If you missed the first half of Lansing Beer Week, don’t worry — it’s still going strong with lots of events left. Tonight at 5, Mason’s BAD Brewing Co. will be in downtown Lansing to host a tap takeover and horseshoe tournament at Nuthouse Bar & Grill. At 7 p.m. Thursday, I’m a Beer Hound founder Paul Starr will host a beer and cupcake pairing at REO Town Pub, featuring cupcakes from Vintage Café next door and craft beer from Cranker’s Brewery in Big Rapids. A ticket to this event will get you five 4-6 oz. beer tastes; combinations include Professor IPA with carrot cake and Coconut Porter with German chocolate cake The nine-day event wraps up from 1-6 p.m. Saturday at Lansing Beer Fest in REO Town, where attendees can try new Michigan beers by 32 different breweries from around the state. Tickets are $35/$30 in advance. lansingbeerweek.com
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25-SUNDAY, JUNE 29 >> “NEIL SIMON’S FOOLS” BY LCC PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT
Ever get the feeling that you’re surrounded by idiots? The main character in Lansing Community College Performing Arts’ performance “Neil Simon’s Fools” can relate: He’s the only one in town not plagued with a curse of “chronic stupidity” that affects everyone but him. But it gets worse: Unless he can find a cure within 24 hours, he will succumb to the same fate. This is the first of LCC’s Summer Stage Under the Stars performing arts festival. Other events in upcoming weeks will include music and dance performances. 7 p.m. FREE. LCC Outdoor Amphitheatre, Washington Mall between Dart Auditorium and Gannon Building, LCC campus. (517) 483-1488, lcc.edu/showinfo.
FRIDAY, JUNE 27 >> ‘THE ART OF … ’ SERIES AT THE BROAD ART MUSEUM
Art and food aren´t limited to Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s portrait paintings done in fruit and vegetables. In the Broad Art Museum’s new series entitled “The Art of … ,” the museum explores several vocations and activities that aren’t considered art and illuminate them in a way to get people to experience the artistic merit of nontraditional forms. To start the series, the museum presents “The Art of: BBQ.” Spartan Signature Catering executive chef Brad Curlee will share his 17 years of experience and demonstrate his mastery of BBQ technique. Afterward, there will be a sampling of summer eats and a cash bar. $50/$35 members. 6 p.m. Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, East Lansing. (517) 884-4800, broadmuseum.msu.edu.
THURSDAY, JUNE 26 >> ‘DECODING COMEDY’
Find out how comedians makes telling jokes look so easy … or hard, as the case may be. MSU student James Xiong’s documentary “Decoding Comedy” probes into the brains of local standup comedians and deconstructs their creative processes. The film features interviews with nine local comedians, as well as footage from their live standup acts. Chances are you’ll hear at least one dick joke — or hear the story behind it. So check your delicate sensibilities at the door. 8 p.m. FREE. Studio D in Communication Arts Building, MSU campus.
THURSDAY, JUNE 26 >> DOWNTOWN DISASTERS TOUR
History is heating up downtown Lansing. Valerie Marvin, president of the Historical Society of Greater Lansing, will lead a walking tour to discuss the fires, floods and other catastrophes that shaped the cultural history of the city. One aspect of the tour will include a discussion at the site of the former Kern’s Hotel, where a 1934 fire killed 35 people. It is the deadliest fire in Lansing history. The tour will last for an hour and will meet at Lansing City Hall. 124 W. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 7 p.m. FREE, donations appreciated. lansinghistory.org.