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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 23-March 1

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February 23 - March 1, 2018
The 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival continues daily through Sunday, Feb. 25 and features music, art, theater, dance, film and more. There is something for the entire family, from Barrington Stage's 10x10 New Play Festival and opera at The Lichtenstein, to 10 Days of Play at the Berkshire Museum and a fireworks extravaganza on the Common.
The 10x10 Fireworks is Saturday at dusk (around 6pm) at the Common.
 
Before the fireworks, come to the FREE 10X the Fun event presented by Berkshire United Way and Pittsfield Promise.  Olympic-themed arts and crafts and activities, live music and entertainment, a reading nook and more  
 
10X the Fun 4pm at the Zion Lutheran Church 
 
Fireworks 6pm  at the Common 
 
Bring the family, it's free! 
 
 
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
Gypsy Layne Cabaret & Co. is back in Pittsfield and better than ever, making February red-hot with their return to the 10×10 Festival. The Berkshires' own homegrown cabaret and burlesque troupe is eager to share its vivacious artistry, unabashed body positivity, and outrageous charms with the local community once more. $25 in advance/$30 at the door. Doors at 6 p.m.; show begins at 7 p.m.  Saturday's performance is sold out and there are a limited amount of tickets left for Friday so get yours today! 
Plus... 
FRI After Ours Duo at Hotel on North FRI Cupcakes & Catwalk at Dory & Ginger FRI Whiskey City at The A FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | SAT Opera Double Bill at The Lichtenstein | SAT Latin Fiesta & Salsa Lesson at Berkshire Salsa | SAT Dead Radio Rebels & Friends at Crossroads | SAT BYP Winter Ball at Country Club of Pittsfield | SAT 10 Minutes of Fireworks at The Common | SUN Cards Against Humanity at Thistle & Mirth | SUN Wine & Cheese Tasting at Methuselah | MON WordXWord: Education in America at Berkshire Museum | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Monopoly Tournament for Kids Place at Berkshire Hills Country Club
 
FAMILY FRIENDLY
 
Top Bananas is a fantasy-filled performance of visual and musical delights, with special guests Annie Anaconda the singing snake, Engelburt the morphing storyteller, Zesty and her singing saw, tap dancing by Nemonee, a motley crew of instruments played by Donut, brand spanking new songs and, as always, an abundance of frolicsome shenanigans! FREE. 1-2 p.m.
Plus... 
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum FRI STEM Stations at Berkshire Athenaeum FRI Kids' Terrarium Class at Township Four | FRI-SAT BCT Presents Cinderella at The Berkshire Museum | FRI-SAT Open Studio at The Dirty Brush FRI-SAT Billy Budd in the Breadbox at The Colonial | FRI-SUN Starlab Planetarium at Berkshire Museum | FRI-SUN 10 Days of Play at Berkshire Museum FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at Berkshire Children & Families SAT Links for Literacy at Berkshire Athenaeum SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT Kitchen Ka-Boom! at Berkshire Museum SAT Pop-up Dance w/UMass Amherst at Berkshire Museum SAT 10x The Fun at Zion Lutheran Church | SAT 10 Minutes of Fireworks at The Common Park SAT Kids Night Out: Nerf War at The Infield SAT All You Need Is Love LGBTQ+ Dance Party at Miss Hall's School SUN Dance Ten at Barrington Stage MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | WED WeeMuse: Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum | WED Teen Open Mic at The Whit
 
GET CREATIVE

To bead or not to bead? That is the question, and the answer is YES. Come fuel your need to bead at a Czech Tile Bracelet class at Yummy Treasures. This class is perfect for any skill level. The cost is $20 plus supplies. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Plus...
FRI-SUN $10 Classes at The Funky Phoenix | SAT Open Studio: Canvas or Pottery at The Dirty Brush MON Apothecary Terrarium Class at Township Four THU Open Studio at Berkshire Paint & Sip
 
WELLNESS
 
The Jewish Federation's "Connecting with Community" series presents Flexibility Training with Certified Senior Fitness Specialist and Orthopedic Exercise Specialist Thea Basis. Tight muscles can affect your joints. Learn routines to keep limber and reduce stiffness. This program will include brief exercises proven to reduce short term and chronic stress. 10:45 a.m.
Plus...
FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Running Center 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
We Need to Talk Day: A Celebration of Immigration at the Berkshire Dream Center is a FREE event for community members to tell their stories, to ask questions and to start discussions. It's an opportunity for organizations to explain their services and for music, poetry and food. Fun and learning for all ages! 475 Tyler Street from 12-4 p.m.
Plus...
FRI Cupcakes & Catwalk at Dory & Ginger SAT Links for Literacy at Berkshire Athenaeum | SAT 10 Minutes of Fireworks at The Common Park | SUN Dance Ten at Barrington Stage FRI-SUN Presidents' Week Sale at The Outlet at Pine Cone Hill | SUN Domingo Brunch w/PL Mack at Dottie's | TUE Entrepreneurial Meetup at Dottie's | WED Monthly Tech Meetup at Framework | THU Small Cities, Big Futures Idea Jam at Framework | THU Monopoly Tournament for Kids Place at Berkshire Hills Country Club | THU+ 10x10 New Play Festival at Barrington Stage | THU+ Fur Reclamation Drive at Berkshire Humane Society
 
LEARN

Join author and singer Laura Tupper at The Lichtenstein for a friendly, guided workshop where you'll learn to develop characters, settings and scenarios with the intention of completing a story draft. This class meets on 5 Thursdays from 6-8 p.m.
Plus...
FRI Intro to Crystals at Wellness Underground | SAT Tarot Spreads at New Moon Gifts | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Class at The Licht | TUE Entrepreneurial Meetup at Dottie's | TUE Learn to Meditate at New Moon Gifts | TUE Toastmasters Meeting | WED Reiki Level 1 Class at BCC | WED FREE Tree Walk at The Common Park | WED Advocacy Alliance at Berkshire County Arc
 
FILM
FRI-MON Oscar-nominated Shorts: Live Action
For the 13th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-nominated Short Films. With all three categories offered (Animated, Live Action and Documentary), this is your annual chance to predict the winners. Don't miss this year's selection!
 
 
ONGOING
See What's New at The Beacon | WED Food for Change at BCC
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.

 

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