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10x10 at BSC  

Friday-Sunday: Last Weekend of 10x10 New Play Festival at Barrington Stage

The 3rd annual 10x10 Upstreet Art Festival may be over, but you still have a chance to catch the acclaimed 10x10 New Play Festival this weekend. This year's plays are so popular, Barrington Stage added another performance.  Every 10 minutes, a new play begins.  The Berkshire Eagle says, "...BSC's 10x10 New Play Festival continues to be a highlight of the winter theater scene...At its best, 10x10 shows yet again just how much can be said about who we are as human beings with less." Click here for details of this year's plays.  

Friday-Sunday, February 28-March 2 | Fri-Sat 7:30pm Sat & Sun 3pm Sun 7pm| Barrington Stage Company | St. Germain Stage | 36 Linden Street | 413-236-8888 | $25-$30


In No Great Hurry  

Friday-Monday: In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter at Little Cinema

The late Saul Leiter was lauded as the great pioneer of color photography, but was never driven by the lure of success. In a funny, intimate and moving documentary, In No Great Hurry follows Saul as he deals with the triple burden of cleaning an apartment full of memories, becoming world famous in his 80s, and fending off a pesky film maker. Read the New York Times review here.

Friday-Monday, February 28-March 3 | Fri-Mon 7pm Mon 1:30pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $5/$7.50


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe  

Friday-Sunday+: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at New Life Church

Everyone's invited to this mesmerizing multimedia presentation of C. S. Lewis' timeless classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe  in which the audiences will witness the escapades of four brave children as they join forces with the mighty lion Aslan against the ruthless White Witch.  The amazing world of C.S. Lewis' Narnia in this entertaining dramatic adventure is for the whole family.  Doors open one hour before each performance.

Friday-Sunday, February 28-March 2 & March 7-9 | Fri-Sat 7pm Sun 2pm | New Life Community Fellowship Church | 172 Hubbard Avenue | 413-358-3758 | FREE


 

Friday: Arthur Holmes Blues Band at the Underground Pub

The Berkshires' own blues powerhouses heat up the Underground Pub at the Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District. They'll be playing classic covers and originals too.

Friday, Feb. 28 | 10pm | The Underground Pub (inside the Crowne Plaza) | One West Street | 413-553-2257$5 cover


Prince Igor  

Saturday: The Met Live in HD at the Beacon

Prince Igor, Borodin's defining Russian epic, famous for its Polovtsian Dances, comes to the Metropolitan Opera for the first time in nearly 100 years. Dmitri Tcherniakov's new production is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, with the founding of the Russian nation as the backdrop. Star bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov takes on the monumental title role, with Gianandrea Noseda conducting. Live in high definition video on the Beacon's 40 foot screen.

 Saturday, March 1 | 12pm | The Beacon Cinema | 57 North Street | 413-358-4780 | $25


Moments House Open House  

Saturday: Open House at Moments House

You are invited to help celebrate Moments House's new home in Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District. Moments House provides free support and services for all those affected by cancer. Meet the Moments House volunteer staff and learn about the free programs and services that they offer and how you can become a volunteer or join a mentorship program.  There will be kids activities from 2pm-4pm and a cocktail reception from 6pm-8pm.  Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, March 1 | 2pm-4pm & 6pm-8pm | Moments House | 34 Depot Street, Suite 301 | 413-443-6800 | FREE


Creative Social at the Whit  

Saturday: Creative Social at Gallery W

Creative Social @ Gallery W is a casual networking group meeting for creatives coordinated in partnership by Arts Indie and the Whitney Center for the Arts.  It's your last chance to enjoy the February art shows at the Whitney: Assemble, a group show of collage and assemblage in Gallery W and a solo show of work by Leo Mazzeo entitled Inspection and Introspection Redux in the Colt Gallery. Light refreshments will be served.

Saturday, March 1 | 2pm-5pm | Whitney Center for the Arts | 42 Wendell Avenue | 917-674-4963 | FREE


Mardi Gras  

Saturday: Mardi Gras/St. Patrick's Party

Get a jump start on Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day at Sacred Heart Church.  DJ Rob Dwyer will be playing your favorite tunes for dancing.  There will also be a sing-a-long, door prizes and a raffle.  The menu includes a corned beef sandwich, hot dog, a side and dessert.  Cash bar.   

Saturday, March 1 | 5pm-9pm | Sacred Heart Church | 42 Wendell Avenue | 413-442-8924 | Adults $10; Children ages 6-12 $5; Children under 6 FREE


Blues Trio  

Saturday: Live Music at Port Smitt's

The Blues Trio spices up Port Smitt's.  Featuring Jeff King on guitar, John Haddad on drums and Dan Broad on bass, this group of guys will be rippin' it up.  Dinner reservations are recommended. 

