Albany Times Union
WORDS & IDEAS
Lisa Acerbo, The Book Cabin, 3377 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George. 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. 203-901-0054 or lgbookcabin.com. The author reads from and signs her books, “Remote” and “Apocalipstick.”
Ghost Tours at the Mount, The Mount, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, Mass. 8 p.m. Friday. $23-$28. 413-551-5111 or edithwharton.org. Veteran tour guide Robert Oakes leads you through the darkened halls of The Mount, sharing tales of the many eerie encounters that have been reported here for years.
A Night of Neo-benshi, Hudson Hall, 327 Warren St., Hudson. 7 p.m. Saturday. $15. 518-822-1438 or hudsonhall.org. Poets and performers remove the dialogue from movie clips and replace it with their own — singing, dancing, reading right out loud in front of the screen. Join them for re-invented movies from “North by Northwest” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” to “Gilda” and “Sissy Boy Slap Party.”
Poetry for the Birds, The Mount, 2
Plunkett St., Lenox, Mass. 4 p.m. Thursday. Free. 413-551-5111 or edithwharton.org. Poets Peter Filkins and Sidney Wade read from their many poems about birds, and read some classic poems about birds by wellknown and beloved poets, such as Elizabeth Bishop, Derek Walcott, Emily Dickinson and Robinson Jeffers. “Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath,” The Mount, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, Mass. 4 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m. Tuesday. $30. 413-551-5111 or edithwharton.org. With a wealth of never-before-accessed materials -- including unpublished letters and manuscripts; court, police, and psychiatric records; and new interviews -- author Heather Clark brings to life the brilliant daughter of
Wellesley, Mass., who had poetic ambition from a very young age and was an accomplished, published writer of poems and stories even before she became a star English student at Smith College in the early 1950s.
Shorts Out Loud, Troy Public Library – Lansingburgh Branch, 2714th St., Troy. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. 518-2747071 or thetroylibrary.org. Fifteen minutes of live acoustic music followed by a contemporary short story read out loud. Reader: Deb Zaffuts. Musician: William Simcoe.
Wordxword Festival, The Mount, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, Mass. 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday (concludes July 22). Free. 413-551-5111 or edithwharton.org. It’s a three-day spoken word festival. Each evening is a doubleheader starting with Walkin’ with Wordxword, in which poets present short pieces in response to works in the 2021 Sculpturenow exhibition, followed by poetry and storytelling events.
Ghost Tours of the Canfield Casino, Saratoga Springs History Museum, 1 East Congress St., Saratoga Springs. 11 a.m. Thursday. Free-$15. 518-5846920 or saratogahistory.org. Led by actual eyewitnesses to paranormal events that have been recorded in the last few years at the Historic Canfield Casino. Come learn the stories, the legends and the lore of this great building.