Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 4-10

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Friday: First Fridays ArtsWalk is here!

Come upstreet and discover dozens of local artists on display tonight, from 5pm to 8pm, from Empty Set Projects and the Colonial Theatre on South Street to Shawn's Barbershop and beyond on North Street. Afterwards, stay and enjoy live music, great food, movies and so much more.  See you downtown!

Click here for your map and guide to First Fridays Arts Walk, or pick one up downtown!


Friday-Sunday: BAMCon at the Crown Plaza

The Crowne Plaza hosts the Berkshire Anime and Manga Convention, the first major and large scale anime/manga/comic/gaming convention in the Berkshires. BAMCon features Japanese creators of anime and manga, voice actors from anime series, Japanese musical acts, artists, vendors and exhibits, panels, workshops and gaming.

Click HERE to learn more about BAMCon.

Friday–Sunday, May 4–6 | Crowne Plaza Hotel | 1 West Street | 413-499-2000


Friday: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot: An Evening of Spiritual Jazz

The Zion Lutheran Church presents the Theodicy Jazz Collective performing spiritual jazz for the entire family to enjoy. Located next to the Pittsfield Common park on First Street, bring your kids and take part in this night of inspiring music.

Friday, May 4 | 7pm | 74 First Street | 413-442-3525 | $10 advance, $12 at door, kids FREE

Friday: The Art of Jazz at Baba Louie's!
Finish up your evening at Baba Louie's Sourdough Pizza with NY-based jazz vocalist Elli Fordyce and the Boston-based Jazz Tuber Trio. Elli Fordyce, a highly accomplished vocalist and actor, has performed all over the New York Metro area and throughout North America. Click HERE for more details.
Friday, May 4 | 8pm | Baba Louie's Sourdough Pizza | 34 Depot Street | 413-499-2400 | $20


Friday-Monday: Boy at the Little Cinema

The Little Cinema, located inside the Berkshire Museum, presents the film Boy as part of its weekly screenings of independent and acclaimed films. Boy, directed by Taika Waititi, is a hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale about heroes, magic and Michael Jackson.

Click HERE to watch a trailer of Boy.

Friday-Monday, May 4-7 | Friday-Monday 7pm; Monday 1:30pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $5


A Night of Rock at Chameleons

Chameleons Nightclub presents Orcumentary, One Bright Day, 100 Demons, Bloodwar and Built for Battle, as part of its regular series of live music performances. Click HERE to listen to ORCumentary. ORCumentary is not your average band; its live performances are an experience which grabs you by the throat and drags you through a portal to a different land. 

Friday, May 4 | 7pm-9pm | Chameleons Nightclub | 1350 East Street | 413-499-2582 | 21 years or older $10 advance, $12 at door; under 21 $13 advance, $15 at door


Friday: BKMO CD Release Party at The Garage

The Garage hosts an album release party with Billy Keane and the Misdemeanor Outlaws inside The Colonial Theatre. BKMO has spent the last two years refining their gritty, powerful music in the seclusion of the rolling green hills of Western Massachusetts. Click HERE to listen to BKMO.

Friday, May 4 | 9pm | The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-997-4444 | $15 general admission (includes album download); VIP $25 in advance, $30 at door (includes download &  after-party at Y Bar, catered by Mission Bar + Tapas)


Friday & Saturday: Live Music at Spice

Spice Dragon hosts two live music events this weekend, beginning with DJ Alan Wrench on Friday and rock cover band The Blend on Saturday. Late night menus will be available until 12pm.

Friday & Saturday | 9pm | Spice Dragon | 297 North Street | 413-443-1234 | No cover


Friday & Saturday: Live Music at Flavours

Flavours of Malaysia presents Dylan Connor on Friday and Legacy on Saturday, as part of its weekly series of live music performances. Connor is a singer-songwriter whose has translated sensitivity and empathy gained through the recent struggles and breakthroughs into compelling music. Local cover band Legacy performs songs from Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Judas Priest and Metallica, among other classic metal bands. Click HERE to listen to Dylan Connor.

