Cultural Pittsfield This Week to cease publishing
No More Cultural Pittsfield This Week.Pittsfield's Office of Cultural Development has been diligent in informing citizens about the many fun Pittsfield events that occur every day via Cultural Pittsfield This Week. Unfortunately, the ever-increasing number of cultural activities has led to the newsletter's downfall. City Hall's IT department has informed us that we have overwhelmed available memory space on the shared server. There is no longer room to store the dozens of new events and activities happening each week in Pittsfield. Therefore Cultural Pittsfield This Week will be no longer be published until further notice. Our final edition is a special Berkshire Fools Festival newsletter, handcrafted by intern Jamal Ahamad!
Click here to view the full schedule of events in the first annual Berkshire Fools Festival!
Strange Exhibits Everywhere...!The Fools Festival kicks off with an opening tonight at Ferrin Gallery, showcasing modern social surrealism through a series of 50 hand-cut collages in Wayne’s World: The Art of Wayne Duffy. Buy your Fool's Festival Pass for just $25 at the opening too! During the week of the festival, the Berkshire Museum hosts an educational exhibit entitled Greasepaint Tears: The Clown Wars , commemorating the wave of violence that transpired between clowns & mimes in Pittsfield during the late 1960s & early 1970s. Zeitgeist Gallery presents Michael Hitchcock: Man of the Future, an inside look at 2020's most divisive & inclusive figure in American politics.
Wayne’s World opening reception | Wednesday, April 1 | 5-7pm | Ferrin Gallery | 437 North Street | 442-1622 | Free
Greasepaint Tears | Thursday-Sunday, April 2-5 | 10am-5pm, 12pm-5pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 443-7171
Man of the Future | Thursday-Sunday, April 2-5 | 1pm-7pm | Zeitgeist Gallery | 648 North Street | Free
Click here to view more work by Wayne Duffy at the Ferrin Gallery.
Thurs-Sun: Into the Woods & The Lynch BrideThis weekend the Taconic High School theatre department offers up Into the Woods, a delightfully strange story of combined fairy tales. Meanwhile local playwright Peter Bergman has written a new play, The Lynch Bride, especially for the Fools Festival, filled with local history (real & imagined), confusion, flirtation, and hilarity.
Into the Woods | Thursday thru Saturday, April 2-4 | 7:30pm | Taconic High School | 96 Valentine Road | 448-9600 | $12/$5 w/ FOOLS FESTIVAL PASS
The Lynch Bride | Thursday, Saturday & Sunday, April 2-5 | Thursday 7:30pm, Saturday 4pm & 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm | Friday First Congregational Church | 27 East Street | 447-7351 | $9/ Free w/ FOOLS FESTIVAL PASS ($25 for the whole weekend!)
Click here to read more about the faux-historical Victorian comedy The Lynch Bride.
Friday night: The Spring Folly Dance Party!The Berkshire Fools Festival hosts a Friday night dance party dance party extravaganza (costumes welcomed) amidst a museum of bizarre curiosities, with gypsies, jesters, stilt walking, popcorn, cotton candy, a cash bar by Brix, and more, including the alt-punk-klezmer band, Bella's Bartok, pictured left, and the vaudeville antics of Those two Guys. It's FREE with your Festival Pass: for just $25, you get free or reduced entrance into all of the many Fools Festival events this weekend! Also Friday evening, Mission Bar hosts the improv comedy group the Debt-Free Players.
The Spring Folly | Friday, April 3 | 8pm-12am | St. Joseph Central High School | 22 Maplewood Avenue | 447-9121 | $10/ Free w/ FOOLS FESTIVAL PASS
Debt-Free Players | Friday, April 3 | 8pm-10pm | Mission Bar and Tapas | 438 North Street | missionbarandtapas@... | No cover charge
Click here to visit the website of Those Two Guys and check out their YouTube videos!
Saturday: The Musical Hat for families!The Musical Hat is a delightful tale for the whole family to enjoy, featuring clowns, music, mime, and puppets. Shmurple & her fellow clowns sing songs from their Musical Hat, when suddenly they discover that their music has been stolen. Join them in their hilarious adventures as they try to get it back and in the process discover what music is made of.
Saturday, April 4 | 1pm | Berkshire Athenaeum | 1 Wendell Avenue | 499-9480 | Free
Click here to find out more about the Nutshell Playhouse, performers of The Magical Hat!
Saturday: Clown Games @ the Pittsfield CommonCome out for a fun filled day of activities and performances! Games, relay races, clowns, mimes, unicycles, balloons, face painting, and more! And Youth Alive and the cast of Into the Woods will be there! Rain location: Boys & Girls Club, Melville Street.
Saturday, April 4 | 2pm-5pm | Pittsfield Common | First Street | 499-9344 | Free
Sat & Sun: Bunker Mentality & the Noble FoolToo much laughter and not enough tragedy in your week of celebratory foolishness? Get the perfect mix of both from writer and performer, Bob Balogh, as he portrays an old-school man in a post-modern day world in the tragicomedy, Bunker Mentality. However, if musical foolishness is what you want, then take note of The Noble Fool, an afternoon of song featuring renowned singer Shana Blake Hill accompanied by Alexander Rothyang and Lawrence Glatt. This soprano soloist, pianist, and guitarist creates a journey in song through the many facets of the fool from the silly clown to the village idiot to the fools we make of ourselves in love or striving for social status.
Bunker Mentality | Saturday and Sunday, April 4-5 | 3pm | Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renne Avenue | $5/ Free w/ FOOLS FESTIVAL PASS
The Noble Fool | Saturday and Sunday, April 4-5 | Saturday 3pm, Sunday 4pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 443-7171 | $12/ Free w/ FOOLS FESTIVAL PASS
Click here to visit the website of talented singer Shana Blake Hill, pictured left.
Saturday night: Dinner & Improv Comedy @ Dottie'sSaturday night Dottie's Coffee Lounge hosts an intimate & convivial community dinner with a special comedy performance by the Royal Berkshires Improv Troupe. The three course dinner includes homemade strawberry shortcake for dessert!
Saturday, April 4 | 7pm | Dottie's Coffee Lounge | 444 North Street | 443-1792 | $45/ $40 w/ PASS
Sunday: A Foolish Scavenger HuntIf you feel like working more than your funny bone during the week of the Fools Festival, then try giving your brain chance to sweat by taking part in this epic scavenger hunt. Pick up the list at Dottie’s and scour for a variety of items around downtown Pittsfield. Both adult and youth difficulty levels will be available.
Sunday, April 5 | 11am-5pm | Dottie's Coffee Lounge | 444 North Street | 443-1792 | Free
Sunday: Round it off with some deep thoughts....The Berkshire Fools Festival is not just all fun and games. Clown scholar and Fools Festival founder Joe Durwin delves into the little known phenomena of coulrophobia (or fear of clowns) and its influence on modern culture, as well as to the age-old mythological figure fo the trickster. This presentation is based on his published research Coulrophobia & the Trickster.
Sunday, April 5 | 1pm | Storefront Artist Project | 12 Fenn Street | 442-7201 | Free
p.s. The regularly scheduled edition of Cultural Pittsfield This Week will be out by Friday. Happy April Fools Day!
There's more foolishness happening than we can list! Click here to visit the Fools Festival website to see what else is happening!
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