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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 13-19

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Next Thursday, Sept. 19 is 3rd Thursday: Walk a Mile!

The final 3rd Thursday of 2019 is 3rd Thursday: Walk a Mile, a fun annual fundraiser which raises money for the Elizabeth Freeman Center. Plus enjoy a live performance from Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, Barkha Dance Company in the Jacob's Pillow Dance Zone, food, vendors and other entertainment for the entire family. 5-8 p.m.
Hancock Shaker Village presents a screening of Museum Town, Jennifer Trainer's new documentary that tells the story of the power of art to transform a post-industrial city. Threaded with interviews with artists including Nick Cave and David Byrne, and featuring narration by Meryl Streep, the film traces the remarkable story of MASS MoCAThis screening includes a BBQ dinner and a conversation with Trainer and social impact investor Jack Wadsworth. $45. 6 p.m.
FRI Jen Durkin & The Business at The Colonial | FRI Burger Friday for Autism Connections at Otto's | FRI Dan Gingras at Proprietor's Lodge | FRI Lita Williams at Hotel on North | FRI Jessica Wilson at Rusty Anchor | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI-SAT Wine, Cheese & Trees at Bousquet | SAT 45RPM at The Colonial | SAT Celebrating 50 Years of Women's A Capella at Barrington Stage | SAT Dave Bartley at Rainbow | SAT Michael Haynes at Proprietor's Lodge | SAT Garson & Sullivan at Proprietor's Lodge | SAT Brian Benlien at Rusty Anchor | SUN Party on the Patio: Benefit Wine & Beer Tasting at Mazzeo's | MON Berkshire Athenaeum Book Club at Hotel on North | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Green Drinks at J. Allen's | WED Riverside Brothers at Methuselah | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow THU The Thief and The Cobbler at The Common Park | THU Comedian Eitan Levine at The Colonial | THU Jason & Trev at Proprietor's Lodge | THU The Picky B's at Mission
TUE Read with Me Info Session at The Library
Berkshire Athenaeum will hold a Read with Me information session on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Read with Me is a caregiver/child book club for grades 4-6. Every month, caregivers and their youth will come together with the children's librarian to eat pizza and discuss a title from the list of 2019-20 MA Children's Book Award nominees. Copies of each month's title will be available to borrow. September's session will serve as a chance to discuss the structure and expectations of the group, and to order copies of October's title for those who need it. Pizza will be served.
FRI Open House for Registration at Pittsfield Figure Skating Club FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at 18 Degrees (formerly Berkshire Children & Families) SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum SAT Child & Family Yoga at Onota Lake SAT Open House at Berkshire Music School SUN NutcrackerAuditions at Cantarella School of Dance MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum WED Homeschool Day at Hancock Shaker Village THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum
FRI East Coast Swing Classes at Berkshire Yoga Dance
Join instructor Ron Tritto at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness for East Coast Swing I (4 classes) which can be followed by East Coast Swing II beginning on October 18. Both couples and singles are welcome to attend. Advance registration required. The cost is $55 per student. Receive a $10 discount if you register for both classes!
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 Child & Family Yoga at Onota Lake SUN Goat Yoga at Hancock Shaker Village WED Stability & Balance at Pilates Fit
SAT-SUN Berkshire BioBlitz 2019 at Springside Park
The 10th annual Berkshire BioBlitz is a 24-hour biological survey, held at Springside Park from 12 p.m. on Saturday - 12 p.m. on Sunday. Join a scientist out in the field to see what you can find on this 237.5-acre preserve. Biologists will take to the woods, wetlands and fields to find and tally species from as many taxa as possible, including algae, ferns, trees, fungi, arthropods, mollusks, fish, birds, reptiles and more. FREE and open to al - bring the kids!
ONGOING Library Card Sign-up Month with Berkshire Athenaeum & Downtown Pittsfield | ONGOING Pittsfield Photo Challenge with Downtown Pittsfield | ONGOING Make an Offer Sale at Deidre's Special Day | FRI Open Rehearsal for MOTHERlessSHIP at The Lichtenstein | SAT Pittsfield Farmers Market on The Common | SAT Antiques, Clocks & Fine Art Auction at Fontaine's Auction Gallery | SUN Brunch w/Merry Lark Trio at Dottie's | SUN Calf Cuddling at Hancock Shaker Village | SUN Party on the Patio: Benefit Wine & Beer Tasting at Mazzeo's | SUN Staged Reading of Plays by Jesse Waldinger at Temple Anshe Amunim | MON Berkshire Trans Group Meeting at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU 40th Birthday Celebration at Guido's
SAT Voices & Visionaries with Beth Fredericks
The Berkshire Museum's Voices & Visionaries series presents dinner and a conversation with prominent early childhood educator Beth Fredericks and the Museum's Chief Experience Officer Craig Langlois. Fredericks will offer insight into her work in Singapore, a country known for its early childhood education programs. A global leader in her field, she has been living in Southeast Asia for the past 3 years preparing educators and leaders to design and create strong early childhood infrastructure. The evening will also include a look into the Berkshire Museum's work in this area as Langlois showcases its publication In Kindergarten, which was distributed to every rising kindergartner in Massachusetts in 2019. 5:30 p.m.
ONGOING What's in the Attic? at Hancock Shaker Village FRI FREE Birding at Canoe Meadows FRI Berkshire Theater Critics Panel at Berkshire Museum SAT Row by Row at Hancock Shaker Village SAT On the Shaker Trail at Hancock Shaker Village SAT Tales from the Home of the World's Worst Weather at Berkshire Athenaeum SAT Woodworking Workshop: Hanging Cupboard at Hancock Shaker Village SAT Open House at Berkshire Music School MON Creating Understanding Across Religions at Knesset Israel | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Lichtenstein TUE Women on Nonprofit Boards Workshop & Networking at Hilton Garden Inn | TUE Green Drinks at J. Allen's WED FREE Salary Negotiation Workshop for Women at BCC WED Alzheimer's Prevention at Home Instead Senior Care THU Current Affairs at Knesset Israel
FRI-MON The Nightingale at The Little Cinema

Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way, she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past. 
ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon THU The Thief and The Cobbler at The Common Park


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