Photo: Lena Spencer was a great lover of the printed and spoken word. Some of you will remember that she was an unbeatable Scrabble player and a talented actress. She appears above in a scene with Spalding Gray in her Black Box Theater.
Greetings – We’re getting a jump on National Poetry Month with our first ever Weekend of Words. If you’re a reader, a writer, a lover of a well-turned phrase, or if you just love the cozy feeling of getting lost in a tale, you’ll find much to enjoy at Caffe Lena this weekend.
The folk world’s leading performance poet, Timothy Mason, takes the stage on Friday with his rich voice and compassionate, accessible free verse. “His lines come like heat-seeking missiles, laced with street smart humor and insight,” in the words of the Boston Globe. He will be joined by the exquisite fingerstyle guitar of Japanese composer Hiroya Tsukamoto, who you will often find on stage with Esperanza Spalding.
On Saturday we welcome the Capital District’s most esteemed storyteller, Jeannine Laverty. Ready to get away from the snow and grime? Jeannine and multi-instrumentalist Ed Lowman are offering Stories & Music for Cheap Late-Winter Travel. Relax in your chair and let your imagination ride from Eastern Europe to Asia, to the Chihuahuan desert, and back the Adirondack mountains.
On Sunday we’ll deliver your coffee with extra napkins because comic storyteller and songwriter Don White is known for making an audience laugh uncontrollably. He’s a working class family man from Lynn, Massachusetts who mines comic gold in the foibles of marriage and parenting. If you love the clean humor of Bill Cosby, you’ll likely enjoy the heck out of Don White. Highly recommended.
On the Specials Menu: Classic Apple Crisp Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
See you at the show, Sarah