Friday, September 30, 2005

Cultural Pittsfield This Week 9/30-10/6


Friday Evening: Think Pink Reception

The opening reception for the second annual Think Pink art show to raise awareness of breast cancer is Friday, September 30, from 5:30pm-9pm. The reception is free and open to the public, and
attendees are encouraged to dress pink for prizes. The group show features over 40 Berkshire artists in a variety of media.

Friday, September 30 | 5:30pm-9pm | Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renne Avenue | 499-9370

Friday through October 9: Berkshire Music School Play

The Berkshire Music School, Berkshire Concert Artists and Crane & Co., present a new play, entitled “...Hoping that You may join with Us...” and telling the story of the founding of the Berkshire
Music School 65 years ago by Winnie Davis Crane. The first act begins at 6:30pm at the Berkshire Music School, located at 30 Wendell Avenue. A bus them whisks the audience to Model Farm, the Crane
mansion in Dalton, for the second act, a concert, and a buffet supper. Performances are scheduled for September 30 and October 1, 6, 7, 8, and 9, with the 7th being a fundraising gala for the
school.

September 30, October 1, 6, 7, 8, &9 | 6:30pm | Berkshire Music School | 30 Wendell Ave | 442-1411

Saturday: Open House at the Howard Building

Come and get a preview of the planned live-work Soho-style lofts planned for the Howard Building, now also the new home for the Storefront Artist Project, at First and Fenn Streets in downtown
Pittsfield. There will be a free open house open to all from 1pm to 7pm.

Saturday, October 1 | 1-7pm | Howard Building | 128 Fenn Street

Saturday night: Rod McDonald at the Common Grounds Coffeehouse

Singer-songwriter Rod McDonald performs at the Common Grounds Coffeehouse Saturday night. McDonald has been called "A superb songwriter." by the Arizona Daily Star, and City Link praised his
"stereotype-defying originals... His songs are mostly empathetic, character-driven allegories, funneling the human experience through the eyes of fictional but universally recognizable men and
women." Plus coffee, tea and homebaked goods!

Saturday, October 1 | 8pm | First United Methodist Church | 55 Fenn Street | 499-0866

Saturday evening: Candlelit Shaker Dinners

Enjoy Shaker-inspired hospitality and serenity at The City of Peace. A four-course Shaker dinner served in the candle-lit 1830 Brick Dwelling is preceded by an optional guided tour. Tour 5:30,
dinner at 7:00 p.m. A program of Shaker music completes the evening, and introduces attendees to Shaker music as an expression of their spirituality.

Saturday, October 1 | 5:30pm tour, 7pm dinner | Hancock Shaker Village | Rtes 41 & 20 | Reservations: 443-0188

Sunday: Juilliard String Quartet

For over fifty years the Juilliard String Quartet has been an international presence and an American institution. Its honors include four Grammy Awards, membership in the National Academy Recording
Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame, and its recording of the Debussy, Ravel and Dutilleux quartets was selected by The Times of London as one of the 100 best classical CDs ever made. And they are
performing in Pittsfield at the South Mountain Concert Hall!

Sunday, October 2 | 3pm | South Mountain Concert Hall | Route 7 | 442-2106

Wednesday Evening: It's Never Too Late to Tango

Come to the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts to learn the art of the tango with teacher Jackie Ling Wong. Absolute and advanced beginner classes are from 7pm to 8pm, with intermediate ones at 8pm.

Wednesdays | 7pm | Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renne Ave | 281-9722

Coming up next weekend: Gypsy in My Soul

Barrington Stage Company is bringing Broadway performer Donna McKechnie's fabulous one woman show "Gypsy in my Soul" to the Berkshire Music Hall after two sold-out performances earlier this year. The
Tony Award-winning star of A Chorus Line (and one of the stars of this summer's critically-acclaimed BSC production of Follies), Ms. McKechnie is regarded internationally as one of Broadway's
foremost dancing and singing stars. The New Orleans Times-Picayune says "McKechnie is warm, spontaneous and genuine onstage and this is what makes a star, that 'little something extra' that reaches
out to touch an audience. Pure, profound pleasure."

Friday, October 7 & Saturday, October 8 | 8pm | Sunday, October 9 Benefit Performance | 4pm | Berkshire Music Hall | 30 Union St. | 528-8888

Coming October 14-16: Jazzing up Downtown!

Plan for a night out on the town Friday & Saturday nights during the Legacy Banks Pittsfield CityJazz Festival October 14-16. Enjoy live jazz at local downtown restaurants before taking in the New
Black Eagle Jazz Band on Friday at 8:30pm and the New England Jazz Ensemble and Joyce Breach on Saturday at 8pm.

October 14-16 | Berkshire Music Hall & Downtown Restaurants | Tickets: 395-0105

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