Earth Day festivities, music festivals and so much more


This weekend, there are so many events going on around Greater Lansing that you may find your head spinning at the thought of choosing what to do. From concerts and music festivals to dance and theater performances, an ‘80s Prom and even a bar hop, you should probably break out your calendar to make sure you don’t overschedule.

For Friday evening’s live music, we have April Verch and Cody Walters at University United Methodist Church and a Dueling Pianos show at Lansing Brewing Co., both at 7:30; Michigan State University’s choirs at the Fairchild Theatre, Time2Play at UrbanBeat, Coke Dick Motorcycle Awesome at Mac’s Bar and Carl Pawluk at The Peanut Barrel, all at 8; and Mix Pack at The Green Door at 8:30. Saturday evening, we have Crossroads Resurrection at UrbanBeat and Roadside Attraction at Williamston Roadhouse, both at 7; SCUM and Smallz One at Mac’s Bar at 8; and The Corzo Effect at The Green Door at 8:30. Wrapping up the weekend on Sunday is the 14th annual Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan tribute concert, honoring Mike Eyia and Linda Vail, 2 p.m. at UrbanBeat.

In addition, Stoopfest, Lansing’s DIY music festival, will bring a jam-packed lineup of bands and musicians to houses and venues throughout the east side Friday evening and Saturday. For a list of locations and set times, visit the website.

For even more live music, check out MSU’s Jazz Spectacular Festival, which features a Swing Dance with the school’s jazz orchestras at Murray Hall 8 p.m. Friday; a daylong high school jazz band competition throughout the Billman Music Pavilion 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and a Finale Concert with the top-ranking high school band of the day, Jazz Orchestra I, jazz trumpeter Marquis Hill and other special guests at the Fairchild Theatre 8 p.m. Saturday.

Williamston Theatre ends its run of “Mrs. Harrison” this weekend, with performances 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Riverwalk Theatre also wraps up its run of “Steel Magnolias”this weekend, with performances 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The shows are sold out, but you can call the box office at 517-482-5700 to check for last-minute cancellations.

Additionally, at the Wharton Center, see MSU Department of Theatre’s production of “Bright Star” in the Pasant Theatre 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and “Tina — The Tina Turner Musical” in Cobb Great Hall 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Though the Capital City Film Festival is over, “Creativity in the Time of COVID-19: Art for Equity and Social Justice,” is still on display at the Frandor Sears building, with satellite displays at the Lansing Art Gallery, REACH Studio Art Center, Impression 5 Science Center and Refugee Development Center. To see when each location is open, check out the exhibit’s website. Additional art exhibits include “Blind Spot,” “DIEGEST,” “The Nightly News” and MSU’s Master of Fine Arts Exhibition at the Broad Art Museum, which is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and “Printmaking in Full Color” at Framer’s Edge in Okemos, which is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday is Earth Day, and the MSU Science Festival is offering a host of events to celebrate and give back to the Earth, from crafts and tours at the MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center to volunteer opportunities at Fenner Nature Center and Hunter Park to a printmaking and poetry workshop at the MSU Museum. For a full list of events, visit the Science Festival website.

Other Earth Day events include a bookmaking workshop at Red Cedar Friends Meeting House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; an Eco-Friendly Multimedia Art workshop with mixed-media artist Steph Joy Hogan at the Lansing Art Gallery at 10 a.m.; a daylong Bike Jamboree at MSU’s Bessey Hall from noon to 11 p.m.; an MSU Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Open House with hands-on activities and demonstrations at MSU’s Farrall Agricultural Engineering Hall Machine Shop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; a Party for the Planet at Potter Park Zoo, featuring hands-on activities and demonstrations that explore conservation issues, from noon to 4 p.m.; a showing of “I Am Greta” at Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing at 1 p.m.; a secure document shredding event at LAFCU’s West Lansing Branch from 9 a.m. to noon; and RecycleRama, an opportunity to recycle a variety of materials laying around your house, at the Ingham County Health Department from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you’re in the mood to dance, visit Lansing Shuffle 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday for an ‘80s Prom with themed drinks and music from DJ Face. The best-dressed attendees will be crowned Lansing Shuffle prom queen and king.

If you’d prefer to watch professionals dance from the comfort of the audience, check out the Kaleidoscope Dance Concert 8 p.m. Saturday at East Lansing’s Hannah Community Center, featuring the Habibi Dancers, guest artist Irina Akulenko and other guest dance troupes., or Main Stage Revue’s Burlesque & Comedy Show7:30 p.m. Sunday at Omar’s Showbar.

Rainbow Homes, which provides Christian faith-based housing, services and support for adults with intellectual impairments, is hosting its annual silent auction 6 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary Cathedral. Enjoy dinner, entertainment and more than 100 silent auction gift baskets at this superhero-themed bash.

Another notable bash (pun intended) is the Library of Michigan’s annual Night for Notables 6 p.m. Saturday. Two-time award winner Karen Dionne will deliver the keynote speech, followed by a reception where attendees can mingle with some of the authors behind this year’s Michigan Notable Books.

Finally, spend your Sunday afternoon enjoying beverages and perusing local goods at Downtown Lansing Inc.’s Makers Market & Bar Hop. Shop a variety of handmade goods from 30 local artists and makers at Lansing Brewing Co., MichiGrain Distillery and Capital City Market from 1 to 6 p.m.

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

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