Ten 10x10 Activities You Should Consider
There’s really only one thing that’s not a ten about Pittsfield’s 10x10 Festival: this is the sixth year it’s been supplying locals with reasons to get out on a winter afternoon or evening. Taking our cue from the theme, we’re highlighting ten of the many performances, exhibits, fitness and other activities that bring light and fun to the area from February 16-26. The festival is organized by The City of Pittsfield’s Office of Cultural Development.
1. 10x10 New Play Festival at Barrington Stage Company Ten 10-minute plays by 10 different playwrights. Feb. 16–March 5.
2. Chair-ity Auction at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge Ten local artists have used their creative genius to recycle chairs no longer being used at the lounge. Bid on the chairs via a silent auction, with proceeds going to the Pittsfield Education Foundation. The public is invited to a reception for the artists on Feb. 17 from 5-8 p.m.
3. BIFF 10 Best of Fest Shorts at Beacon Cinema The Berkshire International Film Festival, in collaboration with the Beacon Cinema, presents some of the best shorts from the annual Festival. Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. & Feb. 19 at 2:30 p.m. Free.
4. WordXWord’s 10 New Voices at Berkshire Museum WordXWord introduces 10 fresh new voices in a fast-paced program of poetry and spoken word. Feb. 20, 7 p.m. Free.
5. 10x10 Yoga at Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness Explore 10 poses to relieve stress. All levels welcome. Feb. 22, noon-1 p.m. Free.
6. 10 Minutes of Fireworks at the First Street Common Feb. 25, 5:45-6 p.m.
7. 10 Spot: 10 Photographs by 10 Artists Now–Feb. 25 at The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts; now through March 20 at Sohn Fine Art Gallery in Lenox.
8. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Presents Dance for Social Justice at the Boys & Girls Club Danza Organica of Boston leads a Dance for Social Justice Movement Workshop for all ages, followed by a lecture/demonstration performance. Feb. 24, 4-5:30 p.m. workshop; 6-7 p.m. performance.
9. 10 Flavors of Jazz at Flavours of Malaysia Berkshires Jazz presents The Matt DeChamplain Trio, with vocalist Alta De Champlain, performing 10 styles (or “flavors”) of jazz. Feb. 25, 8 p.m.
10. Berkshire Art Association’s Real Art Party at Berkshire Museum Artists from the Berkshires and beyond contribute 10x10-inch original work to be given away for $25 each. Feb. 23, preview party (free) at 6 p.m., auction begins at 7 p.m.
10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival in Downtown Pittsfield, MA
Feb. 16-26, 2017