WEDNESDAY, ARPIL 16 >> SPARTANS AGAINST SLAVERY
Human slavery is far from over, a fact that Lansing-based organization, Songs Against Slavery, wants to share. The group, which is dedicated to increasing awareness of modern-day sex trafficking, hosts a free concert featuring musician Tate Kirgiss. The concert, called “Spartans Against Slavery,” is a way to educate people about the injustice of sex trafficking. With heightened awareness comes action. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Wharton Center, 750 W. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 353-1982, whartoncenter.com.
THURSDAY, APRIL 17 >> HAVEN HOUSE 30th ANNIVERSARY
Homelessness can happen to anyone. For 30 years, Haven House in East Lansing has been dedicated to helping homeless families during what will probably be the most stressful, painful period of their lives. Speakers will include MSU women´s basketball coach Suzy Merchant, state Rep. Sam Singh and East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett. The evening of dining and entertainment will feature performances by MSU´s Ladies First a cappella group, the MSU Dance Club and the MSU Ballroom Dance Team. 5-8 p.m. Suggested donation: $30/$50 per couple. The University Club, 3435 Forest Road, Lansing. (517) 337-2731, havenhouseel.org.
FRIDAY, APRIL 18 >> WORKING AMERICA, UNEXPECTED STORIES
Take a break from the 9-to-5 grind for a tribute to … working. “Working America, Unexpected Stories” at the Broad Art Museum is presented in collaboration with the MSU Museum, featuring 30 objects from their combined collections that tell the stories of what it meant to work in America since the early 20th century. 5-7 p.m. FREE. Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, East Lansing. (517) 884-3900, broadmuseum.msu.edu.
SATURDAY, APRIL 19 >> EARTH DAY EXTRAVAGANZA
Fenner Nature Club hosts its third Earth Day Extravaganza with the MSU Fisheries and Wildlife Club. Get your hands dirty with a chance to collect biological data with professors and hobbyists, and assist with habitat restoration projects. Take part in bird banding, reptile and amphibian surveys, plant identification hikes and more. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. Fenner Nature Center, 2020 E. Mount Hope Ave., Lansing. (517) 755-9799, mynaturecenter.org.
SATURDAY, APRIL 23 >> COMEDY FOR A CAUSE
In the vein of Comic Relief, this fundraiser lets you donate to a local charity and have a good laugh while you’re doing it. Building Twentyone, a local nonprofit dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment for teens, hosts Comedy for a Cause, featuring Christian stand-up comedians Lisa Mills (aka Lisa Out Loud) and Chinnitta “Chocolate” Morris. All money raised will go to Building Twentyone. The event will also feature hors d´oeuvres, desserts, raffles, caricatures and a photo booth. 5:30 p.m. $50. Building Twentyone, 1288 N. Cedar, Mason. (517) 614-6539, buildingtwentyone.org.
MONDAY, APRIL 21 >> LOOKING BEYOND THE FINISHED PRODUCT
Indulge in the modern art scene with “The Art of Art,” a documentary created by MSU students that features four artists from Michigan. Watch a glass blower from Grand Rapids, a fiber artist and a scrap artist from East Lansing and a painter from Detroit as they share their creative processes. The premiere will feature work from the artists presented in the film and a Q&A with the artists and filmmakers after the screening. “The Art of Art” premiere is a one-time showing of the documentary. 7:30 p.m. $10/$8 students. Studio C!, 1999 Central Park Drive, Okemos. (517) 393-7469, celebrationcinema.com/studioc.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23 >> ‘POLYGON’: A MUSICAL EXPLORATION
Music has the ability to transcend the physical world to focus on abstract concepts. Composer Philip Rice and musicologist Patrick Bonczyk get loopy in their nonrepresentational collaboration, “Polygon.” The event is part of the art exhibit “Postscipt,” which explores the artistic side of words and languages, at the Broad Art Museum. “Polygon” was inspired by a dream Bonczyk had where he ate snails and became ill while watching people sing unintelligible bits of words, while primary shapes and colors hovered over the singers. “Polygon” is a musical exploration of geometry, physics, religion and linguistics. 7 p.m. FREE. Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, East Lansing. (517) 884-3900, broadmuseum.msu.edu.
APRIL 16 >> TALK AND READING WITH POET SOFIA M. STARNES
The Residential College of Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University continues its Spring Poetry Festival today with a guest speaker, multi-award winning poet Sofia M. Starnes. Starnes was named the Poet Laureate of Virginia in 2012, paving the way for her latest project, “The Nearest Poem Anthology.” The book is a collection of poems submitted by Virginia residents. The program starts with an informal conversation at 3 p.m., then at 7 p.m. Starnes will read selections from her other collected works. 3 p.m. talk, 7 p.m. reading. FREE. Snyder/Phillips Hall, MSU campus, East Lansing. (517) 884-1932, poetry.rcah.msu.edu.