Out On the Town
|By City Pulse Staff|
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4-SUNDAY, DEC. 8 >> “White Christmas” at Riverwalk
The stage version of the 1954 holiday film classic featuring the music of Irving Berlin comes to Riverwalk for a two-week run. “White Christmas” follows Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, a successful performing duo who team up with a sister act, Betty and Judy Hanes. When the four of them discover that Wallace and Davis’ former commanding general owns a failing lodge in Vermont, they decide to help. The show features beloved songs “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” “Happy Holiday” and, of course, the title song: “White Christmas.” $20/$15 seniors. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 (sold out) & Thursday, Dec. 5; 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 & Saturday, Dec. 7; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 (sold out). Riverwalk Theatre, 228 Museum Drive, Lansing. (517) 482-5700, riverwalktheatre.com.
THURSDAY, DEC. 5 >> A Magical Evening with Craig Mitchell Smith
MSU’s Friends of Theatre and Craig Mitchell Smith, the Lansing-based artist whose glass sculptures can be found in locations ranging from the Cooley Law School Gardens to the Disney EPCOT Center, have teamed up to help fundraise for the Summer Circle Theatre. The theater is moving from the soggy banks of the Red Cedar to the courtyard between Kresge Art Center and the Fairchild Theatre. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Summer Circle Theatre construction project. Call for reservations. (517) 355- 6691. 7 p.m. $30. Craig Mitchell Smith Glass, 1982 W. Grand River Avenue, Okemos (inside Meridian Mall). craigmitchellsmith.com.
THURSDAY, DEC. 5 >> X is for Xenakis: the Logical vs. the Mythological
Iannis Xenakis, who died in 2001, was a Greek composer, architect and music theorist. He was an important influence in electronic music, and was known for creating music for specific spaces. Inspired by his career and in conjunction with the exhibit, “Lebbeus Woods, Architect,” the Broad Art Museum and the MSU School of Music present a night of musical performances and architecture. This presentation was co-produced by the Broad and by Zac Brunell, a student of percussion. FREE. 7 p.m. Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, East Lansing. (517) 884-3900, broadmuseum.msu.edu.
FRIDAY, DEC. 6-SATURDAY, DEC. 7 >> Tori Saves Christmas, Part Deux
In honor of his daughter, who died in June 2011, Jeff Croff began this project to make sure that kids in foster families have something to wake up to Christmas morning. This 24-hour event brings a bottomless Santa’s bag full of fun and silliness. Throughout the event, people can see improv, live music, short plays, a trivia contest and more. Performances include comedy at 10 p.m. Friday, the Kiddie Ditties children’s sing-a-long at 10 a.m. Saturday and the Habibi Dancers at 6 p.m. Saturday. All money benefits Child and Family Charities. $10 donation, or pay what you can. 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. Search for the Facebook event for more information.
FRIDAY, DEC. 6-SUNDAY, DEC. 8 >> “As You Like It” by LCC Theatre Program
Shakespeare’s beloved comedy gets a 20th century update. Gender swapping, mistaken identity and conniving dukes plague the romance of Rosalind and Orlando, proving yet again that “All the world’s a stage.” 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 & Saturday, Dec. 7; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Black Box Theatre, Gannon Building, 411 Grand Ave., Room 168, Lansing on the campus of Lansing Community College. 10/$5 students (suggested admission). (517) 483-1488, lcc.edu/cma/events.
SUNDAY, DEC. 2 >> “Life Without Fear” In the ‘60s
Ginny Luedeman, was a hard rocker who played with The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. She’s still on tour, only now she shares practical ideas for a Bible-based life. At her “Life Without Fear” speech on Sunday, she’ll share examples of how Christian Science can help with issues such as out-of-control children, panic attacks and health challenges. 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing. FREE. (517) 332-2117, christiansciencemidmi.org.
TUEDSAY, DEC. 10-SUNDAY, DEC. 15 >> “Ghost the Musical” at the Wharton Center
Never before has throwing pottery been so sexy. “Ghost The Musical,” adapted from the Academy Award-winning hit film, follows Sam, a murder victim who refuses to “pass over” so he can protect his love, Molly. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a psychic who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death. And yeah, you’ll probably have “Unchained Melody” stuck in your head afterward. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10-Thursday, Dec. 12; 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13-Saturday, Dec. 14; 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14; 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. $37-$72 ($25 students). Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (800) WHARTON, whartoncenter.com.