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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 7-13

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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.
The Lichtenstein Center for the Artslocated at 28 Renne Ave., will present Art and Solean exhibit of IS183 Art School faculty and student designed, altered and artfully enhanced shoes held in conjunction with the Elizabeth Freeman Center's Sept. 20 Walk a Mile event. All proceeds from the show will benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center and IS183 Art School's Learning Through Arts Program to help support women and families.


Singer-songwriter Tyra Nurmi has taken advantage of musical opportunities beginning at an early age by singing in her church, participating in her high school chorus and singing in competitions. Although her genre has varied between an R&B and alternative sound, she describes her newer music as indie soul with an R&B influence. She's currently working on a new album, Bold Survivor, and recording with an independent label. Hotel on North8-11 p.m.
FRI Throwback Dance Party at J. Allen's | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | SAT Tom Corrigan at Rusty Anchor | SAT Bergeron Quartet at Berkshire Music School | SAT Shyne at The A | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Brown's Brewing Co. Mini Tap Takeover at Thistle & Mirth


Arts In Recovery hosts a Youth Poetry Slam with emcee Kiara Taylor and other area artists at the Whitney Center for the Arts. The slam starts at 7:30 p.m. Get there and get your name on the list! This event is held in conjunction with the art show Hope is a Four-Letter Word, which showcases more than 85 works of art by youth in our community who are committed to preventing suicide.
FRI  WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum FRI-SAT Open Registration for Skating & Ice Hockey at Pittsfield Skating Club 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 of Finding Nemo at Berkshire Museum SUN Radiant Child Yoga at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | 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


Antoinette Simms will lead an 8-week Yogalates class from 4-5 p.m. at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness beginning Thursday, Sept. 13. Yogalates is a fusion of yoga postures (asanas) and movements, breathwork and Pilates exercises. $10 per class or $70 for the entire series.
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 Introduction to Nia at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness SUN Yoga Cares at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness SUN Baby & Mommy/Daddy Yoga at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness MON Wild Woman Project New Moon Circle at Rogue Yoga TUE+THU Fall Into Fitness at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness TUE Learn to Meditate at New Moon Gifts WED Open House with Intuitive Healing Arts & Modig Internal Disciplines


The Dirty Brush's Fused Glass Class has returned. This is a fun way to explore kiln-fired glass. Create a 6x6 trivet or suncatcher while learning the basics of glass fusing. The classis $24 and includes materials. 6-8 p.m. Call the studio to reserve your spot: (413) 442-9300.
MON Huckleberry Wood Project at Dirty Brush | TUE Open Studio at Bisque, Beads & Beyond


After a racial incident she would rather forget, Cass is forced into "making an example of it" by her well intentioned roommate and the dean of her liberal university. Looking to make tenure and not wanting to ruffle any feathers, Cass is pushed by her community to lead a diversity day on her own behalf and is asked to be the face of her race. This world premiere play is a poignant and surprisingly funny look at race, friendship and how in the pursuit of real change, "well intentions" are not always enough. Barrington Stage Company's St. Germain Stage.
THU+ The Vagina Monologues at The Whit


Join Berkshire Humane Society for Woofstock, its annual fundraiser celebrating you and your dog! Enjoy family-friendly activities, food trucks, a craft fair, live music, raffles and games... plus, a run/walk with or without a dog. Everyone is encouraged to collect pledges to help support homeless animals and the mission of Berkshire Humane Society. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
ONGOING Winter Clothing Drive at Berkshire County Arc ONGOING National Library Card Sign-up Month at Berkshire Athenaeum | ONGOING The Mastheads at Hancock Shaker Village | SAT Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market at The First Street Common | SAT End-of-Season Tag Sale Fundraiser at Arrowhead | SUN Domingo Brunch w/Luke Tobin at Dottie's | MON Art & Process Peer Supervision Group at NuArts


Berkshire Athenaeum presents a cooking demonstration with Mark Phillips. He'll show how to preserve and enjoy summer vegetables by using them to make sauerkraut. Tasting to follow! 7 p.m. FREE.
MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Class at The Licht TUE Toastmasters Meeting TUE Learn to Meditate at New Moon Gifts | THU Screening of Korczak at Knesset Israel | THU Program Evaluation Basics for Non-profit Organizations at Hotel on North | THU Conflict as a Doorway to Radical Connection at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU Decluttering & Organizing Basics at BCC


THU-MON Melville in Love at The Little Cinema 
This full-length documentary focuses on Herman Melville, the writing of Moby-Dick, and Melville's secret love affair with Sarah Morewood. Based on the recent book by Michael Shelden, and filmed in the Berkshires at Arrowhead and other area landmarks, the movie was produced and directed by local filmmaker Seth Newton. Newton and Shelden will discuss the film at a special screening on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m.
ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon | THU Korczak at Knesset Israel

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 feature Art and Solean exhibit of IS183 Art School faculty and student designed, altered and artfully enhanced shoes held in conjunction with the Elizabeth Freeman Center's Walk a Mile event. All proceeds from the show will benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center and IS183 Art School's Learning Through Arts Program to help support women and families. Opening Reception during First Friday Artswalk: Friday, Sept. 7 from 5-8 p.m.
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