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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 3-Aug. 6

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Welcome to Cultural Pittsfield's weekly guide featuring in-person and virtual classes, events, information, and more. If you are a Pittsfield business and would like your event listed, please email us at Thank you and be well!
Next Thursday, Aug. 6, Berkshire Theatre Group moves outdoors to bring you the theatrical sensation Godspell. In this timeless tale of friendship, loyalty, and love, a group of eccentric disciples help Jesus teach a variety of parables through interactive games and a heaping dose of humor. Led by the international hit "Day by Day," Godspell features a parade of beloved songs by Tony, Academy, and Grammy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz, including "By My Side," "Save The People," and "All for the Best." The show runs through September 4 and tickets are selling fast!

On Friday, July 31 from 6-8 p.m., Hancock Shaker Village invites you on a Sunset Stroll. Walk or drive through the Village, where you'll savor fresh botanical cocktails mixed with herbs and local spirits. Taste an artisanal hard cider made from HSV's own heirloom apples. Enjoy savory bites, view weavers and spinners, enjoy Shaker song and dance, take home a bouquet of flowers and heirloom seeds, and enjoy a picnic dinner on the lawn or to-go! 
From Wednesday, Aug. 5 through Sunday, Aug. 16, Barrington Stage Company presents Mark H. Dold in the sexually charged and wickedly funny one-man thriller Harry Clarke, by acclaimed playwright David Cale. A shy Midwestern man leads an outrageous double life as the cocky Londoner Harry Clarke. Moving to NYC and presenting himself as a Brit, he charms his way into a wealthy family's life, but his increasingly risky behavior threatens to undo more than his persona.
This week at the Virtual Pillow: As part of its virtual summer festival offerings, Jacob's Pillow invites you to dance with your doggie, hear from modern dance icon Cleo Parker Robinson, take a ballet master class with Virginia Johnson, catch a performance from Dance Theatre of Harlem, and more.
Berkshire Artist Profiles Jacob's Pillow Virtual Festival Learn from Home w/Berkshire Theatre Group | Classes w/Berkshire Music School Classes w/Berkshire Fitness & Wellness Center | Classes w/IS183 Art School | Painting Tutorials w/Berkshire Paint & Sip | Virtual Barrington Stage Classes w/Radiance Yoga | Classes w/Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness Classes w/Antil Fitness | Email for Online Drumming Classes | Online Classes w/Berkshire OLLI | THU-MON Tours at Arrowhead | THU-TUE Moby-Dick Marathon | FRI 1Berkshire Virtual Town Hall: Reopening Higher Education | SAT Jim Jasper Outdoor Exhibit Opening at Arrowhead | SUN Barnyard Yoga at Hancock Shaker Village  SUN Forest Bathing at Hancock Shaker Village  SUN OLLI Talk w/Violinist Samantha Bennett  TUE OLLI Talk w/Former Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig | THU Live Storytelling w/BCC Alums

Berkshire Museum will begin a phased reopening this weekend. Saturday, Aug. 1 - Saturday, Aug. 15 will be reserved for Museum members who wish to reserve private visits to the aquarium. You can become a member or renew your existing membership online!

Hotel on North's outdoor culinary and cocktail experience, "The Backlot," welcomes BB's Hot Spot, plus lawn games and a full bar! Wednesday-Saturday from 4:30-9:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended. 
Roots Rising's Virtual Farmers Market is open for viewing all week long! Online shopping is available from Monday at noon until Tuesday at 7:30 a.m., or until the maximum order limit is reached. Shopping for Benefits Day is on designated Tuesdays at noon. If you would like to volunteer to help Roots Rising with Saturday packing and delivery, click here.
Berkshire General Store Berkshire Mountain Bakery Berkshire Organics Braise Worthy | District Kitchen & Bar Dottie's Coffee Lounge | 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 | Jae's at Hilton Garden Inn La Fogata The Lantern Bar & Grill The Marketplace Cafe | Mazzeo's Ristorante | Methuselah Bar & Lounge | Mission Restaurant | 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 | The Proprietor's Lodge | Seeds Market Cafe | That's a Wrap | Thrive Vegan Diner | Tito's Mexican Grille | Trattoria Rustica | Zucco's Family Restaurant | Roots Rising Virtual Farmers Market

Do you have a photograph, story, song, video, artwork, letter, or object that captures some aspect of your or your community's experience with the COVID-19 pandemic? Share them with Berkshire Museum, the Berkshire Athenaeum, and the Berkshire County Historical Society! In the future, your contributions will help tell the story of how our lives were changed during this remarkable time in history.
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. You can also visit the City of Pittsfield's COVID-19 webpage for updates and helpful resources.


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Freeman Center's 'Rise For Safety and Justice' Walks Aim to Represent All

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Elizabeth Freeman Center's annual fundraiser to support survivors of domestic and sexual violence has undergone a couple of changes to be more inclusive and fit the needs of the pandemic.

The former "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event is now "Rise Together For Safety and Justice," a series of smaller fundraising walks throughout Berkshire County to stand against gender-based violence.

The event's original symbol was a red shoe and featured men walking a mile in perceivably feminine footwear down North Street at the year's last Third Thursday event  In 2019, the event drew hundreds of supporters and raised at least $75,000 in its ninth year.

Some in the LGBTQ-plus community saw this theme as being harmful and collaborated with the center to create an event that is representative of all gender identities and sexual orientations.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic preventing large gatherings, the event was transformed into a series of six smaller walks across the county between Sept. 19 and Sept. 29.

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