Good day on this cloudy Friday.
With Valentine’s Day not far away, vocal quartet Romancing the Tone offers an evening of love songs and romantic tunes ranging from 1930s standards to modern hits. “We formed Romancing the Tone just for this performance, although we have all performed together many times,” said St. Johns-based singer Ellen Hoard. The quartet, which also features vocalists Kelly Sandula-Gunner, Dan Templin and Dave Sincox, will be backed up by Jeff Richards on piano, Rick Peterson on bass and James Flanagan on drums. All proceeds go toward the ongoing renovation of the Wilson Center Auditorium. 7:30 p.m. $10. Wilson Center Auditorium, 101 W. Cass St., Saint Johns. facebook.com/wilsoncenterauditorium.
All-of-us Express Children Theatre takes on an unexpectedly timely topic this weekend with its adaptation of the Lois Lowry’s “Number the Stars,” which tells the story of a Jewish family trying to escape Copenhagen during World War II. The work of historical fiction centers around sisters Annemarie and Kristi Johansen, who face soldiers and interrogations as they try to help Ellen Rosen and her family escape to safety in Sweden. 7p.m. Friday; 2 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday. $7/$5 children. Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 319-6957, allofusexpress.org.
In 2006, six black students at Jena High School in Louisiana were arrested on assault charges after a racially-charged confrontation with a white student. Dominique Morriseau’s play “Blood at the Root,” explores this incident. “The system is supposed to be blind, justice is supposed to be blind, and yet it isn’t,” said Morrisseau, “I think those things are all coming up against each other in this play.” This production is directed by guest artist Steve H. Broadnax III, head of Penn State’s MFA acting program. Friday’s performance will have post-show discussion, and the Sunday performance will have a pre-show discussion at 1:15 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $15/$13 seniors and faculty/$10 students. Arena Theatre (in the basement of MSU Auditorium) 542 Auditorium Road, East Lansing. (517) 432-2000, whartoncenter.com.
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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.
GroupGAP Informational Session. Program for farmers about food safety practices. Register online. 1-3 p.m. Allen Market Place, 1629 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing. (517) 999-3923, ow.ly/nfnD308a0gT.
Study of the Book of Revelations. All supplies provided at no charge. 7-8 p.m. FREE. University Seventh Day Adventist Church, 504 Ann St., East Lansing. (517) 663-1633.
MSU Faculty Recital: Melanie Helton, soprano, and Elden Little, piano. 8 p.m. $10/$8 seniors/students FREE. Fairchild Theatre, 542 Auditorium Road, East Lansing. (517) 353-5340, music.msu.edu/event-listing.
MSU Symphony Orchestra Concert. 8 p.m. $10/$8 seniors/students FREE. Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 353-5340, music.msu.edu/event-listing.
Song's You'll Love. Concert of love songs from jazz to Broadway. 7:30-9 p.m. $10. Wilson Center Auditorium, 101 W. Cass St., St. Johns. (989) 224-8159, wilsoncenterauditorium.org.
African Children's Choir Concert. Featuring young singers from African countries. 6:30 p.m. FREE, donations welcome. Trinity Church, 3355 Dunckel Road, Lansing. (517) 272-3820, africanchildrenschoir.com.
The Hunky Newcomers, 9 p.m. Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave.
Alistair, 9 p.m. Buddies - Holt, 2040 N Aurelius Rd
Rush Clement, 9 p.m. Buddies - Okemos, 1937 W Grand River Ave
Lee Groove, 9 p.m. Classic Bar & Grill, 16219 Old US 27
Karaoke, 9 p.m. Crunchy's, 254 W. Grand River Ave.
Young Guns, 9 p.m. Coach's, 6201 Bishop Rd
Chris Laskos, 6 p.m. Eaton Rapids Craft Co., 204 N Main St.
DJ Brandon, 9 p.m. Esquire, 1250 Turner St.
Blue Haired Bettys, 9:30 p.m. The Exchange, 314 E. Michigan Ave.
Lunch and Learn, Noon Gallery Brewery, 142 Kent St.
Karaoke, 7:30 p.m. Grand Cafe/Sir Pizza, 201 E. Grand River Ave.
Avon Bomb, 9 p.m. Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Ave.
Sarah Brunner, 5:30 p.m. Harrison Roadhouse, 720 E. Michigan Ave.
Homegrown Throwdown 4, 6:30 p.m. The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave.,
Martyr For Madison, 8 p.m. Mac's Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave.
Live Music, 9 p.m. Moriarty's Pub, 802 E. Michigan Ave.
Life Support, 8 p.m. Reno's East, 1310 Abbot Road
Wise Guys, 8 p.m. Reno's North, 16460 Old US 27
Bobby Standall, 8 p.m. Reno's West, 5001 W. Saginaw Hwy.
Hoosier Highway, 4 p.m. Tequila Cowboy, 5660 W. Saginaw Hwy.
Live Music, 9 p.m. Unicorn Tavern, 327 E. Grand River Ave.
Blood at the Root. Play about miscarriage of justice, based on historical events. 8 p.m. $15. Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing (517) 432-2000, theatre.msu.edu.
A Painted Window. Play about family, loss, regret and the power of fear and love. 8-9:30 p.m. $30/$28 military and seniors/$10 students. Williamston Theatre, 122 S. Putnam St., Williamston. (517) 655-7469, williamstontheatre.org.
Number the Stars. Based on book by Lois Lowry about Jewish family's escape from Copenhagen in 1943. 7 p.m. $7/$5 kids. Hannah Community Center, (517) 319-6957, allofusexpress.org.
RWB Comedy Benefit. Proceeds go towards supporting veterans. 8-10 p.m. UrbanBeat Event Center, 1213 Turner St., Lansing. ow.ly/MoRE308uy11.
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.
Control Your Clutter at Mid-Michigan Women's Expo. Learn from professional organizer Betty Huotari. 12-12:30 p.m. Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.
Ice Worlds. Examination of icy ecosystems and ice on other planets. 8-9:30 p.m. $3-4. Abrams Planetarium, 755 Science Road, East Lansing. ow.ly/S30L307wkTS.
We Laugh. Comedy benefit for the Women's Center of Greater Lansing. 8 p.m. $25/$40 couples/$40 VIP. The Cadillac Room, 1115 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. womenscenterofgreaterlansing.org.
Mid-Michigan Women's Expo. Vendors offer goods and services aimed at women. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. $7. Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. kohlerexpo.com.
Talking Books at Mid-Michigan Women's Expo. Selection of under-the-radar reads with CADL. 11 -11:30 a.m. Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.
Video Game Night. Ages 8-18 play tournament-style games. Call to register. 5-7 p.m. FREE. CADL Holt-Delhi, 2078 Aurelius Road, Holt. (517) 694-9351.
Midwinter Portraits: an Exhibition of Original Drawings by Artist Laura Gajewski. Original mixed-media charcoal drawings. 5-8 p.m. FREE. 'east arbor architecture', 201 1/2 East Grand River Ave., East Lansing. (517) 755-7310.