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July 16th 3rd Thursday Celebrates the Arts with a Dance Party with DJ BFG and the Opening Night of Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park
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(Pittsfield, Mass.) Upstreet Pittsfield’s award-winning street festival, 3rd Thursdays, returns on Thursday, July 16th with an #ArtsMatter theme, sponsored by Berkshire Gas. July’s #ArtsMatter theme is taken from the Mass Creative Arts Matter advocacy campaign. The event features a street dance party with DJ BFG and the kick off to the second annual Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park performance. The largest free outdoor event series in the Berkshires, 3rd Thursdays are family friendly and open to all. North Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from West Street to Linden Street and will be filled with music, performance, food and community activities.
There are approximately 100 vendors signed up for the July 3rd Thursday. The dance party with DJ BFG will take place under the tent on the lawn of St. Joseph Church, which will also feature a Wandering Star Beer Garden. New York City-based band Timbila will perform on the main stage. Timbila features Afrodelic dance music with roots in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and the East Village, Timbila is an energetic blend of guitar, African xylophone and mbira with lush female vocal harmonies and deep, hypnotic grooves.
The line up on the main stage at Persip Park features: an excerpt from Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park’s Romeo and Juliet debuting later that night at the Common; a sneak peek of Shrek from Barrington Stage Company which starts July 22 at the Berkshire Museum and a community reading of an excerpt from Frederick Douglass’s powerful speech, “What to the Slave is Your Fourth of July?”, part of the Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival.
“With the #ArtsMatter theme, from music to dancing to Shakespeare to Shrek, there is something for everyone,” said Pittsfield’s Director of Cultural Development, Jen Glockner. “Come out and show us why #ArtsMatter to you!”
Other 3rd Thursday highlights include: demos and performances from the Funk Box Dance Studio with DJ BFG; acoustic guitar with Kaylene Lemme; Highland; an interactive hula hoop performance with Pittsfield City Hoopla; Rock On performances and a paint and sip party at the Berkshire Paint and Sip Studios at 305 North Street (go to http://www.berkshirepaintandsip.com/ to register). The band Mindful Intuition will perform outside at the Crowne Plaza.
The Greylock Federal Credit Union community art project and outdoor chalk art gallery continue this month in the Create area of 3rd Thursday. The Play area will again be smoke free and feature a bounce house sponsored by Carr Hardware. The fancy food court with food trucks and vendors will be in the Play area as well. The destination areas are designed for the different 3rd Thursday activities structured to support the themes Relax, Play and Create. The Whitney Center for the Arts will once again host a 3rd Thursday After Party featuring live music and refreshments for purchase. This month, Highland will be performing. One of the newest bands on the Berkshire scene, Highland brings old school grooves, revamped with a fresh, youthful feeling.
The miniature train rides from Roaming Railroad are back, as is the Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club Fun Zone. The Pittsfield Family YMCA will be doing Zumba and the Pittsfield Suns will be out on the street as well.
The Berkshire Museum offers free admission for Berkshire County residents during the 3rd Thursday events. The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will host a reception for the CATA I am a Part of Art Show with John Root performing popular music from the Gaslight Era.
The performances continue with the opening night of Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park’s Romeo and Juliet at the Common. The free, outdoor production of Romeo and Juliet continues through August 2 with performances Thursday-Sunday at 8pm. Also that evening, catch Barrington Stage’s preview performance of Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers with tickets starting at $15. Bells Are Ringing continues at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Colonial Theatre. Head over to Mission (no cover) and check out the Picky Bastards, a collective gathering of rotating local folk, rock and Americana musicians hosted by Andy Wrba and Chris Merenda.
3rd Thursdays season sponsors include: Berkshire Gas; Berkshire Bank; the Berkshire Eagle; Berkshire Health Systems; Greylock Federal Credit Union; Guardian Life Insurance Company of America and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Upcoming 3rd Thursday dates and themes are: August 20th – All the World’s a Stage; September 17th: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and October 15: Harvest Festival.
3rd Thursdays is organized by the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development. For more information on 3rd Thursdays please visit discoverpittsfield.com/3rdthursdays, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-499-9348. 3rd Thursdays are held rain or shine and there is plenty of free parking throughout downtown’s Upstreet Cultural District.
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