OUT ON THE TOWN
|By City Pulse Staff|
Thursday, SEPT. 12 >> Comedy 4 A Cause
Tommy Thompson, a Minneapolis-based funnyman, leads the next round of Comedy 4 A Cause to benefit the Michigan Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Connxtions Comedy Club hosts the 18-and-over event. Thompson, 35, is known for his emphatic comedic delivery. His high energy story telling has helped him become a finalist in the World Series of Comedy 2010. Owen Thomas will warm up the stage. 8 p.m. Visit connxtionscomedyclub.com for tickets. $15 donation. 2900 N. East St., Lansing. (517) 374-4242.
Thursday, SEPT. 12 >> “M*A*S*H” at Riverwalk Theatre
Visit your favorite characters of the 4077 Mobile Army Surgical Hospital at the Riverwalk Theatre. Directed by Justin Brewer, a new adventure with “M*A*S*H” will take you back to South Korea. This time, Hawkeye and Duke wage a campaign to send a young Korean to the United States to get a better education. After the success of the 1970 film, “M*A*S*H,” the TV show captured audiences for years. Despite the brevity of the Korean War, the TV show lasted for 11 seasons from 1972-‘83. riverwalktheatre.com 7 p.m. 228 Museum Drive, Lansing. $8-$14
Friday, SEPT. 13 >> Comedy Night at The Firm
The Lansing stand-up comedy scene is exploding. There are now four bars in the capital city featuring open mic comedy nights, with the latest to join the line-up being The Firm in downtown Lansing. Friday, host Jason Carlen will lead a pack of local comedians, including Mike Ball, Drew Grimaldi and Elvis Mujic, who will get 12-15 minute sets. And if the weather’s nice, you can enjoy the comedy from The Firm’s patio. 8 p.m. FREE. 227 S. Washington Square, Lansing. (517) 487-3663.
Friday, SEPT. 13 >> WWE at the Breslin Center
If you enjoy watching meatheads beat the crap out of each other, WWE is coming back to the Breslin Center for the first time since 2010. It will include appearances by Ryback, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and more. Ryback won the title of Most Hated Wrestler of the Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated in 2010. With moves like “Shell Shock” and “Boulder Holder,” it’s easy to see why. 7:30 p.m. For tickets call (517) 432-5000. 534 Birch Road, East Lansing.
Saturday, SEPT. 14 >> Test Fest
The first ever Test Fest, coordinated and sponsored by Planned Parenthood, features free STI testing for the first 20 people. The event hopes to break down barriers surrounding testing and sexual health and will showcase resources available in the greater Lansing community. Test Fest also offers free food, door prizes, carnival-style games and a teen art show. Jen Sygit, a Lansing singer/songwriter, performs. 11 a.m. FREE. (517) 853-5880. 319 E. Grand River Avenue, Lansing.
Sunday, SEPT. 15 >> Russell Sherman Recital
“I am the youngest pupil in my studio,” 83-year-old pianist Russell Sherman declared in his crackling confessional memoir, “Piano Pieces.” Sherman is the master who taught Michigan State University faculty eminences Deborah Moriarty and Minsoo Sohn as well Christopher O’Riley, familiar in these parts from his performances with the Lansing Symphony. Russell is a notorious fireball, both as thinker and performer. He has played with every major orchestra in the country and still runs rings around musicians one-fourth his age. “The piano is my weapon,” he declared, and he’s not kidding. It would be unwise to let slip a rare chance to hear one of the nation’s great pianists at the acoustically stunning new Cook Recital Hall, playing a juicy program of Schoenberg, Debussy and Chopin. 3 p.m. Sunday, $5-15. Get tickets at music. msu.edu or at the door.