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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 22-28

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The 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival runs until Sunday, Feb. 24 and features music, art, theater, dance 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.

The Tyler Street Lab @ 730 is a 4-month pop-up that creates a community space out of an underutilized storefront. The city's Office of Cultural Development, in collaboration with the Transformative Development Initiative (TDI), is putting out two calls for art: a storefront configuration challenge and a community art installation challenge. There will be a stipend of up to $850 to the award-winning designs - one from each challenge. Please submit all materials to by Monday, Feb. 25 at 5 p.m.! 


Rev Tor's 8th Annual Dead of Winter Jam celebrates the music of The Grateful Dead with Rev Tor's Steal Your Peach Band, Tom Corrigan, Mike Wood of Rebel Alliance, Mark Kurber of Dead Collective and Rob Sanzone and Chris Merenda of The Picky Bastards. Patrons are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to a local food pantry. 8 p.m. $10.
FRI Darrow School Performers at Hotel on North FRI Tom Savoy at Hotel on North FRI Damage Therapy at The A | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow FRI-SAT Gypsy Layne Cabaret at Hotel on North | SAT 10 Minutes of Fireworks at First Street Common | SAT A Night at The Oscars II at American Legion | SAT JB's Acoustic Gravel at PortSmitt's | SAT Mary Ann Palermo & First Take at Mission SAT Puro Corazon at The A | SAT Melissa Brinton at Rainbow | MON Jazz Night at Mission | MON WordXWord: Heart in America at Berkshire Museum | WED Dan Blakeslee at Methuselah | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU The Picky B's at Mission | THU Trivia Night w/Boxxa Vine at Otto's
The show must go on in this new hip-hop musical! That's what Jack and Annie learn when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to Elizabethan England. There they meet William Shakespeare, who's having a hard time with some of the actors in his latest show. Are Jack and Annie ready to make a big entrance? Or, will it be curtains for Shakespeare? The Colonial Theatre2 p.m. $10.
ONGOING Boston Bruins Pajama Drive at Berkshire Athenaeum FRI Kids' Cloche Class at Township Four FRI Sensory-friendly Skating Opportunity at Boys & Girls Club FRI Open Studio at Bisque, Beads & Beyond | FRI Toy Story & Pizza Party at Berkshire Athenaeum FRI Comics & Zines Workshop at Berkshire Athenaeum | FRI-SAT Peter Rabbit & The Bunny Hop at Berkshire Museum | FRI-SUN Designing w/da Vinci at Berkshire Museum FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at Berkshire Children & Families | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | SAT Toddler Time at The Infield SAT PJ Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | SAT 10X the Fun & Fireworks at First Street Common | SAT da Vinci After Hours at Berkshire Museum | SUN Pop-up Dance w/UMASS Amherst at Berkshire Museum | SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum | SUN Dance Ten at Barrington Stage | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | MON Voice Workshops Begin at Berkshire Music School | 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
Join Amanda Marsh at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness for a restorative yoga and CBD class. She'll guide you into a deeply relaxing yoga flow, and explain the benefits of CBD and how it works in your body. Then students will sample her Seed to Soul Herbals product, CBD Muscle & Joint rub, applying it to sore areas. Limited to 20 people; please pre-register. $25 for the class or $45 for both the salve and class. 5:30-7 p.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 SUN 1-10 Mile Run at Berkshire Running Center SUN Prenatal Pilates at Pilates Fit
The 7th annual 10x10 New Play Festival at Barrington Stage's St. Germain Stage features ten 10-minute plays by 10 playwrights, all performed by an ensemble of six actors. Every 10 minutes, a new play begins! (Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., plus Saturdays & Sundays at 3 p.m.)
FRI-SAT The Vagina Monologues at The Whitney
Bisque, Beads & Beyond continues its open studios days, with different specials each day! On Friday, kids' canvases are $5 off. On Saturday, enjoy $2 off plates and platters, plus more deals on Tuesday and Thursday. Try out fused glass, grab a canvas and paint, or choose one of the more than 200 pieces of pottery in the studio!
SUN Tree of Life Pendant Class at Funky Phoenix
Berkshire Community College hosts internationally renowned wildlife tracker and photographer Sue Morse, who will discuss the ways in which northern wildlife species are already being affected by climate change, with more serious challenges ahead.Canada lynx, moose, American marten, caribou, polar bear, arctic fox and arctic marine mammals and waterfowl are some of the species covered in this stunningly beautiful show. 7 p.m.
ONGOING Boston Bruins Pajama Drive at Berkshire Athenaeum | FRI-SUN Presidents' Week Sale at The Outlet at Pine Cone Hill | SUN Pancake Breakfast to Benefit Emergency Fuel Fund at South Congregational Church | SUN Domingo Brunch w/Kozinski Simon 2-Guitar Duo at Dottie's | MON Voice Workshops Begin at Berkshire Music School | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Lichtenstein | THU LGBTQIA+ w/Drew Herzig at Knesset Israel
FRI-MON Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Animation 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.
The closing reception will take place on March 1, during First Fridays Artswalk.  
28 Renne Ave.   (413) 499-9348   Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m.


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Hinsdale Man To Compete In Professional BBQ Competition

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Rinaldi with Myron Mixon, celebrity chef and four-time barbecue World Champion.
HINSDALE, Mass. — Professional barbecue teams from all over New England will compete at the Harpoon BBQ Festival in Windsor, Vt., on July 27-28, with hopes of being crowned the grand champion and earning a ticket to the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue. 
And Berkshire County's own George Rinaldi will be among them.
Rinaldi, 54, of Hinsdale, has been competing on the professional Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned circuit for eight years. He and his family travel to six or seven competitions annually. They've been all over New England, as well as in New Jersey, Georgia, Alabama and Arkansas. At a typical event, competitors must deliver their entries in four categories (chicken, ribs, pork and brisket) to the master judges by pre-specified times — and not a second later.
Rinaldi's skills have earned many trophies, including a first-place prize for his Ribs Division win at a recent competition in New Jersey. 
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