This is the second part of a series of monthly presentations from urban designers, architects and landscape architects that offer a future vision of East Lansing. This month’s guest is Craig Borum, a professor of architecture at the University of Michigan. The guest presentations lead up to an exhibition next fall. FREE. 6:30 p.m. Broad Museum, 547 East Circle Drive, East Lansing. broadmuseum.msu.edu.
THURSDAY, DEC. 12 >> Health Care Knowledge Fair
This event provides information for anyone interested in a career in a healthcare. Attendees will meet Davenport University faculty, tour the campus and its new health labs. Participants will also be entered to win a $500 scholarship, applicable to the winter 2014 semester. There will be free on-site transcript assessments, a waived application fee and free FAFSA assistance. Davenport was founded in 1866 and offers courses in business, health and technology. FREE. 4 p.m. Davenport University Lansing Campus, 200 S. Grand Ave., Lansing. davenport.edu
FRIDAY, DEC. 13-SUNDAY, DEC. 15 >> “A Christmas Carol” by Mid-Michigan Family Theatre
By now, you’ve probably seen every single way “A Christmas Carol” could possibly be incorporated into a storytelling medium. Tvtropes.com says: “Every television series in the history of the world that lasts long enough to have an episode aired at Christmas will make use of this boilerplate episode.” But maybe we do need a reminder that life is short and that we should be nice every chance we get — why not an adaptation that’s faithful to the Dickensian language? $7/$5 children. Alfreda Schmidt Southside Community Center, 5815 Wise Road, Lansing. (517) 483-6686. 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13; 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14; 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.
FRIDAY, DEC. 13 >> “Sounds of the Season”
The Capital City Brass Band presents its annual holiday concert full of Christmas classics. The sounds of the evening are in British brass band style, which dates back to the early 1900s. Recently, the Capital City Brass Band took third place in the U.S. Open Brass Band Championships, an invitation-only competition, in Chicago. FREE, but donations accepted. 7 p.m. First Baptist Church, 201 S. Jackson St., Jackson.
SATURDAY, DEC. 14 >> “The Genres: Still Life, Featuring Jessica Jackson Hutchins”
The Broad Art Museum’s three-part series “The Genres” features contemporary artists offering a new look at three historic forms of art: Portraiture, still life and landscape. In this exhibit, Jessica Jackson Hutchins represents still life. Hutchins reworks the traditional still life by playing with the combination of found and made objects, size and other abstractions. Curator Alison Gass gives a talk followed by a reception. 6 p.m. FREE. Broad Art Museum, 547 East Circle Drive, East Lansing. broadmuseum.msu.edu.
SATURDAY, DEC. 14 >> Second Annual Festival of Trees
In its second year, the Turner-Dodge House and Heritage Center hosts the Christmas tree event of the season. About 25 trees were all decorated by establishments and people throughout Old Town. All three floors of the Turner-Dodge will have Christmas trees to visit. The festive firs will brighten the historic house through Dec. 29. The festival began as a way to fundraise for projects focused on preserving history in Lansing. $5/$10 per family. Noon-8 p.m. Turner-Dodge House and Heritage Center, 100 E. North St., Lansing. (517) 483-4220, lansingmi.gov/parks/tdodge.
SUNDAY, DEC. 15 >> Lansing Theatre Organ
Lansing-native Scott Smith has spent 25 years as house organist at the Mole Hole in Marshall. Before that, Smith was instrumental in the move and redesign of the organ at the Grand Ledge Opera House. In celebration of his extensive organ history, he provides a live score for the Laurel and Hardy comedy “Big Business,” which follows the pair as they embark on an adventure selling Christmas trees in southern California. 3 p.m. $12 advance/$15 door. Grand Ledge Opera House, 121 S. Bridge St., Grand Ledge. lto-pops.org.
SUNDAY, DEC. 15 >> Holiday Tease-O-Rama
Ace DeVille hosts this holiday-themed event featuring burlesque and drag performers. There will be holiday drink specials, a hunky Santa photo booth and fun surprises. Throughout the evening, DJ Sammy, The Klaw Mark Kittens, Sadie Sparkles, Maria Mirelez and Cinna Moan entertain. 21 and up: $5. 18 and up: $10. 11 p.m. Spiral Dance Bar, 1247 Center St., Lansing.