An arts-and-culture-filled weekend


Whether you enjoy visual art, film, poetry, theater or live music, there are events to satisfy every art-minded person this weekend. There’s also a global cultural festival, a comedy show, a metaphysical event and much more.

 For Friday evening’s live music, we have pianist and Michigan State University associate professor Young Hyun Cho playing three of Beethoven’s piano sonatas at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at 5:30; country and folk cover musician Carl Pawluk at Harrison Roadhouse at 6; cover band Atomic Annie at Lansing Brewing Co. at 7; the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and MSU choirs performing Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” at the Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall and ‘60s cover group Z Collective performing Motown hits at UrbanBeat, both at 7:30; acoustic soloist Jack Schueler at The Peanut Barrel at 8; and rock/power-pop group The Louderthans at The Green Door at 8:30. Saturday evening, we have Singers on the Grand performing hits of the 1950s through ‘80s at the St. Johns Middle School and Nirvana cover band Smells Like Nirvana at Grewal Hall at 224, both at 7; jazz group Keller/Kocher & Co. performing music from the Great American Songbook at UrbanBeat at 7:30; cover band Geech at The Green Door at 8:30; and metal band Wastelander’s album release show at The Avenue at 9. Ending the weekend on Sunday is the American Guild of Organists Greater Lansing chapter’s Members’ Recital at Our Savior Lutheran Church at 3 p.m. and Red Cedar Spirits’ weekly Sunday Jazz show at 6 p.m. 

The MSU Broad Art Museum will celebrate the grand opening of its new permanent display space, The Center for Object Research and Engagement, 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. Guests can enjoy food and drinks, music, free screen printing and more. While you’re there, make sure to check out the other exhibitions on display, including “Shouldn’t You Be Working? 100 Years of Working from Home,” “As we dwell in the fold,” “Resistance Training: Arts, Sports, and Civil Rights,” “Seeing in 360 Degrees: The Zaha Hadid Design Collection” and “Beal Botanical Garden: Celebrating 150 Years of People, Plants, and Place.”

Other art displays on view this weekend include the Michigan Made Holiday Art Exhibition at the Lansing Art Gallery, which is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; the Mid-Michigan Art Guild’s Fall Member Art Show at the Neighborhood Empowerment Center, which is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and Chance Liscomb’s “Where ART Thou?? Playful Reflections on Religion and Scripture” at The Peoples Church of East Lansing, which is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

If you’d like to make some art of your own, REACH Studio Art Center is hosting a life drawing class 6 p.m. Friday, and the Lansing Makers Network is hosting a How-To Holiday event noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, featuring eight different make-and-take stations where guests can create handmade gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

If you’d prefer to purchase premade gifts, both Clayworks Pottery and the Greater Lansing Potters’ Guild are hosting pottery sales this weekend. Clayworks’ sale runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Faith Church, which is across from the Eastwood Towne Center, and the Potters’ Guild’s sale runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at All Saints Episcopal Church in East Lansing. Additionally, Impression 5 Science Center's Holiday STEM Shopping Night runs 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, offering STEM-focused gifts such as toys, books and science kits as well as hands-on demos of the products, refreshments, live music and free gift wrapping.

Lansing Community College’s production of “Sense and Sensibility” opens at the school’s Black Box Theatre and “The Trail to Oregon” opens at the Riverwalk Theatre this weekend, both with performances 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.’s production of “The Prom” wraps up at the Stage One Performing Art Center 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, though the shows are all sold out.

The 38th Annual Women in the Arts Festival at Edgewood United Church in East Lansing offers an Artist Market and a café 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday as well as a tribute performance of the late poet June Jordan and composer and pianist Adrienne Torf’s 2003 “Celebration” LP 7:30 p.m. Friday; music, dance and spoken-word performances noon to 5 p.m. Saturday; and a screening of the film “All Wigged Out: The Musical” 6 p.m. Saturday.

The East Lansing Film Festival offers plenty of screenings at the Meridian Mall’s Studio C! theater this weekend. For a full schedule, visit the website.

Wacousta-Dewitt Masonic Lodge’s monthly fundraiser fish fry runs 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday or until food runs out. If you’re in the mood for dessert afterward, there will be a bake sale on the lodge’s main floor.

If you’re looking for some action, Capital Pro Wrestling is holding a series of matches at The Fledge beginning 3 p.m. Saturday.

DeWitt’s Looking Glass Brewing Co. is hosting a comedy show 8:30 p.m. Saturday, featuring performances by Michigan comedians Carl Johnson, Nick Earl and Mary Spencer.

Volunteers can help mulch the trail at East Lansing’s White Park 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Attendees should wear long sleeves, long pants and boots or shoes that can get muddy.

The Light House Chapel is hosting a metaphysical fundraiser event noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, featuring energy healing, aura readings, reiki, chair massage and more, plus a silent auction and vendors selling metaphysical items, jewelry, poetry, artwork and food.

The MSU Office for International Students and Scholars’ Global Festival runs noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the school’s International Center, featuring cultural exhibits, live performances, a Global Gift Shop and more.

In celebration of Veterans Day, all military veterans and their family members receive free admission into Potter Park Zoo 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Finally, bring the kids to Okemos’ Harris Nature Center 1 p.m. Sunday to learn all about turkeys, including Michigan’s wild turkeys, and take a guided walk through the woods.

Whatever you choose to do, I wish you the best of weekends.

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