July 30 2016 12:01 AM

Here's what's going on in town this weekend

Good day and happy weekend.

Just when you thought the wizarding world of Harry Potter had lost its magic, J.K. Rowling summons a new book out of thin air. Schuler Books and Music celebrates the midnight release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” with a wizard-themed party. The event ticket includes a copy of the book, entry to all of the evening’s activities and other Harry Potter-inspired gifts. The party features a costume contest, scavenger hunt and a sorting station to be placed in a Hogwarts house. The event benefits Simbolei Community Assistance, a nonprofit that supports educational opportunities for young women in Kenya. 9 p.m.-midnight. $30. Schuler Books & Music (Meridian Mall location), 1982 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos. (517) 349-8840, schulerbooks.com.

Williamston’s ArtFest on the River kicks off its 12th year of Saturday at McCormick Park. The all-day event features handmade jewelry, décor, photography and more. The festivities also include live music, a children’s art tent, food vendors and art demonstrations. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. FREE. McCormick Park, 300 N. Putnam St., Williamston. (517) 655-2774.

Downtown Lansing serves up a sampler platter of local fare with its seventh annual Taste of Downtown festival. Participating restaurants include Tavern & Tap, Midtown Brewing Co., Whipped, Glazed and Confused, JB’s Sarnie Shoppe and more. The event also features over 100 wines from around the world, as well as brews from Lansing Brewing Co. and cocktails from American Fifth Spirits. Adult tickets include five food tickets, five beverage tickets and a keepsake wine tasting glass; children’s tickets includes two food tickets. Additional food and beverage tickets are available at the event. 3:30-9 p.m. $25/$5 children 12 and under/children 2 and under FREE. 100 block of South Washington Square, Lansing. tasteofdowntown.org.

Hundreds of classic cars from all over Michigan and beyond flood the streets of downtown Lansing Saturday. The Car Capital Auto & Bike show features 67 vehicle classes and 10 motorcycle classes and hands out $5,000 in awards to the best in each class. The event starts at 9 a.m., and the day concludes with a 3:15 p.m. awards ceremony. Pre-registration is $25 for cars and trucks and $15 for bikes; day of show registrations is $30 for cars and trucks and $20 for bikes. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Downtown Lansing. (517) 372-0529, carcapitalautoshow.org.

A group of young actors brings Norton Juster’s classic tale to the Riverwalk Theatre stage this weekend. “The Phantom Tollbooth,” presented by Riverwalk’s Young Artisan Workshop, features 25 local performers between the ages of 10 and 18. When Milo unexpectedly receives a magic tollbooth one afternoon, it transports him to the troubled Kingdom of Wisdom. He picks up two faithful companions and goes on a quest to restore to the kingdom. 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 4:30 p.m. Sunday. $7/$5 children. Riverwalk Theatre, 228 Museum Drive, Lansing. (517) 482-5700, riverwalktheatre.com.

Saturday, July 30

Classes and Seminars

Lean In Lansing. Professional development group for women. 9-11 a.m. FREE. Register for location. leaninlansing.com.

Tai Chi at the Park. Instruction in Qigong, meditation and Yang style tai chi forms. 9-10 a.m. FREE. Hunter Park, 400 S. Holmes St., Lansing. (517) 272-9379.

Literature and Poetry

Countdown To Midnight Harry Potter Release. Celebrate the release of new Harry Potter play. 8 p.m. FREE. Barnes and Noble, 5132 W. Saginaw Highway Lansing. (517) 327-3968, ow.ly/wgEN302wupr.


Taste of Downtown. Food and wine tasting festival. 3:30 to 9 p.m. $20/$25 at door. Washington Square, Lansing. (517) 487-3322, tasteofdowntown.org.

Karaoke, The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave.

Taylor Taylor, 8 p.m. Black Cat Bistro, 115 Albert Ave.

Greg Smith, 5 p.m. Blue Gill Grill, 1591 Lake Lansing Road

Shaun Garth Walker, 5:30 p.m. Buddies - Holt, 2040 N. Aurelius Road

Smash Alley, 8:30 p.m. Champions, 2440 N. Cedar St.

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

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

DJ Brendon, 10 p.m. Esquire, 1250 Turner St.

The Knock-Offs, 9:30 p.m. The Exchange, 314 E. Michigan Ave.

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

Chris Laskos, 6 p.m. Harper's, 131 Albert Ave.

Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. Leroys, 1526 S. Cedar St.

Headbang for the Highway, 5 p.m. The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave.

No Stars , 6 p.m. Mac's Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave.

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

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

Steve Cowles, 7 p.m. Reno's North, 16460 Old US 27

Kathy Ford, 6 p.m. Reno's West, 5001 W. Saginaw Hwy.

Tanya Marie Harris, 7:30 p.m. Tequila Cowboy, 5660 W. Saginaw Hwy.

Pat Zelenka Project, 9 p.m. Unicorn Tavern, 327 E. Grand River Ave.

Capitol City DJs, 10 p.m. Watershed Tavern and Grill 5965 Marsh Rd.


Community Fun Fest. Inflatables, food, pet show and games. 1-4 p.m. FREE. Olivet Baptist Church, 5455 W. Willoughby Road, Lansing. (517) 887-0089, obclansing.org.

Free Public Tours. 1 and 3 p.m. FREE. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Dr., MSU Campus, East Lansing.

Insane Inflatable 5K. Inflatable obstacles marathon. 8:30 a.m. Registration fees vary. Hope Sports Soccer Complex, 5801 Aurelius Road, Lansing. (517) 887-3255, insaneinflatable5k.com/michigan.

R.E. Olds Museum Car Capital Auto & Bike Show. Hotrods, classics, muscle cars, antiques and custom bikes. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. FREE. Washington Square, Lansing. (517) 372-0529, CarCapitalAutoShow.org.


ArtFest on the River. Artist tents, kids activities, live music and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. McCormick Park, 123 High St., Williamston. (517) 655-2774, ow.ly/cNlz302rkQX.

Sunset Clay Studio Summer Clearance Sale. Local artists sell discounted work. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. Sunset Clay Studio, 1820 Sunset Ave., Suite, 203, Lansing. (517) 282-9850.


Summer Retreat. Comedy about college buddies reuniting. 3 and 8 p.m. $28/$25 matinee. Williamston Theatre, 122 S. Putnam St., Williamston. (517) 655-7469, williamstontheatre.com.

The Phantom Tollbooth. Classic fantasy story on stage. 7 p.m. $8/$6 kids. Riverwalk Theatre, 228 Museum Drive, Lansing. (517) 482-5700, riverwalktheatre.com.

Sunday, July 31

Classes and Seminars

Charlotte Yoga Club. Beginner to intermediate levels. 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. $5 annually. AL!VE, 800 W. Lawrence Road, Charlotte. (517) 285-0138, charlotteyoga.net.

Juggling. Learn to juggle. 2-4 p.m. FREE. Orchard Street Pump House, 368 Orchard St., East Lansing. (517) 371-5119.


One More Show w/ One More Day and Monte Pride. Alternative/funk band performs. 6-9 p.m. $5. Old Town General Store, 408 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing. (517) 487-6847, onemoredayofficial.com.

The Further Adventures of FatBoy and JiveTurkey. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. FREE. Stober's Bar, 812 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.


1 Year One Love Anniversary. One Love Ministries celebrates anniversary with inclusive service. 10:45 a.m.-noon. FREE. One Love Ministries, 3645 E. Jolly Road, Lansing. (517) 4100-610, ow.ly/Jl3p302zZNg.

Free Public Tours. 1 and 3 p.m. FREE. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Dr., MSU Campus, East Lansing.

Lansing Area Codependents Anonymous. A fellowship to develop healthy relationships. 2-3 p.m. FREE. CADL Downtown Lansing, 401 S. Capitol Ave., Lansing. (517) 515-5559, coda.org.

Lansing Area Sunday Swing Dance. Lessons 6-6:45 p.m., dance 6:45. $8 dance/$10 dance & lesson. The Lansing Eagles, 4700 N. Grand River Ave., Lansing. (517) 490-7838.

Potluck Luncheon. With guest speaker Mike Wetzel from Shepherd's Purse. 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Christ Community Church, 227 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing. (517) 482-0600, christcommunitylansing.org.


Summer Retreat. Comedy about college buddies reuniting. 2 p.m. $25. Williamston Theatre, 122 S. Putnam St., Williamston. (517) 655-7469, williamstontheatre.com.

The Phantom Tollbooth. Classic fantasy story on stage. 4:30 p.m. $8/$6 kids. Riverwalk Theatre, 228 Museum Drive, Lansing. (517) 482-5700, riverwalktheatre.com.