MSU’s Department of Theatre jumps into the China Experience, the university’s year-long multi-disciplinary series of programs that explore the art and culture of China, with this year's Freshman Showcase production of "The Monkey King."
The play, adapted from the Ming Dynasty novel "Journey to the West," tells the story of a pilgrim monk who embarks on fantastic adventures featuring legendary figures from Chinese folklore. The Monkey King, one of the monk's companions, is a magical, shape-shifting monkey with strength and speed beyond compare. A discussion follows Thursday's performance.
7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $13/$11 seniors and faculty. Arena Theatre, MSU Auditorium, 542 Auditorium Road, East Lansing. (517) 432-2000, whartoncenter.com.
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Classes and Seminars
Family Storytime. Ages up to 6. Stories, rhymes and activities. 10:30 a.m. FREE. CADL Downtown Lansing Library, 401 S. Capitol Ave., Lansing.
Lansing Area Codependents Anonymous. 7-8 p.m. FREE. Community Mental Health Building, Room 214G, 812 E. Jolly Road, Lansing. (517) 515-5559, coda.org.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly. Weigh-in 6 p.m., meeting 6:30 p.m. FREE. St. David’s Episcopal Church, 1519 Elmwood Road, Lansing. (517) 882-9080, stdavidslansing.org.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly. 5:15 p.m. $5. New Hope Church, 1340 Haslett Road, Haslett. (517) 349-9183, newhopehaslett.com.
Tarot Study Group. FREE. Triple Goddess New Age Bookstore, 2019 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 347-2112.
Celebrate Recovery. For all types of hurts and hang-ups. 6 p.m. Donations welcome. Trinity Church (Lansing), 3355 Dunckel Road, Lansing. (517) 492-1866.
Meditation. For beginners and experienced. 7-8 p.m. FREE. Quan Am Temple, 1840 N. College Ave., Mason. (517) 853-1675, quanamtemple.org.
Prostate Cancer Support Group of Mid-Michigan. Monthly meetings with physicians and other professionals. 7-9 p.m. Sparrow Professional Building, 1200 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.
Preschool Science Explorations: Busy Beavers. Science lesson, craft and nature walk for preschoolers. 1-2:30 p.m. $4. Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road, Meridian Township. (517) 349-3866, meridian.mi.us.
Team SBA Financing Roundtable. Business financing advice from experts. 9 a.m.-noon. FREE. Small Business Development Center, LCC, 309 N. Washington Square, Suite 110, Lansing. (517) 483-1921, ow.ly/V5fDD.
Shamanic Healing and Education Clinic. Talk and demos of shamanic healing. 6:30-8:30. Donations welcome. Willow Stick Ceremonies, 1515 W. Mt. Hope Ave., Lansing. (517) 402-6727, willowstickceremonies.com.
Open Mic @ The Colonial Bar & Grill. Weekly, bring-your-own open mic. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. FREE. The Colonial Bar & Grille , 3425 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing. (517) 882-6132.
Lansing RIF Theater Event. Theater fundraiser. 7-9 p.m. $5. Riverwalk Theatre, 228 Museum Drive, Lansing. (517) 755-4966.
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol. Classic story from a new point of view. 8 p.m. $23. Williamston Theater, 122 S. Putnam St., Williamston. williamstontheatre.com.
Monkey King. MSU Theatre's Freshman Showcase. 7:30 p.m. $13/$11 seniors and faculty. Arena Theatre, MSU Auditorium, 542 Auditorium Road, East Lansing. (517) 432-2000, whartoncenter.com.
Gentle Yoga. Yoga basics. 9-10 a.m. $10/$7 members. Meridian Senior Center, 4406 Okemos Road Okemos. (517) 706-5045, meridianseniorcenter.weebly.com.
Capital Area Audubon Society. "The Plight of the Pollinator." 7 p.m. FREE. Fenner Nature Center, 2020 E. Mount Hope Ave., Lansing. (517) 483-4224, capitalareaaudubon.org.
Ladies Figure Skating. Lessons and practice. All skill levels welcome. 9:30-11:20 a.m. $5/$2 skate rental. Suburban Ice, 2810 Hannah Blvd., East Lansing. (517) 574-4380, ladiessilverblades.com.
One on One Life Coaching. Brief guidance session. 1-3 p.m. $24. Meridian Senior Center, 4406 Okemos Road, Okemos. (517) 706-5045, meridianseniorcenter.weebly.com.
Spanish Conversation Group. English and Spanish spoken. 7-8 p.m. FREE. ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio, 300 M.A.C. Ave., East Lansing. elpl.org
Tripper's Comedy Club. 9-10:30 p.m. $5. Subject to change or cancellation. Tripper's Sports Bar, 350 Frandor Ave., Lansing. (517) 336-0717.
8-Ball Tournament. Bring your pool game to the Avenue. Call to confirm. 7 p.m. $10. The Avenue Cafe, 2021 Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 492-7403.
Euchre. No partner needed. 6-9 p.m. $1.50. Delta Township Enrichment Center, 4538 Elizabeth Road, Lansing. (517) 484-5600.