Half of all men and a third of all women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. Chances are you know someone who has cancer or has battled it. This informational meeting will tell you what you can do to help support people diagnosed with cancer in the Lansing area and what volunteers are still needed for an upcoming Relay for Life event to be held at Cooley Law School Stadium, home of the Lansing Lugnuts. FREE. 6:30 p.m. Cooley Law Stadium Clubhouse, 505 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. relayforlifeoflansing.eventbrite.com
THURSDAY, OCT. 31 >> Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. presents “Other Desert Cities”
When Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs for Christmas after a six-year absence, she brings some unsettling news to her family. She is publishing a memoir about her brother, his suicide and his association with an underground subculture, but Brooke’s family would rather not reopen delicate wounds. “Other Desert Cities” explores the relationships within the Wyeth family. “I find this play is so dynamic because as it unfolds, you realize each side of the argument is equally justified in their resolve, passions and anger,” director Chad Badgero said in a news release. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2 (also runs Nov. 7-9). $15/$10 students and seniors. Miller Performing Arts Center, 6025 Curry Lane, South Lansing. (517) 927-3016, peppermintcreek.org.
FRIDAY, NOV. 1>> Lansing Community College Department of Theatre presents “The Graduate”
You know the story: Boy gets degree, boy gets seduced by his father’s partner’s wife, boy falls in love with his seducer’s daughter. Drama llama. Director John Lepard said in a news release, “Even though ‘The Graduate’ is set in 1964, I think it speaks to our students in a profound way. The American Dream seems further out of reach than in recent history. Where does a young graduate turn?” In the curious case of Benjamin Braddock, into the arms of a mother-daughter combo, apparently. Here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 1-2; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 (also runs Nov. 8-9). $15/$10 seniors, LCC staff and alumni/$5 students. Dart Auditorium, 500 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing. (517) 483-1488. lcc.edu/showinfo
SATURDAY, NOV. 2 >> Fundraiser for Riverwalk Theatre
For over 25 years, Riverwalk Theatre has held an annual musical fundraiser to help out with theatre maintenance costs. This year’s event will feature performances by singer/songwriters Tom Heideman and Mary Koenigsknecht; whimsical poetry by David James; classical woodwind ensemble Ventosa Winds; and the eclectic band, Fly Paper. All proceeds benefit Riverwalk. Suggested donation: $10. 8 p.m. Riverwalk Theatre, 228 Museum Drive, Lansing. riverwalktheatre.com
SUNDAY, NOV. 3 >> Ladies (Comedy) Night Part 2
Estrogen levels will be high at the Green Door on Sunday. Host Jason Carlen will emcee this follow-up to the successful Ladies Comedy Night, featuring female comedians from all over Michigan. The ladies featured at the mic are Niki Key, Steph O, Emily Syrja, Devon Elizabeth, Emily Allyn, Jen Dama, Sam Rager, Noelle Massey, Esther Nevarez and Nicole Ramirez. Not that they need the help (probably), but $1 off all drinks should assist in feeding the laughter. Doors open at 8 p.m. FREE. Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing.