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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 11-17

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Open Workshop: Westside Riverway Park will open with a free celebration, music and pizza at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts from 5-7 p.m. This event will present input gathered from the Westside community over the past six months as to what they would like to see at the new park, and seeks additional feedback and input. Ideas span three categories: 1) River Connections, 2) Performance Pavilion, and 3) Neighborhood Context. The show will be installed through Jan. 28. Please join us.

Rev Tor & Friends perform Paul Simon's classic album, Graceland, along with other timeless Paul Simon tunes. Special guests Belle of the Fall will perform as Simon & Girlfunkel. Pre-show entertainment by Tom Corrigan begins in The Garage at 6:30 p.m. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.
FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | SAT French Wine Dinner at Berkshire Mountain Bakery Cafe | SAT Lady Di & The Dukes at Rainbow | SAT F-Bomb at The A | SAT DJ Friz at Crossroads | SUN Tommy T. & Black Velvet at Italian-American Club | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Green Drinks: Cooler Communities at J. Allen's | WED Wes Buckley at Methuselah | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Rhinegeist Tap Takeover at Thistle & Mirth

Berkshire Music School invites prospective students of all ages interested in taking music lessons to come to a FREE open house on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Check out an instrument or a music class for youngsters.  This is a great opportunity to see if your child is ready for a music lesson. 30 Wendell Ave.
 at Berkshire Museum FRI Snowmen at Night Story Walk at Berkshire Athenaeum 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: Smallfoot at Berkshire Museum | SAT FREE KidsAct! Class at Barrington Stage | SAT FREE Public Ice Skating at Boys & Girls Club | SAT Toddler Time at The Infield SAT Aladdin Jr. Auditions at The Colonial | SAT Kids' Night Out: Nerf War at The Infield SUN+ Radiant Child Yoga at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum TUE Teen Tech Tuesday at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum
NEXT THU Global Grooves at Berkshire Salsa
Instructor Laura Lin presents Global Grooves, class for anyone who loves to move! A generous warm-up will be followed by flavors of Latin, African, Bollywood, contemporary dance and more. Open to all levels, ages 13 and up. Berkshire Salsa, 10 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 | FRI Ballroom for Beginners at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness SUN Sunday Funday Runday at Berkshire Running Center | TUE Rise & Shine Barre Cardio at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness
SAT Globe Terrarium Class at Township Four
Join the experts at Township Four and learn how to create a classic globe terrarium. This glass mini-garden can either hang or sit on a shelf. All materials are included, with your choice of terrarium plants and accents. 10 a.m. $40 plus tax. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now! If succulents are more your thing, check out Township Four's Paradise Succulent Garden Class on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
TUE Paradise Succulent Garden Class at Township Four | WED Intuitive Painting Class at BMC Cancer Center
NEXT THU FREE Theater Workshop at BCC
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Williamstown Theatre Festival present a FREE Community Theater Workshop at BCC's Boland Theatre from 3-4:30 p.m. No experience necessary! Please RSVP. 
SAT Mark & Jordan Franklin at Wood Bros. Music | SAT FREE Public Ice Skating at Boys & Girls Club | SUN Domingo Brunch w/GypZbilly Two at Dottie's | WED First Rehearsal: Call for Singers at Berkshire Concert Choir
THU Social Welfare History at Knesset Israel 
The Jewish Federation's Connecting with Community series presents Social Welfare History: From Past to Present with Rosalind Kopfstein, DSW, LCSW, MSW. She will discuss how social workers are trained to help people but social policy determines the limits on how they can provide assistance. From the Poor Laws of England in 1601 to the Social Security Act of 1935 to the current law titled TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families of 1996), we see similarities in how people are judged, assisted and labeled. The culture of who we help, and why we help some and not others, will be explored. 10:45 a.m.
SAT Vision Board Class w/Kristy Meczywor | SAT Organize Your Home & Life at Wellness Underground | SAT Beginners Tarot: Part 1 at New Moon Gifts | TUE Overview of The Constitution at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Lever's Lean Lab w/Stephen Boyd at Framework | TUE Green Drinks: Cooler Communities at J. Allen's | TUE Confidence w/Makeup at The Here & Now | THU Tarot Share at New Moon Gifts
FRI-MON Eighth Grade at The Little Cinema

Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school - the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year - before she begins high school.
ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon | THU Moby-Dick Film Fest: The Sea Beast at Berkshire Athenaeum
Attention Artists!
Artscape is calling for new public outdoor art (sculpture and installations) for 2019! Please click the link below for more information.
The deadline is January 18, 2019.
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!   

Up next, an exhibit featuring the Westside Riverway Park and all of its potential. Architects Tessa Kelly and Chris Parkinson will lead this exhibit with design examples of the future park and a chance for you to weigh in on what you'd like to see happen there.  

Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 5-7 p.m.
28 Renne Ave.   (413) 499-9348


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By Andy McKeeveriBerkshires Staff

The 16-acre parcel will be looked at in depth so prospects know what they need.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It wasn't long ago that a company got "scared away" from building on the William Stanley Business Park because it wasn't sure what was in the ground.
The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority doesn't want to see that happen again so it is spending about $27,000 to perform a "comprehensive" analysis of the land.
"This one is site-specific," said Chairman Mick Callahan at Tuesday morning's PEDA meeting. EDM will be looking at the largest parcel at the park known as Site 9.
"This is a very comprehensive analysis of one parcel of land that encompasses approximately 16 acres."
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