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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 31-April 6
11:55AM / Friday, March 31, 2017
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  March 31 - April 6, 2017
Attention All Artists: Four Calls for Submissions
FOUR local organizations are seeking YOUR artwork! 
The City of Pittsfield's Office of Cultural Development, in collaboration with theTransformative Development Initiative (TDI), is looking for art suitable for a mural to fit on a 12ft. x 15ft. surface (concrete or brick) on Tyler Street.
Pittsfield Artscape is once again partnering with Berkshire Money Management to bring more public art to the downtown with the Pittsfield Paintbox Project. Artists will transform typically drab electrical boxes into artful streetscapes.
The Berkshire County Historical Society at Herman Melville's Arrowhead will feature "Enchanted Berkshires: Where Fairies Dance" - a full slate of programs that will include an exhibit of one-of-a-kind, artist-created fairy houses. Be a part of the show! In solidarity with the national Nasty Women's art movement, a Berkshire Nasty Women exhibit will be presented at the Colonial Theatre from May 4 - May 14. All proceeds will be donated to the ACLU or League of Women Voters at purchasers' discretion. Submit your piece before May 1!
The Four Freedoms Coalition and Berkshire Community College present Act Now! Civic Participation Workshops, a day of free, non-partisan workshops on how to write a letter to the editor, run for office, call your legislator, use social media, canvass door-to-door, understand cultural competence and more. Visit the site for a complete list of workshops, including descriptions and presenter bios! Stay for an hour or the whole day! 
Kashmir: The Live Led Zeppelin Tribute Show will take the stage at BCC's Boland Theater in a fundraiser for the Pittsfield High School Band. The nation's #1 Led Zeppelin tribute show, this is the most authentic representation of the group on the modern scene. Each of the 4 band members assumes his role with pinpoint accuracy. Kashmir features all of Zeppelin's hits performed by veteran musicians whose goal is to faithfully reproduce the Led Zeppelin live experience 7:30 p.m. $25/$35/$45.
FRI The Amy Ryan Band at Hotel on North | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Latin Night at The A | FRI The Lucky 5 at Mission | SAT T Bone Daddy at Methuselah | SAT Freddy Shehadi at Mission | SAT Dan Gingras at Rainbow | SAT Bruno Quinson Art Opening at Hotel on North | SAT License to Groove at The A SAT No Fools Poetry/Spoken Word Slam at Berkshire Museum | SUN Herberg Theater Benefit with Misty Blues at The A | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE 1984 & Post-Screening Discussion at The Beacon Cinema | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU NAMI Dining for a Cause at 99 Restaurant
SAT Free WordxWord Poetry Slam Workshop
WordxWord will offer a free poetry slam workshop for youth ages 11 - 14 held at the Family Resource Center at 480 West Street. Slam poet and mentor Grace Rossman will teach the workshop, which will be followed by a short performance/opportunity to share and pizza! 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
ONGOING T-Shirt Art Contest at Berkshire Athenaeum FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | FRI-SAT Sister Act at Taconic High School | SAT WeeMuse: Art Lab at Berkshire Museum | SAT David Grover Concert at The Colonial SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT No Fools Poetry/Spoken Word Slam at Berkshire Museum TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum THU Shire Song Circle at Taconic High School 
SUN Essential Pilates at Berkshire Yoga Dance
Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness presents a new class. Join Carol Link for Essential Pilates, held every Sunday morning from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pilates is a precise, intelligent form of exercise that integrates mindful body awareness, breath, coordination and balance for overall conditioning, strength, flexibility and vitality. $10 cash or check, drop-ins welcome.
SAT Prenatal Toning, Fitness & Yoga at Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness | MON Butt & Gut Boot Camp at Berkshire Nautilus | TUE Body Intelligence with Dr. Joe Cardillo at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED Run to North at Hotel on North | WED Inner Light Restorative Yoga at Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness | THU Power Pilates Beginner Class at Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness
SUN Moments House Painting Benefit at Crossroads

Berkshire Paint & Sip will lead a 2-hour painting class at Crossroads Café, at 195 Onota Street, to benefit Moments House. Paint "Wild Mountain Flowers" on a 16x20 canvas. All painting materials, instruction and a donation are included in the $35 fee. Cash bar. 2-4 p.m. Ages 21+.
FRI Spirited Canvas Workshop at Moments House | FRI "Beach Lighthouse" Down Syndrome Family Group Benefit at Berkshire Paint & Sip | FRI Create Your Own Outdoor Beverage Table at The Funky Phoenix | SAT+ Canvas & Pottery Painting Open Studio at The Dirty Brush | SAT "Shooting Star" Gentle Giants Relay for Life Benefit at Berkshire Paint & Sip | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North | THU Open Studio at Berkshire Paint & Sip
MON Berkshire Immigrant Center Trivia at The A
Get your team of 2-6 people together for the 2nd Annual Berkshire Immigrant Center (BIC) Trivia Night at Tavern at the A! Double Entendre will provide the questions, and raffle off some great prizes. $7 per person to play, with all proceeds going to BIC. The A is also generously donating a portion of food sales, so come early for dinner! Trivia begins at 6 p.m.
SAT Know Your Rights Immigrant Workshop at Berkshire Museum | SUN Domingo Brunch with Jeanne Laurin & Jon Sauer at Dottie's | THU Shire Song Circle at Taconic High School 
SAT Be River Smart at Berkshire Athenaeum
The Berkshire Athenaeum and the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) present Be River Smart, a month-long celebration. On Saturday, Alison Dixon of HVA, along with Chris Laney, present an overview of our rivers' water quality and offer practical tips about how to be "river smart." Chris will present an introduction to composting, including how to build your own composting bin.
FRI Not In Our Town at Berkshire Athenaeum | FRI-SAT Docent-led Tours of Tell Me More Exhibit at Berkshire Museum | SAT Know Your Rights Immigrant Workshop at Berkshire Museum | MON The Process of Aging at Knesset Israel MON Drum Class at The Lichtenstein | TUE Body Intelligence with Dr. Joe Cardillo at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED 3D Printing, Wow! at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU Fall in Love with 3D Printing at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU When Southbury Said No to the Nazis at Knesset Israel
My Name is Emily
at The Little Cinema

On her 16th birthday, Emily runs away from her foster home and, with the help of her new friend Arden, sets out on a road trip to break her father out of a psychiatric institution.
Click here for screening dates and times.
 See What's New at The Beacon Cinema | FRI Not In Our Town at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE 1984 & Post-Screening Discussion at The Beacon Cinema
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!
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. | Hours Wed-Sat 11am-4pm  
Andres Ramirez of The Funk Box Dance Studio will curate a show of regional graffiti artists as part of the Funkdation Hip Hop Art Festival. The exhibit will open during First Fridays Artswalk on April 7 from 5-8 p.m. Live performances and an artists' reception will be part of the Funkdation Festival on Saturday, April 29.


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