April 11 2006 12:00 AM

Friday, April 14

{mosimage}You didn't
know we needed a pep-stepping, girly-girl, swamp-chthonic yet
leather-tough take on early American roots music, didja?  Well, nobody
else did either until the hurricane called the Stairwell Sisters swept
out of San Francisco to assume its present role as collective
dominatrix of allemands and other unsquare moves. Close harmonies,
relentless energy and thundering footwork alternate with footsore
ballads as the Sisters take full command of our favorite local stomping
box, the Creole Gallery, 1218 Turner St., Lansing at 8 p.m.. $15. (517)


 Saturday-Sunday, April 15-16

{mosimage}Desirable, engaging, even famous — some of Lansing's most
sought-after bachelors and bachelorettes will offer themselves up for
auction to help the American Red Cross at the “Good Samaritan Singles”
event April 14 at the Cadillac Club, 1115 S. Washington Ave. Lansing.
On the block are dance instructor Charles Ford, Old Town Blues Band
vocalist (and hot nurse) Connie Currier, thoroughly tanned Wharton
Center P.R. man Bob Hoffman, slimmed-down former City Council member
Geneva Smith, and Cadillac Club owner Dave Sheets (seen at right,
practicing for his date). Each bachelor or bachelorette will arrange
the date and bear the expenses as a contribution to the Red Cross. Mojo
of Q106.1 will be the master of ceremonies, and also be auctioned.
Social hour begins at 6 p.m.; auction runs from 7 to 10 p.m. $10
admission; come to bid or just rubberneck. (517) 371-5053.

 Friday, April 14

{mosimage}Considering where the dishes ended up the first time (see
photo), the 2006 Titanic dinner promises a much smoother ride. From the
canapés a l'Amiral with champagne to the cream of barley soup to the
salmon with Mousseline sauce, the dinner offers up a seven-course feast
duplicating the fare on the doomed ocean liner back in 1912 (iceberg
lettuce not included). Titanic passengers, crew and Captain Smith will
be there, courtesy of RiverWalk Theatre players, and the proceeds will
go to the Ronald McDonald House of Lansing. Begins boarding at the
English Inn, 677 S. Michigan Road, Eaton Rapids at 6:30; white-glove
service starts at 7. Reservations available through Absolute Gallery at
(517) 482-8845; The English Inn at (517) 663-2500; and Ronald McDonald
House at (517) 485-9303.

 StartsTuesday, April 18

{mosimage}Marissa O'Donnell, the rubescent ball of energy who plays
“Annie” on the musical's current tour, had only one concern about her
job at first. “Suzy came to my house and I thought 'wow, how am I
supposed to control this big dog?'” she recalled. “Then I found out
that she was a very trained dog, and it was me that was untrained.”
O'Donnell and Lola, who plays Suzy, hang out on the stage for 15
minutes of quality time before every show, just to get comfortable. If
Suzy did something off script, O'Donnell says, “I could probably improv
and find something to do with it. You've gotta just go with the flow.”
Now that's the kind of pluck we require from every Annie. Through April
23, at the Wharton Center Cobb Great Hall. Call 1-800-Wharton.