Cultural Pittsfield: May 11-17

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Friday: Craft Beer & Local Dinner at Dottie's

Dottie's Coffee Lounge presents an organic, local dinner fit with beer pairings by New England breweries. This five-course dinner features locally-sourced food from farms like Ioka Valley and Laehy. Beer will be provided by Kelly's Package Store in Dalton. Click HERE for a full menu.

Friday, May 11 | 6:45 p.m. | Dottie's Coffee Lounge | 444 North Street

  Friday: 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.

Friday, May 11 | 7 p.m. | Taconic High School | 96 Valentine Road | 413-448-9634 | $8


Friday-Monday: Small, Beautifully Moving Parts at the Little Cinema

The Little Cinema present Small, Beautifully Moving Parts, a film about motherhood, as part of its regular series of independent and popular movie screenings inside the Berkshire Museum.

Click HERE to watch a trailer of Small, Beautifully Moving Parts and learn more about the film.

Friday-Monday, May 11-14 | Friday-Monday
7 p.m., Monday 1pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $5


Friday: Jazz and Art at the Lichtenstein

Enjoy new art and live jazz from the Blue Light Trio tonight at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts at a creative fundraiser for the upcoming Pitt Park Heritage Festival, scheduled for June 30th 2012.

Friday, May 11 | 5 - 9 p.m. | Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renne Ave | 413-499-9348 | $20,$30 a couple


Friday-Sunday: The Producers at BCC

The Berkshire Community College Players presents a performance of the popular Mel Brooks musical comedy The Producers, directed by Tom Towne. Described as an "equal opportunity offender,” The Producers follows the antics of Max Bialystock, a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer, and his mild-mannered accountant, Leo Bloom, whose scheme to produce the most notorious flop in Broadway history was foiled when the show became a smash hit!

Click HERE to learn more about The Producers, including the cast members.

Friday-Sunday, May 11-13 | Friday & Saturday
8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. | Berkshire Community College | 1350 West Street | 413-499-0886 | $10 general admission, $5 BCC students, faculty/staff, senior citizens


Friday & Saturday: Dance Till Your Feet Fall Off & Modest Me at Spice

Spice Dragon presents another full weekend of live entertainment with DJ Dance Till Your Feet Fall Off on Friday and the band Modest Me on Saturday. Late-night menu will be available.

Friday, May 11 | 9 p.m. | Spice Dragon | 297 North Street | 413-443-1234 | No cover


Saturday: Backyard Beekeeping Workshop

Visit Hancock Shaker Village and learn the benefits of beekeeping for your home and your community. Workshop includes all materials for building a beehive, most of which you'll assemble by the end of the day with the guidance of our expert instructor. Instructor Joe Moncecchi, the village beekeeper, who has been keeping bees over two decades, will teach you about hiving bees and review a checklist of helpful equipment. Click HERE for more details on the Backyard Beekeeping Workshop.

Saturday, May 12 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Hancock Shaker Village | 1843 West Housatonic Street | 413-443-0188 | $190


Saturday: The Eagles Big Band at EPOCH

EPOCH Assisted Living at Melbourne hosts a musical performance by The Eagles Big Band, Berkshire County's oldest continuous performance ensemble. Click HERE to learn more about The Eagles Band.

Saturday, May 12 | 2 p.m. | EPOCH Assisted Living | 140 Melbourne Road | 413-499-1992 | FREE


Saturday: Rhythmic Circus at The Colonial

The Colonial Theatre presents Rhythmic Circus, the percussive-dance phenomenon that features a variety of musical flavors. From Minneapolis funk to salsa, this group's music is enlivened by a seven-piece band, vocalists and a beat-boxer. Click HERE to watch a clip from one of the Rhythmic Circus performances.

Saturday, May 12 | 8 p.m. | The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 997-4444 | $35/$25/$15


Saturday: Billy & Joe at Chameleons

Chameleons Nightclub presents Billy, from the group Billy & the Lost Boys, and Joe McMahon, of the band Smoke or Fire, playing a special acoustic set. Joining Billy and Joe will be Rob Sanzone and J, of OJ. For adults 18 and older.

Click HERE to sample the music of Billy the Kid and Joe McMahon.

Saturday, May 12 | 8 p.m. | Chameleons Nightclub | 1350 East Street | 413-499-2582


Saturday: DJ BFG + Drew Suto After Party at The Garage

The Garage presents DJ BFG & Drew Suto live inside the lobby of The Colonial Theatre, as part of an after-party for the Rhythmic Circus performance. DJ BFG—Pittsfield author Gabriel Squailia—is an old-school mixologist, trained at NYC's Scratch Academy in 2003, while Drew Suto is a video projectionist from Albany. This event is open to the public.

