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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 6-12, 2017
09:57AM / Friday, October 06, 2017
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October 6 - October 12, 2017
Enjoy more than a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than a dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk and all month long!
 
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will host "Through the Lens," a story-based portrait series featuring youth in the Pittsfield community.
 
Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. will present "Memories in the Making," a program of the Alzheimer's Association which arms memory-impaired individuals with new tools for expression when words fail.

In most venues, artists will be present from 5-8 p.m. A free guided tour begins at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave. Mary McGinnis, co-founder of First Fridays Artswalk, will bring you through the various art exhibits!
 
The fun doesn't stop at 8 p.m.! The Whit will host an after-party from 8-10 p.m. with live music from The Shadow Twisters.
 

The 13th annual Pittsfield CityJAZZ Festival, running this weekend and next in venues throughout the city's Upstreet Cultural District, opens with a jazz crawl on Friday and Saturday nights, and a jazz brunch at Rainbow Restaurant on Sunday. See website for all the details!
New Opportunities for Massachusetts Artists!
 
Assets for Artists is accepting applications for its Matched Savings Grant Program and fall/winter Professional Development Workshops. Artists/makers in Mass. are eligible for grants of up to $2,000, as well as two free workshops (a personal finance "boot camp" and a business planning workshop), and one-on-one financial and business coaching. Applications are due by October 9!
 
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
 
The Shaker Barn Music Series at Hancock Shaker Village wraps up with a performance by Betsayda Machado. With intricate African rhythms and close harmonies that are almost R&B, this Afro-soul band with its spirit-shaking percussion will have you floating on air. 7 p.m. $20/$25.
Plus... 
FRI Haunted Hancock at Hancock Shaker Village | FRI Fiction of Now at Berkshire Museum | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Dan Gingras at Hotel on North | SAT Battle of the Bands benefit for Moments House at Crossroads | SAT Gary Miller at Pancho's SAT Opening Reception for Morgan Bulkeley at Berkshire Museum | SAT Mary Ann Palermo & 1st Take at Rainbow | SAT Shyne at Casey's | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED Jazz Prodigy Caelan Cardello at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED Red Green in "I'm Not Old, I'm Ripe" at The Colonial | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow
 
FAMILY FRIENDLY

Dottie's Coffee Lounge welcomes Robbins-Zust Marionettes for a performance of a classic tale with hand-crafted puppets and live music from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Enjoy brunch specials from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. and beverages until 3 p.m.
Plus... 
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | SAT WeeMuse: Art Lab at Berkshire Museum | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | SAT Paint Party at Berkshire Paint & Sip | MON Open House at Miss Hall's School | TUE+ Teen Read Week at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | TUE Grandparents Day at Hancock Shaker Village | TUE Homeschool Workshop: Textile Dyes at Hancock Shaker Village  | WED WeeMuse: Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum | THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village
 
PERFORMANCE
Barrington Stage Company presents the story of a suavely handsome man who is slowly driving his wife to the brink of insanity by sowing seeds of doubt, memory loss and misperceptions. Playwright Patrick Hamilton has built and sustained some of the most brilliant, suspenseful sequences in modern theatre. Boyd-Quinson Mainstage. 
 
GET CREATIVE

Due to popular demand, Dirty Brush Paint Parties will offer more scarecrow/snowman pallet classes. This rustic two-sided home decor item is perfect for the upcoming seasons!
Paint your own snowman on one side and the scarecrow on the other side. $38. 6-8:30 p.m.
Plus... 
FRI Choose Your Own Workshop at Funky Phoenix | SAT Open Studio at Berkshire Paint & Sip | TUE Grandma's Christmas Tree Class at Dirty Brush
 
COMMUNITY
There are only two more outdoor Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Markets left this season!
This Saturday, enjoy West African, Caribbean and contemporary drumming and singing with the Berkshire Rhythm Keepers from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join Berkshire United Way for story time and talk with the Department of Children and Families about foster care. Shire Fire Candles will be back with new fall scents and a Moments House fundraiser. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Plus...
ONGOING Winter Clothing Drive at Berkshire County Arc SAT Opening Reception for Morgan Bulkeley at Berkshire Museum SUN Taking Steps for Our Youth at Boys & Girls Club SUN Jazz Brunch at Rainbow | MON Columbus Day Sale at Plaine's | TUE LGBTQ Healthcare Panel at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Toastmasters Meeting | THU Open House at Berkshire Immigrant Center
 
LEARN
Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires presents Potent Herbal Approaches to Lyme Disease with herbalist Emily French. This in-depth workshop will cover herbal approaches to prevention, infection, acute care, and chronic treatment. Learn about the most potent plant medicines for Lyme borreliosis and common co-infections, as well as lifestyle and dietary guidelines to strengthen immune health and improve quality of life. Suitable for healthcare professionals and the general public. 1:30-4:30 p.m. at 1 Wendell Ave. FREE.
Plus... 
SUN Street Medic Training at First United Methodist MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Class at The Lichtenstein | WED Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World at Zion Lutheran | THU Family Research & Census Introduction at Berkshire Athenaeum
 
FILM
FRI-MON Lemon at Little Cinema  
Lemon:a person or thing that proves to be defective, imperfect, or unsatisfactory. This stylish and original dark comedy is about a perpetual loser (Brett Gelman) whose life goes from bad to worse when his longtime girlfriend (Judy Greer) dumps him.
 
 
ONGOING
See What's New at The Beacon
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 Through the Lens, a story-based portrait series featuring youth in the Pittsfield community from Herberg and Reid Middle Schools and based on the "Dear World Project." 
 
The exhibit will open with a reception during First Fridays Artswalk on Friday, Oct. 6 from 5-8 p.m.
 
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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