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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 14-20

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Next Thursday, July 20 is 3rd Thursday - FOOD!
July's 3rd Thursday is FOOD-themed! Taste the offerings of dozens of food vendors and downtown restaurants. Plus, enjoy a dance party with DJ BFG, live music by 8 Ft. River, Moth Patrol and the Amy Ryan Band, performances by the cast of Berkshire Theatre Group's The Music Man, Barrington Stage Company's Bye Bye Birdie, and dancer Eiko Otake, presented by Jacob's Pillow Dance.
 
As always, there will be free Zumba in Park Square with Rachael Plaine of Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness, salsa dancing with Alan Franco, and more!

Help Build A Better Downtown! 
 
Pittsfield Better Block is seeking applications from the local talent pool for pop-up program and retail vendors! Applicants will temporarily fill (for one day) current vacancies on Tyler Street. Send in your application if you'd like to showcase your talents. We'll exhibit local crafts, design, food, beverage, music and manufacturing across Berkshire County and Western Mass. 
 
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
As part of Berkshire Family YMCA's Weekend to Change Lives, they'll hold Wine, Stein & Punchlines, a wine and beer tasting with light appetizers, followed by a comedy show with headliner McQueen Adams (seen on Comedy Central and Funny or Die). Tasting from 7-8 p.m., show at 8:15 p.m. at Berkshire Hills Country Club. $25.
Plus... 
FRI Mary Ann Palermo & First Take at Mission | FRI Randy Cormier at Hotel on North | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | SAT Latin Night at The A | MON Mastheads Roundtable with David L. Smith at Hotel on North | MON Guitar Recital at Berkshire Museum | MON Jazz Night at Mission | MON Eiko Otake Dance Performance at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Wintergreen at Springside Park | WED Live on the Lake with F-Bomb at Onota Lake | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Jews & Jazz Concert at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU The Music Man All-American BBQ at The Colonial | THU-FRI Haunted Hancock at Hancock Shaker Village
 
FAMILY FRIENDLY
Berkshire Museum presents a FREE Community Science Night on Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Experience a giant air cannon and the outdoor mega volcano. Make giant bubbles, test your skills with catapults, and mix up some slime. Test the VR headsets, LEGO robotics, and lots more STEM activities! Explore the big blue blocks of Imagination Playground for creative, child-directed play. 
Plus...  
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | FRI FREE Screening of Storks at Clapp Park | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum | SUN Gnome Hat Workshop at Arrowhead | TUE Explorer's Club at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Grandparent's Day at Hancock Shaker Village | TUE Captain Ahab the Garden Gnome at Arrowhead TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum TUE Blackout Poetry at Berkshire Children & Families | TUE-THU Happimess Craft Academy at The Colonial WED Movie Day at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Comedy & Magic Show at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village
 
WELLNESS
Join Ron Tritto for a 4-week Learn to Hustle dance instruction series for beginners held every Friday from July 14-August 4 from 7-8 p.m.Both couples and singles are welcome to attend. Singles should bring a partner to attend class if possible. The cost is $55 per student.
Plus... 
SAT Goat Yoga at Hancock Shaker Village | SAT Women's Mountain Bike Ride at Balance Rock State Park | SAT FREE Hike & Yoga with Radiance at Springside Park | SUN All-Levels Yoga Exploration at Berkshire Yoga Dance | THU Healthy Living Panel at Knesset Israel | THU FREE Zumba in Park Square with Berkshire Yoga Dance
 
PERFORMANCE
the Tony Award-winning musical about a con-man who ultimately does good by a community. "Professor" Harold Hill's heart opens up through the course of one of America's most beloved musicals. On Thursday, July 20, attend a special performance with an All-American Barbecue!
Plus... 
ONGOING Ragtime at Barrington Stage | ONGOING Speech & Debate at Barrington Stage | THU+ Twelfth Night with Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park | THU+ Taking Steps at Barrington Stage
 
GET CREATIVE
Shire City Sanctuary presents a Repair, Reduce & Re-Use workshop for mending, reworking and renewing your favorite piece of clothing or other textile item with wabi-sabi flare. The workshop is followed by open studio time for an additional charge for those who desire to stay and continue working. Workshop 9 a.m.-12 p.m.: $75. Studio time 12-5 p.m. $35.
Plus... 
FRI Make a 2-Hole Tanglewood Table at Funky Phoenix | SUN Paint "Sunshine Dragonflies" to benefit Moments House at Crossroads Cafe | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North | TUE Paint a Wooden Welcome Sign to benefit the Alzheimer's Assoc. at Berkshire Paint & Sip
 
COMMUNITY
Hancock Shaker Village invites you to build a fairy house; get up close and personal with miniature furniture and make your own tiny chair, table or bed; and join the barnyard animals for a parade on the Farm and Forest Trail to see how the Village has grown over the day. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Included with admission; kids 12 and younger FREE.
Plus... 
FRI-SAT Book Sale at Berkshire Athenaeum | SAT Housatonic River Cleanup at Wahconah Park | SAT Repair Cafe at St. Stephen's Church | SUN Domingo Brunch at Dottie's | WED Mid-week Mah Jongg at Chabad of the Berkshires | THU Healthy Living Panel at Knesset Israel
The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the First Street Common! 

This Saturday is the Market's annual Wellness Day, featuring fitness classes, cooking demos, samples, massage, lectures, giveaways, a run & shop, live music and more.
 
LEARN
FRI Dinner with Stacy Schiff at the Shaker Village
 
Hancock Shaker Village's Food for Thought dinner series returns with Stacy Schiff, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Cleopatra: A Life and, more recently, The Witches: Salem, 1692, which she will discuss over a meal prepared by Chef Brian Alberg. 6 p.m.
Plus... 
MON Mastheads Roundtable with David L. Smith at Hotel on North MON Drum Class at The Lichtenstein | TUE Literacy on the Internet: Fake News at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU Learn to Make Challah at Chabad of the Berkshires
 
FILM

I, Claude Monet
at The Little Cinema

In this film from award-winning director Phil Grabsky, we take a new look at one of the world's favorite artists-through his own words. Letters and other private writings reveal new insights into the man and tell a gripping tale about a someone who, behind his sun-dazzled canvases, often suffered from feelings of depression, loneliness, even suicide.
 
Plus... 
ONGOING
See What's New at The Beacon Cinema
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 and more! 

28 Renne Ave. | Open Wednesday - Saturday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
 
 
 
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts presents I Am a Part of Art: CATA's Annual Art Exhibit, a showcase of 185 original works representing more than 125 local artists with disabilities. Now - July 31. 
 
 
Artists' Reception: July 13 from 5-7 p.m.
 
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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