Good day and happy Ask a Stupid Question Day.
What do Shakespeare and this year’s American presidential election have in common? Well, not much, but that hasn’t stopped the Reduced Shakespeare Co. from tackling the topic in its latest abridged history lesson. The three-man troupe tackles big topics in short, sharp, funny ways. Its latest show, “The Complete History of America (abridged): Election Edition,” comes to the Wharton Center next week. The comedic romp through U.S. politics promises to cover “600 years of history in 6,000 seconds.” 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $33/$18 students. Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 432-2000, whartoncenter.com..
Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States and first Latino to ever hold the title, comes to the MSU Center for Poetry for a reading Wednesday. Herrera, a poet, performance artist and activist, his work centers around migrant workers, indigenous communities, at-risk youth and victims of bullying. A child of migrant workers, Herrera’s poems frequently draws from his life experiences. His works include “Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse,” “Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems,” and “187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971-2007.” 7 p.m. FREE. RCAH Theatre, 362 Bogue St., East Lansing. (517) 884-1932, poetry.rcah.msu.edu.
Take your doodling to the next level at the Broad Art Museum’s annual Drawing Marathon. Seasoned artists and novices alike are invited to participate in the non-stop drawing extravaganza, which features several stations for different drawing activities. Some stations feature costumed models; others incorporate artistic prompts. There are even guided and collaborative activities for those seeking a little instruction. This year, an after party at SCENE Metrospace keeps the drawing going until 9 p.m. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. FREE. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, East Lansing. (517) 884-4800, broadmuseum.msu.edu.
East Lansing’s Hannah Community Center invites the public to check out its new ceramics lab Wednesday with an open house. In addition to viewing artworks and checking out wheel throwing demonstrations, visitors can purchase ceramic pieces, enter to win prizes or sign up for fall classes. The renovation and relocation of the lab, which was formerly located in the shuttered Bailey Community Center, is an ongoing project. Donations are accepted to help offset the costs of the move. 5-8 p.m. FREE. Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 333-2580, ext. 0.
For more local events, see below.
Classes and Seminars
Shamanic Education & Healing Clinic. Talk and demos on contemporary shamanism. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Suggested donation $5-10. Willow Stick Ceremonies, 1515 W. Mt. Hope Ave., Suite 3, Lansing. willowstickceremonies.com.
Gentle Yoga. Relaxing pace class suitable for beginners. 11 a.m.-noon. First class FREE/$5/$3 members. Williamston High School, 3939 Vanneter Road, Williamston.
Literature and Poetry
Juan Felipe Herrera. Poetry Reading in the RCAH Theatre. 7-9 p.m. RCAH Auditorium, Snyder-Phillips Hall, 362 Bogue St, East Lansing. (517) 884-1932.
Banned Books Read Out. Read or listen to passages from favorite banned books. 1-2 p.m. FREE. MSU Library, 366 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing. (517) 884-0901, ow.ly/6sHx303l4A0.
Corbin Wagner, horn. 7:30 p.m. $10/$8 seniors/students and kids FREE. Fairchild Theatre, 542 Auditorium Road, East Lansing. (517) 353-5340, music.msu.edu/event-listing.
After School Action Program. Light meal, tutoring and activities. 4-6 p.m. FREE. Eastside Community Action Center, 1001 Dakin St., Lansing.
After School Teen Program. For teens in grades 7-12. 2:30-5:30 p.m. FREE. All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 351- 2420, elpl.org.
Allen Farmers Market. Locally grown, baked and prepared foods. 2:30-7 p.m. FREE. Allen Farmers Market, 1619 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing. (517) 999-3911, ow.ly/Bol1303O4VE.
Alcoholics Anonymous. A closed step meeting. 6 p.m. Donations. Pennsylvania Ave. Church of God, 3500 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing. (517) 899-3215.
ICACS Whisker Wednesday. Pet adoptions. All animals spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Noon-6 p.m. Ingham County Animal Control, 600 Curtis St., Mason. (517) 676-8370.
Practice Your English. All skill levels welcome. 7-8 p.m. FREE. East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 351- 2420, elpl.org.
Habibi at Allen Farmers Market. Dance performance. 5:30-6:30 p.m. FREE Allen Farmers Market, 1619 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing. (517) 999-3911, ow.ly/Bol1303O4VE.
Ceramics Open House. Celebration of new ceramics lab. 5-8 p.m. Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 333-2580.
Drawing Marathon. Non-stop drawing extravaganza. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. FREE. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, East Lansing. (517) 884-4800, broadmuseum.msu.edu.
Reduced Shakespeare Co. Comedic retelling of American History. 7:30 p.m. Tickets from $33/$18 MSU students. Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 432-2000, whartoncenter.com.