Good day on this possibly rainy — possibly even snowy — first day of December.

Some of the newest members of the local theater community are wrapping up their first semester of university training, and they’re ready to show the community what they’ve got. The MSU Department of Theatre shows off its latest batch of students in its 10th annual freshman showcase, "Carnival of the Absurd." Freshman actors and designers present a kaleidoscopic show of absurdist scenes and monologues that promise to "resist conventions and ask the audience to think in revolutionary ways." A post-show discussion follows Thursday’s performance, and a director's talk precedes the Sunday performance. 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $13/$11 seniors and faculty/$10 students. Arena Theatre, 542 Auditorium Road, East Lansing. (517) 432-2000,

MSU Horticultural Gardens holds its annual Holiday Open House tonight. A sixteen-foot-tall holiday tree made of poinsettia plants towers over plant holiday decorations for sale, including wreaths, centerpieces and more poinsettias. Kids can meet Santa, and refreshments are available. 5-7 p.m. FREE. MSU Horticulture Gardens, 1066 Bogue St., East Lansing. (517) 355-5191,

For more local events, see below.

Classes and Seminars

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,

(TOPS) Take Off Pounds Sensibly. Weigh-in 5:15 p.m. Meeting 6 p.m. First meeting FREE. Room 207, Haslett Middle School, 1535 Franklin St., Haslett. (517) 927-4307.

A Course in Miracles. Four-week workshop on peace and forgiveness. 7-9 p.m. Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing, 230 S. Holmes Road, Lansing. (517) 371-3010,

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

Lansing Reiki Share. Practitioners and newcomers welcome. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations welcome. Willow Stick Ceremonies, 1515 W. Mt. Hope Ave., Suite 3, Lansing. (517) 402-6727,

Preschool Science Explorations: All about Squirrels. Science and nature activities. 1-2:30 p.m. $4. Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road, Meridian Township. (517) 349-3866,

Literature and Poetry

Thursday Book Group. New members always welcome. 1-3 p.m. FREE. CADL Foster, 200 N. Foster Ave., Lansing. (517) 485-5185.

Book Signing with Linda Hundt. Sweetie-licious Bakery owner shares story and cookbook. 6:30-8 p.m. DeWitt District Library, 13101 Schavey Road, DeWitt.


Brooklyn Rider, string quartet. 7:30 p.m. $20/$18 senors/$10 students. Fairchild Theatre, 542 Auditorium Road, East Lansing. (517) 353-5340,

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.

Christmas Music with Catbird Seat. Christmas favorites on dulcimer, flute and guitar. 6-7:45 p.m. FREE. CADL Webberville, 115 S. Main St., Webberville. (517) 521-3643.

Student Night The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave.

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

Steve Cowles, 6 p.m. Eaton Rapids Craft Co., 204 N Main St.

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

Lights, Camera, Action, 9 p.m. Mac's Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave.

Lincoln County Process, 9 p.m. Moriarty's Pub, 802 E. Michigan Ave.

Blessid Union of Souls, 8:15 p.m. Tequila Cowboy, 5660 W. Saginaw Hwy.

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

Mark Sala, 8 p.m. Watershed Tavern and Grill 5965 Marsh Rd.

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


Mid-MEAC Holiday Celebration. Fundraiser for Art in the Wild project. 6-9 p.m. $60/$100 couples. Broad Art Museum, 541 E. Circle Drive, East Lansing.

Decorate a Gingerbread House. Children under 6 require adult helper. Call to register. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE. CADL Haslett, 1590 Franklin St., Haslett. (517) 339-2324,

12-Step Meeting. AA/NA/CA all welcome. In room 209. Noon-1 p.m. FREE. Donations welcome. Cristo Rey Community Center, 1717 N. High St., Lansing.

AromaTouch Hand Massages. Aromatherapy hand massage. Reserve a spot. 9-10:30 a.m. $18/$15 members. Meridian Senior Center, 4406 Okemos Road, Okemos.

Capital Area Audubon Society. Local birder and biologist shares photography. 7-9 p.m. FREE. Fenner Nature Center, 2020 E. Mount Hope Ave. Lansing. (517) 483-4224.

Crafting with a Cause. Creating items to benefit the Grand Ledge Food Bank. 4-5:30 p.m. Grand Ledge Area District Library, 131 E. Jefferson St., Grand Ledge. (517) 627-7014,

Give-A-Kid-A-Christmas Collection. Bring in an unwrapped gift to the library by Dec. 9. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Capital Area District Libraries Holt-Delhi Branch, 2078 Aurelius Road, Holt.

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

Lean In Lead Up. First meeting of group for women in decision-making roles. Register online. 6-8 p.m. FREE. Biggby Coffee, 8741 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing.

Mason Codependents Anonymous. 7-8 p.m. FREE. Mason First Church of the Nazarene, 415 E. Maple St., Mason.


Be Beauty Open Mic. Dance, music, poetry and world traditions are welcome to the stage. 7-8:30 p.m. $5. The Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington Lansing.


Carnival of the Absurd. MSU freshmen showcase. 7:30 p.m. $13. Arena Theatre, 542 Auditorium Road, East Lansing. (517) 432-2000,