Oct. 9 2015 12:01 AM

Here's what's going on in town today

Good day on this somewhat-chilly Friday.

With the weather feeling so Fall-like, it's a good thing that one of Fall's favorite festivals is kicking off today. It's time to say guten tag and willkommen to Old Town Oktoberfest.

The Old Town Commercial Association is bringing a little bit of Germany to Lansing this weekend with its two-day, ages-21-and-up event.

German food, live music, dancing, and of course, beer will be celebrated both Friday and Saturday. Entertainment this year includes favorites such as Off the Ledge, Atomic Boogaloo, DJ Rachael, Heartland Klezmorim, Jonestown Crows, and the Polish Muslims.

Each guest receives a 12 oz. souvenir stein. A list of what's on tap can be found online.

This event is a fundraiser. All proceeds go towards revitalizing the Old Town Neighborhood.

6-11 p.m. $20/$15 seniors. Intersection of Turner St. and Grand River Ave., Old Town, Lansing. oldtownoktoberfest.com.

Those of you who might be looking for family fun this weekend may want to check out the Mid Michigan Family Theatre's production of 'Fairy Tale Network,' showing tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

'Fairy Tale Network' follows the story of the three mice as they try to save their television network from being shut down. The trio recreate classic fairy tales in a humorous way to increase viewership — and save their own skins. The show promises surprises and laughs for kids and parents alike.

7 p.m. $5. Happendance Studios, 3448 Hagadorn Road, Okemos. (517) 333-3528.

If Oktoberfest and 'Fairy Tale Network' don't keep you too busy, there's plenty more to do. Below are some events happening in the area today.

'Dwell' Opening Reception

Artist Xia Gao, an assistant professor at MSU, shares their work with the community this month. The artwork addresses the serious environmental problems of China's urban zones, particularly the air pollution that plagues residents of large cities. The work includes an onsite-built needle installation that represents the "invisible harms in the air" posed by smog and other forms of pollution. 'Dwell' runs through November 11th.

7-9 p.m. Lansing Art Gallery, 113 S. Washington Square, Lansing. (517) 374-6400, lansingartgallery.org.

Startup Weekend

Builders, tinkerers and anyone wondering how to turn a hobby into a business are invited to check out the second annual Startup Weekend. The 48-hour event takes participants through the process from pitching ideas to creating full-blown businesses, all under the direction of community business and technology leaders.

6:30 p.m. Friday, 6:30 p.m. Sunday. $75. LCC West Campus, 5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing. lansingmaker.com.

Classes and Seminars

Courageous Parenting. Forum for fathers to discuss parenting. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE. Kellogg Conference Center, 55 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing. (517) 432-3745, frc.msu.edu.

Palette to Palate. Painting workshop. $32. Reach Studio Art Center, 1804 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. (517) 999-3643, reachstudioart.org.

Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives. Topic: GE Lies: Surveying the Post-Industrial Landscape of Southern Indiana, 1980-2012. 12:15-1:30 p.m. FREE. MSU Museum Auditorium, MSU Campus, East Lansing.

Aux Petits Soins: Explorers 1 & 2. French immersion for babies/toddlers. 9:30 a.m. (ages 2-4) & 10:30 a.m. (ages 0-2). $15/$12 students. Willow Tree Family Center, 3333 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 101, Lansing. (517) 643-8059.

Sculpt And Skull. Halloween artmaking. 7-9:30 p.m. $25. Reach Studio Art Center, 1804 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. (517) 999-3643, reachstudioart.org.


The Hob Nob. Pizza, champagne and art. 6-8 p.m. FREE with RSVP. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, MSU Campus, East Lansing.

Storytime with Craft. Ages 3-6 years enjoy stories, songs and crafts. 10:30-11 a.m. FREE. East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 351-2420, elpl.org.

Two Small Pieces of Glass. Program on the history of the telescope. 8-9 p.m. $4. Abrams Planetarium, 400 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. (517) 355-4672.

Teens After School. Programming for teens in 6th-12th grades. 3-5 p.m. FREE. East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 351-2420, elpl.org.


Jazz and Jam Coffee House. Live music with Rev. Dr. Don E. Saliers. 7-9 p.m. Donations welcome. Edgewood United Church, 469 N. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing. (517) 332-8693, edgewooducc.org.

MSU Jazz Orchestras and Brian Lynch, jazz trumpet. 8 p.m. $10 adults/$8 seniors/FREE students. Fairchild Theatre, 220 Trowbridge Road, East Lansing. (517) 353-5340.

Lansing Symphony: Elgar and Rachmaninoff. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Wharton Center, MSU Campus East Lansing. 1-800-WHARTON, lansingsymphony.org.

Ray Bonneville at Ten Pound Fiddle. Harmonica, folk and blues music. 8-11 p.m. $18/$15 members/$5 students. The Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington Lansing. tenpoundfiddle.org.


Fairy Tale Network. All ages play based on classic stories. 7 p.m. $5. Happendance Studios, 3448 Hagadorn Road, Okemos. (517) 333-3528.

Rounding Third. Humorous story of Little League Baseball. 8 p.m. $23. Williamston Theatre, 122 S. Putnam Street, Williamston. (517) 655-7469, williamstontheatre.com.

Baltimore. Thought-provoking play on the repercussions of a racially-charged occurance in college dorms. 8 p.m. $15/$10 students. MSU Auditorium, East Lansing.

The Cocktail Hour. Comedy about family conflict. 8 p.m. $12/$10 students and seniors. Riverwalk Theatre, 228 Museum Drive, Lansing. (517) 482-5700, riverwalktheatre.com.

Never Swim Alone. Satire about swimming. $10/$5 students. LCC Blackbox Theatre, 168 Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave., Lansing. (517) 483-1488, lcc.edu.