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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 21-27

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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
Shire City Sessions is back, with FREE concerts every Monday from July 24 to Aug. 7. The first session features singer/songwriter Drew Angus with special guest Izzy Heltai. The show starts at 6 p.m. and there will be craft beer poured by Pittsfield's own Wandering Star Craft Brewery.
Plus... 
FRI Chris Frisina at Methuselah | FRI Critical MASS at Hotel on North | FRI David Grover & Linda Worster at South Congregational Church | FRI Haunted Hancock at Hancock Shaker Village | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | SAT Brownskin Band at American Legion | SAT Fiesta Latina at The A | MON Mastheads Roundtable with Tess Chakkalakal at Hotel on North | MON Eli Newberger & The Hot Six at Barrington Stage | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Mastheads Writers' Reading at Arrowhead | WED Anna & Elizabeth at Hancock Shaker Village | WED Live on the Lake with Shyne at Onota Lake | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Craft on North: 3D Printing at Hotel on North 
 
FAMILY FRIENDLY
 
IS183 Art School of the Berkshires presents Teen Tuesday: Comics. Come into the studio and try your hand at a new technique or medium in the arts. Every meeting will focus on a new project with a different instructor. This week, learn to make comics with Anna Moriarty Lev from 6-8:30 p.m.
Plus...  
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | FRI FREE Fun Friday at Hancock Shaker Village | FRI FREE Screening of Finding Dory at Clapp Park | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | MON FREE Screening of The BFG at Berkshire Athenaeum | MON-FRI Kids' Yoga Camp at Berkshire Yoga Dance | MON-FRI Girls' Mountain Biking Camp at Pittsfield State Forest | TUE Explorer's Club at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Grandparents Day at Hancock Shaker Village | TUE Make Your Doll a Shaker Cloak at Hancock Shaker Village | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | WED Legends of Sleepy Hollow Performance at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED+ Bye Bye Birdie at Berkshire Museum THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum THU FREE Teen Art-making at The Family Resource Center
 
WELLNESS
JoinKimberly Coleman, Patty Brown and Joshua Needleman for a New Moon Journey Dance Series held on 3 Sundays from 12:15-1:45 p.m. Move, shake and bounce your way to freedom and enjoy a special Chocolate Springs bliss blessing. $20 for 1 class; $50 for all 3.
Plus... 
SAT Yoga & Zumba at Burbank Park on Onota Lake | THU FREE Yoga with Katie at Berkshire Athenaeum
 
PERFORMANCE
Three teenage misfits in Salem, Oregon discover they're linked by a sex scandal that's rocked the town. When one of them sets out to expose the truth, the stakes get higher and the trio's connection grows deeper in this dark comedy with music that The NY Times calls "a triumph... hilarious, cliché-free, and immensely entertaining." Barrington Stage Company's St. Germain Stage.
Plus... 
ONGOING The Music Man at The Colonial | ONGOING Twelfth Night at Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park | ONGOING Taking Steps at Barrington Stage
 
GET CREATIVE
Berkshire Paint & Sip invites you to get inspired by four local women who will each share a 5-7 minute uplifting message on how we can all aspire to make aspects of our lives go in a positive direction. Plus, paint "Spirit Guide" on a 16x20 canvas. Your $30 fee includes all painting materials, instruction, a light snack and wine! 6-9 p.m.
Plus... 
FRI Build a Hanging Wren House at Funky Phoenix | THU Craft on North: 3D Printing at Hotel on North
 
COMMUNITY
The Gather-In Festival will be held at Durant Park from 1-5 p.m. Admission is free and open to all, and the festival will feature great food, a magician, face painting, a basketball tournament and much more. Performers include singer-songwriters Reggie and Kim Harris, the Soul Steps dance group from NJ, and The Pittsfield Youth Alive Step Team & Band. Don't forget to enter the raffle to win tickets to see Diana Ross at Tanglewood!
Plus...
FRI FREE Fun Friday at Hancock Shaker Village | FRI-SUN Summer Tent Sale at The Outlet at Pine Cone Hill | SAT Pioneer Valley Ballet at Berkshire Museum | SAT 2017 Grand Release Party at Balderdash Cellars | SUN Celebrate Life for Alice Trumbull at The A | SUN Domingo Brunch at Dottie's | WED Mid-week Mah Jongg at Chabad of the Berkshires

The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the First Street Common! 

This Saturday, enjoy live music by The Ukeville Stringband. 
 
LEARN
WED Working Cities at Berkshire Dream Center
Do you have ideas for making Pittsfield a better place for everyone? Are you looking to get connected to local change makers? Attend Working Cities Wednesday, a cross sector collaboration between Pittsfield residents, organizations, businesses, and government. RSVP for FREE food and child care. 5:30-7 p.m. at Berkshire Dream Center, located at 475 Tyler Street.
Plus... 
SAT Learner's Lab: Vintage Guitars at Berkshire Museum | MON Mastheads Roundtable with Tess Chakkalakal at Hotel on North | MON Drum Class at The Lichtenstein | MON Book Talk with Fedora Horowitz at Knesset Israel | TUE Toastmasters Meeting | THU Pearl Harbor with David Rutstein at Knesset Israel
 
FILM
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. 
 
 
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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