Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 19-Oct. 5

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September 29 - October 5, 2017
SATURDAY is the 10th Annual Berktoberfest
Berktoberfestan annual fundraiser held to benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center and Moments House, will be held from 1-5 p.m.* on McKay Street. The 10th annual fest will feature regional brews from Bright Ideas, Big Elm, Wandering Star, Angry Orchard, Sam Adams, Glass Bottom, White Lion, von Trapp and many more. 
 
Enjoy food from your favorite local restaurants, including Hot Tomatoes, Flavours of Malaysia, Otto's Breakfast & Deli and more, plus live music and games all day! 
 
*A VIP ticket gets you in an hour earlier, at Noon, and a free t-shirt!
New Opportunities for Massachusetts Artists!
 
Assets for Artists is accepting applications for its Matched Savings Grant Program and fall/winter Professional Development Workshops. Artists/makers in Mass. are eligible for grants of up to $2,000, as well as two free workshops (a personal finance "boot camp" and a business planning workshop), and one-on-one financial and business coaching. Applications are due by October 9!
 
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
Live From Laurel Canyon: Songs & Stories of American Folk Rock is an homage to the musical legacy of Laurel Canyon, with interpretations of classic songs and narrated stories. Songs will include those by The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Mamas & the Papas, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Eagles, Jim Morrison, Neil Young and more! The Colonial Theatre, 8 p.m. $25/$40.
Plus... 
FRI After Ours Duo at Hotel on North | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | SAT Riverside Brothers at Balderdash Cellars | SAT Dinner with Dar Williams at Hancock Shaker Village | SAT Hotshot Hillbillies at The A | SAT Mary Talbot & The Sidemen at Rainbow | SUN Emerson String Quartet at South Mountain Concerts | SUN Gypsy Jazz Ambassadors at The Whit | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Jazz Vespers at Zion Lutheran Church
 
FAMILY FRIENDLY

Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness welcomes back Julie Pellerin-Herrera for a special 8-week kids yoga class held every Sunday from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Sept. 24-Nov. 12 for boys and girls ages 5-11. Pre-registration is required.
Plus... 
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | SAT Kitchen Ka-Boom! at Berkshire Museum | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | TUE Grandparents Day at Hancock Shaker Village | THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village | THU FREE Learn-to-Skate Day at Boys & Girls Club
 
WELLNESS
Join Melissa at Berkshire Salsa for mixed martial arts-inspired workouts designed to slash inches off your waist, blast belly fat, and sculpt total-body definition - no equipment needed. Take on boxing, kick-boxing and muay Thai in 3-minute rounds. This class is offered
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Plus... 
SAT Run With Healers at Springside Park | TUE Meditation Class at Wellness Underground | WED Adult Contemporary Jazz Dance at Berkshire Fitness & Wellness Center | WED Pregnancy Belly Dancing at Berkshire Salsa | THU Intro to Zumba at Berkshire Yoga Dance
 
PERFORMANCE
Barrington Stage Company presents the story of a suavely handsome man who is slowly driving his wife to the brink of insanity by sowing seeds of doubt, memory loss and misperceptions. Playwright Patrick Hamilton has built and sustained some of the most brilliant, suspenseful sequences in modern theatre. Boyd-Quinson Mainstage. 
 
GET CREATIVE

Township Four, the new florist, gallery and antiques store located at 419 North Street, presents its first workshop. Learn to make a pumpkin floral centerpiece - no gutting of pumpkins required! Reservations are required and may be made by calling (413) 347-3244. $40. 7-8:30 p.m.
Plus... 
FRI Choose Your Own Workshop at Funky Phoenix | SAT Open Studio at Berkshire Paint & Sip | SAT Paint Party to Benefit Walk Out of Darkness at Berkshire Paint & Sip | SUN Paint Party to Benefit Moments House at Crossroads Cafe | WED Paint Scarecrow/Snowman on a Pallet at The Dirty Brush | THU Paint Party to benefit Walk Out of Darkness at Berkshire Hills Country Club
 
COMMUNITY
The annual Crop Hunger Walk begins with registration at 1 p.m. at First Church of Christ on Park Square. Walkers will follow a 2-mile loop on North and South Streets, and return to the church for refreshments. Participants walk to raise awareness and funds to combat hunger all over the world. 25% of all donations come back to the Berkshires to support the Western MA Food Bank.
Plus...
ONGOING Winter Clothing Drive at Berkshire County Arc | FRI Hair Extensions Fundraiser at Moments House | FRI Taste of Germany Dinner at Zion Lutheran Church SAT-SUN Housatonic Heritage Walks SAT Community Poetry Reading at Berkshire Athenaeum SUN Domingo Brunch with Cassandra Redd & Jake Roach at Dottie's | SUN Get Ready to Race at Plaine's | MON Art & Process Peer Supervision Group at NuArts | TUE Personnel Open House & Career Fair at City Hall | WED Dogs on North at Hotel on North | WED Become A PCC Mentor at Berkshire Children & Families | THU Pungl Launch Party at Hotel on North
 
The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the First Street Common! This Saturday, enjoy music from the Banulis & Miller Jazz Duo from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
 
LEARN

Jacob's Pillow Dance presents What the Body Knowsa FREE, all ages/all levels movement class led by Paloma McGregor and Meghan Abadoo. Dancewear is not required. Light refreshments will be provided. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Plus... 
SUN Challenging the Stigma of Mental Illness at Berkshire Museum MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Class at The Lichtenstein | MON MASS MoCA: A Rich History at Knesset Israel | MON Real Talk on Race Workshop with Multicultural BRIDGE | THU Protecting Your Energy at New Moon Gifts | THU Memory Matters at Berkshire Hills Country Club
 
FILM
FRI-MON Manhattan Short Festival at Little Cinema  

Unite with over 100,000 film-lovers around the world and view this year's Final 10 short films, representing an extraordinary range of genres: comedy, drama, horror, sci-fi, animation and martial arts!
 
 
ONGOING
See What's New at The Beacon
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.

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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