Thursday, February 28, 2008

Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb 29-March 5, 2008

Friday: Celebrate with Barrington Stage FREE

Last month Barrington Stage Company received the prestigious national Coming Up Taller Award from First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush for their teen Playwright Mentoring Project (PMP). Everyone’s invited to join in celebrating with State Senator Benjamin Downing, Judge Paul Perachi and Massachusetts Cultural Council Executive Director Anita Walker (pictured left) at Barrington Stage, where you’ll enjoy performance excerpts from the Playwright Mentoring Program, and a party in the lobby afterwards!

Friday, February 29 7pm Barrington Stage 30 Union Street 499-5446 x100 FREE

Click here to find out more about the President's Coming Up Taller awards

Saturday night: Rock the Opera dance party!

Diva Fever hits Pittsfield Saturday at IS183 Art School’s annual Masquerade Ball, Rock the Opera. This benefit dance party blends a rock’n’roll sensibility with operatic indulgence, and features over-the-top decorations, live music from Melodrome, a DJ spinning dance tracks, an open bar, chocolate delectables from Chocolate Springs Café, and much more. Find out why IS183 ’s dance parties are considered the best in the County. Suggested attire: operatic rock regalia. Air guitar optional! 21 and over.

Saturday, March 1 6pm: dinner, 8pm – onward: party Masonic Temple 116 South Street 298-5252 x100 Dinner & dance: $150; dance only: $50

What to wear? Look here for ideas....

Saturday: Free Air Force Big Band Concert

Join the United States Air Force Liberty Big Band for an unforgettable FREE evening of musical entertainment sponsored by the City of Pittsfield and the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival. Expect an exciting program ranging from the traditions of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington, to the contemporary jazz-pop sounds of today. No ticket required.

Saturday, March 1 7pm Reid Middle School 950 North St 499-9348 FREE

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Saturday: Johnny Irion & Sarah Lee Guthrie downtown

Folk music, bluegrass and a little bit of rock n’ roll, mixed with storytelling and humor are on tap at the Common Grounds Coffee House. Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, husband and wife duo, together produce a singularly rich harmony. Guthrie, granddaughter of American folksinger Woody Guthrie and her musician husband sell out concert halls with their unique onstage presence.

Saturday, March 1 7pm United Methodist Church 55 Fenn Street 499-0866 $15
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Saturday: Berkshire Bateria at Spice

Saturday night warm up and kick up your heels to the Brazilian rhythms of the Berkshire Bateria at Spice Lounge. No cover and lots of fun! And for Cape Verdean reggae dance rhythms, Ras Moon and Monsoon are playing at La Cocina that evening as well!

Berkshire Bateria: Saturday, March 1 8:30pm Spice Lounge 297 North Street 443-1234 FREE
Ras Moon & Monsoon: Saturday, March 1 9pm La Cocina 140 Wahconah Street
499-6363 $5
Click here to see who else is coming to Spice...

Sunday & Monday: Free Film & Writing Workshops

Sunday, join Bob Gray for a free writing workshop: Under Your Nose: Writing the Personal Essay part I, part of the Pittsfield READS! Community Reading Project. Monday evening is the second of three FREE workshops on low budget independent filmmaking with local filmmaker Marc Maurino. This one focuses on nuts and bolts of film production -- running a shoot, recruiting actors and crew, and much more!

Writing workshop: Sunday, March 2 1pm-3:30pm Lichtenstein Center for the Arts 28 Renne Ave. 448-9632 FREE

Filmmaking workshop: Monday, March 3 7-10pm Lichtentein Center for the Arts 28 Renne Ave 499-9348 FREE
There's always more going on each week than we can fit in the newsletter. Check out our online calendar by clicking here.

Sunday: Natalie MacMaster fiddles at the Colonial

Cape Breton's incandescent fiddler tears up the stage with grand, joyful shows filled with everything from ferocious fiddling and high-powered step dancing to fast-paced Celtic raves and heartwarming ballads. Charismatic on stage and with a great sense of humor, MacMaster and her sizzling band captivate audiences with colorful reels and jigs, and dynamically fuse the traditional with bluegrass, world music and pop.

Sunday, March 2 4 pm The Colonial Theatre 111 South Street 997-4444 $22-$45

Click here to read the critics' lavish praise for Natalie's performances...

Sunday: Chocolate Film Feast!

This Sunday, enjoy the film, Like Water for Chocolate, an intoxicating story of love and some exotic cooking in a Mexican village. Joshua Needleman, proprietor of Chocolate Springs Café shares delectable chocolate secrets, then afterwards, dine at Pancho's Mexican Restaurant on a three-course meal, featuring a rich, chocolate mole poblano.

Sunday, March 2 3 pm film: Berkshire Community College Koussevitzky Hall 1350 West Street dinner: Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant 156 North St.
443-7171 $15 film & lecture $25 dinner

Monday: Dinner with Dave Fleming

David Fleming, Executive Director of the Colonial Theatre, discusses ways in which women often serve as the cultural caretakers (and purse-string holders) in the community at the monthly dinner meeting of Berkshire Business & Professional Women. Everyone’s invited! Reservations are required by Friday, February 29th.

Monday, March 3 Aster's Restaurant 1015 South St. 5:30-6pm networking, 6-7:30pm dinner/program 329-6125 $28 dinner & program

Tuesday & Thursday: Two films showing downtown!

The classic film Adam’s Rib, starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, screens Tuesday, introduced by attorney Patrick Gable, and co-sponsored by the Berkshire Law Library and the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. Thursday, it’s the new film, The Walker, starring Woody Harrelson, on the Colonial’s big new screen. He plays a well-heeled and popular socialite who serves as confidante, companion, and card partner to some of Washington DC's leading ladies, until things go very wrong. Rated R.

Adam's Rib: Tuesday, March 4 6 pm Berkshire Athenaeum 1 Wendell Avenue FREE
The Walker: Thursday, March 6 6:30PM & 8:45PM The Colonial Theatre 111 South Street 448-8084
Click here to read a review of Paul Schrader's The Walker.

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