Calendar

Feb
24
Sat
BHS Turning Points Exhibit @ Berkshire Athenaeum
Feb 24 @ 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)

Nia Dance Fitness with Diane Firtell @ Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness
Feb 24 @ 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Billy Budd in the Breadbox @ The Garage
Feb 24 @ 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 24 @ 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.

IS183 in Our Schools: Learning Through Arts Showcase @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts 28 Renne Ave
Feb 24 @ 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 24 @ 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 24 @ 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
10X10 New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage Company St. Germain Stage
Feb 24 @ 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.

10×10 Opera Double Bill with City Chamber Opera @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
Feb 24 @ 3:00 PM

In this Opera double bill, soprano Erin Nafziger performs the role of Elle in Poulenc’s haunting La Voix humaine, and soprano Nellie Rustick performs Hermit Songs and Knoxville: Summer Of 1915 by celebrated composer (and Berkshire favorite) Samuel Barber, in collaboration with pianist David Anderegg. Poulenc’s monodrama deals with life and loss, and the strength of women, while Barber’s pieces talk of the beauty of simplicity within daily life.  Set among soaring vocal lines complimented by rich accompaniment, both composers set a conversational tone paired with vibrant emotion, making this an afternoon that promises to be profoundly moving. Critics have praised Nafziger’s voice, saying: “I haven’t heard singing that good on the MET broadcasts all season. Such a beautiful voice and the musicianship to match!” About Rustick’s voice, critics have acclaimed that “Rustick has an exceptional instrument. Her voice is something unusually special and wonderful.”  There will be a free will donation at the door, and a reception with the performers following the performance

10x the Fun @ Zion Lutheran Church
Feb 24 @ 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Join Pittsfield Promise, a Berkshire United Way early childhood coalition, and the Zion Lutheran Church for “10x the Fun”  on Saturday, February 24, from 4-7 p.m. at the First Street Common and Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield. FREE indoor and outdoor activities , music, stories and more for families of young children.  Warm up with hot chocolate before the fireworks and receive a FREE children’s book for participating!

FIREWORKS @ First Street Common
Feb 24 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Join us for ten minutes of winter fireworks. Sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union

Gypsy Layne @ Hotel on North
Feb 24 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Gypsy Layne Cabaret & Co. is back in Pittsfield—and better than ever!—making February red-hot with their return to the 10×10 Festival. The Berkshires’ own homegrown cabaret & burlesque troupe is eager to share its vivacious artistry, unabashed body-positivity, and outrageous charms with the local community once more.

Show will start at 7 pm Tickets Advance- $25 Door- $30

10X10 New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage Company St. Germain Stage
Feb 24 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Feb
25
Sun
Ten Days of Play @ Berkshire Museum
Feb 25 @ 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 25 @ 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.

Dance Ten @ Barrington Stage Company
Feb 25 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tickets $5 students 12 and under adults $10 tickets available at **BSC box office info

 

Ten exciting Berkshire dance groups showcase their talents.

Feb
27
Tue
WeMuse Littlest Learners @ Berkshire Museum
Feb 27 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Mar
1
Thu
10X10 New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage Company St. Germain Stage
Mar 1 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Mar
2
Fri
WeeMuse Adventures (Ages 18mo – 3yrs) @ Berkshire Museum
Mar 2 @ 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
WeeMuse Adventures (Ages 18mo – 3yrs) @ Berkshire Museum | Pittsfield | Massachusetts | United States

Little ones can explore the Aquarium and three Museum galleries! Each week features songs, stories, scavenger hunts, play time, and more. Check our weekly e-news for each week’s theme. This program is geared towards children 18 months to 3 years. Older and younger siblings are always welcome!

WeeMuse programs are generously sponsored by the Berkshire Bank Foundation.

Youth Art Month Opening Reception
Mar 2 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Enjoy performances by the Hoosac Valley High School Jazz Ensemble and the BART Wind Quartet as well as original art by local students. Youth Art Month features artwork from art classrooms across Berkshire County, on view in the Crane Room March 2 to 31. The month-long exhibition shines a spotlight on the excellent work that students and arts educators produce here in the Berkshires.