THURSDAY, FEB. 27 >> ‘Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey’ Speakers
John Seigenthaler is an award-winning journalist/political aide who participated in the Freedom Rides and was the founding editorial director of USA Today. Seigenthaler wraps the Slavery to Freedom lecture series with his experiences with the civil rights movement and as a representative of Robert F. Kennedy when he was attorney general. FREE. 5 p.m. Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, 219 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing. (517) 432-4979, goo.gl/ipP8lh.
THURSDAY, FEB. 27 >> Brew & View: “The Golden Child”
Prepare yourself for the Capital City Film Festival with this free event at Midtown Brewing Co. Kick it old school with “The Golden Child,” the 1986 comedy starring Eddie Murphy as “The Chosen One” who must save the savior of mankind. No big deal, at least nothing that Eddie Murphy can’t handle. “Bropocalypse Now,” the second place film of the 2013 Fortnight Film Contest, will be shown before the movie, and Dizzy Dearest will supply the sounds afterward. There will be drink and food specials. 7 p.m. FREE. Midtown Brewing Co., 402 Washington Square, Lansing. (517) 977-1349, goo.gl/HsU50n.
FRIDAY, FEB. 28 >> TEDx Lansing
TEDTalks are all over the television and the country. The purpose of the program is to spread ideas and share thoughts on technology, entertainment and design. TEDx is a localized spinoff of this idea. At the event, TEDTalk videos and live speakers form a direction for the conversation. Lansing’s 2014 lineup comprises professors, students, writers and adventurers and performances. The evening´s discussions will include a range of topics, including education reform, the benefits of texting and lessons learned on an Arctic expedition. This event is sold out, but you can join the waitlist, just in case. Or you can follow at home via a live stream. Noon-5 p.m. $35. WKAR studios, 404 Wilson Road, Room 212, East Lansing. tedxlansing.com.
SATURDAY, MARCH 1 >> Comedy for a Cause
Local filmmakers document what life’s like in the foster care system in the independent film “Annie was a Liar”; it’s not all billionaire adopted fathers, visits with FDR and musical numbers. Connxtions Comedy Club hosts a fundraiser for the completed film, which is seeking distribution; headlining the show is Patrick Garrity. Producer Amaru Lewis will make a guest appearance on the mic. Proceeds will go toward advertising and distributing “Annie was a Liar.” Donations are based on tickets sold before the show, not at the door. 10:30 p.m. $15-50. Connxtions Comedy Club, 2900 N. East St., Lansing. connxtioncomedyclub.com, (517) 374-4242.
SATURDAY, MARCH 1 >> Auction for Action
This event is put on by ADAPT Michigan, an organization advocating disability rights and Medicaid so people can continue living in their homes rather than nursing homes. Auctions will take place during the afternoon. Auction items include cameras, leather bags and collectables. The money will send advocates Bill Earl and Laura Hall to Washington to rally with others in hopes of changing Medicaid policies. If you’re a bit unsure of what Medicaid means to you there’s a chance to learn what it’s all about. You can also find alternative nursing home options. Donation based. 1 p.m. Pilgrim Congregational UCC, 125 S. Pennsylvania, Lansing. (517) 333-1714, adapt.org.
SATURDAY, MARCH 1 >> Quiet Water Symposium
Authors, photographers and travelers will share their work and stories, which might spark an idea for your next outdoor adventure. All activities don’t require a motor, which limits our recreational impacts on the Great Lakes environment, an issue this event hopes to lessen. Learn about biking trails, fishing, camping and more. Demonstrations are given on building kayaks, fly tying and outdoors skills that will come in handy whether you’re Les Stroud or Ernest P. Worrell. A free shuttle bus is available. $10 adults /$5 students/12 and under FREE. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing. (517) 449-6458, quietwatersymposium.org.
SATURDAY, MARCH 1 >> The Friends of The Bob & Tom Comedy Show Comedy Tour
Three frequent visitors of The Bob & Tom Comedy Show are leaving your speakers and taking center stage at the Wharton Center. Comedian Drew Hastings thrives on self-deprecating jokes, Greg Hahn delivers snappy one-liners and Dave Dyer is a master storyteller. Your host for the evening is Mr. Obvious himself, Chick McGee. Of every ticket sold, $1 is donated to the American Red Cross. 18-up. $26. 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. Wharton Center Pasant Theatre, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 353-1982, whartoncenter.com.
MONDAY, MARCH 3 >> Lil’ Darlins Vaudeville Show
While there’s a juggler on stage, there’s a magician on deck and a fire-eater warming up. The Lil’ Darlins Vaudeville Show show is all about a never-ending shock-andawe. There’s music, magic and more, and no performance is the same as the last. The caution line for this show is “don’t try this at home.” 8 p.m. $10. The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 913-0103, lildarlinsvaudeville.com.