Anime, apple butter and other autumnal activities


More Halloween and fall events, such as an Apple Butter Festival, an Autumn Color Walk and a Halloween-themed burlesque and drag show, are on the agenda for this weekend, as well as a music festival, a watercolor pet-painting workshop, an anime convention and much more.

For Friday evening’s live music, we have house music DJs John Summit and Dom Dolla at Adado Riverfront Park at 5; Two-Faced Wilson at Harrison Roadhouse at 6; Americana band Cold Leather Seats at Lansing Brewing Co. at 7; North of Five at The Peanut Barrel and the Michigan State University jazz ensembles with jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer at the Fairchild Theatre, both at 8; and Miranda & the M80s at The Green Door at 8:30. Saturday evening, we have Summer of Sol at The Green Door at 8:30. Ending the weekend on Sunday is Woldumar Nature Center’s Folk & Bluegrass Jamboree from 2 to 5 p.m. and Red Cedar Spirits’ weekly Sunday Jazz show at 6 p.m.

For even more live music, All Saints Episcopal Church is hosting its monthly Coffeehouse at All Saints 7:30 p.m. Friday, featuring music and spoken-word performances, and GTG Records is hosting its annual GTG Fest music festival 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Avenue and 2 p.m. Sunday at Hunter Park. To view the lineup and set times, visit the website.

And for a free showing of “Ghostbusters” 6:30 p.m. Friday, bring a blanket or chair to Bancroft Park on Lansing’s north side and enjoy candy and popcorn provided free by the Friends of Bancroft Park.

Visit the MSU Broad Art Museum 1 p.m. Sunday, where Maeve Bassett, an applied ethnobotanist and education program director at MSU’s Beal Botanical Garden, will take guests on an “immersive tour unearthing the historical, social and political narratives growing within works of art from the MSU Broad Art Museum collection.” While you’re there, make sure to check out all the 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 Shiawassee Artists’ Guild’s “Potpourri” exhibition at Framer’s Edge in Okemos, which is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday; “Wholly Integrated” and “We Are Survivors” 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; the Mid-Michigan Art Guild’s Small Works Art Exhibit at the Haslett Library, which is open noon to 4 p.m. Friday and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday; 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; and impressionistic Michoacan landscape paintings by Mexican artist Jaime Vanegas Castro and a collection of calaveras, whimsical art figures of skeletons joyously living life, made by Michigan-based Hispanic and Latinx artists at Casa de Rosado Galeria & Cultural Center, which is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 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, local watercolor artist Michelle Detering is teaching a pet-painting workshop 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lansing Art Gallery, and Casa de Rosado is offering drop-in sugar-skull-decorating workshops 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and a Catrina calavera-making workshop 1 p.m. Saturday.

“The Rocky Horror Show” opens this weekend at the Riverwalk Theatre, with performances 8 p.m. and midnight Friday and Saturday. Additionally, “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” stops at the Wharton Center 7:30 p.m. tonight and Friday, and “On the Market” wraps up at the Williamston Theatre 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Pre-Halloween events this weekend include Tease A Gogo’s Big Witch Energy burlesque and drag show, featuring DJ sets, vendors, a costume contest, a photo booth and more; Potter Park Zoo’s Boo at the Zooevents noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and Witches on the Town noon to 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Mason, featuring a costume contest, food trucks and a variety of local vendor booths.

A new anime convention, Shoufu-Con, runs 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Causeway Bay Hotel and Convention Center, featuring celebrity panels, video game tournaments, card games, arcade games, vendors, opportunities for cosplay and more.

Visit Fenner Nature Center 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for its annual Apple Butter Festival, featuring demonstrations of heritage crafts like pottery and weaving by the Capital Area Lace Makers, Greater Lansing Potters’ Guild, Greater Lansing Weavers Guild and more; stations for visitors to try out artisan crafts like crosscut sawing and hide tanning; live performances by local country and folk musicians; pumpkin carving; apple-butter-making; complimentary cider and donuts; a photo booth; and vendors selling food, crafts and other goods. 

The Central Michigan Gem, Mineral, Fossil, Lapidary and Jewelry Show runs 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Ingham County Fairgrounds Main Arena. In addition to vendors selling all of the above, there will be demonstrations, a silent auction, door prizes, raffles, children’s activities and more.

Downtown Lansing Inc. will take guests on a guided tour of downtown Lansing 5 p.m. Saturday, beginning at the Middle Village Micro Market. Attendees will be able to compete in Pokémon-themed contests such as a Poké-hunt, a Pokémon Snap-style selfie competition and a Pokémon-themed costume contest to win prizes from a variety of Lansing businesses.

Cristo Rey Church’s 11th annual Run for Giving 5K begins 9 a.m. Saturday at Potter Park Zoo. The race will have chipped timing with live results, but participants are also welcome to walk or wheel strollers and wheelchairs. Proceeds will go toward the church’s food access programs, personal needs program, Family Health Center and counseling center.

Finally, enjoy the fall weather and changing leaves 1 p.m. Sunday at Harris Nature Center’s Autumn Color Walk, led by a naturalist.

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

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