3 events already sold out for 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival


PITTSFIELD — The 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival appears to be the hottest ticket in town, with three sold-out events on the eve of the downtown celebration.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Thursday's Jacob's Pillow Community Ice-Skating Workshop, "The Ten Most Beloved Operatic Arias of All Time," and the first four days of the 10x10 New Play Festival are booked solid on the first weekend of the 10-day cultural showcase.

"I personally love it when events sell out. This shows the word is getting out that we're growing," said Pittsfield's Cultural Development Director Jen Glockner.

In its seventh year, 10x10 for 2018 features more than a dozen new events among the 66 being held at 12 city venues now through Feb. 25.

The festival begins Feb. 15 with five activities including an opening, evening reception for IS183 In Our Schools: Learning Through Art Showcase at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.

The city's downtown celebration of visual and performing arts is seen, by Mayor Linda M. Tyer, as a mid-winter blues buster.

"The frigid temperatures and gray skies can be challenging. While it's tempting to stay indoors, the 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival is a good reason to venture out in Pittsfield," Tyer said.

New on the 10x10 calendar include "10x10 Turning Points" a collaborative exhibit of the Berkshire Historical Society and Berkshire Athenaeum; Berkshire Music School Instrument Petting Zoo and "Mutts Gone Nuts" a comedy/thrill dog show on Saturday at the Colonial Theatre.

10x10 favorites feature 10 Days of Play at the Berkshire Museum and the New Play Festival from Barrington Stage Co. consisting of 10 new, 10-minute plays performed each Thursday through Sunday into the first weekend in March.

The traditional fireworks finale on Feb. 24 at The Common preceded by 10X The Fun, three hours of family-friendly activities at the Zion Lutheran Church begin to wrap up the 10x10 festival.

Dick Lindsay can be reached at rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com and (413) 496-6233


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