Nov. 12 2016 12:01 AM

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

Good day and happy weekend.

A Michigan State University professor and major contributor to mid-Michigan’s jazz community is honored Sunday for his years of educating, directing and performing in the area. Rodney Whitaker, director of jazz studies at MSU, is an in-demand bassist who also serves as artistic director of MSU’s Professors of Jazz and as director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Jazz Orchestra. Whitaker has toured the world, backing up world renowned artists and leading his own groups for over twenty-five years. Sunday he plays at the Jazz Alliance of Mid Michigan’s annual tribute concert, where he is honored as its 2017 tribute honoree. 2:30-5:30 p.m. $25. Old Town Marquee, 319 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing. Jazzjamm.com.

For more local events, see below.

Saturday, November 12

Classes and Seminars

A Day with Blaine Bettinger. Genealogical seminar with DNA expert. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $55. Michigan Historical Center, 702 W Kalamazoo St., Lansing. mimgc.org.

Tai Chi at the Park. Free class for beginning and experienced tai chi players. 9-10 a.m. FREE. Allen Market Place, 1619 E. Kalamazoo St. Lansing.
(517) 272-9379.

Webelos Cub Scouts: Into the Woods Workshop. Chance to earn belt loop and pin. 10 a.m.-noon $5. Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road, Meridian Township. (517) 349-3866, bit.ly/HNCprg.

French Playtime. Playgroup ages 1-6 encouraging French language education. 9:30-11:30 a.m. FREE. Aux Petits Soins, 1824 E. Michigan Ave. Suite F, Lansing. (517) 999-7277, apsfrenchclass.com.

French Club for Kids. Activity group for ages 6-12 encouraging French language use. 2-4 p.m. FREE. Aux Petits Soins, 1824 E. Michigan Ave. Suite F, Lansing. (517) 999-7277, apsfrenchclass.com.

Music

Dave Bennett In Concert. 7-8 p.m. $15-25. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 218 W. Ottawa St. Lansing. davebennettconcert.eventbrite.com.

Theater

Wicked. Story of the Wicked Witch of the West. 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets from $45. Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 432-2000, whartoncenter.com.

Every Breath You Take by Graham Farrow. Two families deal with their dark connections. 8-10 p.m. $15. The Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington, Lansing. (517) 775-4246, ixiontheatre.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.

A Little Princess. Classic story of kind-hearted girl-turned-servant. 2 and 4:30 p.m. $7/$5 kids. Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing. allofusexpress.org.

Events

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.

Women in the Arts Festival. Celebration of regional women artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Edgewood United Church, 469 N. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing. witafestival.com.

All Winter Sports Swap. Equipment and apparel for all winter sports sold. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Okemos High School, 2500 Jolly Road, Okemos. (517) 282-1111.

Ann's School of Dance Vendor and Craft Show. With baked goods, kid crafts and a photo booth. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE. Whitehills Elementary School, 621 Pebblebrook Lane, East Lansing.

Cutting the Cord. Presentation on replacing TV with alternative content providers. 11 a.m.-noon FREE. CADL South Lansing, 3500 S. Cedar St., Lansing.

Free Public Tours. Meet at Visitor Services just before tour. 1 p.m. FREE. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, East Lansing.

Girl Rising Film & Program. Screening of documentary about girls throughout the world. 4-6 p.m. St. Stephens Church, 1007 Kimberly Drive, Lansing. (517) 484-2180, twitter.com/SSCC_UCC.

Minecraft Game Night. Ages 8-15 game together. Call to register. 6-7 p.m. FREE. Capital Area District Libraries South Lansing Branch, 3500 S. Cedar St., Lansing. (517) 623-6511.

Pillows for a Purpose. Pillow-making for children in the hospital. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Lansing Community College, 500 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing.

Science of Slimy Things. Ages 4 and up enjoy activities and experiments. 11 a.m.-noon. FREE. Capital Area District Libraries Dansville Branch, 1379 E. Mason St., Dansville. (517) 623-6511.

