The ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act can get pretty confusing. Representatives from the Michigan Consumers for Healthcare will give a 40-minute “Affordable Care Act 101” presentation; while folks from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and McLaren Health Care will give 15-minute talks on what they offer through the health care exchange. 6 p.m. Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 333-2580, cityofeastlansing.com.
FRIDAY, OCT. 25 >> One by One: The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project´s Third Annual Fundraising Event
The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project is a fundraising operation founded in East Lansing in 2001 by Uganda native Twesigye Jackson Kaguri. The project’s goal is to end the cyclical relationship between poverty and the HIV/AIDS epidemic plaguing Uganda. This event will include a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, live music and a keynote speech by Kaguri. DJ Musa performs at 9 p.m.; main event at 7 p.m. $50/$125 VIP. (517) 575-6623. Dublin Square, 327 Abbot Road, East Lansing, nyakaschool.org.
FRIDAY, OCT. 25 >> Music with a Mission Fiesta
The Avenue Café is hosting a night of music, fun and charity. Activities include a silent auction, live music and short documentaries by fundraising recipient, Volunteers of America. Lansing’s VOA shelter is in need of winter wear, towels, hygiene items, twin sized sheets and blankets, nonperishable foods and backpacks. The musical entertainment begins at 5 p.m. with an open mic drum and poetry session before Drew Howard takes the stage at 6:15 p.m. Other acts throughout the night include David Meeder, Medicine Crow, Twyla Birdsong, Magdalen Fossum, DJ City and M-Celcius. Suggested donation: $5. The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing. (517) 853-0550.
SUNDAY, OCT. 27 >> Silent Film: “Safety Last!” (1923)
Before there was Jackie Chan, there was Harold Lloyd. In the 1923 stuntladen comedy “Safety Last!,” Lloyd plays a country boy who must venture into the big city to earn enough money to marry his sweetheart. The iconic silent film is best known for the scene in which Lloyd dangles off a skyscraper, hanging onto the hands of a clock. This presentation of “Safety Last!” will be scored live by the Lansing Theatre Organ Inc.’s Rev. Andrew Rogers, who will tickle the pipes in his second performance with the company. $12 advance/$15 door. (517) 394-9881 or (517) 332-8084. lto-pops.org 3 p.m. Grand Ledge Opera House, 121 S. Bridge Street, Grand Ledge.
SUNDAY, OCT. 27 >> Bale Folclorico Da Bahia
A flash of Carnival makes its way to Michigan from Brazil on Sunday. The Balé Folclorico Da Bahia is one of the world’s best folk dance companies and the only company of its kind from Brazil. While visiting Wharton Center, 38 dancers, singers and musicians will perform folkloric slave dances, samba and capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian blend of dance and martial arts. The company, which debuted in 1988, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. $25-$42. 7 p.m. Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center, 750 W. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. 1-800-WHARTON. whartoncenter.com
TUESDAY, OCT. 29 >> WKAR Community Cinema Presents “The Graduates/Los Graduados”
Following six Latino and Latina teenagers, “The Graduates/Los Graduados” explores issues in American education today as seen by Latino high school students. The film demonstrates the importance of involvement in social and academic events for students. Through the film, we also meet parents of Latino children and learn about their personal sacrifices. “The Graduates/Los Graduados” also sprinkles in interviews from successful Latinos to add to the experience. Lansing Schools Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul and Rubén O. Martinez, Director of the Julian Samora Research Institute at MSU, are panelists. FREE. Registration required, visit wkar.org. Room 145 in Communication Arts and Sciences, 404 Wilson Road, East Lansing.