April 21 2016 03:20 PM

Here's what's going on in town today

Happy Earth Day!

A tiny girl is kidnapped by a toad, befriends a mouse and contemplates marriage to a mole in All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre latest production, “Thumbelina.” The play, which opens Friday, is based on the classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Thumbelina, a girl no bigger than her mother's thumb, feels alone in the world because she believes she is the only person her size. Her life is turned upside down she is kidnapped by the toad. As she escapes and tries to find her way home, Thumbelina learns about life, love and friendship. 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $7/$5 children. Riverwalk Theatre, 228 Museum Drive, Lansing. (517) 482-5700, riverwalktheatre.com.

We’ve all been embarrassed by our family at some point, but the Sycamore family takes it to a new level in “You Can’t Take it With You,” opening today at Starlight Dinner Theatre. The comedic play, written by George Kaufman and Moss Hart, premiered on Broadway in 1936. It tells the story of sweet-natured Alice Sycamore, who falls for a banker's son, Tony Kirby. But when she invites her snooty prospective in-laws to dinner, Alice finds her peculiar family might be too eccentric for the staid Kirbys. Friday and Saturday shows offer a pre-show dinner, May 1’s matinee offers a dessert buffet. 7:30 p.m. $20-$36 for play and dinner, $15-$10 for play only, $13-$20 for May 1 matinee. Waverly East Intermediate School, 3131 W. Michigan Ave, Lansing. (517) 599-2779, starlightdinnertheatre.com.

For more local events, see below.

Classes and Seminars

Dard Hunter Seminar. Presentation on arts-and-crafts designer, paper historian and private-press printer figure. 6 p.m. MSU Library, 366 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing. (517) 353-8700, lib.msu.edu.

Growing Your Internet Presence. Advice on website creation and social media for businesses. 1-3 p.m. FREE. Allen Market Place, 1619 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing.

From Earth to the Universe. Planetarium show about the history of astronomy. 8-9 p.m. $4/$3 kids. Abrams Planetarium, 755 Science Road, East Lansing. (517) 355-4672, abramsplanetarium.org.

Music

An Evening of Experimental/Punk Rock. Randie Strouse, the Jades and Overnoble. 7-9 p.m. $5. Wilson Center Auditorium, 101 W. Cass St., St. Johns. (989) 224-8159, wilsoncenterauditorium.org.

Community Collage Concert. Patchwork of many musical styles. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $10/$9 seniors/kids FREE. East Lansing High School, 509 Burcham Drive, East Lansing.

International Chamber Soloists with Violinist Dmitri Berlinsky. Featuring works by Arensky and Tchaikovsky. 8-10 p.m. $20/$18 seniors/$10 students. Fairchild Theatre, 542 Auditorium Road, East Lansing. (517) 353-5340, ow.ly/10nu2C.

Vocal Jazz & Pop Ensemble. 7:30-9:30 p.m. FREE. Dart Auditorium, Lansing Community College, 500 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing.

The Tenants, 9 p.m. Blue Gill Grill, 1591 Lake Lansing Road

Blue Haired Betties, 9 p.m. Coach’s Pub & Grill, 6201 Bishop Rd.

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

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

The Knock Offs, 9:30 p.m. The Exchange, 314 E. Michigan Ave.

Alistair, 7 p.m. Gallery Brewery, 143 Kent St.,

Karaoke, 7:30 p.m. Grand Cafe/Sir Pizza, 201 E. Grand River Ave.

Soulstice, 9:30 p.m. Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Ave.

Sarah Brunner, 5:30 p.m. Harrison Roadhouse, 720 Michigan Ave.

Spektator Collectives presents Packy, 7 p.m The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave.

The Revenant/Tyrant, 8 p.m. Mac's Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave.

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

Kathy Ford, 7 p.m. Reno's East, 1310 Abbot Road

Life Support, 7 p.m. Reno's North, 16460 Old US 27

Bobby Standall, 7:30 p.m. Reno's West, 5001 W. Saginaw Hwy.

Brian Lorente & the Usual Suspects, 8:30 p.m. Tequila Cowboy, 5660 W. Saginaw Hwy.

The Rotations, 9 p.m. Unicorn Tavern, 327 E. Grand River Ave.

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

Joe Wright, 6 p.m. Waterfront Bar and Grill, 325 City Market Dr.



Theater

Decade Dance. Journey of a couple living through the turbulent 1970s. 8 p.m. $28/$26 seniors and military/$10 students. Williamston Theatre, 122 S. Putnam St., Williamston. (517) 655-7469, williamstontheatre.com.

Matilda the Musical. Family-friendly musical based on Roald Dahl novel. 8 p.m. Tickets from $38. Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. whartoncenter.com.

Grease. Classic musical set in the 1950s. 8 p.m. $17-22/$10 kids. Pasant Theatre, Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. theatre.msu.edu.

Events

The Starving Arts, 9 p.m. The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave.

After School Teen Program. For teens in 6th-12th grades. 3-5:30 p.m. FREE. All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 351-2420, elpl.org.

Howl at the Moon: Guided Night Walk. Leashed dogs welcome. 8-9 p.m. $3. Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road, Meridian Township. (517) 349-3866, bit.ly/HNCprg.

Minecraft Game Night. Ages 8-15 game together. Call or register online. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE. CADL Downtown Lansing, 401 S. Capitol Ave. Lansing. (517) 367-6363, cadl.org.

StoryTime. Ages 2-5 years enjoy stories and songs. 10:30-11 a.m. FREE. All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 351-2420, elpl.org.

Arts

Folding Fan Craft with ACTION. Asian-style folding fan craft with local students. 3-4 p.m. FREE. Meridian Senior Center, 4406 Okemos Road, Okemos. (517) 706-5045.

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