Bits & Bytes: Lee Greener Gateway Cleanup; youth poetry festival finale; Bill and the Belles at Dewey Hall; ‘Straight Answers to Gay Questions;’ Emma Willmann at the Garage

The Outspoken poetry festival includes workshops, peer-led open mics and competitive poetry slams for youth ages 15–24, and the finale is a celebration that includes performances by the top finishers of the poetry slams and a feature set by poet Mariah Barber.

Bits & Bytes: Big E documentary; Whitdiots improv show; Liz Miele at the Garage; Williams professor named ASEEES president-elect

For a century, the Big E – the largest fair in the Northeast and the only multi-state fair in the nation – has served as the key venue for the New England states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont to showcase their respective livestock, agricultural, commercial, industrial, and artistic developments.

Bits & Bytes: West Stockbridge Chamber Players; Alex Kershaw at Knosh & Knowledge; Alison Stewart at Williams; comedian Brooke Van Poppelen; Stockbridge Halloween events

The West Stockbridge Chamber Players will perform a harvest concert Nov. 1. Led by clarinetist and artistic director Catherine Hudgins, the West Stockbridge Chamber Players is an ensemble made up of Boston- and Berkshire-based musicians. The concert will feature works by Beethoven, Martinů, and Mozart.