North Adams Downstreet Art celebration Thursday night


The second DownStreet Art Thursday celebration of the summer season takes place tonight, beginning at 6.

Along with new exhibition openings, local musician buskers, and extended business hours, there will be a plethora of family-friendly activities, diverse music, dance, and art performances.

The performance line-up includes:

6 p.m.: Vocalist Melody Rolph from New Hampshire and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

6 to 9 p.m.: Japanese-born choreographer/dancers Eiko & Koma will be performing in a specially modified trailer to reveal their piece, "The Caravan Project," recently exhibited in New York's Museum of Modern Art.

6:30 p.m.: Bang on A Can Festival's Found Sound Nation musical project.

8 p.m.: Timur & The Dime Museum, a "dark glam opera band" featuring "a galactic multimedia show fusing avant-garde, pop and vaudeville sounds."

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On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., the Pittsfield City Hoopla festival returns to Springside Park at 874 North St. in Pittsfield for its annual festivities inspired by the craft, craze and creativity of the hoola hoop.

Admission is free and open to all ages and abilities. Workshops on the main lawn are free and include: "Get Into Your Hoop" and "Body Rolls and Tosses," beginner hooping techniques with professional hoop dance artists from the Boston Hoop Troop at noon and 1 p.m., "Moving Your Mandala" at 2 p.m. with dance therapy students and artists Bridgit Noone and Karen Linafelter from Antioch University New England, and "Musical Hoops Running Hoop Races" with Williamstown-based movement artist Shira Lynn at 3 p.m. There will also be more focused smaller workshops available for a fee.

Workshops for $10 with Pittsfield-based movement professionals include: 10am "Openings: A Yoga Class for Entering the Hoop" with Rachael Plaine and "Sundown Stretch Flow" with Nicole Rizzo of Radiance Yoga at 5:30 p.m.

Lolli Hoops from Boston Hoop Troop will offer a specialized workshop on the upper lawn for $15 at 3 p.m. entitled "Intermediate/Advanced Flow Sequences."

At 4 p.m. the Hoopla will hold a hooping contest featuring fun prizes from local businesses. The grand finale of the day is an outdoor performance beginning at 7 p.m. with an "Enchanted Illuminated Spin Extravaganza" featuring live drumming by Aimee Gelinas and the Berkshire Rhythm Keepers from Pittsfield.

Food will be available for purchase onsite along with vendors selling hoops and other creative items. Pittsfield City Hoopla is created by Stefanie Weber/Creatures of Habitat in partnership with Pittsfield's Office of Cultural Development with additional sponsorship by Day Mountain Sound. Visit, email or call (413) 281-6734.

On Saturday, DJ Redscare is hosting a "Summer Splash Part 2" party at Chameleons nightclub, 1350 East St., Pittsfield. He'll be mixing up hip-hop, reggae, Soca and more dance club beats. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. This event is ages 18 and up, with proper ID. No cover before 11 p.m. for people ages 21 and up.

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