PICK OF THE DAY
“Writing Terror: An Exploration of Fear” opens the pages of the Boston Book Festival with writers Valerie Plame Wilson, Mary Louise Kelly, Wes Craven, and Jessica Stern. Other festival events include presentations, panels, programs for families, seminars, booths, and performances. Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. (through Oct. 19). $6, $12 (Oct. 19 daytime events are free). In and around Copley Square, Boston (Oct. 17 at 180 Berkeley St., Boston). 617-945-9552. www.bostonbookfest.org
Being The five videos at “Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Olentoja (Creatures)” are stories about relationships among human, animal, magical, and botanical beings. The Finnish artist offers “Horizontal,” “Anthropomorphic Exercises on Film,” “Companions,” “The Annunciation,” and “The House.” Thursday hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (through Jan. 5). Free. Davis Museum at Wellesley
College, 106 Central St., Wellesley. 781-283-2051. www.davismuseum.wellesley.edu
Dahk Hahvad Hopeful Harvard applicants probably don’t hear about this spooky stuff, but for 90 minutes you’ll hear about it on the Harvard Square Ghost Tour. Your guide will educate you about the university’s dark side with ghost and murder stories, failed pranks, and more. Thurs-Sun at 7:30 p.m. through Nov. 1. $15, $12 students and seniors, $7 ages 7-13 (reservations recommended). Meet by the kiosk at the Harvard Square T Stop, Cambridge. 617-520-4030. cambridgehistorical
Glass notes Let’s hope the musicians don’t drop their instruments at this artKitchen Café Performance Series concert. The MIT Glass Band performs “Looper” on glass instruments made by the MIT glass lab. 7 p.m. $12. Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak St., Brockton.
Sweet 16 In addition to screenings of 16 ski and snowboard films, ticketholders also get a two-for-one lift ticket to Jay Peak and Mount Snow resorts. The Boston Winter Film Festival includes screenings of award-winning films plus shorts by local and amateur filmmakers. 7:30 p.m. (Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.). $20 and up.
Revere Hotel Boston Common Theatre 1, 200 Stuart St., Boston. 617-457-2618. www.bostonwinterfilmfestival.com
The French queen Marie-Antoinette’s personal letters help tell the story of a teenage bride and desperate queen. Evelyne Lever’s one-woman play, “Marie-Antoinette, In Her Own Words,” stars Barbara Schulz and is presented by the French Theatrical Foundation in French with English supertitles. Oct. 18 and 19 at 8 p.m., Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. $35. The Modern Theatre at Suffolk University, 525 Washington St., Boston. 800-440-7654.www.moderntheatre.com
Partners In the ’70s, William Wegman’s Weimaraner kept strolling onto his master’s video set. This resulted in the artist’s iconic photographic collaboration with dogs. The Peabody Essex Museum’s redesigned Art & Nature Center celebrates its reopening and the artistic relationship between artists and live animals at “Beyond Human: Artist–Animal Collaborations.” Activities include art projects, stories, performances, and demonstrations. Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. (exhibit runs through Sept. 7, 2014). Free opening-day celebration. Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. 866-745-1876. www.pem.org