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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 2-8

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FEBRUARY 2 is First Fridays Artswalk & More!

Enjoy almost a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than a 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 Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, located at 28 Renne Ave., will hold a soft opening for its February exhibit from 5-8 p.m. IS183 Art School's Learning Through Arts (LTA) after-school program will showcase the artwork of every one of its students, who attend nine elementary, middle and high schools across the Berkshires.
 
From 7-8:30 p.m., Berkshire Music School at 30 Wendell Ave. will host original jazz by Sarah Kohrs and Mark Tuomenaksa. Beer and wine available for purchase. $20 admission; reservations required.
Artists from Berkshire County and beyond are invited to submit original 2- and
3-dimensional artwork for the group exhibit Forty Shades of Green: Celebrating Ireland & Irish Culture to be held during the month of March at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the City of Pittsfield's Office of Cultural Development and the Pittsfield Irish Sister City Committee. Both contemporary and traditional artwork on the theme are encouraged, including photography, painting, sculpture and craft. To submit your work, email a digital
version to cultural@pittsfieldch.com by Feb. 15. Those selected will be notified by Feb. 20. One piece may be submitted by each individual.  Call 413-499-9348 for more information. 

 
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

The Colonial Theatre's $5 Comedy Garage presents comedian and writer Richie Redding, who has toured all over the world and was hand-picked by comedian Katt Williams to be the host of the Growth Spurt Tour and the HBO special Priceless, and a featured act on his 2015 and 2016 tours. Adel Alizadeh opens. 7:30 p.m.
Plus... 
FRI Grahm Sturz & Friends at Hotel on North FRI Tumo-Kohrs at Berkshire Music School FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Hip-Hop Night w/J.Spin, Wolfie & More at The A | SAT Latin Night & Salsa Lesson at Berkshire Salsa | SAT Hairballz at The A | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow

 
FAMILY FRIENDLY


Nurturing Fathers is a 12-week series run by fathers for fathers. Child care, transportation and dinner are all provided. Monday nights from 5:30-7 p.m. Contact Tariq for more information, at (413) 442-5333 Ext. 268 or tpinkston@berkshirechildren.org. 
Plus... 
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum FRI CFCE Baby & Me at Berkshire Museum FRI+ A Midsummer Night's Dream at PHS SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | SAT WeeMuse: Art Lab at Berkshire Museum MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | TUE+FRI Making the Grade at Berkshire Dream Center | WED BNF Play Group at Berkshire Children & Families THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum

 
GET CREATIVE

Paint your own pottery at Bisque, Beads & Beyond, located at 141 North StreetSelect from over 100 different pieces of pottery that are waiting for your artistic touch. A fun day for all ages. Costs depend on the project you choose. 1-4 p.m. Call to reserve your table.

 
WELLNESS


By popular demand, join Berkshire Running Center for its most popular morning class - now on Saturdays. This class is a mixed bag of body weight exercises and a cardio-based training with a great spirited approach! Book it through the MINDBODY app. First timers free! 7 a.m.
 
Plus...
FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Family YMCA | FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness FRI-THU Various Classes at Radiance Yoga

 
COMMUNITY

 
Join a naturalist from Mass Audubon for a 2-hour adventure in search of tracks, scat and other signs of animals that stay active through the winter. You'll discover a new window into who-done-it mysteries that take place outside in nature while we're snug and warm inside our homes. Registration required. Canoe Meadows, 9 a.m. 
Plus...
FRI+ A Midsummer Night's Dream at PHS | SAT Holistic Healing Support Group at Wellness Underground SAT FREE Staged Reading of "Visiting Mr. Green" at The Colonial SUN Domingo Brunch w/Blue Light Trio at Dottie's SUN Bowling to Strike Out Illiteracy at Ken's Bowl | SUN Staged Reading of "Miss Hollywood" by the Town Players at BCC | MON Boys & Girls Club Fundraiser at Panera | MON Entre Amigas/Between Friends at Berkshire Children & Families | THU $10 Night Owl Special at Bousquet

 
LEARN

The Jewish Federation's Connecting with Community series presents Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center at BCC: A New Resource at Knesset Israel. The Center's director, Judith Monachina, will explain how it works with diverse organizations, representing the work that they do and providing opportunities for sharing people's stories and perspectives. 10:45 a.m.
Plus...
FRI Science Conversations w/OLLI at Berkshire Museum | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Class at The Lichtenstein | MON The Bondy Family at Knesset Israel | MON Intro to Voice-over Work at BCC | TUE Seed Mantra Sound at New Moon Gifts

 
FILM

FRI-MON The Final Year at The Little Cinema 
A unique insiders' account of President Barack Obama's foreign policy team during their last year in office. Featuring unprecedented access inside the White House and State Dept., the film offers an uncompromising view of the inner workings of the Obama Administration as they prepare to leave power after eight years.
 
 
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.   Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
 
IS183 Art School's Learning Through Arts (LTA) after-school program will showcase the artwork of every one of its students, who attend nine elementary, middle and high schools across the Berkshires. A soft opening will be held during First Fridays Artswalk from 5-8 p.m., with the opening reception taking place on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 5-7 p.m. during the 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival.

 
PARKING 
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