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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 10-16

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Next Thursday, May 16 is the first 3rd Thursday of 2019!
The first 3rd Thursday of 2019 will celebrate youth, with performances by 
the Berkshire Pulse youth drummers led by Aimee Gelinas w/guest dancers, 
the Breffny Irish Dancers, Youth Alive, the Reid Middle School Orchestra, the Taconic Guitar Ensemble, Kids 4 Harmony, Berkshire Theatre Group and Rock On!
 
Berkshire Yoga Dance and Fitness will be leading a FREE Zumba class at 6:30 p.m. in Park Square.
 
And the Jacob's Pillow Dance Zone will feature a 3rd Thursday All Styles Dance Battle. The battle is free to enter and open to participants of all ages, abilities and styles. DJ BFG will spin tracks live and community judges will decide who will be crowned the winner, for a $250 cash prize. 5-.8 p.m. 
 
Presented by General Dynamics Mission Systems
 
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
The Purple Xperience is a 5-piece Prince tribute band led by Marshall Charloff and hailing from the hometown of Prince himself: Minneapolis, Minnesota. The band embodies the image, intensity and sound of The Purple One, with non-stop energy and changing scenery. They'll perform all of your favorite Prince hits, from "Little Red Corvette" and "Purple Rain" to "1999" and more. 8 p.m. $25/$35/$45.
Plus... 
FRI Spring Interlude Art Opening at The Colonial | FRI Rev Tor & Friends Celebrate Santana at The Colonial | FRI Lita Williams at Hotel on North | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Line Dance Party at Italian American Club | FRI Karaoke Night at Friends | FRI Sawyer Country at Rusty Anchor | SAT Mary Ann Palermo & First Take at Mission | SAT Cabaret Evening w/Deborah Zecher at Berkshire Music School | SAT Tommy T & Black Velvet at Polish Falcons | SAT Melissa Brinton at Rainbow | SAT Dan Gingras at Rusty Anchor | SAT DJ Dance Party at Italian American Club | SUN Royal Hartigan & Blood Drum Spirit Jazz Ensemble at Zion Lutheran Church | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED PHS Chamber Orchestra at Zion Lutheran Church | WED Gina Coleman at Methuselah | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Jacob's Pillow Takeover at Methuselah | THU Comedian Rich Williams at The Colonial | THU The Picky B's at Mission
 
FAMILY FRIENDLY
Berkshire Theatre Group seeks child actors who are currently in kindergarten through 6th grade for Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka KIDS. The roles are open to members of the Berkshire community and to actors of all ethnicities. Auditions will take place Monday and Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at The Colonial Theatre. Auditions are by appointment only. To schedule a time slot, please call (413) 448-8084, Ext. 23. Students should come prepared to learn and sing a song from the show!
Plus...
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum FRI How to Write Lyrics Workshop at Gladys Allen Brigham Center 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 Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum | SAT da Vinci After Hours at Berkshire Museum | SAT Sensory-friendly Screening: How to Train Your Dragon 2 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 Youth Chill Zone at Tyler Street Lab THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village THU Fandom Thursday at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum 
 
WELLNESS
The morning begins with a one-mile kids run at 8 a.m. The 42nd Women's Running Race begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the Everyone Can Run 5K at 9:45. The race is FREE, and all money raised from the sale of race shirts ($20 each) goes directly to the Elizabeth Freeman Center. Everyone who buys a shirt is invited to enter a raffle to win restaurant gift cards. Berkshire Community College.
Plus...
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 SAT Sunrise Yoga on the Deck at Rusty Anchor SAT Standing Poses Workshop at Radiance Yoga | SAT Mother/Daughter Barre Class at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness SUN Prenatal Pilates at Pilates Fit | SUN Mother/Child Yoga Class at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness | SUN Goat Yoga at Hancock Shaker Village | THU On Pointe Barre at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness | THU FREE Zumba in Park Square
 
GET CREATIVE
Join artist Janet Schwartz at Berkshire Athenaeum for a hands-on workshop designed for aspiring artists who want to learn a technique that will help "jump-start" their creativity. Although geared toward individuals with minimal art background, experienced artists have also benefited from this unique program. The concepts and strategies taught can be applied to any art medium. 6 p.m.
Plus...
SAT Learner's Lab: Acrylic Art at Berkshire Museum | WED Kokedama Class at Township Four | WED Intuitive Painting Class at BMC Cancer Center
  PERFORMANCE
Pittsfield High School's Proteus Theatre Group presents the hit 1966 show Cabaret The MusicalSet in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, it focuses on the nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub, and revolves around American writer Cliff and his relationship with English performer Sally. A sub-plot involves the doomed romance between German boarding house owner Fräulein Schneider and her suitor Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor.
Plus...
FRI-SUN Pippin The Musical at BCC
  COMMUNITY
 
The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market opens for its 7th outdoor season this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Common Park, located at 100 First Street. Shop for fresh, local and seasonal fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, cheese, baked goods, coffee, flowers, art and more.
Plus...
SAT Shopping Pop-up at Framework | SAT Berkshire Rainbow Seniors Meeting & Presentation at Berkshire Athenaeum | SAT Suit YourSelf Clothing Drive at Goodwill | SUN Mother's Day Gathering at Tyler Street Lab | SUN Mother's Day Breakfast at Bousquet | SUN Mother's Day Brunch at Mazzeo's | SUN Brunch w/Kevin Smith & Pete Toigo at Dottie's | SUN Mother's Day Events at Hancock Shaker Village | TUE Pop-up Shop Night at Berkshire Dream Center
  LEARNING
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) presents The Constitution Under Stress at the Berkshire Museum. Tom Gerety is a Collegiate Professor of law and humanities at New York University. He came to NYU in 2003 to head its Brennan Center for Justice. Prior to that, he served as President of Amherst College from 1994-2003 and of Trinity College from 1989-1994. As a law professor he taught and wrote on constitutional law and political philosophy, with a special emphasis on the First Amendment freedoms of speech, privacy and conscience. He wrote and narrated the PBS series "Visions of the Constitution" and is the author of the book of essays The Freshman Who Hated Socrates. 3 p.m. $10/$15.
Plus...
FRI FREE Birding at Canoe Meadows | MON Author Anastasia Goodman at Knesset Israel | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Lichtenstein | THU Arts & Activism w/Kristen van Ginhoven at Knesset Israel
 
FILM
THU Fantastic Planet w/Live Score at The Lichtenstein
Be The Seen will be performing a live, improvised score to the classic animated tale Fantastic Planet, right after 3rd Thursday events wrap up. The film follows the relationship between the small human-like Oms and their larger blue-skinned oppressors, the Draags, who rule the planet of Ygam. While the Draags have long kept Oms as illiterate pets, this hierarchy shifts after an Om boy becomes educated. This leads to an Om rebellion, which weakens Draag control. Will the Oms and the Draags find a way to coexist? Or will they destroy each other?
Plus...
ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon | FRI-MON Ill Fate at The Little Cinema
Calling all Artists!  
 
Artscape invites you to apply to a juried art auction to benefit public art in Pittsfield. Up to three pieces will be accepted in all media including fine art, photography, jewelry, ceramics, etc. Artists may choose to submit as a donation or receive 30% of the proceeds. Artists will receive promotion in the Berkshires as well as free entry to the event.
Deadline to submit: May 15, 2019

 

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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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