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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 5-11

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Welcome to Cultural Pittsfield's weekly guide featuring in-person and virtual classes and events, information, and more. If you are a Pittsfield business and would like your event listed, please email us at cultural@pittsfieldch.com. Thank you and be well!
 
Pittsfield Artists & Residents:
Call for Art
 
Sign up to be on the map for the first ever Drive.Walk.Bike City Art Show, taking place Friday, July 3 from 4-8 p.m. 
 
ARTISTS can display visual art (painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, fashion, sidewalk art, video, etc.) on their porches, trees, lawns, and driveways, in their open garages, or projected onto their homes.
 
RESIDENTS who know an artist who lives outside Pittsfield can invite them to display their work. Residents can also display the art they collect.
 
To participate and get your location on the map, email your Pittsfield address to drivewalkbikeart@gmail.com.

  RESOURCES
Please visit the City of Pittsfield's COVID-19 webpage for updates and helpful resources. 1Berkshire has compiled a list of online sites where you can find information on a number of topics, including an explanation of our state's reopening plan.
Plus...

  FAMILY FRIENDLY
 
Beginning Thursday, June 4, Hancock Shaker Village will be open for outdoor recreation in compliance with the Massachusetts Phase One Reopening Plan. The new hours are Thursdays-Sundays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit the baby animals, walk the trails, and view the five-acre garden. Pre-purchased admission/registration is required. Children ages 12 and younger are free!
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  ONLINE CLASSES & FUN
 
On Saturday, June 6 at 5:30 p.m., Berkshire Museum will hold a FREE Virtual Opening Celebration for Art of the Hills: Narrative, a juried exhibition highlighting the work of local artists. A virtual tour will be led by jurors Amy Myers and Seung Lee, and will be followed by a Q&A session. The exhibit features 78 works by 64 artists including Robert Markey, Julia Dixon, Sally Eagle, Bruce Panock, Pat Hogan, Jen Delgado, Keith White, Ralph Frisina, Natalie Tyler, John Clarke, and others.
Plus...
Berkshire Artist Profiles Downtown Stories | Virtual Barrington Stage | Learn from Home w/Berkshire Theatre Group | Classes w/IS183 Art School | Painting Tutorials w/Berkshire Paint & Sip | Classes w/Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness Classes w/Antil Fitness Classes w/Radiance Yoga | Email aimee@gaiaroots.com for Online Drumming Classes | NEW Virtual Race Series w/Berkshire Running Center | NEW ONGOING Outdoor RunFit Cardio Strength Training w/Berkshire Running Center | ONGOING Online Classes w/Berkshire OLLI | FRI 1Berkshire Town Hall: Covid-19: The Deeper Strains on Community | FRI Live Out Loud Community Conference w/Ann Northrop | FRI+ HAPPY Traveling Art Show at Hotel on North | WED How to Rank Higher on Google

  SHOP LOCAL
 
 
 
Even though Herman Melville's Arrowhead is currently closed, you can still support the Berkshire Historical Society through its online gift shop. There you'll find books for children and adults, t-shirts, baseball caps, drinking glasses, magnets, postcards, and more!
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  TAKEOUT & DELIVERY
 
Here are some of the Pittsfield restaurants currently offering takeout, delivery, and/or curbside pickup. Please check their websites for special menus, hours, and updates. Visit the 1Berkshire website for an updated list of all current Berkshire County takeout options.
Berkshire General Store Berkshire Mountain Bakery Berkshire Organics Braise Worthy | District Kitchen & Bar A Taste of Dottie's | Flavours of Malaysia | Flo's Diner | Forthill Farm | Guido's Fresh Marketplace | Hangar Pub & Grill | Highland Restaurant | Hot Harry's Fresh Burritos | Hot Tomatoes Pizza | House of India La Fogata The Lantern Bar & Grill The Marketplace Cafe | Mazzeo's Ristorante | New Amazing Pavilion | O'Laughlin's Pub | Otto's Kitchen & Comfort | Pancho's Mexican Restaurant | Papa Joe's Ristorante & Pizzeria | Patrick's Pub | Pittsfield Health Food Centre | Pittsfield Rye Bakery | That's a Wrap | Thrive Vegan Diner | Tito's Mexican Grille | Trattoria Rustica | Virtual Pittsfield Farmers Market | Zucco's Family Restaurant | SAT FREE Berkshire Pay It Forward Meals at Home Depot

 

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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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