MSU’s Jazz Studies program celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a pair of concerts featuring MSU’s student jazz octets, as well as jazz faculty and special guests. “It’s so important to bring to light issues that matter through a language that everyone understands: music,” said Rodney Whitaker, director of Jazz Studies. “This annual celebration of King reminds us about what is really important in this life.” 3 and 7 p.m. FREE. Fairchild Theatre, 542 Auditorium Road, East Lansing. (517) 353-5340, music.msu.edu
MONDAY, JAN. 16 >> LANSING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY LUNCHEON
The Greater Lansing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission hosts author and activist Myrlie Evers-Williams for its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Luncheon.
Evers-Williams, the widow of civil rights pioneer Medgar Evers, was the first woman to head the NAACP and is founder of the Medgar Evers Institute. 11 a.m. $40/$320 for table of eight. The Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 483-7637, lansingmi.gov/942/mlk-jr-holiday-commission.
MONDAY, JAN. 16 >> QUILTED CONVERSATIONS: MATERIALIZING CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS
The MSU Museum opens a new exhibit Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “Quilted Conversations: Materializing Civil and Human Rights” features 16 quilts from the museum’s collection. “Quilt artists are uprooting traditional connotations of what a quilt is to make powerful statements about civil and human rights. We hope that viewing and reflecting on the quilts will prompt visitors to share and discuss—leading to ‘quilted conversations,’” explains Mary Worrall, MSU Museum curator of cultural heritage, who organized the exhibition along with the MSU Museum’s Dr. Aleia Brown. The opening reception kicks off at 4 p.m.; the exhibit is on display through July 9. 4 p.m. FREE. MSU Museum, 409 West Circle Drive, East Lansing. (517) 355-2370, museum.msu.edu.
MONDAY, JAN. 16 >> THE ART OF NONCONFORMITY: DISSENT AND CIVIL DISCOURSE
MSU’s Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives offers a full day of events centered around the theme of dissent and civil discourse. Activities include a student leadership conference, a commemorative march and community service projects. Call or see website for times and locations; all events are FREE, but some require pre-registration. (517) 353-4563, inclusion.msu.edu.
MONDAY, JAN. 16 >> DAY OF SERVICE AT FENNER NATURE CENTER
Fenner Nature Center and Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council team up to offer a day of environment-focused service projects, including trail clearing and habitat work. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. FREE. Fenner Nature Center, 2020 E. Mt. Hope Road, Lansing. (517) 483-4224, mynaturecenter.org.