Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 7-13

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First Fridays Artswalk  

Friday:  First Fridays Artswalk Tonight!

You're invited to come out and explore Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District's shops, restaurants and galleries tonight and check out artwork by dozens of talented local artists! Enjoy artist talks by Maggie Mailer and Grier Horner, have your fortune told with Moby Dick fortunetelling cards by artist Joanne Spies, and much more.  Click here for a map and the full list of exhibitors.

Friday, September 7 | 5-8pm | upstreet Pittsfield | 413-499-9348 | FREE


Friday-Sunday: Oliver! at the Colonial!

Berkshire Theatre Group presents the beloved musical  Oliver! their 7th annual Children's Theatre Company production featuring over 200 children and adults from the local community. Adapted from Charles Dickens' novel, Oliver Twist, Oliver! follows the story of a poor boy sold to an undertakers' family from an orphanage. One weekend only!

Friday-Sunday, September 7-9 | Friday 7:30pm; Saturday 2pm & 7:30pm; Sunday 2pm | The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-997-4444 | $10-$25

Neil Young  

Friday-Monday: Neil Young Journeys at The Little Cinema

Journeys is a personal, retrospective look into the heart and soul of Neil Young. The movie takes place in May of 2011, when Neil Young drove from his idyllic hometown of Omemee, Ontario to downtown Toronto's iconic Massey Hall to perform. Along the drive, Young recounted insightful and introspective stories from his youth to filmmaker Jonathan Demme.

Friday-Monday, September 7-10 | Fri-Mon 7pm Mon 2pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $5


Friday & Saturday: Live Music at Flavours

Flavours of Malaysia presents Modest Me Friday night and SIRSY (pictured left) Saturday night.  Pittsfield-based Modest Me has something for everyone: reggae, retro, ska, jazz, funk, blues, rock, even a little hint of metal on occasion.  SIRSY is a soulful indie pop rock duo out of Albany, whose local popularity is certain to make their show a great time. For adults 21 and over.

Friday & Saturday, September 7 & 8 | 10pm | Flavours of Malaysia | 75 North Street | 413-443-3188 | $5

Pittsfield Youth Summit  

Saturday: Pittsfield Youth Summit 

The Pittsfield Youth Summit is a FREE daylong event of youth-driven workshops for ages 13-20..  Topics will range from college and career readiness to issues of racism and sexism.  Former NBA star Jayson Williams will be there to talk about his rise and fall from fame,and a free bus is available at 8am from Palace Park on North Street.

Saturday, September 8 | 8:30am-4:30pm  | Berkshire Community College | 1350 West Street | 413-841-8770 | FREE

Berkshire Music School Open House  

Saturday:  Open House at Berkshire Music School

Toot your own horn during the free Open House at Berkshire Music School.  There will be an opportunity for you and your children to check out all kinds of instruments at the instrument petting zoo, see what music classes are available and meet some of the faculty members.  Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, September 8 | 10am-12pm | 30 Wendell Avenue | 413- 442-1411 | FREE


Saturday:  Discover Tyler Street Celebration!

Discover Tyler Street returns for the third year with a FREE fun street party that features live music and entertainment, including Minor Setback, Jill Gallagher Band, Terry a la Berry and Jim Walker. There will also be a bounce house, the dunking booth, activities for kids, a petting zoo, information booths, local vendors,a beer tent, and more! Come out and discover Tyler Street!

Saturday, September 8 | 11am-3pm | Tyler Street | 413- 448-6257 | FREE

Children's Chorus  

Saturday:  Blafield Children's Chorus Rehearsals.

Berkshire Lyric's Blafield Children's Chorus will begin rehearsals in preparation for the fall season.  It is open to area children ages 6 to 13.  The season includes two Christmas concerts, December 1 in Stockbridge and December 9 in Pittsfield. 

Saturday, September 8 | 10am-11am |  Berkshire Athenaeum | 1 Wendell Ave. | 413- 298-5365 | FREE

HSV Oval Box Workshop  

Saturday & Sunday:  Advanced Oval Box Workshop at Hancock Shaker Village

Build on your woodworking skills and master the form of the Oval Box at Hancock Shaker Village. This class will be lighter on group instruction and allow more individual work time with assistance from instructor Steve Grasselli. Students may make bigger boxes than in the Box Basics, or advance to other box-like projects such as oval carriers or trays. Box Basics or similar prior instruction is a prerequisite.

Saturday & Sunday, September 8-9 | 9am-4pm | Hancock Shaker Village | 1843 West Housatonic Street | 413-443-0188 | $250

HSV Auction  

Saturday:  Shaker Collection Auction at Hancock Shaker Village

Willis Henry Auctions presents the Shaker Collection of Drs. J. J. Gerald and Miriam McCue at an auction.  This will be Session One of the sale of the McCue Collection, and highlights original Shaker furniture and artifacts, many of which have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Click here for more information, including preview times.

