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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 15-21

10:25AM / Friday, February 15, 2013
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10x10 Upstreet  

The 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival is underway!

Don't miss the many 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival events this weekend & beyond. Click HERE for a handy printable day-by-day guide to the 70+ events during the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival.But holy cow, there's a lot of other great events happening too! Check them out below...

Through Next Sunday | February 14-24 | 413-499-9348 | Upstreet Cultural District | downtown Pittsfield


Animated Shorts at Little Cinema  

Friday-Monday: Animated Shorts at the Little Cinema 

All five of 2013's Oscar-nominated animated short films will be screened this weekend.  Disney'sPaperman is the favorite to win, but Minkyu Lee'sAdam and Dog has gained a lot of attention. In addition to those two you have Fresh Guacamole by PES, Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly'sHead Over Heels and David Silverman's Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare."  The Animation Short Films in this group are art films, not cartoons, and may not hold the interest of young children.

Friday-Monday, February 15-18 | Fri-Mon 7pm Mon 1:30pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $5


Saul Conrad  

Friday:  Saul Conrad at the Marketplace Cafe

Saul Conrad is a 24-year old songwriter from the Boston area with a keen poetic sensibility, weaving melodies in and around a rich acoustic world. Saul's music draws inspiration from Townes Van Zandtand Elliott Smith, but in the end he creates a style that is uniquely his own. Saul is currently on a CD release tour for his new record, Poison Packets.

Friday, February 15 | 7pm-9pm | Marketplace Cafe | 53 North Street | 413-358-4777 | Free


Mass Appeal at BCC  

Friday & Saturday+:  Mass Appeal

The Town Players of Pittsfield present Mass Appeal, the story of a clash of ideology and personality between an older priest, Father Farley, who accommodates to survive, and a young seminarian, Mark Dolson, who attacks to face salvation. As each tries to force the other to be a good priest, they learn, in unexpected ways, the nature of courage, friendship and the infinite varieties of love.  

Friday & Saturday, February 15, 16, 22, & 23 | 7:30pm | Berkshire Community College | 1350 West Street | 413-443-9279 | $15


Red Handed  

Friday: Live Music at Flavours

Red Handed, a classic rock band, rocks Flavours of Malaysia this weekend. Red Handed features local veteran rockers, including former members of Crazy Annie, Eclipse, FM Reception, Fly By Night, Full Tilt, Gangland, Jezebel, Public Nuisance, Shut up & Dance, The Michael Haynes Band & Uncensored. 21+.

Friday, February 15 | 9:30pm | Flavours of Malaysia | 75 North Street | 413-443-3188 | $5


Polar Plunge at Onota Lake on Discover Pittsfield  

Saturday: Polar Plunge at Onota Lake

The forecast is 27 degrees with a chance of snow, which is perfect Polar Plunge weather!  All Plungers will check in starting at 10 AM.  Then, it's into the lake! The Post-Plunge bash will feature music, food, fun and prizes!  Onlookers welcome!  Each Plunger should register in advance of the event by clicking here.  Walk-on plungers are also welcome as long as they have collected the minimum of $100 in donations to Special Olympics before the start of the event. 

Saturday, February 16 | Registration 10am Plunge 11am | Burbank Park at Onota Lake | Valentine Road and Lakeway Drive | 508-485-0986 x 245 


Rigoletto  

Saturday: The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD at the Beacon Cinema

The Beacon Cinema presents another installment ofThe Met: Live in HD featuring their production of Verdi's towering tragedy Rigoletto with a twist: it's set in Las Vegas in 1960. In this production, inspired by the antics of the Rat Pack, Piotr Beczala is the womanizing Duke of Mantua, Zeljko Lucic is his tragic sidekick, Rigoletto, and Diana Damrau is Rigoletto's daughter, Gilda.  215 Minutes.

Saturday, February 16 | 1pm | Beacon Cinema | 57 North Street | 413-358-4780 | $25

 


Repair Cafe at St. Stephens  

Saturday:  Repair Cafe at St. Stephen's Church

Bring your broken appliances, electronics, and clothing to the 2nd Repair Cafe in Pittsfield. All items are welcome, but they are specializing in mendable clothing and cushions, frayed cords, computers, lamps, bicycles, chairs, and dull blades.  Most things can be repaired and its free! Pianists are welcome to play while the work is being done. 

Saturday, February 16 | 1pm-5pm | St. Stephen's Church basement | 67 East Street |413-212-8589 | FREE


 
Blueberry Buckle at Marketplace  

Saturday:  Blueberry Buckle at Marketplace Café

Blueberry Buckle is a family affair with Cate Byrne on violin, Savannah Byrne on drums, & their father, Tom Byrne, on guitar, bass, & the occasional wind instrument. They embrace a variety of traditions including old time, blues, jazz, Irish, & a little rock & roll.

Saturday, February 16 | 6:30pm–8:30pm | The Marketplace Cafe | 53 North Street | 413-358-4777 | NO COVER


Jen Urban and the Box  

Saturday:  Pop Dance Rock Night at Chameleons Nightclub

One of the hottest party bands in NYC returns to the Berkshires! Jen Urban & the Box tore the roof off two Quite Queer events and now they're back with all new material. Don't miss this great party band! Joining in the fun will be Berkshire County's own monsters of rock n' roll: The Fallen Starlets!

