Minor threat

By James Andersen

Sweet hangouts for the X-on-the-hands, under 21 set

So, all your 21 and over friends (or, those illegally in possession of a fake) are heading out to the bar and you’re left sitting in your dorm room. Don’t worry; it’s not the end of the world. While you may not be able to enjoy the bars just yet, there is plenty of fun to be had if you’re not of age.

For movie lovers, you can’t go wrong with Campus Center Cinemas at Wells Hall and Conrad Hall on MSU’s campus. If you live on campus, movies are free as long as you have your student ID. Top it off with free popcorn and you’ve got yourself an entertaining and inexpensive evening. AMC Meridian Mall is a short ride away on the No. 1 CATA bus and features six theaters with the latest hit movies. For tickets and show times, call (888) 262-8386. NCG Eastwood Cinemas (inside Eastwood Town Center) has 18 screens and offers late-night showings on the weekend and a student discount. Call (517) 316-9100 or visit www.ncgmovies.com for more information. Celebration! Cinema is another go-to spot for current releases and IMAX movies. (517) 393-7469. www.celebrationcinema.com.

Athletic events are plentiful in Lansing and at MSU, and there’s never a shortage of excitement. Cheer on the MSU Basketball team with the Izzone at the Breslin Center or join over 75,000 fans at Spartan Stadium to watch the MSU football team. Head over to Munn Ice Arena to watch the MSU hockey team, which brought a national championship to MSU in 2007. Tickets for all events are available by calling 1-800-GO-STATE or at www.msuspartans.com. In the spring, head over to Oldsmobile Park in downtown Lansing to watch the Lugnuts, a Class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. More information is available at (517) 485-4500 or at www.lansinglugnuts.com.

Getting to the ballpark is easy enough. The No. 1 CATA bus stops directly outside the stadium. Another option when traveling between East Lansing and downtown Lansing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights is the Entertainment Express Trolley, which makes abbreviated routes between various hotspots. More info at www.cata.org.

If you’re interested in games, check out Holiday Lanes bowling in Lansing at 3101 E. Michigan Ave., (517) 337-2695. In East Lansing, check out bowling at Spartan Lanes and billiards at the U-Cue, located in the MSU Union. On Thursday nights during the school year, free bowling and billiards are offered to MSU students. For more information, call (517) 355- 3358 for U-Cue or (517) 355-3357 for Spartan Lanes.

For live tunes, head over to Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, to catch a show most days of the week (the magic No. 1 bus stops in front of Mac’s, too). With a wide variety of music including rock, metal, hip-hop, club and indie, you’re sure to find something to suit your taste. Check out a calendar of events at www.macsbar.com. (Scene) Metrospace in downtown East Lansing also has live music, featuring local and national artists. Check www.scenemetrospace.com for upcoming events. Basement 414, 414 E. Michigan Ave. in downtown Lansing (down the alley behind the Nuthouse), has eclectic local shows going on almost every night. Check www.b414.org for a full schedule.

Theater lovers have no shortage of options when looking for a show in Lansing. The Wharton Center at MSU hosts many popular Broadway shows and performers. This year’s lineup features Willie Nelson and Robin Williams and hit shows like "The Phantom of the Opera.” Show schedules and information are available at (517) 353-1982 or at www.whartoncenter. com.

For those who love art, there are a number of art galleries in the Greater Lansing area. MSU’s Kresge Art Museum houses over 7,000 works of art, with parts of it always on display. Call (517) 353-9834 for more information. The Lansing Art Gallery, 113 S. Washington Sq., Lansing, features Michigan artists and artist demonstrations. Call (517) 374-6400 or visit www.lansingartgallery.org for more information. Check out Lansing’s Old Town neighborhood, which is home to a number of art galleries, performance spaces and boutiques. To get there, take Grand River Avenue west — if you pass over the Grand River, you’ve gone too far. For a complete list of Old Town attractions, go to www.iloveoldtown.org.