Take 50-90% off retail prices on Pittsfield's own Pine Cone Hill and Dash and Albert quilts, shams, coverlets, pillows, blankets, and throws; tableware; bath towels; and rugs as well as comfy pajamas, loungewear, and robe at their semi-annual tent sale. And, don't miss the Canine Costume Contest. Dress up your pup for this exclusive photo shoot & constest, and you will get professional test shots you can frame, show to family and friends, and post on Facebook or Twitter!
Sale: Friday-Monday, October 11-14 | 9:30am-5pm | The Outlet at Pine Cone Hill | 125 Pecks Road | (413) 629-2314
Canine Costume Contest: Friday,October 11 | 11am-5pm | The Outlet at Pine Cone Hill | 125 Pecks Road | (413) 629-2314
The 9th Annual Pittsfield JazzCity Festival kicks off on Columbus Day weekend with Jazz About Town, the annual jazz crawl featuring local performers playing at venues throughout Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District. Starting on Friday, performances continue through the weekend, and includes solo pianists, vocalists and combos of various sizes. Seven venues are presenting live jazz on Saturday alone, and the venues are within walking distance of each other! Click here for the full schedule!
Friday-Sunday, October 11-13, 5:30pm-11pm | Downtown Pittsfield | FREE
Duffy and Erin are an acoustic duo with their own unique rhythm. Michael Duffy plays guitar, and the two harmonize to hits ranging from Journey and the Eagles to Adele and Jason Mraz. Music has always been a big part of their relationship, and their theatrical endeavors at Westfield State College kept them musically involved until they graduated. As teachers in Pittsfield, they both perform to engage their students.
Friday, October 11 | 6:30-8:30pm | The Marketplace Cafe | 53 North Street | 413-358-4777 |FREE
The 3rd Annual Made in the Berkshires Festival is a locally-grown event of new works featuring original theatre, live music, film, short stories and dance. This year's festival hosts an opening night performance premiering the original composition from Gerard McBurney, Cherry Cottage, a new play from acclaimed playwright Chris Newbound, a short story from local author Kevin O'Hara, a dance performance from CATA with contributions by Dawn Lane and a fabulous reception afterwards!
Friday, October 11 | 6:30pm | Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-997-4444 | $15 Single Event/$50 Opening Night/$100 Festival Pass
The classic tale of finding success and romance in the big city is given a contemporary, and unconventional, spin in Alan Brown's new film, Five Dances. Collaborating with internationally renowned choreographer Jonah Bokaer, writer-director Brown has taken five gifted New York dancers, and fashioned a story about Chip (Ryan Steele in his first film role), an extraordinarily talented 18 year-old recently arrived from Kansas who joins a small downtown modern dance company.
Friday-Monday, October 11-14 | 7pm Mon2pm | Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $5 Members $7.50 Non Members
It is the last weekend to see Clybourne Park, a provocative and wickedly funny play about race, real estate and American values. Act One takes place where the 1959 A Raisin in the Sun leaves off: with a white couple selling their home to a black family and causing uproar among their neighbors. Act Two takes place fifty years later with a black family selling the house to a white family who believe in urban gentrification – or do they? A not-to-be-missed play by one of America's most original and scathingly honest voices. Directed by Giovanna Sardelli.
Friday-Sunday, October 11-13 | Fri & Sat 8pm Sun 3pm & 7pm | Barrington Stage Company | 30 Union Street | 413-236-8888 | $20+
By popular demand, the zombie pub crawl returns to its 2010 roots with a friendly rampage of walking dead drinkers descending on downtown Pittsfield. Walkers will begin at Y Bar on North Street and shamble from bar to bar, inundating bartenders and surprising bystanders not in the know. Get your best zombie attire together!
Instructor Fred LeBlanc will help students apply traditional photographic values, composition and story telling to the new era of digital photography, and will also cover new tools available in the digital realm, such as HDR (High Dynamic Range) settings and techniques. HDR allows for a greater range of exposures, capturing everything from dark shadows to bright highlights and combining them into a single image, offering tones and values beyond what can be achieved through a standard photograph.
Saturday, October 12 | 10am-4pm | Hancock Shaker Village | 1843 West Housatonic Street | 413-443-0188 x 115 | $80
Embark on a visual journey to some of the most majestic and breathtaking locations in the world as Dan Mead and Sally Eagle of MeadEagle Photos share their stunning images of wildlife, nature, and foreign cultures along with tales of their exotic travels. The first talk is Ultimate Antarctica: Falklands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Saturday, October 12 | 10am-4pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 |$13 adult; $6 child; Museum members & children 3 and under FREE
Come learn the fundamentals of burlesque with the cast of Gypsy Layne Cabaret and Co. in this workshop filled with fun, laughs, good times, and a lot of heart. In a safe and welcoming environment, the Gypsies will uncover the history of burlesque and reveal a simple yet tantalizing routine you can take home to your partner (or show off to your friends and pets). Sing a song, have a ball and discover your inner Gypsy. No dance experience necessary, but an adventurous spirit is a must! Free pasties to all attendees!
Saturday, October 12|1-4pm | Radiance Yoga | 401 North Street | $45 advance,$50 door
DAP's leading-edge workshops use the arts as a shared entry point into critical discourses around identity to increase awareness of self and social diversity. By combining performance, participant art creation, interactive exercises and highly structured dialogue, DAP seeks to reinvent the current "diversity training” experience.
