Real Good For Free: Spencertown Festival of Books 2011 @ Spencertown Academy, 9/3-5

September 1st, 2011, 1:00 pm by Sara

Spencertown Festival Of Books 2011

Woot! This weekend is the sixth annual Festival of Books at Spencertown Academy Arts Center, a celebration of all things literary featuring panel discussions, readings, and book signings by nationally known and local authors, a book-themed gallery exhibition, children’s events – including a visit from favorite storybook characters, the Cookbook Cafe, and more. Best of all, all programs have FREE admission.

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Be Here Now: “Dark Meat on a Funny Mind” @ Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 4/17/10

April 14th, 2010, 1:05 pm by Sara
Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor

“Dark Meat on a Funny Mind,” a new play based on the life of comedian Richard Pryor, debuts in a staged reading this Saturday, April 17 at Spencertown Academy Arts Center in Spencertown.

Written by noted author (and Spencertown resident) Wesley Brown and read by actors Kevin Craig West and Derrick Maul, “Dark Meat on a Funny Mind”

captures the life of Richard Pryor, moving back and forward in time from his traumatic childhood in Peoria, Illinois, to his experiences in the army, and pivotal moments in his life as a stand-up comedian. It reflects on a time when Pryor, confined to a wheelchair by multiple sclerosis, confronts his demons and self-destructive impulses by acknowledging them while transforming them into his renowned style of humor.

“Dark Meat on a Funny Mind” is the second production from Works In Progress, a series of three spoken word productions exploring new work by local writers. The series continues on Saturday, June 5 with “Essie and Roe,” a screenplay by Rose Ross and Elizabeth Wilen-Berg.

“Dark Meat on a Funny Mind” @ Spencertown Academy Arts Center
4pm on Saturday, April 17
Tickets: $12
Tickets will be available at the door, and there will be a reception with the author and actors following the performance.

Real Good For Free: Spencertown Academy Festival of Books 9/5-6 and 9/12-13

September 4th, 2009, 10:14 am by Sara

Spencertown Academy’s Festival of Books, now in its fourth year, offers another great slate of authors, poets and speakers, plus provocative discussions on timely literary topics and art exhibits, over two weekends.

There’s a huge booksale and art exhibit, a children’s storybook parade, poet Taylor Mali, authors J.C. Hallman, Simon Van Booy, Mary Gaitskill, Francine Prose, Hillary Jordan, Victor Navasky, Hamilton Fish, Joanna Greenfield and more.

(Tonight’s Preview Party will set you back $25 but gives attendees first pick at the Book Sales more than 10,000 used books before the sale opens to the public tomorrow.)

See Academy website for complete schedule of talks, activities and book sale hours.

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Real Good for Free: Johnny Rabb & the Jailhouse Rockers @ Powers Park (9/5/09)
Real Good for Free: The Final Stretch Festival @ Saratoga (September 5-6)
Real Good for Free: Lake George Jazz Weekend (9/19-20)
Real Good for Free: LarkFEST!!!!!!!! (Sept. 19)
Real Good for Free: Riverfront Park, Athens (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: Albany Jazz Festival @ Riverfront Park (Sept. 12)
Real Good for Free: The Fabulous Folk Fest @ Bolton Landing (Sept. 6)
Real Good for Free: Rock-It in Schenectady (Fridays)
Real Good For Free: Halfmoon (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Albany Public Library (Third Fridays)
Real Good for Free: At The Plaza, Albany (Wednesdays)

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