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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 1-7

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Enjoy a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than two dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk and all month long!
In most venues, artists will be present from 5-8 p.m. A free guided tour begins at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave. Mary McGinnis, co-founder of First Fridays Artswalk, will bring you through the various exhibits!
The Office of Cultural Development will host their 3rd annual Holiday Wreath Art Auction at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. The wreaths will be on display during a $10 ticketed event, with a preview from 5-6:30 p.m. There will be grab and go options for wreaths, with a live auction of featured wreaths at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit Pittsfield Food Pantries.
And that's not all! The Park Square Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at 6 p.m., and The Whitney Center for the Arts will host the Artswalk After-party with The Dustbowl Faeries from 8-10 p.m. 
PechaKucha Night #18 has the theme of Creativity. Kick back in the galleries with light refreshments and a cash bar, and enjoy a series of lightning-fast presentations on creativity: 20 slides, 20 seconds each! 7 p.m.
FRI Dust Bowl Faeries at The Whit | FRI Blind Smudge at The A | SAT Candlelit Evening at Hancock Shaker Village | SAT Latin Night Out at The A | SAT Miro Sprague Quartet at Berkshire Music School | SAT A Jazz Timeline at The Whit | MON Teen Voices Performance at Berkshire Music School | TUE Doug Schmolze at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North | TUE Cabaret Performance at Berkshire Music School | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | WED Knit on North at Hotel on North | THU PHS Winter Cabaret at Barrington Stage | THU The Gallery Comedy Night at Methuselah
The Albany Berkshire Ballet is bringing its annual tour of the holiday classic to The Colonial for four performances. Choreographed by Madeline Cantarella Culpo, with lavish sets and scenery by designer Carl Sprague and costumes by Rita Watson and Victile Donahue, this year's Nutcracker will feature local dance students in special children's roles alongside the professional dancers of the ABB. 
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | SAT WeeMuse: Art Lab at Berkshire Museum | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT Holiday Concert & Sing-a-long at Berkshire Athenaeum | SAT Awesome Robot at Barnes & Noble SUN Repurposed Ornament Workshop at Funky Phoenix | MON Teen Voices Performance at Berkshire Music School | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | THU PHS Winter Cabaret at Barrington Stage 
Rogue Yoga, located at 10 Lyman Street, presents a FREE, fun "thank you" class with treats throughout. 6-7 p.m.
SAT Morning Movement at Berkshire Yoga Dance | WED Yoga Nidra at Rogue Yoga WED Chakra Meditation at Berkshire Yoga Dance

Hancock Shaker Village invites you to join them for a relaxing afternoon as you design and create a swag wreath to take home. Staff will guide you as you make this much-loved holiday classic with fresh greenery and natural decorations. 1-3 p.m. $40/$36 HSV members.
FRI Repurposed Ornament Workshop at Funky Phoenix | WED Knit on North at Hotel on North | WED Paint "River Moy in Mayo Ireland" at Berkshire Paint & Sip
The Outlet at Pine Cone Hill's annual family and friends Handmade Fair will take place from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Handmade items will include home and holiday décor, stuffed creatures, jams, sewn and knitted accessories, and more. Purchase from a crafter and get 20% off Outlet store purchases of area rugs, duvet covers, coverlets, pillow covers, loungewear, scarves, decorative pillows and more.
FRI FREE STD Testing at Berkshire Athenaeum SAT Holiday Concert & Sing-a-long at Berkshire Athenaeum SAT Cop-on-Top Special Olympics Fundraiser at Walmart | SAT Candlelit Evening at Hancock Shaker Village SUN Domingo Brunch with Rick Costello & Rich Hommel at Dottie's SUN Berkshire Concert Choir at Berkshire Museum SUN Disaster Relief Pancake Breakfast at BCC THU Open House at Crown Jewelers

OLLI: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at BCC invites everyone to stop in and learn more about what OLLI has to offer. From 10-11:30 a.m. at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, enjoy refreshments, meet interesting people, and get a sneak preview of the winter semester of classes from the instructors. 
SAT Brain Tap at Wellness Underground SAT Crystal Bowl Meditation at New Moon Gifts | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Class at The Lichtenstein TUE Meditating with Crystals at New Moon Gifts | THU Benefits of Reiki for Lyme & Chronic Illness at Berkshire Athenaeum
SAT Break The Chains Film Fest at The Little Cinema 
Break the Chains is a one-day film festival facilitating constructive conversations between Williams College and Pittsfield Public Schools through films about trauma, resiliency and blackness. Ayiti Mon Amour by Guetty Felin will be shown at 4 p.m. followed by a 30 minute discussion. Whose Streets? by Sa baah Folayan will be shown at 6:45 p.m. with a discussion to follow. In between the screenings will be dinner with food provided. FREE.
See What's New at The Beacon | FRI-MON Viceroy's House at The Little Cinema | MON The Rape of Europa at Knesset Israel | THU Woman in Gold at Knesset Israel | THU+ Tormenting the Hen 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 will host its 3rd annual Holiday Wreath Art Auction during the First Fridays Artswalk on Dec. 1 beginning at 5 p.m. The live auction of 10 featured wreaths begins at 6:30 p.m.
Please note there will be free parking in the City of Pittsfield on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24. 
Additionally, there will be no restrictions on timed parking throughout the city on both days. 


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