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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 11-17
09:56AM / Friday, May 11, 2018
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The first 3rd Thursday of 2018 will celebrate youth with performances by Aimee Gelinas and Berkshire Pulse Youth Drummers, Reid Middle School Band, Kids 4 Harmony, Berkshire Theatre Groups's Billy Budd, Pittsfield High School's Fame, Berkshire Salsa, Berkshire Yoga Dance & FitnessRock On, The Funk Box Dance Studio, and special guests for the season Jacob's Pillow.


Berkshire Lightscapes Project Has Only Days Left!
The Berkshire Lightscapes Project has only until Wednesday, May 16 to reach its crowdfunding goal, so that it can be matched by MassDevelopment. If the goal is met, they'll be able to bring colorful, energy-efficient LED lighting to downtown Pittsfield. 


Berkshire Radio Group presents Refugeethe ultimate Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers tribute band, performing the band's greatest hits as well as Tom Petty's solo music and some Traveling Wilburys, too. The Colonial Theatre8 p.m. $24-$44.
FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Dr. Strangeways at The A | FRI Tom Savoy Trio at Hotel on North | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Green Drinks at J. Allen's | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Spring Cabaret Performance at Berkshire Music School | THU Comedian Kat Radley at The Colonial


Farm Friends returns to Hancock Shaker Village on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. - Noon. 
Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers are invited to get to know the farmyard, meet one of the animals, enjoy a special story, and do a simple craft in the Village's Discovery Barn. 
ONGOING Short Story Writing Contest at Berkshire Athenaeum FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum FRI-SUN Fame: The Musical at PHS FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at Berkshire Children & Families FRI Homeschool Paint Party at Berkshire Paint & Sip SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT Afternoon Movie: Coco at Berkshire Athenaeum SAT Sensory-friendly Screening: Toy Story at Berkshire Museum MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | TUE Teen Voices Spring Performance at Berkshire Music School | WED Homeschool Day at Hancock Shaker Village THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum


Reserve your spot now for Mother's Day classes at Township Four. At 1 p.m., build a kokedama a.k.a. a Japanese hanging plant. At 3 p.m., create your own wreath made from succulents.
SAT Open Studio at The Dirty Brush


Join Berkshire Running Center at BCC for the longest-held All Women's 5K at 8:30 a.m., followed by the Everyone Can Run 5K at 9:30 a.m. and the Kids' Fun Run at 10:30 a.m. 
This event is free and open to the public. The race hopes to raise funds with the sale of race shirts, priced at $20, with 100% of the monies raised going directly to the Elizabeth Freeman Center. 
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 Singing Bowl Sound Bath & Meditation at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness | TUE New Day Added: No Sweat Yoga at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness


The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market opens for its 6th season at the First Street Common from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Stock up on local veggies, meats, eggs, cheese, baked good, coffee, art and more. Join Leanne Yinger of Kira's Kitchen for a great grains demo, and enjoy live music from The Sunday Strummers Ukulele Ensemble.
SAT City Street Bicycle Ride at The Common Park SUN Domingo Brunch w/Redshift at Dottie's | SUN Fuddy Meers Auditions at The Whit | SUN Mother's Day Brunch at Hotel on North | SUN Mother's Day Brunch at Mazzeo's | SUN Mother's Day Brunch w/Tumo Kohrs at American Legion | SUN Mother's Day Brunch Buffet at Rainbow | TUE Community Expo: Food Access & Nutrition at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE FREE Formal Wear Event at The Christian Center | TUE Green Drinks at J. Allen's | THU Tarot Share at New Moon Gifts


Join DCR Urban Forester Laurie Reid for a FREE casual afternoon workshop about tree care at Berkshire Athenaeum. Bring your questions! 1-2 p.m.
SAT Curator Talk & Opening Reception at Hancock Shaker Village MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Class at The Licht | MON Current Affairs at Knesset Israel | MON FREE Tree Walk at Hot Harry's | WED Mah Jongg Lessons at Berkshire Hills Hadassah | THU Billy Budd in the Breadbox w/Jana Laiz at Knesset Israel


FRI-MON Love After Love at The Little Cinema
In the wake of a man's death, the family he leaves behind find themselves adrift - and in danger of drifting apart - as they each try to find meaning in a world without the man who held them together. Mother Suzanne (Andie MacDowell) tentatively seeks companionship, but her attempts at dating only drive a wedge between her and older son Nicholas (Chris O'Dowd). Younger son Chris (James Adomian) deals with grief in his own complicated way. What plays out between the trio is a beautifully observed, powerfully emotional journey that speaks to the strength of family ties. 
ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon | THU+ RGB at Berkshire Museum

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 annual Art in Our Schools exhibit, a 30-plus-year tradition held each spring honoring art education and creative young people. Art from students in grades 6 through 12 in the Pittsfield Public Schools will be on display throughout the month of May. 


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