Poetry and spoken word. Read your own piece or another that has inspired you. Part of OUT in the Berkshires Week.
Youth: Saturday October 12 | 6pm | Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renne Avenue| FREE
Adult: Saturday, October 12 | 8pm | yBar | 391 North Street | FREE
Saturday: Unveiling of New Sculpture at the Common
The terrific volunteers of the Pittsfield Garden Tour committee are donating a beautiful new outdoor sculpture to the City of Pittsfield, to be sited in the Common downtown. You are invited for the unveiling and dedication Saturday afternoon, where you will enjoy refreshments and more. Come enjoy and celebrate the sculpture Infinite Dance by Carol Gold!
Saturday, October 12 | 3pm | The Common | First Street near Eagle Street | FREE
The Wanda Houston Band plays soulful hits from the '20s through the '90s and brings a highly versatile and exuberant experience to the stage. This talented group includes: Peter Putnam (drummer and vocalist), Jeff Stevens (horns and vocalist), Robert Kelly (keys and vocalist) and Wanda Houston (vocalist). Another Made in the Berkshires Festival event!
Saturday, October 12 | 9pm | The Garage | Colonial Theatre | 30 Union Street | 413-997-4444 | $15
Enjoy a casual Sunday brunch amongst friends. The menu will include scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, fresh fruit platter, bagels, Muffins and coffee and juices. A portion of your ticket will count as a donation to Berkshire Stonewall and will be used to help with future educational, cultural and social outreach programs and events.
Sunday, October 13 | 11am | Zucchini's Restaurant | 1331 North Street | 413-442-2777 |$20
Jeff Kempton has been a magician for over seven years. His show brings out a child-like imagination in all ages with laughs, surprises, and of course audience participation. Jeff does tricks with a variety of items, such as cards, newspapers, ropes, balls, and coins. He assures his show will bring a smile to your face.
Sundays in October | 1pm-2pm | The Marketplace Cafe | 53 North Street | 413-358-4777 | FREE
Pittsfield Unicans hold a "Taste of Italy” dinner to celebrate their proud heritage. The event features a vast variety of Italian foods and Italian music. A great time is had by all with all proceeds supporting UNICO's various initiatives in the community.
Community Access to the Arts' Art on Tour will be at Melbourne Place Assisted Living during the month of October! The show will include framed artwork by CATA artists completed at many of their visual art workshops held throughout Berkshire County. Free and open to the public.
Tuesday, October 15|6pm | Melbourne Place Assisted Living | 140 Melbourne Road | FREE
The Berkshire Athenaeum invites any school aged LEGO enthusiast to share ideas and creative energy during monthly meetings of the new LEGO Club. Enjoy an hour of socializing, listening to music, using your imagination and sharing your ideas with your peers. If your family has a child under the age of 5 feel free to bring them for some free play time with Duplos.
3rd Wednesdays of month | 3:30pm-4:30pm | Berkshire Athenaeum | One Wendell Avenue | 413-499-9480, ext.5 | FREE
Fresh from her achievement at the Essentially Ellington festival, alto saxophonist Zoe Obadia will appear at the Berkshire Athenaeum. A high school senior from New Jersey, Obadia has been gaining recognition as a soloist and as a member of Jazz House Kids, a big band that also took high honors at the 2011 Charles Mingus Competition and Festival. Obadia's performance in Pittsfield continues the Berkshires Jazz tradition of showcasing young, talented musicians who have the potential to become significant figures on the jazz scene.
This Thursdays is the last 3rd.Thursdays of the year and the theme is Monster Mash, especially for Halloween! Kids are encouraged to come in costume for the annual costume contest, trick-or-treating, goodie bags from our October sponsor Greylock Federal Credit Union and the North Street parade! Plus the Berkshire Eagle will be on hand with a photo booth to take pictures of all the little ghouls and goblins and mummies and dragons and more that will be posted on the Eagle website! Plus enjoy great live music from the Berkshire Bateria and Bossa Triba, Michael Bellar and the As-Is Ensemble, performances by the Kidzone Dancers and the DysFunkcrew, and MUCH more. 3rd.Thursdays is held rain or shine and there's plenty of free parking throughout downtown.
Thursday, October 17 | 5pm-8pm | Upstreet Cultural District | Downtown Pittsfield | 413-499-9348 | FREE
The Town Players of Pittsfield presents staged readings of two short comedies by Walter Wykes, directed by Meredith Carty. The Tragical Tale of Melissa McHiney McNormous McWhale is a terrific comedy about a woman with a "ginormous derriere”. The chorus of characters will take you through her life of woes, love, and success. This will be the last FREE Third Thursday event for 2013.
Thursday, October 17 | 5:30pm + 7pm | Whitney Center for the Arts | 42 Wendell Avenue | FREE
A fearless entertainer, an honest and witty writer, Audrey is never afraid to venture into the dark places of life and shine a humorous light upon them. Her songs are heard on the Grand Ole Opry, recorded by Nashville stars and descendents of the Carter Family, included in TV shows ('Justified', 'The Good Guys', 'Longmire') and played within the walls of San Quentin Prison where she hosts ongoing writing workshops. Audrey calls her style, "music with the dirt left on.” Auld lives in East Nashville with her husband, dogs, chickens and frogs, growing food, making jewelry, writing songs, recording and touring
Thursday, October 17 | 6:30-8:30pm | The Marketplace Cafe | 53 North Street | 413-358-4777 |FREE
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