April 23 2016 12:01 AM

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

Good day and happy weekend.

Some of East Lansing’s favorite dining spots will take over the 300 block of Albert Avenue Saturday to give visitors a taste of the city’s culinary creations. The fifth annual Taste of East Lansing event offers food samples from 16 East Lansing establishments, including Beggar’s Banquet, Espresso Royale, Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac N’ Cheez and Sapporo Ramen & Noodle Bar. The event also includes family activities and live music. 3-6 p.m. FREE, but food tickets ($2 each) required for food samples. Downtown East Lansing. (517) 432-0125, wealllivehere.org.

East Lansing will be visited Friday by a singer/songwriter from Nashville — Nashville, Ind., that is. Cari Ray, who hails from the small Indiana town, joins Detroit-based singer/songwriter Michelle Held Saturday at Pump House Concerts. Ray’s musical style draws on blues, folk rock and old-time country. Meanwhile, Held has carved out a place in the Detroit music scene with her signature voice and guitar style. 7 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Pump House Concerts, 368 Orchard St., East Lansing. (517) 927-2100, facebook.com/pumphouseconcerts.

If you need some relief from violence and war on the news and vitriol in the presidential campaign, the Lange Choral Ensemble offers a program entitled “Music Of Reconciliation And Peace” Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The ensemble will perform works by René Clausen, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Kurt Bestor and the group’s director, Stephen Lange. The program also includes a setting of Psalm 46 composed by local attorney Douglas Austin, who also provides organ accompaniment for the work. The ensemble is accompanied by string quartet, trumpet, percussion, organ and piano. The evening will also feature soloists Abigail Grill, Ian Broughton, Nancy Lange, Victoria Walker, and Larry Clark. 7 p.m. $10/$8 students and seniors. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 W. Ottawa St., Lansing. lange.learngauge.com.

For more local events, see below.

Saturday, April 23

Classes and Seminars

Introduction to Nordic Walking. Course on low-impact workout. 1:30-3:30 p.m. $15/$20 to reserve poles. Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road Meridian Township. (517) 349-3866, bit.ly/HNCprg.

Tai Chi at Allen Market Place. Instruction in Qigong, meditation and Yang style tai chi forms. No class April 30. 9-10 a.m. FREE. Allen Market Place, 1619 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing. (517) 272-9379.

Music

Percussion Ensemble. 7:30-9:30 p.m. FREE. Dart Auditorium, Lansing Community College, 500 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing. (517) 483-1488.

Stagetime 4th Saturday Show. Featuring the best acts from the open mic. Hosted by Redbird and Nick Krzywonos. 7:30-10:30 a.m. FREE. Grand Cafe/Sir Pizza, 201 E. Grand River Lansing.

Artronica Live Art Benefit, 8 p.m. The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave.

Sarah Brunner, 8 p.m. Blue Gill Grill, 1591 Lake Lansing Road

DJ, 9 p.m. Coach’s Pub & Grill, 6201 Bishop Rd.

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

Mark Sala, 9:30 p.m. Darb's, 117 S. Cedar St.

DJ Fudgie, 10 p.m. Esquire, 1250 Turner St.

Shorty and the Tall Boys, 9:30 p.m. The Exchange, 314 E. Michigan Ave.

B Side Growlers, 7 p.m. Gallery Brewery, 143 Kent St.,

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

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

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

Flint Eastwood, 7 p.m. The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave.

Lil Wyte, 8 p.m. Mac's Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave.

Twyla Birdsong Band, 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

Rush Clement, 7 p.m. Reno's West, 5001 W. Saginaw Hwy.

Brian Lorente & 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.

Theater

The Decade Dance. From 3-5 p.m. $25/$23 seniors and military/$10 student. Williamston Theatre, 122 S. Putnam St., Williamston. (517) 655-SHOW.

Matilda the Musical. Family-friendly musical based on Roald Dahl novel. 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets from $38. Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. whartoncenter.com.

Grease. Classic musical set in the 1950s. 2 and 8 p.m. $17-22/$10 kids. Pasant Theatre, Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. theatre.msu.edu.

Events

2016 Spring Show Plant Sale. Theme: 'Hanging Gardens of Babylon.' 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Plant and Soil Science Building, 1066 Bogue St., East Lansing. msuhortclub.com.

Breaking the Silence: Confronting Race, Power and Privilege. Pax Christi Michigan's state conference. A discussion on dismantling racism. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $45. Cristo Rey Church, 201 W. Miller Road, Lansing. (517) 481-5280, ow.ly/10F07l.

