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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 9-15
12:40PM / Friday, October 09, 2015
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Office of Cultural Development | City of Pittsfield

Look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood-warblers. Walk past wetlands and meadows and through woodlands observing changes in bird species each week. Preregistration is not required. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome.
Friday, October 9 | 8am-10am | Canoe Meadows | Holmes Road | 413-637-0320 | FREE Members; $3 Non-members

Friday-Sunday: Columbus Day Tent Sale at the Outlet at Pine Cone Hill
This sale will feature discontinued Dash & Albert area rugs, 2'x3' to 12'x16', at up to 90% off retail pricing! Shoppers will also receive 30% off in-store items, including quilts, duvet covers, bed skirts, shams, sleepwear, decorative pillows, and more.  Credit cards, cash, checks, and gift cards will be accepted. In-store discount excludes final sale items. No other discounts apply. All sales are final.

Friday-Monday, October 9-12 | 9:30am-5pm | The Outlet at Pine Cone Hill | 125 Pecks Road | 413-629-2314 | NO COVER

Little ones can explore the Aquarium and three Museum galleries! Each week features songs, stories, scavenger hunts, play time, and more. Check our weekly e-news for each week's theme. This program is geared towards children 18 months to 3 years. Older and younger siblings are always welcome.
Friday, October 9 | 11am-11:30am | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | FREE 

German forger Wolfgang Beltracchi professes he can paint anything. This mesmerizing and surprisingly amusing documentary follows the free-spirited Beltracchi, who was sentenced to prison in 2011 and released in 2015, and his wife and accomplice Helene. Rather than copying existing works, Beltracchi made new paintings that he imagined would fill in gaps in an artist's catalog, creating the illusion of important and logical discoveries. The film traces Beltracchi's stunning ability to fool collectors, with an estimated 300 works he created between 1970 and 2010, and grow rich off of greedy art world. 

Friday-Monday, October 9-12 | Fri-Mon 7pm, Fri 4pm, Mon 1:30pm | Berkshire Museum | Little Cinema | 39 South Street |413-443-7171 | $5 Museum Members, $7.50 Museum Non Members

Please join us as Rob Fisch makes a return engagement to the Whitney Center for the Arts for another performance by Intentional Jazz.  Intentional Jazz brings to audiences a fresh return to the rich tradition of jazz from the Blue Note era, exemplified by the likes of Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Curtis Fuller, Cannonball Adderly and many others. Seating begins at 6:45pm. For more information about Intentional Jazz, email

Friday, October 9 | 7:30pm | Whitney Center For The Arts | 42 Wendell Ave | $15

Andy Kelly and Gyspy Jazz join forces for a special evening of jazz. This is a part of the 11th annual Pittsfield City Jazz Festival. Please click here for more information.
Friday, October 9 | 7pm-10pm | J. Allen's Clubhouse Grille | 41 North Street | NO COVER

John Sauer and Aaron Dean will perform a night of jazz as part of the 11th annual Pittsfield City Jazz Festival. Please click here for more information.
Friday, October 9 | 7pm-10pm | Flavours of Malaysia | 75 North Street | NO COVER

Blue Light Trio will perform a night of jazz as part of the 11th annual Pittsfield City Jazz Festival. Please click here for more information.
Friday, October 9 | 7:30pm-9:30 pm | Rainbow Restaurant | 109 First Street | NO COVER

Metamorphosis's first show, Evolution of Music, promises to be a fun-filled evening of music and dance performed by talented Berkshire County residents, with a live band under the direction of David Pickard. As the cast sings and dances their way through the decades, audiences are sure to be tapping their feet and humming along to all of the familiar tunes!

Friday & Saturday, October 9 & 10 | 7:30pm | Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-997-4444 | $20

When Intisar, an African-American Muslim student, arrives in Cairo for a year abroad, she hopes finally to be understood. She's quickly enlisted by her exuberant Egyptian roommate, Samar, to help create a blog debating the practice of wearing veils, but when the Arab Spring intervenes, revolution threatens to overtake their friendship. Three matinees for local high school students will be part of this production schedule.
"a brave new work which addresses the thorny crosscurrents of cultural identity" -Broadway World
Through October 18 | Wed/Thurs 7pm, Fri/Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm | Barrington Stage Company | Boyd-Quinson Mainstage | 30 Union Street | 413-236-8888 | $20+