Saturday, May 12 | 10 p.m. | The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-997-4444 | $3 at door; FREE with Rhythmic Circus ticket


Sunday: Demo Day at Pittsfield State Forest

Berkshire Bike & Board presents a day of test riding bicycles at the Pittsfield State Forest. With the help of Scott and Santa Cruz Bicycles, Berkshire Bike & Board is bringing you the best bikes to test ride. The "Ride a Scott and Santa Cruz Tour" rig will be packed with 2012 Mountain Bikes for your enjoyment.

Sunday, May 13 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Pittsfield State Forest | 1041 Cascade Street | 413-499-9344


Sunday: The Beauty of Nature: The Art of Technology

The Berkshire Museum presents The Beauty of Nature: The Art of Technology, a lecture provided by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's Distinguished Speakers Series. OLLI presents this talk by astronaut, physician, writer, American hero and Berkshire native Dr. Story Musgrave. The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Tickets will be available at the door the day of the event. Cost of lecture does not include admission to the Museum. 

Sunday, May 13 | 3 p.m. | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | OLLI members $10, non-members $15



Young Composer's Forum at the Lichtenstein

The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts hosts this forum featuring the best in the Berkshire's young classical composers, brought to you by Close Encounters with Music. Emerging musicians Simon Brown, Brian Simalchik and Graham Cohen will present their compositions. Click HERE to learn more about the composers and the Close Encounters with Music.

Sunday, May 13 | 4 p.m. | Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renne Avenue | 413-499-9348 | FREE


Tuesday: Pittsfield Green Drinks

Hosted by Thistle & Mirth, Pittsfield Green Drinks is a very informal gathering of people interested in conservation and environmental issues on the third Tuesday of every month. Green Drinks is an international forum where people who work in the environmental field meet for a beer and snacks at informal sessions. The drinks aren't green, but the conversations are. Click HERE to learn more about Pittsfield Green Drinks.

Tuesday, May 15 | 5:15 p.m. | Thistle & Mirth | 44 West Street | 413-445-4556 ext. 14 | No cover


Tuesday: Trivia Night at Baba Louie's

Baba Louie's Sourdough Pizza presents its weekly trivia night, each Tuesday from 7pm-9pm. Enjoy organic, woodfried pizza and other outstanding cuisine as you flex your knowledge in all types of categories, from history to sports. Bring your friends, win cool prizes and dine on delicious food and drink. What better way to spend a Tuesday night?

Tuesday, May 15 | 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Baba Louie's Sourdough Pizza | 34 Depot Street | 413-499-2400 | No registration fee


Tuesday: 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 and see a trailer from the Met Opera.

Tuesday, May 15 | 7 p.m. | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $14, $12.50 members


The Love Experiment at The Garage

The Garage presents The Love Experiment, as part of its regular series of live music performances inside The Colonial Theatre. The Love Experiment is a Boston-based band featuring some of the best young musicians from around the country. The band is made up of jazz majors at the New England Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music, who decided to cross genres and create a sound that is uniquely their own.

Click HERE to learn more about The Love Experiment and sample their music.

Wednesday, May 16 | 9 p.m. | The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-997-4444 | $5


Thursday: Art in Our Schools Opens at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts!

The walls of the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will be alive with color and creativity thanks to the talents of Pittsfield public middle and high school students in the the annual Art in Our Schools show. Join us for an opening reception during 3rd.Thursdays on May 17! (Artwork at left by Shantel Reynolds of Taconic High School.)

Wednesday-Saturday, May 16-June 2 | Noon -
5 p.m. | Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renne Avenue | 413-499-9348 | FREE


Thursday: Almost, Maine at Miss Hall's

The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble presents Almost, Maine, a romantic comedy featuring love and loss in the fictional Maine town of Almost. Set in northern Maine in the middle of winter, Almost, Maine features a series of vignettes in which characters fall in and out of love, often in unexpected ways. Reservations are strongly recommended. Senior citizen and handicapped-accessible seating is available. The performance is best suited for high school students and adults.

Click HERE to learn more about the play and its cast & crew.

Thursday, May 17 | 7 p.m. | Miss Hall's School | Holmes Road | 413-395-7108 | $5


Thursday: Celebrate Youth at 3rd.Thursdays!

Yes, it's really true: 3rd.Thursdays returns to upstreet Pittsfield next Thursday, May 17th with great performances by talented young dancers, musicians, singers, actors and more from our community. North Street will be closed to traffic from Park Square to Linden Street so you and your friends and family can enjoy great shopping, dining, performances & more! Full preview newsletter coming your way next week!

Thursday, May 17 | 5 - 8 p.m. & beyond | Upstreet Cultural District | Downtown Pittsfield | 413-499-9348 |FREE

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