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Student art BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Bennington Museum's annual Student Art Show, exhibiting the work of area public and private school students from southwestern Vermont, eastern New York and western Massachusetts, will open on Sunday, Jan. 11 in the Paul Paresky Museum Court. Displays of two- and three-dimensional works in a wide variety of media by students from kindergarten through grade 12 will be on exhibit until Friday, Feb. 6. A free opening reception will be held on Jan. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Ada Paresky Education Center for students, teachers, family and friends. Light refreshments will be served. On Sunday, Jan. 25, in conjunction with the art show, a free “Young Musicians Concert” will take place in the Education Center from 1 to 3 p.m., featuring performances by the Bennington Children’s Chorus and students from the Bennington Music School and the North Bennington Graded School string program. Those attending will also have the opportunity to view the student art. The Bennington Museum, 75 Main St. (Route 9, 1 mile west of the intersection of Routes 7 and 9 in downtown Bennington), is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is charged; museum members and children under twelve are free. Information: www.benningtonmuseum.org or (802) 447-1571. Frost talk POWNAL, Vt. — Local author and retired professor Lea Newman will discuss the work of Robert Frost on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. in the Solomon Wright Public Library. Newman, author of “Robert Frost: the People, Places and Stories behind his New England Poetry,” will focus on several poems to illustrate and illuminate Frost’s work, which “talks about the world in terms of New England,” according to Newman. She will also discuss how Frost’s insight in describing in poetic form the Yankee mannerisms, events and attitudes of his “neighbors” and New England life give the readers clues about his personality and intentions in writing specific poems. The presentation is funded by the library and the Freeman Grant fund. Information 802-823-5400. Snowshoe benefit BENNINGTON, Vt. — Nature’s Closet, at the Four Corners, will host a Snowshoe Play-Day on Sunday, Jan. 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Park McCullough House to benefit The Turning Point Club of Bennington. The outing will offer an opportunity to try a pair of Dion snowshoes and outerwear from Patagonia while snowshoeing the One-Mile Loop. Snowshoes will be available, and hot cider, cocoa and baked goods will be provided free of charge, compliments of Dion. Patagonia products, as well as other prizes from local merchants, will be offered as raffle prizes. Raffle tickets may be purchased at Nature’s Closet, Power’s Market and the Turning Point Club. Tickets are $1 each or 10 for $5. The Turning Point Club is a grassroots, nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that works to assist people who are in recovery. Headmasters featured ARLINGTON, Vt. — The headmasters of Burr and Burton Academy and Long Trail School will be the guests on Don Keelan’s “Q & A Live” on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 7:15 p.m. on community access Channel 15. Chuck Scranton of Burr and Burton and Dave Wilson, founder of Long Trail, appeared on the show in January 2003. This year’s appearance will enable viewers to question Scranton about Burr and Burton’s $10 million capital fund drive, as well as the school’s $1,100 tuition increase for academic year 2004-05. Wilson will speak about current programs being offered at Long Trail School and how he sees the future for the school he and his wife founded over 25 years ago. The headmasters will also speak about the controversial No Child Left Behind law, special education, future prospects of independent schools and testing. Channel 15 is available in communities from Arlington north to Bondville. Information: Greater Northshire Access TV, 802-362-7070. French group BENNINGTON, Vt. — “Francophones” are invited to gather on Sunday, Jan. 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the South Street Café, 105 South St. The café will remain open for those attending the meeting. All levels of proficiency are invited to help form a regular French conversation group for informal language practice and the sharing of culture. At least one native speaker is expected to attend to lend encouragement. Information: Tordis Ilg Isselhardt, 802-442-3204. MANCHESTER, Vt. — The Hildene 2004 winter History Series will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 13, with a slide show and discussion led by Tom Visser, head of the historic preservation program at the University of Vermont. Visser will focus on the evolution of the Vermont barn vernacular and the way that evolution reflects the history of Vermont agriculture. Copies of his book, “A Field Guide to New England Barns and Farm Buildings,” will be available for purchase. Each session in the series, to be held from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month from January through May in the new “event space” at Northshire Bookstore, will include a 45-minute presentation with 30 minutes for questions and discussion. The new Spiral Press Café will be open before the event, and parking is available at the rear of the bookstore. The Hildene history talks are designed to introduce people to the basic facts and issues of each evening’s topic. Subsequent talks, in scheduled order, include University of Vermont Professor Melanie Gustafson speaking on “The Humanity of Theodore Roosevelt: The Poignant Side of a Strenuous Life;” Chairman of the Jefferson Legacy Foundation Sydney “Chip” Stokes’ presentation about the third president; UVM Professor Dona Brown exploring the history of Vermont tourism and Samuel Hand, retired chairman of the UVM history department discussing the new “Vermont Encyclopedia.” In addition to the second Tuesday sessions, there will be two Saturday sessions — one with Hildene curator Brian Knight giving a sneak preview of the museum’s exhibit “Vermont and the North Shire in the Civil War,” and another with Mark Stoler, current chairman of the UVM history department, leading a discussion on “World War II; Myth vs. Reality.” The dates and location of are still to be scheduled. All events are free to the public. The Hildene Winter History Series is cosponsored by the Northshire Bookstore, the University of Vermont, Vermont Humanities Council and Hildene. Information: Hildene, 802-362-1788 or info@hildene.org.
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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 2-8

