WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 >> ‘EMOTIONS IN MUSIC’ BY LANSING CONCERT BAND
The Lansing Concert Band continues its season with two presentations of the “Young Person´s Introduction to the Band” program. The theme for this year is “Emotions in Music,” which was designed to see how students in grades 3-5 respond emotionally to different types of music. The program will include pieces representing love, peace, excitement and loneliness, as well as techniques composers use to display these feelings. Gary T. Sullivan will conduct the experiment with featured trumpet soloist and section leader James Kasprzak. The event is sponsored by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. FREE, but registration is required at lansingconcertband.org. Two times and locations: 9 a.m. Wharton Center, 750 West Shaw Lane, East Lansing; 1 p.m. Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 378 State St., Charlotte.
THURSDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 27-30 >> ‘TRIBES’ BY PEPPERMINT CREEK THEATRE CO.
Billy is deaf, born into a hearing family. His siblings don’t know sign language, creating a gap in their relationship. The boy meets Sylvia, a woman who has deaf parents and is slowly going deaf herself. Sylvia teaches him sign language and about the deaf community. Throughout this journey, the family bonds as it learns different ways to communicate. Playwright Nina Raine bases the play on family, identity and the power of language. $15/$10 students and seniors. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Continues Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5. Sunday. Miller Performing Arts Center, 6025 Curry Lane, Lansing. (517) 927-3016, peppermintcreek.org.
FRIDAY, MARCH 28 >> PIANO AND DRUMS AT THE BROAD ART MUSEUM
The Broad Art Museum hosts a night of live drumming and piano music in the Broad MSU Education Wing. Brian Chase, drummer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and member of the New York City improv and experimental scene, will perform with pianist and composer Thollem McDonas. The duo will play music from their new album, “Dub Narcotic Session,” which has blues, punk rock and folk elements. The writing residents of the museum will read in the galleries beforehand. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, East Lansing. (517) 884-3900, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, MARCH 29 >> REO TOWN THRIFT STORE GALA AND BURLESQUE EXTRAVAGANZA
Dust off those vintage gowns and seasoned suits for a cheap, chic night on the town. REO Town Commercial Association president Ryan Wert pulled the idea for this party out of his college party rucksack. “I had friends who had a classy party once a year,” he said. “We all got dressed up in old suits and discarded bridal gowns.” One friend would be in a fur coat and underwear while another was resplendent in a three-piece suit. “You never know what to expect, which is the fun part of it,” Wert said. This event will have a slew of seduction with seven burlesque performances and Lansing’s first vintage pin-up girl pageant. Local rapper James Gardin and a jazz quartet will serve up the jams until DJ Sammy takes over at midnight. Rock N Rummage, a Detroit thrift shop, will be there with a cadre of retro collectibles. Liquor will flow all night with a selection of beer, wine and the hard stuff. Sleepwalker Spirits and Ales, a soon to open microbrewery and distillery, will provide complimentary beer tastings. Staying true to the theme, the catering will be done by Kait’s Vintage Café. All proceeds benefit the REO Town Commercial Association. $10 in advance/$12 at the door. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. 21-up. Foliage Design Systems of Mid-Michigan, 1027 S. Washington St., Lansing. thriftstoregala.com.
SUNDAY, MARCH 30 >> ‘THE FROG BRIDE’ AT THE WHARTON CENTERYou know the story about a princess who kisses a frog and watches it magically turn into a handsome prince. Well, this one has the same arc but with a slight swap of who’s kissing who. A king sends his three sons on a journey to find brides. Two return to the palace with decent dames while the other son brings a bride who’s not exactly fit for a wedding dress. This 2006 Drama Desk Award nominee is part of the Wharton Center’s Act One Family Series, which encourages children interested in performing arts, and teaches about acceptance and understanding. 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. $9. Wharton Center Pasant Theatre, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 432-2000, whartoncenter.com.
SUNDAY, MARCH 30 >> GOSPEL MUSIC AT GRAND LEDGE OPERA HOUSE
Grand Ledge Opera House is getting some soul this weekend. Organists Steve Schlesing makes his seventh performance at the keys of the gold-plated Barton Theatre Organ. Schlesing is a music director and organist at the Lutheran Church of the Master, but he’ll play a variety of musical styles including sacred, classical and popular. Accompanying him is the Celebration Choir he works with. This performance is part of the Lansing Theatre Organ’s Riverside Pops series. $15/$12 in advance. 3 p.m. Grand Ledge Opera House, 121 S. Bridge St., Grand Ledge. (517) 394-9881, lto-pops.org.