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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 8-14

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Join Berkshire Humane Society for this annual fundraiser celebrating you and your dog! Enjoy games, family-friendly activities, food, local vendors, and raffles from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the Common, located at 100 First Street. Help BHS raise $25,000 for its 25th birthday by walking (by yourself or with a team) or taking part in the Virtual Dog Walk online!
 
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
 
Berkshire Salsa presents a fun night of Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Merengue, Cha-cha, Cumbia, and Latin dance music! A Beginners Bachata Lesson starts at 9 p.m., followed by an Intermediate Bachata Lesson at 9:30 p.m., and dancing until 1 a.m. Lessons are included in the $10 cover price ($8 for students). No partner or dance experience needed!
 
Plus... 
FRI Randy Cormier at Hotel on North | FRI Steal Your Peach Band at Shire Mountain Ramble | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Line Dance Party at Polish Falcons | FRI Shyne at The A | SAT Code Blue Duo at Balderdash Cellars | SAT Twisted Evolution at The A | SAT Mary Ann Palermo & First Take at Rainbow | SUN Orion String Quartet at South Mountain Concerts | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU PechaKucha Night: Creativity at Berkshire Museum
 
FAMILY FRIENDLY
Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness presents a 6-week series for kids ages 7-11 with instructor Jessamy Scovil. These kid-friendly routines are based on Zumba choreography, and Jessamy will break down the steps, add games, activities and cultural awareness while kids build self esteem and body awareness. Thursdays from 4-4:45 p.m. from Sept. 14-Oct. 19. 
Plus... 
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Grandparents Day at Hancock Shaker Village | WED WeeMuse: Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum | WED Arts in Recovery for Youth at NuArts | THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village | THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum
 
WELLNESS
 
Hancock Shaker Village continues its popular yoga with goats (and chickens) class on Saturday (rain date is Sunday) from 10-11 a.m. The $25 fee includes entry to the entire Village.
Plus... 
SAT Body & Soul Yoga at Berkshire Yoga Dance | SUN Barre Workout Class at Berkshire Yoga Dance | THU Yoga for Healthy Bones at Berkshire Yoga Dance
 
PERFORMANCE
The Colonial Theatre will host the premiere staged reading of the highly anticipated play Shoeless Joe, based on the life of baseball legend Shoeless Joe Jackson. The evening begins with a meet & mingle with New England Baseball Hall of Fame honorees. Attendees will be able to vote for "All-Time Major League Team" and entered into a raffle. A ceremony in honor of Berkshire County baseball greats will be held at 6 p.m., followed by the 7 p.m. performance and a Q&A with cast. $35.
Plus... 
FRI-SUN Company at Barrington Stage | WED+ Kunstler at Barrington Stage
 
GET CREATIVE
Shire City Sanctuary and Crispina ffrench will hold a two-day Sweater Chop Shop workshop.
Learn how to transform a pile of used wool, cashmere, alpaca, mohair and/or cotton sweaters or sweatshirts into a garment of your dreams! Students will learn all the ins and outs of collaging different textures and fabrics together to make a garment to take home. 
Plus... 
FRI Choose Your Own Workshop at Funky Phoenix
 
COMMUNITY


The Pittsfield Figure Skating Club will host an open house for registration. Sign up for figure skating, learn-to-skate lessons, or the Introduction to Hockey program. Fun for ages 4-Adult and all levels. Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. or Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Plus...
SAT Decluttering Group at Wellness Underground SUN Domingo Brunch with Jeff Link & Friends at Dottie's SUN Asian-Americans: No More Perpetual Foreigners at Berkshire Museum WED Bead Trunk Show at Yummy Treasures | TUE Toastmasters Meeting | THU PechaKucha Night: Creativity at Berkshire Museum
The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the First Street Common! 

This Saturday, find out how you can win a $25 gift card to the market, learn about the health benefits of honey and beeswax with Peggy White and Richard Clapper of Luna Vista Honey, and enjoy live music with The Ukeville Stringband from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
 
LEARN
TUE Balkan Folk Dancing for Beginners at The Whit
 
Balkan Folk Dancing for Beginners: Learn the  traditional village dances of the Balkans - the Bulgarian pravo, the Macedonian lesnoto, The Romanian hora and the Greek syrtos. Enjoy the exotic instrumentation and savor the musical traditions. No previous experience or partner necessary. Whitney Center for the Arts, from 7-8:30 p.m. Class starts Sept. 12 and runs for 6 weeks. Suggested donation is $3 per class. Drop-ins welcome!
Plus... 
SUN Jennifer Batten's Self-empowerment for Musicians at The Colonial TUE Meditation with Dr. Vidich at Berkshire Athenaeum THU The Next Big Internet Challenge for the Berkshires at Berkshire Athenaeum
 
FILM
THU Salam, Neighbor at Knesset Israel  
The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, in collaboration with Jewish Family Service of Western Mass., presents a documentary about life in a Syrian refugee camp just inside the Jordanian border. As the first filmmakers allowed by the U.N. to set up a tent inside a refugee camp, Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci uncover inspiring stories of individuals rallying, against all odds, to rebuild their lives and those of their neighbors. Maxine J. Stein, President and CEO of Jewish Family Service of Western Mass. and/or Deirdre Griffin, New American Program Director will participate in a Q&A after the screening.
 
 
ONGOING
See What's New at The Beacon Cinema | FRI-MON Michelangelo: Love and Death at the Little 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 Illuminated Broadsides: Word & Image, curated by Julio Granda. Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 8 from 5-7 p.m.

In this exhibition, at least 25 poets and artists have collaborated to create works of art that incorporate a variety of printing methods - letter press/offset/silkscreen/inkjet - to achieve an unusual but beautiful marriage of word and image.
 
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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