Enjoy 18 different art shows featuring work by more than two dozen accomplished regional and student 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 will host HAPPY, an abstract art show by Jesse Tobin McCauley for the month of August. There will be an opening reception during First Fridays Artswalk from 5-8 p.m. The exhibit runs through August 31.
 
Kids and teens, pick up the August 2nd Scavenger Hunt flyer for a chance to win a prize! Grab yours at the Artswalk table in Crawford Square, 137 North St., during the Artswalk or print one from the website.
  MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
Berkshires Jazz brings five of the most popular regional bands to the stage for the 2019 Berkshire Jazz Showcase, on the Pittsfield Common from 12-5 p.m. The wide-ranging lineup for this jazz extravaganza includes Gina Coleman and Misty Blues, Paul Green and Two Worlds, Andy Wrba's Berkshire Jazz Collective,
First Take with Mary Ann Palermo and the Kyle Murray Quintet. FREE.
Hancock Shaker Village welcomes Berkshire Opera Festival as they pay homage to American opera by composers such as Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Carlisle Floyd. The recital, "Ain't it a Pretty Night," will feature soprano Caroline Worra, tenor John Riesen and pianist Lynn Baker will explore this essential part of the musical fabric of our country. 7:30 p.m. $18-$25.
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FRI WordXWord Festival: Crosstalk at Tyler Street Lab | FRI Grahm Sturz at Hotel on North FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Anthony Luchi at Rusty Anchor | FRI Sawyer Country at Proprietor's Lodge | FRI Karaoke Night at Friends | SAT WordXWord Festival: Accomplice[d] at Berkshire Museum | SAT Orin Swift Cellars Wine Tasting at Hotel on North | SAT Melissa Brinton at Rusty Anchor | SAT Jason & Trev at J. Allen's | SAT Uncensored Comedy Show at Uncorked | SUN Country Dance w/Spurs USA at Italian American Club | SUN-MON Marilyn Maye at Barrington Stage | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Wintergreen at Springside Park | TUE Open Mic Night at O'Laughlin's | WED Live on the Lake: Generation X at Onota Lake | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Deja Again at Mazzeo's | THU Abandoned Building Brewery Beer Dinner at Hotel on North | THU The Picky B's at Mission
  FAMILY FRIENDLY

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animated film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairytale adventure featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie) and a side-splitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to the stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears. The Colonial Theatre through August 9. $35 and up.
 
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ONGOING Hansel & Gretel at Berkshire Museum FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum FRI Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum FRI Yoga for Kids at Berkshire Athenaeum FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at 18 Degrees (formerly Berkshire Children & Families) SAT WeeMuse: Art Lab at Berkshire Museum SAT Health & Wellness Fair at 18 Degrees (formerly Berkshire Children & Families) SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum SAT Child & Family Yoga at Onota Lake SAT da Vinci After Hours at Berkshire Museum SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum | MON Exploring Our World at Berkshire Museum MON Kindergarten Countdown at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Star Lab at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Cones with a Cop on The Common MON Stardust Cafe at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Swan Lake Dance Intensive at Cantarella School of Dance MON Auditions for Magic Tree House Kids at The Colonial MON+ KidsAct! at Barrington Stage TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum TUE Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum TUE Princess Songs & Popsicle Party at The Whitney TUE Project SpaceCRAFT: Planet Pinch Pots at Be TUE Screening of Monsters vs Aliens at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Little Gardeners of the Galaxy at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Uncharted Wild Animal Show at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Tie Dye on the Terrace at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED Creative Healing Workshop w/Funky Phoenix at Berkshire Museum THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village | THU Exploring Our World at Berkshire Museum THU Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum THU Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Lift Off at Berkshire Athenaeum
  WELLNESS
SAT Outdoor Yoga & Zumba at Onota Lake
 
Join Rachael from Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness every 1st and 3rd Saturday (June through August) for outdoor yoga and Zumba classes at Burbank Park on Onota Lake. Yoga begins at 9 a.m. and Zumba at 10:15 a.m. Come to one class or both! $10 suggested donation per class. Rain cancels.
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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 | FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Salsa FRI-THU Various Classes at Pilates Fit | SAT Sunrise Yoga on the Deck at Rusty Anchor | SUN Guido's Great 8 Road Race | TUE Summer Fit Training at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness | THU Outdoor Yoga at Onota Lake
  PERFORMANCE
ONGOING If I Forget at Barrington Stage
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