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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 9-16

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  November 9 - November 16, 2018

The City of Pittsfield's annual Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11.
For those participating, line up will take place from 12-12:45 p.m. on Fenn, Pearl and Allen streets and will depart from City Hall at 1 p.m. The group will proceed to the Pittsfield Veterans' Memorial Park on South Street for the ceremony.
For more information, please contact John Herrera, Director, Veterans Services, at 413-499-9433. 
BonJourney is a unique tribute band that blends the music of Bon Jovi and Journey. Capturing the sound of each group, as well as their energy and spirit, BonJourney's set includes all the classic hits, including "Living on a Prayer," "Don't Stop Believing," "Faithfully" and "I'll Be There for You." The Colonial Theatre at 7:30 p.m. $25.
FRI Larger than Life: The Ultimate Boy Band Tribute at The Colonial FRI Nico Wohl at Mission FRI Jim Witherell at Hotel on North | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow SAT Flash Forward Opening Reception at The Whit SAT Lady Di & The Dukes at Rainbow SAT Fannie Pack at The A SUN Dance Night w/Timmy T & Black Velvet at the ITAM | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Open Mic at Mission | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU The Picky B's at Mission | THU Comedian Catherine Cohen at The Colonial | THU Nine Pin Knockdown at Thistle & Mirth
FRI FREE Community Pajama Night at The Museum
Wear your favorite pajamas and get comfortable for a cozy night of storytelling at the Berkshire Museum! Authors, artists, educators and community members will join in the celebration of Family Literacy Month. Hear adults and kids reading aloud, go for a story walk, and choose a book to take home. 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | FRI-SUN Newsies: the Musical at Pittsfield High School | 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: Coco at Berkshire Museum | SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum | SUN Nutcracker Tea Party at Zion Lutheran Church | MON Family Crafting Day at The Dirty Brush | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | TUE Youth Chill Zone at Tyler Street Lab | WED WeeMuse: Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum
SAT Pilates for Yoga at Berkshire Yoga Dance
Join Jennifer Gadbois for an 8-week series at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness, held every Saturday from 10:15-11:15 a.m. beginning November 10. The physical and mental strength derived from a Pilates practice may produce a deep sense of support in each asana, allowing you to better organize your efforts and inhabit a posture without strain.
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 Nia (Non-impact Aerobics) at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness
MON Terrarium Building Class at Township Four
Learn how to make a glass mini-garden that can either hang or sit on a shelf. All materials are included, including your choice of terrarium plants and accents. These mini-gardens make a great gift, or the perfect addition to your home or office. Township Four, 6 p.m. 
SAT "Cornucopia" for Moments House at Berkshire Paint & Sip SAT Community Crafting Day at The Dirty Brush SUN "Farmhouse on Autumn Hill" at Berkshire Paint & Sip TUE Make a Soy Candle at The Christian Center WED Open Studio at Berkshire Paint & Sip THU Wreath & Sip at Hancock Shaker Village
FRI-SUN Newsies: The Musical at PHS
Photo Credit Jonathan Levine.
Pittsfield High School's Proteus Theatre Group presents Newsies: The Musical, this weekend and next. Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, the charismatic leader of a band of teenaged "newsies." When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right. $10/$12.
FRI Hamlet, Prince of Denmark at Barrington Stage FRI FREE Staged Reading: The Jewish Wife at The Colonial FRI-SUN Decision Height at Miss Hall's School
SAT Indoor Farmers Market at Zion Church 
Come shop the first Indoor Market of the season this Saturday. The vendors have LOTS of goodness to fill your market totes!
Square Roots Farm will have BREAKFAST SANDWICHES with their own eggs and bacon, Cabot cheese on a roll from Tyler and Pine Bakery! 
Click here for a full list of vendors.  
SAT Food for Thought Dinner w/Andrea Barrett
Hancock Shaker Village's next Food for Thought Dinner will feature Andrea Barrett, winner of the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist. In her new story collection, Archangel,she unfolds five pivotal moments in the lives of her characters and in the history of knowledge. The MacArthur Award recipient will discuss the history behind her stories, how we think about history today, and the personal passions and politics that shape human knowledge. 6 p.m.
ONGOING Pittsfield Photo Challenge | ONGOING Pittsfield is my Home at Berkshire Athenaeum | ONGOING Food for Fines at Berkshire Athenaeum | FRI-SAT Book Sale at Berkshire Athenaeum | SAT Guided House Tours at Arrowhead | SAT Sunday Strummers Ukulele Band at Wood Bros. Music SAT Flash Forward Opening Reception at The Whit | SUN Domingo Brunch w/Genna & Jess at Dottie's | SUN Gospel Fest at First Baptist Church | MON Sustainable Living during the Holidays at Marketplace Cafe | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Class at The Lichtenstein | TUE Toastmasters Meeting | THU Current Affairs at Knesset Israel 
FRI-SUN Screening & Panel Discussion at Hancock Shaker Village
When the Spirit Moved Them, They Moved is a three-in-one channel video that condenses a day-long performance by dancers from the Louisville Ballet, Moving Company and other performers into a 22-minute meditation on Shaker landscaping, architecture, song and dance as forms of organizing being-in-common. The creators, artist Mariam Ghani and choreographer Erin Ellen Kelly, will participate in a panel discussion at the Village on Saturday at 4 p.m. 
ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon | FRI-MON Tea with the Dames at The Little Cinema
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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Environment Secretary Visits Pittsfield

Kathleen Theoharides, secretary of energy and environmental affairs, visits the site of culvert project in Pittsfield being funded through the state's climate readiness program.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides was in Pittsfield on Friday to review a state-funded culvert site and meet with local officials to discuss the state's climate readiness program. 
She joined Mayor Linda Tyer at the Churchill Street culvert, a site which recently received grant funding through the state's Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program. The city was awarded an $814,524 state grant in June for the Churchill Brook and West Street Culvert Replacement Project.
Through the MVP program, which begun in 2017, municipalities identify key climate-related hazards, vulnerabilities and strengths, develop adaptation actions, and prioritize next steps. The initiative which initially started as a $500,000 capital grant program has now increased to $12 million. Pittsfield is among the 71 percent of communities across the commonwealth now enrolled in the MVP program.
"The governor and the lieutenant governor have made resilient infrastructure a priority all across the state and I think it's really important to know that we have a really vested interest in Western Massachusetts communities as well as all across the state, not forgetting the Berkshires or Pioneer Valley," said Theoharides in a statement. "Our MVP program is really focused on these types of partnership investments and looking to design infrastructure for the challenges we're seeing today and moving forward as climate change increases."
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