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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 19-25

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May 19 - May 25, 2017
The 11th Season of 3rd Thursday Starts Tonight!
Join the Berkshire Museum to celebrate the "electric" opening of its newest exhibit, Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy live music from the Berkshire Jazz Collective featuring Andy Wrba, chart-topping food from Just Kickin' It Bar-B-Que, complimentary beer, wine and a signature cocktail, a special wine tasting preview of the 2017 Wine Gala and Auction, and other exciting surprises! Tickets: $40 adult, $20 child; Museum members $30 adult, $15 child.
Berkshire Theatre Group presents Catch the Fever: An Evening with Fabrizio & The Fever, beginning at 7 p.m. The event will raise funds for the Richie duPont award, a scholarship that sends kids to theatre camp. Ticket are $25. VIP tickets are $50 and include premium seating and a 6 p.m. pre-show reception with complimentary refreshments, a special acoustic set with Michael Fabrizio, and a preview of the silent auction items.  
FRI Latin Night Special Edition at Itam Lodge | FRI BBQ Dinner & Line Dancing at Polish Falcons | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | SAT Berkshire Concert Choir's Reflection and Joy at First United Methodist Church  |SAT ZipStohr's Comedy at The Crowne Plaza | SAT Tori at Rainbow | SAT SIRSY at The A | SAT Mary Ann Palermo & 1st Take at Mission | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | WED Johnny Irion at Methuselah | THU Comedian Joe Zimmerman at The Colonial
Children ages 3-5 (toddlers through age 7 are welcome) are invited to the Colonial Theatre for a reading of "The Grouchy Ladybug" by Eric Carle. The craft will be making a bug: butterfly, ladybug, dragonfly or yellow jacket. All materials included!
Each child is $10, parents are free. 10 a.m.
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | FRI Homeschool Day at Hancock Shaker Village | SAT FREE David Grover Concert at The Colonial | SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum | SAT Space Day at Berkshire Museum | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum WED WeeMuse: Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum | THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village | THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum
The 2017 Mayor's Fitness Challenge will kick off at the First Street Common from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in conjunction with the Downtown Pittsfield Farmer's Market. Get your registration packets (or register!), try some healthy food samples and learn about local physical activity opportunities!
TUE FREE Yoga with Katie at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED Run to North at Hotel on North 
Create your own 3-hook key holder, made with repurposed keys, for only $20, at The Funky Phoenix. Choose your unpainted block of wood and 3 key hooks of your choice, then paint and accessorize with our supplies. Only $20. 6-8 p.m.
SAT Peyote Stitch Bracelet Class at Yummy Treasures | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North | TUE "Tuscan Poppy Meadow" Paint Party at Itam Lodge | WED Purple Flowers Tote Bag Paint Party at Berkshire Paint & Sip | THU "Irish Cottage" Paint Party at Berkshire Paint & Sip
As part of its contribution to the Mastheads Project, WordXWord is challenging 10 poets to create original work, using quotes pulled from the belly of a whale, to be presented at Arrowhead on July 11. The project kicks off with the drawing of quotes at Dottie's at 2 p.m. In addition to learning their "fate," the poets will share a bit of their work. FREE. 
SAT Photo Class & Book Signing at Berkshire Humane
Berkshire Humane Society welcomes pet photographer Jesse Freidin for a 2 p.m. photography class, open to all levels. It will be followed by a talk and signing of his recently published book, Finding Shelter, which features photographs of shelter volunteers and animals from across the country, including those from Berkshire Humane!
MON The Kabbalah of Bob Dylan at Knesset Israel | MON Drum Class at The Lichtenstein | THU Gathering our Hearts at Standing Rock Screening at Knesset Israel | THU International Folk Dance Lessons at Berkshire Athenaeum
20th Century Women
at The Little Cinema

During the summer of 1979, a Santa Barbara single mom and boardinghouse landlord (Annette Bening) decides the best way she can parent her teenage son is to enlist her tenants - a punk photographer (Greta Gerwig), a handyman (Billy Crudup) and her son's best friend (Elle Fanning) - to serve as role models.

See What's New at The Beacon Cinema | THU Gathering our Hearts at Standing Rock Screening at Knesset Israel

The Pittsfield Cultural Council is seeking new members! 

Want to have a say in how the local arts community is funded? Interested in learning about cultural programming in the city? Come join us! We're a volunteer group that allocates grants to Pittsfield-based arts and cultural organizations on an annual basis. For more information, contact us at:
What's Showing at The Licht
Pittsfield's city-owned community arts center, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, features nine working artist studios, a ceramics studio, a community room and an art gallery with changing exhibitions, classes, performances + more! 

28 Renne Ave. | Hours Wed-Sat 11am-4pm  
Come celebrate our creative young people and the important role art education plays in our schools!The Art in Our Schools Exhibit, a 30+ year tradition held each spring at the Lichtenstein, features artwork from students in grades 6-12 in the Pittsfield Public Schools. On display until May 27. Stop in on May 18 during Third Thursday!
Five things to remember about the new downtown parking system:
1. Always enter your license plate number - even for the FREE first 30 minutes.
2. On-street parking is $1 per hour; lot parking is 50 cents per hour. There are also nearly 400 free parking spaces on the city's side streets.
3. You can pay by coin, credit card, or by downloading the Passport parking app.
4. You do not need to display the parking receipt on your dashboard.
5. Parking is FREE on evenings and weekends!
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