It's the first Friday of October, and that means it's Plaidurday! Started in 2011, this unofficial holiday is for wearing and celebrating the pattern we all know and love. Read more about Plaidurday here.
Soldan's Pet Supplies Celebrates 60 Years of Business
Soldan’s Pet Supplies has been a Lansing staple since opening its doors in 1955, and this Friday, the Soldan family wants to give something back. To commemorate 60 years in the pet supply industry, Soldan’s is throwing an anniversary bash and holding its largest sale ever. The celebration will kick off Friday with cake and a prize wheel at each of Soldan’s eight locations. Festivities will continue through the weekend, including Potter Park Zoo demonstrations, bobbing for tennis balls, face painting, hamster races and much more. Soldan’s will also be offering 20 percent off storewide for the entire weekend.
Events will be held at all eight Soldan’s locations, see web for details and times. FREE. (517) 882-1611, soldanspet.com/events.
The Dark Art of Michigan Art Opening and Halloween Party
Horror junkies and art lovers looking to get into the Halloween spirit a little early are invited to check out the second annual Dark Art of Michigan art opening and Dead Icons Halloween party. The Dark Art of Michigan is a community of artists from all over the state who come together to share their appreciation for the darker elements of life. The event will feature art pieces and vendors exclusively from Michigan with many pieces available for purchase. Silver Bullet Productions, an independent film company headquartered in Detroit, will also be screening two of its most recent features, “Chubbies” and “Fangboner.” Live music for the evening will be provided by Detroit’s Wulfhook =, Lansing bands Sauron and Children in Heat and Audiodics, a DJ duo from Indiana. Guests are also encouraged to participate in the “Dead Icons” costume contest.
7 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. The Avenue Cafe, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 492 - 7403, avenuecafelansing.com.
'Night of the Living Dead! The Musical' at Michigan Theatre of Jackson
It is the zombie apocalypse and none other than undead Michael Jackson is attempting to break down the cabin door in order to gnaw on fresh human flesh. This Halloween season, the Michigan Theatre of Jackson is producing a re-telling of the classic George A. Romero film, “Night of the Living Dead” — this time, however, with a musical twist. Rewritten for the stage by Kevin Frei, the story follows a group of strangers trying to survive a zombie apocalypse in an abandoned country cabin. But in this version, the zombies are deceased celebrities at the heart of an entertainment industry conspiracy.
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. $10/ $5 children. 124 N. Mechanic St., Jackson. (517) 783-0962, michigantheatre.org
Read about other upcoming Theater openings here.
Classes and Seminars
Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives. 12:15-1:30 p.m. FREE. MSU Museum Auditorium, MSU Campus, East Lansing.
Aux Petits Soins: Explorers 1 & 2. French immersion for babies/toddlers. 9:30 a.m. (ages 2-4) & 10:30 a.m. (ages 0-2). $15/$12 students. Willow Tree Family Center, 3333 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 101, Lansing. (517) 643-8059.
Mitten Mayhem Radio Official Launch Party. Sounds by DJ Leeky and DJ Eclipse. Ages 21 and up. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Gregory's Ice & Smoke, 2510 N. MLK Blvd. Lansing.
Two Small Pieces of Glass. Program on the history of the telescope. 8-9 p.m. $4. Abrams Planetarium, 400 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. (517) 355-4672.
Teens After School. Programming for teens in 6th-12th grades. 3-5 p.m. FREE. East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 351-2420, elpl.org.
The Dark Art of Michigan Art Opening and Halloween Party. Costumes encouraged. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. The Avenue Cafe, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 492-7403, avenuecafelansing.com.
MSU Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. $10 adults/$8 seniors/FREE students. Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center MSU Campus, East Lansing. 1-800-WHARTON.
Bill Staines @ Ten Pound Fiddle. Live folk music. 8 p.m. Allen Market Place, 1619 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing. tenpoundfiddle.org.
Jazz in Beal Garden. Music from MSU students. Noon-1 p.m. W.J. Beal Botanical Garden, 412 Olds Hall Road, East Lansing. facebook.com/bealgarden.msu.
Night Of The Living Dead! The Musical. Comedy about zombies in the music industry. 8-10 p.m. $10/$5 kids. Michigan Theatre of Jackson, 124 N. Mechanic Street, Jackson. michigantheatre.org.
Rounding Third. Humorous story of Little League Baseball. 8 p.m. $35. Williamston Theatre, 122 S. Putnam Street, Williamston. (517) 655-7469, williamstontheatre.com.
The Whale. Play about healing from the past. 8 p.m. $15/$10 students and seniors. Miller Performing Arts Center, 6025 Curry Lane, Lansing. (517) 927-3016, peppermintcreek.org.
Baltimore. Thought-provoking play on the repercussions of a racially-charged occurance in college dorms. 8 p.m. $15/$10 students. MSU Auditorium, East Lansing.
Never Swim Alone. Satire about swimmers. 8 p.m. $10/$5 students. Black Box Theatre, Gannon Bldg, Room 168, 411 Grand Ave., Lansing. (517) 483-1546, lcc.edu/cma/events.
The Cocktail Hour. Oct. 2-4, 9-11 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3, 2 p.m. Sunday $12/$10 students and seniors. Riverwalk Theatre 228 Museum Drive, Lansing (517) 482-5700, riverwalktheatre.com.