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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 9-15

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RESCHEDULED: MARCH 9 is First Friday 
Enjoy more than 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 Friday 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 March exhibit from 5-8 p.m. Its biennial art show, Forty Shades of Green: Celebrating Ireland & Irish Culture, features both contemporary and traditional artwork and includes craft, sculpture, painting and photography.  The opening reception is Sunday, March 11 from 1-3 p.m.


The Grammy Award-winning a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo captures South Africa's historic struggle in an inspiring repertoire that melds the tradition of Zulu harmony, singing songs born in the mines during the apartheid era, with hints of gospel. The uplifting sounds and synchronized dancing convey universal themes of faith, hope and peace, yielding a performance of pure, uninhibited joy. 8 p.m. $30/$45.
FRI Pinedrop at Hotel on North FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Line Dance Party at Polish Falcons | SAT Leggs & Eggs Drag Brunch at American Legion | SAT Opera Notte: The Three Sopranos at The Whit | SAT Latin Night & Kizomba Lesson at Berkshire Salsa | SAT Pasta Dinner & Bluegrass Show w/Zink & Company | SAT Cameron Collins & Melissa Brinton at O'Laughlin's | SAT Sprung Break Drag Show at Elks Lodge | SAT Berkshire Humane Comedy Benefit at Crowne Plaza | SAT Rotary Club Wine Pairing Dinner at Mazzeo's | SAT Galvanizer at Mission | SAT Warren Sieme at Rainbow | SAT Whiskey City at The A | MON Happy Mirthday! at Thistle & Mirth | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | WED Jordan & Mark Franklin at Methuselah | WED Dine Out for Pittsfield Skating Club at 99 Restaurant | THU Early Bird Cabaret at The Whit | THU Comedian JR De Guzman at The Colonial | THU R.O.P.E. Fundraising Dinner at Berkshire Hills Country Club | THU Down the Road Tap Takeover at Thistle & Mirth


The Berkshire Museum presents a sensory-friendly screening of Walt Disney's The Jungle Book. Enjoy thisfamily film in a quiet and dim theater. These screenings are specially designed for families and children with sensory needs and those who have difficulty in a traditional movie screening setting. 11 a.m.
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | FRI Youth Art Month Reception at Berkshire Museum | FRI Reception for I Colori per la Pace at Berkshire Athenaeum FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at Berkshire Children & Families | SAT FREE David Grover Concert at The Colonial SAT Happimess at The Colonial | SAT Summer Camp Registration Opens at Berkshire Museum SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT WeeMuse: Art Lab at Berkshire Museum SUN Princess Songs & Tea Party at The Whit MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | WED WeeMuse: Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum | WED Family Support Group & Game Night at BCArc Crossroads Center WED Wonder at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum


Learn to paint sunflowers on a reusable tote bag to benefit the Angela Taylor Scholarship Foundation with  Berkshire Paint & Sip. The $35 fee includes all materials and instruction, plus a donation. From 6-8 p.m. at the Italian American Club, located at 203 Newell Street. 
FRI DIY Sign Workshop/Alzheimer's Assoc. Fundraiser at Home Instead | SAT SuperDuo Star Pendant Class at Yummy Treasures | SAT Mass Audubon "Butterfly" Paint Party at Berkshire Paint & Sip | THU Thelma's Little Fund "Blossoming Orchard" Paint Party at Berkshire Paint & Sip



The Wellness Underground presents a discussion on what anxiety is, the major types of anxiety disorders, and some of the natural remedies that can help. $5. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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 | SUN Frosted Mug 5K #4 at Zucchinis | TUE Pick-up Soccer at The Infield 


Berkshire Hills Country Club will host a wine tasting benefit for the Pittsfield Education Foundation, a grassroots organization recently established to support the students and teachers of Pittsfield. Enjoy wines from around the world, craft beers, light fare, raffle prizes and a silent auction. $25. 6-8 p.m. 
FRI German Dinner at Zion Lutheran Church | FRI-SAT Friends of the Library Book Sale at Berkshire Athenaeum | SAT Downtown Pittsfield Indoor Farmers Market at Zion Lutheran Church | SAT FREE Reading of American Primitive at The Colonial | SAT Monthly Decluttering Group at Wellness Underground | SAT Leggs & Eggs Drag Brunch at American Legion | SAT Rotary Club Wine Pairing Dinner at Mazzeo's | SAT-SUN Home & Garden Expo at BCC | SUN Domingo Brunch w/Zev Jarrett & Mitch Zimmer at Dottie's | SUN 40 Shades of Green Opening Reception at The Licht | WED Spaghetti Dinner at The Elks | WED Dine Out for Pittsfield Skating Club at 99 Restaurant | THU FREE Tree Walk at The Common | THU R.O.P.E. Fundraising Dinner at Berkshire Hills Country Club


The Berkshire Eagle will hold a Panel Forum on Gun Violence at Barrington Stage Company, located at 30 Union Street. The panel will include local high school students and educators, and gun safety experts, and will be moderated by Jenn Smith, the newspaper's Community Engagement Editor. 6-8 p.m.
FRI Artist Talk w/Leo Mazzeo at BCC | MON Current Affairs: Politics at Knesset Israel | MON Engaging Diverse Families at BCC | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Class at The Licht | MON The Crash Reel at Reid Middle School | TUE LEVER Lean Lab Meetup at Framework | THU FREE Tree Walk at The Common | THU Spirituality of Aging at Knesset Israel | TUE Meditating w/Crystals at New Moon Gifts


FRI-MON In the Fade at The Little Cinema
Out of nowhere, Katja's life falls apart when her husband and son Rocco are killed in a bomb attack. The search for the perpetrators and reasons behind the killing complicate Katja's painful mourning, opening wounds and doubts. The eventual trial against the neo-Nazi suspects pushes Katja to the edge, but there's no alternative: she wants justice.
See What's New at The Beacon | MON The Crash Reel at Reid Middle School | TUE Cinema of Law: The Salem Witchcraft Trial of George Jacobs at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Wonder 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.   Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will be an oasis of green for the month of March thanks to the biennial art show Forty Shades of Green: Celebrating Ireland & Irish Culture. Both contemporary and traditional artwork on the theme will be represented in Berkshire County's only Irish art show. Work includes photography, painting, sculpture and craft.There will be a soft opening during First Fridays Artswalk on March 9 from 5-8 p.m., with an opening reception on March 11 from 1-3 p.m.



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