Post-Thanksgiving events for those in town


While some may need to take the weekend to recover from their post-Thanksgiving food comas, others who are looking to get out and celebrate the potential long weekend can enjoy a dance party, plenty of concerts and art exhibitions, a holiday musical, a couple of holiday shopping events and more.

For Friday evening’s live music, we have Tom Petty tribute band The Insiders at The Green Door at 8 p.m. Saturday evening, we have rock band Piper Avenue at Horrocks Farm Market at 5 p.m.; classic-rock band Medusa at Lansing Brewing Co. and funk and R&B group Powerlight Band at UrbanBeat, both at 7; and The Insiders at The Green Door at 8. Ending the weekend on Sunday is violinist and Michigan State University College of Music Professor Dmitri Berlinsky at UrbanBeat at 5 p.m.

The Avenue is also hosting karaoke beginning 9 p.m. Friday and a Y2K Dance Party beginning 9 p.m. Saturday.

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; 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 3 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday; “Colors of Celebration: An Artistic Tribute to Global Holidays” at the Art Williamston gallery inside the Williamston Library, which is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday; and local artist Bobbie Margolis’ “Mixed Media Medley” exhibition at the Okemos Library, which is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call the library at 517-347-2021 before visiting to ensure the gallery space is open.

If you’d like to make some art of your own, the Lansing Art Gallery is holding an open studio 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

“Murder for Two: Holiday Edition” officially opens at the Williamston Theatre this weekend, with performances 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Friday through Sunday. To learn more about the show, read Tessa Paneth-Pollak’s interview with the cast.

The Black Santa Experience returns for a second year 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at The Venue by Eleven 11 events in the Lansing Mall, featuring more than 25 local Black-owned businesses; a lounge space for adults, hosted by the new Comfort Zone Cigar Lounge & Bistro; hourly story time, face painting and crafts for kids; and photos with Santa, played by George Smithers, a graduate of the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland. The first 150 attendees will receive a free swag bag.

Another holiday sale, the annual Grinchmas craft and vendor show, runs 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the former T.J. Maxx store in the Lansing Mall, featuring more than 40 local vendors. Kids can take photos with the Grinch 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Finally, the 11th annual Black ‘n’ Blue roller derby tournament runs Friday through Sunday at the Ingham County Fairgrounds in Mason. Local roller derby teams will compete in a series of matches throughout the weekend, ending with a championship game 4 p.m. Sunday. Additionally, six Women’s Flat Track Derby Association coaches will host four-hour clinics throughout the weekend, and Team Michigan Roller Derby will host a tryout game for its 2024 team 1 p.m. Sunday. There will also be a disco afterparty 9:15 p.m. Saturday.

Whatever you choose to do, I wish you the best — and most thankful — of weekends.

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