Cultural Pittsfield This Week: September 14-20

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Breakdancing at Y


Fridays or Saturdays:  Breakdancing Classes!

This introductory breakdancing course will take participants through the fundamental building blocks of breakdancing. Led by instructor Andres Ramirez, the class will help participants develop coordination and overall confidence. Andres has taught throughout the county and is able to teach a range of levels and abilities. 

Fridays or Saturdays, September 14-November 3 |Ages 6-12: Fri 4pm-4:45pm or Sat 3:45pm-4:30pm; Ages 12+: Sat. 5pm-6pm | Pittsfield Family YMCA | 292 North Street | 413-499-7650, ext.33 | $70, $45 members

Open Mic Night at Marketplace Cafe  

Friday: Open Mic at the Marketplace Cafe

The Marketplace Cafe presents its monthly Young Artists Open Mic night, hosted by Katherine Winston.  The Marketplace hosts open mic nights each month, inviting any and all local talent to flaunt their performing skills in its intimate environment for many to listen to and enjoy. For performers 21 years old and younger.

Friday, September 14 | 6:30pm–8:30pm | The Marketplace Cafe | 53 North St. | 413-358-477

Dark Horse  

Friday-Monday: Dark Horse at The Little Cinema

Dark Horse is a Todd Solondz-directed satire on family relationships and the frequent missteps of adulthood, starring Mia Farrow, Christopher Walken, and Selma Blair. The story of a longtime dark horse struggling to come from behind, this is a poignant and provocative portrait of a besieged man-child and his fractured family. Solondz also directed the groundbreaking Welcome to the Dollhouse and Happiness. "Dark Horse is the most mature film of his career, and maybe the greatest." - LA Weekly

Friday-Monday, September 14-17 | Fri-Mon 7pm, Mon 2pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $5


Friday:  Dancehall Bashment Party at Chameleons 

Get your groove on with a night of dancehall, classic hip hop and 90s R&B.  DJ Dubfly will be spinning all kinds of hits all night long. 

Friday, September 14 | 8pm | Chameleons | 1350 East Street | 413-499-2582 | $3


Friday & Saturday: Live Music at Flavours

Flavours of Malaysia presents Just N Kace Friday night and WYKYD Saturday night.  Berkshire-based Just N Kace has something for every one, oldies, country-rock, as well as good old fashioned rock and roll.  WYKYD is a high energy female fronted party band playing hits from all genres. For adults 21 and over.

Friday & Saturday, September 14 & 15 | 10pm | Flavours of Malaysia | 75 North Street | 413-443-3188 | $5

September 11  

Saturday:  Free Admission to First Responders at Berkshire Museum

In honor of the 11th anniversary of September 11th, Berkshire Museum is starting a tradition of offering the Saturday after 9/11 as a free day for first responders every year.  Berkshire Museum will offer free admission to first responders and up to three family members.  The Berkshire Museum family honors those who work to ensure the safety and well-being of all citizens by offering a place for first responders – EMS, police officers, and firefighters – to enjoy their time with loved ones. Please present a valid ID card at the front desk.

Saturday, September 15 | 10am-5pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | FREE admission for first responders

David Grover  

Saturday:  Second Annual HillcrestFest

The day will feature nationally reknowned musician David Grover, Bowey the Clown, pony rides, bounce houses, face painting, spin and balloon art, raffle, and a digital photo booth. Ice cream is free with hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages available for one-dollar purchase.  Shuttle service is available from Berkshire Life.

Saturday, September 15 | 11am-3pm | Hillcrest Educational Centers | 788 South Street | 413-499-7924, ext.133 | FREE


Saturday: Downtown Public Art Walking Tour 

Take a stroll upstreet for an Artscape walking tour with Craig Langlois. People of all ages are invited to walk through historic downtown Pittsfield to enjoy and discuss some of the nearly 50 pieces of public art including sculptures, mixed media installations and murals. Don't miss this year's sculptures with a Melville theme!

Saturday, September 15 | 1pm-2:30pm | Pittsfield Visitors Center at The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-499-9370  | FREE

HSV Bee Workshop  

Saturday: Bees & Honey at Hancock Shaker Village

Hancock Shaker Village invites you to learn about all the buzz surrounding bees and their role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. The Shakers kept bees as pollinators and a source for delicious honey and useful beeswax. Join beekeeper Joe Moncecchi as he checks on the hives in the honey yard at the Village. See the inner workings of the bees in full summer operation and learn about the fascinating world of honeybees!

Saturday, September 15 | 2pm | Hancock Shaker Village | 1843 West Housatonic Street | 413-443-0188 | adults $17, youth 13-17 $8, children 12 & under & Village members FREE

Story Pirates  

Saturday: Story Pirates at the Colonial

While many children's theater troupes tell stories to kids, the Story Pirates believe that every child has a story to tell!  The process begins by collecting stories from local kids — whether it's a world where cats can fly or a rock opera about fuzzy alien tickle monsters, the Pirates will turn any short story into a hilarious sketch comedy musical! Monty Python meets Schoolhouse Rock!

Saturday, September 15 | 2pm | The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-997-4444 | $15

Ballroom Dancing  

Saturday:  A Night of Dancing at the Masonic Temple

Berkshire Ballroom Dancers/USA Dance host this night of dancing, featuring ballroom dancing and a free, light refreshments. Live music will be provided by Champagne Jam to kick off the dance party at 7:45pm. There will also be free, basic dance lessons prior to that at 7pm.

