Nov. 6 2015 12:01 AM

Here's what's going on in town today

Good day and happy Friday.

REO Town Pub becomes a speakeasy for the night with its charity fundraiser event, "Flappers and Fedoras: A Roaring Twenties Night." Attendees can break out their best 1920s era duds or come as they are to enjoy an evening of music and spirits.

Special guests bartenders from the Michigan Professional Firefighters Union and the Muscular Dystrophy Association will serve up drinks, and local singer/songwriter Abbey Hoffman will provides live musical entertainment to keep the party rolling. Proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

8 p.m.-midnight. $5. REO Town Pub, 1145 S. Washington Ave., Lansing.

The Broad Art Museum highlights work from West African artists in its latest exhibition, "Material Effects: Contemporary Art from West Africa and the Diaspora." The show features sculpture, video and performance art from seven artists who examine the value of objects in a consumerist society. Materiality takes on special significance, from elaborately textured textiles to colorfully adorned human figures.

The opening reception will feature an interactive performance by Bernard Akoi-Jackson. The Ghana-based artist will engage with the audience about the "institutional, ideological and aesthetic authorities" that impact their daily lives. The exhibit runs through April 8.

6:30-8 p.m. FREE. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 547 Circle Drive, East Lansing. (517) 884-4800,

The Art for Charlie Foundation believes that art can plays an important role in healing from tragedies. The local nonprofit is reaching out to the community to support its mission with an art show and silent auction. Proceeds from the fundraiser go towards the foundation, which works with the families of children diagnosed with terminal illnesses.

The pieces in the show were submitted to a competition held by the foundation in partnership with the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. The auction includes artwork and special prizes donated by local businesses, including vacations, fine jewelry, spa treatments, restaurant dinners and more.

Hors d'oeuvres and live music are included, and a cash bar is available. Former WILX evening news anchor Jason Colthorp emcees. Tickets are available on the web or at Schuler Books & Music locations.

6:30-9:30 p.m. $35. East Lansing Marriott, 300 M.A.C. Ave., East Lansing. (517) 763-4413,

After an inspirational trip to Peru last year, artist Mey Hasbrook returned to the U.S. with a mission: to launch a project that would promote sustainable art among women in Michigan and Peru. Together with hoola-hoop dancer and hoop-smith Shani Blueford, Hasbrook is hosting a night of poetry and art to introduce the project, "La Puenta," to Michigan.

At 6 p.m., vendors show their works, illustrator Angie Schuyler demos her PRima card drawings, a tool for meditation, and writer Dawn Comer will share pieces from her series about items anonymously sent in the mail.

At 7 p.m., guests are invited to share their own music, writings and dance in an open mic session. (Interested performers can reserve a spot by emailing The night closes with interactive performances by guest artists and writers.

6 p.m. $7-10 suggested cover. The Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington Ave., Lansing.

For more of today's local events, see below.

Classes and Seminars

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.


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,

Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon the Planetarium Show. 10 p.m. $4/$2 members. Abrams Planetarium, 400 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. (517) 355-4672.

StoryTime. Ages 2-5 years enjoy stories and songs. 10:30-11 a.m. FREE. All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Road, East Lansing.

The Art of Gifting Opening with Kimberly Lavon. Live artist demos and art for sale. 6-9 p.m. FREE. MICA Gallery, 1210 N. Turner St., Lansing. (517) 371-4600,

Ingham County Animal Control's Vaccination and Licensing Clinic. Noon-4 p.m. Ingham County Animal Control Outreach Center, 826 W. Saginaw St., Lansing. (517) 242-7440,

Flappers and Fedora MDA Fundraiser. Music and 1920s costumes. Proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 8 p.m.-midnight. $5. REO Town Pub, 1145 S. Washington Ave., Lansing.


Meridian Community Band Grand Sousa Concert. 7:30 p.m. $10/$9 seniors/FREE students. MacDonald Middle School, 1601 Burcham Dr., East Lansing. (517) 333-7600,

Literature and Poetry

Book discussion on 'Beauty for Ashes'. 6-8 p.m. Unity of Greater Lansing, 240 Marshall St., Lansing. (517) 371-3010.


"Material Effects" Opening Reception. Features interactive performance art. 7 p.m. FREE. RCAH Auditorium, Snyder-Phillips Hall, corner of Dormitory Road and Bogue Street, East Lansing. (517) 884-1932,

"La Puenta." Sustainable art project is introduced. 6 p.m. $7-10 suggested cover. The Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington Ave., Lansing.

Greater Lansing Potter's Guild Fall Pottery Sale. Wide variety of pottery for sale. 9 a.m-9 p.m. FREE. All Saits Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 339-8978,


All of Us Express: Through the Looking Glass. Family theater. 7 p.m. Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 333-2580,

Ghost: The Musical. 80s film in musical form. 8 p.m. $20/$18 seniors/$10 kids. Lebowsky Center, 122 E. Main St., Owosso.

The Colleen Bawn. Magical Irish matchmaking melodrama. 8-10 p.m. $15/$10 seniors/$5 students. Dart Auditorium, 500 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing. (517) 483-1546,

The Nunsense Nuncrackers. Comedic holiday show. 6:30 p.m. See web for prices. Starlight Dinner Theatre, Waverly East Intermediate, 3131 W. Michigan Ave., Lansing.

Little Women: the Musical. 7:30-10 p.m. $10/$7 students and seniors. Okemos High School, 2500 Jolly Road, Okemos.

Telling Lansing. Veterans' stories shared. 8 p.m. See web for prices. Miller Performing Arts Center, 6025 Curry Lane, Lansing. (517) 927-3016,


Holiday Gala. Tasty treats and art for sale. 5-9 p.m. Saper Galleries, 433 Albert Ave., East Lansing. (517) 351-0815.