Cultural Pittsfield This Week: September 21-27

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Side by Side at Little Cinema  

Friday-Monday: Side by Side at The Little Cinema

Side by Side is a documentary directed by Chris Kenneally.  Actor Keanu Reeves, acting as host, explores the development of cinema and the impact of digital filmmaking via in-depth interviews with Hollywood masters, such as James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Steven Soderbergh, and many more.

Friday-Monday, September 21-24 | 7pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $5

Found at Colonial Theatre  

Friday: One Weekend Only! Pre-Broadway Musical Found at the Colonial

Found is an original musical about the life and loves of indie writer-artist, Davy. Painted over the backdrop of hilarious and heartbreaking actual found ephemera. Found explores not just the things, but the people we find in life and proves we all have stories worth telling.  Based on the brainchild of Davy Rothbart and written by a collaboration consisting of book writer Hunter Bell, composer/lyricist Eli Bolin and Lee Overtree and the Story Pirates.

Friday & Saturday, September 21-22 |  Friday 7:30pm; Saturday 2pm & 7:30pm | The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-997-4444 | $25 & $75

Dr. Ruth at BSC  

Friday-Thursday:  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. From fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America.  Starring Debra Jo Rump, Dr. Ruth, All the Way is filled with the humor, honesty and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became Dr. Ruth, the internationally known radio and TV sexpert.

Friday-Sunday, September 21-October 7 | Wed-Fri 7:30pm, Sat 4pm & 8pm Sun 3pm  | Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center | 36 Linden Street | 413-236-8888  | $40-$49

Amanda McBroom and George Ball  

Friday & Sunday:   Brel in the Berkshires!

World-renowned cabaret performer 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.

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

Latin Night at Chameleons  

Friday & Saturday:  African & Latin Dance Nights at Chameleons!

Hosted by Alex 'de binque' and Foot Step Market, Friday's African Dance Night will excite music and dance lovers in plenty of ways. Guests can expect a wide range of musical stylings, including strictly-soukouss, coupe decale', hip life, naija, zaiko congo, mbalax, reggae and everything African. Saturday DJ Snake spins the best of salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton, cumbia and more. 

Friday & Saturday, September 22-23 | 9pm | Chameleons | 1350 East Street | 413-499-2582 | Fri $5 & Sat $3

Rev Tor  

Friday:  Rev Tor Solo Show at Port-Smitt's 

We're thrilled that Port-Smitt's Lakeway Restaurant near Onota Lake is hosting live music every week.  This Friday enjoy Tor Krautner of Rev Tor solo. With the use of a looping unit, Tor creates tasty yet infectious grooves allowing him to build the song and improvise over it as he goes, essentially becoming a one man band.

Friday, September 14 | 8pm | Port-Smitt's Lakeway Restaurant | 370 Pecks Road | 413-236-5727 | FREE


Berkshire BioBlitz  

Saturday & Sunday:  Berkshire Bio-Blitz at Burbank Park at Onota Lake

Scientists, naturalists, and educators will be giving walks and talks in an action-packed weekend designed as part scientific endeavor, environmental festival, and part educational program. Scientists come together to count as many species as they can in a given area over a 24-hour period.  A Bio-Blitz increases the public's awareness of the variety of life in their area and the importance of that diversity. We may take for granted clean water, fertile soil, and clean air to breathe. Yet these resources are the result of a healthy ecosystem supported by local plants and animals.

Click Here For A Complete List of Events.

Saturday & Sunday, September 22-23 | Sat 9am-10pm Sun 9am-12pm | Burbank Park at Onota Lake | 413-394-9773 | FREE

Canoe Meadows  

Saturday:  Bird Walk at Canoe Meadows

Join Audubon sanctuary director Rene Laubach on a guided walk through meadows and woodlands along the Housatonic River to view fall migrating birds. A spotting scope will be available for close-up views. (And bring binoculars, if you have them!)  The walk is 1.5 miles, 2 hours. This walk is a part of this year's Heritage Walks, more than 50 free, guided walks throughout the Upper Housatonic Valley!

Saturday, September 22 | 9am | Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary | Holmes Road | Pre-registration requested 413-637-0320 | FREE

Colonial Theatre  

Saturday & SundayFree Historic Colonial Theatre Tour

Journey through the history of the Gilded Age Colonial Theatre as historians Bob Boland and Bill Munn share the story of the 1903 world-class theatre and National Historic Treasure.   Wear sensible shoes for standing, walking, and stair climbing through 3 levels and backstage areas. There is elevator access.  This is also a part of the Heritage Walks weekend!

Saturday & Sunday, September 22-23 | 10am-11am | The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-448-8084 x 31 (Pre-registration requested) | FREE

Sweater Chop Shop  

Saturday:  Sweater Chopshop with Crispina ffrench

Finish a recycled sweater to wear home along with a head full of fond memories and inspiration.  No experience necessary.  Price includes the use of all tools, wool sweaters, and lunch. Additional materials and tools will be available for purchase to take home. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday, September 22 |  10am-5pm | Alchemy Initiative | 40 Melville Street | 413-236-9600  | $160

Big Head Books  

Saturday:  Author Meet and Greet at Berkshire Athenaeum

Big Head Books and the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum will host a free author event featuring Young Adult Author Nik Davies. The event will begin with a meet and greet and will include:  Inside the Authors Studio Q&A session with Ty Allan Jackson, Book synopsis and teaser of the sequel Still Fifteen, Snacks & beverages and Giveaways.

