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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 6-12

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Friday, March 6 is First Friday Artswalk and more!
Enjoy more than 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.


The Irish Comedy Tour features four joke-slinging entertainers in a fast-paced, high-energy show. The comedians include Irishman Derrick Keane and Derek Richards, Mike McCarthy and Damon Leibert, whose ancestors hail from the Emeral Isle. These hilarious comedians will tear apart, as well as validate, all of the Irish myths and stereotypes. Plus, they'll be joined by award-winning Irish step dancers Bridget Farrell, Ashley Gilnack and Dale Loughran. 7:30 p.m. $25.
FRI Public Poetry & Love Letter Reading at Dottie's | FRI Northern Spain Wine Seminar at Hotel on North | FRI Pittsfield Education Foundation Wine & Beer Tasting at Berkshire Hills Country Club | FRI Mike McMann at Proprietor's Lodge | FRI Rebel Alliance at The A | FRI Lindsay Anne & Duffy at PortSmitt's | FRI-SAT Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Week | SAT Salsa Lesson & Dance Party at The Whit | SAT A Taste of Germany Dinner at Zion Lutheran Church | SAT Tony Lee Thomas at Proprietor's Lodge | SAT Jay Boland at Proprietor's Lodge | SAT ZipStohr Comedy Night at Holiday Inn | SAT Shyne at Parkside | SAT Mr. Doubtfire at Mission | SAT Pick-up Line & Critical Mass at The A | SAT Jason & Trev at Rainbow | SAT Dead Man Walking at Crossroads | SUN Sound of Music Sing-along at Unitarian Universalists | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Vinyl Soul Night at Thistle & Mirth | WED Taste of Ireland Culinary Dinner at BCC | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU The Picky B's at Mission


The City of Pittsfield Recreation Program has teamed up with the Boys & Girls Club and Autism Connections to provide a sensory-friendly ice skating opportunity. Skating will be closed to the general public during this time and there will be a quiet area designated for people to take a break, if needed. Admission is free. Skate rental is $5/pair. 5-6 p.m. 
FRI WeeMuse Adventures at Berkshire Museum FRI-SUN Theatre Ensemble: Bring It On at Miss Hall's School FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at 18 Degree SAT Saturday Morning Cartoons at Berkshire Museum SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT WeeMuse Art Lab at Berkshire Museum SAT We Shape History at Berkshire Museum SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum MON Homeschool STEAM: Cartoon Physics 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 WeeMuse Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum 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.) Part of Pittsfield's 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival


Join instructor Kalei Carlson at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness for Prenatal Yoga on Thursdays at 5:15 p.m. These classes are designed specifically for pregnant women as a way to gently exercise while calming the mind and strengthening the body. Increase flexibility and help avoid common issues that may occur during and post pregnancy such as backache, postural imbalances, low energy levels and poor circulation.
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 Pilates Fit FRI FREE Yoga at Berkshire Athenaeum SUN Gentle Yoga at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness THU Easy Chair Yoga at Knesset Israel THU Low-impact Cardio, Strength & Stretch at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness


Celebrate International Women's Day with the Elizabeth Freeman Center at Flavours of Malaysia. Dinner will be served buffet style, and there will be lots of great raffle prizes. Admission is $35 and includes tax and tip. There will also be a cash bar. 5-8 p.m.
FRI Pittsfield Education Foundation Wine & Beer Tasting at Berkshire Hills Country Club | FRI Sensory-friendly Ice Skating at Boys & Girls Club | FRI-SAT Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Week | SAT A Taste of Germany Dinner at Zion Lutheran Church | SUN Brunch w/Up In The Air at Dottie's | SUN Sound of Music Sing-along at Unitarian Universalists | WED Taste of Ireland Culinary Dinner at BCC | THU Open Swim at Gladys Allen Brigham Center | THU Book Sale Preview Night at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU Succ3ss Idea Jam at Framework 


Join Berkshire Paint & Sip and learn how to paint this whimsical monogrammed forest on a handmade wooden sign. There are various sizes to choose from. Two hours of instruction, all materials, snacks, and a donation are included in the $40 fee. BYOB. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
FRI Northern Spain Wine Seminar at Hotel on North | MON Mass. League of Women Voters at Knesset Israel | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Licht | THU Spring OLLI Open House at BCC | THU DIY Candle Making at Dottie's


TUE Suffragette at Berkshire Athenaeum
The Berkshire Athenaeum's Cinema of Law series presents a screening of Suffragette (2015). Attorney Holly Rogers will introduce the film, which combines fictional and historical characters to dramatize the struggle for women's suffrage in Great Britain, centering on the lives of activists during the years 1912-1913. FREE.
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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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