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What's up in Lansing: Shakespeare Festival, Battle Flags and more

Here's what's going on in town this weekend


Good day and happy weekend.

150 years after Michigan soldiers who fought in the Civil War returned their battle flags to the state, a ceremony held at the Capitol seeks to honor this historical moment. The event features two military bands, Civil War reenactors, speeches — probably not as flowery or as long as those during the original ceremony, thankfully — and a symbolic return of replica regimental flags by the Michigan re-enactors. Other attractions include a battery demonstration, a firing of a cannon and a demonstrations of an infantry drill and musket firing. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic lunches. Read more here.

Dewitt artist Dan Matson reads excerpts from his published books Saturday at Keys to Creativity. Matson is also exhibiting 28 large-scale paintings at the Lansing Mall Gallery, spanning over 50 years of work. The event includes light refreshments and live music from guitarist Elden Kelly. Proceeds from the event benefit Ele's Place, a nonprofit that supports grieving children and their families. 7-9:30 p.m. Keys to Creativity, 5746 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing. (517) 657-2770.

Founded as a one-weekend event, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival has grown to a five-week event in Jackson and Canton. This festival’s run in Jackson features three plays: Shakespeare's "As You Like It" and "Richard II" and Karen Tarjan's adaptation of Michael Shaara's Pulitzer prizewinning novel, "The Killer Angels." Call or see website for full schedule of events. $40 per play or $105 for all three. Baughman Theatre in the Potter Center, 2111 Emmons Rd., Jackson. (517) 787-0800, michiganshakespearefestival.com.

For more local events, see below.

Saturday, July 9

Classes and Seminars

Beginning Book Making Workshop. Participants make their own journal. 1:30-4 p.m. $10. Library of Michigan, 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing. (517) 373-1300, ow.ly/y3ZY301GIJI.

Second Saturday at the Michigan History Center. Build a mini-robot. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $6/$2 kids. Michigan Historical Museum, 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing. (517) 373-3559, ow.ly/ZZxm301JvmT.

Tai Chi at the Park. Instruction in Qigong, meditation and Yang style tai chi forms. 9-10 a.m. FREE. Hunter Park, 400 S. Holmes St., Lansing. (517) 272-9379.Music

Lansing Record and CD Show. 60 tables of music and merch. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE/$7 early admission. University Quality Inn, 3121 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing. (734) 604-2540, rerunrecords.com.

The Scratch Pilots Present: Get Busy Fridays. Featuring DJ's Don Black, McCoy, and DJ Psycho. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $3. The RIV, 231 M.A.C., East Lansing.

Myles Sergé with North Lake, 8 p.m. The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave.

Mike Cooley, 8 p.m. Black Cat Bistro, 115 Albert Ave.

Scott Seth, 5 p.m. Blue Gill Grill, 1591 Lake Lansing Road

DJ, 9 p.m. Coach’s Pub & Grill, 6201 Bishop Rd.

Karaoke, 9 p.m. Crunchy's, 254 W. Grand River Ave.

Well Enough Alone, 9:30 p.m. The Exchange, 314 E. Michigan Ave.

Ukulele Strum & Sing, 10:30 a.m. Grand Cafe/Sir Pizza, 201 E. Grand River Ave.

Tell Yo' Mama, 9:30 p.m. Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Ave.

Rachel Curtis, 6 p.m. Harper's, 131 Albert Ave.

Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. Leroys, 1526 S. Cedar St.

GTS Presents: Summer Breakout, 5 p.m. The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave.

The Tenants, 7 p.m. Reno's East, 1310 Abbot Road

Shaun Garth Walker, 7 p.m. Reno's North, 16460 Old US 27

Eye-96, 7 p.m. Reno's West, 5001 W. Saginaw Hwy.

Philip Fox Band, 7:30 p.m. Tequila Cowboy, 5660 W. Saginaw Hwy.

Untamed, 9 p.m. Unicorn Tavern, 327 E. Grand River Ave.

Capitol City DJs, 10 p.m. Watershed Tavern and Grill 5965 Marsh Rd.


Auditions for Summer Plays. Mid Michigan Family Theatre hosts auditions for family plays. 6:30-8 p.m. Mid Michigan Family Theatre, 440 Frandor Ave., Lansing. (517) 339-2145, mmftlansing.org.


Civil War Battle Flags 150th Anniversary. Ceremony and Civil War reenactments. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. Capitol Building, 100 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing. (517) 373-5157, ow.ly/V8KE301OjXc.

Fantastic Fireflies Campfire. S'mores and educational talk. 7-8:30 p.m. $3/$7 per family. Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road, Meridian Township. (517) 349-3866, bit.ly/HNCprg.

Dan Matson Art and Poetry. Artist and poet shares work with live music. 7-9:30 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Keys to Creativity, 5746 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing. (517) 657-2770, keystocreativity.net.

Sunday, July 10

Classes and Seminars

Charlotte Yoga Club. Beginner to intermediate levels. 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. $5 annually. AL!VE, 800 W. Lawrence Road, Charlotte. (517) 285-0138, charlotteyoga.net.

Juggling. Learn to juggle. 2-4 p.m. FREE. Orchard Street Pump House, 368 Orchard St., Lansing. (517) 371-5119.


The Further Adventures of FatBoy and JiveTurkey. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. FREE. Stober's Bar, 812 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. Theater

Auditions for Summer Plays. Mid Michigan Family Theatre hosts auditions for family plays. 3 p.m. Mid Michigan Family Theatre, 440 Frandor Ave., Lansing. (517) 339-2145, mmftlansing.org.Events

Lansing Area Codependents Anonymous. A fellowship to develop healthy relationships. 2-3 p.m. FREE. CADL Downtown Lansing, 401 S. Capitol Ave., Lansing. (517) 515-5559, coda.org.

Lansing Area Sunday Swing Dance. Lessons 6-6:45 p.m., dance 6:45. $8 dance/$10 dance & lesson. The Lansing Eagles, 4700 N. Grand River Ave., Lansing. (517) 490-7838.


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