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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 11-17
11:17AM / Friday, August 11, 2017
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Next Thursday, Aug. 17 is 3rd Thursday - Touch a Truck!
The 2nd annual Touch a Truck-themed 3rd Thursday will feature trucks and service vehicles on display for the kids to explore, including police cars, the Bearcat, sheriffs' vehicles, fire trucks, Ladder 1 from Dalton, diggers and more.

In addition to the many vendors and downtown businesses, there will be a pop-up performance with Jacob's Pillow and Stilo Dance, and Latin dancing with Berkshire Salsa. On the main stage, Misty Blues will perform from 5-8 p.m. and much more!
 
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes have been delighting audiences and recording music in their hard-driving style for more than 30 years. These musical giants of the Jersey Shore have influenced musicians from Bruce Springsteen to Bon Jovi and are still going strong today. 8 pm. $30/$50.
 
Before the show, party with Johnny at a Jersey Shore BBQ to benefit the year-round educational programs of the Berkshire Theatre Group. 6 p.m. $50.
Plus... 
FRI After Ours Duo at Hotel on North | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Karaoke at Bousquet | FRI Bad Habits at The Rusty Anchor | FRI Blackwater at The A | SAT Latin Night & Cumbia Lesson at The Whit | SAT Critical MASS at Bousquet | SAT Garson&Sullivan at The Rainbow | SAT Dan Gingras at The Rusty Anchor | SUN Tribute to Peter, Paul & Mary at Knesset Israel | MON Game of Thrones Meet-up at Hotel on North | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE FREE Eagles Band Concert at The Common | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | WED Rev Tor Band at Mazzeo's | THU Haunted Hancock at Hancock Shaker Village
 
FAMILY FRIENDLY

Kids ride free at The Berkshire Carousel from 12-6 p.m. thanks to Pittsfield's Backyard BBQ LLC! All children must be accompanied by an adult while at the carousel. All children under 42 inches must be accompanied by an adult while riding on the carousel. Carousel ride tokens for adults are $3 each.
Plus...  
FRI+ Bye Bye Birdie at Berkshire Museum | FRI Beauty & The Beast Performance at Berkshire Athenaeum | FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | FRI FREE Screening of Minions at Clapp Park | SAT Parent/Child Yoga at with Rogue Yoga on The Common | SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum | SAT Happimess at The Colonial | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | SUN Fairy Fun Workshop at Arrowhead | MON Million Dollar Reader at Berkshire Children & Families | TUE FREE Screening of Wall-E at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Grandparents Day at Hancock Shaker Village | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | TUE Fairy Tea & Talk with Jana Laiz at Arrowhead | TUE Glow-in-the-Dark Science Night at Berkshire Children & Families | THU Folk Songs for Kids at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU Drop-in Youth DIY at Berkshire Children & Families
 
WELLNESS
 
The Sweltering Summer 8-Hour  is an annual race held around the .355 mile dirt and cinder track at Clapp Park. We offer a unique individual aid station, custom bottle refills, music for the duration of the event, and a host of awards and swag. Marathon and 5k options available! 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Plus... 
SAT Yoga & Zumba at Onota Lake with Berkshire Yoga Dance | MON Flexibility Training at Knesset Israel | MON FREE STD Screenings at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU FREE Zumba in Park Square with Berkshire Yoga Dance | THU FREE Yoga with Katie at Berkshire Athenaeum
 
PERFORMANCE
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 attempts to understand the pros and cons of marriage and the meaning of the word "commitment." BSC's Boyd-Quinson Mainstage. Now - Sept. 2.
Plus... 
ONGOING This at Barrington Stage
 
GET CREATIVE
 
Yummy Treasures, located at 10 Commercial Street, will offer a beginner's head pin wrapping class at 10:30 a.m. Then, at 12:30 p.m., take a line seed bead bracelet class good for beginners or those with some beading experience. 
Plus... 
FRI Create a Hanging Wren House at Funky Phoenix | WED Screen Printing Workshop at Shire City Sanctuary
 
COMMUNITY
Greenagers presents the Farmer Olympics 2017: Go Pig or Go Home, a fun community competition to support the youth outdoor jobs program that helps cultivate the next generation of farmers. Contests include wheelbarrow races, the moo juice squeeze, a grain bag toss, the hay bale stack and more!
Plus...
FRI Tip-A-Cop Special Olympics Fundraiser at Mazzeo's | FRI Open House at BCAC | SAT Decluttering Group at Wellness Underground | SUN Domingo Brunch at Dottie's | MON FREE STD Screenings at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Trauma-informed Berkshires at The Colonial | WED League of Women Voters Meeting at The Whit
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 and how to get free trees from BEAT, and enjoy live music from Eamonn Barry from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
 
LEARN
SAT The Lyme Epidemic at Berkshire Athenaeum
Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires welcomes Pamela Weintraub, author of Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic. She'll tell her story and discuss what has changed in the world of Lyme since 2008, and what still needs to be done to help end the epidemic. There will be a door prize raffle and refreshments will be available. Berkshire Athenaeum, 1:30 p.m.
Plus... 
FRI Author Dinner with Elizabeth Kolbert at Hancock Shaker Village | MON Drum Class at The Lichtenstein | WED Economic Myths, Realities & Opportunities at Berkshire Museum | THU Elder Scam & Fraud Prevention at Knesset Israel
 
FILM
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!

 

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