Good day on this cloudy Friday.
Arts Night Out returns to downtown East Lansing this week. The monthly traveling art festival features Michigan artists and musicians, turning local businesses into pop-up galleries and performance spaces. This month, at least nine organizations are participating, including the Broad Museum, which highlights Detroit-based sound installation artist VNESSWOLFCHILD, Saper Galleries, which hosts impressionist landscape painter Michael Callihan, and Grove Gallery and Studios, which presents Deb Fehrenbach’s annual jewelry trunk show. 5-8 p.m. FREE. Downtown East Lansing. myartsnightout.com.
Award-winning brass quintet Canadian Brass presents a lively evening of seasonal favorites at the Wharton Center Friday. The group, founded in Toronto in 1970, has toured internationally, sprinkling its shows with light-hearted banter — and in this case, holiday cheer. The show is preceded by a 7:15 p.m. Insight Preview in the Grand Tier Lobby. 8 p.m. Tickets from $13.50. Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 432-2000, whartoncenter.com.
When a surgery left Paul “Mexone” Vetne blind in one eye for three months, the Lansing-based tattoo and mixed media artist did not abandon his work — rather, he found a new way of seeing. The art he created during this time is featured in a gallery opening Friday at Lansing Mall art gallery Keys to Creativity. Joining Vetne is artist Ben Good, who graduated from southwest Michigan’s Andrews University with Vetne. Good presents a collection of solo and collaborative illustrations. For the opening reception, sound artist Leslie Rollins, also known as 337, creates improvised electronic music. 7-9 p.m. FREE. Keys to Creativity, Lansing Mall, 5746 W. Saginaw Highway. (517) 657-2700, keystocreativity.net.
Charlotte’s community theater troupe presents a Broadway take on the Charles Dickens classic. Directed by Sarah Shoemaker, this production brings together a cast of over 40 local actors and performers to tell the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his visits from the ghosts of Christmas. 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Advance tickets: $16/$12 students/$14 seniors; all tickets $17 at the door. Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 378 State St., Charlotte. (269) 262-1943, andromedaplayers.org.
For more local events, see below.
Classes and Seminars
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.
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.
Canadian Brass Holiday. Lively evening of seasonal favorites. 8 p.m. Tickets from $13.50. Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 432-2000, whartoncenter.com.
Goth Night, 9 p.m. The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave.
Steve Cowles, 7:30 p.m. Buddies - Okemos, 1937 W Grand River Ave
Lee Groove, 9 p.m. Classic Bar & Grill, 16219 Old US 27
Good Question, 9 p.m. Coach’s Pub & Grill, 6201 Bishop Rd.
Showdown, 9 p.m. Colonial Bar, 3425 S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Rush Clement, 6 p.m. Eaton Rapids Craft Co., 204 N Main St.
Avon Bomb, 9:30 p.m. The Exchange, 314 E. Michigan Ave.
Chris Laskos, 5:30 p.m. Harrison Roadhouse, 720 Michigan Ave.,
Everyday Junior, 8:30 p.m. The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave.
Krissy Booth, 8 p.m. Mac's Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave.
Further Adv. of Fat Boy & Jive Turkey, 9 p.m. Moriarty's Pub, 802 E. Michigan Ave.
Oxymorons, 8 p.m. Reno's East, 1310 Abbot Road
Bobby Standall, 8 p.m. Reno's North, 16460 Old US 27
Lisa B. & the Backbeats, 8 p.m. Reno's West, 5001 W. Saginaw Hwy.
David Shelby, 8:15 p.m. Tequila Cowboy, 5660 W. Saginaw Hwy.
Time to Play, 9 p.m. Unicorn Tavern, 327 E. Grand River Ave.
Capitol City DJs, 10 p.m. Watershed Tavern and Grill 5965 Marsh Rd.
Craig Hendershott, 6 p.m. Waterfront Bar and Grill, 325 City Market Dr.
A Christmas Carol. Musical version of classic holiday tale. 7 p.m. $12-17. Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 378 State St., Charlotte. (269) 262-1943, andromedaplayers.org.
Princess Who Saved Herself. Family play about a clever young heroine. 7 p.m. $7/$5 kids. Riverwalk Theatre, 228 Museum Drive, Lansing. (517) 482-5700, riverwalktheatre.com.
Carnival of the Absurd. MSU freshmen showcase. 8 p.m. $13. Arena Theatre, 542 Auditorium Road, East Lansing. (517) 432-2000, theatre.msu.edu.
Video Game Night. Ages 8-18 game together. Call to register. 5-7 p.m. FREE. CADL Holt-Delhi, 2078 Aurelius Road, Holt. (517) 694-9351.
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.
Craft Sale. Two day sale. 4-9 p.m. Inner Ascended Masters Ministry, 5705 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. (517) 455-3902, ow.ly/5NQr306AHxz.
MSU Community Club Holiday Reception. With performance by the Earl Nelson Singers. 1-3 p.m. Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 351-3944.
Arts Night Out. Monthly arts event. 5-8 p.m. Downtown East Lansing. myartsnightout.org.
Deb Fehrenbach Jewelry Trunk Show. Weekend sale of dressy and casual unique jewelry. 5:30.-9 p.m. FREE. Grove Gallery and Studios, 325 Grove St., East Lansing. (517) 282-4930, grovegalleryandstudios.com.