Saturday, March 1 | 7:30pm | Port Smitt's | 370 Pecks Road | 413-236-5727 | NO COVER


 

Saturday: Benefit in Memory of Theresa Burke

Enjoy a day and night of local live music in support of the young daughter of Theresa Burke, who dies tragically last fall. Performers include Whiskey City, Blackwater, Live Wire, the Arthur Holmes Blues Band, Wykyd, and more.  Enjoy food, a slient auction, and a 50/50 raffle too. All proceeds go to the Phoenix Inferno Memorial Trust Fund for her young daughter.

Saturday, March 1 | 4pm-1am | The Back Nine Bar & Grill | 303 Crane Avenue | 518-300-0831 | $10 (children under 12 free)


Mardi Gras Party at Chameleons  

Saturday: Mardi Gras Party at Chameleons

DJ Marc the Don and DJ Young Champ will be spinning the hottest, hiphop, reggae/reggaeton, R & B, top 40s and more.  Wear your Mardi Gras masks and get there early to get Mardi Gras beads.  $100 cash prize to the person has the most beads by the end of the night. 

Saturday, March 1 | 9:30pm | Chameleons Nightclub | 1350 East Street | 413-499-2582 | $5 21+ /$10 18-20


Forty Shades of Green  

Sunday & Monday: Submissions Accepted for Forty Shades of Green 

Artists, both amateur and professional are invited to submit original two and three-dimensional artwork for the group show Forty Shades of Green: Celebrating Ireland & Irish Culture at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.  Both contemporary and traditional artwork on the theme of Ireland and Irish-American culture are encouraged, including photography, painting, sculpture, craft, and video or sound installations.  The show is open to ALL artists, and ready to hang (or display) work should be brought to the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts to be included in the show!

Sunday & Monday, March 2 & 3 | Sunday: 12pm-3pm; Monday: 10am-4pm | Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renne Avenue | 413-499-9348 | FREE 


Arias at the Whit  

Sunday: Ten Popular Arias at Whitney Center for the Arts

Did you miss the first performance? No worries! Enjoy 10 popular arias by top opera professionals in an elegant and intimate cabaret setting. Opera Notte @the Whit will be a regular event at the Whitney Center for the Arts, always performed by top level classically trained musicians. Champagne, wine & beer and light appetizers are available to order, catered by Dottie's Coffee Lounge. 

Sunday, March 2 | 5pm | Whitney Center for the Arts | 42 Wendell Avenue | 413-443-0289 | $20


 
Trivia  

Monday: Trivia at Thistle & Mirth

Get your trivia on the first Monday of every month at Thistle & Mirth with Lynn Wallace and Colleen Nixon, the original trivia ninjas.  They've got questions, they've got answers & they've got prizes. Free to play, and they're usually done by 9pm, so no excuses for staying home on a weeknight.

Monday, March 3 | 7pm | Thistle & Mirth | 44 West Street | 413-344-4335 | NO COVER


Mission Mondays  

Monday: Jazz with Andy Wrba and Friends

Every Monday night, Andy Wrba entertains the crowd at Mission Bar + Tapas, playing everything from jazz to funk, with a rotating cast of musicians.  This week Don Mikkelsen is on trombone, Bill Chapman on drums and Ben Kohn on piano. 

Mondays | 8pm | Mission Bar + Tapas | 438 North Street | No phone | NO COVER


Civil Action  

Tuesday: Cinema of Law at Berkshire Athenaeum

Cinema of Law, Season 8, returns to the Berkshire Athenaeum.  A Civil Action, starring John Travolta.  The families of children who died sue two companies for dumping toxic waste: a tort so expensive to prove, the case could bankrupt their lawyer.  The movie will be introduced by attorney Chris Dodig. This is a free event sponsored by the Berkshire Law Library, the Berkshire Bar Association, and the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. 

Tuesday, March 4 | 6pm | Berkshire Athenaeum | 1 Wendell Avenue | 413-499-9480 | FREE


Tricks of the Trade  

Wednesday: The Creative Economy & Economic Impact

March 4-6, MCLA's Tricks of the Trade will explore three ways to grow the creative economy, one of Berkshire County's four key economic clusters. Tuesday, advocacy will be discussed at IS183 Art School.  Wednesday, measuring the economic impact of the creative economy will be explored with moderator Van Shields of the Berkshire Museum and statewide Creative Economy Industry Director Helena Fruscio, Williams College economist Stephen Sheppard, and Dee Schneidman of the New England Foundation of the Arts. Thursday, education and the creative economy will be explored at Gallery 51 in North Adams. All sessions are free & open to the public and feature refreshments from Big Elm Brewing.  Click here for more information.

