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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 4-10

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Enjoy 20 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 "The Road to October: Berkshire County Players in the Post Season" for the month of October. This exhibit will feature Berkshire County baseball players that have experienced the MLB's post season. There are 38 MLB players who were born or have settled in Berkshire County - how many do you think played in the post season? Come find out! 
There will be an opening reception during the Artswalk from 5-8 p.m.  Grampie's Hot Dogs will be selling hot dogs with other baseball themed refreshments served.  

Youths age 19 and younger are invited to take part in the Artswalk Scavenger Hunt. Those who find 6 pieces of art during the Artswalk on October 4 between 5-8 p.m. will win a prize!

The Funky Phoenix, at 441 North Street, will be hosting an Artswalk fundraiser on Friday from 7-9 p.m. Have fun decorating a repurposed wren house to take home and 25% of the $40 fee will be donated to the First Friday Artswalk!
Tusk - Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band covers all the hits: "Dreams," "Landslide," "Go Your Own Way," "Rhiannon," "Gypsy," "The Chain," "Sara" and many more. No wigs, no backing tracks, no gimmicks - just five seasoned musicians recreating the music of Fleetwood Mac with note for note renditions that no other Fleetwood Mac tribute on the touring scene today can duplicate. 8 p.m. $35 and up.
ONGOING American Underground at Barrington Stage | FRI "Elvis in Hawaii" benefit for Thanksgiving Angels at South Congregational Church | FRI Roots Rising's Hoedown Throwdown at Hancock Shaker Village | FRI Grahm Sturz at Hotel on North | FRI Dan Gingras at Rusty Anchor | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Jason & Trev at Proprietor's Lodge | FRI Karaoke Night at Friends | FRI-SAT Wine, Cheese and Trees at Bousquet | SAT Wanda Houston & Paul Green Benefit Jazz Concert for ROPE at Barrington Stage | SAT Desserts & Live Music w/Grace Olivia & Anthony Coviello at Dottie's | SAT Chris Considine at Mission | SAT Peter Apple at Proprietor's Lodge | SAT John Zarvis at Proprietor's Lodge | SAT One for One Duo at Rusty Anchor | SAT Uncensored Comedy Show at Uncorked | SUN JB's Acoustic Gravel at O'Laughlin's | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED The Matchstick Architects at Methuselah | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow THU Haunted Hancock at Hancock Shaker Village | WED Tony Lee Thomas & Alex Shier at Methuselah | THU The Picky B's at Mission
Reduce, reuse and recycle by donating your clean, gently used, age-appropriate costumes to the Berkshire Athenaeum. Then "swap" them for something new to you. You do not need to donate a costume to select a costume at the "swap"! One costume per youth. First come, first served. 1-4 p.m.
FRI WeeMuse Adventures at Berkshire Museum FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at 18 Degrees SAT Saturday Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum SAT We Shape History at Berkshire Museum SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT Kids' Paint Party at Berkshire Paint & Sip | SAT WeeMuse Art Lab at Berkshire Museum | SAT Flashlight Scavenger Hunt at Berkshire Museum SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Dungeons & Dragons at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE WeeMuse Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum TUE Graphic Novel Book Club at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Petite Picassos at Berkshire Athenaeum WED WeeMuse Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum WED Teen Tarot Reading Workshop at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum 
Join instructor Pattie Loughlin for a no-stress, no-experience-necessary yoga class in the common room at Zion Lutheran Church every Monday in October from 5:30-6:15 p.m. Class is offered by donation, with any offering accepted; the class will choose the nonprofit recipient of the donations. Bring a mat and blanket if you have one.
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 | FRI FREE Yoga Class at Berkshire Athenaeum | FRI Open House & Glow-in-the-Dark Zumba and BollyX at Berkshire Fitness and Wellness | SAT Namastay in Nursing at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness | SAT-SUN Goat Yoga at Hancock Shaker Village | SUN Sunday Morning Cycle at Berkshire Running Center | SUN StressOS Full Body Reset at Radiance Yoga | MON Journey to Health Workshop Series at Zion Lutheran Church | TUE Baby/Mama Yoga at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness
Roots Rising's Hoedown Throwdown, at Hancock Shaker Village, is a celebration of 
Roots Rising's work to empower youth and build community through food and farming, and a fundraiser to support exciting things to come!
Enjoy cocktails, be among the first to taste the menu of the new food truck designed and prepared by Chef Maggie O'Mara of Canyon Ranch, and dance the night away to live music by Aldo Lavaggi and The Russet Trio! 6:30-10 p.m.
ONGOING Pittsfield Photo Challenge with Downtown Pittsfield | FRI Downtown Pittsfield Fall Cleanup | FRI Public Art Installation at Palace Park | SAT Pittsfield Farmers Market on The Common | SAT Out of the Darkness Walk on The Common | SAT Finding Our Light Art Show & Mural Making at The Whit | SAT Lyme & Co-infections Meeting at Berkshire Athenaeum | SAT Wanda Houston & Paul Green Benefit Jazz Concert for ROPE at Barrington Stage | SUN Brunch w/Heather & Tobias at Dottie's | SUN Jazz Brunch at Hotel on North | SUN Calf Cuddling at Hancock Shaker Village | SUN Open Stalls at Hancock Shaker Village MON Berkshire Trans Group Meeting at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE Art Therapy Group: The Art of Trees at NuArts THU Haunted Hancock at Hancock Shaker Village
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College presents a lecture by the award-winning author and Williams College professor Susan Dunn. FDR in the Winter of 1940: The Storm Begins will delve into Roosevelt's election to an unprecedented third term and his administration's preparations for war, set against the backdrop of the virulent isolationist movement at home and the barbaric Nazi onslaught in Europe. These programs marked the country's transition into the preeminent military, industrial and moral power on the planet. 3 p.m.
ONGOING What's in the Attic? at Hancock Shaker Village SAT Prepare Your Garden for Winter at Hancock Shaker Village MON The Public Health Crisis of Gun Violence at Knesset Israel | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Lichtenstein TUE Walk & Talk: Birds and Trees on The Common TUE Beginning Piano Class at Berkshire Music School TUE Playwright Mentoring Project at Barrington Stage WED Tarot Reading Program at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Build a Basic Budget at the Christian Center THU Therapy Dogs in the Berkshires at Knesset Israel THU Holly Branch Cardinal on Slate at Berkshire Paint & Sip
FRI-SUN Manhattan Short Film Festival at The Little Cinema
You be the judge! Watch the final 10 selections for the 22nd annual Manhattan Short Film Festival, a worldwide event that takes place simultaneously in more than 400 venues across 6 continents. Afterwards, cast your ballots for Best Film and Best Actor awards.
ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon


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