THURSDAY, DEC. 19 >> TEASE-O-RAMA
If you haven’t been naughty enough this year, there’s one more chance to be. Spiral Video and Dance Bar will tease the audience with burlesque dancers and drag queens. You can keep the night’s memories forever by posing in the sexy Santa photo booth — or keep it blurry at the bar with $2 well or $3 call drinks. 1247 Center St., Lansing. Doors at 9 p.m., show at 11 p.m. $5 for 21 and up/$10 if you’re 18-20. Sorry, youngsters.
FRIDAY, DEC. 20 >> Holiday All-Nighter
If you think this time of the year is hard on you, think about the pets that get abandoned because their owners can’t make ends meet. Don’t worry, no Sarah McLachlan music playing here, but even if you can’t afford to take in a new pet, there are ways to make life a little easier for the sad cases locked up at the local shelter.
The Ingham County Animal Shelter is holding a “Holiday All-Nighter.” Volunteers are camping out at the shelter, helping animals find new homes. The goals are twofold: heighten awareness of pets who need permanent homes and keep company for the ones who are in the shelter. Hey, everyone likes a friend, especially this time of the year. The shelter will be closed Dec. 22-25.
And if you are looking to add a new member to your family, now is the perfect time. Adoption fees have been reduced to $25, which includes spaying/neutering, vaccinations and a microchip. Of course, you’ll need to provide your own leash, collar, chew toys and catinip. But the Ingham County Animal Shelter is making it easier for you.
And if playing with animals isn’t fun enough, there will be events all night long to keep the adoption party going. You will have a chance to win door prizes, pose with Chippy, the shelter’s mascot and compete in the All-Nighter Pajama Contest, which starts at 11 p.m. FREE. Ingham County Animal Shelter, 600 Citrus St., Mason. Find the event on Facebook for more details.
FRIDAY, DEC. 20 >> THE COFFEEHOUSE AT ALL SAINTS
All Saints Episcopal Church is giving you and your family a chance to celebrate the holidays early. Gather around as Pastor Kit reads “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Other performances will include readings of Christmas favorites as well as piano and guitar performances, which might invite you to sing along. If you take pride in your apple pie, bring it to share. The fun begins around 7:30 p.m. in the Undercroft, 800 Abbot Road, East Lansing. FREE.
FRIDAY, DEC. 20-SATURDAY, DEC. 21 >> SISTRUM’S WINTER CONCERT & MATINEE
On Friday, Lansing women’s chorus, Sistrum, will perform its second annual winter concert, “Bright and Gay Cabaret,” at 8 p.m. The group will split off into small ensemble performances and then rejoin for powerful musical numbers. Warm up your vocal cords because you’ll also be in the spotlight during an audience sing-along. Meet other Lansing locals over festive refreshments as you share a table and listen to a variety of holiday songs from around the globe. (You can purchase a table in advance.) On Saturday, Sistrum will present its first-ever matinee performance at 2 p.m. Both performances will be at Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing. Advanced tickets are available at sistrum.org for $12 or at the door for $15-25.
SATURDAY, DEC. 21 >> Michael McDonald
In the movie “The 40 Year-Old Virgin,” the soulful voice of Michael McDonald helped Paul Rudd sell a TV set, which kept him from burning the place to the ground. Now McDonald will bring the house down himself with his show, “This Christmas,” at the Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall. He will sing holiday tunes and some of his greatest hits. If you listen to the whole set maybe he’ll throw in a DVD; Paul Rudd would. “This Christmas.” Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. $35-$65. (800) WHARTON, whartoncenter.com.
SUNDAY, DEC. 22 >> “Holiday Pops” by Lansing Symphony Orchestra
The Arts Chorale of Greater Lansing and vocalist Mara Bonde will join the symphony to perform popular holiday songs. Fifteen talented students from the Lansing area will have the chance to play side-by-side with these skilled performers for three musical numbers. 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22 at Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. $20- $47 (Students can get 50 percent off rush tickets one hour prior to the performance.) (517) 487-5011, lansingsymphony.org.