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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 16-22

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June 16 - June 22, 2017
 
Hancock Shaker Village kicks off its new American roots music series in its 1910 Barn with Grammy-award winning musician Dom Flemons, a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Enjoy local beer and spirits while gazing over the fields and forests of the Village. $15 in advance, $20 day of show. Come early for dinner at the new Seeds Cafe. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m.
 
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
The 3rd Annual Blues Benefit Jam, hosted by Misty Blues, takes place next Thursday, June 22 and will be a tribute to Willie Dixon. Proceeds benefit the Berkshire Music School's scholarship fund. Special guests include Jason Ennis, John Temple Zarvis, Jack Waldheim, Tony Lee Thomas, Wendy A. Walz, Tor Krautter, Tom Corrigan and more. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 7-11 p.m.
Plus... 
FRI Riverside Brothers Duo at Hotel on North | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Xavier at The A | FRI Flash Choir with Andy Kelly & Friends at Berkshire Museum FRI The Echoes at South Congregational Church | SAT Hardcore/Punk Show at Crossroads | SAT Rev Tor Solo at Mission | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow
 
FAMILY FRIENDLY
 
Have you always wondered what playing a certain instrument would be like? Berkshire Music School invites families to explore its Instrument Petting Zoo at Berkshire Museum from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. You'll be able to see, play and listen to the instruments you've always been curious about. 
Plus...  
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum | SAT FREE David Grover Concert at The Colonial | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | TUE Sensory Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum
 
WELLNESS
 
Rogue Yoga, located at 10 Lyman Street, presents recess class all lit up! Wear bright clothing and have a blast with glow sticks and other props. All levels are welcome. $10 (props included). Bring the family for only $20 per family! 6-7 p.m. 
Plus... 
MON Fitness for Life Wellness Talk at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED Run & Walk to North at Hotel on North 
 
PERFORMANCE


John Hadden's play about deception, "the game" (espionage) and rough filial love. It's a 50-minute, two-character, solo performance based on his book, Conversations with a Masked Man: My Father, the CIA, and Me. 2 p.m. Tickets: $20.
Plus... 
ONGOING The Birds at Barrington Stage
 
GET CREATIVE
Berkshire Paint & Sip will offer two great workshops this week. On Saturday, paint "Palm Tree Sunset" on glassware to benefit the Bruce Kilmer Memorial Scholarship from 6-8 p.m. At the same time on Wednesday, paint "Monument Mountain Hiking Trail" on a reusable tote bag to benefit Scouting for a Cure Relay for Life team.
Plus... 
FRI Create a Key Hook at Funky Phoenix SAT Beginner Kumihimo Class at Yummy Treasures | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North | WED Screen Printing Workshop at Shire City Sanctuary
 
COMMUNITY
The public is invited to join with members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities at the Berkshire Athenaeum to discuss what it means to be "out" in the Berkshires. Panelists will include representatives from the Elizabeth Freeman Center, Berkshire Rainbow Seniors, the Berkshire Trans Group, the Live Out Loud Youth Project and others. Thurs, June 22, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Plus... 
SAT Volunteer Work Day at Springside Park | SAT FREE Trees at The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market | SAT Repair Cafe at St. Stephen's | SAT Berkshire County Residents FREE Day at Arrowhead | MON Town Players Membership Meeting at The Whit | MON Autism Collaborative Meeting | TUE Info Session & Meetup at Pittsfield Coworking | TUE Green Drinks at J. Allen's | THU Town Players Auditions at The Whit
 
LEARN
SAT The Beatles & Classical Music at The Museum
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at BCC presents acclaimed music professor Jeremy Yudkin, who will bring his trademark wit and wisdom to the intersection between the Beatles and classical music, on the 50th anniversary of the release of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. 2 p.m.
Plus... 
MON Drum Class at The Lichtenstein | MON Pittsfield Suns - More Than Just Baseball at Knesset Israel | THU Writing to Right the World at Knesset Israel
 
FILM

Angry Inuk
at The Little Cinema

Seal hunting, a critical part of Inuit life, has been controversial for a long time. Now, a new generation of Inuit, armed with social media and their own sense of humor, are challenging the anti-sealing groups and bringing their own voices into the conversation. Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins her fellow Inuit activists as they challenge outdated perceptions and present themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.

 
Plus... 
ONGOING
See What's New at The Beacon Cinema

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: pittsfieldculture@yahoo.com
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 

The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will be open during 3rd Thursday 5-8pm.
 
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts presents Face Them, a collaborative exhibit focusing on five current topics: animal cruelty, global warming, gun control, human trafficking and population explosion. Now - June 24. [Shown: One of 5 works by National Geographic photographer John Stanmeyer]
 
INFORMATION ABOUT THE PARKING METER PLAN
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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