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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 9-15

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Thursday, August 15 is 3rd Thursday: Touch a Truck!
Beep beep! Honk honk! Join us for a fun 3rd Thursday celebration and touch a truck! Kids (and adults) will be able to see, touch, interact with and learn about dozens of cool vehicles, including fire trucks and police cars, construction vehicles, airport vehicles and more.
There will also be live music from the Amy Ryan Band, The Hoping Machine, and students from the Rock On workshop, plus a tap dance performance at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Zone and free yoga and Zumba in Park Square.
Mr. Finn's Cabaret at Barrington Stage Company welcomes celebrated singer/pianist Billy Stritch and his trio for an evening of music celebrating summertime and travel. The show, created just for this Pittsfield appearance, will include great songs such as "Come Fly With Me," "Summer Breeze," "The Summer Knows" and many other jazz standards and Brazilian Bossa Nova selections. 8 p.m. $45.
FRI Spanish Guitarist Ben Schmolze at Mission | FRI Line Dance Night at Polish Falcons FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Sawyer Country at Rusty Anchor | FRI Lindsay Anne at Proprietor's Lodge | FRI Jason & Trev at PortSmitt's | SAT Stockbridge Sinfonia Concert at Zion Lutheran Church | SAT Peter Poirier at Mission | SAT Latin Dance Party at The A | SAT Rumours & Steve Bateman at Parkside | SAT Michael Haynes at Proprietor's Lodge | SAT Sawyer Country at PortSmitt's | SAT Brian Benlien at Rusty Anchor | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE FREE Eagles Band Concert at Springside Park | TUE Open Mic at O'Laughlin's | WED Live on the Lake: Remedy at Onota Lake | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Peter Apple at Proprietor's Lodge | THU Jack Waldheim at Mazzeo's | THU The Picky B's at Mission

Children ages 6 and older can create their own painting of "Popsicle Pals" on a 16x20 canvas at Berkshire Paint & Sip. All painting materials, instruction, light snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are included in the $25 price. 1-3 p.m.
ONGOING Shrek The Musical at The Colonial FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum FRI Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum FRI-SAT Hansel and Gretel at Berkshire Museum FRI Yoga for Kids at Berkshire Athenaeum FRI Singing for Non-singers at Gladys Allen Brigham Center FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at 18 Degrees (formerly Berkshire Children & Families) SAT Child & Family Yoga at Pittsfield Farmers Market SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT Marionette Show at Dottie's SAT Designing with da Vinci 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 TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum TUE Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum TUE Project SpaceCRAFT: Planet Pinch Pots II at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE Screening of E.T. at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Gallery Scavenger Hunts at Berkshire Museum WED Little Gardeners of the Galaxy at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Odds & Engineers: Solar S'mores at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village | THU Exploring Our World at Berkshire Museum THU Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum THU Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Solar Science Workshop at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Out of This World Workshop at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Lift Off at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Berkshire Children's Theater: Frozen Jr. at Berkshire Museum
Join coaches Kent and Shiobbean Lemme at Berkshire Running Center for an introductory running workshop where you'll learn the tools to start a successful, safe and fun running program. Kent is the master of form and proper technique and Shiobbean will guide you to staying injury free and becoming more motivated than you ever thought you could be! 8-9:30 a.m. $20.
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 Pilates Fit | SAT Sunrise Yoga on the Deck at Rusty Anchor | SAT Outdoor Barre Class at Onota Lake SAT Child & Family Yoga at Pittsfield Farmers Market SAT Sweltering Summer Ultra & 5K for Moments House at Clapp Park SAT 20/20/20 at Berkshire Running Center SAT Vino Vinyasa Sunset Yoga at Hancock Shaker Village SUN Yoga Class at Tyler Street Lab MON Zumba Class at Tyler Street Lab THU Outdoor Yoga at Onota Lake
Falls Springs is a world premiere musical from BSC's acclaimed Musical Theatre Lab. The town of Fall Springs is cash-strapped but sits directly atop America's largest reserve of cosmetic essential oils. It has big dreams but at what cost? With new fracking techniques being recklessly implemented, the ground beneath town is crumbling. At the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage through August 31.
ONGOING If I Forget at Barrington Stage | THU+ Much Ado About Nothing w/Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park on The Common
Celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins the Pittsfield community for a Day of Action to discover the many ways culture connects people. Events include a mural project, tree planting, table building (invite only), live music, ice cream and a conversation with Ma and local cultural leaders and makers on the history of making in the Berkshires and its renewal and redefinition among the next generation, asking how making can build confidence, encourage resilience, and create a strong community. Most events are free and open to the public. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 
SAT Pittsfield Farmers Market on The Common | SAT Jimmy's Ride & After-Party at Kids' Place/Camp Russell | SAT LGBTQIA+ Community Potluck BBQ at Pittsfield State Forest | SAT Stockbridge Sinfonia Concert at Zion Lutheran Church | SUN Brunch w/Darian Rivera at Dottie's | SUN Sunday Brunch at Mission | MON Art/Food/Body Support Group at NuArts | WED Summer Sing w/Berkshire Concert Choir at Berkshire Music School
OLLI at Berkshire Community College presents Living Longer, Living Better: Changing the Culture of Aginga day of learning with national and local trendsetters who are changing the culture of aging to improve the lives of all. The keynote speaker will be Ashton Applewhite, an anti-ageism advocate and author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
MON The Art of Photo Composition at Hancock Shaker Village MON Author Peter Filkins on H.G. Adler at Knesset Israel | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Lichtenstein | TUE J. Peter Bergman's Cement Dust Book Release at Arrowhead
FRI-MON Marquis de Wavrin at The Little Cinema
The Marquis de Wavrin: From the Manor to the Jungle tells the story of the Marquis Robert de Wavrin and his relationship with the indigenous people in South America during the early 20th century. A Belgian marquis who spent decades traveling, Wavrin visited areas that few Europeans had ever seen. He earned the trust of local groups while filming their customs, rituals and everyday life. Wavrin's footage is marked by an insistence on seeing indigenous people as fellow human beings - not savages or exotics trotted out for our entertainment. Co-director Grace Winter, a researcher at the Royal Film Archive of Belgium, reconstructs sequences from the archival footage for a contemporary audience.
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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The City Council on Tuesday heard from Paula Messena during public comment who said she and her partner Scott Graves were interested in developing the long vacant fire station.
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