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Clark Curator Explores 'Enigmatic' Artist in New Book
The Clark Art's Lara Yeager-Crasselt will speak on her new book this Sunday. Copies will be for sale. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Lara Yeager-Crasselt's enthusiasm was palpable as she gestured to an image of a painting in her newly published book "Michael Sweerts (1618-1664): Shaping the Artist and the Academy in Rome
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Ground Broken For New Taconic High School
Treasurer Deborah Goldberg said the new building will reflect the educational excellence being taught by the teachers. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There have been three mayors, five superintendents, 30 city councilors, 20 School Committee members, 50 School Building Needs Commission members, three state treasurers, and three
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@theMarket: Traders Build a Wall of Worry
The markets are marking time. Earnings season is just about over. The lofty levels of the stock market survived those results largely because they were not quite as bad as expected. Now it is on to the next worry. Pick your poison — uncertainty over this summer's political conventions, can oil prices sustain these price levels or
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Bridging The Gap Fundraising Event This Weekend
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Salvation Army will hold a Craft Fair and Silent Auction this Saturday to benefit the Bridging the Gap program. Program Director Carole Hilderbrand said because of funding cuts, the Salvation Army's after-school programs — for North Adams and Pittsfield teens who have been involved in the court system
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Superior Court Briefs: May 3 - May 11
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, May 3.   Joseph Wiggins Jr., 39, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card and armed career felon.   He was ordered to serve four to five years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar
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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 13-19
VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       May 13 - May 19, 2016 SATURDAY Opening Day of the Farmers Market   Saturday is Opening Day of the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market, where you can shop for fresh, local and seasonal fruits and vegetables, pasture-raised meats, eggs, cheese, bread and baked goods, along with wine, coffee, artisan gifts and more. SNAP proudly accepted. At 10 a.m., Mayor Linda Tyer will kick off the Pittsfield Mayor's Fitness Challenge, with stretching and warm-up by Berkshire Running Center, Zumba with Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness, plus a whole lot more fun and physical activities. The BHS Wellness Van will give free blood pressure screening and health info all day.   From 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., kids can make (and taste) healthy snacks with Food Adventures and get their own special balloons from Balloon Ben. And you can enjoy live music from Lee Rogers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.   MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE SAT Rusted Root at The Colonial Rusted Root has sold more than 3 million albums worldwide since forming in the early '90s. The band's worldly style quickly charmed fans of roots music and world rock. Their 1994 album, When I Woke, went platinum and featured the hit songs "Send Me On My Way," "Ecstasy" and "Martyr." Throughout the '90s. the band toured with many well known performers, including Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. The band's most recent album, The Movement, explores a variety of musical styles. Expect new music and fan favorites. Get your tickets here. Plus...  FRI Sheer Chaos at The A | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | SAT The Midnight Revival Band at The Downtown Pub | SAT Phil Woods Tribute Jazz Concert at Barrington Stage | SAT Soulstice at Rainbow | SAT An Evening of American Roots with Eli Catlin at The Whit | TUE Troegs Beer Tasting at Rainbow Restaurant | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Open mic at The A   FAMILY FRIENDLY THU Third Thursday Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary The 10th anniversary season of Third Thursdays is kicking off with a Youth theme. Highlights include: Bowey the Clown, face painting at Sottile Park, the Berkshire Athenaeum Lego Tent, the Community Art Tent and Sidewalk Chalk Art Gallery, the Carr Hardware bounce house, a climbing wall, the Roaming Railroad, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Berkshire County walk and more! With performances from: the Reid Middle School and Taconic High School bands, The Youth Alive Step Team, Kids 4 Harmony, Highland, Berkshire Pulse and Hillcrest Youth Drummers, The Funk Box Dance Studio, Rock On and more! Live 95.9 will be broadcasting live from the event.  Upstreet Cultural District. 5-8 p.m. Get the full schedule. Plus...  ONGOING Short Story Contest at Berkshire Athenaeum | FRI Encore! An Evening to Celebrate High School Musicals at The Colonial | SAT Tiny Titans Opening Day at Berkshire Museum | SUN Dancing with Matisse at The Whit | TUE Literacy Night with Ty Allan Jackson at Berkshire County Kids' Place   GET CREATIVE SAT Intro. to Sewing Workshop at Shire City Sanctuary This is an introduction to sewing on an industrial home sewing machine. This workshop is great for anyone with an interest, as well as for new and prospective members who are learning our equipment. Absolute beginners welcome! Noon-3 p.m. $15. Current members receive a 25% discount on class pricing. Plus...  FRI Burlesque Life Drawing at Dottie's Coffee Lounge | TUE Paint Your Pet at Berkshire Paint & Sip    WELLNESS THU Zumba in Park Square with Rachael Plaine Join Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness owner Rachael Plaine for a free Zumba class in Park Square every 3rd Thursday from now through October. Shake, shimmy and get down to great music, lots of laughs and an awesome work-out. All ages and levels are welcome.In case of rain, the class will be held in the studio, above Beacon Cinema. