Nov. 18 2016 12:01 AM

Here's what's going on in town today

Good day on this not-so-chilly November day.

Lansing’s annual celebration of winter holidays may not feel so wintry this year. Tonight, when the 32nd annual Silver Bells in the City gets underway, temperatures are expected to be in the mid 60s, dropping to the 50s as the sun sets. Attendees should be able to stay fairly warm during the annual Electric Light Parade, which features 75 illuminated floats and this year’s Grand Marshal, former NFL and MSU football player Todd “TJ” Duckett. Afterward, the East Lansing-based Steiner Chorale leads a community singalong at the State Christmas Tree. The official tree lighting will be followed by the annual fireworks show. The evening closes with a concert from country duo Smithfield at the Lansing Center at 9 p.m. Festivities continue into the weekend, with the Silver Bells 5K on Saturday and Breakfast with Santa on Saturday and Sunday. See web for schedule. FREE. Downtown Lansing. silverbellsinthecity.org.

The Clinton County Arts Council starts what it hopes will become an annual tradition tonight with its inaugural Starry Night Gala, a fundraiser featuring live music and theater. Headlining the evening is Michigan-based comedy barbershop quartet Three Men and a Tenor. The vocalists have been voted “Best Entertainment in Michigan” three times by MI Meetings and Events magazine. Also performing are the Mint City Singers and members of Homegrown Productions, a St. Johns-based community theater group. The evening also offers a silent auction and art sale. Tickets are available at the Gallery at 215 N. Clinton Ave., St. Johns, from CCAC board members or at the door. 6 p.m. $25. The Wilson Center Auditorium, 101 W. Cass St., St. Johns. (989) 224-2429, clintoncountyarts.org.

For more local events, see below.

Classes and Seminars

Mud & Mug. Ceramics course. 7-10 p.m. $25. Reach Studio Art Center, 1804 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. (517) 999-3643, reachstudioart.org.

Reform Judaism and the Halakhah: The Enduring Connection. With Rabbi Mark Washofsky, Ph.D. 7:30 p.m. Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 1924 Coolidge Road, East Lansing.

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.

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.


Music

MSU Opera Theatre: The Elixir of Love. Opera about Nemorino, who loves the wealthy Adina. 8 p.m. $20/$18 seniors/$5 students. Fairchild Theatre, 542 Auditorium Road, East Lansing. (517) 353-5340. music.msu.edu/event-listing.

Interfaith Holiday Musical Celebration. Local performers represent diverse traditions. 7:30- 9:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Fellowship for Today, 855 Grove St., East Lansing. (517) 505-2809, fellowshipfortoday.org.

Monte Pride - Album Release Show. 7-10 p.m. $10. The Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington Ave., Lansing.

Starry Night Gala featuring Three Men and a Tenor. Vocal concert and silent auction. 7-9 p.m. $25. Wilson Center Auditorium, 101 W. Cass St., St. Johns. (989) 224-2429, clintoncountyarts.org.

The Coffeehouse at All Saints. Musical/spoken word showcase. 7:30-9:30 p.m. FREE. All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Road, East Lansing, madmimi.com/s/05f514.

The Jonestown Crows, 8 p.m. Avenue Cafe, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.

Alistair, 7:30 p.m., Buddies Okemos, 1937 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos

Blue Haired Bettys, 9 p.m., Colonial Bar, 3425 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lansing

Rush Clement, 6 p.m. Eaton Rapids Craft Co., 204 N. Main St., Eaton Rapids

DJ Brandon, 9 p.m. Esquire, 1250 Turner St., Lansing

Smooth Daddy, 9:30 p.m. The Exchange, 314 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing

Pay it Forward, 8 p.m. Mac's Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing

Zydecrunch, 9 p.m. Moriarty's Pub, 802 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing

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


Events

Ring Out for Peace. Bring a bell to ring. Noon. FREE. State Capitol Building, 100 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing.

Thanksgiving at Cristo Rey Community Center. Volunteers and food donations needed for meal for those in need. See web link for details. Cristo Rey Community Center, 1717 N. High St., Lansing. (517) 881-9181, ow.ly/ejcq305OBT8.

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.

International Holiday Bake Sale and Coffee House. Bake sake featuring global food. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. St. Joseph Melkite Catholic Church, 725 W. Mt. Hope Ave., Lansing. (517) 303-6212.

MSU Community Club Meeting. Presentation on Mid-Michigan modern architecture. 1-2 p.m. MSU Federal Credit Union, 4825 E. Mt. Hope Road, East Lansing. (517) 332-1700, msu.edu/user/msucclub.

Silver Bells in the City. Library offers activities and entertainment. 5-9 p.m. FREE. CADL Downtown Lansing, 401 S. Capitol Ave., Lansing. (517) 367-6363.

Silver Bells in the City. Parade, tree lighting, vendors and concert. 5 p.m. Downtown Lansing. silverbellsinthecity.org.

Thanksgiving Storytime. Bring the kids to enjoy stories about Thanksgiving. 10:30-11:30 a.m. FREE. CADL Mason, 145 W. Ash St., Mason.


Theater

The Nerd. Comedy about selflessness and selfishness. 8 p.m. $15. Williamston Theatre, 122 S. Putnam St., Williamston. (517) 655-7469, williamstontheatre.org.

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.