April 29 2016 12:01 AM

Here's what's going on in town today

Good day and happy Friday.

The fifth annual Books, Bites & Bids fundraiser returns to the Hannah Community Center today. The event, hosted by the East Lansing Public Library, features a silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Live music is provided by Eric Parr and the Now Know Quintet. Auction items include a vacation packages, Common Ground tickets, passes to the Traverse City Wine Festival and more. Proceeds from this year’s fundraiser go toward the purchase of early childhood literacy technology for the library’s new children’s area. 5:30-9 p.m. $30/$60 family suggested donation. Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 351-2420, elpl.org/books-bites-bids.

MSU explores the cultural richness of Latin American art and music tonight with this year’s installment of its Latin IS America festival. Venezuelan cellist Horacio Contreras and Colombian pianist Cesar Cañón come together to perform rarely heard works by Latin American composers. The duo will play works that span nearly 100 years, including Heitor Villa-Lobos' Second Sonata for cello and piano and Carolina Heredia's Añoranzas for cello and electronics. Prior to the performance, Heredia will give a lecture at 2:30 p.m. in Room 245 of MSU’s Music Building. The Argentinian composer will discuss her recent work, which explores themes of gender and national identity through the writings of three South American women poets. The concert will also feature a work by MSU composition Professor Ricardo Lorenz. 8 p.m. FREE. Cook Recital Hall, Music Building, 333 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing. (517) 353-9958, music.msu.edu/latin-is-america.

For more local events, see below.


LCC Rock Band. 7:30-9:30 p.m. FREE. Dart Auditorium, Lansing Community College, 500 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing. (517) 483-1488.

Past Tense, 8 p.m. The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave.

Scott Seth, 9 p.m. Blue Gill Grill, 1591 Lake Lansing Road

5x5, 9 p.m. Coach’s Pub & Grill, 6201 Bishop Rd.

Karaoke, 9 p.m. Crunchy's, 254 W. Grand River Ave.

DJ Brendan, 9 p.m. Esquire, 1250 Turner St.

Mix Pack, 9:30 p.m. The Exchange, 314 E. Michigan Ave.

Sarah Brunner, 7 p.m. Gallery Brewery, 143 Kent St.,

Karaoke, 7:30 p.m. Grand Cafe/Sir Pizza, 201 E. Grand River Ave.

Avon Bomb, 9:30 p.m. Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Ave.

Rachel Curtis, 5:30 p.m. Harrison Roadhouse, 720 Michigan Ave.

Jimkata, 10 p.m. The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave.

Nate Millyunz, 7 p.m. Mac's Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave.

Dewaynes, 9 p.m. Moriarty's Pub, 802 E. Michigan Ave.

New Rule, 7 p.m. Reno's East, 1310 Abbot Road

Wise Guys, 7 p.m. Reno's North, 16460 Old US 27

Hidden Agenda, 7 p.m. Reno's West, 5001 W. Saginaw Hwy.

Tanya Marie Harris, 8:30 p.m. Tequila Cowboy, 5660 W. Saginaw Hwy.

Doc Howard, 9 p.m. Unicorn Tavern, 327 E. Grand River Ave.

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.


First Semester Theater Studio Production. 8-10 p.m. FREE. LCC Black Box Theatre, Room 168, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave., Lansing.

From Earth to the Universe. Planetarium show about the history of astronomy. 8-9 p.m. $4/$3 kids. Abrams Planetarium, 755 Science Road, East Lansing. (517) 355-4672, abramsplanetarium.org.

Decade Dance. Journey of a couple living through the turbulent 1970s. 8 p.m. $28/$26 seniors and military/$10 students. Williamston Theatre, 122 S. Putnam St., Williamston. (517) 655-7469, williamstontheatre.com.


Greater Lansing Potters Guild Spring Sale. Functional and decorative pottery for sale. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. FREE. All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 339-8978, glpg.org.

Bunny Money Storytime with Max and Ruby. Kids hear story about saving money. 10:30-11 a.m. FREE. All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Road, East Lansing. elpl.org.

CADL Tech Toys. Ages 8-15 play with robots, littlebits and 3D printing. 6-7:30 p.m. FREE. CADL Mason, 145 W. Ash St., Mason.

empowHER Spring 2016 Retreat. Leadership retreat for young girls. 6-9 p.m. Breslin Center, 1 Birch Road, East Lansing. ow.ly/YZX1e.

Thrift/Rummage sale. Household items, cloths, shoes, books and more. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mayflower Congregational Church, 2901 W. Mount Hope Ave., Lansing. (517) 484-3139, mayflowerchurch.com.