10x10 on North

Winter Arts Celebration in Pittsfield

By: - Jan 27, 2012

(PITTSFIELD, MA) 10X10 On North announces the schedule of events for the Berkshires’ first-ever winter contemporary arts festival, creatively enlivening downtown Pittsfield February 16-26 with art, dance, film, music, theatre, and more. 10X10 On North is generously sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, Berkshire Gas, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Berkshire Eagle is the lead media sponsor. Performances and events will take place every day during the ten day festival. Additionally, downtown retailers and restaurants will offer 10X10 specials for downtown visitors. For a full schedule, visit
Barrington Stage Company
Stage 2, 36 Linden Street
10X10 On North New Play Festival
Feb 16-26. Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm; Sat/Sun at 3pm
Ten exciting playwrights and six versatile actors create a diverse and lively world, spinning off the theme of “Entrances & Exits,” about people connecting with each other in various ways - funny, sad, cautious, competitive, half-hearted, romantic, even hostile! Featured playwrights are Suzanne Bradbeer, Sara Cooper (BSC’s The Memory Show), 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 (BSC’s A Streetcar Named Desire), Matt Neely (BSC’s The Crucible), Ryland Thomas, Peggy Pharr Wilson (BSC’s Guys and Dolls) and Robert Zukerman (BSC’s The Crucible). Directed by Julianne Boyd, Tom Gladwell, Frank La Frazia, David Sernick and Mark St. Germain. Tickets: $15 and $20 and may be purchased by calling the Barrington Stage Box Office at 413-236-8888, visiting 30 Union Street in downtown Pittsfield or online at
Beacon Cinema/Berkshire International Film Festival
57 North Street
Smartphone Film Festival
Feb. 16 & 23 at 7pm; Feb. 19 & 26 at 2pm
Beacon Cinema and the Berkshire International Film Festival join together for 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. Selected shorts will also be featured in collaboration with the iPhone Film Festival (IFF). 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. 413-358-4780,
437 North Street
One Man Show 10X10
Saturday Feb. 25 at 6pm and 10pm
One night only! One man portraying 10 characters in 10 minutes. Directed by Berkshire Actors Theatre (BAT) Founding Artistic Director Clover Bell-Devaney, and performed by local Berkshire actor Colin Gold. A sweet, silly, simple snippet not to be missed, this performance follows BAT’s mission to put local actors at the forefront, and to perform actor-driven, small scale pieces. Admission is free.
Ferrin Gallery
437 North Street
Burlesque 10X10
Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8:45pm
Burlesque 10X10 is a 10-minute performance piece including poetry, dance, music and the history of burlesque. Created especially for the 10X10 festival, Ms. Karen Lee and her creative partner of Burlesque for Books, poet Marc Zegan’s Burlesque 10X10 will educate and titillate, tease and please. Ms. Lee has become known as the pioneer of burlesque in the Berkshires; together with Mr. Zegans, these two will multiply 10x10 times over the spirit, joy, beauty and fun of burlesque, capturing the very essence of this essential genre in American musical theater history. This performance will be offered at Ferrin Gallery with added viewing pleasure from North Street. Admission is free.
Gallery 25
25 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Opening Reception with artists, Friday, Feb. 17, 5-7pm
Feb. 16-26. Gallery open daily 12-5pm.
In keeping with the 10X10 contemporary theme, Gallery 25 hosts an exciting show of 10 new works of art by 10 of its most celebrated artists. With a broad range of approaches and styles, the focus will be on painters, though elements of mixed media will certainly be present. The artists showing work include Marguerite Bride, Joan Palano Ciolfi, Ellen Joffe-Halpern, Jackie Kearns, Annie Laurie, Leo Mazzeo, Sean McCusker, Lisa Merullo, Scott Taylor and Rosemary Wessel. Admission is free.
