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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 26 - Nov. 1

08:40AM / Friday, October 26, 2012
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Friday: Halloween Parade on Tyler Street!

Bring family and friends to Tyler Street for the 68th annual Pittsfield Halloween Parade. Beginning at the corner of Tyler and Smith Streets and continuing to Pine Street, spooky costumes and fun floats will flood the streets. All roads close at 6:30pm. Click HERE for a complete list of road closures.

Friday, October 26 | 7pm | Tyler Street | 413-499-9370 | FREE


 

Friday & Saturday: Haunted Halls at Pittsfield High School

Proteus, Pittsfield High School's Drama Society, presents Haunted Halls, an invocation of horror films in the school's hallways. The public is welcome to experience thrills and chills as students give you a little scare in the spirit of Halloween!

Friday & Saturday, October 26-27 | 6:30pm-8:30pm | Pittsfield High School | 300 East Street | 413-499-9535 x 1102 | $3 youth, $5 adults; $10 maximum for families


 

Friday: Romance, Soul & Rock 'n Roll at the Colonial Theatre

Romance, Soul & Rock N' Roll, invite you to Music Sweet Music, a benefit performance for The Colonial Theatre and Berkshire Theatre Group. Under the direction of Ted Concepcion and David Picard, Music Sweet Music presents 40 different talented local singers, musicians and dancers from all walks of life in a multi-faceted live musical performance.

Friday, October 26 | 7:30pm | The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-997-4444 | $20


 

Friday-Sunday: Last Weekend of The Old Mezzo at the Berkshire Museum

The world premiere of WAM Theatre's The Old Mezzo  is a critic's favorite! Alyssa, the mezzo soprano of the title, is driven by the recent death of a famous conductor to teach a master class concerning the Politics of Singing. The class becomes a play within a play, exploring extraordinary scenes from Alyssa's life. The production is also a benefit for Shout Out Loud Productions, which works to raise awareness of the scourge of child trafficking.

Friday-Sunday, October 26-28 | Fri & Sat 8pm; Sun 5pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 518-243-9627 | $15-$25


 

Friday & Saturday: Rev Tor's HALLOWEEKEND at Bousquet

The Rev Tor Band hosts the 19th annual Halloweekend festival at Bousquet Ski Area. Joining the two-night lineup this year is Domino Theory, The Longview Gunslingers, Chris Merenda & The Wheel, The Citizens and B.A. Dario, making this an all-star concert. With pranks, gags, surprises, a costume contest, the famous haunted bathrooms and prizes each night, this is a holiday event you should not miss!

Friday-Saturday, October 26-27 | 8pm-1am | Bousquet Ski Area | 101 Dan Fox Drive | 413-442-8316 | $20 each night $30 for both


 

Friday & Saturday:  Birthday & Halloween Parties at Flavours

Flavours of Malaysia brings you a weekend of entertainment celebrating two special occasions. On Friday, DJ Robert Dwyer plays music you can dance to in honor of co-owner Sabrina Lee's birthday. Donations to the Elizabeth Freeman Center are appreciated. On Saturday, celebrate Halloween with local performers Tony Lee Thomas & Modest Me. Costumes encouraged. For adults 21 and over.

Friday & Saturday, October 26-27 | Fri 8pm, Sat 10pm | Flavours of Malaysia | 75 North Street | 413-443-3188 | No cover Friday; $10 Saturday


 

Saturday:  Help Pack Care Packages for Troops

The Here at Home Committee invites you to contribute items and postage funds and help pack boxes and send care packages to our local, deployed troops. If you cannot stay to pack boxes, please consider dropping off donations. Click here for a list of needed items.

Saturday, October 27 | 10am-2pm | The Armory | Vin Hebert Blvd | 413-822-0440


 

Saturday:  Little White Lies at the Little Cinema

The Little Cinema presents a screening of the French box-office sensation Little White Lies, a sparkling ensemble dramatic comedy from Guillaume Canet inside the Berkshire Museum. Bringing together the top names from France's current generation of actors, Little White Lies is a joyous and heartfelt film woven out of the dilemmas of eight close friends in their 30s and 40s. Canet is the writer-director of the worldwide smash hit Tell No One.

