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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 5-12

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Enjoy 16 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 Artswalk and 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. 
 
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will host Community Access to the Arts (CATA)'s annual art show, I Am a Part of Art, featuring a vibrant collection of work by 125 artists with disabilities. The exhibit runs from July 5-July 27, with a free public reception on July 11 from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit will be open during the Artswalk from 5-8 p.m.
  MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
An Evening with Jason Robert Brown is a unique performance by the Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist of Parade, The Bridges of Madison County, 13, and The Last Five Years. His band will incorporate an eclectic mix of material, featuring music from Brown's acclaimed career along with songs from his new album, How We React and How We Recover. 8 p.m.
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FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Jason & Trev Acoustic at Proprietor's Lodge | FRI Grahm Sturz at Hotel on North | FRI Karaoke Night at Friends | FRI Jay Boland at Rusty Anchor | SAT Summer Gala at Hancock Shaker Village | SAT Uncensored Comedy Show at Uncorked Lounge | SAT Peter Poirier at Mission | SAT Latin Dance Party at The A | SAT Lindsay Maynard at Rusty Anchor | SUN Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch at Barrington Stage | MON BUTI Concert at The Licht | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU CATA Annual Art Show Opening at The Lichtenstein | THU Randy Cormier Band at Mazzeo's | THU The Picky B's at Mission
  FAMILY FRIENDLY

Join The Funky Phoenix's Tina Cardot, a professional salvage artist and educator for more than 25 years, to create one-of-a-kind upcycled and repurposed sculptures and reset your brain using your imagination! Berkshire Museum, 1-3 p.m.
 
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FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum FRI-SAT  Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at Berkshire Children & Families | SAT WeeMuse: Art Lab at Berkshire Museum | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | SUN Candy Bingo at Elks Lodge | MON Exploring Our World at Berkshire Museum MON Inflatable Planetarium Show at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Stardust Cafe at Berkshire Athenaeum MON+ Summer Camps, Classes & Lessons at Berkshire Music School TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum TUE+THU  Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village | THU Exploring Our World at Berkshire Museum THU Lego Lift Off at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Intro to Dungeons & Dragons at Berkshire Athenaeum
  WELLNESS
SUN Kundalini Core at Radiance Yoga
 
Join Jane at Radiance Yoga every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. for a deep experience using movement, sound, breath, chanting and meditation to challenge and relax your mind and body. Kundalini refers to untapped energy at the base of the spine that can be drawn up through the body to awaken each of the seven chakras. You'll develop strength, flexibility and endurance, while awakening creative energy. 
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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 | ONGOING Zumba Class at Tyler Street Lab | ONGOING Yoga Class at Tyler Street Lab | FRI Time Trial Friday at Berkshire Running Center | SAT Sunrise Yoga on the Deck at Rusty Anchor | SAT Outdoor Yoga & Zumba at Onota Lake | SAT Stand-up Paddle Board Yoga at Rusty Anchor | MON Self-massage & Relaxation Class at Radiance Yoga | TUE Gentle/Moderate Vinyasa at Berkshire Running Center | WED Learn to Tap Dance at The Lichtenstein | THU Shake Your Soul at AdLib
  PERFORMANCE
ONGOING Rock and Roll Man at The Colonial
Berkshire Theatre Group presents Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story, starring Tony-nominee Alan Campbell (Sunset Boulevard) and multiple Emmy-Award-nominee George Wendt (Norm from Cheers). This new musical is about the man who coined the term "rock and roll" and brought its sound to the world, introducing the masses to artists Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and more. He was the biggest name in music... until scandal made him the biggest target in America.
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ONGOING Into the Woods at Barrington Stage | FRI+ Time Flies and Other Comedies at Barrington Stage 
  COMMUNITY
MON Community Ring Shout w/Reggie Wilson 
The FREE Community Ring Shout with Reggie Wilson's Fist and Heel Performance Group is a stimulating, transformative sing-a-long to restore and connect to your rhythmic voices and bodies, exploring tales and songs from Africa and the African Diaspora (the Caribbean and American South). Zion Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.
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SAT Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market | SAT Lyme Alliance Meeting | SAT Reggie Wilson Fist & Heel Performance at Hancock Shaker Village | SAT Summer Gala at Hancock Shaker Village | SUN Brunch w/John Doan at Dottie's | MON BUTI Concert at The Lichtenstein | MON Berkshire Trans Group | WED Dogs on North at Hotel on North | THU CATA Annual Art Show Opening at The Lichtenstein | THU Book Sale Preview Night at Berkshire Athenaeum
  LEARNING
WED+THU Jeffrey Robbins on Congressional Investigations
Jeffrey Robbins, former Chief Counsel to the Democratic Senators on the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, former Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Visiting Assistant Professor at Brown University, will trace the modern history of Congressional investigations into the Executive branch, highlighting the historic clashes between Congress and the President and touching on how the current clash resembles and differs from those in recent history. On Wednesday at the Berkshire Museum at 3 p.m. and on Thursday at Knesset Israel at 10:45 a.m.
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MON+ Summer Classes & Lessons Begin at Berkshire Music School | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Lichtenstein | WED Create Memorable Marketing at Hilton Garden Inn | THU Zero Waste Workshop at Tyler Street Lab | THU Berkshire Urban Plein Air Club at The Lichtenstein
  FILM
FRI-MON Framing John DeLorean at The Little Cinema
Money, power, politics, drugs, scandal and fast cars: the story of John DeLorean is the stuff of a Hollywood screenwriter's dreams. But who was the real John DeLorean? To some, he was a renegade visionary who revolutionized the automobile industry. To others, he was the ultimate con man. For the first time, this documentary recounts the life and legend of the controversial automaker, tracing his rise through the ranks of General Motors, his quest to build a sports car that would conquer the world, and his fall from grace on charges of cocaine trafficking. Interweaving a treasure trove of archival footage with dramatic vignettes starring Alec Baldwin, this is a gripping look at a man who gambled everything in his pursuit of the American Dream.
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ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon

 

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By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Superintendent of Schools Jason "Jake" McCandless is actively seeking new opportunities and may leave the Pittsfield Public Schools. 
 
After McCandless' evaluation by the School Committee on Wednesday, he confirmed that he is a finalist for the superintendent's position of the Silver Lake Regional School District in Kingston, just north of Plymouth.
 
"It simply feels in my gut like it is a good time to make a change," McCandless said.
 
McCandless came to Pittsfield in 2013 after being in Lee for 11 years, eight of those as superintendent and three as principal. He came to Lee after three years as an assistant principal in Virginia. 
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