Sept. 23 2016 12:01 AM

Here's what's going on in town today

Good day on this partly cloudy Friday.

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, this year’s Spartan Statesmanship Award for Distinguished Public Service honoree, speaks Friday at the Wharton Center. Some of Burns’ best known works are the documentary mini-series “The Civil War” and “Baseball,” and he has won thirteen Emmy Awards and been nominated for two Oscars. The award from MSU, announced last year, is awarded by the Gov. Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum, which recognizes leaders in public service, diplomacy, politics and journalism. VIP ticketholders enjoy premium seating and a post-lecture reception. 7:30 p.m. $30/$10 students/$250 VIP. Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 432-2000,

The Lansing Lugnuts may have wrapped up its 2016 season, but you can still enjoy a day at Cooley Law School Stadium Friday as Beerfest at the Ballpark returns to downtown Lansing. The event features 43 Michigan breweries offering over 150 different beers to sample. For the beer averse or those looking for some variety, there are plenty of ciders, meads, spirits and wines to try. Admission includes 10 tasting tickets that are good for one three-ounce pour each, while VIP admission includes 15 tasting tickets. Additional sampling tickets are available in increments of five for $5. Food is sold by the stadium, featuring burgers, Philly cheesesteak, pizza and more. 5-10 p.m. $30/$40 VIP. Cooley Law School Stadium, 505 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 485-4500,

For more local events, see below.


Broadway at the Barn. Broadway Favorites with Over the Ledge Theatre Co. 8 p.m. $8 The Ledges Playhouse, 137 Fitzgerald Park Drive, Grand Ledge.

Susan Werner. Singer performs wide variety of genres. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $20/$18 Fiddle Members/$5 Students. MSU Community Music School, 841-B Timberlane St., East Lansing. (517) 337-7744,

The Scratch Pilots Present: Get Busy Fridays. Featuring DJ McCoy, Don Black and DJ Space. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $3. The RIV, 231 M.A.C., East Lansing.

Karaoke, 9 p.m. The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave.

Steve Cowles, 6 p.m. Brookshire, 205 W. Church St.

Reggae Lou, 7:30 p.m. Buddies - Okemos, 1937 W Grand River Ave

Well Enough Alone, 9:30 p.m. The Exchange, 314 E. Michigan Ave.

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

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

Mark Sala, 6:30 p.m. Harper's, 131 Albert Ave.

Electric Six, 7 p.m. The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave.

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

James Reeser & the Back Seat Drivers, 9 p.m. Moriarty's Pub, 802 E. Michigan Ave.

Jerry Sprague Band, 7 p.m. Reno's East, 1310 Abbot Road

Life Support, 7 p.m. Reno's North, 16460 Old US 27

New Rule, 7 p.m. Reno's West, 5001 W. Saginaw Hwy.

Joe Hess, 7:30 p.m. Tequila Cowboy, 5660 W. Saginaw Hwy.

Dan Budzynski, 9 p.m. Unicorn Tavern, 327 E. Grand River Ave.

Joe Wright, 6 p.m. Waterfront Bar and Grill, 325 City Market Dr.


Ken Burns Presents. Documentary filmmaker speaks. 7:30 p.m. $30. Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. (517) 432-2000,

The Heritage of India MSU Museum Endowment. Reception with scholars and delicious food from Pune, India. 6-8 p.m. $35 suggested donation. MSU Museum, 409 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing.

Beerfest at the Ballpark. Samplings from craft breweries across the state. 5-10 p.m. $30. Cooley Law School Stadium, 505 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 485-4500,

After School Teen Program. For teens in grades 7-12. 2:30-5:30 p.m. FREE. All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 351- 2420,

Back to the Moon for Good. Show on space exploration. 8-9 p.m. $3-4. Abrams Planetarium, 755 Science Road East Lansing. (517) 355-4672,

Walking Tour of the Historic Trees of MSU's North Campus. Tour of the historic trees of north campus. 12:10-12:50 p.m. FREE. Beaumont Tower, MSU Campus East Lansing. (517) 884-0901,

Classes and Seminars

Gentle Yoga. Relaxing pace class suitable for beginners. 11 a.m.-noon. First class FREE/$5/$3 members. Williamston High School, 3939 Vanneter Road, Williamston.


Pulp. Who-dun-it-science-fiction caper. 8 p.m. $15. Williamston Theatre, 122 S. Putnam St., Williamston. (517) 655-7469,