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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 22-28

01:18PM / Friday, February 22, 2013
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Last Weekend of 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival!

There is still time to catch 10 Days of Play10 Days of Art Projects10 Young Singer Songwriters, the 10x10 New Play Festival10x10 Poetry10x10 Musica 10x10 Comedy Show, the Smartphone Film Festival,the Improv 10 Musicals and more during the 2nd-annual 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival in downtown Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District. Click HERE for a handy printable day-by-day guide to the 70+ events during the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival.

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


 

Friday:  A Marx Brothers Purimshpiel at Temple Anshe Amunim

A Night at the Temple: A Marx Brothers Purimshpiel, will be the theme of the annual comedic Purim performance at Temple Anshe Amunim. The Broad Street Players, the singing and dancing members of the temple congregation, present the Purim story, using songs and dialogue from the movies of the legendary brothers' act of the first half of the 20th century whose films rank near the top of the 100 best comedy films picked by the American Film Institute. The performance is accompanied by a non-traditional (for Purim) pizza dinner with the very traditional dessert of hamantashen.

Friday, February 22 | 6:30pm | Temple Anshe Amunim | 26 Broad Street | 413-442-5910 | adults $15; children under 12 $7; maximum price per family $35


 

Friday-Monday:  Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters at Little Cinema  

An acclaimed photographer with the eye of a filmmaker, Gregory Crewdson has created some of the most gorgeously haunting pictures in the history of the medium. His meticulously composed, large-scale images are stunning narratives of small-town American life—moviescapes crystallized into a single frame. While the photographs are staged with crews that rival many feature film productions, Crewdson takes inspiration as much from his own dreams and fantasies as the worlds of Alfred HitchcockDavid LynchEdward Hopper and Diane Arbus.

Friday-Monday, February 22-25 | Fri-Sun 7pm Mon 1:30pm & 7pm | Little Cinema | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $5


 

Friday-Sunday:  Happy Days at Miss Halls

Step back in time to Milwaukee in 1959, as the Miss Halls School Theater Ensemble performs a creative adaptation of Happy Days—a musical based on the long-running television series. Capturing the sounds of the 1950s, Happy Days features the Cunningham family, Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli, and a cast of characters who hope to avert the demolition of their favorite hang-out, Arnold's. The MHS performances take place in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall's School campus. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Friday-Sunday, February 22-24 | Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm | Miss Hall's School | 492 Holmes Road | 413-395-7108 | $5


 

Friday & Saturday: Live Music at Flavours

On Friday night, catch local favorite the Tony Lee Thomas Bandperforming original music ranging from rock, jazz and blues and blending it all together.On Saturday, Summit Hill belts out live classic rock dance music. You'll hear covers from CCR, Eric Clapton, The Stones, Bonnie Raitt, The Beatles, LeAnn Rimes and much more. For adults 21 and over.

Friday & Saturday, February 22 & 23 | 9:30pm | Flavours of Malaysia | 75 North Street | 413-443-3188 | $5

 


 

Friday:  DJ and Live Music at the Underground

DJ Young Champ will be spinning the hottest old school hip hop R&B and reggae. There will also be a live performer to get the crowd turned up. For adults 21 and over.

Friday, February 22 | 9pm | Underground Pub | 1 West Street | 413-553-2257 | $5


 

Saturday:  Mini Golf Classic at Berkshire Athenaeum

Join Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County for the second-annual Berkshire Gas Links for Literacy Mini Golf Classic, when the interior of theBerkshire Athenaeum will be transformed into a golf course. A mini golf course that is, with all the fun such an event inspires. Eighteen holes of mini golf will be spread over all levels of the Athenaeum in the event. In addition, there will be face painting and food in the auditorium for the little duffers in your group.

Saturday, February 23 | 10am-4pm | Berkshire Athenaeum | 1 Wendell Avenue | 413-499-9480 x100 | $5 Adults $2 Children under 12


 

Saturday:  Kitchen Ka-Boom at Berkshire Museum

Pretend to be a mad scientist performing thrilling—and fun—science experiments! Join science educators for a morning of fun and wacky experiments! All experiments are kid-safe and can be recreated using items found in almost any kitchen.  Adult must accompany child. Space is limited, first come, first served.

Saturday, February 23 | 11am | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | FREE with Museum admission


 

Saturday:  Flow Yoga with Live DJ at Radiance

This is part of the Community Wellness Workshops.  Join yoga dance guide Megan Blue & deejay extraordinaire Selector Birdy for an energizing fusion of music, dance & yoga! Global rocking' tunes, luscious melodies & rhythmic beats inspire movement, laughter and bliss. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday, February 23 | 3pm-4:30pm | Radiance Yoga | 401 North Street | 845-532-5100 | FREE


 

Friday & Saturday:  Rev Tor Solo Show

Two nights in a row of the Rev Tor Solo Show.  Friday at PortSmitt's and Saturday at Bousquet.With the use of a looping unit, Tor Krautter creates tasty, yet infectious grooves. This allows him to build the song and improvise over it as he goes, essentially becoming a one-man band.

