Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 12-18

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The Berktoberfest fundraising event is now in its 11th year! Enjoy tons of beer and food, local vendors, fun games and live music, all to benefit Ty Allan Jackson's Big Head Books and Read Or Else. 1-5 p.m. Early entry, at 12 p.m., can be had by purchasing a VIP ticket.


The Pittsfield CityJazz Festival presents six-time Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride. Powered by a relentless energy and a boundless love of swing, McBride's career is now blazing into its third decade. His New Jawn quartet comprises jazz musicians Josh Evans (trumpet), Marcus Strickland (saxophone) and Nasheet Waits (drums). The Berkshires Jazz Youth Ensemble will perform as special guests. The Colonial Theatre7:30 p.m. $25/$38.
FRI The Glen Campbell Xperience at The Colonial FRI Veronica Swift at American Legion Hall FRI Jim Witherell at Hotel on North FRI Karaoke Night at Friends | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Dinner & Show w/Tommy T. & Black Velvet for Thanksgiving Angels SAT Garrett Lechowski at Rainbow SAT Django's Reserve at Mission SAT Shyne at Crossroads | MON Libations with Librarians at Hotel on North | MON Zombie Tutorial at Thistle & Mirth | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED Melissa Brinton at Methuselah | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | TUE Cady Coleman Day at Berkshire Museum | TUE Green Drinks: Ticks in the Berkshires at J. Allen's | THU Haunted Hancock at Hancock Shaker Village | THU Lord Hobo Tap Takeover at Thistle & Mirth


Lights out! Walk the Museum's galleries with only a flashlight in a spooky, after-hours adventure. Explore the new Rarely Seen exhibition of photographs, discover Josh Simpson's otherworldly planets, and visit the resident mummy, Pahat, all from a twilight perspective. Berkshire Museum, 6-7 p.m. $3 for Museum members, $5 general admission.

Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. invites you to bring the kids to participating businesses for the Downtown Pittsfield Trick or Treat, next Thursday, Oct. 18 from 5-7 p.m. Click through for a full list of businesses, in walking order, that are hoping to see you in costume next Thursday!
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | FRI-SAT Auditions for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at BCC | FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at Berkshire Children & Families SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT Sensory-friendly Screening: Cars at Berkshire Museum SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | TUE Youth Chill Zone at Tyler Street Lab | TUE+ Teen Book Giveaway at Berkshire Athenaeum WED AIRY Teens at NuArts THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum THU AIRY Young Adult at NuArts


Join Dr. Sundar Balasubramanian for this special event at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness. Learn powerful yogic breathing exercises from a traditional yoga practitioner and researcher. Find relief from day-to-day and long-term stress, increase your vital energy, discover the wonders of breathing correctly, and understand the scientific reasons behind the practice. This program is designed for students of all levels. Drop-ins welcome. 1:30-3:30 p.m. $20.
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 Morning Moving Meditation at Hancock Shaker Village SAT Plogging on The Common SAT Adult Boot Camp at Enrichment Fitness WED Lunchtime Roll at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness


Learn to paint pumpkins and mums on canvas or on a slate sign at Berkshire Paint & Sip. The $35 fee for this class includes two hours of instruction, all materials, a light snack and a donation to the Berkshire United Way. BYOB. 6-8 p.m.
SAT-SUN Maker Days at Hancock Shaker Village | TUE Paint-a-Pumpkin Party at AdLib


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.


This Saturday's Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market is Harvest Fest! Join Cultural Pittsfield to help the Market close out its 2018 outdoor season with a craft fair, live music, author events, craft activities and cooking demos, the Roaming Railroad and more! 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on The Common.
ONGOING Winter Clothing Drive at Berkshire County Arc | FRI Dinner & Show w/Tommy T. & Black Velvet for Thanksgiving Angels | SAT Bizarre Bazaar at Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center | SAT Ski Sale at Bousquet | SUN Domingo Brunch w/Jeanne Laurin & Jon Sauer at Dottie's | MON Berkshire Trans Group at Berkshire Athenaeum | MON Mentor Training at Berkshire Children & Families | WED Community Teach at Tyler Street Lab


Join Mark Phillips and Berkshire Ferments at Berkshire Museum and learn how to make your own sauerkraut! Turn ordinary cabbage into delicious, tangy, preserved dishes. Sauerkrauts can add a new depth of flavor to your sandwich, schnitzels and hot dogs. 11 a.m. Included with regular Museum admission.
FRI-SAT Reiki Training at Magic Touch Spa | SAT Artist Talks at Hancock Shaker Village | SAT-SUN Maker Days at Hancock Shaker Village | SAT Berkshire Family History Assoc. Talk & Tour at Berkshire Athenaeum | MON Jewish Germany w/David Levinson at Knesset Israel | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Class at The Lichtenstein | TUE Cady Coleman Day at Berkshire Museum | TUE Hiking Guide to Astonishing Boulders at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Green Drinks: Ticks in the Berkshires at J. Allen's | WED Community Teach at Tyler Street Lab | THU Current Affairs at Knesset Israel | THU Haunted Hancock at Hancock Shaker Village


FRI-MON Pick of the Litter at The Little Cinema 
Pick of the Litter follows a litter of puppies from the moment they're born and begin their quest to become guide dogs for the blind. Cameras follow them through an intense two-year odyssey as they train to become dogs whose ultimate responsibility is to protect their blind partners from harm. Along the way, they rely on dedicated individuals who train them to do amazing things in the service of their human. The stakes are high and not every dog can make the cut. 
ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon | ONGOING When The Spirits Moved Them, They Moved at Hancock Shaker Village

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 now until 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.
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Restoration of Springside Pond Plan Moves To Permitting Process

By Andy McKeeveriBerkshires Staff

The section colored in red, closer to Springside Avenue, is where the work will be focused. The section colored in blue will be left mostly the same to avoid removing a lot of sediment. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The design efforts to restore Springside Pond is entering the permitting phase.
Parks and Open Spaces Manager Jim McGrath updated the Parks Commission on Tuesday about the progress and said the city will be seeking permits from the Conservation Commission in the coming weeks.
However, the project itself is going to be costly and a funding source has not been identified. 
"It is an expensive project, no question about it, but this is the phase we are putting the design together and permits in place," McGrath said.
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