New policy on Out on the Town listings

Dear readers: Out on the Town has grown into Lansing’s most complete source for events listings. But it has become difficult for our small staff to keep up with. Therefore, beginning today we will only accept event listings entered through our website, Events will be picked up for print from there. The deadline remains 5 p.m. Thursdays for the following week. You may enter them as far into the future as you wish. We will no longer enter listings from press releases and other material mailed or emailed to us. If you need helping entering listings, please contact Jonathan at (517) 999-5069. We still want your press releases, however. Send them to

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 2>> Tommy Davidson at Connxtions Comedy Club

On the ‘90s sketch comedy show “In Living Color,” Tommy Davidson impersonated Sammy Davis Jr., MC Hammer and Michael Jackson, honing his comedic chops alongside Jim Carrey and the Wayans Brothers. Tonight, though, he’s just playing himself as he returns to his stand-up roots at Connxtions Comedy Club. 8 p.m., doors at 7 p.m. $20. Connxtions Comedy Club, 2900 N. East St., Lansing. (517) 374-HAHA,

THURSDAY, OCT. 3/FRIDAY OCT. 4>> “The Real Thing” at Riverwalk Theatre/“Agnes of God” at Lansing Community College

Riverwalk Theatre’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Tony Award-winning “The Real Thing” centers on two married couples in show business. Max and Charlotte portray two characters married to each other, but Max is married to Annie in “real life” and Charlotte is married to Henry. Henry, the author of the play Charlotte stars in, falls for Annie, an actress herself. Confused yet? 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday Riverwalk Theatre, 228 Museum Drive, Lansing. $12/$10 students and seniors. (517) 482-5700, Meanwhile, Lansing Community College’s “Agnes of God” is a harrowing exploration about the thin line between truth and faith. Sister Agnes, a novice nun, becomes pregnant but insists that the child was immaculately conceived. A psychiatrist, delves into the case and goes head-to-head with Mother Superior in her attempt to understand Agnes. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $10. Room 168 of the Gannon Building, 442 Washington Square, Lansing. (517) 483-1488,


For eight years, Old Town has wrapped up its (mostly) warm weather festival season with Old Town Oktoberfest, a beersoaked, brat-packed, lederhosen-clad ode to all things Teutonic. And while this year the brew will still flow, there will be a few changes.

Louise Gradwohl, executive director Old Town Commercial Association, said one of the biggest changes was the shift to become a 21-and-up event only. She said the music also took a decided tweaking.

“We’ve moved toward an alt rock sound with our bands,” she said about the lineup. “We’re trying to draw people from MSU and the east side by mixing things up a bit. This music will open the crowd up a little more.”

To help draw those students, there will be a shuttle leaving from the MSU Union every hour on the hour from 6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Another new addition is the expansion of the beer list to include a wide variety of Oktoberfest and pumpkin brews from 15 breweries, including three imported German brews and seven Michigan craft beers.

Homebrewing supply store That’s How We Brew will hold an open brew demonstration from 3-8 p.m. Saturday featuring hot hard cider. This year’s German-style cuisine will include Restaurant Mediteran, Mark’s Gourmet Dogs, Kola’s Food Factory, Grand Grillin’ and Aggie May’s Bakery.

But as the changes take place, Gradwohl is insistent it will still have the same festive feel.

“It’s definitely not something you would see in Germany,” she said. “We try to have fun German feel while keeping it contemporary.”

The event also doubles as a fundraiser for Old Town; money raised will help fund free offerings, such as the Turner Street Theater in the summer. This year, money will also go toward the Robert Busby Memorial and new bike racks.

$15 before Thursday/$20 at the door. If you buy a ticket on Friday, you can return to the festival on Saturday for free as long as you’re wearing an uncut wristband and have your stein with you.

SATURDAY, OCT. 5 >> “From Italy With Love … Rat Pack Style” at the University Club
The Italian-American Club of Lansing presents Gino Federici, the globe-hopping performer who landed in Lansing two years ago. After growing up in Europe, Federici spent 23 years enthralling Las Vegas audiences with his Rat Pack-style serenades. Saturday’s performance will include songs from his upcoming album, “Women, Whiskey & Wiseguys,” as well as a visit by Federici’s alter ego, Don Gino. Light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. $15-$50 7:30 p.m. 3435 Forest Road, Lansing. (517) 353-5111.

SUNDAY, OCT. 6 >> Dino Dash 5K

Are you faster than a raptor? The MSU Federal Credit Union’s 28th annual Dino Dash 5K benefits the MSU Museum. There will be a number of runs that begin and end at the museum for all skill levels and ages. There will also be a Mini Dash at 11:40 a.m. and a Diaper Dash at 11:50 a.m. for the younger participants. All participants who finish the Museum Mile, Mini Dash and the Diaper Dash will be awarded a dino medal. 9:30 a.m. 409 West Circle Drive, East Lansing. (517) 432-4655.

TUESDAY, OCT. 8 >> “Flashdance the Musical” at the Wharton Center

In a world made of steel, made of stone — and clad in legwarmers — “Flashdance the Musical” celebrates 30 soaking years on the stage. If you loved this ‘80s cult classic, now is your chance to witness the magic live. Watch Alex Owens, a welder by day and an exotic dancer with an affinity for buckets of water by night, reach for her dreams. Owens is passionate about ballet, although her skill on the pole is a force to be reckoned with. And yes, you get to relive the joy of “Maniac,” “Gloria” and the title song, “Flashdance (What a Feeling).” 7:30 p.m. $25-$67 Cobb Great Hall, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing (517) 353-1982


Friday, Oct. 4
6-11 p.m.
7:15-8:45 p.m.: The Hy-Notes
9-11 p.m.: The All-American Funk Parade
Saturday, Oct. 5
2-11 p.m.
2-5 p.m. The Happy Wanderers
6-9 p.m. The Polish Muslims
9:30-11 p.m. Mike Mains and the Branches