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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 30-Dec. 6

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Also, stop by Hancock Shaker Village, 
whose gift shop is filled to the brim with new merchandise for the season.
Twenty years ago, 21-year-old gay student Matthew Shepard was murdered in the town of Laramie, Wyoming, a hate crime which captured the nation's attention. In response, The Laramie Project, a breathtaking ensemble theater piece was created. The Whitney Center for the Arts presents three performances of this play, written by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project. The Saturday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m. performance falls on Matthew Shepard's birthday and special tickets are available for a pre-show reception/celebration of life at 6:30 p.m.
FRI Brian Benlien at Hotel on North | FRI Service of Lessons & Carols at Hancock Shaker Village | FRI Whiskey City at The A | FRI Mr. Doubtfire at Mission | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow FRI Karaoke Night at Friends FRI Open Mic at The Here & Now SAT Candlelit Evening at Hancock Shaker Village SAT Festival of Trees After Dark at Berkshire Museum SAT JB's Acoustic Gravel at O'Laughlin's SAT Dan Gingras at Rainbow | MON Paint a Pint at Thistle & Mirth | MON Jazz Night at Mission MON Comedy Night at The Here & Now | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU The Picky B's at Mission
Students from Miss Hall's School will host a show that they've curated, Ten Now: A Pop-up Art Show, at The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts from 6-8 p.m. Ten artists will be present, and each will be making their art live in different mediums. The artists include both Miss Hall's students and artists from the community, including Nicole Irene, Phillip Knoll, Lanna Knoll, Joanie Ciolfi, Eva Schuster, Jingtong Zhang, Zoe Yang, Peggy Morse, Debbie Carter and Gary Grosenbeck. 
at Berkshire Museum FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at Berkshire Children & Families | SAT WeeMuse: Art Lab 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 | SUN Sensory-Friendly Photos w/Santa at AdLib MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | TUE Financial Education Series at Berkshire Career Center THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum THU FREE DIY Candy Cottage at Berkshire Athenaeum THU PHS Proteus' Winter Cabaret at Barrington Stage
Tai Chi for Trauma is a chance to tap in and find inner strength for healing. Learn the fundamentals of Tai Chi and its healing components. Move and experience the connection of the mind and body. Learn breathing techniques that help calm the nervous system and reduce anxiety, and simple routines that you can do on your own. This program is great for everyone from first-timers to experienced Tai Chi and Qi Gong practitioners. 6-8 p.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 MON The Process of Aging at Knesset Israel | THU Gentle Candlelight Yoga at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness
Bring your friends and your favorite beverage, and learn to make your own holiday wreath at Wreaths and Wine. A $35 fee includes all supplies and snacks. All proceeds benefit Moments House's free programs and services. 4-7 p.m. at New Moon Lodge (Masonic Temple), 116 South Street.
FRI Wreath-Making & Decorating Workshop at Dr. Lahey's Garden Center | FRI DIY Wren House at RE-FORMation Academy | SAT-WED Family Open Studio Days at Bisque, Beads & Beyond | MON Paint a Pint at Thistle & Mirth MON+WED Wreath-Making Class at Township Four WED Wreath Decorating at Forthill Farmstand THU DIY Christmas Ornament at AdLib
Zion Lutheran Church presents its annual craft fair, cookie walk and holiday tag sale, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 74 First Street. The sale will feature more than 14 vendors in the recently renovated and fully accessible Common Room. There also will be a bake sale and hot soup to keep you warm! 
SAT-SUN Cop-on-Top for Special Olympics at Walmart | SAT Last House Tours of the Season at Arrowhead SAT Craft Fair at The Outlet at Pine Cone Hill SAT Flash Forward Closing Reception at The Whit SAT Candlelit Evening at Hancock Shaker Village | SUN Domingo Brunch w/Andy Wrba & Friends at Dottie's SUN Holiday Tea at Hancock Shaker Village MON Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop at Zion Lutheran Church | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Class at The Lichtenstein | TUE Tree of Lights Ceremony at Berkshire Medical Center | THU Combating Poverty of the Mind at Knesset Israel | THU Writers Collective at The Here & Now
FRI-MON Around India with a Movie Camera at Little Cinema 
Sandhya Suri weaves together archive footage to create an emotionally resonant story about life across India pre-1947. Drawn from the BFI National Archive, it features some of the earliest surviving film from India as well as gorgeous travelogues, intimate home movies, and newsreels from British, French and Indian filmmakers. The film explores not only the people and places of more than 70 years ago, but asks us to engage with broader themes of a shared history, shifting perspectives in the lead-up to Indian independence and the ghosts of the past. Around India boasts a new score that fuses Western and Indian music from composer and sarod player Soumik Datta.


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Berkshires Beat: BNRC Upgrades Popular Trails for 2019 Summer Season

Trail facelifts

On Monday, June 10, state Rep. Smitty Pignatelli joined members of the Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC) board of directors, volunteers, staff and nature trail enthusiasts to unveil a redesigned trailhead kiosk and enhanced on-trail signage at BNRC's flagship conservation reserve, Yokun Ridge South at Olivia's Overlook. Similar upgrades have also been completed at 16 other BNRC trail sites across Berkshire County. All 54 BNRC reserves are open to the public year-round from dawn to dusk, free of charge.

Each updated kiosk features a large map of the reserve and its trail system; notes on the natural, cultural, and ownership history of the protected lands; and suggested activities for each property.  Also available at the kiosks are free, newly revised paper trail maps for visitor use. Easier-to-read on-trail signage, mostly in the form of large brown signs with white letters, has also been installed on many trails. Among these are trails at The Boulders, a BNRC property used by many, which spans across parts of Dalton, Lanesborough and the City of Pittsfield in the center of Berkshire County.

"These kiosk and signage improvements, coupled with BNRC's new Berkshire Trails app, will help everyone explore the richness of the Berkshires' hiking trails and outdoor opportunities," said BNRC President Jenny Hansell. At Monday's unveiling ceremony, Pignatelli spoke to the crowd of the economic importance of conservation land and outdoor recreation opportunities in the Berkshires.

Established in 1967, the Berkshire Natural Resources Council’s mission is to protect and preserve the natural beauty and ecological integrity of the Berkshires for public benefit and enjoyment. There are 54 BNRC conservation reserves spread across Berkshire County, free to the public, open to everyone for non-motorized recreation, featuring over 55 miles of maintained trails.


Cheshire food pantry

The Cheshire Pantry opened on Saturday, May 26, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Cheshire Community Center. The pantry will be available the first Saturday of each month. Emergency food is available as well as delivery service.

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