Feb. 6 2016 12:01 AM

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

Good day and happy weekend.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, MICA Gallery hosts “Burning Desires,” a poetry night that explores love in its many aspects— comic, profound, erotic and more. The lineup of poets features Brian Gilmore, Tari Muniz, Ruelaine Stokes and members of the MSU Slam Team. The Honey Badgers Band will provide musical accompaniment for the readings. The first ten audience members to sign up will also have a chance to share their writings in an open mic. Sunday, 1-4 p.m. $5. MICA Gallery, 1210 Turner St., Lansing. (517) 371-4600, micagallery.org.

Visitors to the Meridian Mall may encounter a lion or dragon on Sunday, but there’s no need to fear. It’s just part of the Greater Lansing Chinese Association’s Chinese New Year Celebration. The event opens with a traditional Chinese parade and features a variety of performances, carnival games and Chinese folk music. The event will also showcase a variety of Chinese cultural artifacts, such as paintings, calligraphy, musical instruments and games. The event is part of the Greater Lansing Chinese Association’s larger goal of promoting diversity and cultural understanding in the Greater Lansing area. Sunday, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. FREE. Meridian Mall, 1982 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos. (517) 285-8595, greaterlansingchinese.org.


For more local events, see below.


Saturday, February 6

Classes and Seminars

Cross Country Ski Class. Ski rentals available, must be reserved in advance. 9:30-11:30 a.m. $15/$20 with equipment rental. Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road, Meridian Township. (517) 349-3866, meridian.mi.us.

Herbal Medicine Making Workshop. Class on growing and making herbal medicines. 1-6 p.m. $85. Willow Tree Family Center, 3333 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 101, Lansing. (517) 614-7756, ow.ly/XePtl.

Planning Your Gardening Year. Class for scheduling home gardens. Call to RSVP. 12:30-2 p.m. $5-10 suggested donation. Hunter Park GardenHouse, 1400 block of East Kalamazoo Street, Lansing. (517) 999-3910, ow.ly/XEFFB.

Tai Chi at Allen Market Place. Instruction in Qigong, meditation and Yang style tai chi forms. 9-10 a.m. FREE. Allen Market Place, 1619 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing. (517) 272-9379.

Literature and Poetry

Meet Author/Illustrator Ruth McNally Barshaw. Author Ruth McNally Barshaw helps kids write and draw. Call to register. 2-3 p.m. FREE. CADL Holt-Delhi, 2078 Aurelius Road, Holt. (517) 694-9351, cadl.org.

Theater

Too Much, Too Much, Too Many. Poignant and touchingly funny drama. 3-4:20 p.m. and 8-9:20 p.m. $25/$23 seniors and military/$10 students. Williamston Theatre, 122 S. Putnam St., Williamston. (517) 655-7469, williamstontheatre.org.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Presented by the All-of-us Express Children's Theatre. 2 and 6 p.m. $7/$5 kids. Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 333-2580 ext. 0, cityofeastlansing.com/allofus.


Events

English Country Dance. No experience needed. All dances taught. Live music by the Barnes Owls. 2-5 p.m. $10/$7 students. Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing.

Make & Take a Valentine. Crafts for all ages. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. CADL Haslett, 1590 Franklin St., Haslett. (517) 339-2324, cadl.org.

Mardi Gras Party. Ages 4 and up enjoy Mardi Gras activities and snacks. 11 a.m.-noon. FREE. CADL Dansville, 1379 E. Mason St., Dansville. (517) 623-6511, cadl.org.

Mid-Michigan Women's Expo. Booths display everything from health, beauty and beyond. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $9/$7 kids. Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. kohlerexpo.com.

Fasching Dinner Dance. German Mardi Gras celebration and dinner. 5:30-11:30 p.m. $10/$4 kids for dinner; $6/kids FREE for dance. Lansing Liederkranz Club, 5828 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing. liederkranzclub.org.

Free Public Tours. 1 and 3 p.m. FREE. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, MSU Campus, East Lansing.

ICAC Pet Adoption Event. All animals spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Noon-4 p.m. Pet Supplies Plus, 2650 E. Grand River Ave., Okemos. ac.ingham.org.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast. Keynote speaker is Ana Garcia-Ashley, executive director of Gamaliel. 8:45-11 a.m. $10. Union Missionary Baptist Church, 500 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing. (517) 348-6263.

