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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 13-19, 2017

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Cultural Pittsfield and the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market join forces to host the Second-annual Harvest Festival at the First Street Common on Saturday, October 14 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. This will be the final outdoor market of the season! 

The fest will feature a Halloween Costume Festival (yes, wear your Halloween costumes to the event!) with giveaways for each participant, pumpkin painting and a "future farmer" photo booth. The Roaming Railroad will be giving FREE rides to all attendees. In addition to the weekly lineup of farmers, food producers and artisans, the market will be hosting chef demonsrations.
 
There will be live music with the Banulis & Miller Jazz Duo from 9-11 a.m. and The Hoping Machine from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be a group run with Berkshire Running Center at 11 a.m.; fitness classes with Berkshire Yoga Dance beginning at 11 a.m.; tours of the renovated Zion Lutheran Church; a meet and greet with Dan Sadlowski, author of Finding Brooklyn and more!
 

The 13th annual Pittsfield CityJAZZ Festival continues this weekend. On Saturday, join Roger Squitero, percussionist with the Dizzy Gillespie Afro- Cuban Experience, for a FREE Latin percussion workshop at Wood Brothers Music from 1-2:30 p.m.
 
On Saturday night, celebrate Dizzy Gillespie's 100th birthday with a performance by the Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience, a 6-piece ensemble led by his long-term bassist John Lee. The Colonial Theatre at 7:30 p.m. $23/$38.
 
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
 
South Congregational Church UCC will hold a benefit dinner and concert to benefit our local Thanksgiving Angels. The Angels provide a turkey and all the trimmings to more than 1,400 local families each year! The concert will feature Tommy T. & Black Velvet.  6-9 p.m. $15.
Plus... 
FRI Misty Blues at Mission | FRI Berkshire Drum & Dance Fest at BCC | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Lady Di & The Dukes at Hotel on North | FRI Shyne at The A | FRI Berkshire County Kids' Place Gala at Country Club of Pittsfield | SAT Latin Night at Itam Lodge | SAT Food for Thought Dinner with Rachel Urquhart at Hancock Shaker Village | MON Jazz Night at Mission | MON Libations with Librarians at Hotel on North | TUE Pittsfield Green Drinks at J. Allen's | TUE Pasta Night for Berkshire Humane Society at Zucco's | WED Walter Burmer at Methuselah | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Comedian Morgan Miller at The Colonial
 
FAMILY FRIENDLY

Berkshire Museum invites you to explore its galleries with only a flashlight, in this spooky, after-hours adventure. Go down the rabbit hole and explore the new Morgan Bulkeley show and resident mummy, Pahat, from a darker perspective. 6-7 p.m. $5, Museum members: $3. 
Plus... 
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | SAT Happimess at The Colonial | SAT FREE David Grover Concert at The Colonial | MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | MON+ Stop-motion Animation for Homeschoolers at Berkshire Museum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | TUE Grandparents Day at Hancock Shaker Village | THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village
 
WELLNESS
Rogue Yoga is celebrating Friday the 13th with a moderate flow, blacklight yoga class. Dress in bright colors! Glow sticks and paint will be available if you want to go all out. All levels welcome, ages 8+. Arrive at 5:45 p.m. for props/paint. Class begins at 6 p.m. $10, props included. 
Plus... 
FRI Tennis Open House at Berkshire West
 
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. 
 
Free Symposium on Oct. 15 at 12:30 p.m.: Gaslighting: Psychological Manipulation and Bullying - The Disturbing Trend in Relationships Today
 
GET CREATIVE


Yummy Treasures invites you to a Czech bead and crystal bracelet class. Get a jump-start on holiday gift-giving or your own wearable festive party bling. $25 plus materials. 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Plus... 
FRI Choose Your Own Workshop at Funky Phoenix | FRI + WED Grandma's Christmas Tree Class at Dirty Brush | MON Pumpkin Centerpiece Class at Township Four
 
COMMUNITY
The 8th Annual Berkshire Drum & Dance Fest at BCC will honor women in drum and dance. Performers will include Puertominicana, Youth Alive Step & Drum Team, Satya & Chupungu Mbira, members of Gaia Roots and more. There also will be a silent auction and craft marketplace. The event supports the Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center to help conserve 32 acres of highland Boreal forest in Windsor, MA, and to build a nature and education center to offer year-round programs for all ages. 7 p.m.
Plus...
ONGOING Winter Clothing Drive at Berkshire County Arc SAT Bizarre Bazaar at Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center SAT-SUN 30th Annual Ski Sale at Bousquet SUN Jazz Brunch with Jeanne Laurin & John Sauer at Dottie's SUN Story & Movement Workshop with Wendy Jehlen & the dancers of ANIKAYA at The Lichtenstein | SUN+ National Friends of Libraries Week at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Pasta Night for Berkshire Humane Society at Zucco's WED Job Fair at Berkshire Hills Country Club
 
LEARN
Fall Harvest Weekend at Hancock Shaker Village will include two days of classes, workshops and demonstrations; guided tours and hikes; a visit by alpacas and more. Learn to make cheese, weatherize your home, forage for edibles, ferment cabbage and more!
Plus... 
SAT The Rev. Samuel Harrison author Ann-Elizabeth Barnes at Berkshire Athenaeum SAT Berkshire Natural History Conference at BCC SAT Decluttering Group at Wellness Underground SUN Story & Movement Workshop with Wendy Jehlen & the dancers of ANIKAYA at The Lichtenstein MON "Know Your Rights" Training at Berkshire Interfaith Organizing MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Class at The Lichtenstein MON BerkShares Local Currency at Knesset Israel | TUE Author Talk with Vin Femia at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Meditating with Crystals at New Moon Gifts | TUE Pittsfield Green Drinks at J. Allen's | THU Jewish Humor at Knesset Israel
 
FILM
FRI The S Word at The Colonial Theatre 
The word suicide brings conversations to a halt and evokes primal fears of the darkest of all human experiences. Speaking the word itself is not the problem; it is the silence that follows.  The Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention, the Dept. of Mental Health, Berkshire Theatre Group and other community partners present a screening of The S Word. This documentary puts a face on this feared and misunderstood topic, delving into the hearts and minds of suicide attempt survivors and those who have experienced the impact of suicide. The event is FREE and open to anyone aged 15+. A panel discussion will follow the screening. 6 p.m.
 
 
ONGOING
See What's New at The Beacon | FRI-MON Crown Heights at Berkshire Museum
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 Through the Lens, a story-based portrait series featuring youth in the Pittsfield community from Herberg and Reid Middle Schools and based on the "Dear World Project." 
 
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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