aaron Tveit) attempts to understand the pros and cons of marriage and the meaning of the word "commitment." At BSC's Boyd-Quinson Mainstage now until Sept. 2. Plus...  ONGOING This at Barrington Stage   GET CREATIVE FRI Create an Arrow Sign at The Funky Phoenix   The Funky Phoenix, located at 441 North Street, invites you to create your very own custom, one-of-kind arrow sign using salvaged wood and hooks. $20, plus an additional $5 for 3 hooks. 6-8 p.m.  Plus...  SAT Pop-up Technical Class at Yummy Treasures   COMMUNITY SAT-SUN Greek Fest at St. George Orthodox Church The annual Greek Fest will feature an assortment of Greek foods as well as plenty of dancing! Admission is free. It will be held, rain or shine, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 12 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at 73 Bradford St. Plus... SAT Housatonic River Cleanup with BEAT | SAT Repair Cafe at St. Stephen's Church | SUN Domingo Brunch with Andy Wrba, John Wayno & Friends at Dottie's | SUN Open Jam Sessions at Berkshire Museum | MON View the Eclipse at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED Working Cities Wednesday at The Christian Center The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the First Street Common!  This Saturday at the market, find out more about the Jacob's Pillow free ride system, join Berkshire United Way for a pop-up reading party, and enjoy live music from Andy Kelly from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.   LEARN THU Screening & Talk at Knesset Israel The Jewish Federation's Connecting with Community series hosts Helene McQuade for a screening of a short film about her mother, titled Through the Eye of the Needle: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz. The film tells the story of Esther's survival during WWII and the unique method of storytelling she adopted - stitching and embroidering. 10:45 a.m. Plus...  MON Drum Class at The Lichtenstein | TUE Authors Amy Lafave & Jan Chague at Arrowhead | THU 3D Scanning at Berkshire Athenaeum   FILM Brave New Jersey In a small town on the night of Orson Welles' 1938 "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast - the hoax that convinced millions that Martians were invading - citizens face what they think is their last night on Earth. The mayor (Tony Hale) will take a chance on love. The housewife, (Heather Burns) will break free from her husband (Sam Jaeger). The schoolteacher will become a warrior. The reverend will rediscover his faith. The Sheriff will find his courage. And the veteran will become a hero, when they all join forces for a "battle" that leads to a hilarious outcome. Join the film's co-writer, Michael Dowling, for a Q&A after Friday's 7 p.m. screening.   Check schedule for screening times.   ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon Cinema What's Showing at The Licht Pittsfield's city-owned community arts center, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, features nine working artist studios, a ceramics studio, a community room and an art gallery with changing exhibitions, classes, performances and more!  28 Renne Ave. | Open Wednesday - Saturday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.       The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts presents abstract paintings by local artist and author Karen Chase.    INFORMATION ABOUT THE PARKING METER PLAN Five things to remember about the new downtown parking system:   1. Always enter your license plate number - even for the FREE first 30 minutes.   2. On-street parking is $1 per hour; lot parking is 50 cents per hour. There are also nearly 400 free parking spaces on the city's side streets.   3. You can pay by coin, credit card, or by downloading the Passport parking app.   4. You do not need to display the parking receipt on your dashboard.   5. Parking is FREE on evenings and weekends! VIEW FULL CALENDAR  
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Pittsfield Wrapping Up Summer Recreation Programs, Looks to Fall
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Parks Department is looking for another program for the fall now that the NFL stopped the Punt, Pass, and Kick program.   The youth football competition had been sponsored by the National Football League since 1961. In the spring, the NFL affiliate USA Football voted to end the program during its
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Veterans Rucking Across The State For Suicide Awareness
Foundation President Darren Bean called on community members to help get veterans transition back into the community when they return home. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On average 20 veterans a day commit suicide.   "Veterans are about 6 percent of the population but they are 20 percent of the suicide rate right
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Customer Halts Robbery of East Street Video
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A store patron stopped an unarmed robbery of East Street Video Wednesday night.   Police say at about 8:45 p.m. Ivy Rogers, 32, of Pittsfield allegedly entered the store wearing a mask and multiple layers of clothing. She then slammed the clerk's head into the counter and demanded the money from the
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Pittsfield Has Questions, But Optimistic About Educational Task Force Recommendation
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City leaders still have an array of questions to ask of the Berkshire County Educational Task Forces' goal of a single district for the entire county.   But, they remain optimistic that even asking those questions and having that conversation will lead to increased shared services.   The
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Eclipse Mill Pottery Exhibit Offers Art You Can Hold In Your Hand
Molly Cantor's work features animals and flowers.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — "I'll Drink to That" is a veritable wonderland of handcrafted vessels: delicate celadons, chunky tankards, prim porcelains, bowls with heft and inventive shapes.   The group exhibition at the Eclipse Mill curated
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North Adams Man Accused of Stabbing Pizza Driver Arraigned
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A North Adams man accused of stabbing a 50-year-old Domino's delivery driver and trying to rob him of money was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Berkshire Superior Court.   Travis T. Perras, 25, of Union Street had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf for single counts of armed assault with intent to
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OT Thriller Decides Wednesday Summer Lacrosse League
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The signature moment of the Berkshire County Wednesday night summer lacrosse league may have come before Wednesday’s first league semi-final.   The team from Adams-Cheshire only had eight players on hand to face Dalton for a berth in the league championship game.   The officials
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'The Dark Tower': Fighting Horror with Horror
At best, director Nikolaj Arcel's "The Dark Tower," a sci-fi, fantasy western gleaned from Stephen King's best-selling, eight-volume series, might serve as a vicarious mitigation of the horror currently befalling America. The film is clearly about the war between good and evil, albeit related only coincidentally to the
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'Better Block' Approaching The Build Stage For Tyler Street Project
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It's time to build the better block.   MassDevelopment brought in Team Better Block to run the economic development exercise on Tyler Street. The plan is to completely revamp the section between Smith Street and Cortland Place, filling up the storefronts, improving mobility, slowing traffic, and
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