Festival Fever: Word x Word Festival, Pittsfield

“The mission of Word x Word is to celebrate the transformative power of words – written, spoken, and sung; to engage diverse groups in cutting-edge, live performances as both audiences and participants.”

The annual Word x Word Festival does a magnificent job of mixing the literary with the musical, but the focus is always, as you might assume, placed directly on the “word.” Taking place in a variety of locations throughout downtown Pittsfield – theaters, restaurants, galleries and even a barber shop – the fest continues through Saturday.

Admission to all events is free, except for the closing performance at the Colonial Theatre at 8pm on Saturday.

Here are a few of the upcoming highlights:

Tonight at 9pm: The Two Man Gentlemen Band (music) @ the Lantern
Thursday, August 18 at 7pm: Governor Deval Patrick (storytelling/book signing) @ the Colonial Theatre
Thursday, August 18 at 8pm: Jay Farrar and Elizabeth Searle (music/reading) @ CompuWorks (SOLD OUT)
Friday, August 19 at 6:30pm: Douglass Truth (reading/book signing) @ Shawn’s Barber Shop
Friday, August 19 at 7:30pm: WAM Theatre’s “Women & Words” (theater) @ Palace Park
Saturday, August 20 at 6pm: Poetry Slam finals (poetry/performance) @ Shawn’s Barber Shop
Saturday, August 20 at 8pm: Mia Dyson with Buddy Wakefield and Kingsley Flood (music/poetry/performance) @ the Colonial Theatre ($15, $20, $30)

For a complete schedule of Word x Word Festival events, go here.


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LarkFest @ Lark Street, Albany, September 17, FREE
Jazz at the Lake: Lake George Jazz Weekend @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 17-18, FREE
Hippiefest @ the Palace Theatre, Albany, October 13

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