Friday, February 22 | 7:30pm | PortSmitt's Lakeway Restaurant | 370 Pecks Road | 413-236-5727 | No cover

Saturday, February 23 | 5pm | Bousquet | 101 Dan Fox Drive | 413-442-8316 | No cover


 

Saturday:  Young Artists Open Mic at Marketplace Café

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

Saturday, February 23 | 6:30pm-8:30pm | The Marketplace Cafe | 53 North Street | 413-358-4777 | No cover


 
 

Saturday:  International Guitar Night at the Colonial

International Guitar Night, North America's premier mobile guitar festival, dawns The Colonial Theatre stage, bringing together the world's foremost acoustic guitarists to perform their latest original compositions and exchange musical ideas in a public concert setting. Founder Brian Gore is joined byScottish jazz legend Martin Taylorgreat Madagascan guitarist and singer Solorazaf and Brazil's renowned singer/songwriter and guitarist Guinga.

Saturday, February 23 | 8pm | The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-997-4444 | $15-$35


 

Saturday: 10X10 Comedy Show

Ten minutes of comedy from the best local and regional comedians from western Massachusetts, Albany, Connecticut, Boston Metro and Rhode Island converge upstairs at Spice Dragonplus a full set from headliner Nick Vatterott (at left). He has appeared in his own Comedy Central special, onConan, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and more. For adults 18 and older. Advance tickets can be purchased here or at Spice Dragon.

Saturday, February 23 | doors open 7:30pm, show begins 8pm | Spice Dragon upstairs | 297 North Street | 413-443-1234 | $13/$9 with meal at Spice Dragon or for 3 or more tickets

 


 

Saturday:  Whiskey City at the ITAM

Rock the night away with Whiskey City as they return to the ITAM Lodge on Pontoosuc Lake. This country-rock band consists of six members of Berkshire County musicians with a total of 20 years of touring and performance experience. Click here to learn more about Whiskey City and sample their music.

Saturday, February 23 | 9:30pm | ITAM Lodge | 22 Waubeek Road | 413-499-2582 | $5


 

Sunday: Soundtrack for a Revolution Screening at First Church

A Benefit for the Rev. Samuel Harrison House, the First Church on Park Square hosts a screeni9ng of Soundtrack for a Revolution. The sounds and songs of the American Civil Rights movement shaped an era of courage, compassion and justice in pursuit of racial equality. Contemporary musical artists celebrate this legacy and redefine it for the 21st century in the documentary.

Sunday, February 24 | 2pm | First Church of Christ on Park Square | 27 East Street | 413-447-7351 | Free-Will Offering

 


 

Sunday & Tuesday: Les Troyens Opera at Little Cinema

The Little Cinema, inside the Berkshire Museum, presents opera at its most epic with the Royal Opera House's Les Troyens. The sheer scale of its story, music, passion, staging and performers make this one of the great Royal Opera House events of the decade. Berlioz's great work is one of the most fabulously rich of all operas, a tour de force of passion in music, with extraordinarily demanding roles for the principal cast. 

Sunday & Tuesday, February 24 & 26 | Sun 2pm Tues 7pm | Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $18 $16 for Members

 


 

Monday:  Energize with Tai Chi at Knesset Israel

The Jewish Federation of the Berkshirespresents this workshop titled Energize with Tai Chi, with certified traditional Tai Chi instructorsKathy and David Crowe. These workshops are open to the public.

Monday, February 25 | 1pm | Congregation Knesset Israel | 16 Colt Road | 413-442-4360 x15 | $3


 

Monday & Wednesday: Upstreet Trivia Nights!

Flex your intellect this week with special trivia nights at two locales in Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District. On Monday, trivia is brought to you by the hosts from the old Brew Works, in the new beer barThistle & Mirth. Proceeds benefit Berktoberfest 2013.  Teams of 2-6 players have the chance to win various prizes. Space is limited, so you're encouraged to show up early.

On Wednesday, The Marketplace Cafe debuts its night of trivia, hosted by Hannah Lifvegren and Lauren Robinson. Teams should be comprised of up to four people. Winners receive Marketplace gift cards!

Monday, February 25 | 7pm-10pm | Thistle and Mirth | 44 West Street | 413-344-4335 | No cover


 

Thursday:  Thursday Live at Marketplace Café

The Marketplace Cafe continues its weekly series of live music performances with Sarah Belitz. Classically trained in voice, Belitz brings a unique perspective to her music through a combination of classical and contemporary influences. A graduate of Berklee College of music with a degree in songwriting, she is passionate about writing and putting her experiences into song. Her music has influences of folk, pop, and classical styles. Sarah has performed extensively in her hometown area of the Berkshires, Massachusetts.

Thursday, February 28 | 6:30pm–8:30pm | The Marketplace Cafe | 53 North Street | 413-358-4777 | NO COVER


 

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