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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 20-26

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TONIGHT, 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.
A Night in New Orleans features Rev Tor & Friends celebrating the life, music and spirit of three New Orleans legends: Dr. John, Charles Neville and Art Neville. The concert will feature two sets of Big Easy-flavored jams. Berkshire County's own piano legend Benny "Fingers" Kohn will be at the grand piano for a set of Dr. John classics; and Rev Tor will lead a set full of The Meters and Neville Brothers NOLA Funk, featuring Max Creek's Mark Mercier and a special appearance by Khalif Neville. There will be an appearance by the Berkshire Theatre Group Youth Choir, and a few other surprises, too! Pre-show entertainment by Tom Corrigan at 6:30 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m. $25 and up.
FRI Burger Friday for Autism Connections at Otto's | FRI Mark Kelso at Bread & Roses Coffee House | FRI Smoothini Las Vegas Comedy Magic at The A | FRI Abandoned Building Brewery Beer Dinner at Hotel on North | FRI Melissa Brinton at Rusty Anchor | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI JB's Acoustic Gravel at Proprietor's Lodge | FRI Tom Savoy at Hotel on North | FRI-SAT Wine, Cheese and Trees at Bousquet | FRI-SUN Orion at The Whitney | FRI-THU Hold These Truths at Barrington Stage | SAT Ballroom Dancing at Zion Lutheran Church | SAT Mary Ann Palermo & First Take at Mission | SAT F-Bomb at The A | SAT Patient Zero Fest at American Legion | SAT Sawyer Country at Rusty Anchor | SUN The Young@Heart Chorus at The Colonial | SUN Duets for Piano at Zion Lutheran Church | MON Milton's Gang: "Funny Moments" at Berkshire Athenaeum | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Berkshire Humane Society Pasta Dinner at Zucco's | WED Riverside Brothers at Methuselah | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Pete Boyd at Proprietor's Lodge | THU Kung Fu & Shokazoba at The Colonial | THU The Picky B's at Mission
Explore local educational opportunities at Miss Hall's School during the Berkshire County School Fair from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Meet with representatives from PreK-12 schools, learn about their programs, and collect some giveaways. View a list of participating schools on the website. No reservations necessary.
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 Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum SAT Curiosity Day at Berkshire Athenaeum SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Teen Mural Design Team Info Session at Berkshire Athenaeum MON+ Teen Book Giveaway at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE WeeMuse Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum TUE Cherub Choir for Young Singers at Berkshire Music School TUE Teen Tech Reboot Info Session at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Make & Take: Tile Art at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Dungeons & Dragons at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Rock Ensemble Series begins at Berkshire Music School
Join Diane Firtell, Nia Black Belt, for a FREE introductory class from 9-10 a.m. at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness. Nia workouts are a joyful, playful and enjoyable fitness experience. Charged by the sensation of pleasure and healing arts into a dynamic, motivating and sustainable practice, Nia is effective for all levels of health, fitness, and experience.
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 Radiant Child & Family Yoga at Pittsfield Farmers Market | SUN Pelvic Rehab Workshop at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness | MON Journey to Health Workshop Series at Zion Lutheran Church | TUE Gentle/Moderate Vinyasa at Berkshire Running Center
Visit Carr Hardware to purchase a yellow bucket for a donation of $4.99, then get 25% off any regularly priced items you can fit in the bucket! (Excludes power tools, gift cards, town trash stickers, sale/clearance items.) Best of all, the $4.99 from each bucket sale will benefit the Berkshire Humane Society!
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 | SAT Pittsfield Farmers Market on The Common SAT Radiant Child & Family Yoga at Pittsfield Farmers Market SAT Harvest of Hope Festival on The Common | SAT Fall Cleanup at Springside Park | SAT Record Your Berkshire Immigrant Story at Berkshire Athenaeum | SAT Rainbow Seniors Talk & Listen Group at Berkshire Athenaeum | SUN Brunch w/Eric Fernandez at Dottie's | SUN The Young@Heart Chorus at The Colonial | SUN Calf Cuddling at Hancock Shaker Village | SUN Duets for Piano at Zion Lutheran Church | MON Age 50+ Job Fair at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Berkshire Humane Pasta Dinner at Zucco's THU Play Reading: God in the Goat at Knesset Israel | THU 40th Birthday Celebration at Guido's | THU Pittsfield Squares Open House at South Congregational Church
Berkshire Athenaeum will host a forum discussing some of the big climate change issues facing the Berkshires: big storms and water runoff. Learn what's being done and what you can do to prepare. This event will include presentations and a Q&A session. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
ONGOING What's in the Attic? at Hancock Shaker Village FRI FREE Birding at Canoe Meadows SAT Saturday Morning Ukulele Class at Berkshire Music School SAT Row by Row at Hancock Shaker Village SAT Basket Weaving Workshop at Hancock Shaker Village SAT-SUN Blacksmithing 101 Workshop at Hancock Shaker Village SUN Shaker Foodways: Why Pie? at Hancock Shaker Village MON Raise the Roof at Knesset Israel | MON Cabaret Workshop begins at Berkshire Music School | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Lichtenstein TUE Laugh & Live Better at Berkshire Athenaeum WED+ Timber Framing Workshop Intensive at Hancock Shaker Village
FRI-MON Raise Hell at The Little Cinema
Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins tells the story of the media firebrand who took on "good old boy" corruption wherever she found it. Intimidatingly brilliant and quintessentially Texan, Ivins was politically blue in a scarlet red state and unabashedly brash in her famously lauded political assessments. She dedicated four decades of her life to tackling corruption, defending free speech, and making all the right frenemies. Her razor sharp wit left both sides of the aisle laughing. She knew the Bill of Rights was in peril, and said that "polarizing people is a good way to win an election and a good way to wreck a country." Molly's words have proved prescient. 
ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon MON Raise the Roof at Knesset Israel


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Pittsfield School Officials Affirm Decision on Braves' Replacement

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee affirmed its decision to replace the Taconic mascot on Wednesday.
A vote on Wednesday was taken to clarify the procedure in accepting and then filing a petition two weeks ago from a group of citizens who are against changing the name from the Braves. 
"I think we are wading here into a parliamentary morass," committee member William Cameron said. "The point of the vote has been lost sight of as we struggle to find words to satisfy those people who won't be satisfied by anything but rescinding the vote." 
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