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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 25-31

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The Four Freedoms Coalition's 3rd annual gathering, Celebrating Freedom: Democracy in Action, will take place on Sunday, Jan. 27 from 1-3 p.m. at Berkshire Community College. Free and open to all, the event will feature speakers Congressman Richard NealMacArthur "Genius" Award winner Deborah Meier and District Attorney Andrea Harrington, along with music, action items from a variety of partners, and a collaborative art project that everyone is invited to take part in.
Berkshire Salsa, located at 307 North Street, presents a fun night of Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Kizomba, Cha-Cha and Reggaeton! Únete a la familia Berkshire Salsa para una divertida noche llena de baile! The evening begins at 9 p.m. with a Salsa lesson by Alan Franco. Dancing runs from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission: $10, Students (21+) $8. Cash bar.
FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow SAT Mary Ann Palermo & First Take at Mission SAT DJ Friz at Crossroads | SUN Subtleties, Telltale & More at The A | MON WordXWord: Home in America at Berkshire Museum | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED Wes Buckley at Methuselah | WED Open Mic at J. Allen's | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Just in Kace Band at Bousquet | THU The Picky B's at Mission
The City of Pittsfield Recreation Program invites the first 100 people through the door during the Public Skate at the Boys & Girls Club to free admission for skating as well as free skate rental (limited size availability), if needed. 3-4:30 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 Toddler Time at The Infield | SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | MON Homeschool STEAM Winter Program: Forensics at Berkshire Museum | 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 THU Fandom Thursday at Berkshire Athenaeum
Get out your leggings, leotards and sweatbands for a trip back to the '80s at Berkshire Running Center. This jazzercise class combines dance, strength and resistance training with popular music for a full-body workout. Big hair burns more calories. There 
will be prizes! 5-5:45 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 YogaFit Props Training at Berkshire Fitness & Wellness Center TUE Meditation at Wellness Underground TUE Drop-in Lyrical/Contemporary Dance Class at Berkshire Salsa WED Tango Practica at Berkshire Salsa THU Yoga in the Auditorium at Berkshire Athenaeum
Join artist and educator Nathan Hanford at Township Four, 419 North Street, to learn the art of hand-stitched embroidery. Create your own unique stitching on a classic tea towel. No experience necessary. All materials provided. $40. 2-4 p.m.
FRI Bring Your Own Vase Class at Township Four | FRI New Canvas Class at Bisque, Beads & Beyond | SUN-MON & WED Open Studio Hours at Bisque, Beads & Beyond
The Jewish Federation's Connecting with Community series presents a talk by Chris Andersen, who lived in Turkey as a young teen. It was 1954 and Turkish Kurdistan was neither the territory nor the culture that was embraced by Turkish nationals. Chris found a way to discover this rich and hidden culture of the Kurds and experienced self-discovery.
Knesset Israel, 10:45 a.m.
SAT Robert Burns Celebration at St. Stephens Church | SUN Domingo Brunch w/Jason Ennis & Natalia Bernal at Dottie's | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Lichtenstein | TUE Entrepreneurial Meetup at Otto's | THU Berkshire Pride Festival 1st Organizers Meeting at Elizabeth Freeman Center
FRI-MON An Acceptable Loss at The Little Cinema
Libby Lamm (Tika Sumpter) is a former top national security adviser who, while working with a ruthless political veteran (Jamie Lee Curtis), signed off on a controversial military action that was supposed to end the war on terror. The problem: thousands died under false pretenses. Haunted by what she knows, Libby sets out to tell the truth, risking treason - and her own life - to expose a cover-up that stretches all the way to the top.
ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon | MON King: Man of Peace in a Time of War at Knesset Israel | THU Moby-Dick Film Fest: Moby Dick (1930) at Berkshire Athenaeum
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!   

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. Open through Friday, Jan. 25.  

28 Renne Ave.   (413) 499-9348


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By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

EforAll's David Parker was impressed by how collaboratively local leaders worked together to bring in the program.
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A group of local, community, and business leaders introduced the Berkshire chapter of EforAll at co-working space Framework on North Street on Monday morning. 
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