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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 27-Nov. 2

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Halloween Happenings: Parties, Parades & More!
This week's newsletter is full of spooky events! Additional Halloween Happenings include the Pittsfield Halloween Parade on Friday night beginning at 7 p.m. on Tyler Street, Halloween at Hancock Shaker Village on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Creatures of the Deep, Berkshire Shenanigans' last big blowout, at Shire City Sanctuary starting at 8 p.m.
Friday, October 27 is the 4th Annual #ArtsMatterDay. 
 
Each October for the past three years, the creative community has taken social media by storm to celebrate by sharing hundreds of pictures and videos - and of course, art - to show why the arts matter. Let's do it again! Learn how here.
 
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
The Airplane Family reunites Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna, Grateful Dead and New Riders of The Purple Sage alumni, legacy/family, and other musical luminaries, comprising a "who's who" of "The Summer of Love's" legendary musicians. The Colonial Theatre. 8 p.m. $25/$50.
Plus... 
FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Dine Out for Boys & Girls Club at 99 Restaurant | FRI Haunted Hancock at Hancock Shaker Village | SAT Salsoween Fiesta & Costume Contest at The Whit | SAT Woody's Roadhouse Reunion II at The Colonial | SAT Tricks & Treats with Whiskey City at Itam Lodge | SAT Halloween Bash with Critical Mass at Bousquet | SAT Costume Party with White Liger at Mission | SAT Monster Mash Bash with Hotshot Hillbillies at The A | SUN Cards Against Humanity at Thistle & Mirth | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | WED Wine Dinner at Mission
 
FAMILY FRIENDLY
The Berkshire Athenaeum will celebrate the spookiest of seasons with pumpkin carving beginning at 11 a.m. (tools provided - first come, first served). Jack-o-lantern judging begins at 2 p.m., and prizes will be awarded for the best designs. Stop by the Local History Department to learn about eerie events that happened around Berkshire County!
Plus... 
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | SAT Kitchen Ka-Boom! at Berkshire Museum | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | SAT Flashlight Scavenger Hunt at Berkshire Museum | SAT Halloween Fundation at The Funk Box | MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | TUE Halloween Parade at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Grandparents Day at Hancock Shaker Village | THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village | THU Art in Harmony Opening Reception at The Colonial
 
WELLNESS
 
Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness presents an 8-week beginner Vinyasa Flow class with Nicole Shepardson. This class, designed for all ages and abilities, will be held every Sunday from 4-5 p.m., beginning Oct. 29 and running through Dec. 17. Drop-ins welcome. $10.
Plus... 
WED Guided Meditation at Rogue Yoga | THU On Pointe Barre Class at Berkshire Yoga Dance
 
PERFORMANCE
 
 
The Town Players of Pittsfield present Richard O'Brien's deliberately kitschy rock 'n' roll sci-fi musical - just in time for Halloween! This audience favorite will feature a live cast and a live band, in an experience you won't want to miss. Friday through Sunday at BCC's Boland Theater. $13-$21.
 
GET CREATIVE


Berkshire Paint & Sip invites you to paint "Pumpkin Bucket" on a 16x20 canvas to benefit Moments House. The $35 fee includes instruction, all materials, a donation, and a light snack. BYOB. Masonic Temple New Moon Lodge, 5-7 p.m.
Plus... 
FRI Choose Your Own Workshop at Funky Phoenix | FRI Grandma's Christmas Tree Class at Dirty Brush | SAT Lariat Necklace Class at Yummy Treasures | SAT Autumn Tree Paint Party at Berkshire Paint & Sip | SAT Potholder Rug Workshop at Shire City Sanctuary | SAT Scarecrow/Snowman Pallet Class at The Dirty Brush 
 
COMMUNITY
Volunteers are needed to help with the construction of the new playground at the Conte Community School. No special skills are required! Trained playground construction professionals will lead the volunteers every step of the way. Please consider coming out and lending a hand! 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day.
Plus...
ONGOING Winter Clothing Drive at Berkshire County Arc SAT Kiwanis Park of Honor at Park Square SAT Open House at Berkshire Humane Society SAT Harvest Craft Fair at South Congregational Church SAT Prescription Drug Take-back Day at the Police Dept. | SUN Domingo Brunch with Darrow Jazz Ensemble at Dottie's | WED+ Food for Fines at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU Friends Preview Night Book Sale at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU Art in Harmony Opening Reception at The Colonial
 
LEARN
The community is invited to hear from Mass. Senator Edward J. Markey in downtown Pittsfield and share their thoughts and concerns with him. Doors open at 5 p.m., free and open to all. Barrington Stage Company's Mainstage, located at 58 Union St.
Plus... 
SAT White Ally Toolkit Workshop SUN Street Medic Training at First United Methodist MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Class at The Lichtenstein | MON The Process of Aging at Knesset Israel | THU Learn about Housatonic Heritage Sites with Dan Bolognoni at Knesset Israel
 
FILM
FRI-MON Hitchcock's Shower Scene at Little Cinema 
78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene is an in-depth look at the iconic scene in Psycho - composed of 78 setups and 52 cuts - and the screen murder that profoundly changed world cinema.
 
 
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 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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