Good day and happy weekend.
While many guests at Saturday’s Thrift Store Gala and Burlesque Extravaganza will be dressed to impress, others will be getting undressed. The third annual event, hosted by the REO Town Commercial Association, invites attendees to don their finest thrift store threads and take in some risqué burlesque performances. The slate of entertainers includes Go-Go Amy, Vivacious Miss Audacious, Magenta Demure and more. The evening also offers performances from musicians such as Donny Brown and James Gardin, stand-up comedy from Comedy Coven and an appearance by Maciek the Magician. Food is supplied by Good Truckin' Diner and Saddleback BBQ, while libations are provided by Red Cedar Spirits and Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale. And of course, representatives from local thrift shops, including Vintage Junkies, Rock N Rummage and Thriftique Resale and Boutique, are on site to show off some of their items. This event is for ages 18 and up. Saturday 8 p.m. $15/$10 advance. 1023 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. thriftstoregala.com.
REACH Studio Art Center invites the community to check out its REO Town home at its Spring Open House. The studio offers a variety of art activities for the afternoon, including pottery wheel demonstrations and paper art projects. Visitors can also check out a collection of handmade board games and an art show, both featuring the work of REACH students. Aspiring artists can learn about the studio’s spring break workshops and summer camp schedule. The nonprofit art studio offers classes for all ages in an effort to strengthen the Lansing community. Saturday, 2-4 p.m. FREE, donations welcome. REACH Studio Art Center, 1804 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. (517) 999-3643, reachstudioart.org.
The Lansing Symphony Jazz Band presents an evening of diverse jazz music Sunday, ranging from big band classics to contemporary sounds. The band is joined for this concert by veteran vocalist Sunny Wilkinson, former head of vocal jazz at MSU and a regular at Lansing-area jazz festivals. The 17-piece band is led by Ron Newman, an accomplished pianist as well as professor of music theory and a former director of jazz studies at MSU. Sunday, 7 p.m. $20/$10 students. Pasant Theatre, Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 487-5001, lansingsymphony.org.
For more local events, see below.
Saturday, March 19
Classes and Seminars
Girl Scouts Geocacher Badge Workshop. Register as a troop or as an individual. 10 a.m.-noon $5. Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road, Meridian Township. (517) 349-3866. bit.ly/HNCprg.
Lansing Area Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Support Group. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. FREE. Sparrow Professional Building, 1200 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 485-3775.
Mid-Winter Saturday Stretch. Comfortably-paced guided stretching. 10-11 a.m. $7 per class/$18-27 for 3 sessions. Foster Community Center, 200 N. Foster Ave., Lansing. lansingmi.gov/parks.
Minecraft 101 for Adults. Course for adults to learn about popular computer game. 2-3 p.m. FREE. CADL Downtown Lansing Branch, 401 S. Capitol Ave., Lansing. cadl.org.
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
Haiku Study Group. 1-3 p.m. Snyder/Phillips Hall, The intersection between Grand River Ave. and Bogue St. on MSU campus East Lansing. (517) 884-1932.
Meet Author & Illustrator Sarah Stewart & David Small. 2-3 p.m. FREE. CADL South Lansing, 3500 S. Cedar St., Lansing. (517) 272-9840, cadl.org.
She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen. 8-10 p.m. $15. The Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington St., Lansing. (517) 775-4246, ixiontheatre.com.
Motortown. Complex and provocative look at the human costs of war. 8-9:30 p.m. $10/$5 students. Lansing Community College, 500 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing. (517) 483-1546, lcc.edu/showinfo.
Motown the Musical. Musical about the life of Berry Gordy. 8 p.m. Tickets from $38. Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. 1-800-WHARTON, whartoncenter.com.
Just Another High School Musical. Musical by Bryan Starchman. 7 p.m. $5/$3 kids. Perry High School, 2555 Britton Road, Perry.
CADL Adventurer's RPG Club. Ages 13-18 embark on creative adventure. Call or register online. 2-4 p.m. FREE. CADL Mason, 145 W. Ash St., Mason. (517) 676-9088, cadl.org.
Shuto Con. 3-day-long anime and gaming convention. Midnight-midnight. Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. shutocon.com.
Dinner Dance. Roast pork dinner. Music by Dick Hedrich Band. 5:30-11:30 p.m. $10 dinner/$6 dance. Lansing Liederkranz Club, 5828 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing. (517) 882-6330, liederkranzclub.org.
Family Tree Talk. Meeting held off-side. Call for details, ext. 202. 2-3 p.m. FREE. CADL South Lansing, 3500 S. Cedar St., Lansing. (517) 272-9840 ext. 202, cadl.org.
Free Public Tours. 1 and 3 p.m. FREE. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, MSU Campus, East Lansing.
LEGO Mystery Challenge. All ages build creatively with mystery LEGO bag. 11 a.m.-noon FREE. CADL Dansville, 1379 E. Mason St., Dansville. (517) 623-6511, cadl.org.
LIVEWell Workshop for Cancer Survivors. Experts help patients and survivors enhance quality of life. Register online. 1-4 p.m. $10. Red Cedar Friends Meeting House, 1400 Turner St., Lansing. livewellworkshop.eventbrite.com.
Neuroscience Fair. Science demos and activities. Noon-4 p.m. FREE. MSU Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building, 567 Wilson Road, East Lansing. (517) 884-9525, neuroscience.natsci.msu.edu/fair.
REO Town Thrift Store Gala and Burlesque Extravaganza. Evening of food, spirits, fancy garb and live shows. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $15/$10 in advance. REO Town, 1123 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. thriftstoregala.com.
Urban Renewal Fasion Gala. Showcase of local established and emerging designers. 6-8:30 p.m. FREE. The Runway - Knapp's Centre, 300 S. Washington Ave., Suite 100, Lansing. (517) 702-3387, runwaylansing.com.
Wild Game Dinner. food and cocktails, silent auctions, door prizes, music and more. 6-10 p.m. $25. Bengel Wildlife Center, 6830 Drumheller Road, Bath. (517) 641-7677, MiWildlife.org.
Spring Open House. Demos, art projects and camp signups. 2-4 p.m. FREE. Reach Studio Art Center, 1804 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. (517) 999-3643, reachstudioart.org.
Sunday, March 20
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 Pumphouse, 368 Orchard St., Lansing. (517) 485-9190.
Dan Nichols. 10:30 p.m. FREE. Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 1924 Coolidge Road East Lansing.
DJClarinet & Deacon Earl Live at Lansing City Market. 10-5 a.m. FREE. Lansing City Market, 325 City Market Drive, Lansing. (517) 483-7460.
Shuto Con. 3-day-long anime and gaming convention. Midnight-6 p.m. Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. shutocon.com.
Scandinavian Society of Greater Lansing. Screening of "Return to Sweden" followed by potluck dinner. 5-5:30 p.m. $2/kids FREE. Faith United Methodist Church, 4301 S. Waverly Road, Lansing. (517) 321-2674.
Film Screening: Making a Killing/Guns, Greed & the NRA. Film exploring gun-related tragedies and the gun industry. 7-9 p.m. $5. Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 927-8392.
Ironmac. Swim, bike, run 20 minutes each. 7:30 a.m.-noon $50/$40 members. Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club, 2900 Hannah Blvd., East Lansing. (517) 364-8800.
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.
The Little Star That Could. Educational planetarium program. 2:30 p.m. $4/$3.50 seniors and students/$3 kids. Abrams Planetarium, 400 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. (517) 355-4672, abramsplanetarium.org.
Motown the Musical. Musical about the life of Berry Gordy. 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets from $38. Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. 1-800-WHARTON, whartoncenter.com.