Saturday, October 27 | 12:30pm & 4:30pm | Little Cinema | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $5


 

Saturday:  Downtown Pittsfield Trick-or-Treat

Witches, pirates, ghosts, princesses and superheroes alike are invited to show off their costumes for treats during Downtown Pittsfield Trick-or-Treat. Participating merchants can be identified by a colorful Trick or Treat Participating Merchant sign on their windows or doors.

Saturday, October 27 | 2pm-4pm | Upstreet Cultural District | 413-443-6501 | FREE


 

Saturday: Othello at the Beacon Cinema

The Beacon Cinema presents another installment of The Met: Live in HD, with Verdi's Shakespearean masterpiece Othello. Johan Botha plays the title role opposite the acclaimed Desdemona of star soprano Renée Fleming with Semyon Bychkov conducting.

Saturday, October 27 | 12:55pm | Beacon Cinema | 57 North Street | 413-358-4780 | $25


 

Saturday: Yung Artist Open Mic Night

The Marketplace Cafe presents its twice-monthly Young Artists Open Mic night, hosted by Katherine Winston. The Marketplace Cafe invites 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. 

Saturday, October 27 | 6:30pm–8:30pm | The Marketplace Cafe | 53 North Street | 413-358-4777


 

Saturday: Evolution of Rhythms Musical!

One night only! A original musical chronicling the history of beats from African influence to jazz, hip-hop and more at Barrington Stage Company's main stage. Written by Pittsfield musician and educator Jerome Edgerton, Jr., featuring the local talents of the Youth Alive band and dancers and many others, Evolution of Rhythms provides insight into the methods by which beats and rhythms were utilized in song and dance over time, resulting in contemporary music.

Saturday, October 27 | 7pm | Barrington Stage Company | 30 Union Street | 413-236-8888 | $5-$10


 
 

Saturday: Albert Cummings Blues Concert!

The Colonial Theatre presents a sizzling blues concert with Albert Cummings, famed guitar player and Massachusetts native. Cummings, a member of Stevie Ray Vaughn's band, has toured and performed shows with the likes of blues legends Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy and B.B. King among others. 

Saturday, October 27 | 8pm | The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-997-4444 | $15-$25


 

Saturday: Noche De Los MUERTOS Costume Dance Party!

Berkshire Shenanigans has teamed up with the Berkshire Young Professionals to spice up Halloween upstreet with a costume dance party upstairs at Spice DragonDJ BFG will provide the music, there will be a costume contest with terrific prizes, plenty of amazing decorations, and so much more. Costume contest categories are Best Overall Male, Best Overall Female, Best Couple, Best Group, Most Risque, Best TV/Movie Character (male and female), Scariest, Funniest, Most Unique, and Best Day of The Dead!

Saturday, October 27 | 8pm | Spice Dragon | 297 North Street | 413-443-1234 | $20 general admission; $15 BYP members | 21+


 

Saturday:  Stonewall Halloween Party 

The Berkshire Stonewall Community Coalition invites you to its annual Halloween Dance, featuring a live DJ, costume contest, prizes, munchies, & cash bar.

Saturday, October 27 | 8pm | Elks Lodge | 27 Union Street | 413-822-7268 | $10/$5 members


 

Saturday:  Mike Mac's 10th Annual Halloween Extravaganza

Chameleons Nightclub invites you to Mike Mac's 10th Annual Costume Extravaganza, featuring live entertainment and the most creative costumes around. Local DJ YoungChamp will spin hits that will keep you dancing all night, while Mike Mac performs his original music live amidst decorations by Party Barn. Admission includes submission into a Halloween costume contest where you can win a number of prizes like a $100 Victoria's Secret gift card!

 Saturday, October 27 | 8:30pm | Chameleons Nightclub | 1350 East Street | 413-841-9244 | $10 advance, $15 at door


 

Saturday:  Live Wire's Halloween Bash 

Berkshire County's premiere high energy party band Live Wire rocks the house for a Halloween bash at the ITAM Lodge. There will be a costume contest for first and second place. Guests should dress to impress, though costumes are optional.

