10 x 10 On North Winter Arts Festival will inspire and surprise you…

Neighboring Pittsfield is putting the “s” in arts by including a rich selection of digestable, modern, accessible art forms in their midwinter festival (Feb. 16-26), designed to provoke, inspire and entertain. Plays, songwriting, poetry, visual art, film, dance and more forms will be explored, reinvented and deconstructed by the Berkshires’ unusually rich community of creative people.

To truly really capture this winter arts festival in a few words is no simple task though, so we’ll give you some highlights that speak for themselves:

See ten characters played by one actor within ten minutes, thanks to the Berkshire Actors Theater and their mission to produce actor-driven pieces.

The Beacon Cinema and the Berkshire International Film Festival present a Berkshires’ first: the Smartphone Film Festival. Oh yes…films created on smart phones.

Let the history of burlesque seduce you, through a performance by Ms. Karen Lee and poet Marc Zegan. It’s more than just the tease…it’s a rich chapter in American musical performance history.

A variety of visual arts collections are featured for the festival but perhaps the most intriguing is TEN SPOT, presented by the Lichtenstien Center for the Arts. TEN SPOT features the work of Berkshire artists and the pieces – are mounted on billboards throughout the Berkshires! Billboard driving tour, anyone?

If an interactive experience is what you seek: Known Unknowns is a wild variety show melding the pub quiz and sketch comedy – at the New Stage Performing Arts Center.

Learn more, much more about the festival here – don’t miss the local business specials there at the event website, including food specials.