Wednesday, March 5 | 6pm | Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renne | 413-663-5253 | FREE


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10x10 at BSC  

Friday-Sunday: Last Weekend of 10x10 New Play Festival at Barrington Stage

The 3rd annual 10x10 Upstreet Art Festival may be over, but you still have a chance to catch the acclaimed 10x10 New Play Festival this weekend. This year's plays are so popular, Barrington Stage added another performance.  Every 10 minutes, a new play begins.  The Berkshire Eagle says, "...BSC's 10x10 New Play Festival continues to be a highlight of the winter theater scene...At its best, 10x10 shows yet again just how much can be said about who we are as human beings with less." Click here for details of this year's plays.  

Friday-Sunday, February 28-March 2 | Fri-Sat 7:30pm Sat & Sun 3pm Sun 7pm| Barrington Stage Company | St. Germain Stage | 36 Linden Street | 413-236-8888 | $25-$30


In No Great Hurry  

Friday-Monday: In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter at Little Cinema

The late Saul Leiter was lauded as the great pioneer of color photography, but was never driven by the lure of success. In a funny, intimate and moving documentary, In No Great Hurry follows Saul as he deals with the triple burden of cleaning an apartment full of memories, becoming world famous in his 80s, and fending off a pesky film maker. Read the New York Times review here.

Friday-Monday, February 28-March 3 | Fri-Mon 7pm Mon 1:30pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $5/$7.50


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe  

Friday-Sunday+: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at New Life Church

Everyone's invited to this mesmerizing multimedia presentation of C. S. Lewis' timeless classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe  in which the audiences will witness the escapades of four brave children as they join forces with the mighty lion Aslan against the ruthless White Witch.  The amazing world of C.S. Lewis' Narnia in this entertaining dramatic adventure is for the whole family.  Doors open one hour before each performance.

Friday-Sunday, February 28-March 2 & March 7-9 | Fri-Sat 7pm Sun 2pm | New Life Community Fellowship Church | 172 Hubbard Avenue | 413-358-3758 | FREE


 

Friday: Arthur Holmes Blues Band at the Underground Pub

The Berkshires' own blues powerhouses heat up the Underground Pub at the Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District. They'll be playing classic covers and originals too.

Friday, Feb. 28 | 10pm | The Underground Pub (inside the Crowne Plaza) | One West Street | 413-553-2257$5 cover


Prince Igor  

Saturday: The Met Live in HD at the Beacon

Prince Igor, Borodin's defining Russian epic, famous for its Polovtsian Dances, comes to the Metropolitan Opera for the first time in nearly 100 years. Dmitri Tcherniakov's new production is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, with the founding of the Russian nation as the backdrop. Star bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov takes on the monumental title role, with Gianandrea Noseda conducting. Live in high definition video on the Beacon's 40 foot screen.

 Saturday, March 1 | 12pm | The Beacon Cinema | 57 North Street | 413-358-4780 | $25


Moments House Open House  

Saturday: Open House at Moments House

You are invited to help celebrate Moments House's new home in Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District. Moments House provides free support and services for all those affected by cancer. Meet the Moments House volunteer staff and learn about the free programs and services that they offer and how you can become a volunteer or join a mentorship program.  There will be kids activities from 2pm-4pm and a cocktail reception from 6pm-8pm.  Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, March 1 | 2pm-4pm & 6pm-8pm | Moments House | 34 Depot Street, Suite 301 | 413-443-6800 | FREE


Creative Social at the Whit  

Saturday: Creative Social at Gallery W

Creative Social @ Gallery W is a casual networking group meeting for creatives coordinated in partnership by Arts Indie and the Whitney Center for the Arts.  It's your last chance to enjoy the February art shows at the Whitney: Assemble, a group show of collage and assemblage in Gallery W and a solo show of work by Leo Mazzeo entitled Inspection and Introspection Redux in the Colt Gallery. Light refreshments will be served.

Saturday, March 1 | 2pm-5pm | Whitney Center for the Arts | 42 Wendell Avenue | 917-674-4963 | FREE


Mardi Gras  

Saturday: Mardi Gras/St. Patrick's Party

Get a jump start on Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day at Sacred Heart Church.  DJ Rob Dwyer will be playing your favorite tunes for dancing.  There will also be a sing-a-long, door prizes and a raffle.  The menu includes a corned beef sandwich, hot dog, a side and dessert.  Cash bar.   

Saturday, March 1 | 5pm-9pm | Sacred Heart Church | 42 Wendell Avenue | 413-442-8924 | Adults $10; Children ages 6-12 $5; Children under 6 FREE


Blues Trio  

Saturday: Live Music at Port Smitt's

The Blues Trio spices up Port Smitt's.  Featuring Jeff King on guitar, John Haddad on drums and Dan Broad on bass, this group of guys will be rippin' it up.  Dinner reservations are recommended. 