Friday & Saturday, May 4-5 | 10pm | Flavours of Malaysia | 75 North Street | 413-443-3188 | $5


Saturday: It's Not Just For the Birds

The Berkshire Museum presents this cooking demonstration and lunch, as part of its ongoing series of bird exhibits. Birds have some of the most diverse palates of any animal; gourmet caterer, educator and food consultant Anna Gershenson dishes up a delicious lunch, inspired by the diets of our avian counterparts. Click HERE to learn more about Anna Gershenson.

Saturday, May 5 | 12pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $18 guests, $16 members


Saturdays: Breakdancing at the YMCA

The Pittsfield Family YMCA presents an introductory class to breakdancing, including uprock, transitions, floorwork and freezes. This class is tailored to help children develop coordination and confidence. For children ages 6-16. Click HERE for the breakdancing schedule.

Click HERE for a registration form. Classes are first come, first serve. Participants should wear tennis shoes and loose-fitting clothing.

May 5-June 16 | 12:30pm-3:15pm (see above schedule) |  Pittsfield YMCA | 292 North Street | 413-499-7650, ext. 33 | $55, $30 YMCA members;
youth membership $36; teen membership $15 per month, $50 three months, $180 year


Saturday: Latin Nite at the YMCA

The Pittsfield YMCA is offering Latin dance classes each week, to help you get in shape for the summer and learn a fun skill that will last you a lifetime. Join Rico Correa and Claudia Paredes as they teach you how to dance Salsa in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Classes are taught in club style, not ballroom style. No pre-registration required.

Saturday, May 5 | 5:30pm-6:30pm | Pittsfield YMCA | 292 North Street | 413-329-5523 | $10 per person, $18 per couple


Rebel Alliance at Chameleons Nightclub

Chameleons Nightclub hosts the rock-reggae-jam band Rebel Alliance for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, as part of its regular series of live music performances. Guests are encouraged to dress-to-impress. Doors open at 8pm and they are expecting to reach capacity.

Saturday, May 5 | 8pm | Chameleons Nightclub | 1350 East Street | 413-499-2582 | FREE before 9pm; ladies FREE until 10pm; $5 cover after 9pm for men, after 10pm for ladies


Saturday: Colin Hay at The Colonial

The Colonial Theatre presents Colin Hay, perhaps best known as the lead singer for Men At Work, the platinum selling Australian band that topped worldwide charts in the '80s with anthems like Down Under, Who Can It Be Now and more!

Click HERE to listen to Colin Hay.

Saturday, May 5 | 8pm | The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-997-4444 | general admission $40, $35 or $25



Saturday: Live Wire & WYKYD 

The Back N9ne, located inside the General Electric Athletic Association, presents local rock bands Live Wire and WYKYD for a special concert in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. WYKYD is a self-proclaimed high-energy, female-fronted party band that plays dance hits from all genres.

Saturday, May 9 | 9pm | General Electric Athletic Association | 303 Crane Avenue | 413-443-5746


Sunday: The Bright Stream at the Little Cinema

The Little Cinema presents The Bright Stream, as part of its regular series of international ballet performances screening in the Berkshire Museum. A laugh-out-loud comical ballet in two acts, The Bright Stream celebrates the maddening, baffling disillusion of love with hilarious deceptions and joyful resolutions. Click here to learn more about The Bright Stream.

Sunday & Tuesday, May 6 & 15 | Sunday 2pm, Tuesday 7pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $14, $12.50 members


Sunday: Free Boston Symphony Chamber Concert at The Colonial!

The Colonial Theatre hosts a chamber music concert featuring members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with a program that will delight listeners of all tastes, blending familiar masterpieces with pieces by exciting new composers. Tickets can be reserved at The Colonial Theatre box office or by calling 413-997-4444Click HERE to learn more about the BSO performers.

