Cultural Pittsfield: January 31-Feb. 6

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What's in a Name?  

Friday-Monday: What's In a Name at Little Cinema

In the mood for a French family comedy? Vincent, a successful man in his forties, is about to become a father for the first time. He is invited to dinner with his sister Élisabeth and her husband Pierre, where he meets Claude, a childhood friend. As they wait for Vincent's young and permanently late wife Anna to arrive, the others ply him good-naturedly with questions about his future fatherhood. But when Vincent is asked if he's already chosen a name for the baby, his answer sows uproar among the assembled company.

Friday-Monday, January 31-February 3 | 7pm; Mon 1:30pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $5 members/$7.50 general


Friday: Improv Comedy at the Garage

The Royal Berkshire Improvisational Troupe (RBIT) has been delighting audiences with its own brand of unscripted comedic mayhem since June of 2001. Performing a mix of theater games reminiscent of the TV show Whose Line Is It Anyways?, the group models its work on the teachings of renowned theater games/improvisation instructor Keith Johnstone. Through audience participation, RBIT's mission is to create entertaining scenes which explore the boundaries of theater improvisation (impressive, huh?).

Friday, January 31 | 8pm | The Garage (at the Colonial) | 111 South Street | 413-997-4444 | $10 advance/ $12 at the door

Resident Frequency  

Friday: Resident Frequency

Resident Frequency brings you a night of funky, reggae, dubstep, electro and trance music that you can dance to.  And the mad scientist will be joining them for the second set.  21+

Friday, January 31 | 10pm | The Underground Pub | 1 West Street | 413-553-2257 | $5

Mid Winter Sampler  

Saturday: Crispina's Mid Winter Sampler!

Learn how to make scarves, felt flowers, tote bags or mittens in this 2 hour workshop. The first quarter hour will be a brief tutorial on the creation of each item. Afterwards you will then work on completing 1 or 2 items. We supply a hearty collection of recycled materials and hand tools. No experience necessary. Bring an open mind, your favorite pair of cutting scissors (if you have them) and a capful of creativity!  Tools and materials are available for sale to take home to continue the creativity.  Click here for more information.  

Saturday, February 1 | 10am-12pm | Crispina's Church | 40 Melville Street | 413-236-9600 | $50 adult $75 adult/child pair

John Stritch Poster Sale  

Saturday: 50% Off All John Stritch Prints & Posters

It's the last day of the John Stritch show at the Lichtenstein and everything is 50% off, making most prints and posters just $25! Stritch has produced limited edition silkscreened posters for Tanglewood, the Josh Billings Run Around, Jacob's Pillow and other Berkshire institutions. And be sure to stop by the Whitney Center for the Arts too for the last day of their show of Stritch's paintings & sculpture.

Saturday, February 1 | 12pm-5pm | Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renne Avenue | 413-499-9348 | NO COVER

Blackwater at Back Nine  

Saturday: Blackwater at Back Nine

Blackwater, Berkshire County's classic rock cover band, will be rocking the house at Flavours. They play favorites from Janis Joplin, Allman Brothers, Black Crowes, Carrie Underwood and more.  21+.

Saturday, February 1 | 10pm | Back Nine at GEAA | 303 Crane Avenue | 413-442-8333 | $5

Storytime Ballet  

Sunday+: Storytime Ballet at YMCA

The Pittsfield Family YMCA announces open registrations for a new youth program: Storytime Ballet for ages 18 to 36 months. The session runs through March 23.  The Y's Storytime Ballet class magically brings the classic tales to life through music and body movements. While engaging the child's imagination, the fundamentals of basic ballet are being taught to the young dancer. This class requires parent participation and together each parent and child learns to create their own story through the movements learned.

Starts Sunday, February 2 | 10am | Pittsfield Family YMCA | 44 West Street | 413-344-4335 | Members $45 Non Members $75

Thistle and Mirth  

Sunday: SuperBowl Party at Thistle & Mirth

Thistle & Mirth will be streaming the game live on a big screen.  What's more, it's a potluck party, so bring in some food to eat and to share.  Whoever has the best potluck item will win a Thistle & Mirth gift certificate. Best part? This is a charity event for Berkshire County Kids' Place.  For every beer poured, Thistle & Mirth will donate $1 to help kids stay safe in the Berkshires. 