Tavern at the A will have fun events all weekend. On Friday, the will be Line Dancing with Tina Mole and on Saturday October, Pittsfield's own WYKYD.
Friday & Saturday, October 9 & 10 | 9pm | Tavern at the A | 303 Crane Ave | 413-448-9009 | $5

Come get fresh with us! Join us for a special market - Farm + Flea..One part Farmers Market. One part Flea Market. One of a kind treasures. At 11am there will be a chef demo with Molly Johnston from Back to Basics Cooking and from 11am to 1pm live music by Alexander Sovronsky. Get your weekly fill of pasture-raised meats, eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, breads, baked goods, coffee, wine, cut flowers, plants and more. The Market will run rain or shine.  SNAP (EBT/Food Stamps) accepted.

Saturdays through October 31 | 9am-1pm | The Common | 1st Street and Eagle Street | | NO COVER

Join us for a day of papermaking and storytelling. Come hear the stories of local people employed by the mills, observe or participate in oral history interviews, explore the science behind papermaking and try your hand at making your own paper to take home. This program is presented in partnership with Housatonic Heritage.!

Saturday, October 10 | 10am-3pm |Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | FREE with museum admission

On Saturday October 10th, Daniel Pearl's birthday, Music in Common will host dozens of musicians and bands on three outdoor and indoor stages - NON-STOP MUSIC from 12pm-10pm including the Wanda Houston Band, 8 Foot River, Rev Tor Band, Youth Alive and more.  Two non-stop stages outdoors from 12pm-6pm!  Bring lawn chairs and blankets. At 6pm the festivities will move inside for a FODfest Community Concert! Food, vendors, fun all day and night!  Click here for more information.  
Saturday, October 10 | 12pm-10pm | Shire City Sanctuary | 40 Melville Street | 413-236-9600 | NO COVER 

A festive evening of craft beverages from local breweries chosen to complement an inspired dinner menu. The evening begins with an hour-long tour of the historic Village, emphasizing Shaker spirit-making and their agricultural legacy of growing hops and barley on the farm. Click here for more information.

Saturday, October 10 | 4pm-9pm | Hancock Shaker Village | 1843 West Housatonic Street | 413-443-0188

Andy Kelly will perform a night of jazz as part of the 11th annual Pittsfield City Jazz Festival. Please click here for more information.
Saturday, October 10 | 6pm-9pm | House of India | 261 North Street | NO COVER

The Rich Vinette Quintet will perform a special evening of jazz as part of the 11th annual Pittsfield City Jazz Festival. Please click here for more information.
Saturday, October 10 | 7pm-10pm | J. Allen's Clubhouse Grille | 41 North Street | NO COVER

Todd McLeod will perform a night of jazz as part of the 11th annual Pittsfield City Jazz Festival. Please click here for more information.
Saturday, October 10 | 7:30pm-9:30pm |Rainbow Restaurant | 109 First Street | NO COVER

Andy Wrba and friends will team up for a fun, lively evening of Jazz at Mission! This is part of the 11th annual Pittsfield City Jazz Festival. Please click here for more information.

Saturday, October 14 | 7pm-11pm | Mission Bar + Tapas | 438 North Street | FREE 

The Peter Primamore will perform a night of jazz as part of the 11th annual Pittsfield City Jazz Festival. Please click here for more information.
Saturday, October 10 | 9pm-11pm | The Lantern | 455 North Street | NO COVER

Indulge in a morning of delicious brunch favorites while enjoying the musical stylings of Dave Bartley. This is a part of the 11th annual Pittsfield City Jazz Festival. Please click here for more information.
Sunday, October 11 | 11am-1pm | Hotel On North | 297 North Street | 413-358-4741 | NO COVER

Led by Curator Lesley Herzberg and offered exclusively to our Peer-to-Peer Collectors and other selected Shaker furniture enthusiasts, this tour will be guided by the interests of the participants.  Tell us what you want to see or learn!  Re-discover old favorites or discover new gems in the HSV collection.

Sunday, October 11 | 2pm-3pm | Hancock Shaker Village | 1843 West Housatonic Street | 413-443-0188 | $20 per person

In the style of the original Pitts House Concerts, evening includes amazing food created by concert attendees, three great musical acts, and a family friendly environment. As an added bonus we decided to run this as a fundraiser for the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market. Net proceeds will go to ensure the Market can pay local musicians each week a fair price for their artistry. Bringing back his original blend of grim reapers and grand weepers we can think of no one better to entertain us than the man that took the Pitts House Concerts to new heights, Sean Rowe. He is filling rooms far bigger than the Whit on a regular basis, so reserve your spot early.

