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WordXWord Festival
August 11 - 17, 2013 Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Saturday, August 10

6P - Rooftop Party

Greystone Building, 440 North Street, Pittsfield, MA

This pre-festival party/fundraiser is a festival tradition. With limited tickets available and a spectacular location atop the Greystone Building, this fundraising event - the ONLY WXW event with an admission charge - is for many, the social event of the summer. [ SOLD OUT ]

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Performances

Sunday, August 11

7P WXW Story Slam Finals

Historic Eagles Club Building (home of Blueline Design)
148 First Street, Pittsfield, MA

Samantha Thornhill
Samantha Thornhill, special guest

The finals of the WXW Tuesday Project Story Slam series. Similar to the popular Moth podcast, the WXW Story Slam features storytellers chosen through a process of preliminary events and semi finals, who have 3 minutes to tell a true story and score points from judges chosen from the audience. Prizes for all finalist with a cash award to the winner. Special guest feature, Samantha Thornhill. Blue Q is the official sponsor of the Tuesday Project Story Slam. Free!

Monday, August 12

7P Poetry sCrawl

Starts at Dotties
444 North Street, Pittsfield, MA

In this twist on the pub crawl concept, audience members are led on a walking route to sample some of the finest poetry and spoken word that the Berkshires have to offer. True to form there will be something for every taste, and a few surprises along the way. Starts at Dotties and ends at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. Free!

Tuesday, August 13

7P WordXTeens

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
28 Renne Ave, Pittsfield, MA

Young writers from through out Berkshire County reach deep and show their stuff in a fast paced hybrid spoken word/poetry slam event. Free!

Friend of the Festival Event -

7P PechaKucha

Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA

PechaKucha is a fun, dynamic way to share information. Presenters on a wide range of topics/ideas present 20 images, each for 20 seconds with the images advancing automatically while the presenter speaks. Friend event, admission may be charged.

Wednesday, August 14

6:30P WXW Poetry Slam Preliminary #1

yBar, 391 North St, Pittsfield, MA

In the first half of a WXW “doubleheader” local and regional poets compete in the preliminary round of the popular WXW Poetry Slam. Free!

8P WXW Poetry Slam Preliminary #1

yBar, 391 North St, Pittsfield, MA

The second half of the WXW “doubleheader” with local and regional poets compete in the preliminary round of the popular WXW Poetry Slam. Free!

Thursday, August 15

5P The Amazing Poetry Race

5-7P - Various locations along North Street, Pittsfield, MA

Weaving in and out of the Third Thursday festivities, teams of two compete, following clues and racing from location to location. At each location the teams will face a different poetry-related challenge. Free!

8P The Encyclopedia Show

Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA

The Encyclopedia Show conceived, and hosted by Chicago-based poet Robbie Q Telfer is making its third appearance at WXW. A live variety extravaganza, the Encyclopedia Show brings together artists and experts from multiple disciplines to use their talents to present a verbal and musical encyclopedia entry, with the ongoing mission to “chafe against logic and proof, find meaning in obfuscation, and wrest truth from fact once and for all!” Last year’s small-scale incarnation of the Encyclopedia Show, featuring Derrick Brown as Bruce Springsteen was a smash. This year, the Encyclopedia Show goes full bore at the Berkshire Museum - an event not to be missed. Free!

Friday, August 16

6:30P WordXWord Poetry Slam Semi Finals

Historic Eagles Club Building (home of Blueline Design)
148 First Street, Pittsfield, MA

The eight poets who have survived the preliminary round, compete for one of 4 spots in the finals and a chance for the prize money and title of WordXWord Poetry Slam Champion! Free!

8P Feature Night

Historic Eagles Club Building (home of Blueline Design)
146 First Street, Pittsfield, MA

Eight of the hottest young poets/spoken word artists share a program that puts words squarely in the spotlight. The program will include sets by Jon Sands, Robbie Q Telfer, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, Omar Holman, Shawn Randall and Franny Choi. Free!

Saturday, August 17

6:30P WordXWord Poetry Slam Finals

Crawford Building Underground
137 North Street, Pittsfield, MA

The top 4 finishers from the Poetry Slam semis face off in two rounds for cash prizes and the title of WXW Poetry Champion. Free!

8P WXW Finale / The Big Top

Crawford Building Underground
137 North Street, Pittsfield, MA

WXW 2013 wraps up with the Big Top - a slightly irreverent, high energy bouncing-off-the-walls mash up of poetry, performance and on-the-spot challenges featuring a cast of nationally recognized and local poets. Designed to top last year’s wildly successful, laugh-until-it-hurts Poetry Olympics, at the Big Top, anything goes. Rarely will one have the opportunity to see this much talent, challenged this intensely, for the benefit of an audience! Free!