Calendar

Feb
17
Sat
BHS Turning Points Exhibit @ Berkshire Athenaeum
Feb 17 @ 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Berkshire Historical Society presents the history of  Pittsfield divided  into ten time periods . Each panel will be filled with historic images and explanatory text highlighting significant “Turning Points.”  It will be a visual journey through the City’s history.

Ten turning points in Pittsfield history

1761 – Founding Pittsfield (Thomas Allen, Rev War, Shaker Village, Park Square elm tree)

1800 – Pittsfield Emerging (first mills-Schofield, agriculture fair-Watson)

1825 – Building Pittsfield (water, train, immigrants)

1850 – Fighting Pittsfield (Civil War, Melville and Moby-Dick)

1875 – Transforming Pittsfield (Stanley, Athenaeum, city and county seat)

1900 – Expanding Pittsfield (GE, Museum, immigrants, WWI)

1925 – Roaring Pittsfield (roaring 20s, depression and war effort)

1950 – Pittsfield Rising (postwar expansion, housing developments, school population)

1970 – Saving Pittsfield  (Urban renewal, GE pulling out, BCC, North Street)

2000 – Reinventing Pittsfield (Colonial, Beacon, Park Square)

Hancock Shaker Village Seed Library @ Berkshire Athenaeum
Feb 17 @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Hancock Shaker Village in conjunction with Berkshire Seed Library; will be at Berkshire Athenaeum, hosting a day of seed related activity that will be held and cultivate the first seed collection opportunity for this budding.

Registration through the library will be required to attend the morning activity (10-noon). From 1-3 donations of seed will be collected. Basic gardening, planting, and seed saving information will be available.

Nia Dance Fitness with Diane Firtell @ Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness
Feb 17 @ 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
IS183 in Our Schools: Learning Through Arts Showcase @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts 28 Renne Ave
Feb 17 @ 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Opening Reception Thursday,  February 15th,5-7pm

Show runs February 2nd-24th Gallery hours Wed-Saturday 11-4pm

 

IS183 Art School’s Learning Through Arts (LTA) after-school program brings professional teaching artists directly to Berkshire County’s K-12th grade classrooms, transforming the program sites into art studios, and sharing their passion for the visual arts through dynamic mixed-media projects. LTA gives students the freedom to experiment with advanced art techniques and mediums, create unique work, and find their voice through hands on visual arts experiences. IS183 is excited to participate once again in the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival, showcasing the artwork of every student artist in our LTA program. The showcase will represent each of LTA’s program sites including nine elementary, middle and high schools across the Berkshires. at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts (28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield) and will remain on view until February 24th.

 

Ten Days of Play @ Berkshire Museum
Feb 17 @ 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

 

Kids will play, create, improvise, and learn when Ten Days of Play returns to Berkshire Museum from Friday, February 16, through Sunday, February 25. Now in its sixth year, this innovative opportunity for child-directed play is included with regular Museum admission and is available daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Ten Days of Play Free Community Night will be held on Friday, February 16, from 5:30 to 7:30. Families are invited to explore this year’s expanded, engaging, child-directed Ten Days of Play activities, free of charge. The Free Community Night is generously sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union.

The Ten Days of Play festival will take place throughout the Museum. The Crane Room will be filled with an exciting array of modular building toys: kids will enjoy a bountiful LEGO® station, explore color and gravity at the Tegu magnetic block station, stack structures with Bilderhoos, and innovate with the big blue blocks of the Imagination Playground. Ten Days of Play will feature interactive activities for early learners in LAB 102, dramatic play in the Berkshire Backyard gallery, and the popular Tinker Lab in the Sabic Innovation Studio. 10 Days of Play is part of Pittsfield’s annual 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival.

Chowtime @ Berkshire Museum
Feb 17 @ 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Mutts Gone Nuts @ The Colonial Theatre
Feb 17 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

This event is part of the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival Comedy duo, Scott and Joan Houghton have created a dog thrill show like no other, featuring nine amazing canine partners, all adopted from animal shelters and rescues. Expect the unexpected in this top-notch presentation that includes: high flying frisbee dogs, tightwire dogs, dancing dogs, magic dogs and of course—the one and only—Sammie the Talking Dog! Since 1985, Scott and Joan Houghton have been presenting their unique blend of physical comedy and circus arts to audiences from Las Vegas to Tokyo. They spent three years with country star Lee Greenwood at his theater in Tennessee and seven years as the featured comedy act at Dolly Parton’s Theaters in Branson, Orlando and Myrtle Beach. In 2005, the duo turned their attention to a creating a comedy dog act and Mutts Gone Nuts has been thrilling audiences of all ages ever since!.