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Details here.   Plus...  SAT Glow and Flow Fundraiser at Kidzone   PERFORMANCE FRI+ Avenue Q - The Musical at BCC The BCC Players presents Avenue Q in the Boland Theatre of the Koussevitzky Arts Center at Berkshire Community College. Filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score, not to mention puppets, this musical has quickly become a favorite of audiences everywhere. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children's show; a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good, and life lessons are learned. Performances are May 13-15 and May 20-22, with Friday and Saturday night shows at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission, and $10 for BCC faculty and staff, senior citizens, and students. Get tickets here. Plus...  FRI Word X Word Poetry Slam at The Whit | FRI Encore! An Evening to Celebrate High School Musicals at The Colonial | SUN Word X Word Story Slam at The Whit | WED-THU Presto Change-O previews at Barrington Stage   COMMUNITY SUN Community Day at Brattle Farm Come out and meet your local farmers, movers, makers and shakers. Shop with local crafts(wo)men and producers. Learn about Brattle Farm's CSA and SNAP payment option. Talk to experts in beekeping, honey extraction, wool spinning, and homesteading.  This event will also include farm tours, activities for kids, and opportunities to meet the Brattle Farm flock. Celebrate being apart of this community and discover what this community has to offer you! 12-3 p.m. Free. Rain or Shine. Plus...  FRI-SAT Tag Sale to Benefit Moments House at All-Ways Moving & Storage | SAT Journey to South Africa at The Lichtenstein   LEARN TUE Bill Thomas' Age of Disruption Tour at The Colonial Dr. Bill Thomas presents a Disrupt Dementia Interactive Multimedia Workshop, which will premier an exclusive documentary by the director of Alive Inside, followed by a community engagement workshop designed for people living with dementia and their care partners. 2:30-4:30 p.m.  Aging: Life's Most Dangerous Game - Dr. Thomas' signature "non-fiction" theatrical performance - features original music, storytelling, poetry, and groundbreaking insights on aging and care. Featuring musical guest Nate Silas Richardson.  7-8:30 p.m. Get tickets here. Plus...  MON+ Baseball in the Berkshires Exhibit at Country Club of Pittsfield | MON Religious Myths & Childhood Trauma at Knesset Israel | THU Rep. Paul Mark's Trip to Israel at Knesset Israel   FILM From This Day Forward at the Little Cinema A hit at last year's BIFF, this moving documentary of a family coping with a transformation is also a portrait of an artist grappling with her identity through her work. When director Sharon Shattuck's father came out as transgender, it was difficult for mother to accept, but her parents stayed together. As the Shattucks reunite to plan Sharon's wedding, she seeks a deeper understanding of how her parents' marriage survived.   Get showtimes. Permaculture Screening at Dottie's Coffee Lounge During this month's permaculture screening and meetup, hear from Joel Salatin, one of our favorite celebrity farmers, about how he runs his farm using natural systems and without chemical input.    Hang out with the Berkshire Earth Regenerators afterwards, and discuss how we can make positive changes in our communities by following the systems of the natural world.     Wednesday at 7 p.m. Plus...  SUN Leonard Da Vinci: The Genius in Milan at Little 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 + more!  28 Renne Ave. | Wed-Sat, 11-4   Art in Our Schools    This annual exhibition features the work of middle and high school art students in Pittsfield. A special thank you to the art teachers Michael Boroneic, Mary Beth Eldridge, Alisa Mierzejewski, Lisa Ostellino, Barbara Patton, Colleen Quinn, Lauretta Saldo and Amy Sommers. The exhibit runs through May 28.   VIEW FULL CALENDAR     STAY CONNECTED           Cultural Pittsfield is now on Instagram!  
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Downing Honored During Brien Center's UNICO Dinner
Maria Congelosi shared her story of how the Brien Center saved her life. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Maria Congelosi was feeling so low that she tried to kill herself.   Congelosi is a Romanian native who came to the Berkshires because she was adopted. By the age of 9 or 10, she started getting into physical
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'Captain America: Civil War': This Isn't Your Father's Superhero
It wasn't just because "Captain America: Civil War" was unnecessarily convoluted that I grew despondent as I sat through its 147 minutes of confusion. Later I would also be miffed by the lack of clues leading to the surprise conclusion. But I am beside the point. With nary a Smartphone a-texting, the kids around me seemed to love
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Gala Planned to Raise Funds For Springside Park Improvements
There won't be dancing on the porch like in this 1940s photo, but the group hopes there'll be dancing on the lawn under the lights at the first gala held on the property in years. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There are big, bold plans for the future of Springside Park and the nonprofit Springside Park Conservancy is
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Pittsfield School Committee Finalizes FY17 Budget Request
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee finalized Wednesday a $60.94 million budget for fiscal 2017.    The School Committee adopted the proposal late last month, asking for some minor changes. The increase is some $1.7 million more than last year, or 2.91 percent, cutting about a half of a million from the previous
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