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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: December 21-27

Wishing you a warm & peaceful holiday!
(silkscreen card by Museum Facsimiles of Pittsfield

Friday+:  A Christmas Carol at the Colonial!Revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas as told in Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser who is reformed and shown the error of his ways by four spirits. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story of A Christmas Carol filled with terrific turns and infused with holiday music. An extraordinary community tradition from Berkshire Theatre Group—bring the family!Friday-Sunday, December 21-30 | Thurs-Sat 7:30pm Sat & Sun 2pm | The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-997-4444 | $25-$50

Friday+:  Vincent at Barrington Stage!This intimate one man play about the legendary artist Vincent Van Gogh comes directly from Vincent’s own words and those of his closest ally, his brother Theo. Leonard Nimoy, who wrote and originally performed Vincent, did years of research on the hundreds of letters between Vincent and Theo. Berkshire On Stage calls Vincent “enlightening and enjoyable.”Friday-next Sunday, December 21-30 | Fri & Sat 8pm; Sat & Sun 4pm; Wed & Thurs 7pm | Barrington Stage Company | St. Germain Stage | 36 Linden Street | 413-236-8888 | $30

Friday: End of the World Parties…
End of the world? End of an age? End of autumn? Just another day? Be sure to find out with Domino Theory…Friday, December 21 | 9pm | Flavours of Malaysia | 75 North Street |$5

Or join Smart@@s with special guest Joe from WYKYD on drums at the Itam Lodge…

Friday, December 21 | 9:30pm | ITAM Lodge | 93 Waubeek Road |$5

Saturday: Earring & Necklace Making Made Easy!This Saturday create beautiful handmade gifts! In the morning learn to make three pairs of stunning earrings to go for gifts or just for you. No prior skills necessary. Later, choose from a selected galaxy of dazzling beads to design an 18″ necklace. No prior skills necessary. Pre-registration required. Bisque, Beads & Beyond has a lot going on during the entire month! Click here for the calendar.December 22 |Earring Class: 10am-12pm, Necklace class: 2pm-4pm | Bisque, Beads & Beyond | 141 North Street | 413-442-9300 | $45 includes materials

Saturday: Santa & Terry a la Berry @ The Colonial!Terry A La Berry and Friends will join none other than Santa Claus at the Garage at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield at 11:30 am Saturday morning for an hour of family-friendly singing and jumping to get everyone in the holiday spirit. This special event is made possible by Pugzee Farms and Downtown Pittsfield Inc.Saturday, December 22 | Santa: 11am-1pm; Terry a la Berry: 11:30am | The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 413-997-4444 | FREE

Saturday: Holiday Cookie Swap Join Moments Houseto share a little time around the tree with friends and trade cookies so everyone will leave with a beautiful selection of treats to share with family and friends. Each person will make a dozen cookies for each person attending for the swap. Please RSVP and include the type of cookies you will be bringing.Saturday, December 22 | 12pm | Moments House | 194 Fenn Street | 413-443-6800 | FREE

Saturday: Last Minute Gift Event!The Marketplace Cafe hosts a cozy locally made last minute shopping event featuring children’s books, art, cards, hand-blown glass ornaments, crafts, soy candles, pastries, Harney & Sons teas, and more! Vendors include Big Head Books, artists Karen Andrews and Ellen Joffe-Halpern, Toomey Glass, AP Home Decor, & the Marketplace Café.Saturday December 22| 3pm-5pm | The Marketplace Café | 53 North Street | 413-358-4777 | Free

Saturday: Sandy Benefit Dinner & ConcertEnjoy great local music and food to benefit the families of the Far Rockaways devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Performers include the Interlopers, Melodrome, John Zarvis, October Mountain, The Blend, Hyroglifix, The Top and many more musical surprises. $20 tickets available at BerkChiqueor at the door and includes dinner. Great items will be raffled, there will be silent auctions and fun will be had by all!Saturday, December 22 | 6pm-12am | ITAM Lodge | 93 Waubeek Road | $20

Sunday: The Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker The last Nutcracker of the season will be the Royal Balletof England’s version on the big screen at Berkshire Museum. Peter Wright’s classic production, first seen at Covent Garden in 1984, is an essential part of Christmas for audiences of all ages.Sunday, December 23 | 2pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $14, members $12.50

Monday: Christmas Eve Food Fight!A new tradition in the making: come out to Mission Bar & Tapas Monday morning for an eggnog and breakfast sandwich throwdown while the ever talented Benny “Fingers” Kohnwill be tickling the ivories for some holiday cheer. Celebrity judges will vote for the best beginning at 12 noon. Stop in for a good time and a great way to kick off your holiday!Monday, December 24 | 9am-1pm | Mission Bar + Tapas | 438 North Street | No phone

Wednesday: DJ BFG at Mission‘Twas the night after Christmas and folks may be getting a little restless, so come out to Mission Bar & Tapas as DJ BFG (a/k/a writer Gabriel Squailia) spins the platters that matter.Wednesday, December 26 | 8pm-11pm | Mission Bar + Tapas | 438 North Street | No phone | No cover

Thursday: Kitchen Ka-Boom at the Berkshire MuseumPretend to be a mad scientist performing thrilling – and fun – science experiments! All experiments are kid-safe and can be recreated using items found in almost any kitchen. Adult must accompany child.Thursday, December 27 | 1pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | Free with museum admission: $13 adult; $6 child; Museum members & children 3 and under FREE

Thursday-next Saturday: Pinkalicious!Berkshire Children’s Theater presents Pinkalicious the musical at the Berkshire Museum, based on the very popular children’s book. Pinkalicious loves pink, especially pink cupcakes. Her parents warn her not to eat too many of them, but when Pinkalicious does . . . she turns pink!Thursday-next Saturday, December 27-29 | Thurs & Sat: 2pm; Fri & Sat: 11am | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | members $5 adults, $3 kids; general admission $15 adults, $8 kids (includes admission to Museum & Festival of Trees)

Thursday: Jenna May at The MarketplaceNineteen year old Jenna May’s passion is writing emotional music that touches listeners on a personal level. After the past year and a half of playing venues in Massachusetts, New York and the Turks and Caicos Islands, Jenna is back! Her upcoming album (Almost Live) will be a compilation of solo acoustic songs. Jenna is often compared to the likes of Janice Joplin, Joni Mitchell, Jewel, and Sheryl Crow,and she reaches a broad demographic of listeners by offering a fresh, innovative sound that keeps fans coming back.Thursday, December 27 | 6:30pm-8:30pm | The Marketplace Cafe | 53 North Street | 413-358-4777 | NO COVER

Thursday: Scarf Making Workshop!Get creative in Crispina ffrench’sstudio with your favorite kid/s. No experience necessary, and everyone will make a scarf to wear home! The use of all tools and upcycled materials are included. Cost is $100 for a kid/adult pair additional kids $25 ea. Each kid must have an adult with them during the workshop. (And each adult can have more than one kid with them!)Thursday, December 27 | 1:30pm-5pm | Shire City Sanctuary | 40 Melville Street | $100 for adult-kid pair, $25 additional kid

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