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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 12-18

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Baby Animals Fest kicks off on Saturday at Hancock Shaker Village and runs through May 5. It's your chance to visit with the farm's piglets, lambs, calves, chicks and kids! Plus, enjoy special events throughout festival, like pony rides, face painting, games, music and more. This Saturday, the Village will hold a non-denominational Blessing of the Animals at 10:30 a.m.

Support your downtown favorites or try someplace new during Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Week! From April 13-20, 23 downtown restaurants are participating with specials, discounts and prix fixe menus with deals available during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Check the website for a full list of participating eateries!
FRI Lita Williams at Hotel on North | FRI James Barry at Mission | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Line Dance Night at Polish Falcons | FRI Karaoke Night at Friends | SAT Jazz & Java w/Wanda Houston Band at First Baptist Church | SAT Pittsfield Firefighters' Night of Comedy at The Colonial | SAT Sawyer Country at PortSmitt's | SAT Lady Di & The Dukes at Rainbow | SAT Conner Kelly at Rusty Anchor | SAT Kyle Murray Jazz Trio at Mission | SAT The Bizarros at The A | MON Libations with Librarians at Hotel on North | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Green Drinks at J. Allen's | WED Justin Allen at Methuselah | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU The Picky B's at Mission 

Berkshire Athenaeum celebrates April break with a slate of fun activities! On Tuesday, enjoy children's yoga and make a DIY suncatcher. On Wednesday, take a seed bomb workshop, and enjoy a snack and story time. Thursday's fun includes STEAM stations and Lego club. And Friday will feature pizza and a screening of Monsters, Inc.
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | FRI Family Treasure Hunt at Berkshire Museum FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at Berkshire Children & Families | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum | SAT Sensory-friendly Screening: Hotel Transylvania 3 at Berkshire Museum | SAT Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum | SAT Music in Common Amplify Auditions at Berkshire Athenaeum | SAT da Vinci After Hours at Berkshire Museum | SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum | SUN AIRY's Message of Hope Screening at Unitarian Universalist | MON-THU Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum | MON-FRI KidsAct! & TeensAct! at Barrington Stage | TUE Youth Chill Zone at Tyler Street Lab | WED Arts in Recovery for Youth (AIRY) Teen Group at NuArts | THU Live Reptiles w/Uncharted Wild at Berkshire Museum THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Fandom Thursday at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED Nutshell Playhouse's Saving Jazzy at The Whit | WED Arts in Recovery for Youth (AIRY) Young Adult Group at NuArts
Join Aimee at Radiance Yoga every Tuesday from 7:30-8:15 p.m. for a sound bath meditation session. While everyone experiences sound baths differently, you're likely to enjoy feelings of peace, deep relaxation and rejuvenation. Instruments, like the Tibetan singing bowls, are played to help you enter a space of vibration and sensation, where you feel alive and aware.
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 Run from The Spot with Berkshire Running Center WED Shake Your Soul at Berkshire Athenaeum
Bisque, Beads & Beyond invites you to paint a handcrafted pine birdhouse to hang in your yard. The price depends on the style of birdhouse. There are six styles to choose from and they range from $35-$45. Call the studio to reserve your house and your spot! 6-8 p.m.
WED Autism Awareness Paint & Snack at AdLib | WED Intuitive Painting Class at BMC Cancer Center | THU Painted Mandala Stone Workshop at New Moon Gifts

Join Paula Castner at the Berkshire Athenaeum for a demonstration. Learn how to adjust recipes to turn some of your favorite baked goods into healthier alternatives. Samples and handouts of the recipes will be provided. FREE. 2 p.m.
A beautiful spread by Folklore Foods.

It's the last indoor market of the season.  Find us in the beautiful Common Room at Zion Lutheran Church (74 First St, Pittsfield) from 9am to 1pm.
Looking to stock up for the month, grab a quick snack or buy a gift? Our farmers, food producers and artisans always have a great selection of local, homegrown and handmade products!
FRI FREE Birding at Canoe Meadows | FRI-SAT Food for Fines at Berkshire Athenaeum | SUN Brunch w/Melissa, Elaine & Paul at Dottie's | SAT Dining During The Renaissance w/Francine Segan at Berkshire Museum | SAT+ Spring Clearance Sale at The Outlet at Pine Cone Hill | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Lichtenstein | TUE Beginner Line Dance Lessons at Ready Set Learn | WED 1Berkshire Career Fair at Taconic High School | WED Arts in Recovery for Youth (AIRY) Young Adult Group at NuArts
FRI-MON Exhibition on Screen: Rembrandt at The Little Cinema
This film documents the major new show hosted by London's National Gallery and Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum whilst interweaving Rembrandt's life story with behind-the-scenes preparations at these world famous institutions.
ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon

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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