Second Saturday Supper. Baked chicken dinner. All are welcome. 5-6:15 p.m. $9/$5 kids. Mayflower Congregational Church, 2901 W Mount Hope Ave., Lansing. (517) 484-3139, mayflowerchurch.com.


Arts

Holiday Season Art Collection Showing. Paintings, birdhouses, fabric, jewelry and photography. 2-6 p.m. FREE. World Harvest Outreach, 232 N. Verlinden Ave., Lansing.

Small Wonders Miniature Art Show. Tiny paintings and drawings for sale. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. Keller's Plaza Upstairs, 107 S. Putnam St., Williamston. (517) 485-6277.

Sunday, November 13

Classes and Seminars

Charlotte Yoga Club. Beginner to intermediate. 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. $5 annually. AL!VE, 800 W. Lawrence, Charlotte. (517) 285-0138, charlotteyoga.net

Intro to Filmmaking, Part 2. Ages 8 and up learn about film production. Call to register. 2-4 p.m. FREE. CADL Mason, 145 W. Ash St., Mason. (517) 676-9088.

Juggling. Learn to juggle. 2-4 p.m. FREE. Orchard Street Pump House, 368 Orchard St., East Lansing. (517) 371-5119.

Literature and Poetry

NaNoWriMo - Nearly Halfway. Novel writing meetup with prompts and encouragements. Noon-2 p.m. Grand Ledge Area District Library, 131 E. Jefferson St., Grand Ledge. grandledge.lib.mi.us.


Music

Eighth Annual JAMM Tribute Concert Honoring Rodney Whitaker. 2:30-5:30 p.m. $35/$25 adv. Old Town Marquee, 319 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing. (517) 242-1126, jazzjamm.com.

Circulo Trio Concert. Ensemble performs lesser-known works to new audiences. Noon. Donations welcome. Unitarian Universalist Church, 5509 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing.

Contempus Quartet. Concert showcasing Lansing Symphony musicians. 3-5 p.m. $15/$10 students. First Presbyterian Church, 510 W. Ottawa St., Lansing. (517) 487-5001, lansingsymphony.org.

The Further Adventures of FatBoy and JiveTurkey. Live music every Sunday. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. FREE. Stober's Bar, 812 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing.

Theatre

Wicked. Story of the Wicked Witch of the West. 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets from $45. Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 432-2000, whartoncenter.com.

Every Breath You Take by Graham Farrow. Two families deal with their dark connections. 7-9 p.m. $15. The Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington, Lansing. (517) 775-4246, ixiontheatre.com.

The Tempest. Shakespearean tale of magic and mutiny. 2 p.m. $17/$12 MSU students. Pasant Theatre, Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 432-2000, theatre.msu.edu.

Events

Free Public Tours. Meet at Visitor Services just before tour. 1 p.m. FREE. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, East Lansing.

Alliance Française Film Series: Dheepan. Screening of "Dheepan," story of refugee family from Sri Lanka. 3:30 p.m. Studio C!, 1999 Central Park Drive, Okemos. (517) 703-4919, ow.ly/wHSK305Nf0o.

Lansing Area Sunday Swing Dance. 6 p.m. $8 dance/$10 dance & lesson. The Lansing Eagles, 4700 N. Grand River Ave., Lansing. (517) 490-7838.

Lansing Train Show and Sale. Over 500 tables of model trains, artwork, books and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $6/FREE for ages under 6 and uniformed Scouts. MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing. (517) 281-2544, lmrc.org.

One World One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure. Big Bird and Elmo take imaginary trip to the moon. 2:30-3:30 p.m. $3-4. Abrams Planetarium, 755 Science Road, East Lansing. (517) 355-4672, ow.ly/2VGl304fahD.

Winterguard Experience Day. Indoor color guard for ages 13-20. 1-5 p.m. South Lansing Christian Church, 6300 Aurelius Road, Lansing.