Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 6-12

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Friday-Monday: A Separation at the Little Cinema

The Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum presents the Best Foreign Film Academy Award-winning A Separation,  a compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage, set in contemporary Iran. Click HERE to watch a trailer of A Separation.

Friday-Monday, April 6-9 | Friday-Saturday, Monday 7pm; Monday 1:30pm; no screening Sunday | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $5


Fridays: Electronica Dance Night

The Underground Pub at the Crowne Plaza in upstreet Pittsfield presents a weekly Electronica Night with DJ Bruno D77, featuring a number of drink specials and a chance to win $20 cash! For adults 21 and over.

Fridays | 9pm-1:30am | The Underground Pub | 1 West Street | 413-553-2257 | $3


Friday & Saturday: Live Music at Flavours

Flavours of Malaysia presents Midnight Chicken on Friday and Pete Gunn & the .357s on Saturday. Midnight Chicken is a classic southern rock & roll revue, featuring artists from the bands Shut Up and Dance, Jezebel, Rumours and The RockHounds. Pete Gunn & The .357s is a five-piece American rock band that draws inspiration from all over the musical spectrum, touching on classic country, hip hop, reggae, ska, funk, classic rock and blues.

Friday & Saturday, April 6-7 | 10pm | Flavours of Malaysia | 75 North Street | 413-443-3188 | $5


Saturday: Greek Pastry Sale at St. George

St. George Greek Orthodox Church presents its annual Greek Pastry Sale, featuring the finest melamakorana, spanakopita, galaktobouretko and paximathia this side of the Atlantic Ocean! There will be a complete selection of tradtional greek pastries to compliment your holiday meal. Bring a friend and Φάτε!

Saturday, April 7 | 9am-2pm | St. George Greek Orthodox Church | 73 Bradford Street | 413-442-8113


Saturday: Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm

Hancock Shaker Village kicks off its 2012 season with the 10th annual Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm event. This spring celebration is one of the most exciting times of the year at the Village, when scores of baby lambs, piglets, calves, goats, ducklings and chicks arrive at the historic Round Stone Barn. And yes, they'll be open on Easter Sunday!

Saturday, April 7-Sunday, April 29 | 10am-4pm | Hancock Shaker Village | 1843 West Housatonic Street | 413-443-0188 | $17 adults, $8 children, children 12 and under FREE


Saturday: Pittsfield's Annual Easter Egg Scramble

Greylock Federal Credit Union and the City of Pittsfield presents its Annual Easter Egg Scramble at Morningside Community School,  free for all Pittsfield children. Bring your own basket, and the Easter Bunny is scheduled to make a very special appearance. The schedule for the differing age groups is as follows: 10:30 a.m. for 8 & 9 year olds10:40 a.m. for 6 & 7 year olds10:55 a.m. for 4 & 5 year olds; and 11:10 a.m. for 2 & 3 year olds. One winner in each age group who finds the golden egg will receive a special prize!

Saturday, April 7 | 10:30am-11:30am | Morningside Community School | 100 Burbank Street | 413-499-9370 | FREE


Saturday: 2012 Berkshire Idol Auditions!

The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts hosts auditions for Berkshire Idol, the Berkshires most popular singing competition and charitable fundraiser. Open auditions are being held Saturday, April 7, 12pm-5pm. Click here to register!

Saturday, April 12 | 12pm-5pm | Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renee Avenue | 413-499-9348


Saturday: Massenet's Manon at the Beacon

The Beacon Cinema presents this brand-new production of Massenet's Manon as part of its series Metropolitan Opera Live in HD. Anna Netrebko's dazzling portrayal of the tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly's new production travels to the Met from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Piotr Beczala and Paulo Szot also star, with the Met's Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium.

Saturday, April 7 | 12pm | Beacon Cinema | 55 North Street | 413-358-4780 | $25 adults, $20 students


Saturday: Atka, the Arctic Gray Wolf!

The Berkshire Museum presents Atka the Arctic Gray Wolf, as part of its Animals Up Close series. The nine-year-old Atka comes from the Wolf Conservation Center of South Salem, New York. Museum admission is included with price of event.Guests will learn about the history of wolves in the United States and the importance of wolves in a healthy ecosystem.

Saturday, April 7 | 1pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $15 adults, $8 children; members $5 adults, $3 children; children 3 and under FREE


Wednesday: Environmental Art Talk

The Ferrin Gallery, in collaboration with Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, hosts a talk on Environmental Art with artist Jane Philbrook, currently exhibiting at Mass MoCA.

Wednesday, April 11 | 6:30pm | Ferrin Gallery | 437 North Street | 413-442-1622 | FREE


Thursday: Berkshires Jazz Student Art Contest

The Berkshire Museum and Berkshires Jazz, Inc., present this student art contest, featuring the works of more than 100 students from Pittsfield, Taconic and St. Joseph's High Schools and Miss Hall's School on display. The first-prize winning work will become part of the publicity for the 2012 Pittsfield CityJazz Festival. The ceremony is open to the public. Berkshires Jazz Youth Ensemble will perform live. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, April 12 | 5:30pm-7pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | FREE


Thursday: Funny Girl at Barrington Stage

Barrington Stage Company screens Funny Girl, Barbara Streisand's film debut which earned her an Academy Award for Best Lead Actress in 1968. Click HERE to watch a trailer of Funny GirlFunny Girl chronicles the life of comedienne Fannie Brice, from her early days in the Jewish slums of the Lower East Side, to the height of her career with the Ziegfeld Follies.

Thursday, April 12 | 7pm | Barrington Stage Company | 30 Union Street | 413-236-8888 | adults $5, kids 13 & under FREE


Thursday: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds!

The Garage presents Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, a nine-piece powerhouse that puts a modern spin on classic soul, in the lobby of The Colonial Theatre. The band is led by Arleigh Kincheloe, whose astoundingly powerful voice and sly demeanor make for a spellbinding onstage presence.  Click HERE to learn more about Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds and watch their music video! Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds have opened for the Black Keys, the Neville Brothers and Dr. John, and played at the New Orleans JazzFest.

Thursday, April 12 | 9pm | The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-448-8084 | $10 in advance, $12 at door


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