10X10 New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage Company St. Germain Stage
Feb 17 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Every 10 minutes,  a new play begins!  Join us for 10-minute plays by 10 playwrights, featuring a dynamite group of actors.

Mutts Gone Nuts @ The Colonial Theatre
Feb 17 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Comedy duo, Scott and Joan Houghton have created a dog thrill show like no other, featuring nine amazing canine partners, all adopted from animal shelters and rescues. Expect the unexpected in this top-notch presentation that includes: high flying frisbee dogs, tightwire dogs, dancing dogs, magic dogs and of course—the one and only—Sammie the Talking Dog!

Since 1985, Scott and Joan Houghton have been presenting their unique blend of physical comedy and circus arts to audiences from Las Vegas to Tokyo. They spent three years with country star Lee Greenwood at his theater in Tennessee and seven years as the featured comedy act at Dolly Parton’s Theaters in Branson, Orlando and Myrtle Beach. In 2005, the duo turned their attention to a creating a comedy dog act and Mutts Gone Nuts has been thrilling audiences of all ages ever since!

10X10 New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage Company St. Germain Stage
Feb 17 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Berkshires Jazz presents “10, by George” @ Berkshire Museum
Feb 17 @ 7:30 PM

The Ted Rosenthal Trio performs jazz versions of Rhapsody In Blue and 9 other familiar compositions of George Gershwin. After his stunning tribute to Thelonious Monk in August, 2017, the virtuoso pianist returns to the Berkshires with a Gershwin tour-de-force. The performance will include material from his best-selling CD, “Rhapsody in Gershwin.”

 

For your edification:

http://www.npr.org/2014/05/30/317371587/jazz-pianist-ted-rosenthal-has-a-feel-for-gershwin

The Ten Most Beloved Operatic Arias of All Time @ Whitney Center for the Arts
Feb 17 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Opera Notte returns to the Whit!  Please join us as we celebrate the return of our popular musical series, Opera Notte. Accompanied by Carlton Maaia II, fine opera singers will delight you will their renditions of the Top Ten most beloved arias of all time for only $10.  Beer, wine and light concessions will be available.

 

Feb
18
Sun
Billy Budd in the Breadbox @ The Garage
Feb 18 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

History comes to life in this exciting new play about, Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick. Billy Budd in the Breadbox is based on the book, Billy Budd in the Breadbox, The Story of Herman Melville and Eleanor, by Jana Laiz. Told through the eyes of his granddaughter, Eleanor, the show follows the special relationship between grandfather and granddaughter. Eleanor discovers that her grandfather has a secret and is determined to figure out what it is. Along her journey, you’ll go on an interactive and educational history lesson from Herman Melville himself. Hear his stories and learn about what inspired such writings at Moby DickTypeeBilly Budd and more. Based on a true discovery that brought the writings of Herman Melville back to life. The play features stories about local Berkshire history including Arrowhead, Mt. Greylock, and Monument Mountain.

Billy Budd in the Breadbox @ Colonial Theatre Garage
Feb 18 @ 11:00 AM

History comes to life in this exciting new play about, Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick. Billy Budd in the Breadbox is based on the book, Billy Budd in the Breadbox, The Story of Herman Melville and Eleanor, by Jana Laiz. Told through the eyes of his granddaughter, Eleanor, the show follows the special relationship between grandfather and granddaughter. Eleanor discovers that her grandfather has a secret and is determined to figure out what it is. Along her journey, you’ll go on an interactive and educational history lesson from Herman Melville himself. Hear his stories and learn about what inspired such writings at Moby DickTypeeBilly Budd and more. Based on a true discovery that brought the writings of Herman Melville back to life. The play features stories about local Berkshire history including Arrowhead, Mt. Greylock, and Monument Mountain.

