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Friday & Saturday: Chameleons Nightclub Opens!

This weekend, the latest addition to Pittsfield nightlife opens its doors! Chameleons Nightclub will be open Friday & Saturday night with their house DJ spinning Friday & DJ Bruno spinning electronica, house, techno, dubstep and more Saturday. They are not yet serving alcohol but will have energy drinks and more to keep you dancing all night long. Welcome Chameleons!

Friday & Saturday, February 18 & 19 | 7pm – 1am | Chameleons Nightclub | 1350 East Street | 499-2582 | $5 18+

Click here to listen to free mixes from DJ Bruno.

Winter Carnival  

Saturday: Winter Carnival Family Day!

Vox Radio and Pittsfield Cooperative bank have teamed up to ensure that Pittsfield's seasonal tradition, the Winter Carnival family day, continues complete with music entertainment from DJ Bob Heck, tug-of-war, live broadcasts, sleigh rides, snowman building, ice golf, ice hockey, limbo, karaoke, and more! If you get too cold, warm up with free hot chocolate and packzis (Polish doughnuts) in the heated pavilion.

Saturday, February 19 | 11am - 3pm | Controy Pavilion, Onota Lake | Lakeway Drive | 447-7304 | Free!

Click here to read more about the Pittsfield Winter Carnival!

Berkshire Music School  

Saturday: Contemporary Music Recital

Berkshire Musical School invites you to a free contemporary, classical, and original music recital performed by their students.  All of the music has been composed in the last 100 years.  The recital features 5 young pianists playing pieces, followed by original songs written by adult guitar students.

Saturday, February 19 | 1pm | BMS Taft Recital Hall | 30 Wendell Avenue | 442-1411 | Free


Berkshire Ballroom Dancing  

Saturday: Berkshire Ballroom Dance @ the Masonic Temple

It’s a Saturday night dance full of waltzes and tangos  in Pittsfield! Come out to the Masonic Temple for a basic lesson in Cha Cha taught by Dancin’ Dave. Afterwards, show off what you learned during the dance party.

Saturday, February 19 | 7pm – 11pm | Masonic Temple | 116 South Street | 684-1510 | $13, $9 USA members, $5 students

Interested in learning ballroom dancing? Click here for info on classes & private lessons here in Pittsfield.

Oakes and Smith   Saturday: Oakes and Smith Play Live with HuDost @ Mission

Oakes and Smith will be performing live, opening up the show with their progressive, acoustic folk music, and then backing up their friends HuDost. HuDost performs an atmospheric blend of alternative world music and eastern fusion.  This commanding indie world rock group promises to provide a night full of musical entertainment.

Saturday, February 19 | 7pm–11pm | Mission Bar and Tapas | 438 North Street | | No cover.

Click here for more information about Oakes and Smith.


Saturday: Stonewall Dinner Dance

The Berkshire Stonewall Community Coalition (BSCC) invites you to After Thought, a buffet dinner & dance at the Elk’s Club. This event kicks off with acocktail hour featuring a cash bar and appetizers at 6pm, followed by dinner at 7pm. Dinner includes carving station for roast sirloin and roast pork, pasta, meatballs, chicken marsala, veggies, salad and dessert. Join the BSCC after the buffet dinner for a night of dancing at the Elk’s Club in Pittsfield.

Saturday, February 19 | 6pm - 12:30am | Elk’s Club | 27 Union Street | 447-9243 | Dinner & dance: $20 members, $25 non-members, Dance only: Free for members, $5 non-members

Click here to purchase tickets to the dinner.


Sunday: BubbleMania @ The Colonial Theatre

Come see the beauty, wonder and fun of bubbles. BubbleMania! is loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities and beauty of bubbles. Casey Carle’s creations grow from intricate and imaginative bubble art forms to “trapping” people inside bubbles! Fun for all ages and all tickets are just $15!

Sunday, February 20 | 2pm | Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 997-4444 | $15

Click here to watch a bubbly video about BubbleMania!


Sunday: Documentary Film for Black History Month + Multicultural Dinner & Fellowship

In honor of Black History Month, BRIDGE brings you a screening and discussion of Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. In the documentary, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain a powerful new perspective on the black/white divide.  Afterwards join BRIDGE for a community dinner and conversation. Come together and help bridge cultural, language, and generational barriers.

Sunday, February 20 | 2pm screening; 5:30pm dinner | First Congregational Church | 27 East St | 447-7351 | Documentary free; Dinner $10, $5 for children ; $25 families of 4-6

Click here to watch the trailer for the documentary.

Berkshire Museum  

Monday-Friday: Winter Vacation Movie  + Museum Magic Camps @ Berkshire Museum

Berkshire Museum offers two great winter vacation camps for kids. For grades 3-6, it's Movie Camp! From plot to popcorn, campers write the script, make costumes, play the parts, and operate the cameras. Friends and family are invited to the premiere of the finished film at the Museum's Little Cinema. Campers receive a copy of the movie on DVD. Grades K-2 are invited to Museum Magic Camp where they will go on safari through the museum’s collection. Art projects, games, storytelling, and aquarium adventures inspired by M. C. Escher are only a few highlights. This will be a journey to remember!

