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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 5-11

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Enjoy more than a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than 50 accomplished regional and student artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Friday Artswalkand 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.


For one night only: The Berkshire Alzheimer's Partnership presents Memories in the Making, a program of the Alzheimer's Association, which arms memory-impaired individuals with new tools for expression when words fail. Through art therapy, participants use canvas and brush to share their ideas, feelings and memories. View more than 40 watercolors created over the course of the program. This reception, with refreshments and live music, will be held at the Ralph Froio Senior Center, located at 330 North Street, from 5-8 p.m.
 
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, located at 28 Renne Ave., will present the Berkshire Art Association's biennial juried show, Showing Up: For Your Neighborhoods, Communities and Each Other, which address civic engagement and community. More than 30 artists from throughout the Northeast will present paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography, showing wide-ranging interpretations on the theme.

 
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

 
A cultural highlight of the fall season in the Berkshires. Highlights include the annual "jazz crawl," a jazz prodigy concert; headline performances featuring Veronica Swift (Oct. 12) and Christian McBride (Oct. 13); jazz brunches, and more.
 
See below for performance info and click here for a full line-up.
 


Melvin Seals, revered for his high-spirited Hammond B-3 organ and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band, has been a powerful presence in the music industry for more than 30 years. Melvin and the JGB helped pioneer and define what has now become jam band music. From blues and funk to rock and jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up. Rev Tor opens. The Colonial Theatre7:30 p.m. $39.
Plus... 
FRI Harvest & Rust: A Neil Young Experience at The Colonial FRI Grahm Sturz at Hotel on North FRI Gary Miller & Ed Green Jazz Duo at Pancho's | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI-MON Ciderfest at Mission | SAT The Hotshot Hillbillies at The A SAT Banulis & Miller Jazz Duo at Hotel on North SAT Mary Ann Palermo at Mission | MON Jazz Night at Mission | MON Monthly Comedy Showcase at The Hear & Now | WED Jazz Prodigy Concert: Gabriel Severn at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Guitarist Ben Schmolze at Mission | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Music of The Glass Menagerie at Berkshire Athenaeum THU The Picky B's Jazz Special at Mission

 
FAMILY FRIENDLY

Join IS183 Art School on the first Friday of every month at the Berkshire Athenaeum for Teen Art Space. This month, Brielle Rizzotti shows how to create your own one-of-a-kind mini plush character. Learn introductory hand-sewing techniques and explore the fundamentals of character design. 3-5 p.m.
Plus... 
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at Berkshire Children & Families SAT WeeMuse: Art Lab at Berkshire Museum SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT Poetry Slam & Open Mic at The Whit | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | TUE+ Teen Book Giveaway at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED WeeMuse: Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village TUE Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum

 
WELLNESS

 
 
This weekend may very well be your last chance of the year to practice yoga with the goats of Hancock Shaker Village. 10-11 a.m. both days. Your $25 fee includes admission to the Village for the day. 
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 FRI-THU Various Classes at Modig Internal Disciplines SAT Open House at Berkshire West SUN Wild Women Project at Berkshire Fitness & Wellness Center

 
GET CREATIVE

 
 
Learn to paint any animal of your choice at Berkshire Paint & Sip. It can be your own pet, someone else's or even a zebra! The $45 fee for this class includes three hours of instruction, all materials, a light snack and a donation. 1-4 p.m.
Plus...
FRI DIY Wood Sign at Ready Set Learn Preschool | FRI Paint "Autumn Stream" at Berkshire Paint & Sip

 
PERFORMANCE

One of the greatest American plays of the 20th century, Tennessee WilliamsThe Glass Menagerie looks at the Wingfield family - frustrated writer Tom, his nagging mother Amanda and his painfully shy sister Laura. A visit from a "gentleman caller" sets off emotions and revelations that change their lives forever. Barrington Stage Company's Boyd-Quinson Mainstage through October 21.
Plus...
SUN Staged Reading: Slave Women & The Shakers at Hancock Shaker Village | THU Staged Reading: A Bintel Brief at Knesset Israel

 
COMMUNITY

Saturday is Shaker Kitchen Day at Hancock Shaker Village, where you can enjoy talks, tours, tastes, demos and foodie guest speakers including Patricia Harrison and David Lyon (Boston Globe correspondents and Hungry Traveler bloggers). 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The World Peoples Dinner begins at 5 p.m. and features a Shaker-inspired, farm-to-table meal. End the day with a concert by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon and the band Rogue Oliphant at 7:30 p.m.
Plus...
ONGOING Winter Clothing Drive at Berkshire County Arc | FRI-SAT Annual Fall Tag Sale at South Congregational Church | SAT Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market at The First Street Common | SAT Community Cleanup at Conte School | SUN Domingo Brunch w/Nico Wohl at Dottie's | THU Wine Tasting & Membership Drive at Berkshire Reading Council

 
LEARN

Berkshire Museum presents a special screening of this 2018 film featuring footage of rare ancient forests - some right here in the Berkshires. Leading experts and drone videography help tell the story: what our forests were before European settlement, what changes have taken place, and what our "old-growth" stands look like today. Filmmaker Ray Asselin will join a post-film discussion to include Bob Leverett (Native Tree Society and co-author of The Sierra Club Guide to Ancient Forests of the Northeast) and William Moomaw (professor emeritus of International Environmental Policy and an author of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). 7 p.m.
Plus...
SAT Downsizing w/Boomers & Seniors at BCC | SAT Maker Day: Shaker Carrier at Hancock Shaker Village | MON The Process of Aging at Knesset Israel | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Class at The Lichtenstein | THU Grave Matters at Hancock Shaker Village

 
FILM

SAT-MON Kusama Infinity at The Little Cinema 
Now the top-selling female artist in the world, Yayoi Kusama overcame countless odds to realize her radical artistic vision. For decades, her work pushed boundaries and alienated her from her peers and those in power in the art world. Stacked against her was the trauma of growing up in Japan during WWII, life in a dysfunctional family, sexism and racism in the art establishment, and mental illness. In spite of it all, Kusama has created artwork that spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation art, performance art, poetry and novels. In this film, the artist and experts discuss her life and work.
Plus...
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.
From Oct. 5 through Nov. 16, The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will feature Berkshire Art Association's biennial juried show, Showing Up: For Your Neighborhoods, Communities and Each Other, which address civic engagement and community. More than 30 artists from throughout the Northeast will present paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography, showing wide-ranging interpretations on the theme. Opening Reception: Friday, Oct. 5 from 5-8 p.m. during the city's First Friday Artswalk.

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