Calendar

Feb
15
Sat
Such Is Our Soul , a FREE public movement workshop with choreographer Joanna Haigood: presented by Jacob’s Pillow and co-sponsored by NAACP Berkshire County Branch @ Boy's & Girl's Club
Feb 15 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Join choreographer Joanna Haigood in a workshop for people of all ages and abilities that explores the text of W.E.B. Du Bois, and its relevance today, through conversation, movement, and community. All are welcome; no previous experience or special clothing necessary.

Questions about the workshop/accessibility? Contact us at 413.243.9919 x161.

“A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer” @ Whitney Center
Feb 15 @ 7:00 PM

These writings are inspired, funny, angry, heartfelt, tragic, and beautiful but above all, together they create a true and profound portrait of this issue’s effect on every one of us. A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer is a call to the world to demand an end to violence against women. 100% of the proceeds to benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center.

Whitney Center for the Arts presents 10 Operatic Arias by the Original Cast of Opera Notte @ Whitney Center
Feb 15 @ 7:00 PM

Berkshire’s own opera singers Kara & John Demler, Joe Sicotte & Monica Bliss (possibly also Amber Naramore) will delight audiences with ten beloved opera arias.

“New Branches on Ten Old Trees” Laszlo Gardony, unaccompanied piano @ Berkshire Museum
Feb 15 @ 7:30 PM

Piano virtuoso Laszlo Gardony performs fresh, modern but soulful arrangements of beloved old tunes, and covering ten styles and genres (jazz, Negro spirituals, rock, funk, Broadway, Neapolitan, etc.). Based in part on his new, highly-acclaimed CD “La Marseillaise,” his adaptations include the title song and nine other familiar tunes, from Misty to Eleanor Rigby, Lady Madonna to Summertime, and myriad in between. Known as an innovator for both his composing and performance approaches, Hungarian-born Laszlo Gardony is also a professor of piano at the Berklee College of Music. He made his local debut at the Berkshire Museum nearly 20 years ago, and has developed a strong regional and national following.

(snow date: Feb. 22)

Music in Common’s Amplify Berkshires Youth Band  @ Dottie's Coffee Lounge
Feb 15 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Youth Musicians from all over Berkshire County will perform songs written by youth from around the world who have participated in Music in Common JAMMS programs. Music in Common is a nonprofit organization that empowers youth against hate through collaborative songwriting, multimedia, and performance.

Feb
16
Sun
Ice Fishing Derby @ Controy Pavilion
Feb 16 @ 6:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Registration is day of at the Pavillion. Prizes awarded in Adult and Junior divisions. Sponsored by the Onota Fishing Club.

The Big Chill @ Hancock Shaker Village,1843 W Housatonic St.
Feb 16 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Enjoy a day of fun outdoor activities for the whole family, including snowperson making, tree tapping, snowshoeing, a bonfire, live music, and more.

Feb
17
Mon
Darrow School 10×10 Workshops @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
Feb 17 @ 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Ted Lightburn, Science Department Chair, Hands-to-Work Director – Students from The Darrow School will demonstrate air pressure concepts through a hands-on demonstration where children will make a Cartesian Diver that they can take home with them. These Darrow Juniors in high school have recently completed a unit on gas pressure. They will be able to explain how pressure and volume are related in an experiment that they can re-create almost anywhere with easily found materials. Suitable for all ages.

Records and Burpee Zoo Show @ Berkshire Museum
Feb 17 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

All Ages. Meet seven live animals from the Records and Burpee Zoo and learn about their adaptations, how they survive in the wild, and the consequences of keeping wild animals as pets.

WordXWord: I Have Something to Say Berkshire Museum @ Berkshire Museum
Feb 17 @ 7:00 PM

In the spirit of She Shapes History, WordXWord has challenged poets give voice to the often overlooked, unvoiced, ways that women have and continue to move the world forward.

Feb
18
Tue
Free Skating Opportunity @ Boys & Girls Club
Feb 18 @ 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, The City of Pittsfield Recreation Program and the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires invite the first 100 people through the door during the Public Skate at the Pittsfield Boys & Girls Club to free admission for skating as well as free skate rental if needed (limited size availability).

BIFF 10 Best shorts @ Phoenix Theatres Beacon Cinema
Feb 18 @ 2:00 PM

BIFF celebrates short film with some of the best shorts from our 14th Annual Festival.

The Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) and the Phoenix Theatres Beacon Cinema present THE BEST OF FEST SHORTS! @ Phoenix Theatres Beacon Cinema, 57 North St.
Feb 18 @ 7:00 PM

BIFF celebrates short film with some of the best shorts from our 14th Annual Festival. Tickets may be obtained the night of the screening at the Beacon on a first come first serve basis.

Feb
20
Thu
REAL ART PARTY @ Berkshire Museum
Feb 20 all-day

The 10×10 Auction and Real Art Party will have a new format. The 5+5=10 RAP will include an art exhibit of the work of young artists under the age of 10 years old and a FREE real art party for ALL Ages.

Feb
21
Fri
Invasive Vine Extravaganza Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) event @ Springside Park, Pittsfield MA
Feb 21 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Start your weekend off right and help eradicate destructive invasive hardy kiwi at the same time! Gloves and tools will be provided, but we encourage you to bring extra tools if you have them (loppers, pruning sheers, and pruning saws). Meet at the Burbank Park Boat Launch.

Hardy Kiwi is an exotic invasive ornamental that threatens forests in western Massachusetts through complete domination of mature trees. Once it germinates, it will climb surrounding vegetation and eventually kill its support. Hardy kiwi can grow over 20 feet in a year. It has become a major problem in places such as Kennedy Park and Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, and now Burbank Park. Meet at the Onota Lake boat launch.

For more information contact Elia Del Molino at elia@thebeatnews.org or 413-429-6416

Berkshire Museum’s Berkshire Children’s Theater Presents Disney’s Winnie the Pooh @ Berkshire Museum
Feb 21 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

All Ages
The talented young performers of Berkshire Children’s Theater return to the Museum to perform their original musical version of the classic story Winnie the Pooh under the direction of Kara Demler.

Gyspsy Layne @ Hotel On North
Feb 21 @ 7:00 PM
WordXWord: Story Slam @ Dottie's Coffee Lounge, 444 North St.
Feb 21 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

A story slam is a fast paced, high spirited competition in which storytellers spin first-person true stories related to the evenings theme

Feb
22
Sat
Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon @ The Colonial Theatret
Feb 22 @ 1:00 PM

Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon is an adaptation of the fourth of Mary Pope Osborne’s award-winning fantasy adventure books from the Magic Tree House book series, which has sold more than 100 million copies and is available in more than a hundred countries around the world. Jack and Annie return to visit the magic tree house on a dreary, rainy day. They find a book where the sun is shining and the waves are crashing, so they wish to travel to this tropical place. They realize that they are in the eighteenth-century Caribbean—the time of pirates! The siblings meet Captain Bones, a mean old pirate who captures the two and forces them to help him find buried treasure. It’s up to Jack and Annie to find their way back to the tree house and make their way home.

Mary Pope Osborne will be signing books from 1pm–1:45pm in the Colonial Theatre lobby, prior to the performance. Books will be available for purchase on site.

Berkshire United Way :10xtheFun @ Zion Church
Feb 22 @ 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Berkshire United Way in partnerships with Zion Lutheran Church and Cultural Pittsfield will hold it’s 3rd Annual 10xtheFun Family Festival on Saturday, February 22 from 3:30-5:30 pm. This FREE event features literacy-themed activities and entertainment for families with young children. The Roaming Railroad will also be available at the Common Park.