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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 7-13

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Enjoy a dozen 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.

As part of Pittsfield's 9th Annual 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will host a preview reception for its Ten Spot Sculpture Show from 5-8 p.m. A separate opening reception will be held on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 5-7 p.m. to help kick off the 10X10 Festival.


It's almost time for the 9th annual 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival.  There are 65 events happening in 20 venues over the course of the 10 days.  From art to theatre to play to jazz to fireworks, there is truly something for everyone.  
The first day of the festival on Thursday, February 13 features:
The Mastheads Lit Party at Methuselah.


The 9th-annual mid-winter celebration honors 55 years of Grateful Dead music. Hosted by Rev Tor's Steal Your Peach Band, the night will feature Mark Mercier of Max Creek with appearances by Gina ColemanSarah Kohrs, Phil Simon, and Tom Corrigan. Patrons are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to a local food pantry. The Colonial Theatre, 8 p.m. $15 advance/$20 day of show.
FRI John Zarvis at Proprietor's Lodge | FRI Comedian Chloe Hilliard at Dottie's | FRI Jason & Trev at Hotel on North | SAT Music Bingo for PCTV & WTBR at Berkshire Hills Country Club | SAT Sky Full of Dippers at Proprietor's Lodge | SAT Jason & Trev at Rainbow | SAT Colin Moran w/Jon McGrath & Melissa Brinton at Crossroads | SAT All Ten & John at Proprietor's Lodge | SAT Uncensored Comedy Showcase at Otto's | SAT Jack Waldheim at Mission | SAT Lindsay Anne & Duffy at PortSmitt's Lakeway | SAT Sawyer Country at Elks Lodge | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Vinyl Soul Night: Valentine's Edition at Thistle & Mirth | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Galentine's Day at Hotel on North | THU The Mastheads Lit Party at Methuselah | THU Comedian Caitlin Reese at The Colonial | THU The Picky B's at Mission


Berkshire Museum commemorates the 80th anniversary of the first TV appearance of the cartoon favorites with Tom and Jerry Day
Learn about the evolution of these eternal rivals, draw and animate the pair, and enjoy classic Tom and Jerry cartoons. 12-4 p.m. 
ONGOING Open Enrollment for Creature Creation Art Camp at Berkshire Paint & Sip FRI WeeMuse Adventures at Berkshire Museum | FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at 18 Degrees SAT Saturday Morning Cartoons at Berkshire Museum SAT The Supadupa Kid Auditions at Barrington Stage SAT Teen Performers Grace Olivia & Anthony Coviello at Dottie's SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Dungeons & Dragons at Berkshire Athenaeum MON+ Teen Book Giveaway at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE WeeMuse Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum TUE Graphic Novel Book Club at Berkshire Athenaeum WED WeeMuse Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum WED Make & Take: Tie-Dye Totes at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Family Night at Friends


The 10x10 New Play Festival at Barrington Stage's St. Germain Stage features ten 10-minute plays by ten playwrights, all performed by an ensemble of six actors. Every 10 minutes, a new play begins! (Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., plus Saturdays & Sundays at 3 p.m.)
THU+ Eve Ensler's A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer at Whitney Center for the Arts


Join Berkshire Running Center for the Frosted Mug Run #2 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Hosted by Patrick's Pub, the race is also a fundraiser for Jorja Flaherty and her family while they continue to fight cancer. The $30 pre-registration fee includes the 5K race, a buffet and a beverage from Boston Beer Works. A portion of the proceeds will be donated back by Patrick's and BRC! (Day of registration: $35).
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 Ballroom for Beginners I & II at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness | SAT LifeSchool for Teachers, Parents & Caretakers at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness | SUN Yoga to Start Your Week at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness | SUN Valentine's Restorative Yoga w/Massage at Radiance Yoga


The Love Yourself art exhibition opening will include visual art, music, dance, poetry, film and story in celebration of youth recovery and suicide preventionThe lineup includes a performance by the Berkshire Theatre Group Youth Chorus, live poetry, original song and dance, a screening of The Story of Indigo Phoenix, talks and more. FREE. 2 p.m.
ONGOING Woolfest Poster Contest | ONGOING 10x10 RAP Call for Art | SAT Indoor Farmers Market at Zion Lutheran Church | SAT Music Bingo for PCTV & WTBR at Berkshire Hills Country Club | SUN Brunch w/John Doan at Dottie's | THU Open Swim at Gladys Allen Brigham Center


Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a Sunset StrolI along the floodplain forest at Fred Garner Park. Learn about conservation in the Berkshires, look for animal activity, and identify trees along the river. This event is free and open to the public and part of Pittsfield's 10×10 Festival! 4 p.m.
MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Licht MON Elder Services Update at Knesset Israel THU Jewish Cookbook Club at Knesset Israel


FRI-SAT Oscar-Nominated Shorts at The Little Cinema
For the 15th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-nominated short films. With all three categories offered - Animated, Live Action and Documentary - this is your annual chance to predict the winners! 
ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon THU Screening of Denial at Knesset Israel
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