Festival Fever: 10×10 On North in Pittsfield, 2/16-26/12

10×10 On North in Pittsfield

Despite the decidedly non-winter winter that we seem to be having, Pittsfield is plunging ahead with 10X10 On North, the city’s inaugural 10-day winter arts festival that will take place up and down North Street, beginning on Thursday.

Expect to see plenty of contemporary art, dance, film, music, theater and more. Just don’t expect any ice carving…

Go here for a full schedule of events.

And here are a few highlights:

February 16-26 at 9pm nightly
Mission Bar + Tapas
The line-up of singer-songwriters at Mission includes outstanding performers from the Word X Word festival and represents the best of the young talent from the Berkshires and beyond. Abbie Barrett (Feb. 16), Billy Keane (Feb. 17), Chris Merenda (Feb. 18), Melissa Brinton (Feb. 19), Glenn Geiger (Feb. 20), Jenna May (Feb. 21), Justin Allen (Feb. 22), Tom Gizzi (Feb. 23), Emily Mure (Feb. 24), Chris Vecchia (Feb. 25), Heather Maloney (Feb. 26). Admission is FREE.

February 16-26. Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm; Saturday/Sunday at 3pm.
Barrington Stage Company’s Stage 2
Ten exciting playwrights and six versatile actors create exciting theater based on the theme of “Entrances & Exits.” Featured playwrights are Suzanne Bradbeer, Sara Cooper, Laura Shaine Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize finalist Will Eno, Jacqueline Goldfinger, Mikhail Horowitz, Maureen McGranaghan, Chris Newbound, Marisa Smith and Cait Weisensee. The 10X10 Repertory Company includes Lily Balsen, Emily Taplin Boyd, Matt Neely, Ryland Thomas, Peggy Pharr Wilson and Robert Zukerman. Directed by Julianne Boyd, Tom Gladwell, Frank La Frazia, David Sernick and Mark St. Germain. Tix are $15 and $20.

February 16 & 23 at 7pm; February 19 & 26 at 2pm
The Beacon Cinema
It’s the Berkshires’ first-ever Smartphone Film Festival – a new take on the film festival scene. Among the local filmmakers participating are Ben Hillman, Kevin Sprague and the Flying Dago Brothers. The complete program of cell phone shorts will be shown on Thursdays, February 16 and 23 at 7pm and again on Sundays, February 19 and 26 at 2pm. Individual shorts will be featured throughout the week before the regularly scheduled films. Admission is FREE for the full program.

Friday (February 17) and Saturday (February 18) at 8:45pm
Ferrin Gallery
This 10-minute performance piece – including poetry, dance, music and the history of burlesque – was created especially for the 10X10 festival by Ms. Karen Lee and Marc Zegan. Admission is FREE.

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