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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 25-31
02:57PM / Thursday, August 24, 2017
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August 25 - August 31, 2017
On Saturday, Aug. 26 from 12 - 7 p.m., enjoy a complete transformation of one city block on Tyler St. for a day! Visit the pop-up shops of local entrepreneurs and organizations including a fresh food market, art gallery, coffee and pastry shop, a realtor's office, a biergarten from White Lion Brewery, and activities for the young and old. 

See the old Morningside firehouse and other commercial buildings be transformed into the neighborhood's vision of what they could be for residents. Be at the unveiling of the new mural, join Jacob's Pillow at a community dance celebration, and hear live music by The Riverside Brothers and more.
 
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
Berkshire Opera Festival is back for three performances of Richard Strauss' comedic masterpiece Ariadne auf Nexos, sung by an internationally acclaimed cast. The Colonial Theatre. Saturday Aug., Tuesday, Aug. 29 & Friday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Prices range from $20-$98.
Plus... 
FRI Flash Choir with Andy Kelly & Billy Keane at Berkshire Museum | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Karaoke at Bousquet | FRI Bad Habits at The Rusty Anchor | SAT MissMatched at The A | SAT Tom Corrigan & Friends at The Rusty Anchor | SUN Cards Against Humanity at Thistle & Mirth | MON Charles Neville at Mission | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | WED PL Mack at Methuselah 
 
FAMILY FRIENDLY
 
 
IS183 Art School and The Lichtenstein Center invite teens ages 13 and up to Manipulate Leather with artist Michael King. Explore cutting, marking, stamping and threading as you make a leather cuff or ID tag (for travel and more!) 6-8:30 p.m.
Plus...  
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | SAT Kitchen Ka-Boom! at Berkshire Museum | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | SAT Open House at Berkshire Salsa | SAT Paint "Dog & Cat Watching a Sunset" at Berkshire Paint & Sip | SAT Berkshire Children's Theater: The Little Mermaid at Berkshire Museum | MON Ese at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Grandparents Day at Hancock Shaker Village | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | TUE Drop-in Youth DIY at Berkshire Children & Families 
 
WELLNESS
 
Join special guest instructor Wah! for a fun day of yoga and chanting. From 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., move, breathe and deeply relax with Yoga & Self-Healing. From 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Wah! performs with her band in an evening of chanting (kirtan). Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness.
Plus... 
SAT Open House at Berkshire Salsa | 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 (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. 10.
Plus... 
ONGOING This at Barrington Stage | SUN Staged Reading of Kindred Spirits with Town Players at The Whit | WED+ Georgie at Barrington Stage
 
GET CREATIVE
 

Berkshire Paint & Sip, located at 305 North St., invites you paint your own "Howling Wolf" on a 16x20 canvas. $30 includes all materials, instruction and a snack. BYOB. 6-8 p.m. 
Plus... 
FRI Make a Key Hook at Funky Phoenix | SAT Make a Scalloped Edge Bracelet at Yummy Treasures
 
COMMUNITY

Spend the evening searching the sky for migrating nighthawks at Canoe Meadows. With luck, watch these beautiful aerial acrobats catching insects on the wing. Bring binoculars and a lawn chair. Located at the Community Gardens on Williams Street. 5-7:30 p.m.
Plus...
SAT Giant Tag Sale at South Church | SAT 10th Anniversary Celebration at Dottie's | SUN Open Jam Sessions at Berkshire Museum | WED Dogs on North at Hotel on North
 
The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the First Street Common! 

This Saturday, find out more about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), enter the raffle to win a basket of vegetables from White Goose Gardens, learn about beekeeping, and enjoy live music with Linda Worster from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
 
LEARN
MON The Story of Samuel Harrison at Knesset Israel
 
 
The Jewish Federation's Connecting with Community series will screen A Trumpet at the Walls of Jericho: The Untold Story of Samuel Harrison, the story of a 19th century visionary (and freed slave who lived in Pittsfield) who fought prejudice, slavery and war. 10:45 a.m.
Plus... 
SAT Artist Talk with Grier Horner at The Whit | SAT Open House at Berkshire Salsa | SUN Global View: Forces Changing Our World with Bret Stephens at Temple Anshe | SUN Understanding White Supremacy with Ken Wagner at Unitarian Universalist | TUE Lunch & Tour of Wahconah Park with Jim Ruberto | TUE Fall in Love with 3D Printing at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED Sex, Science, Society & Reproduction with Dr. Barry Verkauf at Berkshire Museum
 
FILM
Taking its lead from French artists like Renoir and Monet, the American impressionist movement followed its own path, which over a 30-year period reveals as much about America as a nation as it does about its art as a creative powerhouse. It's a story closely tied to a love of gardens and desire to preserve nature in a rapidly urbanizing nation. Traveling to studios, gardens and famous locations throughout the U.S., U.K. and France, this film is a feast for the eyes.
 
 
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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