Sunday, February 2 | 6:30pm | Thistle and Mirth | 44 West Street | 413-344-4335 | $5 cover donation

SuperBowl Party at Bousquet  

Sunday: SuperBowl Party at Bousquet

Bousquet will be hosting a Super Bowl Party. There will be some food served but bring a dish to pass if you want!  The big game will be played on all of the TVs. This is a free family-friendly event.

Sunday, February 2 | 6:30pm | Bousquet | 101 Dan Fox Drive | 413-442-8316 | NO COVER

Chinese New Year  

Tuesday: Chinese New Year Buffet at Flavours

Flavours of Malaysia invites you to welcome the Year of the Horse with its annual ChineseMalaysian gourmet dinner buffet. Meat, vegetarian & some gluten free dishes will be served, along with delicious appetizers and desserts. There will be 2 seatings, and reservations are highly recommended for parties of 4 or more.

Tuesday, February 4 | 5:30pm OR 7:30pm | Flavours of Malaysia | 75 North Street | 413-443-3188 | $25

Digital Art Lecture at Athenaeum  

Tuesday: Making Art with 3D Printers

The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum Very Interesting Lecture Series offers its second program: Digital Fabrication & 3D Art.  Digital fabrication techniques, often referred to as "3D prototyping” or "3D printing” are quickly becoming affordable at a consumer level and frequently featured in today's news headlines. But what exactly is 3D printing? See some real life examples of  works created using these processes by local artist Phil Webster

Tuesday, February 4 | 7pm | Berkshire Athenaeum | 1 Wendell Avenue | 413-499-9480 | FREE

Wine Dinner at Trattoria Rustica  

Thursday: Wine Dinner at Trattoria Rustica

Everyone is invited to Trattoria' Rustica's Wines of Italy wine dinner featuring four courses plus antipasti. The menu includes goat cheese ravioli drizzled with truffle oil, grilled yellowfin tuna, wild boar risotto,and chocolate bomba for dessert, with a wine to match each course.  Click here for the full menu.  RSVP early as seating is limited.

Thursday, February 6 | 6pm | Trattoria Rustica | 27 McKay Street | 413-499-1192 |$55 (includes food, wine, tax & gratuity)

Cabin Fever Comedy at ITAM  

Thursday: Comedy Show at ITAM

Laugh your winter blues away with some great comedy at the annual fundraiser for the Berkshire County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, featuring a terrific dinner and comedians Rodney Lane and Buddy Fitzpatrick.  Lane has been seen on The Late Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson, HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, and more. Fitzpatrick has been on Comedy Central, ABC, A & E and an episode of The SopranosClick here to purchase tickets online. Ticket price includes two of the funniest comics you'll ever see, and an Italian dinner provided by UNICO.  And every penny raised will stay right here in Berkshire County!

Thursday, February 6  | Dinner 6pm Show 7pm | ITAM Lodge | 93 Waubeek Road | 413-443-1666 |$25

Town Players of Pittsfield  

Thursday: Town Players Auditions 

The Town Players of Pittsfield will hold auditions for Didn't See That Coming, a collection of short one-acts by Mark Harvey Levine. The staged reading will be directed by Jaime Sayers.  Scripted, Surprise, and Misfortune find three ordinary couples in extraordinary circumstances.  Males and females of any age are needed for the cast. The performance will be on Sunday, March 16 at 2pm.

Thursday, February 6 | 6:30pm | Whitney Center for the Arts | 42 Wendell Avenue | 413-443-9279 | Free


The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market Survey!

The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market wants to hear from you! Fill out their quick and easy survey and help them plan an even more wonderful farmers market in 2014! (And if you'd like to see a winter farmers market or one at 3rd.Thursdays, now's your time to chime in!)

Click here to take the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market survey.


Call for Berkshire College Art Students!

The Berkshire Art Association will be awarding $5,000 in prizes to college art students who are either from the Berkshires or who are studying at a college in the Berkshires, as well as featuring their work in the annual BAA Fellowship Show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. If you are a college art student please apply for this exciting opportunity, or if you know one please encourage them to!

Click here for more details on applying for the Berkshire Art Association College Fellowship Show.


Here Comes the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival!

Mark your calendars and get ready for the third annual 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival February 13-23 in downtown Pittsfield. Enjoy theatre, art, comedy, jazz, dance, opera, and even burlesque! Get a preview of highlights here and stay tuned for more! Winter in the Berkshires just got a lot more interesting!

Click here for a preview of 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival highlights coming next month!


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