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'THE SACRED MUSIC OF JEWISH ISTANBUL'
Great Barrington, 10:45 a.m.

Knosh & Knowledge welcomes ethnomusicologist Joseph Alpar, whose topic will be “The Sacred Music of Jewish Istanbul.” This Jewish Federation of the Berkshires program will take place at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire at 270 State Road and will be followed by catered lunch. Prepaid lunch reservations required in advance. Call 413-442-4360, ext. 10, to RSVP. In this talk, ethnomusicologist Joseph Alpar will discuss ongoing transformations in the sacred musical repertoires practiced by h'azzanim (synagogue cantors) of Istanbul and their synagogue congregations. Dr. Alpar will trace the path of today’s Turkish Jews as they broaden the scope of their religious and musical experiences. This presentation will include musical performances.


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WILLIAMSTOWN CLIMATE STRIKE
Williamstown, 2-4 p.m.

A youth-led climate strike will be held in front of the First Congregational Church at 906 Main St. The local chapter of Fridays For Future USA, a coalition of students from Buxton School and Mt. Greylock Regional School, is leading the strike to demand meaningful action on climate change on the occasion of the UN's COP25 climate talks. The Williamstown event builds on the momentum of Sept. 20th's national climate strike, the largest youth-led climate mobilization in U.S. history. Rain or snow do not cancel.


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DOWNTOWN FESTIVE FROLIC DECEMBER 6 & 7
Pittsfield, 5 - 8 p.m.

Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. presents the 2nd Annual Festive Frolic in downtown Pittsfield! December 6, 5 to 8 pm (and beyond) and December 7, 10 am to 3 pm The community is invited to come downtown and enjoy free and low-cost family-friendly activities in honor of the holiday season. Events will include: City of Pittsfield’s Park Square Tree Lighting 5th Annual Wreath Art Auction Festival of Trees After Dark! North Pole Pub Crawl Holiday First Fridays Artswalk IS183’s Art Town Santa Claus at The Beacon Cinema Snowman Story Time Ornament Making Holiday Craft Fair and Cookie Walk Glow in the Dark Jingle Bell Rock Downtown Shopping Christmas Carolers Holiday Lights and MORE!   For a list of all events as part of the Downtown Festive Frolic, visit downtownpittsfield.com/2019/11/festive-frolic/ The Downtown Festive Frolic is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, Phoenix Theatres Beacon Cinema, Qualprint, the City of Pittsfield, and Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.


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NORTH POLE PUB CRAWL
Pittsfield, 5 p.m. - 1 a.m.

North Pole Pub Crawl December 6, 2019 5:00 – close 21+ only Sponsored by Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. This event is part of the Downtown Pittsfield Festive Frolic! This event is free. You are responsible for your own food and drinks. Creative costumes are encouraged and REWARDED! The Overall Best Costume gets a PRIZE! Will you be dressing up as Santa, Mrs. Claus, a reindeer, an elf, a snowman, or the Grinch?  PUB CRAWL SCHEDULE 1. 5-6:30 pm: The Lantern (455 North St.) Special drinks – Jingle Bellini, Eggnog beer on tap 2. 6:30-8 pm: Methuselah Bar and Lounge (391 North St.) Special drink – Candy Cane Martini 3. 8-9:30 pm: Eat on North at Hotel on North (297 North St.) Special drinks – Jack Frost & Pomegranate Pear Punch 4. 9:30-11 pm: Panchos Mexican Restaurant (156 North St.) Special drink – Santa Hat Martini 5. 11 pm-1 am: Thistle and Mirth (44 West St.) Special drink – The Hermey   21+ only. Make sure you get home safely! Friends don’t let friends drink and drive! Plan to have a designated driver, taxi, Rose & Cole’s Co-op Transport, or walk to the event if you live close.   For a list of all events as part of the Downtown Festive Frolic, visit downtownpittsfield.com/2019/11/festive-frolic/   The Downtown Festive Frolic is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, Phoenix Theatres Beacon Cinema, Qualprint, the City of Pittsfield, and Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.


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MAIN STREET AT CHRISTMAS
Stockbridge, 5-6:30 p.m.

The 30th annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas celebration kicks off with "Readings Around the Hearth," readings of classic stories of the season at the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives.  Free. Complete schedule online.


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FIRST FRIDAYS ARTSWALK
Pittsfield, 5-8 p.m.

