Out On the Town

By City Pulse Staff

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5 >> St. John’s University Men’s Chorus

Minnesota is a cold state, but it´s also a hotbed of choral music. Among the most spirited of the state’s many fine choral groups is the 43-voice St. John’s University Men’s Chorus, making a stop at First Presbyterian Church in Lansing as part of a spring break tour that takes them across the Midwest. Axel Theimer, one of the top choral directors in the country, has led the group since 1960. Born in Vienna, Theimer is a former member of the Vienna Boys’ Choir and a legend in the nation´s choral community. The group’s repertoire runs the gamut from the Renaissance to the 21st century, with music by Carl Maria von Weber, Darius Milhaud, Ken Jennings, Stephen Hatfield and others. 8 p.m. FREE, with donations accepted. First Presbyterian Church, 510 W. Ottawa St., Lansing. For information contact Sergei Kvitko at sergei@bluegriffin.com.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, MARCH 7-8 >> ‘Butterflies are Free’ at Starlight Dinner Theatre

Breaking free from your parents usually comes with some parental pushback, but for Don Baker it’s more than that: Don, a young blind man, has an overbearing and overcautious mother. Disregarding her worrisome ways, he moves into his own apartment to pursue songwriting, where he meets Jill Tanner, the free-spirited girl next door. Waverly East Cafetorium, 3131 W. Michigan Ave., Lansing. Dinner served at 6:30 p.m./show begins at 7:30. Dinner reservations are required 48 hours in advance. Show and dinner: $33/$28 seniors and students/$20 children 12 and under. Show only: $15/$10 seniors, students and children. (517) 243-6040, starlightdinnertheatre.com. (Performances continue next Friday-Saturday, March 14-15.)

SATURDAY, MARCH 8 >> Pancake/bowling fundraiser

The Lansing Spartan Youth Organization is a local nonprofit dedicated to fighting childhood obesity — literally. Retired boxer/MMA fighter Kolmarge Harris started the organization to offer free/low-cost fitness programs to encourage physical fitness with his boxing-centric workouts and diet recommendations. On Saturday, the group will hold a pancake breakfast/bowling fundraiser at Spare Time Entertainment across from Frandor Shopping Center. A $15 wristband gets you all the bowling and pancakes you can handle. All donations will help the organization with its facility improvement plan and continuing its nutritional program support for low-income families. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $15. Spare Time Entertainment, 3101 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing Twp. (517) 894-8429, lsyo@lsyo.org.

TUESDAY, MARCH 11 >> HIV activist/author Sean Strub

The AIDS epidemic is over 30 years old, and author and activist Sean Strub has had a frontrow seat throughout. He founded POZ magazine, a full-color news magazine about people living with HIV, ran for Congress as the first openly HIV-positive candidate in American history and participated in several ACT UP actions, including placing a giant condom on U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms’ Virginia home. He will be speaking about his book “Body Counts: A Memoir.” FREE. 6-8 p.m. Location TBD. Call Lansing Area AIDS Network’s Shawn Hunter at (517) 349-3560 ext. 29 for more information. Reception sponsored by Michigan Pride follows the conversation.

TUESDAY, MARCH 11 >> Celebrating Women as Community Builders: Perspectives from Three Woman Leaders

The Niagara Foundation is taking time during Women’s History Month to act as Rosie the Riveter and remind women “We can do it!” The panelists of this discussion share their stories of success and challenges on their way to changing the community. Their goal is to encourage women to realize their potential. Panelists include Cindie Alwood, co-director of the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing; Jannel Glennie of Lumen House; and Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, dean of Honors College at Michigan State University. FREE. 6:30-8:30 p.m. East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (734) 252-9476, niagarafoundation.org/michigan.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12 >> Mia McKenzie: Black Girl Dangerous

Award-winning author Mia McKenzie’s blog, Black Girl Dangerous, is a devoted to topics pertaining to gay and transgendered people of color. McKenzie visits Michigan State University to discuss her work and to continue the discussion initiated last month with Project 60/50, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the civil rights act and the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education. FREE. 6-7:30 p.m. MSU Union Building Ballroom, 2nd floor, 49 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 353-1635, goo.gl/q2cr86.

FRIDAY, MARCH 7 >> Warhorses at The Avenue

Warhorses, a Detroit-based heavy trance rock band, headline a night of murky guitar sounds at the Avenue Café. Opening are two Lansing bands: Hordes and Croatone. Warhorses plays a hypnotic brand of throwback psychedelic rock that touches on sludge and space rock. Some of the band’s influences include Spacemen 3, the Jesus and Mary Chain and Laughing Hyenas. Croatone, an instrumental bluesy-hardcore punk band, released its debut disc in November on Silver Maple Kill Records. Meanwhile Hordes is writing songs for a new album. 9 p.m. $5. The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.

SUNDAY, MARCH 9 >> Winterlude 2014 Concert

The Lansing Concert band, an award-winning 75 piece all-volunteer adult ensemble, continues its season on Sunday with Winterlude 2014. The free concert will feature an afternoon of wind music featuring soloist Edward Goodman Jr. on saxophone. Pieces performed will include “Fantasia for Alto Saxophone,” “Black Horse Troop” and “On a Hymnsong of Phillip Bliss.” 3 p.m. FREE. Okemos High School Auditorium, 2800 Jolly Road, Okemos. (517) 655-8447, lansingconcertband.org.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 7-9 >> Michigan Horse Expo

“Hay,” horse people, saddle up for this event. Learn to care for a horse through expert guidance from Michigan professionals and others around the country. Shop for yourself at the 200-plus vendors. $7-13 individual tickets; $11-26 threeday passes. 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday (7-10 p.m. rodeo); 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday (Evening Show 7-9:30 p.m.); 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing. (231) 821-2487, michiganhorseexpo.org.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 7-9 >> 2014 Michigan Deer & Turkey Expo

While the ladies test their aim at the Shoot like a Girl range (sorry guys, women only), the men can shop. Usually it’s the other way around, but when there are booths stocked with guns and ATVs, it’s hard to resist. Tour Remington’s mobile exhibit, chat with experts or watch one of the 30 presentations given throughout the weekend, including a Q&A with Outdoor Life Editor Andrew McKean. Walk home proudly with a trophy for your prize-winning buck in the big game contest. 2-9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $14-$22/FREE for first year hunters with proof of hunters education course. The Summit Sports and Ice Complex, 9410 Davis Highway, Dimondale. (517) 319-1000, deerinfo.com/michigan.

SUNDAY MARCH 9 >> Green Door rocks for LCC scholarships

The LCC American Marketing Association hosts a five-hour band showcase on Sunday, with proceeds going toward scholarships and to help subsidize the cost of the association’s competitions. The night features performances from the Pat Zelenka Project, McCoy and the Scratch Pilots, The Rotations (formerly known as Plan B), UnTamed and Persuasion. And if a Sunday night party sounds unappealing, there’s a Monday morning freebie in store: The first 150 people in the door get a coupon for a free Biggby beverage. 4-9 p.m. $10/$7 students. (517) 420-6428.

TUESDAY, MARCH 11 >> Capital City Toastmasters Anniversary

The Capital City Toastmasters club helps Lansing-area folks develop their communication and leadership skills, fostering self-confidence and personal growth. You can network before the event to hone in your communication skills, then hear from Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and other Toastmasters, and see how leader are evaluated. Practice your leadership communication during Table Topics and stay for club awards. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Downtown Lansing Capital Area District Library, 401 S. Capitol Ave., Lansing. 639.toastmastersclubs.org, facebook.com/capcitytm.