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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 8-14

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Shire City Sanctuary will again host its Holiday Shindy, featuring more than 60 artisan vendors, yummy food, warm drinks and live music. Long-time returning vendors will mingle with emerging talents. Saturday hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3. Children under the age of 12 are free. 
Join Berkshire Young Professionals for a fun evening in your worst gear at Methuselah Bar & Lounge. The one whose clothing brings the most eye pain shall be crowned Winner of Terrible Taste! A party in the back room will include holiday music, a specialty drink, snacks and seasonal decorations. Cash bar. $10 BYP members/$15 guests. Bring your business card to enter to win a door prize! 6-9 p.m.
FRI Sirsy at The A | FRI 7:7 Pop-up Art Exhibit at The Lichtenstein | FRI Line Dancing at Polish Falcons | FRI-SAT Liam Geddes at Hotel on North | SAT Candlelit Evening at Hancock Shaker Village | SAT Festival of Trees After Dark at Berkshire Museum | SAT Latin Fiesta at Itam Lodge | SAT Holiday Drag Show at The A | SUN Shyne at The A | SUN Tail Light Rebellion & Friends at The Whit | MON Wreaths & Wine at Moments House | TUE Craft on North: Pomanders at Hotel on North | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | WED Knit on North at Hotel on North | WED Speed Dating at Otto's | WED Ugly Sweater Party at Regions
The 11th Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party at Dottie's will feature two sessions - one for kids and one for adults. $35 includes homemade a gingerbread house, frosting and decorations. Kids decorating will be from 4-6 p.m., followed by adult decorating from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with beer and wine for sale. Reservations and payment in advance required. 
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | FRI Pizza & Christmas Cookies at Moments House | SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT FREE David Grover Concert at The Colonial SAT Happimess at The Colonial SAT Holiday Gift-making Day at Berkshire Paint & Sip | SAT Festival of Trees After Dark at Berkshire Museum SUN Repurposed Ornament Workshop at Funky Phoenix MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum MON+ Teen Book Giveaway at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | WED WeeMuse: Paren/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum
Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness presents an on pointe barre class with Jillian Bamford held every Sunday from 10:45-11:45 a.m. starting Dec. 10. Barre combines Pilates, yoga and ballet moves to strengthen, tone and balance the entire body. A perfect workout for any fitness level! $10 per class. Drop-ins welcome.
TUE Yoga + Barre at Rogue Yoga
Berkshire Paint & Sip invites everyone (ages 6 to adult) to create personalized holiday gifts for family and friends. Choose any 4 items to paint - wine glasses, Mason jars, vases, ornaments and more - for only $35! All supplies, instruction and a light snack included. BYOB. 1-3 p.m.
FRI Paint "Tuscan Olives" at Dirty Brush | SAT Make LED Holiday Cards at Berkshire Museum | MON Terrarium Gift-making Class at Township Four | MON Wreaths & Wine at Moments House | MON-TUE-THU Holiday Handmade Gift Class at Dirty Brush | TUE Craft on North: Pomanders at Hotel on North | WED Paint Party Benefit for Rose & Cole's Co-op Transport at Berkshire Paint & Sip | SUN Holiday Centerpiece Workshop at Hancock Shaker Village | WED Knit on North at Hotel on North | WED Open Studio at Berkshire Paint & Sip
The heartwarming holiday tradition returns to  The Colonial Theatre. Revel in the joy of Christmas as told in the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser who is shown the error of his ways. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story filled with holiday carols. Community & Sensory-friendly Performance: Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.
FRI 92nd Sauce Tasting at BMC SAT Downtown Pittsfield Indoor Market at Boys & Girls Club SAT Decluttering Group at Wellness Underground SAT Candlelit Evening at Hancock Shaker Village SUN Gingerbread House Decorating Party at Dottie's TUE Toastmasters Meeting | WED Monthly Spaghetti Dinner at Pittsfield Elks

The Jewish Federation's Connecting with Community series will present the timely topic of the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. Hugh Black will discuss the historical significance of the letter that the UK's Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour sent to Lord Walter Rothschild, declaring support of the "national home for the Jewish people"...the Jewish State of Palestine.
SAT Make LED Holiday Cards at Berkshire Museum | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Class at The Lichtenstein TUE Crystal Bowl Meditation at New Moon Gifts | WED Art Talk with Joshua McHugh at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Feng Shui for the New Year at Knesset Israel THU Beginners Tarot Part 3 at New Moon Gifts
FRI-MON Tormenting the Hen at The Little Cinema 
From the bucolic hinterlands of rural Massachusetts comes a disquieting new dramedy from Dipso director Teddy Collatos. Invited by a dippy, well-meaning curator type (Josephine Decker), playwright Claire (Dameka Hayes) is spirited away to an artists' retreat to present her latest work. Claire is accompanied by her fiancee, Monica (Carolina Monnerat), to this welcomed weekend getaway. But an unexpected visit from town weirdo Mutty (Matt Shaw) casts a threatening pall on their romantic idyll. Q&A with Teddy Collatos after Saturday night's screening.
See What's New at The Beacon TUE Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Berkshire Athenaeum
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.
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will host a group of student curators from Miss Hall's School who are taking an arts administration class. Together, we'e created a pop-up gallery featuring young local artists. Each of the seven students in the class has reached out to an artist of their choice and curated a collection of their work. View the exhibit on Friday, Dec. 8 from 8-10 p.m.
Stay tuned to this page for updates on free parking over the next few weeks during the holiday season. 


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