Saturday, October 27 | 9pm | ITAM Lodge | 93 Waubeek Road | 413-443-7134 | $10


 

Sunday:  Un Ballo in Maschera at the Little Cinema

The Little Cinema presents a world renowned performance by Teatro Regio di Torino, telecast inside the Berkshire Museum. Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera is a moving tale of a politician in love with somebody else's wife.

Sunday, October 28 | 12pm | Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $18/$16 members


 

Sunday: Eric Carle's Treasured Stories at The Colonial Theatre

The Colonial Theatre hosts a new production from Mermaid Theatre, bringing together three of Eric Carle's most beloved tales. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is joined by a whimsical cast of adventurous animals drawn from the pages of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? as well as a young girl on an unusual quest from the poignant story, Papa, Please Get The Moon For Me. Evocative music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry entertain and educate in a performance the whole family will enjoy!

Sunday, October 28 | 2pm | The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-997-4444 | $15


 

Sunday:  Sorry, Wrong Number at Lichtenstein

Town Players of Pittsfield presents a staged reading of Sorry, Wrong Number by Lucille Fletcher, the story of a spoiled bedridden daughter of a millionaire who inadvertently learns of a murder plot. The play originally aired on the Suspense radio program on May 25, 1943, with Agnes Moorehead as Mrs. Leona Stevenson.  Mrs. Stevenson will be read by Melanie Rivers. Also in the cast are Denis Guyer as Sgt. Duffy, Vincent Doyle as the Narrator, Scott Luscier as First Man, and Jill Wanderman as Phone Operators.

Sunday, October 28 | 3pm | Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renne Avenue | 413-443-9279 | $5


 

Monday: Monty Python and the Holy Grail on Big Screen!

The classic film that inspired the Broadway hit Spamalot returns to the big screen for the first time ever in high definition at the Little Cinema, located inside the Berkshire MuseumMonty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film, written and performed by the comedy group Monty Python, directed by Gilliam and Jones.

Monday, October 29 | 2pm & 7pm | Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $5


 

Tuesday: PechaKucha Night Pittsfield #4 

Berkshire Museum wraps up a successful first year of  PechaKucha! In its fourth installment, it features a Halloween-themed spin. PechaKucha features fast, funny, and informative presentations consisting of 20 slides shown for 20 seconds apiece. Anyone who attends wearing a costume will receive free admission. And all attendees get free munchies and more!

Tuesday, October 30 | 7pm | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $5 or FREE with Costume and for Museum Members


 

Tuesday: Head-To-Head Haiku at Y Bar

y Bar brings you Head-To-Head Haiku, a fun, good-humored twist on the traditional Poetry Slam competition. Poets are armed with a collection of Haiku – poems having 17 syllables, no titles – and face off in pairs. Preregistration for poet participation is strongly encouraged. Sign up now for 1 of 8 spots.

Tuesday, October 30 | 8pm | yBar | 391 North Street | No phone | No cover


 

Wednesday: All Hallows Eve at Mission

Celebrate Halloween at Mission Bar + Tapas, where DJ BFG enlivens adult costumers to get down and dance to some spine-tingling tunes. A costume contest will be held, which means you can win plenty of prizes. Chef James Burden will whip up special culinary concoctions for the occasion with spooky seasonal beers on tap and in the bottle. 21 & up, please.

Wednesday, October 31 | 8pm | Mission Bar + Tapas | 438 North Street | No phone | No cover


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Thursday:  5th-Annual Taste of the Berkshires at the Masonic Temple

The Junior League hosts the 5th Annual Taste of the Berkshires, showcasing some of the best restaurants in Berkshire County, including Baba Louie's, Brenda's Catering, Canyon Ranch, Mad Jacks, Mary's Carrot Cake, Mazzeo's, Milltown, Old Heritage, Sarah's Cheesecake, Spice Dragon, Starbucks, Ye Olde Forge, Big Elm Brewing, Kelly's, and Wandering Star Brewery.  Plus a silent auction, raffle and  cash bar.  All proceeds benefit the Junior League of Berkshire County.

Thursday, November 1 | 5pm-8pm | The Masonic Temple | 116 South Street | 413-443-5151 | $30/$50 per couple


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