There’s nothing quite like the throb of a full-on organ recital, still a relative rarity in Lansing. A first-time visitor from Europe will play some of the most powerful organ music in existence, including Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, tonight at Lansing’s First Presbyterian Church. Italian organist Elena Sartori, on a tour of North America, will make a stop in Lansing on her way to a recital in Chicago. Born in Ravenna, Italy, Sartori studied at the Musik Akademie of Basel, the Hochschule Mozarteum of Salzburg and the Bach Akademie of Stuttgart. She’s played nearly every major hall in Europe and toured much of the world as well. She’s also a composer, vocalist and conductor with several CDs under her belt. In addition to Bach’s famous wall-shaker, the program will include Cesar Franck’s Prelude, Fugue and Variations, Felix Mendelssohn’s Sonata in F Minor and Jehan Alain’s Le Jardin Suspendu. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9. Molly Grove Chapel, First Presbyterian Church, 510 W. Ottawa St., Lansing. $5-10. (517) 482-0668.
THURSDAY, OCT. 10 >> “The Woman in Black” at Williamston Theatre
Ready for Halloween? Williamston Theatre is. A young lawyer discovers a vengeful ghost terrorizing a small town in this bonechilling adaptation of Susan Hill’s 1983 thriller. It was also adapted into a movie last year starring Danielle Radcliffe. 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $22-25/$10 students/$2 discounts for seniors & military. Williamston Theatre, 122 South Putnam, Williamston. (517) 655-7469, williamstontheatre.com.
FRIDAY, OCT. 11 >> “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” at Starlight Dinner Theatre
The newest play from authors Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten take you around the world over the course of your buffet dinner. First, you’re whisked off to Dallas to meet Romeo, a slimy used-car salesman who’s about to get what’s coming to him from three of his jilted lady friends. Next you’re off to New York to witness a disaster of a marriage proposal. Cheerio, old sport … next stop: a London bistro. The final destination is Hawaii with four southern belles. Dinner will include southern fried chicken, salad, sides and dessert. Reservations are required. Dinner at 5:30 p.m., performance at 6:30 p.m. $36/$31 seniors, students/$20 children 13 and under. Waverly East Intermediate School, 3131 W. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 243-6040.
FRIDAY, OCT. 11>> “William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead” by MSU Department of Theatre
What if William Shakespeare had battled zombies? Directed by Christina Traister, this play follows the Bard as he argues over “Henry V” and fights off his newly cannibalistic costume designer. And, just like in the film featuring the young writer as he fell in love, Queen Elizabeth I will drop in for a guest appearance. And if you want to get a little bloody, a special Splash Zone will ensure you’ll get to share in the blood spray. 8 p.m. & 11:55 p.m. Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $15/$10 students/$18 Splash Zone/$13 Student Splash Zone, seniors and faculty. Wharton Center, Pasant Theatre, 750 East Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 353-1982, whartoncenter.com
SATURDAY, OCT. 12 >> Apple Butter Festival
The 40th Annual Apple Butter Festival will offer live music, including Taylor Taylor, L.A. Cloggers, Basement Bluegrass and Cat Midway. There will also be local celebrities stirring the apple butter throughout the day; City Pulse publisher Berl Schwartz will stir from 2-3 p.m. Saturday Enjoy good food, good people and local vendors in the gorgeous Michigan autumn colors. FREE. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. Fenner Nature Center, 2020 E. Mount Hope Ave., Lansing. (517) 483-4224.
SATURDAY, OCT. 12 >> Michigan Archaeology Day
The Michigan Historic Museum is working hard to create a whole new generation of Indiana Joneses and Lara Crofts, minus the whip, hot pants and guns, of course. Visitors can learn about the technical skills and knowledge necessary to understand the hieroglyphics you might find while tomb raiding. Included in this local adventure are demonstrations of hunting skills and the art of stone tool making. Throughout the museum, there are children’s activities, presentations in the forum auditorium and a variety of archaeology exhibits. Early birds get a free poster while supplies last.11 a.m. FREE. Michigan Library and Historic Center, 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing. (517) 373-3559. michigan.gov.
SUNDAY, OCT. 13 >> Michigan Antiquarian Book and Paper Show
Henry Ward Beecher said it best: “Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.” This event is for those interested in more than just a New York Times bestseller. This year, the Book and Paper Show will include 65 exhibitors offering a variety of books and papers. Collectibles, rare and out-of-print books will be sold by knowledgeable book dealers. There will also be vintage paper dolls, postcards, trade cards, photographs, maps available. The largest book show in the Midwest will surely keep the literary-inclined busy. 9:30 a.m. Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing. $4.50/FREE for children 13 and under. curiousbooks.com