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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 3-9
11:10AM / Friday, August 03, 2018
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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 Friday Artswalk and all month long!
 
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.
 
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, located at 28 Renne Ave.,
 will present Dreaming of Light, an exhibition of oil paintings by Sean McCusker.

And don't miss the Painted Piano Pop-Up Concert at Park Square!
Sherri James Buxton and Bob Shepherd bring their summer cabaret workshop from Berkshire Music School to Park Square 5:45 to 6 pm on Friday 8/3 during First Fridays Artswalk!  See below for more on the Painted Piano Project.  

 
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

Mission Bar + Tapas presents a concert with Brooklyn-based duo Charming Disaster, a.k.a. singer/songwriters Ellia Bisker and Jeff Morris. Inspired by the gothic humor of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton, the noir of Raymond Chandler, murder ballads and cabaret, they write songs that tell stories, combining vocal harmonies and clever lyrics with ukulele, guitar and foot percussion. 7-9 p.m.
Plus... 
FRI Head to Head Haiku at Dottie's | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Grahm Sturz at Hotel on North | SAT The Rejuvenators at Mission | SAT WordXWord Poetry Slam Finals at Berkshire Museum | SUN-MON Brandon Uranowitz in The Songs of William Finn at Barrington Stage | MON Jazz Night at Mission | MON Paint a Pint at Thistle & Mirth | WED Live on the Lake w/Whiskey City at Onota Lake | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Rev Tor Band at Mazzeo's 

 
FAMILY FRIENDLY

 
Pittsfield's WordXWord Festival presents Outspoken Youth, a poetry slam and open mic for young adults ages 12-20. The event will be held at The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts (28 Renne Ave.) at 1:30 p.m. FREE.
Plus... 
ONGOING Tarzan at The Colonial Theatre ONGOING James & the Giant Peach at Berkshire Museum ONGOING Young Shaker Tours at Hancock Shaker Village FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum FRI Aquarium Tide Pool Tank at Berkshire Museum FRI FREE Screening: Muppets Most Wanted at Clapp Park FRI Teen Night Out: Collage at The Lichtenstein FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at Berkshire Children & Families SAT Berkshire Carousel SAT WeeMuse: Art Lab at Berkshire Museum SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT FREE Marionette Show at Dottie's MON Creative Healing Workshop w/Funky Phoenix at Berkshire Museum MON Make It Monday: Sound Spinners & Catapults at Berkshire Athenaeum MON-THU Make a Miniature Planet at Berkshire Museum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum TUE Preschool Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Summer Movie Series: The Goonies at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Mythology at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Ukulele Workshop: Session 2 at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Challenge at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village THU Lab Launch Event on Tyler Street

 
WELLNESS

Join Lawrence Carroll every Thursday evening from 6:30-7:30 p.m., now - Aug. 30, for Yoga at Springside Park. This class is ideal for beginners and intermediate students wanting to deepen their practice. All ages and levels welcome. Bring a mat if you have one (some extras available for use). Drop-ins welcome! $10 suggested donation per class.
Plus...
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 FRI-THU Various Classes at Modig Internal Disciplines TUE Creating a Sacred Space at New Moon Gifts

 
PERFORMANCE

 
The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern day New York City as two young lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, relevant and deeply moving musicals of our time. Barrington Stage Company's Boyd-Quinson MainStage through Sept. 1.
Plus...
ONGOING The Chinese Lady at Barrington Stage

 
GET CREATIVE

Berkshire Paint & Sip presents an open studio class, where you can paint whatever you'd like! $15 per session if you bring your own materials, including canvas and paint.
$25 per session with materials provided. 
No extra charge to use the easels, aprons, disposable pallets or water cups. BYOB and snacks. 6-8 p.m.
Plus...
MON Paint a Pint at Thistle & Mirth

 
COMMUNITY

Hancock Shaker Village's annual fundraising gala will feature cocktails in the garden and a farm-to-table dinner in the Round Stone Barn, plus fiddlers in the field, a pop-up performance by Katie Workum Dance, projections by Joe Wheaton, dancing and fireworks. 5:30 p.m.
Plus...
SAT Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market at The First Street Common SAT Berkshire Carousel SAT Marge Bride Home Art Sale at 46 Glory Drive SUN Domingo Brunch w/Randy Cormier at Dottie's MON Pizza & Piano Works at Berkshire Athenaeum

 
LEARN

Goodwill Job Readiness Trainers will be at the Berkshire Athenaeum for 3 free "Lunch & Learns" on Aug. 7, 14 and 21. Registration is for all 3 sessions and each session will last for approximately 2 hours. Goodwill Job Trainers help people ages 18 & older from all walks of life gain operational skills, soft skills and 'real work' experience to strengthen their family's economic status. The topics are tailored to the needs of the participants with a  focus on job seeking and job retention. FREE. Registration is required. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Plus...
SAT-SUN Age of Iron at Hancock Shaker Village | MON Diane Steinbrink discusses Amy Herzog at Knesset Israel  | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Class at The Licht TUE Creating a Sacred Space at New Moon Gifts | THU North Korea: The Road to Infamy at Knesset Israel 

 
FILM

NOW-AUG. 17: Little Cinema presents The Peach

The Little Cinema film screenings will be on hold for the performances of James and the Giant Peach, presented by Barrington Stage Youth Theatre, running from now - Aug. 12. Little Cinema programming will resume Friday, Aug. 17.
 
Plus...
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 feature Dreaming of Light, paintings by Sean McCusker, for the month of August. A reception will be held during the First Friday Artswalk on Friday, Aug. 3 from 5-8 p.m.
Painted Pianos! 
 
Check out four of the 15 Berkshire Music School's Painted Pianos that are located in Pittsfield.  There is one at Park Square, Palace Park, the Common and the Berkshire Music School.  Please sit down and play the pianos and tell your friends to do the same.  The Painted Piano Project culminates in an auction at the Berkshire Music School on Sunday, August 26.  Click here for more information.
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