Things to do in the Berkshires


be Italian

Ciao, readers! Another Pittsfield Third Thursday festival is upon us. From 5 to 8, tonight's event celebrates Italy and Italian heritage in downtown Pittsfield.

Newpoli will play live music and teach visitors the tarantella. There will be Italian food for sale from CIAO, the Itam Lodge, the Italian American Club, UNICO and others. There will also be pizza dough tossing with Baba Louie's restaurant, wine grape stomping with Balderdash Cellars, bocce games and more.

In addition, the festival will be hosting the third annual "Walk A Mile in Her Shoes" fundraiser for the Elizabeth Freeman Center, where men from all walks of life will don women's shoes to make entertaining and powerful strides against domestic violence. Learn more at

word fight

WordFest at The Mount in Lenox continues tonight and through the weekend.

Tonight at 5:30, enjoy poetry on the terrace with poets David Giannini, Jessica Fisher, Mark Hart, Owen Lewis, Ellen Doré Watson and Charles Coe. This event is free and open to the public.

The Literary Death Match goes down Friday at 7 p.m. Doors and a cash bar will open at 6. This event is the Berkshire premiere of the international hit that showcases four authors, three judges, two finalists and one epic finale. Hosted by creator Adrian Todd Zuniga, the showdown features Jim Shepard, Ophira Eisenberg, Jason Diamond, Rachel Shukert, Steve Almond, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowitz and Brando Skyhorse. Tickets for this event are $15 general admission, $10 for members, $8 for students.

At 4 p.m. on Saturday, MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellow and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mark Strand will read from his selected works, including prose poems from "Almost Invisible," his most recent book. The reading will be free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged, but not required.

For more information including the full WordFest schedule, visit or call (413) 551-5100.

be moved

At 7 p.m. Monday, Images Cinema and The Davis Center at Williams College are partnering to present a free public screening of the film "Deaf Jam," to launch the 2013-2014 Social Change Film Series.

The film focuses on Aneta Brodski, a deaf teen introduced to American Sign Language Poetry, who then boldly enters the spoken word slam scene. In a wondrous twist, Aneta, an Israeli immigrant living in Queens, meets Tahani, a hearing Palestinian slam poet. The two women embark on a collaboration/performance duet, creating a new form of slam poetry that speaks to both the hearing and the deaf. View the trailer at Learn more about the film series at

sunset concert

The "Ventfort Folk: Music and a Sunset" series at Ventfort Hall in Lenox will wrap up Wednesday with Billy Keane and The Misdemeanor Outlaws, performing from 5 to 7:30 p.m. There will be a cash bar with local craft brewers. The performance and grounds will be open for free to the public.

For more information, visit or call (413) 637-3206.


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