Saturday, September 8 | 1pm | Hancock Shaker Village | 1843 West Housatonic Street | 413-443-0188 | FREE

Youth Alive  

Saturday: Pittsfield Youth Summit evening show

The after-hours show includes performances by hip hop dancer Mackenzie Buckley; Youth Alive step dancers; rappers Young Gwop from Hartford; and Buddha Da Great from New York City; singer Christine Bile; and a performance by TriState Empire. 

Saturday, September 8 | 8pm | Berkshire Community College Auditorium | 1350 West Street | 413-499-9348 | $5 or FREE for Youth Summit attendees

Crunk Witch  

Saturday:  International Techno at Chameleons 

Get wild with New England's electro-dub-trash duo known as Crunk Witch along with Italy's electronic funk progressive trio known as Tubax.  DJ Bruno will be spinning all kinds of techno all night long.

Saturday, September 8 | 8pm | Chameleons | 1350 East Street | 413-499-2582 | 21+ $5/ under 21 $8


Greylock the Band  

Saturday:  Greylock the Band at Spice Dragon

Grab a table and some good food and drink and then dance the night away to Greylock~ the band, who plays classic rock songs including Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Chicago and lots more.

Saturday, September 8 | 9pm | Spice Dragon | 297 North Street | 413-443-1234 | FREE

Sharing Roots  

Sunday:  Festival of Sharing Roots!

This yearly festive event highlights the many cultures that comprise the St. Joseph parish community. It began as a way to recognize and celebrate the diversity of people and families working together following the 9/11 tragedy. There will be live music, food booths from around the world, including American, African, Brazilian, French, Irish, Italian, Latino, Lebanese and Polish. Plus children's activities including Kiddy Land, a Bounce House, face painting and games, and more!

Sunday, September 9 | 12pm-5pm | St. Joseph Church | 414 North Street | 413-443-6501 | FREE

Lighthouse at Boys' & Girls' Club  

Sunday:  Legends of Lighthouse Reunion at the Boys & Girls Club

Remember the high school dances in the Club's Lighthouse?  Join Master of Ceremony Bobby Dick of the Sundowners for an all afternoon reunion of those 60's and 70's bands.  Go back in time with the Continentals, Mick Valenti, the Corvairs and dozens of other bands. Click here for a full schedule for the Lighthouse Reunion and where you can purchase tickets!

Sunday, September 9 | 12pm-6pm | Boys & Girls Club of Pittsfield | 16 Melville Street | 413-448-8258 | $5-$15

American String Quartet  

Sunday:  American String Quartet

South Mountain Concerts presents the  American String Quartet with Menahem Pressler, piano; and Richard Stoltzman, clarinet, performing Mozart's Trio in E-flat Major, K. 408; Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581; and the Schumann-Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44. Pittsfield's South Mountain Concert Hall, built in 1918, was specifically designed for chamber music. Leonard Bernstein, Gary Graffman, Leontyne Price, Alexander Schneider, Rudolph Serkin and Peter Serkin have performed there.

Sunday, September 9 | 3pm | South Mountain Concerts | 870 South Street | 413-442-2106 | $40

Berkshire Carousel  

Monday:  EPOCH reception celebrates Berkshire Carousel

EPOCH Assisted Living at Melbourne will host a reception for several wooden carousel carvers as well as Maria Caccaviello, the director of Berkshire Carousel.  Guests will learn from the carvers how they do their craft. Several carousel pieces will be on hand for visitors to see up close.

Monday, September 10 | 6:30pm | EPOCH Assisted Living at Melbourne | 140 Melbourne Road | 413-499-1992 | FREE

Adult Improv  

Monday:  Adult Improv Class at the YMCA!

Try something new this fall! Learn how to think on your feet and perform improvisional comedy like the show Whose Line is it Anyway?  For adults ages 18 years and older.

Mondays, September 10-November 19 | 7:30pm-9pm | Pittsfield Family YMCA | 292 North Street | 413-499-7650 | $50 members; $75 non-members

Jessica Storie  

Thursday:  Jessica Nicole Storie at the Marketplace Cafe

Thursday Live features Jessica Nicole Storie. She has been playing guitar for eight years and writes songs inspired by events in her own young life.  A graduate of Wahconah Regional High School, Jessica is currently studying Elementary Education at Berkshire Community College.

Thursday, September 13 | 6:30pm–8:30pm | The Marketplace Cafe | 53 North Street | 413-358-4777 | FREE

Too Human  

Thursday:  A Celebration of Song at the Berkshire Athenaeum

A Celebration of Song with Too Human.  The Springfield-based jazzy bluesy band features vocals, guitar, percussion and upright bass. The event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Pittsfield Cultural Council.

Thursday, September 13 | 7pm | The Berkshire Athenaeum | One Wendell Avenue | 413-499-9480 | FREE

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