Saturday, March 1 | 7:30pm | Port Smitt's | 370 Pecks Road | 413-236-5727 | NO COVER


 

Saturday: Benefit in Memory of Theresa Burke

Enjoy a day and night of local live music in support of the young daughter of Theresa Burke, who dies tragically last fall. Performers include Whiskey City, Blackwater, Live Wire, the Arthur Holmes Blues Band, Wykyd, and more.  Enjoy food, a slient auction, and a 50/50 raffle too. All proceeds go to the Phoenix Inferno Memorial Trust Fund for her young daughter.

Saturday, March 1 | 4pm-1am | The Back Nine Bar & Grill | 303 Crane Avenue | 518-300-0831 | $10 (children under 12 free)


Mardi Gras Party at Chameleons  

Saturday: Mardi Gras Party at Chameleons

DJ Marc the Don and DJ Young Champ will be spinning the hottest, hiphop, reggae/reggaeton, R & B, top 40s and more.  Wear your Mardi Gras masks and get there early to get Mardi Gras beads.  $100 cash prize to the person has the most beads by the end of the night. 

Saturday, March 1 | 9:30pm | Chameleons Nightclub | 1350 East Street | 413-499-2582 | $5 21+ /$10 18-20


Forty Shades of Green  

Sunday & Monday: Submissions Accepted for Forty Shades of Green 

Artists, both amateur and professional are invited to submit original two and three-dimensional artwork for the group show Forty Shades of Green: Celebrating Ireland & Irish Culture at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.  Both contemporary and traditional artwork on the theme of Ireland and Irish-American culture are encouraged, including photography, painting, sculpture, craft, and video or sound installations.  The show is open to ALL artists, and ready to hang (or display) work should be brought to the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts to be included in the show!

Sunday & Monday, March 2 & 3 | Sunday: 12pm-3pm; Monday: 10am-4pm | Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renne Avenue | 413-499-9348 | FREE 


Arias at the Whit  

Sunday: Ten Popular Arias at Whitney Center for the Arts

Did you miss the first performance? No worries! Enjoy 10 popular arias by top opera professionals in an elegant and intimate cabaret setting. Opera Notte @the Whit will be a regular event at the Whitney Center for the Arts, always performed by top level classically trained musicians. Champagne, wine & beer and light appetizers are available to order, catered by Dottie's Coffee Lounge. 

Sunday, March 2 | 5pm | Whitney Center for the Arts | 42 Wendell Avenue | 413-443-0289 | $20


 
Trivia  

Monday: Trivia at Thistle & Mirth

Get your trivia on the first Monday of every month at Thistle & Mirth with Lynn Wallace and Colleen Nixon, the original trivia ninjas.  They've got questions, they've got answers & they've got prizes. Free to play, and they're usually done by 9pm, so no excuses for staying home on a weeknight.

Monday, March 3 | 7pm | Thistle & Mirth | 44 West Street | 413-344-4335 | NO COVER


Mission Mondays  

Monday: Jazz with Andy Wrba and Friends

Every Monday night, Andy Wrba entertains the crowd at Mission Bar + Tapas, playing everything from jazz to funk, with a rotating cast of musicians.  This week Don Mikkelsen is on trombone, Bill Chapman on drums and Ben Kohn on piano. 

Mondays | 8pm | Mission Bar + Tapas | 438 North Street | No phone | NO COVER


Civil Action  

Tuesday: Cinema of Law at Berkshire Athenaeum

Cinema of Law, Season 8, returns to the Berkshire Athenaeum.  A Civil Action, starring John Travolta.  The families of children who died sue two companies for dumping toxic waste: a tort so expensive to prove, the case could bankrupt their lawyer.  The movie will be introduced by attorney Chris Dodig. This is a free event sponsored by the Berkshire Law Library, the Berkshire Bar Association, and the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. 

Tuesday, March 4 | 6pm | Berkshire Athenaeum | 1 Wendell Avenue | 413-499-9480 | FREE


Tricks of the Trade  

Wednesday: The Creative Economy & Economic Impact

March 4-6, MCLA's Tricks of the Trade will explore three ways to grow the creative economy, one of Berkshire County's four key economic clusters. Tuesday, advocacy will be discussed at IS183 Art School.  Wednesday, measuring the economic impact of the creative economy will be explored with moderator Van Shields of the Berkshire Museum and statewide Creative Economy Industry Director Helena Fruscio, Williams College economist Stephen Sheppard, and Dee Schneidman of the New England Foundation of the Arts. Thursday, education and the creative economy will be explored at Gallery 51 in North Adams. All sessions are free & open to the public and feature refreshments from Big Elm Brewing.  Click here for more information.

Wednesday, March 5 | 6pm | Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renne | 413-663-5253 | FREE

 

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