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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 8-14

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The 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival takes place Thursday, Feb. 14 - Sunday, Feb. 24 and features music, art, theater, dance, film and more. There is something for the entire family, from Barrington Stage's 10x10 New Play Festival and live jazz at The Whitney, to 10 Days of Play at the Berkshire Museum and a fireworks extravaganza on the Pittsfield Common.

Berkshire Theatre Group presents the all-woman quartet Lez Zeppelin, who have gained critical acclaim as one of the most exciting live acts around, becoming the first female rock act to pay homage to Led Zeppelin. One-man-band Jack Waldheim will warm up the crowd in The Garage at 6:30 p.m. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. $25.
FRI Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion Preview Party at Berkshire Museum FRI One for One Duo at Proprietor's Lodge | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow FRI Shred-Your-Ex Valentine's Party at The A FRI Karaoke Night at Crossroads | SAT The Lucky 5 at Mission | SAT DJ Friz at Crossroads | SUN JB's Acoustic Gravel at O'Laughlin's | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED Galentine's Day at Hotel on North | WED Dan Blakeslee at Methuselah | WED Open Mic at J. Allen's | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU 10 Spot Exhibit Opening Reception at The Lichtenstein THU Valentine's Night Out at Proprietor's Lodge | THU Melissa Brinton at Flavours of Malaysia | THU After Ours Duo at PortSmitt's | THU The Picky B's at Mission
The Love Yourself art exhibit opening will be a day of art, music, dance, poetry, film and story to raise awareness about youth suicide prevention in Berkshire County. Enjoy performances from Berkshire Pulse, Grace Ida Marks and members of the BTG Kids Chorus. Students from AIRY (Arts in Recovery for Youth) will share poetry and stories and a documentary film by Raymond Brown will be shown. FREE. 2-5 p.m. 
ONGOING Boston Bruins Pajama Drive at Berkshire Athenaeum  at Berkshire Museum FRI Music In Common: Documentary Filmmaking at Gladys Allen Brigham Center FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at Berkshire Children & Families | SAT Toddler Time at The Infield | SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | SAT Sensory-Friendly Screening: Paddington 2 at Berkshire Museum | SAT Kids Night Out: Nerf War at The Infield | SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum MON When I Close My Eyes Mural Reveal at Berkshire Athenaeum MON+ Teen Book Giveaway at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum TUE Teen Tech Tuesday at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED WeeMuse: Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Fandom Thursday at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Teen Candy-Making Workshop at Berkshire Athenaeum
Don't hide from the winter - come out and stay in touch with your running friends! Berkshire Running Center presents the second in a 4-part series of Frosted Mug 5K races. For this race, J. Allen's Clubhouse will provided a buffet from noon to 1 p.m. for the runners, included in your race registration fee! Run your race at 11 a.m. and stay to catch up with the running community. One Boston Beer Company adult beverage for runners 21+ is also included! Registration fee per race is $30, or $35 day-of-race registration.
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 TUE Guided Meditation at Wellness Underground THU Yoga in the Auditorium at Berkshire Athenaeum
Town Players of Pittsfield presents Gay Monteverde's smart, sexy romantic comedy for people over 60. Based loosely (and lovingly) on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, the play is set in a small, hip bookstore where Liz, the 65-year-old proprietor (and former activist), hosts a weekly book group for women. While her adult son designs websites and his annoying wife hosts a weekly food blog, Liz and her colorful friends meet to discuss life and literature. This East Coast premiere is directed by the author's son, John Monteverde. BCC's Boland Theatre.
NEXT THU+ 10x10 New Play Festival at Barrington Stage Company
New Moon Gifts presents a workshop that will offer gentle guidance in the creation of a heart mandala ornament/hanger. This is an intermediate level class and basic brush skills are helpful but not necessary. April Jenks will guide the class in the usage of a variety of tools and acrylic paints to help you create a unique piece. Simple history facts and the symbolic influence of mandalas will be touched upon. 5-6:15 p.m. $30.
FRI-SUN+TUE Open Studio & More at Bisque, Beads & Beyond
In the Latino culture, Three Kings Day is an event that celebrates the coming of the Three Kings to the Christ child. The "I Have a Dream" Four Kings Event also will promote the values of love and equity of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Berkshire Salsa invites everyone to celebrate with dancing, poetry, music, Puerto Rican food, gifts for children and more! $10 by donation for food. No one will be turned away! All proceeds benefit the programs of Hopeseed Empowerment Co-op and Manos Unidas. 4-7 p.m.
ONGOING Boston Bruins Pajama Drive at Berkshire Athenaeum SAT Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market at Zion Lutheran Church SAT-THU Valentine's Sale at Kissy's | SUN Domingo Brunch w/Cass & Jake and Sam at Dottie's | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Lichtenstein | THU How to Build a Just, Thriving & Safe Community at Knesset Israel 
FRI-MON Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Documentary at The Little Cinema
For the 14th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-nominated short films, with all three categories offered: documentary, animation, and live action. This is your annual chance to predict the winners!
ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon | TUE+THU Moby-Dick Film Fest at Berkshire Athenaeum
What's Showing at The Licht
Pittsfield's city-owned community arts center, 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!   

As part of the 8th Annual 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival, the gallery will feature The Ten Spot Photography Show, an invitational exhibit featuring ten photographers from the Berkshires and beyond. An artists' reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 14 from 5-7 p.m., which is the official kickoff of the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival. 

28 Renne Ave.   (413) 499-9348   Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m.


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