Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 28 - Jan. 3

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Friday-Wednesday: Last chance to see Myths and Magic: Festival of Trees 2012!

If you haven't had a chance to get to this year's Festival of Trees, this week is your last chance. Myths and Magic: Festival of Trees 2012 is a wondrous world of enchantment with all of the galleries transformed into a fantasy land inhabited by ethereal creatures of legend and lore. 

Friday-Wednesday, December 28-January 2 | 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday; 12pm-5pm Sunday | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street |413-443-7171 | $13 adult; $6 child; Museum members & children 3 and under FREE


Friday-Saturday: Berkshire Childrens Theatre presents Pinkalicious

Based on the popular children's book, the playPinkalicious is presented by a talented group of young performers. Pinkalicious loves pink, especially pink cupcakes. Her parents warn her not to eat too many of them, but when Pinkalicious does, she turns pink! Ticket includes museum admission.

Friday-Saturday, December 28-29 | 11am & 12pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | $15 adult, $8 child; Museum members $5 adult, $3 child, children 3 and under free


Friday: Beethoven's Wig 

Join the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum as they present Richard Perlmutter and his show Beethoven's Wig. Perlmutter sings while accompanying himself on piano, classical guitar and mandolin, opening the door to "serious music" in a way that's fun for all ages.

Friday, December 28 | 1pm | Berkshire Athenaeum | 1 Wendell Avenue | 413-499-9480| FREE


Friday: Javier Colon & Matt Cusson at BCC

Berkshire Community College presents Season One Winner of The VoiceJavier Colon with special guest Matt Cusson for a soulful, acoustic performance in the Boland Theatre.  Colon captured America's heart in the show's inaugural season.  His debut single,Stitch by Stitch peaked at #17 on Billboard's Top 100 chart and paved the way for his current albumCome Through for YouBCC Alumnus Matt Cusson is an accomplished singer/songwriter who has performed with Stevie WonderBrian McKnight,Christina Aguilera and James Taylor.

Friday, December 28 | 7pm | Berkshire Community College | 1350 West Street | 413-236-2185 | preferred seating + meet & greet $55, general admission $30


Friday-Sunday:  Let Fury Have the Hour 

Rough, raw and unapologetically inspirational, Let Fury Have the Hour is a charged journey into the heart of the creative counter-culture in 2012. This upbeat, outspoken film tracks artists, writers, thinkers and musicians who have gone underground to re-imagine the world—honing in on equality, community and engaged creativity—in exuberantly paradigm-busting ways.  Featured artists and activists include Eve Ensler, Shepard Fairey, D.J.Spooky, Chuck D., Elizabeth Streb, Billy Bragg and many others.

Friday-Sunday, December 28-30 | 7pm | Berkshire Museum | Little Cinema | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $5


Friday-Sunday: Last Weekend to See Vincent at Barrington Stage!

This intimate one man play about the legendary artistVincent Van Gogh comes directly from Vincent's own words and those of his closest ally, his brother Theo. Leonard Nimoy, who wrote and originally performed Vincent, did years of research on the hundreds of letters between Vincent and Theo. This play is not simply a biographical work, but one filled with drama, conflict, humor and beauty.

Friday-Sunday, December 28-30 | Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 4pm | Barrington Stage Company St. Germain Stage | 36 Linden Street | 413-236-8888 | $30


Friday-Sunday: Last Weekend to See A Christmas Carol at the Colonial!

Revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas as told in Charles Dickens' timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser who is reformed and shown the error of his ways by four spirits. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story of A Christmas Carol filled with terrific turns and infused with holiday music. An extraordinary community tradition from Berkshire Theatre Group - bring the family!

Friday-Sunday, December 28-30 | Fri-Sat 7:30pm Sat & Sun 2pm | The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-997-4444 | $25-$50


Friday: The Snow Ball at the Colonial Theatre

Following the conclusion of Friday's 7:30pm performance of A Christmas Carol, join Berkshire Theatre Group for the Snow Ball, a fun and informal dance party in the Garage. With music provided by DJ BFG and the cast of A Christmas Carol in attendance, the Snow Ball will continue the holiday festivities late into the night. 

Friday, December 28 | 9pm | The Colonial Theatre | The Garage | 111 South Street | 413-997-4444 | $25/$10 with ticket to Friday's A Christmas Carol performance


Saturday: Handel's Messiah Sing-In

Berkshire Lyric presents a community sing ofHandel's Messiah at the First United Methodist Church in Pittsfield. The chorus will be made up of the audience, which will include many local choral singers including members of the Berkshire Lyric Chorus. Those who wish to listen instead of sing are welcome to attend. Singers are encouraged to bring their own Messiah vocal scores or they may purchase them at the door.

