Sept. 1 2016 12:01 AM

Here's what's going on in town today

Good day on this first day of September.

Gypsy-rock band Ford Theatre Reunion, out of Lexington, Ky., returns to Lansing today for a headlining show at the Avenue Café. Mixing blasts of punk-rock guitar with an old-timey backdrop of banjo, clarinet and melancholy accordion, the band describes its high-energy, circus/cabaret ambiance as the “perfect soundtrack for a puppet show at a funeral.” Sharing the stage is Jackson-based rock ‘n’ roll outfit the Conspicuous Bystanders. A few local acts round out the night, including the Jonestown Crows, a self-described “blues-infused progressive doom-grass band.” Scary Women brings its raw, Bikini Kill vibes while worm, a local singer/songwriter project, adds an acoustic flair to the eclectic evening of original music. To sample the Ford Theatre Reunion’s discography, including its latest release, 2015’ “Legends & Landmarks” LP, visit The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, FREE (donations encouraged), 8 p.m.

For more local events, see below.

Classes and Seminars

Ladies Silver Blades Figure Skating Club. All skill levels welcome. Lessons, practice and fun. 9:30-11:20 a.m. $5. Suburban Ice, 2810 Hannah Blvd., East Lansing. (517) 881-2517

Lunch at the Senior Center. Call day before to order meal. Noon-1 p.m. $5.75/$3 suggested donation for ages 60 and up. Meridian Senior Center, 4406 Okemos Road, Okemos. (517) 706-5045,

Capital Area Audubon Society. Presentation: Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge — the Gem in Your Backyard. 7-9 p.m. FREE. Fenner Nature Center, 2020 E. Mount Hope Ave., Lansing.

Capital Area Crisis Rugby Practice. All levels welcome. 6-8 p.m. FREE. St. Joseph Park, 2125 W. Hillsdale St., Lansing.

Celebrate Recovery. For all hurts and hang-ups. 6 p.m. Donations welcome. Trinity Church (Lansing), 3355 Dunckel Road, Lansing. (517) 492-1866.

Prostate Cancer Support Group of Mid-Michigan. Men and their partners to share and learn from the experiences of others. 7-9 p.m. FREE. Sparrow Professional Building, 1200 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 364-5349.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly. Weigh-in 5:15 p.m., meeting 6 p.m. First meeting FREE. Haslett Community Education Center, 1090 Franklin St., Haslett. (517) 927-4307.


Open Mic @ The Colonial Bar & Grill. Weekly bring-your-own-instrument open mic. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. FREE. The Colonial Bar & Grille, 3425 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing. (517) 882-6132.

Ford Theatre Reunion, 8 p.m. The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave.

DJ Don Black, 9:30 p.m. Black Cat Bistro, 115 Albert Ave.

Lee Groove, 7 p.m. Champions, 2440 N. Cedar St.

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

Mike Skory & Friends, 8:30 p.m. The Exchange, 314 E. Michigan Ave.

Reggae Lou, 6 p.m. Fieldhouse, 213 Ann St.

Karaoke Kraze, 9 p.m. Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Ave.

DJ Trivia, 7 p.m. Moriarty's Pub, 802 E. Michigan Ave.

Double Wide Ride, 7:30 p.m. Tequila Cowboy, 5660 W. Saginaw Hwy.

Frog Open Blues Jam, 8:30 p.m. Unicorn Tavern, 327 E. Grand River Ave.

Oxymorons, 8 p.m. Waterfront Bar and Grill, 325 City Market Dr.


Mason Codependents Anonymous. A fellowship to develop healthy relationships. 7-8 p.m. FREE. Mason First Church of the Nazarene, 415 E. Maple St., Mason. (517) 515-5559,


Drop-In Coloring Group. Supplies provided for adults to color. 6-7 p.m. FREE. East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 351-2420,

Following the Sun by Ingrid Blixt. Mixed-media art show. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. Lansing Art Gallery, 113 S. Washington Square, Lansing. (517) 374-6400,