Sunday, October 11 | 6pm-10pm | Whitney Center For The Arts | 42 Wendell Ave | $25

Come learn to belly dance and sculpt your body with this fun, beginner's level belly dance class. Belly dance can tone your tummy, strengthen your back, and increase your flexibility in a fun and relaxed environment. Students will learn to shimmy, isolate, and undulate their ways to a stronger, more toned you! Each class will start with a series of warm ups and technique drills. Then the class will transition into a fun, fast paced cardio dance drill series to put what we learned to the test! The class will finish with some light stretching.  Wear comfortable clothes and get ready to have some fun. 
Sunday, October 11 | 6pm-7pm | Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness | 55 North Street | 413-822-2034 | FREE

This is a private auction held at Hancock Shaker Village that welcomes the public to attend and bid - NOT an auction of material from the Hancock Shaker Village collections.  Auction attendees can visit the historic Village for the group rate of $15.  Preview dates are October 10 and 11 (check the Willis Henry website for exact hours). 

Monday, October 12 | 10am-5pm | Hancock Shaker Village | 1843 West Housatonic Street | 413-443-0188 | FREE

In time for the Halloween season, These Mysterious Hills will present another series of the "Ghosts & Legends of Upstreet Pittsfield" historic downtown walking tour, for six evenings between Oct 12- Oct 26. Hosted by local folklorist and historian Joe Durwin, the tour explores some of the rich history of downtown Pittsfield through the lens of its folklore, legends, and mysteries.  Beginning in front of the Pittsfield Common, this approximately 1.5 hour guided walk will delve into ghost stories, oddities, and strange-but-true tales attached to many Upstreet locations, including several of the city's premier cultural venues.
Monday, October 12 | 7pm | Upstreet Cultural District | 413-499-9348 | $5

Would you like to know more about JLBC? Looking to meet new people? Want to volunteer while learning leadership skills and participating in training opportunities? Join them for this recruitment social!

Tuesday, October 13 | 6pm | Junior League of Berkshire County | 75 S Church Street | 413-443-5151 | FREE

These Tai Chi Quan classes will be guided by Anne Icardi in the style of Tai Chi Quan master Kai Ying Tung. They happen every Tuesday evening, please call for more information. Donations of any kind appreciated.
Tuesday, October 13 | 6pm | Unitarian Universalist Church | 175 Wendell Ave | 413-442-0857 | Donations appreciated

Join us for STEM as we explore indoor and outdoor Science, Technology, Engineering and Math concepts. This program is designed for children ages 2 to 4 to teach concepts at a level where sensory exploration rules their world. Older and younger siblings are always welcome. Free, but reservations are required. Call 413-443-7171 x 334 for more info. 
Wednesday, October 14 | 10:30am-11:15am | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | FREE  

The Nutrition Center is hosting a fundraising event that will include hors d'oeuvres by Chef Brian Alberg of Eat on North, a fabulous food-themed silent auction and a book signing. Our guest speaker for the evening will be best-selling author and food activist Leanne Brown, whose cookbook Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day was honored with this year's Judge's Choice award by the IACP.
Wednesday, October 14 | 6pm | Hotel On North | 297 North Street | 413-358-4741 | $50

Birds of a Different Feather Painting Workshops with Artist Jean O'Hearn. Six Sessions with a different feathered friend each time... Call to register and make a reservation today 413-499-0457.
Wednesday, October 14 | 6pm | The Berkshire Carousel Studio | 1440 East Street | 413-499-0457 | $35

The Whit is proud to bring a world renowned Tea Master, and the first Ambassador of the Srilankan/Ceylon) Tea for the United States and Canada, Mr. David De Candia. Space is limited, so reservations are highly recommended. Mr. De Candia will give a brief presentation regarding the Cyelon Teas , and teas in general, with Q & A session; followed by a Tea Tasting, officially known as Tea Cupping. 
Wednesday, October 14 | 6pm | Whitney Center For The Arts | 42 Wendell Ave | FREE

Special screening and Q&A with producer/director Gloria Greenfield. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires in collaboration with Berkshire Hills Hadassah. This film presents a comprehensive examination of the broad and deep connections between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel. World-renowned historians, archaeologists, political scientists, religious leaders, and international law and media experts trace the evocative evolution of the relationship between Jews and their homeland that is over 3,000 years old.

