Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 28 - Oct. 4

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Moby Dick Rehearsed  

Friday:  Moby Dick Rehearsed at the Garage


Moby Dick Rehearsed, Orson Welles' renowned adaptation of Herman Melville's legendary novel, is a play-within-a-play directed by acclaimed director Eric Hill and performed as a staged reading one night only. A theatre company transforms into the characters ofMoby Dick to tell its epic tale of the pitfalls of obsession. One of the final events of Call Me Melville. Click here for more Call Me Melville events.


Friday, September 28 |  7:30pm | The Garage at The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-997-4444 | $10

Well Diggers Daughter  

Friday-Monday: The Well Digger's Daughter at The Little Cinema


In this remake of the 1940s classic, Daniel Auteuil stars as the well-digger Pascale, a widower living with his six daughters in the Provence countryside at the start of World War I. His eldest, Patricia, has returned home from Paris to help raise her sisters, and Pascale dreams of marrying her off to his loyal assistant Felipe. But when she's impregnated by a wealthy young pilot who promptly abandons her for the frontlines, Pascale is left to contend with the consequences.


Friday-Monday, September 28-October 1 | Fri-Mon 7pm, Mon 2pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $5

Dr. Ruth at BSC  

Friday-October 7:  Dr. Ruth, All the Way at Barrington Stage

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. Berkshire On Stage says "Dr. Ruth 2.0 outdoes the original hit… tighter, funnier and more inspirational than the Dr. Ruth we saw in June.”  

Friday-Sunday through 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

Rev Tor  

Friday:  Harvest Jamboree at Bousquet

Harvest Jamboree features Rev Tor and The Citizens with special guests Billy Keane, Ward Woolerton, Justin Allen, Todd Mack, Jordan Loder, Dave Vittone and others.  In harmony with these live music performances will be a food drive forBerkshire County Food Pantries in Need. You are asked to bring non-perishable food items. A portion of the proceeds will be used to buy additional food. For adults 21 and over.

Friday, September 28 | 8pm | Bousquet Ski Area | 101 Dan Fox Drive | 413-442-8316 | $10, $5 with food donation

T-Bone Daddy  

Friday & Saturday: Live Music at Flavours

Flavours of Malaysia presents the Tony Lee Thomas Band Friday night and T-Bone DaddySaturday night.  The Tony Lee Thomas Bandfeatures Chris Mattoon on drums, bassist Jeff King of Springfield-based The Kings, and Mike Valenti on sax.T-Bone Daddy is a high energy rockin' blues band from the Berkshires. 21+.

Friday & Saturday, September 29 & 30 | 10pm | Flavours of Malaysia | 75 North Street | 413-443-3188 | $5

Yoga on the Lake  

Saturday:  Last Weekend of Yoga & Zumba on Onota Lake with Rachel Plaine

Take your yoga practice and dance moves outside while you enjoy the beautiful Berkshires.  These all-level community classes welcome all ages and abilities. No pre-registration necessary.

Saturday, September 29 | 8:30am-9:30am (yoga); 10am-11am (zumba) | Burbank Park |Onota Lake | 413-822-2034 | $10 suggested donation


Country Fair at HSV  

Saturday & Sunday:  Country Fair at Hancock Shaker Village

The 15thAnnual Country Fair at Hancock Shaker Village celebrates the bounty of the harvest with agricultural demonstrations, wagon rides, a fabulous Farmers Market and huge tents full of the best local and regional crafters and artisans. Vendors fill the Village with fresh produce, finished farm products and crafts of all sorts. Don't miss the pie contest and, new this year, chicken races!

Saturday & Sunday, September 29-30 | 10am-5pm | Hancock Shaker Village | 1843 West Housatonic Street | 413-443-0188 | Adults $17, youth ages 13-17 $8, children 12 & under FREE, Village members FREE

Chili Cook Off  

Saturday:  2nd Annual Chili Cook Off!

Get your taste buds flowing during the 2nd Annual Chili Cook Off presented by the Real Estate Agents Charitable Task Force (REACT).  Participating restaurants include Samel's Deli, Village Pizza, Patrick's Pub, Heritage Tavern, Pancho's, Clock Tower Café, Brenda's Catering, Zucchini's, Mazzeo's, and Mad Jack's BBQ.  Chili Cook Off attendees pick the winner and proceeds go toCentral Berkshire Habitat for Humanity!

Saturday, September 29 | 5pm-8pm | American Legion | 41 Wendell Avenue | 413-442-8049  | Adults $10 Children $5

Open Mic Night at Marketplace Cafe  

Saturday:  Young Artists Open Mic Night!

The Marketplace Cafe in Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District hosts young artist open mic nights each month, inviting any and all local talent 21 years old and younger to share their performing skills in its intimate environment for many to listen to and enjoy. Come check out the talents of the next generation!

