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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 5-11

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Friday, April 5 is First Friday Artswalk & More!
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.

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
 will host the annual Berkshire Art Association (BAA) Fellowship Show. View the work of 16 students chosen for the show. The BAA Fellowship Show provides college art students with Berkshire connections a rare opportunity to show their work in a juried, group show in a professional gallery space. The Awards Reception will be held on April 5 from 5-8 p.m. during First Fridays Artswalk.



Max Creek celebrates its 48th anniversary with a concert at The Colonial. The band mixes rock, country, reggae, soul, jazz and calypso in with their own songwriting, and it all comes out sounding like Creek. 8 p.m. $25 and up. Misty Blues opens in The Garage at 6:30 p.m.
FRI Grahm Sturz at Hotel on North | FRI British Steel at The A | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | SAT Dan Gingras at Rusty Anchor | SAT Code Blue at Proprietor's Lodge | SAT Forks of Buffalo at The Whit | SAT Changes in Latitudes: Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show at The Colonial | SAT Salsa Lesson & Social Dancing at Berkshire Salsa | SAT Garson&Sullivan at PortSmitt's | SAT Uncensored Comedy Showcase at Uncorked Lounge | MON Berkshire Grown Spring Supper at Country Club of Pittsfield | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED Justin Allen at Methuselah | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Comedian Ashton Womack at The Colonial | THU The Picky B's at Mission 

From Monday through Friday, Berkshire Museum will offer special, themed programs ideal for children from birth to age 5 with their families and care providers in celebration of the National Association for the Education of Young Children's Week of the Young Child. Enjoy sing-a-longs, farm-to-table day, art-making, treasure hunts and more.
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at Berkshire Children & Families | SAT Annual Student Performathon at Berkshire Music School | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | SAT WeeMuse: Art Lab at Berkshire Museum | SAT Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum | SAT Spring into Spring at Berkshire Children & Families  | SAT da Vinci After Hours at Berkshire Museum | SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum | MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | MON Peer Art Group: Teens & Young Adults at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | TUE Teen Tech Tuesday at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Youth Chill Zone at Tyler Street Lab | WED WeeMuse: Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Fandom Thursday at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum
Journey to Health Workshops are FREE healthy lifestyle workshops held on Mondays at Zion Lutheran Church from 5:15-6:15 p.m. with Dr. Mark Pettus and the Berkshire Health Systems Wellness Team. Workshops include the topics of exercise, nutrition for families, improving your thrive-ability, sleep, and mindfulness.
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-THU Various Classes at Pilates Fit SAT FREE Wellness Day at Berkshire Running Center SAT New Moon Soul Dance Journey at Radiance Yoga TUE Rockin' Vinyasa at Radiance Yoga WED Shake Your Soul at Berkshire Athenaeum
Bisque, Beads & Beyond is open and ready for you to bring your creativity, family, friends and refreshments. Try out the new fused glass (kiln-fired glass). Grab a canvas and one of the many designs and paint the day away! Or pick one of the 200+ pieces of pottery in the studio! Friday 6-8 p.m. and Saturday 12-4 p.m.
FRI "Ocean Sailboat Sunset" at Berkshire Paint & Sip | TUE Easter Cupcake Decorate & Sip at J. Allen's
Berkshire Earth Expo is a community fair focused on energy efficiency, climate resilience, and the protection of nature and our health. Learn how to take action to reduce your energy use, and to save money. This event features student exhibits, eco-friendly vendors and organizations, food, games and fun for the kids, arts and crafts, WordxWord, and much more. Boys & Girls Club, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
FRI+ Food for Fines at Berkshire Athenaeum | SAT Annual Student Performathon at Berkshire Music School | SUN Brunch w/Oakes & Smith at Dottie's | MON Seuss in Springfield at Knesset Israel | MON Berkshire Grown Spring Supper at Country Club of Pittsfield | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Lichtenstein | TUE Albany Berkshire Ballet Open Rehearsal at BCC | TUE Hands-on Genealogy at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED Zonta Club Bunco Fundraiser at Mazzeo's
FRI Little Stones Screening at Miss Hall's School
From a graffiti artist speaking out against domestic violence in the favelas of Brazil to a dancer rehabilitating sex-trafficking survivors in India, Little Stones profiles four women, each of whom are contributing a stone to the mosaic of the women's movement through their art. The film and accompanying education initiative have been designed to raise awareness about global women's rights issues, and to celebrate creative, entrepreneurial, and arts-therapy based solutions to the most pressing challenges facing women globally.
ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon | FRI-MON Chez Jolie Coiffure at The Little Cinema

The Tyler Street Lab @ 730 is a 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, is putting out two calls for art: a storefront configuration challenge and a community art installation challenge. For both, they are looking for ideas that reflect the eclectic nature of Tyler Street and the surrounding Morningside neighborhood. There will 
be a stipend of up to $850 to the award-winning designs - one from each challenge. For more information, contact


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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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