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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 20-26
12:11PM / Friday, April 20, 2018
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The Funkdation Hip Hop Festival of the Berkshires returns for another year! Youth breakdancing battles will begin at 3 p.m., with a performance by Nostalgia at 6 p.m., and adult breaking battles starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Berkshire Museum. Child spectators FREE; $10 for everyone else.
 
Be sure to check out the workshop with Bboy Born (Rivers Crew, South Korea) at The Funk Box Dance Studio prior to the competition, at 12 p.m.

 
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

The Sea The Sea is an Upstate New York-based indie folk-pop group featuring what Huffington Post calls "two of the loveliest male-female voices you might ever hear this or any other year." Their 2014 debut release, Love We Are We Love, received praise from NPR and No Depression, among others, gathering over 15 million streams on Spotify. Whitney Center for the Arts, 8 p.m. $15.
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FRI David Grover & Linda Worster at South Congregational Church FRI The Dipwits Music & Art Pop-up at Methuselah FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow FRI Havana Nights Drag Show at Berkshire Hills Country Club | FRI Riverside Brothers at Hotel on North | FRI-SUN The Prodigal Cow & Nine Other Shorts at BCC | SAT Ryan Leddick Trio at Rainbow | SAT Whiskey City at The A | SUN Che Malambo at The Colonial | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED Melissa Brinton & Grahm Sturz at Methuselah | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Comedian Shane Torres at The Colonial | THU Cabaret Sera Goes to Broadway at The Whit | THU Bunco for Berkshire County at The Junior League

 
FAMILY FRIENDLY

Berkshire Family YMCA (292 North Street) presents a day of dancing with DJ Diaz, a scavenger hunt, a bounce house, hula hooping, a jump rope contest, a sports wall, touch-a-truck, eye exams, face painting, arts & crafts, Pittsfield Suns RAY, sunflower planting, healthy smoothies, a photo booth and more! FREE. 12-2 p.m.
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ONGOING Baby Animals at Hancock Shaker Village FRI STEM Stations at Berkshire Athenaeum | FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | FRI Family Treasure Hunt at Berkshire Museum | FRI Animals Up Close at Berkshire Museum FRI FREE Puppet Show at The Colonial FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at Berkshire Children & Families SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT FREE David Grover Concert at The Colonial SAT Barn Dance at Hancock Shaker Village SAT Soap-making Workshop at Berkshire Athenaeum | SAT Open Studio at The Dirty Brush SUN Berkshire Museum Earth Day Pop-up at Hancock Shaker Village MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | WED WeeMuse: Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum | WED Teen Open Mic at The Whit THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum

 
GET CREATIVE

 
This Japanese form of gardening incorporates wrapping moss and soil around roots, just in time for summer decorating. Make three small kokedama and one larger one. These hang well, or can be placed on a non-porous surface. All materials included. No experience necessary. Township Four$50 plus tax. 6-7 p.m.
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SUN Paint a "Beach" Welcome Sign at Berkshire Paint & Sip TUE Huckleberry Garden Decoration at The Dirty Brush THU Paint "Courageous Kane" at Berkshire Paint & Sip

 
WELLNESS

 
Join Gillian at Radiance Yoga for an all-levels, pay-what-you-like community class. Donations will help the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market improve access to healthy food and increase nutrition for low-income families. 1:30-2:30 p.m.
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FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Running Center | FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Family YMCA | FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness FRI-THU Various Classes at Radiance Yoga | SAT FREE Intro to the Alexander Technique at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness | SUN City Street Ride | MON The Process of Aging at Knesset Israel | TUE Meditating w/Crystals at New Moon Gifts | WED Shake Your Soul at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU Herbal Hour: Detox Safely at Wellness Underground | THU Navigating Lyme Treatments at Wellness Underground

 
COMMUNITY

 
 
The 29th annual Springside Park Clean-up will be held from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the North Playground and Rotary Park. Bags and gloves will be provided, along with park maps and instructions for all volunteers.
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FRI-SUN The Prodigal Cow & Nine Other Shorts at BCC | FRI-SUN Spring Clearance Sale at The Outlet at Pine Cone Hill | SAT Repair Cafe at St. Stephen's Church | SAT Balderdash Wine Tasting at Framework | SAT Spring Tag Sale at Zion Lutheran Church | SUN Domingo Brunch w/The StringSmith at Dottie's | SUN City Street Ride | SUN After Ours Duo at PortSmitt's | MON Auditions for A Bintel Brief at Knesset Israel | MON Berkshire Trans Group at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Community Expo at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU Bunco for Berkshire County at The Junior League | THU Customer Appreciation Month at Guido's Marketplace 

 
LEARN

OLLI's Distinguished Speaker Series presents artist and educator Phyllis Kornfeld, who has been working with incarcerated men and women around the country for 35 years, in county jails, maximum security prisons and on death row, providing the transformative experience of creating art. She is the author of Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America. 3 p.m.
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MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Class at The Licht | MON The Process of Aging at Knesset Israel | SAT Learner's Lab: Cheese 101 at Berkshire Museum | SAT Bboy Born Workshop at The Funk Box WED Reiki Level 1 at BCC | THU Current Affairs at Knesset Israel 

 
FILM

THU-MON Call Me By Your Name at The Little Cinema
It's the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who's working as an intern for Elio's father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.
 
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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.   Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
 
 
 
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will present the Berkshire Art Association (BAA) College Fellowship Show for the month of April. The exhibit features the work of Berkshire County residents enrolled as art majors at any college in the country, as well as non-residents currently majoring in art at a Berkshire County college. Prizes will be awarded to students whose work is selected. 

 
BERKSHIRE LIGHTSCAPES PROJECT

The Berkshire Lightscapes Project Needs You!
How cool is this? When events are scheduled in Pittsfield's Park Square, City Hall or Dunham Mall, the City will close off these areas to traffic. Colorful, energy-efficient LED lighting will illuminate these areas. Examples of events include dance and music performances, yoga, craft shows, public school events, food tastings and more. The Lightscapes project has secured a dollar-for-dollar funding match of up to $50,000 from MassDevelopment if its crowdfunding goal is reached by Wednesday, May 16. Please consider funding these beautiful and exciting permanent lighting projects.
 

 
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