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Opening Reception, Thursday, Feb. 16, 5-7pm
Feb. 16-March 10. Open Wed-Sat 12-5pm
TEN SPOT is a show of new work by ten contemporary artists from throughout the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. The ten Berkshire artists featured in TEN SPOT are Ven Voisey, Melissa Lillie and Sean Riley of North Adams; Marianne Petit and Brent Whitney of Adams; Richard Britell, Joe Goodwin and Olive Thomas of Pittsfield; Bart Arnold of Lenox and Kiki Dufault of Great Barrington. These ten artists will also be highlighted in individual billboards around the Berkshires in addition to the show at the Lichtenstein. The show is curated by Lauren Clark owner of Lauren Clark Fine Arts in Housatonic, Jonathan Secor, Director of MCLA’s Gallery 51 in North Adams, and Megan Whilden, Director of Cultural Development in Pittsfield. Admission is free.
163 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Art Show & Live Painting
Friday, Feb. 24 4pm-8pm
Massive Graphics will host a DJ and live painting performances by ten local artists. The featured artists will have their other artwork on display and for purchase. The first 50 people through the door will receive a custom 10X10 On North t-shirt printed on the spot while enjoying the art and music. Admission is free. 413-445-5335.
Mission Bar + Tapas
438 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
10 Singer-Songwriters
Feb. 16-26. 9pm nightly. No cover.
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 Moynihan (Feb. 21), Justin Allen (Feb. 22), Tom Gizzi (Feb. 23), Emily Mure (Feb. 24), Chris Vecchia (Feb. 25), Heather Maloney (Feb. 26). No cover.
New Stage Performing Arts Center
55 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Known Unknowns
Fri., Feb 17 at 7:30pm
Combining elements of a traditional pub quiz and a live sketch show, Known Unknowns is a freewheeling, interactive game show that’s as much fun for those who don’t know the answers as those who do. Compete with a group in the team rounds to play for the grand prize, or test your luck up on stage in the individual round, where you may be asked to solve a math equation based on James Bond characters, or simply sing the Full House theme song from memory. This month’s show will be 10X10-themed, featuring categories and questions inspired by the 10X10 On North festival and the City of Pittsfield. Tickets: $5; $20 for a group of five; available at the door.
The 10×10 Variety Show
Sat., Feb 18 at 8pm
Ten acts each perform a ten minute comedic set – monologues, music, stand up, sketch, improv, film - whatever's funny and strange will be on display as acts from all over the Northeast take the stage in a night of comedy that's not to be missed. Tickets: $10 at the door.
Pittsfield Bra & Girl
123 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
10 Minute Tangos
Monday, Feb. 20, 6-7pm
Pittsfield Bra &Girl celebrates the art of dance with 10 Minute Tangos performed by TangoPulse on Presidents Day evening beginning at 6pm. Come enjoy the sultry art of Tango in a beautiful space designed to celebrate the inner and outer beauty of every woman. TangoPulse performers will demonstrate three dances beginning at 6:30pm. Performers will then provide tango lessons and host a general discussion about tango culture. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.
Shawn’s Barber Shop
442 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Local Ink
Feb. 16-26. Mon-Fri 8am-6pm; Sat 8am-3pm
Local Ink, curated by local artist Phil Bastow, will feature 10X10 graphic stories by local artists Phil Bastow, Eamonn Berry, Michael Bushey, Joe Wilk, and others, at Shawn’s Barber Shop, the latest downtown home for the alternative art scene. 413-443-9642
391 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
10 Poets
Feb. 16-26. 8pm nightly. No cover.
The line-up of poets at Y Bar, home to the wildly successful weekly Writers Room, includes outstanding performers from the Word X Word festival and represents the best of the young Berkshire talent. Gabriel Squailia (Feb. 16), James Burden (Feb. 17), Matt McFadden (Feb. 18), Matt Bialer (Feb. 19), Greer Hed (Feb. 20), Emily Pulfer-Terino (Feb. 21), Jim Benson (Feb. 22), Cynthia Quinones (Feb. 23), To Be Announced (Feb. 24), Curtis Asch (Feb. 25) and Kate Abbott (Feb. 26). No cover.
