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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 12-18

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Next Thursday, July 18 is 3rd Thursday: Food & Drink!
July's 3rd Thursday celebrates the city's cuisine, with more than a dozen food vendors popping up at the celebration, along with the two dozen brick-and-mortar restaurants that dot North Street. There will be almost 100 vendors in all! 
3rd Thursday's presenting sponsor, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, will be offering FREE snow cones at Palace Park. The Boy Scouts of America will be bringing its rock climbing wall, and Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness will offer FREE Zumba in Park Square. 
Entertainment will be provided by Berkshire Bateria, Jacob's Pillow and Music in Common, plus enjoy a sneak peak at Barrington Stage and Ragtag Theatre's  Hansel and Gretel and Berkshire Theatre Group's Shrek The Musical. 5-8 p.m.
The Let's Go Pink Art Exhibition is a cancer awareness exhibit that will be on view at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield throughout October, 2019. The opening reception will be Friday, Oct. 4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. as part of that month's First Friday Artswalk. A portion of all sales will benefit two local organizations: 20% of sales to BTG PLAYS!, 15% of sales to BMC Integrative Health Program's intuitive painting class for cancer patients, and the other 65% to the artist. Submissions will be accepted until Friday, Sept. 6. All artists will be notified of acceptance on or before Sept. 9. For more information, please email the Let's Go Pink 2019 team at
100 Years of Nat King ColeCelebrate the centennial birthday of the unforgettable Nat King Cole with timeless songs and intimate stories told and sung by two-time Grammy nominee Clint Holmes, accompanied by award-winning pianist and vibraphonist Christian Tamburr. Mr. Finn's Cabaret at Barrington Stage Company. 
FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Hunks: The Show at The A | FRI Lita Williams at Hotel on North | FRI Karaoke Night at Friends | FRI Jessica Wilson at Rusty Anchor | SAT Food for Thought Dinner w/Simon Winchester at Hancock Shaker Village | SAT Rock 'n' Roll Dance Party at Polish Falcons | SAT Jason & Trev at J. Allen's | SAT Dan Gingras at Rusty Anchor | MON Berkshire Athenaeum Book Club at Hotel on North | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Green Drinks at J. Allen's | WED Live on the Lake: Shyne at Onota Lake | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Lady Di & The Dukes at Mazzeo's | THU Fabrizio & The Fever at Rainbow | THU The Picky B's at Mission

Explore the science of YOU during this annual celebration of science, invention and sensory fun! Explore the brain, transform into a germ, follow the life of a sneeze and more. Don't miss the grand finale at 7:15 p.m. Berkshire Museum. FREE, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum FRI Yoga for Kids at Berkshire Athenaeum FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at Berkshire Children & Families | SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum SAT Sensory-friendly Screening: Incredibles 2 at Berkshire Museum SAT da Vinci After Hours at Berkshire Museum SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum | MON Exploring Our World at Berkshire Museum MON Kindergarten Countdown at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Star Lab at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Stardust Cafe at Berkshire Athenaeum MON+ Learn to Code at Miss Hall's School TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum TUE Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum TUE Circus Minimus at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE Project SpaceCRAFT at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE Screening of Wall-E at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Little Gardeners of the Galaxy at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Solar System Paint & Snack at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Gallery Scavenger Hunts at Berkshire Museum THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village | THU Exploring Our World at Berkshire Museum THU Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum THU Lego Lift Off at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum
SAT Restorative Yoga w/Live Music at BYDF
Join Sherrie Howard and Mark Kelso at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness for a Restorative Yoga class with live music. This type of practice takes the "doing" out of yoga. You'll be supported in restful postures as you bliss out to the soothing sounds of live music. $20. 4-5:30 p.m.
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 | SAT Sunrise Yoga on the Deck at Rusty Anchor | SAT Barre Class at Onota Lake | SAT Stand-up Paddle Board Yoga at Rusty Anchor | SAT Summer Kirtan at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness
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.
FRI-SAT Into the Woods at Barrington Stage | FRI-SUN Until the Flood at The Whit | ONGOING Time Flies and Other Comedies at Barrington Stage | THU+ Gertrude and Claudius at Barrington Stage 
MON Kids 4 Harmony Summer Gala Concert at BCC 
The Kids 4 Harmony Summer Gala Concert will feature Grammy Award-winning pianist Emanuel Ax, along with Kids 4 Harmony musicians from Pittsfield and North Adams. A reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the concert at 7 p.m. Berkshire Community College.
FRI-SAT Book Sale at Berkshire Athenaeum | SAT Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market | SAT Open Studio at Diane Firtell Design | SAT Willis Henry Auction at Hancock Shaker Village | SAT Customer Appreciation Day at George's Liquors | SUN Brunch w/Bernard Sarkissian at Dottie's | SUN Sunday Brunch at Mission
FRI Artist Talk with Barbara Ernst Prey at HSV
Join painter Barbara Ernst Prey for drinks and artful conversation about her current solo exhibition at Hancock Shaker VillageBorrowed Light. Celebrated for her large-scale watercolors, Prey's newest body of work depicts scenes from the Village that capture the momentary luminosity of architectural space. 6 p.m. $10/Free for HSV members.
FRI Peer-to-Peer Collectors' Forum at Hancock Shaker Village | SAT Food for Thought Dinner w/Simon Winchester at Hancock Shaker Village | SUN Jewish Feminism at Temple Anshe Amunim | MON The Process of Aging at Knesset Israel | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Lichtenstein | TUE Book Talk w/Dr. Andrew Lam at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Green Drinks at J. Allen's | THU Author Michael Hoberman at Knesset Israel
FRI-MON The Quiet One at The Little Cinema
Throughout his three-decade career as a founding member of and bassist for The Rolling Stones, Bill Wyman was known as the "quiet one" in the band. Now, the famously private musician speaks out about his life as part of "the greatest rock and roll band in the world." Opening up his vast personal archive of previously unseen home movies, photographs and memorabilia, Wyman reflects on the band's early years, their rise to fame, and his search for a sense of "normalcy." 
ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon


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Letter: Federal Aid Needed to Stabilize Public School Funding

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered the landscape for public education in just about every way. It has further exacerbated the inequities in our society, from access to technology and broadband in rural areas to the assurance of essential nutrition for underserved populations.

The economic fallout of the state shutdown and the upcoming economic issues that we are sure to face this tourism season do not change the need to provide appropriate opportunities and services for students along the entire educational spectrum, which not only includes resources related to academic achievement, but also social and emotional well-being, and at times, the necessary mitigation of socioeconomic inequalities.

To achieve these, we must all work together to secure the federal funding that will be necessary to stabilize our state economy. In addition, our state leaders must appropriately allocate funding so that our public schools are fully supported.
Impending financial challenges in the coming year will force Berkshire County School districts to make difficult decisions that will undoubtedly impact the quality of public education in our towns. In addition to lobbying for state and federal funding to continue providing a high quality education to Berkshire children, our government officials should consider another cost-saving measure: reducing or eliminating standardized testing. Not only would this save the state of Massachusetts considerable money that would be better spent on providing resources to schools, but it would also enable authentic teaching and deeper learning to flourish.

Educators want nothing more than for their students to succeed and thrive, but that process looks quite different from student to student. Berkshire County deserves a public education system that recognizes the unique needs of individual students and places more value on the relationships that spark learning than on tests that measure narrow skill sets.

County schools are already considering cutting teachers, education support professionals and resources in a time when additional supports will be needed to overcome the inequities exacerbated during remote learning. Reach out to your local, state and federal officials and let them know your concerns for the funding needed for public education.

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