Saturday, September 15 | 7pm–11pm | Masonic Temple | 116 South Street | 413-684-1510 | general admission $13, USA Dance members $9, students $5


Sunday:  Zumbathon at Pittsfield Family YMCA

Zumba the afternoon away for a good cause.  All ages and fitness levels are welcome.  There will be a Chinese auction and zumbawear available for purchase.  Proceeds benefit the Baystate Health Foundation—Rays of Hope. 

Sunday, September 16 | 2pm-4pm | Pittsfield Family YMCA | 292 North Street | 413-652-1350 | $10


Sunday: Punk Rock Matinee 

Don't miss this great matinee, former members of local powerhouse rock act Armory will be sharing a bill.  Servants will be making this performance their last stop on a tour that took them throughout the northeast.  The Pioneer Valley's Tensor will be making their first appearance in the Berkshires and locals Kardia rounds out this fine afternoon of music. 

Sunday, September 16 | 2pm | Chameleons | 1350 East Street | 413-499-2582 | $5

Jazz Jam  

Sunday: Free Jazz Jam at the Lichtenstein

Every month on the third Sunday, you're invited to join the monthly free jazz jam at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in upstreet Pittsfield. Sit back and enjoy an afternoon full of great music or bring your instrument and join in.

Sunday, September 16 | 3pm-5pm | Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renne Avenue | 413-499-9348 | FREE

Grant Writing  

Monday:  Proposal Writing Basics: Key Components of a Grant-Seeking Proposal

Luz Rodriguez, a professional trainer from the Foundation Center in New York City, leads this FREE class that include how a proposal fits into the overall grant-seeking process; tips for making each section of a proposal stronger; what should be included in a standard proposal to a foundation; what funders expect to see in a proposal and its attachments; tips for communicating with funders during the grant process; and additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals. Specific attention will be give to issues of interest to the arts community; and there will be time for questions.

Monday, September 17 | 3pm-4:30pm | Berkshire Athenaeum | One Wendell Avenue | 413-499-9480, ext.202 | FREE

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet  

Tuesday: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet!

Garrison Keiller calls them "the greatest Cajun band in the world" and they're coming to Pittsfield! Grammy Award­–winning Cajun band BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet presents a concert to benefit Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity. Plus legendary musician Charles Neville will make a special guest appearance, and Annie Guthrie opens the show.  Great music for a great cause!

Tuesday, September 18  | doors 7pm, concert 8pm | Crowne Plaza | One West Street | 413-442-3181  | $50-$75

Lego Club  

Wednesdays:  LEGO Club at the Berkshire Athenaeum!

The Berkshire Athenaeum invites any school aged LEGO enthusiast to share ideas and creative energy during monthly meetings of the new LEGO Club. Enjoy an hour of socializing with other LEGO fanatics, listening to music, using your imagination and sharing your ideas with your peers.  Please note that any child under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.

3rd Wednesdays of month | 3:30pm-4:30pm | Berkshire Athenaeum | One Wendell Avenue | 413-499-9480, ext.5 | FREE


Wednesday:  Pittsfield Cultural Council Reception & Info Session

The Pittsfield Cultural Council hosts a grant writing info session to assist anyone interested in applying for funds for the 2013 grant cycle.  This is an excellent opportunity to meet with members of the Council to ask either general or specific questions about potential applications. The workshop will be followed by a reception in honor of the Pittsfield Cultural Council's 2012 grant award recipients from 7 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. 

Wednesday, September 19 | 6pm-8pm | Spice Dragon | 297 North Street | 413-464-9761 | FREE

Dr. Ruth at BSC  

Wednesday+: The Return of Dr. Ruth, All the Way at Barrington Stage

Following a sold-out run of the world premiere of Dr. Ruth, All the Way, Barrington Stage Company is proud to present its fall return.  Everyone knows the pioneering radio and television sex therapist Dr. Ruth but few know the incredible journey that preceded it. Starring Debra Jo Rupp, Dr. Ruth, All the Way is "exquisite…flawless…a fine piece of theater…casting Debra Jo Rupp is quite nearly a stroke of genius…a triumph…”  ~ADVOCATE WEEKLY

Wednesday-Sunday, September 19-October 7 | times and dates vary  | Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center | 36 Linden Street | 413-236-8888  | $40-$49

Walk A Mile  

Thursday:  September's 3rd.Thursdays is all about Fashion!

Join us upstreet next Thursday for great music, food, fun and more! Don't miss the second annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes benefit for the Elizabeth Freeman Center, kicking off at 6pm. And we'll be featuring a fabulous Goodwill affordable recycled fashion show at Palace Park followed by the Upstreet Fashion Show featuring downtown shops, designers, and stylists, including Jess et Mia, Diedre's Special Day, Bespoke Costuming, Kidding Around Consignment, Ancient Languages, Berkshire Running Center, Crispina, and more! Sneak preview coming soon.

Thursday, September 20 | 5pm–8pm | Upstreet Pittsfield | 413-499-9348 | FREE

Amanda McBroom and George Ball  

Thursday, Friday & Sunday:  Barrington Stage presents Brel in the Berkshires at Spice Dragon

Amanda McBroom returns to Barrington Stage following prior sold out engagements and will be joined by her husband George Ball. Together they will bring the music of Jaques Brel – one of the world's most passionate singer/songwriters – to Spice Dragon's second floor cabaret.

Thursday, Friday & Sunday, September 20,21, & 23 | Thurs & Fri 7:30pm Sun 3pm | Second Floor Cabaret, Spice Dragon | 297 North Street | 413-236-8888 | $35-$45

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