Monday - Friday, February 21-25: Movie Camp | 9am - 4pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 443-7171 | $225 ($195 members), grades 3-6

Monday - Friday, February 21-25: Museum Magic Camp | 9am - 12pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 443-7171 | $125 ($100 members), grades k-2

Puppetry Workshop  

Monday-Friday: Puppet making and storytelling workshop

The storefront gallery invites children ages 8 to 12 to spend a day or two or the whole week of their February vacation learning the art of storytelling, making your own puppets to help you tell the stories, and enjoy pizza for lunch.

Monday - Friday, February 21-25 | 9am - 3pm  | Pittsfield Contemporary | 305 North Street | 499-0692 | $35 a day (includes pizza lunch), children ages 8-12

Click here for more information about Dr. Augie's Workshops.

History's Mysteries  

Monday-Friday: History's Mysteries @ Berkshire Museum

Berkshire Museum invites you to a comedic play filled with folklore, mythology, history and most of all - an excess of theatrical fun! Why do we tell stories and where do they come from? Mankind's mysteries are explored in this performance by the Berkshire Theatre Festival.

Monday - Friday, February 21 - 26 | 11am daily | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 443-7171 | Performance only: $10, $8; With museum admission: $18, $10

Escher's Animals  

Monday: Escher's Animals @ Berkshire Museum

Join the Museum's Natural Science Coordinator, Dr. Scott LaGreca and jump from the fanciful to the concrete as you "meet" some of the animals that inspired Escher on this very special tour through MC Escher: Seeing the Unseen, featuring preserved specimens from the Museum's own natural science collection and even a few live creatures as well. Escher derived much inspiration from animals, frequently picturing them in interlocking patterns and imagining how one might transform into another. This event is appropriate for all ages.

Monday, February 21 | 1pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 443-7171 | Free with regular museum admission ($13, $6)


Tuesday: Kangaroos @ the Berkshire Museum

Live animals up close! The museum's invited some friends from "Down Under" to join us and help us learn about the fascinating lives of kangaroos and other marsupials.

Tuesday, February 22 | 1pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 443-7171 | Presentation only: $5, $3; With museum: $15, $9

Cat's Pajamas  

Tuesday: The Cat's Pajamas @ The Berkshire Athenaeum

The Cat's Pajamas makes very cool music for kids with comedy and high-octane kid rock. It’s a wild world of stories, dance, puppets, props and backed by a three-piece band: Janet Schreiner, Emily Bate, and Zack Kuzel. Get your whiskers on for a rockin’ good time!

Tuesday, February 22 | 1pm | Berkshire Athenaeum | 1 Wendell Avenue | 499-9480 | Free!

Scarf Making

Raga-stuffie Puppet Workshop

Wednesday: Scarf Making Workshop + Raga-Stuffie-Puppet Workshop @ Alchemy Initiative

Alchemy Initiative’s keeping you warm this snowy winter! On Wednesday, finish a scarf in an afternoon using simple hand sewing and used sweaters.
Thursday conjure up an endearing creature using simple hand sewing and used wool sweaters. Kids ages 5 and up are welcome with a paying adult. Advance registration required.

Wednesday, February 23: Scarf Making Workshop | 1:30pm – 5pm | Alchemy Initiative | 40 Melville Street | | $75 each or $100 for a kid + adult

Thursday, February 24: Raga-Stuffie-Puppet Workshop | 1:30pm – 5pm | Alchemy Initiative | 40 Melville Street | | $75 each or $100 for a kid + adult

Click here for a full list of events at Alchemy Initiative.

Bobby Sweet  

Wednesday: Bobby Sweet @ the Berkshire Athenaeum

Bobby Sweet brings his Folk/Americana sound to the Berkshire Athenaeum at 7pm. Singer-songwriter, Sweet will be accompanied by long time band mates Pete Adams playing pedal steel guitar and Rick Leab playing hand percussion.

Wednesday, February 23 | 7pm | Berkshire Athenaeum | 1 Wendell Avenue | 499-9480 | Free

William Kluba  

Thursday: Artist Talk @ Berkshire Community College

Come out on Thursday for Art is Not Created in a Vacuum -- William Kluba discusses the way artists develop their work and how the context of their work is shaped and conceived as seen through the lens of time.

Thursday, February 24 | 12:15pm – 1:15pm | Room K-111, BCC Koussevitzky Arts Center | 1350 West Street | 236-4668 | Free

Justin Allen

Thursday: Justin Allen & Kali Baba McConnell @ The Marketplace Café

The Marketplace Café invites you to enjoy some free music courtesy of Justin Allen and Kali Baba McConnell.  Justin Allen’s smooth acoustic styling paired with Kali Baba’s drumming prowess is a powerful combination not to be reckoned with nor missed.

Thursday, February 24 | 8pm–10pm | The Marketplace Cafe | 55 North Street | 358-4777 | Free!

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