The ukelele may be a staple in Hawaiian culture but it also has solid ties to Michigan. For example, “Waikiki,” one of the classic hapa-haole songs, was written by Andy Cummings in Michigan in 1938. And Gibson Guitar (now Heritage Guitar) in Kalamazoo manufactured ukeleles that are now highly sought-after by collectors and uke enthusiasts worldwide. Ben Hassenger created Mighty Uke Day Festival four years ago, a two-day ode to the uke featuring concerts and play-alongs. Headliners Sarah Maisel and Craig Chee will perform on ukulele; there will also be additional performances, community jams and other activities. Events are free, with concert tickets sold a la carte. Several locations around Lansing’s historic Old Town district. (517) 896-4025, mightyukeday.com. (For a full interview with Hassenger, go to lansingcitypulse.com.)
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, MAY 9-11 >> ‘TELLING LIVES’ AT RIVERWALK
In Faye Sholiton“s comedic drama “Telling Lives,” an elderly woman writes her memoir, sending unintended ripples through her family. Her daughter seeks the truth in her mother“s words and her granddaughter, an aspiring playwright, wants to appropriate the memoir for her own endeavors. One woman“s memoir eventually proves to be revelatory to three generations of women. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $12/$10 students, seniors and military. Riverwalk Theatre, 228 Museum Drive, Lansing. (517) 482-9812. (Continues Friday-Sunday, May 16-18.)
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, MAY 9-10 >> ‘NUNSENSE: THE MEGA MUSICAL’ AT STARLIGHT DINNER THEATRE
For those who enjoy a side of playful blasphemy with their roast beef, Starlight Dinner Theatre presents the musical comedy “Nunsense: the Mega Musical.” When a spell of botulism strikes the Order of Little Sisters of Hoboken, killing most of them, the remainder of the convent puts together a revue packed with comedy, song, and dance to raise money to bury their dead, who are being stored in the convent freezer. Long-time fans of the “Nunsense” series can expect a few surprises as seven additional cast members have been added to the lineup, as well as a new musical number. Dinner before the show is catered by Creative Catering and features (fittingly) roast beef — botulism-free, of course. 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. show. $36/$31 seniors and students/$23 ages 12 and under. Show only: $18/$13 seniors and students/$13 ages 12 and under. Starlight Dinner Theatre, 3131 W. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 243-6040, starlightdinnertheatre.com. (Continues Friday-Saturday, May 16-17.)
SATURDAY, MAY 10 >> 3rd ANNUAL PETALS AND VINES FESTIVAL
At the 3rd Annual Petal and Vines Festival, Woldumar Nature Center will get in the spirit with a night of appreciation for Michigan“s beauty and booze. A variety of local brews and wines will be on hand, including selections from Sandhill Crane Vineyards, Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale, BAD Brewing Co. and more. There will also be food, live music and games, all held on the verdant grounds of the Woldumar Nature Center. The price of admission gets you dinner, a Woldumar pint glass and four tastes of beer or wine. Additional drink tickets will be available. Tickets for admission must be purchased in advance. 4-9 p.m. $30. Woldumar Nature Center, 5739 Old Lansing Road, Lansing. (517) 322-0030, woldumar.org.
SATURDAY, MAY 10 >> BOOK TALK WITH AUTHOR ROSALIE RIEGLE
The Peace Education Center of Greater Lansing will host a book talk and signing with author Rosalie Riegle. Riegle was a professor of English and women“s studies at Saginaw Valley State University and a co-founder of the Saginaw Valley Peace Watch. She will discuss her two latest oral histories, “Doing Time for Peace: Resistance, Family, and Community,” and “Crossing the Line: Nonviolent Resisters Speak Out for Peace.” Both works are collections of Riegle“s experiences with peacemaking individuals throughout several eras of war. 2 p.m. FREE. Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove St., East Lansing. (517) 515-563
MONDAY, MAY 12 >> BEER AND CRAVINGS POPCORN PAIRING
To celebrate American Craft Beer Week, I“m a Beer Hound and REO Town Pub are holding the first of three beer and popcorn pairings. Each event will feature popcorn from Old Town“s Cravings Gourmet Popcorn and beer from a different craft brewery. First up is Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing Co. The event is casual and done in the style of traditional beer dinners. 7-10 p.m. $20. REO Town Pub, 1145 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. (517) 485-4863.