Saturday, September 29 | 6:30pm–8:30pm | The Marketplace Cafe | 53 North St. | 413-358-4777 | No cover


Woody's Roadhouse Reunion  

Saturday:  Woody's Roadhouse Reunion 

For one magical night, take a trip back to the legendary Washington, Mass. music hall, Woody's Roadhouse, where bands like The Cars, The Outlaws, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, NRBQ, Foghat, John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band, Fat, Shenandoah, The David Bromberg Band and many others rocked the house for nearly 30 years.

Saturday, September 29 |  7:30pm | The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-997-444 | $35-$45

Beach Party  

Saturday: Farewell Summer Beach Party at the Underground

Say goodbye to summer in style! Reggae rockers theEqualites will perform with prizes for best beach attire, best sun glasses and more.  Drink specials all night and half price appetizers from 7-9pm.

Saturday, September 29 |  7pm | The Underground Pub | One West Street | 413-553-2257 | $5


Malicious Tendencies  

Saturday:  Metal-Hardcore Night at Chameleons

Local favorite metal band Malicious Tendenciesheadlines the night with Wrench NeckSatan Place, and Grzelakurse also making appearances. For adults 21 and over.

Saturday, September 30 | 8pm | Chameleons | 1350 East Street | 413-499-2582 | $7


Brentano String Quartet  

Sunday:  Brentano String Quartet at South Mountain Concerts

Brentano String Quartet and Christine Brandes, soprano.  The Brentano Quartet is a string quartet founded in 1992. It is the first quartet-in-residence at Princeton University, where the members regularly teach chamber music.  They have embarked on several tours in the United States.

Sunday, September 30 | 3pm | South Mountain Concerts | 870 South Street | 413-442-2106 | $40

Town Players of Pittsfield  

Tuesday & Wednesday:  Open Auditions 

The Town Players of Pittsfield will hold open auditions for a stage reading of Sorry, Wrong Number by Lucille Fletcher, directed by Michael P. Murphy. Needed are 5 to 10 men and women of various ages. Many roles will be doubled up. The staged reading will be presented on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at the Lichtenstein Center For Arts.

Tuesday & Wednesday, October 2 & 3 | 6pm | Morningside Community School  | 100 Burbank Street | 413-443-9279 | FREE

Berkshire Athenaeum  

Tuesday:  Civil War Music and Writings 

Time travel to 1862 as the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum participate in Call Me Melville. Wintergreen plays Songs from the Civil War and Underground Railroad. Bernard Drew recounts the history of the Massachusetts 49th – the All Berkshire Regiment and Herman Melville's poem The College Colonel is read by Alex Reczkowski. 

October 2 | 7pm | Berkshire Athenaeum | One Wendell Avenue | 413-499-9480 | FREE

Lord of the Flies  

Wednesday+:  Lord of the Flies at Barrington Stage

Barrington Stage Company presents its production of William Golding's Lord of the Flies, a must-see adventure story.  The story begins with a group of English schoolboys who are stranded on an island. It ends with a group of savages playing life-and-death games. This mesmerizing and brilliant performance, adapted by Nigel Williams, is one you won't want to miss.

Wednesday, October 3-Sunday, October 21 | Wednesdays & Thursdays 7pm; Fridays & Saturdays 8pm; Sundays 3pm; Sunday, October 14 3pm; Wednesdays, October 17 & 24 2pm | Barrington Stage Company | 30 Union Street | 413-236-8888 | $15 and up

Debates at Dottie's  

Wednesday:  Presidential Debates at Dottie's

Get into politics at Dottie's. Comfort food, beer, and wine will be available for purchase and served while watching the Presidential debate on the big screen.  The debate starts at 9 but dinner will be served beginning at 7.

Wednesday, October 3 | 7pm (dinner served) 9pm (debate begins) | Dottie's Coffee Lounge | 444 North Street | 413-443-1792 | NO COVER


Sister City Jazz Ambassadors  

Thursday++:  Pittsfield City Jazz About Town!

The eighth annual Pittsfield City Jazz Festivaltakes place in various venues around upstreet Pittsfield. The music spans the spectrum of jazz, and includes the New England Jazz Ensemble with guest soloists Giacomo Gates and Ali Ryerson;The Jazz Arts Trio; Jazz About Town, local musicians performing in Pittsfield restaurants and lounges during Columbus Day weekend, and a new entry in the Jazz Prodigy series, Adam O'Farrill, a trumpet player who is garnering accolades across the northeast.  Click here for the full schedule.

Thursday-Saturday, October 4-13 |  Upstreet Pittsfield | www.


Thursday+:  Melville Haunted at Arrowhead

VOICES Theatre Company, in collaboration withBerkshire Historical Society, presents Melville, Haunted at Herman Melville's home,Arrowhead. A historic play, Melville, Haunted is the third in The Melville Trilogy written by Sally Filkins for Pittsfield's 2012 Call Me MelvilleFestival.  A harvest dessert buffet, presided over by the ghost of Nathaniel Hawthorne, will follow the play.

Thursday-Monday, October 4-7 | 7:30pm | Arrowhead | 780 Holmes Road | 413-442-1793 OR 413-442-1928 | $25

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