Out On the Town
|By City Pulse Staff|
THURSDAY-SATURDAY MAY 1-3 >> GREATER LANSING POTTERS’ GUILD SPRING SALE
Jewelry, wall pieces, teapots and lamps can be found at the Greater Lansing Potters´ Guild Spring Sale. Guild member Tina Oxer said that all items are handmade by the group’s 32 potters, including functional dinnerware and mugs that are dishwasher safe. Some items are influenced by Asian designs, while some of the pieces are made by potters in Michigan State University’s master’s of fine arts program. The guild has been around for 45 years. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. All Saints Church, 800 Abbot Road, East Lansing. glpg.org.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, MAY 2-4>>CHILDREN’S BALLET THEATRE PRESENTS ‘ALICE IN WONDERLAND: THE BALLET’
The Children’s Ballet Theatre of Michigan will perform a full-length ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” this weekend. Shari Dann, one of the event´s organizers, hopes that it gives an opportunity to “open up the world of classical ballet to everyone. It tells a familiar story in a creative and unique way,” Dann said. “It´s very appropriate for young families and young people not familiar with ballet while retaining classical elements like tutus and ballerinas on pointe.” The costumes are handmade, and crafted to fit their dancers, and the production will employ projection and lighting effects for the audience to give the show a cinematic feel. The ballet company includes five children who are patients or former patients in Sparrow Hospital’s pediatric center. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $15/$12 students. Holt High School Auditorium, 5885 Holt Road, Holt. cbtdance.org.
SATURDAY, MAY 3 >> FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
For the last 12 years, Free Comic Book Day has been held on the first Saturday in May, with comic book industry’s big publishers (Marvel, DC, etc.) offering free special edition comics at stores nationwide. This year, the event falls on the opening weekend of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” It’s a perfect storm of spandex. “People see these films, hear about Free Comic Book Day and think about how they haven’t been in a comic book shop in a while,” said Tom Flammer, who works at Clem’s Comics in downtown Lansing. Flammer is in charge of planning Clem’s Free Comic Day events. Hollow Mountain Comics in East Lansing will also have several comics to give away for free. Creating Heroes at Everybody Reads Bookstore, whose profits from all the comics they sell benefits youth-oriented programs, will hand out comics with costumed heroes on hand to greet attendees. This year’s free comics lineup includes an issue based on the August movie “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Archaia Entertainment is giving away a hardcover anthology, which includes Michigan-based writer/artist David Petersen’s “Mouse Guard.” With a limited number of the anthologies to give away, Flammer only has one piece of advice. “Get here early.” Clem’s Comics and Games, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., 216 S. Washington Square, Lansing, (517) 485-2369, clemslansing.com; Hollow Mountain Comics, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 611 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing, (517) 708-7191, hollowmountaincomics.com; Everybody Reads Bookstore, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 2019 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, (517) 346-9900, becauseeverybodyreads.com.
SUNDAY, MAY 4 >> MARK HERMAN AT GRAND LEDGE OPERA HOUSE
Born in 1987, Mark Herman is the youngest person ever to receive the American Theatre Organ Society’s Organist of the Year. Sunday he will perform hit songs from Academy Award-winning movies at the Grand Ledge Opera House as part of the Riverside Pops series. Herman’s set list will feature the work of Harry Warren, the first American composer to write primarily for film. Warren was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song 11 times, winning Oscars for “Jeepers Creepers,” ”Chattanooga Choo-Choo,” and “Lullaby of Broadway.” Herman will give tribute to Warren through these songs as part of the season´s “Art of the Composer” series. The Riverside Pops series is presented by Lansing Theatre Organ. 3 p.m. $15/$12 in advance. Grand Ledge Opera House, 121 S. Bridge St. (517) 394-9881, lto-pops.org.
SUNDAY, MAY 4 >> 5TH ANNUAL PASS-IT-FORWARD PARTY
Remember that New Year’s resolution you made to keep that holiday giving spirit going all year? At Sunday’s Pass-it-Forward party, hosted by the nonprofit group ePIFanyNow, you’ll get to join local philanthropists to bring a little cheer into the world. The group has been doing good deeds in the Lansing area since 2009. “It’s all about creating excitement, energy and enthusiasm about being generous to others,” said group founder Bob Hoffman. “It’s just people helping people for the sake of being nice.” At the event, the party will break into teams and venture into the community to perform acts of kindness. They then reconvene to share stories about touching the lives of strangers. “It leaves everyone feeling so positive about the world,” Hoffman said. “And it’s just a lot of fun.” 1-5 p.m. FREE. MSU Federal Credit Union, 3777 West Road, East Lansing. epifanynow.org.