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Wednesday, May 30,2012

Sample the summer

Here are a few highlights for your summer calendar

by City Pulse

Saturday, June 2

Pumpstock American Roots Music Festival: East Lansing’s American roots music festival features Tommy Womack, Harpeth Rising, Matt Bliton and the Kedzie Street Choir, Bill Bynam & Co. and the Martine Locke Trio. $10 donation suggested. 2-8 p.m. June 2, East Lansing Bailey Community Center Park, 300 Bailey St., Lansing. (517) 927-2100.


June 6-9

Michigan State University Summer Circle Theatre: "Adrift in Macao" is a musical comedy by Christopher Durang and Peter Melnick that spoofs 1940s film-noir thrillers; Chad Badgero directs. FREE. 8 p.m. June 6, 7, 8 and 9. Outdoor theatre on the banks of the Red Cedar River, MSU Campus. www.summercircle.org


June 8-23

Michigan State University Summer Summer Circle Theatre: "Round the World Tales." Wes Haskell directs three short plays based on folktales from Sweden, Japan and Nicaragua. FREE. 6 p.m. June 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23. Outdoor theatre on the banks of the Red Cedar River, MSU Campus. www.summercircle.org


June 9

Old Town Scrapfest: Teams of artists collect up to 500 pounds of scrap metal and have two weeks to reuse, repurpose and redesign. 10 a.m. June 9, Old Town, Lansing. (517) 485-4283. www. oldtownscrapfest.com


June 13-16

Michigan State University Summer Summer Circle Theatre: "On the Verge, or The Geography of Learning." Victorian explorers journey through time and space in a comedy directed by Melissa C. Thompson. FREE. 8 p.m. June 13, 14, 15 and 16. Outdoor theatre on the banks of the Red Cedar River, MSU Campus. www.summercircle.org


June 14-16

Lansing Juneteenth Celebration: Freedom festival commemorating the end of slavery in the United States by celebrating the joys of liberty, educating the community about our heritage and by promoting positive cultural interaction. Kick-off event 5:30 p.m. June 14, Lansing City Hall Lobby; festival takes place at St. Joseph Park (W. St. Joseph St. and Heather Lane), Lansing. Festival begins at 5 p.m. June 15; 11 a.m. June 16. FREE. (517) 394-6900, or www.lansingjuneteenthcelebration.org.


June 15-16

Michigan State University Summer Summer Circle Theatre: "The Atheist." Edward O’Ryan stars in a one-man show detailing the true confessions of an amoral tabloid reporter. FREE. 10:30 p.m. June 15 and 16. Outdoor theatre on the banks of the Red Cedar River, MSU Campus. www.summercircle.org


June 20-24

Michigan State University Summer Summer Circle Theatre: "Around the World in 80 Days."  Rob Roznowksi directs Mark Brown’s adaptation of the Jules Verne story about globe-trotting Phileas Fogg and Passeportout. FREE. 8 p.m. June 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24. LCC Outdoor Amphitheatre. (517) 483-1564.


June 20-24

Lansing Community College Summer Stage Under the Stars: "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Musical adaptation of the “Peanuts” comic strip. FREE. 8 p.m. June 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24. LCC Outdoor Amphitheatre. (517) 483-1564.


June 22-23

Summer Solstice Jazz Festival:  Performances from Wycliffe Gordon and Niki Haris, Detroit Tenors, Ritmo and Community Music School Jazz Orchestra. FREE. Downtown East Lansing. www.eljazzfest.com (517) 319-6927.


June 22

Festival of the Moon: Beer, food and music. 6-11 p.m. June 22 (21 and over), Old Town, Lansing. $12 advance, $15 at the door. (517) 485-4283, or festivalofthesun.com


June 23

Festival of the Sun: Music from Those Willows, Sabertooth Fiancee, Empty Orchestra, Elliot Street Lunatic and Frontier Ruckus, plus wines and tapas. 2-11 p.m. June 23 (21 and over only after 7 p.m.), $17 advance, $20 at the door. Old Town, Lansing. (517) 485-4283, or festivalofthesun.com


June 27

“Layers: The Lansing Community College Faculty Jazz Quartet.” Pianist Dennis Therrian, drummer Mike Daniels saxophonist Jon Gerwirtz and bassist Ed Fedewa perform original pieces and standards. FREE. 7 p.m. June 27. LCC Outdoor Amphitheatre. (517) 483-1564. 


July 9-15

Common Ground Music Festival: Performers include Soul Asylum, Morris Day & The Time, Casey James, Sister Hazel, The Wallflowers, Joe Walsh, Kevin Costner & Modern West and more. Adado Riverfront Park, Grand Ave. and Saginaw St., Lansing. $89 for 7-day general admission pass; prices vary for individual day passes. (517) 267-1502. www.commongroundfest.com


July 18-24

Lansing Community College Summer Stage Under the Stars: "Theophilus North." A young man makes his way through Newport high society during the Jazz Age. FREE. 8 p.m. June 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24. LCC Outdoor Amphitheatre. (517) 483-1564.


July 25-Aug. 5

Lansing Community College Summer Stage Under the Stars: "Othello." The American Shakespeare Collective presents the tragic tale of the moor Othello, the unjustly accused Desdemona and the scheming Iago. $15 adults; $12 students and seniors; preview performances are $10 for all seats. Previews at 7 p.m. July 25 and 26; 8 p.m. July 27, 28, 29 and Aug. 2,3,4 and 5. LCC Outdoor Amphitheatre. (517) 483-1564.


Aug. 3-4

Lansing JazzFest: Performers include Betty Baxter, Drum Crazy Percussion ensemble, Etienne Charles, Jeff Shoup Trio, Sunny Wilkinson Quartet and Tyler VanderMaas. FREE. 4:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Aug. 3; 1 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Aug. 4. Old Town, Lansing. (517) 371-4600.


Aug. 8-9

“The C/d Project”: An annual dance collaboration between Lansing Community College and Happendance. FREE. 8 p.m. Aug. 8 and 9. LCC Outdoor Amphitheatre. (517) 483-1564.


Aug. 10-12

Great Lakes Folk Festival: Performances ranging from blues to bluegrass, Latino, polka, Cajun, Celtic and more. Donations suggested. Times to be announced. Aug. 10, 11 and 12. Downtown East Lansing. (517) 432-4533. greatlakesfolkfest.net


Aug. 16-18

Renegade Theatre Festival Theatrical presentations and readings from various performing arts groups around Lansing. Times to be announced. Aug. 16, 17 and 18. Old Town, Lansing. www.renegadetheatrefestival.org

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