The December First Fridays Artswalk will encompass 16 art shows featuring more than two dozen accomplished regional and student artists in Pittsfield’s bustling Upstreet Cultural District. Venues will reach as far south as the Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., and as far North as Dottie’s Coffee Lounge, 444 North St. The December First Fridays Artswalk will kick off with opening receptions and artists present throughout the "walk." There will be a free guided walking tour beginning at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center at BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave. The December 6 Artswalk is part of the larger Downtown Festive Frolic, which is sponsored by Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. For more information on the Frolic, visit the website.


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ANNUAL DOWNTOWN TREE LIGHTING
North Adams, 6 p.m.

Residents are asked to gather to count down the annual downtown Tree Lighting. As soon as Main Street lights up the Drury High School Band and Band Front will lead the way with festive songs for the North Adams Fire Department’s fire engine as it makes its way through downtown with Santa Claus. Santa and his helpers will bring gifts for the first 500 children. The North Adams Office of Community Events is grateful to our sponsors Greylock Federal Credit Union, MountainOne Bank, Berkshire Bank, Cascade School Supplies, the First Baptist Church, the Drury High School Band and Band Front, and MASS MoCA for their help in making this event possible.  


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CASSATT STRING QUARTET
Williamstown, 7 p.m.

The acclaimed Cassatt String Quartet performs a special concert at the Clark Art Institute as the kick-off event for Williamstown’s Holiday Walk Weekend. The group presents world premieres by composers Ileana Perez-Velazquez, Zachary Wadsworth, and Dylan Schneider, each of whom is a member of the Williams College faculty. The concert takes place in the Clark’s auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center. Tickets are $25; sudents are free with valid ID. Call 413-458-0524 to reserve tickets.


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HANCOCK HOLIDAYS
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.

Hancock Holidays at Hancock Shaker Village kicks off with Yule Jam, featuring live music with American roots band Moonshine Holler accompanies cool holiday cocktails and local beer, games, and food for sale. Ugly sweater-wearers get $2 off the cover charge. For a complete schedule of events, visit the website.


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WILLIAMSTOWN HOLIDAY WALK
Williamstown, 7 p.m.

The 36th annual Williamstown Holiday Walk weekend kicks off with a concert by the Cassatt Quartet at the Clark Art Institute. In addition to premiering new works that are inspired by objects in our collection, they will be performing selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and Vivaldi’s Winter from The Four Seasons. Find the complete schedule online.


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WILLIAMS JAZZ ENSEMBLE - NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.

The Williams Jazz Ensemble (WJE) is the cornerstone of a large and vibrant community of faculty members and students. Kris Allen leads the Williams Jazz Ensemble.   WJE offers music by a trio of musicians who were closely linked during their time, and by their extensive work together and mutual influence: Mary Lou Willams, Duke Ellington, and Billy Strayhorn. This program, titled New Musical Express places special emphasis on programmatic works that depict and draw inspiration from disparate sources, from trains, to theatrical characters, to health care equipment!   https://events.williams.edu/event/williams-jazz-ensemble-4/   Free Chapin Hall Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Drive, Williams College, Williamstown, MA @ 7:30 p.m.


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'THE SECRET IN THE WINGS'
Pittsfield, 7:30 p.m.

Pittsfield High School Proteus Theater presents "The Secret in the Wings" by Mary Zimmerman, directed by Kyla Blocker, at the PHS theater at 300 East St. "The Secret in the Wings" is a play based on lesser-known, darker fairy tales that explores the world through the eyes of children. As the various stories weave together, the audience is taken on a journey to a world where magic is real, ogres are babysitters, and things are not always as they seem. Please note: "The Secret in the Wings" deals with themes that may not be suitable for very young children. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased online or at the door.


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PLANETARIUM SHOWS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.

Williams College invites the community to experience the wonders of our universe at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory at Williams College. Astronomy students at the college will host free shows for the public on Friday evenings at 8 p.m. from Sept. 13 through Dec. 6. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector. Shows will be hosted by Williams College students Peter Knowlton ’21, Christian Lockwood ’20, Duncan McCarthy ’21, and Patrick Postec ‘21. Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy Jay Pasachoff is director of the Hopkins Observatory. For reservations (required), contact Michele Rech at 413-597-2188 or by email. Others will be admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments.


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GHENT PLAYHOUSE: 'PINOCCHIO: ALL STRUNG OUT'
New York, 8 p.m.

The classic tale of the wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy gets a zany twist in this production by theatrical group The Pantaloons. Tickets are available online, at the door or at 800-838-3006. Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y.


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