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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 13-19

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Please contact individual venues and organizations to be sure that their event is still taking place.  
Shop for fresh, local and seasonal fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, cheese, baked goods, coffee, art, and more at the monthly indoor Pittsfield Farmers Market. Shopping at the market supports small farms and businesses and strengthens the local economy. Zion Lutheran Church, 100 First Street. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


For the month of March and beyond, the Whitney Center for the Arts will feature Lions and Lambs, a group show by guest curator Sara Clement.
Lions and Lambs is a play on how March comes in like a lion but goes out like a lamb, or so the saying goes. Work depicting actual animals is incorporated, especially lions and lambs, but other animal imagery is included as well. Also shown will be landscapes which indicate the weather and seasonal changes. More abstract ideas will also be represented...a wolf in sheep's clothing, sacrificial lambs, death and rebirth, winter to spring, pleasant versus inclement weather, meek versus courageous, violent versus gentle, shy versus extrovert, follower versus leader, etc. It is not necessarily about good vs. evil, or one side being bad and the other side being is more about the shades of grey between extremes. It is about the push-pull of things, things that people typically think of as being opposite, but also all of the subtleties between those opposing forces.
Friday, March 13.
ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon Cinema | FRI Italian Wine Dinner at Trattoria Rustica | FRI All Tenn & John at Proprietor's Lodge | FRI Comedian Adam Mamawalla at Dottie's | FRI Line Dance Night at Polish Falcons | SAT Pittsfield Rotary Wine Pairing Dinner at Mazzeo's | SAT Mike Haynes at Proprietor's Lodge | SAT Uncensored Comedy at Otto's | SAT WYKYD St. Patrick's Bash at The A | SAT Lita Williams at Crossroads | SUN Jason & Trev at O'Laughlin's | MON Berkshire Athenaeum Book Club at Hotel on North | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Comedian Luke Mones at The Colonial | THU The Picky B's at Mission


TUE Teen Mini Plush Workshop at the Library
Teens ages 12-18 are invited to learn to design and sew their own mini plush creatures! They can be turned into a keychain or decorative ornament. All materials will be provided. Registration is required. Berkshire Athenaeum, 6-7 p.m. 
FRI WeeMuse Adventures at Berkshire Museum FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at 18 Degree SAT Pie Day at Berkshire Museum SAT Youth Open Mic at Dottie's SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum SUN Paint "Undersea Turtle Silhouette" at Berkshire Paint & Sip MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Dungeons & Dragons at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE WeeMuse Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum WED Young Adult Arts in Recovery at Nu Arts THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Family Night at Friends


SAT Yoga 101 at Radiance Yoga
Interested in yoga but a little nervous about stepping into your first class? Join instructor Karen Bondini at Radiance Yoga for  Yoga 101 on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. Learn about the most commonly practiced poses and take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions and find out how to modify poses so they work best for you. Please pre-register.
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


SAT  23rd Annual Irish Olympics at Bousquet 
Come on out for a day full of corn beef, beer, music and much much more! The annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration is never something you want to miss.
Activities all day long include an obstacle course, cookie race and other Irish Olympic games all capped off with the SLUSH RUN! The night is capped off with our Torch Light Parade at 8:30pm followed by our FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR at 9:00pm! Bousquet lights up the sky with an amazing fireworks display.
Sign ups are the morning of and under 18 require a parents signature.
SAT 23rd Annual Irish Olympics at Bousquet | SAT Pittsfield Figure Skating Club's Fantasy on Ice at Boys & Girls Club | SUN Brunch & Cabaret w/Taconic H.S. Theatre at Polish Falcons | SUN Domingo Brunch w/Live Music at Dottie's WED Young Adult Arts in Recovery at Nu Arts | THU Open Swim at Gladys Allen Brigham Center


THU Spring Bulb Basket Classes at Township Four
Join Township Four and learn to make an indoor spring bulb garden in a 15-inch wicker basket. Two classes: 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. Space is limited to 10 participants per class, ages 14 and older. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $45 plus tax. 
FRI Paint "Blossoming Branch" on Wood at Berkshire Paint & Sip | SAT Paint "Namaste Lotus Hands" at Berkshire Paint & Sip | SAT Embroidery I Class at Township Four | MON The Process of Aging at Knesset Israel | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Licht | TUE Holistic Healing w/Touch Drawing at Nu Arts | WED Kokedama Classes at Township Four | THU Spring Equinox w/Debra Tyler at Knesset Israel


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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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