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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 3-9

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Join the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission at Hotel on North for a Berkshire County Outdoor Recreation Forum from 5-7 p.m. There will be an interactive discussion of opportunities and concerns related to outdoor recreation in the county. All are welcome and pre-registration is greatly appreciated for this free event.
Dottie's Coffee Lounge presents an evening of stand-up with and opening act and headliner comedian Pete Bladel. Food and desserts available, BYOB. Doors open at 7 p.m. Comedy begins around 8 p.m. $15.
FRI Art Opening at Uncorked FRI Spanish Guitarist Ben Schmolze at Mission FRI Legal Tender at The A FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | SAT SIRSY at The A | SAT Jason & Trev at PortSmitt's | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Karaoke Night at Thistle & Mirth | WED Molly Durnin at Methuselah | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Comedian Katie Hannigan at The Colonial | THU Jazz Vespers at Zion Lutheran Church | THU The Picky B's at Mission
Curiosity Club is a new science series for grades K-5! Each session will explore a new topic through discussion and experiments.
Registration is required for all attendees. Berkshire Museum, 6-7 p.m.
FRI WeeMuse Adventures at Berkshire Museum FRI Petite Picassos at Berkshire Athenaeum FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at 18 Degrees SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT We Can Be Heroes at Berkshire Museum SAT Animal Tracks w/Mass Audubon at Berkshire Athenaeum SAT Festival of Trees After Dark 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 WED WeeMuse Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Family Story Workshop at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum 
Join instructor Maria Antil for PiYo Live at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness, at a new time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. PiYo combines the muscle-sculpting and core-firming of Pilates with the strength and flexibility of yoga. This class cranks up the speed to deliver a true fat-burning, low-impact workout that leaves your body looking long, lean, and defined.
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 | MON Intermediate Flow at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness | THU Keep it Moving at Knesset Israel
More than 40 vendors will take part in the 4 Seasons Wedding Expo, held at the Holiday Inn & Suites (1 West St.) from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The Bridal Show by Deidre's Special Day is the largest collection of bridal attire shown in the Berkshires showcasing 48 wedding gowns, 20 bridesmaids' dresses, eight mother-of-the-bride dresses, and eight tuxedos. Six 30-minute wedding workshops will be held throughout the day. Don't forget to enter the Dream Dress Giveaway and vendor raffles!
ONGOING Year-end Sale at The Outlet at Pine Cone Hill | FRI Gray to Green Community Meeting w/Berkshire Brigades | SUN Brunch w/Kozinski-Simon Guitar Duo at Dottie's | MON Sunday Strummers Ukulele Ensemble at Knesset Israel | MON Berkshire Trans Group Meeting at Berkshire Athenaeum | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Lichtenstein | THU Paint & Sip with Al at Dottie's


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Berkshire Theatre Group to Present 'Godspell' Outdoors

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Theatre Group will produce "Godspell" this summer – the first musical in the United States to be approved by Actors' Equity Association in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The show will be presented outdoors in an open-air tent adjacent to The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, and is scheduled to run Aug. 6 through Sept. 4. Tickets will be available for purchase Tuesday, July 7, at noon. 

"We could not bear the thought of a Berkshire summer without live theater to support our community, so we jumped through every hoop to create a safe way to make this happen," said BTG Board of Trustees Co-President Lee Perlman. "I hope our production gives hope to the tens of thousands of theater professionals who are on the sidelines this summer. Theater is unstoppable and will be back”

Artistic director and CEO Kate Maguire said "Godspell" got the green light after BTG established a strict protocol to protect the health and safety of the audience, the performers and others involved in the show. 

"We have been working daily and in the true spirit of care and collaboration with Actors’ Equity Association for the past several weeks," she said. "Guided by Executive Director of Actors’ Equity Association Mary McColl and her extraordinary team, I have learned much about how to lead a theater in the new world. Our industry, which has been devastated by this global pandemic, will be served by their seriousness, data driven wisdom, and profound understanding of the need for artists to rebuild. 

"I am so proud that Berkshire Theatre Group, in its 92nd season will be authorized and granted the responsibility to produce the musical 'Godspell.'”

After careful consideration with the local and state government, Mayor Linda Tyer of Pittsfield and Actors’ Equity Association, BTG relocated "Godspell" from its original site at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge to outside under a tent at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield.

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