Moonlight Ski and Shoe. Rentals available, reserve in advance. 6-9 p.m. $3/$10 with rental. Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road, Meridian Township. (517) 349-3866, bit.ly/HNCprg.

Pop Up Valentines. Crafts for all ages. 1-2 p.m. FREE. ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio, 300 M.A.C. Ave., East Lansing. (517) 351-2420, elpl.org.

Arts

Allen Deming Paddles @ EagleMonk. Opening reception for boat and paddle art. 3-5 p.m. FREE. EagleMonk Pub & Brewery, 4906 W. Mount Hope Highway, Lansing. eaglemonkbrewing.com

Music

Bobby McFerrin: Bobby meets Michigan. Grammy-award winning singer performs. 8 p.m. Tickets from $38. Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. 1-800-WHARTON, whartoncenter.com.

Lisa B and the BackBeats at Renos East. 7-11 p.m. Reno's East, 1310 Abbott Road, East Lansing.

Luxotica Lounge Cabaret,
8 p.m. The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.

Chip Christy, 8 p.m. Black Cat Bistro, 115 Albert Ave., Lansing.

Chris Laskos, 5 p.m. Blue Gill Grill, 1591 Lake Lansing Rd., Haslett.

Steve Cowles, 7 p.m. Brookshire, 205 W. Church St., Lansing.

Paulie O., 8 :30 p.m. Capital Prime, 2324 Showtime Dr., Lansing.

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

Blue Haired Bettys,
9:30 p.m. Darb's, 117 S. Cedar St.

Karaoke, 9 p.m. Esquire, 1250 Turner St.

Avon Bomb, 9:30 p.m. The Exchange, 314 E. Michigan Ave.

T.B.A., 9:30 p.m. Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Ave.

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

Harvey Lee, 8 p.m. The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave.

Eddie J Don't Play, 8 p.m. Mac's Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave.

Rotations, 9 p.m. Moriarty's Pub, 802 E. Michigan Ave.

Lisa B. and the Backbeats, 7 p.m. Reno's East, 1310 Abbot Road

New Rule, 7 p.m. Reno's North, 16460 Old US 27

Wise Guys, 7 p.m. Reno's West, 5001 W. Saginaw Hwy.

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

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




Sunday, February 7

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.

February Beginning Basket Making. Intro-level class. 12:30-4:30 p.m. $30. Fenner Nature Center, 2020 E. Mount Hope Ave., Lansing. (517) 483-4224, mynaturecenter.org.

Injury Prevention for Musicians. Elinore Morin presents holistic approach to performance. 3-4 p.m. FREE. Okemos Presbyterian Church, 2258 Bennett Road, Okemos.

Juggling. Learn to juggle. 2-4 p.m. FREE. Orchard Street Pumphouse, 368 Orchard St., Lansing. (517) 485-9190.


Music

MSU Faculty Recital. Ava Ordman, trombone, Justin Emerich, trumpet and Derek Polischuk, piano. 3-4:30 p.m. $10/$8 seniors/students FREE. Fairchild Theatre, 542 Auditorium Road, East Lansing. (517) 353-5340, ow.ly/XkArT.

So Sweet Jazz Affair. Desserts and beverages included. Proceeds to charity. 2-4 p.m. $25. Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing. sosweetjazz.eventbrite.com.

Theater

Too Much, Too Much, Too Many. Poignant and touchingly funny drama. 2-3:20 p.m. and 8-9:20 p.m. $25/$23 seniors and military/$10 students. Williamston Theatre, 122 S. Putnam St., Williamston. (517) 655-7469, williamstontheatre.org.

Events

Free Public Tours. 1 and 3 p.m. FREE. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, MSU Campus, East Lansing.

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.

Perfect Little Planet. Planetarium show. 2 p.m. $4/$3.50 students and seniors/$3 children. Abrams Planetarium, 400 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. (517) 355-4676, abramsplanetarium.org.

Arts

Counting Backwards. Interactive, collaborative poetry. 1-5 p.m. FREE. Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 894-2166, ow.ly/XGxrk.

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