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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 21-27

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Samantha Talora and Ron Ramsay bring you Christmas is Here! The duo will be joined by Eileen Markland on violin and Michael Gillespie on saxophone, clarinet, flute, guitar and foot tambourine to bring you an evening of holiday songs. Tickets are $20, which includes post-show sweets. A special ticket price of $10 is offered for veterans and active military members. 7 p.m. at The American Legion (41 Wendell Avenue).
FRI Ugly Sweater Party at Polish Falcons | FRI Rebel Alliance & Friends at The A | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Mr. Doubtfire at Mission FRI Karaoke Night at Friends | SAT Festival of Trees After Dark at Berkshire Museum SAT UMASS Lowell Hawkappella Holiday Concert at Masonic Temple SAT Rob Putnam & Micke Sacco at Rainbow SAT MAD Crew Holiday Gala at The A SAT Ugly Sweater Party w/Legal Tender at Parkside SAT Mary Ann Palermo & First Take at Mission | TUE Spaghetti Christmas at Otto's | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU The Picky B's at Mission


The Whitney Center for the Arts presents a Christmas Songs & Hot Cocoa PartyBrianna Nicola (2019 winner of Berkshire Voice) and Emma Foley (nominated for Best Actress in a Musical by Broadway World) will perform all your favorite Christmas songs while you enjoy hot cocoa, marshmallows and candy! $5. 1 p.m.
 at Berkshire Museum FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at Berkshire Children & Families | SAT Kitchen Ka-Boom! at Berkshire Museum | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | SAT Festival of Trees After Dark at Berkshire Museum | SAT-SUN Brunch w/Santa Claus at Hancock Shaker Village | SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum | WED-THU Holiday Electronics Camp at Berkshire Museum THU Movie & Craft: Incredibles 2 at Berkshire Athenaeum  THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum


SAT Refocus at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness
Take some time to refocus on Saturday at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness. At 2 p.m., Diana Noble presents Changing Your Perspective, an experiential self-healing journey where you can gain a new perspective on your life. At 4 p.m.,Alexandra Dest will lead Coherent Heart Healing, a candlelight visualization and centering session.
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 Long Ride w/Kent at Berkshire Running Center


ONGOING A Christmas Carol at The Colonial Theatre
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.


NEXT THU Winter Lighthouse at Berkshire Paint & Sip
Berkshire Paint & Sip invites you to paint  "Winter Lighthouse" on a 16x20 canvas. All painting materials, instruction and a light snack are included in the $30 fee. BYOB. 1-3 p.m.


FRI Procrastinators' Sale at Shire City Sanctuary
Stop into Shire City Sanctuary for last minute gifts, pick up your custom orders, have a glass of wine and wrap your presents while you're here, at the Procrastinators' Sale, 5-8 p.m.
SAT Holiday Pastry Sale at St. George Greek Orthodox Church | SAT-SUN Brunch w/Santa Claus at Hancock Shaker Village | SUN Domingo Brunch w/Fannie Pack at Dottie's | MON+THU 92nd Street Y Lecture Series at Knesset Israel | TUE Christmas Dinner at The Christian Center | TUE Spaghetti Christmas at Otto's


FRI-SUN The Story of Roger Ailes at The Little Cinema
Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailesfollows the life of the longtime Republican booster and Fox News founder. By coaching a stable of politicians over the course of 50 years, Ailes heavily influenced Republican politics, steering the conservative movement from Nixon, to the Tea Party, to Trump. Under his tutelage, anger and fear became the norm, both on the ballot and on national television. Ailes started Fox News and turned it into a money-making juggernaut. He discarded notions of traditional journalism and turned prime-time into flame-throwing TV. But the carnival house mirror he put up to America reflected his own distorted personal life. This is a story of serial cruelty, both on the public stage and in private life.
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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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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