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
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 Hitchcock, David Lynch, Edward 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
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
On Friday night, catch local favorite the Tony Lee Thomas Band, performing 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
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
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
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
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, TorKrautter 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
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
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 Taylor, great Madagascan guitarist and singerSolorazaf and Brazil's renowned singer/songwriter and guitarist Guinga.
Saturday, February 23 | 8pm | The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-997-4444 | $15-$35
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 Dragon, plus 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
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
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
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
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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