Ten Days of Play @ Berkshire Museum
Feb 18 @ 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Kids will play, create, improvise, and learn when Ten Days of Play returns to Berkshire Museum from Friday, February 16, through Sunday, February 25. Now in its sixth year, this innovative opportunity for child-directed play is included with regular Museum admission and is available daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Ten Days of Play Free Community Night will be held on Friday, February 16, from 5:30 to 7:30. Families are invited to explore this year’s expanded, engaging, child-directed Ten Days of Play activities, free of charge. The Free Community Night is generously sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union.

The Ten Days of Play festival will take place throughout the Museum. The Crane Room will be filled with an exciting array of modular building toys: kids will enjoy a bountiful LEGO® station, explore color and gravity at the Tegu magnetic block station, stack structures with Bilderhoos, and innovate with the big blue blocks of the Imagination Playground. Ten Days of Play will feature interactive activities for early learners in LAB 102, dramatic play in the Berkshire Backyard gallery, and the popular Tinker Lab in the Sabic Innovation Studio. 10 Days of Play is part of Pittsfield’s annual 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival.

10X10 New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage Company St. Germain Stage
Feb 18 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Every 10 minutes,  a new play begins!  Join us for 10-minute plays by 10 playwrights, featuring a dynamite group of actors.

Feb
19
Mon
Billy Budd in the Breadbox @ The Garage
Feb 19 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

History comes to life in this exciting new play about, Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick. Billy Budd in the Breadbox is based on the book, Billy Budd in the Breadbox, The Story of Herman Melville and Eleanor, by Jana Laiz. Told through the eyes of his granddaughter, Eleanor, the show follows the special relationship between grandfather and granddaughter. Eleanor discovers that her grandfather has a secret and is determined to figure out what it is. Along her journey, you’ll go on an interactive and educational history lesson from Herman Melville himself. Hear his stories and learn about what inspired such writings at Moby DickTypeeBilly Budd and more. Based on a true discovery that brought the writings of Herman Melville back to life. The play features stories about local Berkshire history including Arrowhead, Mt. Greylock, and Monument Mountain.

Billy Budd in the Breadbox @ Colonial Theatre Garage
Feb 19 @ 11:00 AM

History comes to life in this exciting new play about, Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick. Billy Budd in the Breadbox is based on the book, Billy Budd in the Breadbox, The Story of Herman Melville and Eleanor, by Jana Laiz. Told through the eyes of his granddaughter, Eleanor, the show follows the special relationship between grandfather and granddaughter. Eleanor discovers that her grandfather has a secret and is determined to figure out what it is. Along her journey, you’ll go on an interactive and educational history lesson from Herman Melville himself. Hear his stories and learn about what inspired such writings at Moby DickTypeeBilly Budd and more. Based on a true discovery that brought the writings of Herman Melville back to life. The play features stories about local Berkshire history including Arrowhead, Mt. Greylock, and Monument Mountain.

Ten Days of Play @ Berkshire Museum
Feb 19 @ 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

 

Kids will play, create, improvise, and learn when Ten Days of Play returns to Berkshire Museum from Friday, February 16, through Sunday, February 25. Now in its sixth year, this innovative opportunity for child-directed play is included with regular Museum admission and is available daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Ten Days of Play Free Community Night will be held on Friday, February 16, from 5:30 to 7:30. Families are invited to explore this year’s expanded, engaging, child-directed Ten Days of Play activities, free of charge. The Free Community Night is generously sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union.

The Ten Days of Play festival will take place throughout the Museum. The Crane Room will be filled with an exciting array of modular building toys: kids will enjoy a bountiful LEGO® station, explore color and gravity at the Tegu magnetic block station, stack structures with Bilderhoos, and innovate with the big blue blocks of the Imagination Playground. Ten Days of Play will feature interactive activities for early learners in LAB 102, dramatic play in the Berkshire Backyard gallery, and the popular Tinker Lab in the Sabic Innovation Studio. 10 Days of Play is part of Pittsfield’s annual 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival.

BMS Instrument Petting Zoo @ Berkshire Museum
Feb 19 @ 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Berkshire Music School offers an instrument petting zoo at Berkshire Museum in one of the Museum’s galleries. Participation is free with general museum admission. Students will have the opportunity to try out a guitar, ukulele or violin, and meet a BMS faculty member to discuss whether your student is ready for music lessons. For more information, call BMS at 413-442-1411.