Saturday, September 22 | 12pm | Berkshire Athenaeum | One Wendell Avenue | 646-207-8360 | FREE

We Still Live Here  

Saturday:  Rethink! American Indian Art Film Festival at Little Cinema

As part of Rethink! American Indian Art at Berkshire Museum, Little Cinema will hold a film festival.  The films are free with Museum admission.  The film schedule is as follows:  12pm: Great Falls, 2pm: Aboriginal Architecture, Living Architecture, 4pm: We Still Live Here.  Click here for full details.

Saturday, September 22 | 12pm-5pm | Little Cinema at Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | FREE with Museum Admission; $13 adult; $6 child; Museum members & children 3 and under FREE

Barrington Stage Company  

Saturday:  Behind the Scenes Tour at Barrington Stage Company

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Barrington Stage Company with Jeff Roudabush, Director of Production. Learn about the building's 100-year history and 2005 renovation. Stand on the main stage and tour the lower level, including the stars' dressing rooms. Also tour the costume shop and props. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for stairs. This is part of the Heritage Walks weekend. 

Saturday, September 22 | 1pm | Barrington Stage Company Main Stage | 30 Union Street | (413)-236-8888 | FREE

Mentoring Project BSC  

Saturday:  Barrington Stage's Playwright Mentoring Project Benefit at Spice Dragon

Barrington Stage Company hosts a benefit for its award-winning Playwright Mentoring Project (PMP) with Grammy Award-winner Amanda McBroom's Brel in the Berkshires! with George Ball and Michele Brourman.  PMP is an intensive, six-month, out-of-school activity that uses theatre as a catalyst to help at-risk youth learn valuable life skills that will aid them in developing positive self-images.

Saturday, September 22 | Dinner 5pm;  Performance 8pm; Dessert & Champagne Reception 9:30pm | Spice Dragon | 297 North Street | 413-997-6116 | $100-$150

Take One Car  

Saturday:  Take One Car at Chameleons 

Don't miss the return of Indie Rock band Take One Car making their fifth appearance in Pittsfield.  Take One Car will be playing hits from their double album It's Going to Be A Nice Day.  Also appearing will be local bands Amerikan Citizens, On the Shoulders of Giants and Exovox.

Saturday, September 22 | 8pm | Chameleons | 1350 East Street | 413-499-2582 | 21+ $5 18-20 $8

Town Players of Pittsfield  

Sunday:  What's Wrong With This Picture? 

The Town Players of Pittsfield presents a staged reading of What's Wrong With This Picture? a two-act play by the esteemed playwright, Donald Margulies.  This is about a family sitting shiva for the mother who has tragically died but then returns from the grave to take care of some unfinished business.

Sunday, September 23 | 2pm | The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renne Avenue | 413-443-9279 | $5


Sunday:  Melville's Trail Walk at Arrowhead Museum

Berkshire Historical Society curator Will Garrison will lead this one mile trail hike at Arrowhead, Herman Melville's Berkshire farmhouse.  The trail is somewhat hilly and rough, but is mown. There are benches for sitting and great views of Mt. Greylock.  

Sunday, September 23 | 2pm | Arrowhead | 780 Holmes Road | Pre-registration requested 413-442-1793 | FREE

Move to Move  

Sunday:  Move to Move at Berkshire Museum

Move to Move is an evening of four contemporary dance masterpieces from the Nederlands Dans Theater on the big screen: Left Right Left Right (choreography by Alexander Ekman), Silent Screen (Sol Léon & Paul Lightfoot), Secus (Ohad Naharin), and the world premiere of Shine A Light, a new work by Leon and Lightfoot.  A review in the New York Times says that if you see one live performance this year, this is the one to see.

Sunday & Tuesday, September 23 & 25 |  Sun 2pm, Tue 7pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171  | $14, members $12.50

Emerson Quartet  

Sunday: Emerson String Quartet at South Mountain 

Sunday afternoon enjoy the Emerson String Quartet with- Paul Neubauer, viola; Colin Carr, cello.  The Emerson String Quartet is a New York–based string quartet in residence at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. The Quartet stands alone in the history of string quartets with an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades including more than thirty acclaimed recordings since 1987 and nine Grammy® Awards.

Sunday, September 23 | 3pm | South Mountain Concerts | 870 South Street | 413-442-2106 | $40

Lakecia Benjamin  

Wednesday:  Lakecia Benjamin at Chameleons 

Get your funk on with Dynamic soul/funk saxophonist Lakecia BenjaminShe has recorded with Stevie Wonder, Alisha Keys, The Roots and Macy Gray and will be playing songs from her debut album Retox.

Wednesday, September 26 | 8pm | Chameleons | 1350 East Street | 413-499-2582 | 21+ $8 18-20 $10

Kenny Rogers  

Thursday:  Kenny Rogers at the Colonial Theatre

Country Legend Kenny Rogers ventures to The Colonial Theatre stage with his unique storytelling ability and soulful voice. Rogers has continued his amazing run into the 21st century with a critically acclaimed album (Water and Bridges) and hit single, I Can't Unlove You, a gold certified record (21 Number Ones), and now, the sweetly timeless The Love of God.

Thursday, September 27 | 8pm | The Colonial Theare | 111 South Street | 413-997-4444 | $50-$125

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