Sunday, May 6 | 2pm | The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-997-4444 | FREE


Sunday: Eagles Band Spring Concert

The Eagles Band Wind Symphony, part of the longest continuous performing ensemble in the Berkshires, presents a free community concert featuring Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and Jurassic Park soundtrack highlights. An intermission bake sale will offer baked goods and beverages prepared by band members as well as a give-away to donors for great prizes. Click HERE to learn about a series of upcoming performances with the Eagles Band.

Sunday, May 6 | 3pm | First United Methodist Church | 55 Fenn Street | 413-499-2071 | FREE


Sunday: Eamonn Barry at Mission

Mission Bar + Tapas presents Eamonn Barry, as part of the WordXWord Songwriter's Room. Barry will perform new music and songs from his first three demos. Each Wednesday and Sunday, Mission will feature a talented singer-songwriter within its intimate atmosphere to perform an acoustic live.

Sunday, May 6 | 9pm | Mission Bar + Tapas | 438 North Street | No phone | No cover


Tuesdays or Thursdays: Jim's House of Pottery

The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts hosts a series of pottery classes led by Jim Horsford. This six-week program will take people of any experience level through a step-by-step process on how to create pots, mugs and bowls using clay. Click HERE for a weekly breakdown of the pottery program. Choose from either Tuesdays beginning May 8 or Thursdays beginning May 10.

Tuesday, May 8 | 6:30pm-9pm | Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renee Avenue | 413-499-9348 | $220


Tuesday: Mountain Man Columnist

Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum present this book talk by "Mountain Man" columnist Henry Kranz. This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 8 | 7pm | Berkshire Athenaeum | 1 Wendell Avenue | 413-443-9480 | FREE


Wednesday: Living History: Lecture and Artifacts from Shaker Village

Hancock Shaker Village and The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum present a lecture entitled Living History: Lecture and Artifacts from Shaker Village with Trish Farell. The event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, May 9 | 11am | Berkshire Athenaeum | 1 Wendell Avenue | 413-499-9480 | FREE


Thursday: Arts Educator's Reception at Ferrin Gallery

The Ferrin Gallery and IS183 host a reception to honor K-12 arts educators in the Berkshires. Light fare and beverages will be provided. RSVPs are requested to Brielle Rizzotti, IS183 Program and Marketing Coordinator, by Monday May 7.

Thursday, May 10 | 5pm-7pm | Ferrin Gallery | 437 North Street | 413-298-5252, ext. 103


Thursday: Young Artists' Open Mic

The Marketplace Cafe presents its monthly open mic night for performers under 21, hosted by Katherine Winston. The second Thursday of every month, The Marketplace invites any and all local talent to share their performing skills in its intimate environment for many to listen to and enjoy.

Thursday, May 10 | 6:30pm–8:30pm | The Marketplace Cafe | 53 North Street | 413-358-4777 | No cover


Thursday: BINGO: The Musical at Taconic

Taconic High School Theatre Department presents BINGO: The Musical by Michael Heitzman and Ilene Reid. Bingo is a splashy, zippy, outrageously-funny new musical. Meet Vern, Honey, and Patsy—three pals that have driven through a terrible storm in the name of their weekly obsession. In between their number calling, strange rituals and fierce competitions, love blossoms and long lost friends reunite.

Thursday, May 10 | 7pm | Taconic High School | 96 Valentine Road | 413-448-9634 | $8


Thursday: Nostalgia at The Garage

The Garage presents a live hip-hop showcase featuring Pittsfield-based group Nostalgia and host DJ Quikmonee, inside The Colonial Theatre. Nostalgia comprised of members DRAMATIC and J.Soul have been performing together for the past 10 years, priding themselves on playing locally-grown hip-hop with a message.

Thursday, May 10 | 10pm | The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-997-4444 | $5

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