Saturday, December 29 | 3pm | First United Methodist Church | 55 Fenn Street | 413-499-0258 | Freewill donation to support the Emergency Fuel Assistance Fund


Saturday: Live Music at Chameleons

Don't miss this great Christmas vacation showfeaturing the Prozacs and Time And Distance with tour mates The Call Out along with Lentner from the Pioneer Valley.  New Jersey-based pop punk outfitThe Call Out are back with a new single, 4:36 a.m.Time And Distance are a rock band from Charleston, West Virginia. All ages!

Saturday, December 29 | 5pm | Chameleons Nightclub | 1350 East Street | 413-499-2582 | $8


Saturday: Katherine Winston at Spice Dragon

Spice Dragon presents local music talent Katherine Winston in a live performance with her father Paddy. Winston performs regularly at The Marketplace Café and as the host of the monthly Young Artists Open Mic events.  A student at Lee High School who began playing the guitar and singing just a few years ago, she performs original songs along with covers, ranging from country to blues to classic rock and everything in between. 

Saturday, December 29 | 9pm-12am | Spice Dragon | 297 North Street | 413-443-1234


Sunday: New Years Eve Eve Teen Dance Party 

DJ Young Champ will be spinning the tunes with a Guest DJ from a local high school to get the New Years Eve festivities going a day early. Free soda!

Sunday, December 30 | 7pm-10pm | Chameleons Nightclub | 1350 East Street | 413-499-2582 | $8


Monday: Magician David Hall at Berkshire Museum

Ring in the New Year early at the Berkshire Museum with Boston-based magician David Hallperforming some of the most amazing magic you will ever see. Stick around after the show to meet Hocus the magical bunny. Hall has over a decade of experience performing magic. In the spring of 2000 he had his own 90 min TV special entitled The Life of a Teenage Magician and the Magic of David Hall. Tickets include museum admission.

Monday, December 31 | 11am-12pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $15 adults, $8 children; members $7 adults, $5 children

NYE at Itam  

Monday:  New Year's Eve Gala at the ITAM 

The evening begins with a cocktail hour followed by a surf and turf dinner.  Champagne and a light buffet will be served at midnight. Live music will be provided byShut Up and Dance.

Monday, December 31 | 6pm | Itam Lodge | 93 Waubeek Road | 413-499-3492 | $55 members, $60 non members


Monday: Duffy & Erin's Acoustic Rockin' New Years at Portsmitt's

PortSmitt's brings you Duffy and Erin to help ring in the New Year. Stop in for fantastic dinner specials, great drinks and all of your acoustic favorites. Duffy and Erin are an acoustic duo that plays pop hits fromAdele and Jason Mraz to Billy Joel and Journey

Monday, December 31 | 8pm-12am | Portsmitt's Lakeway Restaurant | 370 Pecks Road | 413-236-5727 | No cover

Mike Mac Chameleons  

Monday: Midnight Masquerade New Year's Eve 

Two deejays, a masquerade theme and formal dress code set this New Year's Eve party apart from the rest. (The last time Mike Mac and Chameleonscollaborated on an event was for Halloween and people are still talking about it.) 21 and up. Don't forget your masquerade mask!

Monday, December 31 | 8pm | Chameleons Nightclub | 1350 East Street | 413-499-2582 | $10 advance, $15 at door


Monday: Static's 3rd Annual News Year's Eve Bash at the Back N9ne

The Back N9ne offers a midnight buffet, champagne toast and four hours of non-stop dancing to celebrate 2013.

Monday, December 31 | 9pm | Back N9ne | 303 Crane Avenue | 413-443-5746 | $10


Monday: WYKYD New Year's Eve at Flavours

Ring in 2013 with all your friends and have one heck of a WYKYD time doing it. It was a sell out last year and this year looks to be even bigger! Plan now: advance tickets available from band members or at Flavours.

Monday, December 31 | 9:30pm | Flavours of Malaysia | 75 North Street | 413-443-3188 | $10

Pittsfield State Forest  

Tuesday: First Day Hike at Pittsfield State Forest 

Happy New Year! Commune with nature as you enter the new year & explore the Pittsfield State Foreston a First Day Hike.  The 45-minute trek will follow the Tranquility and Hawthorn trails – dress warmly, and bring your dog if you'd like! Meet at the State Forest Ski Lodge.  

Tuesday, January 1 | 1pm | Pittsfield State Forest | 1041 Cascade Street | 413-499-4263 | FREE


Thursday:  The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra at The Marketplace

The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra are a rare treat! Their sets boast something from every era, ranging from Mozart to Radiohead, all of which benefit from fresh arrangements and a vocal delivery with tongues buried firmly in cheeks.

Thursday, January 3 | 6:30pm-8:30pm | The Marketplace Cafe | 53 North Street | 413-358-4777 | NO COVER


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