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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 1-7

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Enjoy 14 different art shows featuring work by more than two dozen accomplished regional and student artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Friday Artswalkand all month long! In most venues, artists will be present from 5-8 p.m. A free guided tour begins at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.

Back by popular demand and described by the LA Times as "an incredible re-creation of the Irish legend," Moondance: The Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Concert is packed with all the hits, including "Brown Eyed Girl," "Domino," "Tupelo Honey," "Moondance," "Wild Night," "Into The Mystic," and more! The Colonial Theatre at 8 p.m. $25.
FRI Grahm Sturz at Hotel on North | FRI James Barry at Methuselah FRI Riverside Brothers at The A | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | SAT Comedy Showcase at Uncorked Wine & Beer Lounge | SAT Garson&Sullivan at PortSmitt's | SAT Shyne at Crossroads | SAT Misty Blues at Mission | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Jazz Vespers at Zion Lutheran Church | THU The Picky B's at Mission | THU Comedian Brittany Carney at The Colonial | THU PechaKucha Night: Adulting Is Hard at Berkshire Museum
The Berkshire Reading Council invites you to celebrate Dr. Seuss on his birthday! There will be a special appearance by The Cat in the Hat, who will read some favorite Seuss books. There will be yummy green eggs and ham for all, plus the first 100 kids will receive a FREE Dr. Seuss book! 10:30-11:30 a.m.
ONGOING Boston Bruins Pajama Drive at Berkshire Athenaeum | FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | FRI IS183 Teen Art Space: Illustration at Berkshire Athenaeum | FRI Youth Art Month Opening at Berkshire Museum FRI-SUN Miss Hall's Theatre: Mamma Mia! at Miss Hall's School FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at Berkshire Children & Families | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | SAT WeeMuse: Art Lab at Berkshire Museum | SAT da Vinci After Hours at Berkshire Museum | SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum | MON Homeschool STEAM: Animal Adaptations at Berkshire Museum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | MON Peer Art Group: Teens & Young Adults at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED Audition Call for Shrek The Musical at The Colonial THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum
Join Cate every Friday afternoon at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness for an 8-week series of supportive yoga using a mat, props and ballet barre. The class is ideal for those wanting to gently increase flexibility and strength, improve balance and reconnect with the body following inactivity, a chronic condition, recovery from an injury or illness, or any of life's challenges. Pre-registration required. 12-1 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 SAT Run From The Spot with Berkshire Running Center MON Senior Health & Wellness at Knesset Israel
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.)
WED Audition Call for Shrek The Musical at The Colonial
Berkshire Paint & Sip invites you to paint "Together Forever Cardinals" on reclaimed wood to benefit the Taconic High School art program. Your $35 fee includes all instruction and materials, a light snack and a donation. Cash raffles. BYOB. 4-6 p.m.
International Women's Day is an opportunity to come together and celebrate the powerful, world-changing women of the past and present, while raising money for the Elizabeth Freeman Center. Sabrina and Chine invite you to Flavours of Malaysia for an evening of raffles, music and delicious food. $35, 5-9 p.m.
ONGOING Boston Bruins Pajama Drive at Berkshire Athenaeum | SAT Book Talk w/Sandor Jaszberenyi at Dottie's | SUN Domingo Brunch w/Heather & Tobias at Dottie's | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Lichtenstein | TUE Basic Social Media Skills at Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. | TUE Narrative Art Therapy Workshop at NuArts | TUE Walking Our Talk Free Intro Circle at Unitarian Universalist | THU Talk w/Author Jean P. Moore at Knesset Israel | THU Reiki Level 1 at BCC
FRI-MON Exhibition on Screen: Young Picasso at The Little Cinema
This film takes a look at the early years of artist Pablo Picasso; travels to Malaga, Barcelona and Paris; and looks carefully at the so-called Blue Period and Rose Period, including the creation of the painting "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon." 
ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon | TUE Cinema of Law: The Accused 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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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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