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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 15-21

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Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer and the Beacon Cinema management will officially unveil the renovations and upgrades with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. 

The Beacon also will announce an entirely new Everyday Value price schedule effective Friday, Dec. 15. The Cinema will streamline the customer ticket purchasing experience by providing touch screens at the ticket counter where you can choose your own seats. This allows for time to relax in the lobby, enjoy refreshments or wait for friends rather than stand in line and rush for seats. The Beacon will be adding sitting areas in the lobby for additional comfort. 
Its recently completed renovations in all 6 theaters include state-of-the-art luxury leather electric recliners, new carpeting, and now, the best cinema value in town! The "selfie" contest is still in effect until Dec. 31, with prizes ranging from a movie ticket 10-pack to the Grand Prize of a weekend in Cancun, Mexico! Details are available here.
Be there at the first ever Berkshire County's Got Talent! Root on the 12 finalists who are competing for $1,000. The best part? You, the audience, will be the 5th judge! Hold on to your program, because it will give you the opportunity to vote for your favorite. 6-8 p.m.
FRI-SUN Noises Off at Berkshire Community College | Ugly Sweater Karaoke at Elks Lodge | FRI BA Dario & Longview Gunslingers at The A | FRI Tantrum at Hotel on North | FRI Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at American Legion | FRI Christmas Concert with Berkshire Lyric at St. Mark's | SAT Festival of Trees After Dark at Berkshire Museum | SAT Misty Blues & Friends at Mission | SAT Shyne at The A | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | WED Knit on North at Hotel on North | WED Tap Takeover at Thistle & Mirth

Berkshire Paint & Sip welcomes children ages 6 and older (adults, too!) to paint "Whimsical Winter Owl" on a 16x20 canvas. The $25 fee includes all painting materials, instruction and a light snack. 1-3 p.m. 
ONGOING A Christmas Carol at The Colonial FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum FRI+ Teen Book Giveaway at Berkshire Athenaeum | SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | SAT FREE Holiday Crafts & Visits with Santa at Berkshire Carousel | SAT God Needed a Puppy Book Signing with John Gray at Barnes & Noble | SAT Festival of Trees After Dark at Berkshire Museum MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Photos with Santa & Ray at Berkshire General Store | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum
Berkshire Running Center invites everyone to its 6th Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk! Come in festive clothes and join friends for a jolly jaunt to raise money for the Eagle Santa Toy Fund.  Gather at BRC at 8 a.m. to venture out on the 2-mile loop to be completed as few or as many times as desired. This is a non-competitive community event. FREE.
SAT Learn to Curl with Curl Berkshires at Boys & Girls Club

The next class at Yummy Treasures, located at 10 Commercial Street, is a herringbone stitch bracelet class. This a beginner-level class, with some beading experience helpful. $20 plus supplies. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
SUN Terrarium Gift-making Class at Township Four | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North | SUN Shaker Peg Rail Workshop at Hancock Shaker Village | WED Knit on North at Hotel on North
The Berkshire Concert Choir and Zion Lutheran Church present the 4th annual Yule For Fuela community sing-along featuring a dozen beloved Christmas carols complete with choir, organ, piano and a few surprises! FREE. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations' Emergency Fuel Oil Fund. 3 p.m.
ONGOING A Christmas Carol at The Colonial FRI-SUN Noises Off at Berkshire Community College SAT Holiday Tea at Hancock Shaker Village MON Berkshire Trans Group at Berkshire Athenaeum | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Class at The Lichtenstein MON Talk with Memoirist Jay Zeif at Knesset Israel THU Yiddish Poetry in Translation at Knesset Israel
FRI-MON Permanent at The Little Cinema 
It's the early '80s in small town Virginia and perms are all the rage. Thirteen-year-old Aurelie dreams about getting one to fit in at her new school, but when her clueless parents bring her to a hairdressing academy to save a few bucks, things go incredibly wrong. This is the story about adolescence, socially awkward family members and bad hair.
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! 


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