Flex your creative muscles


This weekend, Greater Lansing offers drum circles, art workshops, more than 100 STEAM-focused events from the MSU Science Festival and even more opportunities to get your creative juices flowing.

 For Friday evening’s live music, we have cellist Suren Bagratuni performing the six Bach Cello Suites at Michigan State University’s Alumni Memorial Chapel at 6:30; Jake VanRavenswaay at Eaton Rapids Craft Co. and Tony Thompson at Ellison Brewery in East Lansing, both at 7; Jake Blount, Nic Gareiss and Laurel Premo at University United Methodist Church at 7:30; DJ John Beltran at UrbanBeat, Eric Ripper at The Peanut Barrel, Xotrey at Mac’s Bar and ‘80s rock cover band Hairball at the Lansing Center, all at 8; and Miranda & the M80s at The Green Door at 8:30. Saturday afternoon, we have Oigs Fest 6 at The Avenue starting at 3 p.m., featuring Throne, Hate Unbound, The Glorious Dead and a host of other metal bands. That evening, we have the Barbara Wagner Chamber Music Competition at MSU’s Fairchild Theatre at 6 p.m.; DJ E-Nyce at Eaton Rapids Craft Co., Jessey Adams at Williamston Roadhouse and Medusa at Lansing Brewing Co., all at 7; Pajamas and Jenny Kush at Mac’s Bar at 8; and Salsa Verde at UrbanBeat and The Further Adventures of FatBoy and JiveTurkey at The Green Door, both at 8:30. Additionally, The New Rule will play at Classic Pub & Grill at 8 p.m. and Off The Ledge will play at The Exchange at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Finally, MSU’s University Chorale and State Singers will end the weekend with a performance at the Fairchild Theatre 7 p.m. Sunday.

Absolute Gallery is hosting drum circles 2 to 3 and 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, with a performance from Lansing musician Brandon McCoy between. There will also be a silent auction and a school and art supply drive for the Refugee Development Center, so bring along some items to donate.

“Mrs. Harrison” continues at the Williamston Theatre 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Check out Todd Heywood’s interview with the two-woman cast for a behind-the-scenes look at the show.

 “Printmaking in Full Color,” a series of nature-themed monotype and linocut prints by Lansing artist Sarah Dershem, is on display at Framer’s Edge in Okemos throughout April. This weekend, the gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. In addition, MSU’s Broad Art Museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, so check out “Blind Spot,” “DIEGEST,” “The Nightly News” and the 2023 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition if you haven’t already.

If you’d like to make some art of your own, visit the Cedar Street Art Collective 6:30 p.m. Friday to learn how to paint a pre-traced portrait of Michigan step by step, the MSU Museum 1 p.m. Saturday to help with a community art piece inspired by the “Sounds of Religion” exhibition, MSU’s Main Library 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday to print a butterfly postcard with a woodcut illustration from Special Collections or Keys to Manifestation 3 p.m. Sunday to create beaded jewelry with local jewelry maker James Jonah Zoll.

For kids, R.E. Olds Transportation Museum is hosting a Spring “Brake” Scavenger Hunt 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Pick between an easy version or a harder version and traverse the museum floor looking for all the items. Once finished, hand in your card for a treat.

Ten Pound Fiddle is also holding a Fiddle Scouts meeting for ages 3 through 13 at University United Methodist Church 10:30 a.m. Saturday, featuring a performance by Youngman & Oldman and Peter Madcat Ruth.

 For your four-legged friends, Soldan’s Pet Supplies in DeWitt will have a Pet Easter Egg Hunt beginning 10 a.m. Saturday, with thousands of eggs filled with dog treats and prizes. There will also be photos, pet adoption opportunities and pet food vendors.

If you’re looking to try some new cannabis products, hear speeches about expungement and cannabis legalization and meet stoners from across the state, visit The Diag at the University of Michigan and Monroe Street in Ann Arbor 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday for the annual Hash Bash and Monroe Street Fair.

Learn the basics of curling with the Lansing Curling Club 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Suburban Ice in East Lansing. Once you complete the class, you’re invited to join a league or drop in at one of the club’s games.

Finally, MSU’s Science Festival kicks off Saturday and Sunday with free events throughout the Lansing area. From tours of the school’s Bird Sanctuary and Bug House to bath bomb baking, an AI Sonic Art Workshop and robot bowling, there’s something for everyone.

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

(Have an event? Be sure to list it free at lansingcitypulse.com/calendar. Think it’s worth at least a short story? Send a news release to nicole@lansingcitypulse.com for consideration.)


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