Good day on this partly-cloudy Friday.
How much can one say in a text message? How much meaning do those small words on screen convey, stripped of voice and human expression? Artist Britta Urness explores these questions and more in her exhibit, “Indirect Messaging,” opening this weekend at the Arts Council of Greater Lansing in Old Town. Urness, the council’s January exhibiting member artist, presents a series of textured prints that explore themes of conversation and communication in the digital age. The exhibit opens with a Friday reception; the artist will be in attendance to answer questions and meet viewers. Light refreshments will be served. 5-7 p.m. FREE. Arts Council of Greater Lansing, 1208 Turner St., Lansing. (517) 372-4636, lansingarts.org.
Valentijn Dhaenens’ innovative stage show, “Bigmouth,” explores the manipulative power of words. The Belgian artist weaves together snippets of speeches by Socrates, Osama bin Laden, Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and other historical figures in a dramatic presentation. Dhaenens examines speeches that have been used to start wars, praise the dead and move nations. A preview talk by Lisa Biggs, professor in MSU’s Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, is presented at 7:15 p.m. in the Christman Lounge, and a moderated chat with Dhaenens follows the performance. 8 p.m. $45/$15 students. Pasant Theatre, Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 432-2000, whartoncenter.com.
Get your lunch with a side of American roots music as East Lansing’s Pump House Concerts presents veteran folk artist Drew Nelson. A songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Nelson has travelled the globe opening for rock and folk artists like Melissa Etheridge and Josh White Jr. He performs an Acoustic Lunch set at the Broad Art Museum Friday; attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch to enjoy during the performance. 12:30 p.m. FREE. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, East Lansing.
For more local events, see below.
Classes and Seminars
Aux Petits Soins. French immersion class for ages 0-12. See web for specific times for each age group. $15/$12 students. 1824 E. Michigan Ave., Suite F, Lansing. (517) 643-8059, facebook.com/auxpetitssoinsllc.
Mud And Mug. Pottery workshop. Guests welcome to bring food and drink. 7-10 p.m. $25. Reach Studio Art Center, 1804 S. Washington Ave. Lansing., reachstudioart.org.
Skywatchers of Africa. Planetarium show. 8 p.m. $4/$3.50 students and seniors/$3 children. Abrams Planetarium, 400 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. (517) 355-4676, abramsplanetarium.org.
Game Day. Games with Okemos students. 3-4 p.m. FREE. Meridian Senior Center, 4406 Okemos Road, Okemos. (517) 706-5045, meridianseniorcenter.weebly.com.
Lansing Boat Show. Noon-8 p.m. $5/kids FREE. Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 483-7400.
Paws for Reading. Kids read to therapy dogs. Call to register. 6-7 p.m. FREE. Delta Township District Library, 5130 Davenport Drive, Lansing. (517)321-4014 ext. 3, dtdl.org.
Kids Skate. 6-8 p.m. for ages 13 and under; 8-11 p.m. for ages 14 and up. $8. Skate City Roller Rink, 905 Southland Ave., Lansing. (517) 894-8429.
Minecraft Game Night. Ages 8-15 of all levels play Minecraft together. Call or register online. 7-8:30 p.m. FREE. CADL Holt-Delhi, 2078 Aurelius Road, Holt. (517) 694-9351 ext. 3, cadl.org.
Mystery in the Library. Ages 11-18 solve live-action murder mystery puzzle. Call or register online. 6-7 p.m. FREE. CADL Mason, 145 W. Ash St., Mason. (517) 676-9088.
Peckham, Inc Hiring Event. Apparel jobs open house. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Peckham, Inc, 3510 Capitol City Blvd., Lansing. (517) 316-4000, peckham.org.
TGIF Party. Dance party. 8 p.m.-midnight. $13. Hawk Hollow Banquet Center, 15101 S. Chandler Road, Bath.
Snow Shoe Hike. Guided nature walk. 7 p.m. $8. Fenner Nature Center, 2020 E. Mt. Hope Ave., Lansing. (517) 483-4224, mynaturecenter.org.
Opening Reception: One New Day. Opening of show with artist Megan Hildebrant. 5-8 p.m. FREE. MICA Gallery, 1210 N. Turner St., Lansing. micagallery.org.
Broad Underground Film Series. This month's theme: "Queer Worlds, Queer Lives." 7 p.m. FREE. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, MSU Campus, East Lansing. broadmuseum.msu.edu.
All My Sons. Post-WWII drama by Arthur Miller. 8 p.m. $15/$12 students and seniors. Riverwalk Theatre, 228 Museum Drive, Lansing. (517) 482-5700, riverwalktheatre.com.
The Boys Next Door. Heartfelt tale about four men living with disabilities. 8 p.m. $15/$13.50 students and seniors/$7.50 kids. Lebowsky Center, 122 E. Main St., Owosso. owossoplayers.com.
MSU Faculty Recital: Richard Sherman, flute. 8-9:30 p.m. $10/$8 seniors/students FREE. Cook Recital Hall, MSU Music Building, 333 West Circle Drive, East Lansing.
Stick Arounds, Scary Women, Tommy Plural and Carm at the Avenue. Live music. 9 p.m. The Avenue Cafe, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. facebook.com/scarywomenband.
Billy Strings and Don Julin @ Ten Pound Fiddle. Live bluegrass. 8-11 p.m. $18/$15 members/$5 students. Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 355-7661, tenpoundfiddle.org.
Rush Clement, 8:30 p.m. Capital Prime, 2324 Showtime Dr., Lansing.
Young Guns, 9 p.m. Coach’s Pub & Grill, 6201 Bishop Rd., Lansing.
Karaoke, 9 p.m. Crunchy's, 254 W. Grand River Ave., East Lansing.
The Hot Mess, 9:30 p.m. The Exchange, 314 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.
Karaoke, 7:30 p.m. Grand Cafe/Sir Pizza, 201 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing.
Star Farm, 9:30 p.m. Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.
Q106 Homegrown Throwdown, 6:30 p.m. The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.
Austen Reno, 5 p.m. Mac's Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.
Second Nature, 9 p.m. Moriarty's Pub, 802 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.
Blind Ambition, 9:30 p.m. The Roadhouse, 70 W. Grand Ledge Hwy., Mulliken.
The Third Degree, 9 p.m. Unicorn Tavern, 327 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing.
Capitol City DJs, 10 p.m. Watershed Tavern and Grill 5965 Marsh Rd.Joe Wright, 6 p.m. Waterfront Bar and Grill, 325 City Market Dr.