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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 16-22

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November 16 - November 22, 2018
Be among the first to see this year's chart-topping Festival of Trees, Often Heard, featuring more than 100 dazzling, decorated holiday trees, each depicting a popular song. Join your friends and neighbors to discover the song behind every tree, savor delicious appetizers and drinks, and enjoy exciting surprises.

Plus, your ticket includes an exclusive, after-hours concert with members of the Whisky Treaty Roadshow at 7:30 p.m. in the Museum's theater!
Local musician Johnny Irion celebrates the release of his new album, Driving Friend, with help from Pat Sansone of Wilco and other special guests. Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., at 7 p.m. $15.
The musicians in Start Making Sense, a 7-piece Talking Heads tribute band, take pride in faithfully recreating the ground-breaking music of the Talking Heads, with hit songs such as "Burning Down The House," "Once in a Lifetime," "Psycho Killer" and more. The Colonial Theatre at 8 p.m. $25. (Pre-show entertainment by Jack Waldheim in the
Garage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
FRI David Grover & Linda Worster at Bread & Roses Coffee House FRI One For One at PortSmitt's FRI After Ours Duo at Hotel on North | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow FRI RadioActive at The A FRI Karaoke Night at Friends FRI-SAT Still Rock 'n' Roll to Me at Reid Middle School SAT Festival of Trees After Dark at Berkshire Museum SAT ZipStohr Comedy at Crowne Plaza SAT Robert Putnam & Mike Sacco at Rainbow SAT Mary Ann Palermo & First Take at Mission SAT Comedy Showcase at The Infield SAT-SUN Berkshire Concert Choir: "Planets, Stars & Airs of Space" at Zion Lutheran Church | MON Karaoke Night at Thistle & Mirth | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE PHS String Orchestra Concert at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Green Drinks: Invasive Vines at J. Allen's | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU The Picky B's at Mission
The winner of "Best Family Show" by NYC's Off Broadway Alliance, Cinderella follows a troupe of poor "Italian" actors as they present a twisted version of the well-known fairytale - with daffy llamas, roller-skating fairy godmothers, selfie-taking stepsisters and Carol Channing. Done in the style of Commedia dell'Arte, the show incorporates improvisation and loads of audience participation. Barrington Stage Company's Boyd-Quinson Mainstage. 2 p.m. 
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at Berkshire Children & Families | SAT FREE David Grover Concert at The Colonial | SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT Festival of Trees After Dark at Berkshire Museum | SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Youth Chill Zone at Tyler Street Lab | WED WeeMuse: Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum
Treadmills are great tools for training. Come learn from Berkshire County's running professionals how to use these machines the way they are intended to be used. Berkshire Running Center, located at 34 Depot Street. 9:30-10:30 a.m.
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 Kundalini Yoga Master Class at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness | SUN Baby & Mama/Daddy Yoga at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness | MON The Process of Aging at Knesset Israel | TUE Rhythm Tap Dance at Berkshire Salsa | TUE Contemporary Jazz Dance at Berkshire Salsa | THU ThanksLiving Yoga at Radiance Yoga
Learn to paint this beautiful fall scene on a 16x20 canvas at Berkshire Paint & Sip. Two hours of instruction, all materials, light snacks and a donation to the Berkshire Force 10U Softball Team are included. BYOB 6-8 p.m. 
SAT-SUN Community Crafting Day at The Dirty Brush WED Pumpkin Centerpiece Class at Township Four
From Monday, Nov. 19 through Saturday, Nov. 24, The Outlet at Pine Cone Hill will hold its annual Thanksgiving sale, featuring an extra 25% off discontinued and seconds of Annie Selke's Dash & Albert area rugs and Pine Cone Hill bedding, decorative pillows, throws and more.
ONGOING Pittsfield Photo Challenge | ONGOING Pittsfield is my Home at Berkshire Athenaeum | ONGOING Food for Fines at Berkshire Athenaeum | FRI Berkshire Humane Clothing Drive at Hotel on North | FRI Fall Bazaar at Springside Rehabilitation | SAT Guided House Tours at Arrowhead | SAT Suit YourSelf Clothing Drive at Goodwill | SUN Domingo Brunch w/Rob Fisch & Mike Dimin at Dottie's | SUN Kitchen Items Tag Sale at First Church of Christ | MON BCAC Giving Tree Program Kickoff at Berkshire Athenaeum | MON Berkshire Trans Group at Berkshire Athenaeum
Stefanie Weber will teach a class that focuses on the acoustics rather than the aesthetics of tap. The emphasis is on what the dancer says with his or her sounds rather than the way the dancer looks when executing those sounds. Six classes for $60 or $12 drop-in. Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. at Berkshire Salsa, 307 North St.
MON The Process of Aging at Knesset Israel | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Class at The Lichtenstein | TUE Green Drinks: Invasive Vines at J. Allen's | TUE Contemporary Jazz Dance at Berkshire Salsa
SAT-MON Degas: Passion for Perfection at Little Cinema 
The "Exhibition on Screen" series journeys from the streets of Paris to the heart of a superb exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, whose extensive collection of Degas' works is the most representative in Britain. With exclusive access to view rare and diverse works, this film tells a fascinating story of Degas' pursuit for perfection through both experimentation with new techniques and lessons learned from studying the past masters. 
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 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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Pittsfield Recognizes Boys Who Tried to Help Swimmer

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

Fire Chief Sammons explains what happened at Silver Lake on June 23. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Christopher Daniels just kind of shrugged Thursday morning when asked about how he and his brother, Skylar, had rushed to find help when they saw a swimmer in trouble at Silver Lake. 
But first-responders said the 16-year-old was loud and clear on June 23 when he called 911 to report the emergency.
"They're the ones that initiated the 911 call, and they gave clear direction," said Fire Chief Thomas Sammons. "Their quick actions, and the conviction that was in Christian's voice — we knew that he was dead serious."
Both brothers were recognized by Mayor Linda Tyer and Sammons at a brief ceremony at the Columbus Avenue fire station on Thursday morning. 
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