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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 6-12

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Enjoy 18 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 be hosting Out of the Studio, featuring the artists of the Lichtenstein, for the month of September. There will be an opening reception during the Artswalk from 5-8 p.m.
Albany Berkshire Ballet presents A Midsummer Night's Dream - one of its most celebrated productions, reinvented with new choreography by Paula Weber. In this magical two-act ballet telling of Shakespeare's beloved comedy, Queen Titania and King Oberon rule over the fairies and toy with the lives of mortals as they manipulate mismatched human lovers in ecstatic dance. With music by Felix Mendelssohn and original set art by Thurston Munson, this is sure to delight all ages and experience levels. 7:30 p.m.
FRI Spanish Guitarist Ben Schmolze at Mission | FRI A Starry Night at Hancock Shaker Village | FRI Livio Gravini at Proprietor's Lodge | FRI Ultimate Musical Bingo Benefit at The A | FRI Grahm Sturz at Hotel on North | FRI Anthony Luchi at Rusty Anchor | FRI JB'S Acoustic Gravel at PortSmitt's | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Karaoke Night at Friends | FRI-SAT If I Forget at Barrington Stage | FRI-SAT Wine, Cheese & Trees at Bousquet | SAT Uncensored Comedy at Uncorked Lounge | SAT Riverside Brothers at Mission | SAT Jason & Trevor at Proprietor's Lodge | SAT Dan Gingras at Rusty Anchor | MON Mixology Class at Methuselah | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED Riverside Brothers at Methuselah | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU The Picky B's at Mission
Saturday's Designing with da Vinci and da Vinci After Hours are your last chances to interact with the exhibit Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion before it closes! From September 9 through September 13, the Museum will be closed while it de-installs the exhibit, making room for something new.
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at 18 Degrees (formerly Berkshire Children & Families) SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT WeeMuse: Art Lab at Berkshire Museum SAT Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum SAT da Vinci After Hours at Berkshire Museum MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum
Join Cate Wolff every Friday from noon-1 p.m. for Easy Does It Yoga at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness. This 8-week series runs from September 6 to October 25. Ideal for those wanting to gently increase flexibility and strength, improve balance and reconnect with the body following inactivity, a chronic condition, recovery from an injury or illness or any of life's challenges.
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 | TUE Meditation for New Beginnings at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Jumpboard+ at Pilates Fit WED Evening Reformer Class at Pilates Fit
Join Berkshire Humane Society for Woofstock 5K & Dog Walk, its annual fundraiser celebrating you and your dog! Run or walk - with or without your dog - and help raise funds for shelter animals. Enjoy family-friendly activities like food trucks, music, raffles and canine games. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
ONGOING Library Card Sign-up Month Berkshire Athenaeum & Downtown Pittsfield | FRI Grand Opening at Pittsfield Veterans Outreach Center | FRI Ultimate Musical Bingo Benefit at The A | FRI A Starry Night at Hancock Shaker Village | SAT Pittsfield Farmers Market on The Common | SAT Rainbow Seniors Monthly Meeting at Berkshire Athenaeum | SAT Lyme & Co-infections Meeting at Berkshire Athenaeum | SUN Calf Cuddling at Hancock Shaker Village | SUN Festival of Sharing Roots at St. Joseph's Church | SUN Brunch w/Melissa, Elaine & Paul at Dottie's | MON Berkshire Trans Group Meeting at Berkshire Athenaeum
The month-long Out of the Studio exhibit at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts presents a Physical Poetry Workshop with action-based dance artist Stefanie Weber. In this workshop, you'll be guided to use your body as a source for generating moving art that will be witnessed. This movement will be investigative, expressive, and transforming. 6-8 p.m.
ONGOING What's in the Attic? at Hancock Shaker Village FRI FREE Birding at Canoe Meadows SAT On the Farm: Smart Picking & Storage at Hancock Shaker Village MON The Process of Aging at Knesset Israel | MON Injury Awareness & Prevention at Country Club of Pittsfield | MON Mixology Class at Methuselah | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Lichtenstein SUN Geology Walk at Hancock Shaker Village TUE Art Therapy: Visual Journaling at NuArts THU Bullying in the Older Adult Population at Knesset Israel THU The Painting Path at The Lichtenstein THU Going Green in the Kitchen: A Zero-waste Workshop at Tyler Street Lab
FRI-MON Vita & Virginia at The Little Cinema
Poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton) and literary icon Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki) run in different circles in 1920s London. When the two cross paths, the magnetic Vita decides the beguiling, stubborn, and gifted Virginia will be her next conquest. Vita and Virginia forge an unconventional affair, set against the backdrop of their own strikingly contemporary marriages; an affair that inspires one of Virginia's most iconic novels, OrlandoThe film offers a glimpse into the complex nature of relationships and marriages, questioning what it is to be female and feminine, and details the fraught hypocrisies of living in the 1920s.
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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Hancock Shaker Village Opening For Baby Animals, Outdoor Spaces

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hancock Shaker Village will hold a limited opening on Thursday, June 4, as part of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's Phase 1 initiative. 

The Village will open only its outdoor spaces — including its beloved baby animals in outdoor fenced-in areas — to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This schedule will be in place at least through June, as the Village plans for a full reopening in Phase 3. 

Leaders of the iconic living history museum have been working for weeks on a reopening plan with new measures in place to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. Such health and safety measures include online and timed ticketing, guest capacity limits, one-way paths to control guest flow, clearly designated distance markers ranging from 6 to 10 feet, enhanced cleaning protocols, more hand sanitizer stations, and COVID-19 training for all staff.  

Visitors will be required to pre-purchase timed admissions, available online at or by phone at 413-443-0188. Members are always free, but must reserve a time slot prior to their visit. Guests and staff are required to wear face coverings.

"The health and safety of our community remains our top priority," Director Jennifer Trainer Thompson said. "With guidance from Governor Baker, we are looking forward to once again welcoming visitors and continuing our mission of connecting people to the Village and the stories of the Shakers."

The museum has been offering virtual programs such as a stream on YouTube of a dance performance by Reggie Wilson and Fist and Heel Performance Group in the Round Stone Barn and virtual talks with authors and Shaker collectors. The Village also expanded its social media presence, offering programs such as Facebook livestreams from the farm and popular Zoom with Baby Animals sessions. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Village also made the decision to plant its 5-acre vegetable garden, which supports a 65-member CSA and provides 15 percent of its crops to local families in need.

"We know people have been eager to visit the farm when it is safe to do so," Thompson said. “Self-guided discovery has always been important to the museum experience here, and with baby animals, the trails, the architecture, and the gorgeous gardens, we’ll offer what has always been a hallmark of the Village: an inspiring, holistic experience."

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