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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 12-18

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with Mill Town Capital, the City of Pittsfield and local organizations, will present its first-ever free community event on the Pittsfield Common. 
"Tanglewood in the City: Pittsfield",
 which aims to bring Tanglewood into the Pittsfield community and share one of the festival's major performances with a wider group of Berkshire residents.
The events feature a live video transmission on a 15x27-foot screen of the BSO's evening performance from its summer home in Lenox.  Pre-concert festivities start at 5pm.  The concert will begin at 8pm.  
Springside After Dark is a midsummer evening under the stars to benefit the improvement of Pittsfield's beloved Springside Park. Enjoy beer, wine and a special cocktail served by guest bartenders from Methuselah and music for dancing the night away from DJ BFG. 8-11 p.m. $35 and up.
FRI David Grover & Linda Worster at Bread & Roses Coffee House FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Tom Savoy at Hotel on North | FRI Karaoke Night at Friends | FRI Sawyer Country at Rusty Anchor | SAT Melissa Brinton at Rusty Anchor | SAT Jack Waldheim at Mission | SUN Jason & Trev at O'Laughlin's | SUN Dance Night at Italian American Club | MON Beer & Show Tunes at Zion Lutheran Church | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Eagles Band Concert at The Common Park | WED Live on the Lake: Blind Smudge at Onota Lake | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Jason & Trev at Rusty Anchor | THU Misty Blues at Mazzeo's | THU The Picky B's at Mission

Julie Pellerin-Herrera of Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitnss will lead a Child & Family Yoga Class at Onota Lake from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Kids of all ages will have fun developing self-awareness, strength, balance and flexibility! $10 suggested donation per family.
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum FRI Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum FRI Yoga for Kids at Berkshire Athenaeum FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at Berkshire Children & Families SAT 50th Anniversary Moon Landing Celebration 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-FRI Girls' Mountain Bike Camp at Pittsfield State Forest MON-FRI Summer on the Farm at Hancock Shaker Village MON+ KidsAct! and TeensAct! Summer Camps at Barrington Stage TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum TUE Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum TUE Cone with a Cop at The Common Park TUE Science Tellers: Aliens at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE Project SpaceCRAFT at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE Screening of Space Jam at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Little Gardeners of the Galaxy at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Blast Off w/The Bruins' Blades at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Creative Healing Workshop at Berkshire Athenaeum WED+ Ragtag Theatre's Hansel and Gretel at Berkshire Museum | THU Exploring Our World at Berkshire Museum THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village THU Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum THU Lego Lift Off at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum
Uncork your chakras with a Vino Vinyasa Sunset Yoga class at Hancock Shaker Village. Enjoy a breathtaking sunset, yoga and a glass of wine. Bring a mat, towel and an open mind. 8-9 p.m. $30. Open to all ages. If drinking, ID required.
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 Outdoor Yoga & Zumba at Onota Lake
Working with local actor Brittany Nicholson, Monica Bliss directs Dael Orlandersmith's powerful one-woman play, Until the Flood. The play explores the social unrest in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m. $10-$20.
FRI-SUN Rock and Roll Man at The Colonial | ONGOING Time Flies and Other Comedies at Barrington Stage | ONGOING Gertrude and Claudius at Barrington Stage | MON-TUE Auditions for Mamma Mia! at Town Players of Pittsfield
The Christian Center and volunteers from the city chapter of Civitan International will host Westside Community Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The block party and barbecue will be held, rain or shine, at the Christian Center at 193 Robbins Ave. Enjoy live music, food, bounce houses, children's activities, games, prizes and raffles... FREE! There will also be representatives from community and human service organizations offering information and free giveaways.
FRI-SUN Summer Clearance Sale at The Outlet at Pine Cone Hill | SAT Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market | SAT Talk & Listen Group with Berkshire Rainbow Seniors | SAT Grand Opening at Hannoush Jewelers | SUN Brunch w/Tumo-Kohrs at Dottie's | SUN Sunday Brunch at Mission
The Berkshire Eagle and Berkshire Museum partner for the next installment in The Eagle's Conversation Series, featuring three experts on climate change and sustainability: Elizabeth Kolbert, Kim Cobb and Olivia Georgia. Held at South Congregational Church at 6:30 p.m. $18. For an additional cost, attend a pre-talk reception and a post-talk seated dinner with the speakers.
MON A Horse Walks into a Bar at Knesset Israel | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Lichtenstein | TUE Tea & Talk: Irish Lace at Arrowhead | THU Bias Training at Hilton Garden Inn | THU Current Affairs at Knesset Israel
FRI-MON Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am at The Little Cinema
This documentary offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the acclaimed novelist. From her childhood in Lorain, Ohio to '70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, and from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. The film includes discussions about her critically acclaimed works, including novels "The Bluest Eye," "Sula," and "Song of Solomon," her role as an editor and her time teaching at Princeton University.
ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon
Let's Go Pink 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. Twenty percent of sales will go to BTG PLAYS!, 15% to BMC Integrative Health Program's intuitive painting class for cancer patients, and the other 65% to the artist. Submissions accepted until Friday, Sept. 6. Artists will be notified of acceptance on or before Sept. 9. For more info, email the Let's Go Pink team:


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Mayor Linda Tyer announced in her weekly update Friday that the city will utilize a new method to monitor for the novel coronavirus: sewage testing. 
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