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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 15-21

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Berkshire Museum will hold its annual Festival of Trees Preview Party on Friday, Nov. 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy delicious appetizers and beverages, including a signature cocktail, as you explore more than 100 dazzling holiday displays. This year's Festival of Trees theme, "Heroes," is sure to inspire. Party guests are invited to incorporate their own hero(es) into their evening's attire!

 
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

The Colonial presents Russian Ballet Theatre's new production of Tchaikovsky's timeless classic. Choreographer Nadezhda Kalinina lovingly retouches the oldest St. Petersburg version of the ballet, and adds her own vision, leaving audiences flushed with emotion. RBT's dancers perform with new hand-painted sets and new hand-sewn costumes. 7:30 p.m. $65 and up. $1 from every ticket will support local public school teachers and their classroom projects in Pittsfield and surrounding areas.
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FRI J.C. Hill at Methuselah | FRI Connecting the Dots Story Slam at Dottie's | FRI Musical Bingo Fundraiser at The A | FRI Karaoke Night at Friends | FRI David Grover & Linda Worster at Bread & Roses Coffee House | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Brian Benlien at Hotel on North | FRI JB's Acoustic Gravel at Proprietor's Lodge | SAT Desserts & Teen Music w/Zoe Lemos at Dottie's | SAT Elvis & Orbison Fundraiser at The Colonial | SAT Trailer Trash at The A | SAT Comedian Doug Smith at The Infield | SAT Livio Gravini at Proprietor's Lodge | SAT Jason & Trev at Friends | SUN Frankentoy Lab at Thistle & Mirth | MON Berkshire Athenaeum Book Club at Hotel on North | MON Trivia Night at Methuselah | MON Jazz Night at Mission TUE PHS Chamber Orchestra Concert at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU The Picky B's at Mission

 
FAMILY FRIENDLY

 
 
Berkshire Paint & Sip invites children ages 6 and older (and adults, too!) to paint "Dog and Cat Sunset" on a large 16x20 canvas. All painting materials, two hours of instruction, snacks and non-alcoholic refreshments are included in the $25 fee. 1-3 p.m. Berkshire Paint & Sip is located at 305 North Street.
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FRI WeeMuse Adventures at Berkshire Museum | FRI Henry V at Taconic High School | FRI-SUN Gut Girls at Miss Hall's School FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at 18 Degrees SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT Family Scavenger Hunt at Berkshire Athenaeum SAT We Can Be Heroes at Berkshire Museum SAT Festival of Trees After Dark at Berkshire Museum | SAT Desserts & Teen Music w/Zoe Lemos at Dottie's SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE WeeMuse Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum TUE PHS Chamber Orchestra Concert at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Petite Picassos at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Make & Take: Greeting Cards at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum

 
WELLNESS

During this Restorative Yoga with Massage classyou will be led through comfortable yoga postures and licensed massage therapists will guide you deeper into relaxation with massage. In each posture, the massage will be focused on a different area. All postures will be supported with bolsters, blankets and blocks, allowing for maximum comfort. 6-7:15 p.m. Please pre-register.
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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 Zumbathon Fundraiser at Egremont Elementary FRI Learn to Salsa at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness | MON Common Yoga at Zion Lutheran Church | WED Adult Pick-up Soccer at The Infield

  PERFORMANCE

The BCC Players present playwright Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farcea comedy in two acts, at Berkshire Community College's Boland Theatre. Trevor and Susannah, whose marriage is on the rocks, inflict their miseries on their nearest and dearest: three couples whose own relationships are tenuous at best. The action takes place in the three couples' bedrooms during one endless Saturday night of co-dependence and dysfunction. $10/$15.
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FRI Henry V at Taconic High School FRI-SUN Gut Girls at Miss Hall's School | FRI-SUN Dream/Awake at The Whit 

  COMMUNITY

Have you had trouble paying your bills? Do you work to address poverty in Berkshire County? Come hear from experts about resources and barriers to inform the conversation, share your thoughts and ideas, and help shape the work of Berkshire Community Action Council! A Community Conversation on Poverty will be held at the Berkshire Athenaeum from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free lunch provided.
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ONGOING Food for Fines at Berkshire Athenaeum FRI Zumbathon Fundraiser at Egremont Elementary SAT Suit Yourself Clothing Drive at Goodwill SAT Lyme & Co-infections Meeting at Berkshire Athenaeum | SAT Rainbow Seniors Talk & Listen Group at Berkshire Athenaeum | SAT Elvis & Orbison Fundraiser at The Colonial | SUN Brunch w/Banulis & Miller at Dottie's | SUN Jazz Brunch at Hotel on North | MON Job Fair Tips at Berkshire Career Center MON Berkshire Trans Group Meeting at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE 2019 Job Fair at Berkshire Hills Country Club WED Trans Day of Remembrance at St. Stephen's Church

  LEARNING


Hancock Shaker Village invites you to jazz up your holidays with this workshop perfect for making festive woven ornaments for a tree or to be given as handmade gifts. Learn how to create an eight-point snowflake and a puffy heart, woven in thin maple strips, and a reindeer, woven in dyed reed. Suitable for ages 14 and older. 1-4 p.m. 
Plus...
SAT Paint "Snowman w/Bird" on Canvas or Slate at Berkshire Paint & Sip SAT Tours at Arrowhead SAT Recycle Together at Walmart SUN Shaker Foodways Workshop at Hancock Shaker Village | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Lichtenstein | WED Paint "Cardinal in Bloom" at Berkshire Paint & Sip | THU Current Affairs at Knesset Israel

 
FILM

WED Warren Miller's Timeless at The Colonial
Kick off winter with Warren Miller's 70th film, Timelesspresented by Volkswagen. Go on an adventure from the slopes of the Rockies to the rooftops of the Alps alongside top athletes, including Vermont native Jim Ryan. All moviegoers will receive discounts on lift tickets, gear, swag and more. It's more than a ski and snowboard film, it's an experience, 70 years in the making. The Colonial Theatre. $16.
Plus...
ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon | FRI-MON A Ballerina's Tale at The Little Cinema | WED Turning Point Alzheimer's Documentary at Berkshire Community College
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Pittsfield Holds Tree Lighting Ceremony

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

City Council President Peter Marchetti welcomes the crowd. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The holiday season is officially on in Pittsfield with the annual tree lighting  Ceremony at Park Square.
 
Hundreds gathered at Park Square on Friday night to bring in the holiday season with song and cheer as they lit up the Park Square Christmas tree.
 
"On behalf of Mayor Tyer and the entire City Council, I want to welcome you to the tree lighting ceremony and wish you a Merry Christmas and happy holidays on behalf of the city," Council President Peter Marchetti said. "Tonight is a very special moment in the city."
 
Recreation Activities Coordinator Becky Manship thanked all who made the event possible especially the parks maintenance crew. 
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