Wednesday, October 14 | 7pm-8:30pm | Berkshire Museum | Little Cinema | 39 South Street |413-443-7171 | $5 Museum Members, $7.50 Museum Non Members

The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum present a free Jazz Week Concert with 12 year old jazz prodigy and pianist Estaban Castro. Free and no registration required. This is part of the Pittsfield City Jazz Festival.  Click here for more information.   

Wednesday, October 14 | 7pm | Berkshire Athenaeum | One Wendell Ave | 413-499-9480 | FREE

Come celebrate the release of Eamonn Barry's newest album "Where the Light's On There's No Such Thing." Eamonn will play a live set with special guest Wes Buckley. After Eamonn & Wes play, there will be a set played by Wes's band, "Wes Buckley and a hand basket." No cover.

Wednesday, October 14 | 8pm | Mission Bar + Tapas | 438 North Street | FREE

An introduction to using a laptop computer, which will cover the following topics:  What's on a computer keyboard; how to use the mouse and touchpad. Space is limited and Preregistration is required.

Thursday, October 15 | 9:30am-10:30am | Berkshire Athenaeum | One Wendell Ave | 413-499-9480 | FREE

Come hear stories, sing songs and play some games! For ages 1 1/2 - 5. No registration required. Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult, age 18 or older, at all times.

Thursday, October 15 | 10am | Berkshire Athenaeum | One Wendell Ave | 413-499-9480 | FREE

The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires' Connecting with Community series welcomes Alan Morganstein who will present a program on his recent trip to Berlin, Germany.  While in Berlin, he focused on Jewish life and recent history. Alan visited synagogues and discovered some interesting and surprising aspects of Jewish life.  The program will be presented both visually and through discussion.

Thursday, October 15 | 10:45am-12pm | Congregation Knesset Israel | 16 Colt Road | 413-445-4872 | FREE

Thursday: Knitting Circle at Dotties


Meet with like-minded knitters at this open circle. All levels are welcome. This group meets every Thursday, from 2pm-4pm.


Thursday, October 8 | 2pm-4pm | Dottie's Coffee Lounge | 444 North Street | 413-443-1792 | NO COVER

Berkshire Bateria performing in Pittsfield.
It's the last hurrah for Third Thursday!  October's event features the American Cancer Society Making Strides Walk.  Click here for more information and to register ahead of time.  Berkshire Bateria will be performing at the main stage with Funk Box Dance Studio.  The Berkshire Eagle will conduct its annual Halloween photo booth at Sotille Park (corner of Eagle and North Street) from 5pm-6:30pm (available light), and take photos of those who wear their Halloween costumes to Third Thursday.  The Eagle will also be handing out goodies.  There will be a candlelit Labyrinth on the lawn of St. Joseph's Church.  Click here for more information. The Jill Gallagher Band will be rocking the Crowne Plaza stage with a cash bar and food for purchase.  And, don't forget about the After Party at the Whitney Center for the Arts! This month features Matt Cahill. 
Thursday, October 15 | 5pm-8pm | Upstreet Cultural District | 413-499-9348 | FREE

On Thursday night join the paint party and learn to paint Falling Leafs, in time for Autumn. All painting materials and a light snack are included for the two hour painting.

Thursday, October 15 | 6pm-8pm | Berkshire Paint and Sip | 305 North Street | 413-205-8346 | $30

Each December State Senator Benjamin B. Downing mails approximately 3,500 holiday greeting cards to friends, family, supporters and colleagues across Massachusetts. As he prepares for this annual tradition, he is bringing back his Holiday Greeting Card Contest, which he began in 2014, and asking local students to design his card for him. Students in grades 3-8 who live in the Senator's district are encouraged to participate in this year's contest. Entry forms can be printed from  or picked up in Downing's District Office, located at 7 North Street, Suite 307 in Pittsfield. All submissions must be returned to the District Office by 4:00pm on Thursday, November 5 th. They can be dropped off Monday through Friday during business hours, sent via US Mail or scanned and emailed to The winning design will be chosen by Senator Downing. His printed holiday card will credit the student artist by listing their name, age, grade, school and hometown. 
Through Thursday, November 5 | Downing's District Office | 7 North Street | Suite 307 | FREE


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