Good day on this chilly Friday.
Pop-folk singer/songwriter Dar Williams headlines this year’s Women in the Arts festival in East Lansing, an annual volunteer-run event that celebrates “women-centered creativity and community.” The festival offers two days of music, as well as an artist market that features artworks, crafts and services from women creators. Though Friday night’s concert by Williams is already sold out, Saturday’s day stage presents a lineup of female performers including Lansing women’s chorus Sistrum and progressive indie-country artist Michaela Anne. When they aren’t singing, members of Sistrum also staff a café stocked with diverse meal options like autumn sweet potato and spinach stew, spanakopita and pulled pork sandwiches. Sliding scale admission, $5 recommended. 5-9:30 p.m. Friday; 10-9 p.m. Saturday. Edgewood United Church, 469 N. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing. witafestival.com.
Some princesses are draped in glitter and jewels, but All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre presents the story of a girl who is a princess more for her heart than for her sparkle. “A Little Princess,” based on the 1905 children’s book, is the story of a young girl named Sara who works in servitude after the death of her father. Although her surroundings are bleak, Sara stays positive, always improving the world for those around her and making discoveries that might just lead to a better future. 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday. $7/$5 children. Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 333-2580, allofusexpress.org.
Four centuries after his death, theater companies are still finding ways to keep Shakespeare fresh. MSU’s Department of Theatre dresses up “The Tempest” this season, using digital projection, animation and green screen acting to bring the play’s magical elements into the digital age. While most productions of this play are set in the tropics, MSU’s production takes place on an iceberg, with lighting and costumes inspired by the Northern Lights. Undergrad students, graduate students and faculty mix to form the cast and crew, including professor Christina Traister as the sorceress Prospera and grad student Matt Greenbaum as half-man, half-monster Caliban. To complete the atmosphere, the play brings in original music and choreography by MSU faculty. See web or call for times and dates. $20/$18 seniors and faculty/$15 students. Pasant Theater, Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 432-2000, theatre.msu.edu.
For more local events, see below.
Classes and Seminars
French Playtime. Playgroup ages 1-6 encouraging French language education. 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. FREE. Aux Petits Soins, 1824 E. Michigan Ave., Suite F, Lansing. (517) 999-7277, apsfrenchclass.com.
Palatte to Palate. Paint with a palette of color while treating your palate to refreshments you bring! 7-9:30 p.m. $28/$50 pairs. Reach Studio Art Center, 1804 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. (517) 999-3643, ow.ly/XUOtR.
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.
Dar Williams Concert. Headliner for the Women in the Arts Festival. 7:30-10:30 p.m. $15. Edgewood United Church, 469 N. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing. (517) 484-1712, witafestival.com.
Jazz Octets. With Michigan jazz icon Walt Szymanski, trumpet. 8 p.m. $10/$8 seniors/students FREE. Cook Recital Hall, MSU Music Building, 333 West Circle Drive, East Lansing. (517) 353-5340, music.msu.edu/event-listing.
Alistair, 8 p.m. Black Cat, 115 Albert Ave
Rush Clement, 7:30 p.m. Buddies - Okemos, 1937 W Grand River Ave
Unlimited, 8 p.m. Coach’s Pub & Grill, 6201 Bishop Rd.
Homespun, 9 p.m. Colonial Bar, 3425 S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Darrin Larner, 5 p.m. Eaton Rapids Craft Co., 204 N Main St.
Avon Bomb, 9:30 p.m. The Exchange, 314 E. Michigan Ave.
Hatchet Man & the Frog, 7 p.m. Gallery Brewery, 142 Kent St.
Karaoke, 9 p.m. The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave.
Taylor Taylor, 5:30 p.m. Harrison Roadhouse, 720 Michigan Ave.,
Face To Face, 7 p.m. The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave.
Hoopties, 9 p.m. Moriarty's Pub, 802 E. Michigan Ave.
The New Rule, 9 p.m. Reno's East, 1310 Abbot Road
Life Support, 8 p.m. Reno's North, 16460 Old US 27
Wise Guys, 8 p.m.Reno's West, 5001 W. Saginaw Hwy.
Hoosier Highway, 8:15 p.m. Tequila Cowboy, 5660 W. Saginaw Hwy.
Samantha & the Cool Cats, 9 p.m. Unicorn Tavern, 327 E. Grand River Ave.
Thanksgiving at Cristo Rey Community Center. Volunteers needed for meal for those in need. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cristo Rey Community Center, 1717 N. High St., Lansing. (517) 881-9181, ow.ly/ejcq305OBT8.
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.
Back to the Moon for Good. Show on space exploration. 8-9 p.m. $3-4. Abrams Planetarium, 755 Science Road, East Lansing. (517) 355-4672. ow.ly/SOuP304fb2G.
Howl at the Moon: Guided Night Walk. Dogs on non-retractable leashes welcome. 7-8 p.m. $3. Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road, Meridian Township. (517) 349-3866, bit.ly/HNCprg.
Veteran's Memorial Induction Ceremony. Local veterans added to LCC Veterans Memorial. 12-2 p.m. Lansing Community College, 500 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing. lcc.edu/veteransmemorial.
Women in the Arts Festival. Celebration of regional women artists. 5-9:30 p.m. Edgewood United Church, 469 N. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing. witafestival.com.
The Tempest. Shakespearean tale of magic and mutiny. 8 p.m. $17/$12 MSU students. Pasant Theatre, Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 432-2000, theatre.msu.edu.
Wicked. Story of the Wicked Witch of the West. 8 p.m. Tickets from $45. Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 432-2000, whartoncenter.com.