Additionally, there will be creative arts classes and workshops offered for youth throughout the week, with more details to be released soon. North Street restaurants and shops will also be offering special discounts and events throughout the festival, thanks to the support of Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.
See below for a full list of specials.
About 10X10 On North
The festival is a collaborative effort spearheaded by Barrington Stage Company and the City of Pittsfield. Founding partners include the Beacon Cinema, Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF), Downtown Pittsfield Inc., Mission Bar + Tapas, New Stage Performing Arts Center, Pittsfield Bra & Girl, Shawn’s Barber Shop and Y Bar. 10X10 On North is generously sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, Berkshire Gas, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Berkshire Eagle is the lead media sponsor. For more information call 413-499-9348 or visit
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Downtown Business Specials
During 10X10 On North
$10 Lunch for Two at On a Roll Cafe
Order two lunch entrees from the special 10X10 on North menu at On a Roll Cafe and only pay $10. Dine-in only.
February 16-26 | 11am-3pm | On a Roll Cafe & Catering | 75 North Street | 413-445-5335
Give a Tie, Get a Tie for 20% Off at Steven Valenti's Clothing for Men
Bring your 10-year-old, ratty, soup-stained tie to Steven Valenti's Clothing for Men and get 20% off the purchase of a brand new tie.
February 16-26 | During Regular Store Hours | Steven Valenti's Clothing for Men | 157 North Street | 413-443-2569 | Contact Store for Offer Details
Free $25 Gift Card Give-Away Every Day at Baba Louie's
Baba Louie's customers are eligible to enter their name into a drawing to win a $25 Baba Louie's Gift Card. A new winner will be drawn each day for ten days.
February 16-26 | During Regular Restaurant Hours | 34 Depot Street Location Only | 413-499-2400 | Contact Restaurant for Offer Details
Storytime & Play Group at Treehouse
At 10am each day, parents and their children aged four and younger can enjoy storytime and play group at Treehouse. The storytime featured book will be available for 10% off. There is no charge for the storytime or play group.
February 16-26 | 10am | 305 North Street | 413-344-4435 | Contact Store for Details
10% Off with 10X10 on North Event Participation at Trattoria Rustica
Participate or visit any of the 10 X 10 on North events or activities and get a 10% off coupon to redeem at Trattoria Rustica. Coupons will be available at participating venues. Offer does not apply to the prix fixe menu.
February 16-26 | Open Each Day Except Tuesday | 5pm to Closing | Trattoria Rustica | 27 Mckay Street | 413-499-1192
Mind, Body & Spirit at V Baird Connections
V Baird Connections will host various practitioners to serve your mind, body and spirit (i.e.: reiki, massage, readings, biofeedback and more). Whether it's a $10 special offer or 10 minutes to getting to know more about yourself, you'll have no other choice but to stop by and see what each person has to offer to get in touch with the one thing that is most important in this
February 16-26 | During Regular Store Hours | V Baird Connections | 75 North Street | 413-499-2060 | Contact Store for Schedule, Special Offers & Details
10X10 On North 10% Off Discount at Select Downtown Pittsfield Locations
Select downtown Pittsfield locations will offer 10% off regular priced merchandise February 16-26. See store for details as some restrictions or exclusions may apply. Visit for most up-to-date list of participating locations.
Westside Clock Shop | 449 North Street | 413-442-5484
Museum Facsimiles | 429 North Street | 413-499-1818
Jim’s House of Shoes | 239 North Street | 413-445-4655
Pateez Boutique | 141 North Street | 413-499-0008
Persnickety Toys | 141 North Street | 413-236-8697
Unusual Wedding Rings and More | 137 North Street | 413-236-9300
The New Berry Place | 75 North Street | 413-997-5300