Soak up the sunlight


The weather is finally warming up, bringing inspiration to get out of the house and enjoy all Greater Lansing has to offer this weekend, including concerts, theater productions, sporting events and even a writers’ conference.

 For Friday evening’s live music, we have Erin Coburn at Lansing Brewing Co. and Travis Faber at Eaton Rapids Craft Co., both at 7; Brotha Earth at UrbanBeat and Lady of the Lake’s 40th-anniversary reunion concert at University United Methodist Church, both at 7:30; Chirp and RADO at Mac’s Bar, Justin Deason at The Peanut Barrel and Michigan State University’s “Romance in the Air” show with Yale School of Music Professor Boris Slutsky, all at 8; and ICY/DICEY and Cybil & The Beast at The Green Door at 8:30. Saturday evening, we have Dirty Laundry at Williamston Roadhouse and Kurt Stone at Eaton Rapids Craft Co., both at 7; the Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s “The Magical Music of Harry Potter” show at the Wharton Center at 7:30;  Asamu Johnson & The Associates of The Blues at UrbanBeat at 8; Mixed Flavors at The Green Door at 8:30; Little Things, CUTIES, Danger Cat and Cameo Headlands at The Avenue at 9; and Darin Larner Jr. at The Exchange at 9:30. Additionally, The New Rule will play at Reno’s East in East Lansing 6 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, the Laingsburg Community Singers will host concerts at Laingsburg United Methodist Church 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday and Singers on the Grand will revisit music from the 1970s at the Grand Ledge Opera House 6 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Also on Sunday afternoon, Cedar Creek Bluegrass; Pretty Shaky String Band; and the McKeever, Dowling and Davis Trio will play at Woldumar Nature Center at 2, and Matthew Ball, also known as “The Boogie Woogie Kid,” will perform at the First Presbyterian Church of Lansing at 3.

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

The Capital City Film Festival is closing out this weekend, with plenty of screenings and events Friday and Saturday, including an afterparty 9 p.m. Saturday that will feature live music, food trucks, poetry and more. For a full list of events, visit the festival’s website.

While attending the film festival, check out “Creativity in the Time of COVID-19: Art for Equity and Social Justice,” which is on display at the Frandor Sears building and has satellite exhibits at the Lansing Art Gallery, REACH Studio Art Center, Impression 5 Science Center and the 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.

If you’d like to make some art of your own, the Broad will hold a cyanotype workshop 2 p.m. Sunday, offering the chance to create nature-inspired prints with sunlight. The museum will provide materials, but feel free to bring your own leaves, flowers or small plants.

 Both the Broad and the MSU Museum will be open 6 to 8 p.m. Friday for a special Night at the Museumsevent, featuring a host of activities, tours, demonstrations and more. Make sure to register online in advance.

“Mrs. Harrison” continues at Williamston Theatre this weekend, with performances 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday. Additionally, see Riverwalk Theatre’s production of “Steel Magnolias” or Lansing Community College’s production of  “Tartuffe”  8 p.m. Friday or Saturday or 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Lansing Curling Club is hosting its last introductory class of the season 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Suburban Ice in East Lansing, so make sure to sign up if you’re interested in learning the basics of the sport. Once you complete the class, you’re invited to join a league or drop in at one of the club’s games.

If you prefer to watch sports, Lansing Roller Derby will hold its third bout of the season 5 p.m. Saturday at Court One Training Center in East Lansing, and the MSU football team will hold its spring kickoff event 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Spartan Stadium, with an afterparty at Lansing Brewing Co. at 10 p.m.

Finally, Michigan authors, poets, teachers, editors and publishers will discuss every aspect of writing and the publishing business at A Rally of Writers, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at LCC’s West Campus Conference Center. Author Bonnie Jo Campbell will headline the event with a somewhat ironic keynote speech about why guests shouldn’t write a novel.

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

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