Coffee with Rep. Andy Schor. And Ingham County Commissioner Victor Celentino. 9:30-10:30 a.m. FREE. Flap Jack, 1601 S. Waverly Road, Lansing. (517) 373-0826, bit.ly/26beoHV.

Doc McStuffins Book Party. Ages 2-8 bring a toy for evening of stories, activities and snacks. Call or register online. 2-3 p.m. FREE. CADL Mason, 145 W. Ash St., Mason. (517) 676-9088, cadl.org.

Earth Friends Campfire. Campfire nature program, marshmallows and guided nature walk. 7-8:30 p.m. $3/$7 for family. Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road, Meridian Township. (517) 349-3866, bit.ly/HNCprg.

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

Make Your Own Birdfeeder. All ages make a birdfeeder to take home. Supplies provided. 1-2 p.m. FREE. ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio, 300 M.A.C. Ave., East Lansing. (517) 351-2420, elpl.org.

Minecraft Scavenger Hunt. Ages 8-15 participate in competition for advanced players. Call to register. 2-4 p.m. FREE. CADL Okemos, 4321 Okemos Road, Okemos. (517) 347-2021.

Money Smart Storytime. Ages 3 and up learn about saving money and receive "Bunny Money" book. 11 a.m.-noon FREE. CADL Dansville, 1379 E. Mason St., Dansville. (517) 623-6511.

Petting Farm. All ages enjoy a story and pet farm animals. 1:30-3 p.m. FREE. CADL Haslett, 1590 Franklin St., Haslett. (517) 339-2324.

Stewardship Morning. Special day for volunteers to help maintain the park. 9-11 a.m. FREE. Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road, Meridian Township. (517) 349-3866, bit.ly/HNCprg.

Swing Dance. Dancing, lessons, refreshments and live music. 7-10 p.m. $25/$40 for couple. Allen Neighborhood Center, 1619 E Kalamazoo St., Lansing. (517) 372-9163, womenscenterofgreaterlansing.org.

Arts

Demo Day at Sunset Clay Studio. Michigan artists show their art and processes. Noon-6 p.m. $10. Sunset Clay Studio, 1820 Sunset Ave., Suite 203, Lansing. (517) 282-9850, ow.ly/4mOFC8.

Drawing with Gijsbert van Frankenhuysen. Drawing class for kids in grades 3 and up. 1-3 p.m. $40. Eggleston Gallery, 14035 Webster Road, Bath. (517) 999-3343, egglestongallery.com.

Sam Van Aken Artist Demo. Artist demonstrates grafting process used in "Tree of 40 Fruit." 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, East Lansing.


Sunday, April 24

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.

Kendo at Westside YMCA. Learn about the Japanese martial art Kendo. 5:30-7 p.m. $30 monthly/$20 monthly students and kids. Westside Community YMCA, 3700 Old Lansing Road, Lansing.


Theater

Decade Dance. Journey of a couple living through the turbulent 1970s. 2 p.m. $25/$23 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. 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets from $38. Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. whartoncenter.com.

Grease. Classic musical set in the 1950s. 2 p.m. $17-22/$10 kids. Pasant Theatre, Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. theatre.msu.edu.


Events

2016 Spring Show Plant Sale. Theme: 'Hanging Gardens of Babylon.' 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Plant and Soil Science Building, 1066 Bogue St., East Lansing. msuhortclub.com.

Backyard Birding @ the Library. All ages learn about backyard birds with expert Gene Wasserman. 1-2 p.m. FREE. East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 351-2420, elpl.org.

Bird Watching in Our Parks. Guided bird watching walk. 8 to 9 a.m. FREE. Meridian Service Center, 2100 Gaylord Smith Court, East Lansing. (517) 349-3866, bit.ly/HNCprg.

Kidabaloo. Games, crafts, live entertainment from Disney Channel stars and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $6/$11 kids/$24 families/$56 VIP. Summit Sport, 2650 East Grand River Ave., East Lansing. kidabaloo.com/lansing-mi.

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. Planetarium show for families. 2:30 p.m $4/$3.50 seniors and students/$3 kids. Abrams Planetarium, 755 Science Road, East Lansing. (517) 355-4672.

Tutu Cool, a Ballet Performance. With DANCE Lansing. 1-2 p.m. FREE. MICA Gallery, 1210 N. Turner St., Lansing. (517) 371-4600, micagallery.org.

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

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