Saturday, February 16 | 8pm | Chameleon's Nightclub | 1350 East Street | 413-499-2582 | $6 21+/$8 under 21


Misty Blues  

Sunday:  Blues Brunch at Mad Jacks

Mad Jack's is now open for brunch with live blues to boot! Misty Blues will be playing.  Led by Gina Coleman, the band pays homage to the older blues music made popular by the bold and brassy women of its time, as well as the more contemporary female artists that carry on their rich traditions.  The brunch buffet includes hush puppies, french toast, cheese grits, brisket hash, creme brulee french toast,  and a bloody mary bar.  

Sunday, February 17 | 10am-2pm | Mad Jacks BBQ | 295 North Street | 413-442-2290 | $16 adults/$8 kids under 10


Jazz Jam  

Sunday:  Free Jazz Jam at 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 Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District. Sit back and enjoy an afternoon full of great music or bring your instrument and join in!

Every third Sunday | 3pm-5pm | Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renne Avenue | 413-499-9348 | FREE


Berkshire Bach  

Sunday:  Bach Before Forty Organ Recital 

This concert is devoted to early organ works ofJohann Sebastian Bach and it pays homage to Buxtehude and other north German organists. It is in five parts, mixing free and fugal sections, with brilliant figuration – but there are some hints of Bach's performing virtuosity and harmonic audacity that transcend many of Buxtehude's compositions. 

Sunday, February 17 | 4pm | St. Stephen's Episcopal Church | 67 East Street | 413-528-9277 | $25 $20 Berkshire Bach Society members, American Guild of Organists members/students  FREE 


 
Blues Brothers Revue at Colonial Theatre  

Sunday:  Blues Brothers Revue

Produced by Judy Belushi Pisano and Dan AykroydThe Blues Brothers Revue pays homage to Chicago's rich history of blues, soul music and gospel in the true spirit of the original Blues Brothers!  It recreates a live concert experience, integrating the humor and songs from the original film and subsequent albums. 

Sunday, February 17 | 7:30pm | The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-997-4444 | $25-$40


Movie or Animation Camp at Berkshire Museum  

Monday-Friday:  Movie and Animation Camp 

Be a star of the silver screen with Berkshire Museum's Movie and Animation Camp with film producer Erica Spizz. From plot to popcorn, campers write the script, make costumes, play the parts and operate the cameras. Friends and family are invited to the premiere of the finished film on the Museum's big screen. For kids in grades 3 thru 6.

Monday-Friday, February 18-22 | 9am-4pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $250, $225 members


Pinocchio  

Monday-Saturday:  Pinocchio at Berkshire Museum

Berkshire Museum presents a children's performance of Pinocchio in collaboration withBerkshire Theatre Group. This classic tale of the magical puppet who goes on a journey to become a real boy will delight audiences of all ages. Follow Pinocchio into the woods on his adventure filled with magic, suspense, wonder and hope.

Monday-Saturday, February 18-23 | 11am | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $15 adult; $8 children; Museum members $5 adults, $3 children; children 3 and under FREE (includes museum admission)


Atka the Wolf at Berkshire Museum  

Tuesday: Atka the Wolf at Berkshire Museum

The Berkshire Museum once again welcomes theWolf Conservation Center and their 10-year old Arctic Gray Wolf Atka.  The program includes an awe-inspiring, up-close encounter with this important but misunderstood predator. Guests will learn about the history of wolves in the United States, the importance of wolves in a healthy ecosystem and about the two newest additions to Atka's family. 

Tuesday, February 19 | 1pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $15 adults, $8 children; members $5 adults, $3 children; children 3 and under FREE (includes museum admission)


Brian Gillie  

Tuesday:  Brian Gillie's Dance Safari at Berkshire Athenaeum

The Berkshire Athenaeum hosts a special performance from Brian Gillie! Don't forget to bring your dancing shoes!  Join Brian's dance safari where you learn dance history and what it takes to create a dance.  Then help Brian complete a musical phrase or funky dance.  You, too, can be an amazing, creative dancing machine.  For ages 4 to 94.

Tuesday, February 19 | 1pm | Berkshire Athenaeum | 1 Wendell Avenue | 413-499-9480 | FREE


Popovich Pet Theater  

Tuesday:  The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

The Colonial Theatre brings you the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Moscow Circusmember Gregory Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets.  Rescued from shelters all over the country, Popovich's Pets, which include cats, dogs, geese, doves and parrots, are now Las Vegas stars. Popovich and his Pets have been featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,Late Night with David Letterman, and on NBC's America's Got Talent

Tuesday, February 19 | 2pm & 7pm | The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-997-4444 | $15


Zoo Lego  

Wednesday:  Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum

Enjoy an hour of socializing with other LEGO fanatics, listening to music, using your imagination and sharing your ideas with your peers.  This month's theme is zoo and farm animals.  This is event is FREE and NO registration is required.

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

 

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