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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 19-25

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Bob Heck Entertainment will host a Music Bingo Fundraiser at Berkshire Hills Country Club, with all proceeds benefiting the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade. Tickets can be had for a suggested donation of $20 at the door, online with a credit card ($2 fee applies), or at any Bob Heck Entertainment music bingo show. The grand prize is $200, with many other prizes to be announced. Doors open at 6 p.m., with games beginning at 7 p.m.
 
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE


The Richard Stanmeyer Quartet is fronted by trumpeter Richard Stanmeyer, who began playing at the age of nine and performing at the age of 12. Currently enrolled at Boston's Berklee College of Music, he returns with his band for a special show at Mission. 8-11 p.m.
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FRI David Roth at Bread & Roses Coffee House | FRI Tom Corrigan at The Proprietor's Lodge | FRI Sky Full of Dippers at Hotel on North | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Karaoke Night at Friends | FRI-SAT Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Week | SAT Wanderlost at Berkshire Roots | SAT Luke DeRoy at Rainbow | SAT Sky Full of Dippers at Rusty Anchor | SAT Shyne at Crossroads | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED Meet Artscape at Framework | WED Justin Allen at Methuselah | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Artists' Reception & Art Raffle at Berkshire Humane Society | THU The Picky B's at Mission | THU Riverside Brothers at PortSmitt's | THU Ladies' Night at Methuselah
 
FAMILY FRIENDLY

The 75th annual Eggstravaganza Egg Scramble at Morningside School is FREE and open to Pittsfield children ages 2-9. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. with set times for each age group. A prize will be awarded in each age group for those who find the lucky golden egg! There will be face painting, balloon creations and a visit from Mr. Bunny, as well.
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ONGOING Baby Animal Fest at Hancock Shaker Village | FRI FREE SAT Practice Test at Berkshire Athenaeum | FRI Screening of Monsters, Inc. & Pizza at Berkshire Athenaeum | FRI-SAT Designing with da Vinci 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 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 at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | TUE Grandparents' Day at Hancock Shaker Village | 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 Animal Art 'n' Sip at Hancock Shaker Village THU Fandom Thursday at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum 
 
WELLNESS
 
Join Maria Cherniske at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness from 2-3:15 p.m. bodyART® is a functional movement training system that balances your strength, flexibility and mental concentration. All bodyART® classes are performed barefoot with your body as your only equipment, and use breathing techniques to enhance your performance.
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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 Berkshire Salsa FRI-THU Various Classes at Modig Internal Disciplines FRI-THU Various Classes at Pilates Fit | FRI West Coast Swing & Hustle at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness SAT Lyme Alliance Meeting WED Shake Your Soul at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Nuevo Tango at Berkshire Salsa THU Easy Chair Yoga at Knesset Israel
 
GET CREATIVE
 
 
Township Four will help you create a stunning 16" or 24" living wreath out of ferns and ivy. This is perfect outdoor decor for the warmer months and can hang indoors during the winter. All materials are included and no experience is necessary. 1-3 p.m.
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FRI Open Studio at Bisque, Beads & Beyond | MON Succulent Wreath Class at Township Four
  COMMUNITY & LEARNING
Berkshire Community College will host  Civil Rights Movement: Then & Nowan afternoon of history, music, dance, human books, anthropology and more. Come and go at any time and for any part of the program, including visual presentations, music by Wanda Houston and Paul Green, a keynote speech by Whitney Battle-Baptiste, and more. FREE, 2-6 p.m.
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ONGOING Baby Animal Fest at Hancock Shaker Village FRI FREE Birding at Canoe Meadows | FRI-SAT Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Week SAT Lyme Alliance Meeting | SAT Earth Day Cleanup at Springside Park | SAT Antique Tool & Plant Sale at Township Four | SAT+ Spring Clearance Sale at The Outlet at Pine Cone Hill | SUN Easter Brunch Buffet at Mazzeo's | SUN Brunch w/Redshift at Dottie's | MON Caregiver Expo at Berkshire Hills Country Club | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Lichtenstein | MON+ Electronics Recycling at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Pop-up Boutique at Berkshire Dream Center | WED Rural Health Panel Discussion at BCC | THU Co-op Housing Community Forum at Tyler Street Lab
 
FILM
FRI-MON The Brink at The Little Cinema
After leaving the Trump administration, embattled former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is free to peddle influence in an effort to spread his brand of extreme nationalism to the rest of the world. Tracking his moves through the 2018 American mid-term elections, director Alison Klayman's fly-on-the-wall documentary sheds light on Bannon's efforts to mobilize and unify far-right parties, including controversial figures like Nigel Farage, Jérôme Rivière, Matteo Salvini, Filip Dewinter and Kent Ekeroth.
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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 tylerstreetlabpitt@gmail.com.
 

 

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"When I was 14 years old, my sister died suddenly in a car accident. This sent me into a downward spiral that led me to drinking, smoking, and dipping into opioids, which eventually got me kicked out of my home at 17. Shortly after, I dropped out of high school," Sullivan said.
 
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