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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 14-20

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December 14 - December 20, 2018
The Berkshire Eagle presents the second annual Berkshire County's Got Talent at Barrington Stage Company's Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at 6 p.m.! Be there to see the 12 finalists compete live for the $1,000 prize. You, the audience, will be the fifth judge! 
Local musician Wes Buckley is raising funds to record a new album. In order to support this venture, The Berkshire Music Project will match the $10 ticket price for the first 30 tickets sold! Supporters Yuki Cohen and Methuselah have donated a special treat to all attendees, to be paired by another contribution from Jess Rufo and her team at Tyler & Pine Bakery. The show begins at 7 p.m. at Dottie's.
FRI Mary Ann Palermo & First Take at Hotel on North | FRI Donny Sawyer & Ugly Sweater Contest at Bousquet | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow FRI Karaoke Night at Friends SAT Latin Party at Berkshire Salsa SAT Berkshire Beatlesque at First United Methodist SAT Garson&Sullivan at Portsmitt's SAT Mary Ann Palermo at Rainbow | MON Libations with Librarians at Hotel on North | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Green Drinks: DIY Storm Windows at J. Allen's | WED Beer & Carols at Zion Lutheran Church | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU The Picky B's at Mission

Are you a Grover Groupie? You will be after seeing David Grover live at Berkshire Theatre Group's Colonial Theatre. As an ongoing commitment to making quality music accessible to all children, Grover will present a FREE concert in The Garage at 11 a.m.
at Berkshire Museum FRI FREE Family Movie Night: Elf at Zion Lutheran Church 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 Children's Christmas Party at The Christian Center | SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum | SUN Awesome Robot at Barnes & Noble MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum 
Join Berkshire Running Center for a FREE fun run through the downtown and the surrounding area. This is a fundraiser for the Eagle Santa Toy Fund, so donate if you can. Now in its 89th year, the Toy Fund distributes holiday gift certificates redeemable at Walmart, allowing families to choose gifts for their children ages 3-11. Children 2 years of age or younger receive a specially chosen gift from the Santa Fund. The fun begins at 9 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 Pilates for Yoga at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness THU Chair Yoga at Knesset Israel
Revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas as told in the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser who is shown the error of his ways and reformed by four spirits. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story filled with holiday carols and the wonderment of the season. The Colonial Theatre, $29/$39.
FRI-SUN Christmastime in the City at The Whitney SAT-SUN A Christmas Carol at Hancock Shaker Village SAT-SUN The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Berkshire Community College
Berkshire Paint & Sip invites you to paint anything you'd like! Walk-ins are welcomed, but reservations are recommended to guarantee your spot. You'll be guided through any painting you wish for $25, all materials included. If you bring your own canvas and paint, the cost is only $15. BYOB drinks and snacks. 6-8 p.m.
SAT Holiday Party at Moments House | SAT Tree of Life Agate Class at Funky Phoenix | SAT-TUE Family Open Studio Days at Bisque, Beads & Beyond | MON Sustainable Wrapping & DIY Party at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED DIY Holiday Gift-Making at The Christian Center | WED Snowman w/Blue Trees at Taconic High School
The 6th annual Yule for Fuel, co-hosted by the Berkshire Concert Choir at Zion Lutheran Church, is a FREE community sing-along, backed by a large choir, with piano and organ accompaniment. Paula Nuss will conduct the Berkshire Concert Choir, and Amy Renak and Rev. Timothy Weisman will accompany the carols. Special guests include Karen Ketchum, harp; and the Zion Lutheran Church bell choir and all-star kazoo band. A free-will offering will be collected to support the Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations Emergency Fuel Fund. 3 p.m.
SAT Shop 'n' Sip at Hancock Shaker Village | SAT Holiday Party at Moments House | SUN Domingo Brunch w/Eric & Frankie at Dottie's SUN Christmas Carols Brunch w/Melissa Brinton at Rainbow
On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Berkshire Salsa will hold an open house with free half-hour classes for teens and adults. See the new studio, meet the teachers and try the Argentine tango, kizomba, bachata, salsa, rhythm tap, contemporary jazz, belly-dancing and more.
MON The Interaction Between Hearing & Balance at Knesset Israel | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Class at The Lichtenstein | TUE Green Drinks: DIY Storm Windows at J. Allen's
FRI-MON Wildlife at The Little Cinema
Fourteen-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry (Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal) - a housewife and a golf pro - in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages at the Canadian border. When Jerry loses his job, he decides to join the firefighters, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother's struggle to keep her head above water.

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.
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts would like to thank the community for another successful Wreath Art Auction. Together, we raised more than $5,000 for the South Congregational Church Food Pantry!


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Gapinksi said J-BAM only looks to use 16,000 square feet of the 20,000 square-foot structure. The current owner of the building will maintain 4,000 square feet for its own use.
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