From a “gothic prom” and a Viking festival to film screenings and theater productions, there’s a lot to do in the Lansing area this weekend, so get your errands done early and prepare for fun times ahead.
For Friday evening’s live music, we have Russ Holcomb at Eaton Rapids Craft Co. at 7; sisters Cassie and Maggie at University United Methodist Church at 7:30; Carl Pawluk at The Peanut Barrel, Time2Play and Soul Garden at UrbanBeat and Chirp and Jenny Kush at Mac’s Bar, all at 8; Mix Pack at The Green Door at 8:30; and A Night at the Soul Lounge featuring Redwood, DJ Kaely Kellz and DJ Cutt-Nice at The Avenue at 9. Saturday evening, we have Tony Thompson & Friends at Horrocks Beer Garden at 5; Krista Cady at Eaton Rapids Craft Co., Darin Larner Jr. at Lansing Brewing Co. and Potts Road at Williamston Roadhouse, all at 7; The Dead Lennies and DJ Patino at Mac’s Bar at 8; and From Big Sur at The Green Door at 8:30. Additionally, Off The Ledge will perform at The Exchange at 9 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. Capping the weekend is Tony Thompson, who will play at Ellison Brewery & Spirits 5 p.m. Sunday.
Other live shows include The Dark Art of Michigan’s Black Hearts Ball 8 p.m. Saturday at The Avenue, featuring music by Detroit-based “deathgaze” band VAZUM, drag performances, an assortment of Dark Art vendors and more; the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing’s We Laugh Comedy Show 6 p.m. Saturday at UrbanBeat, featuring dinner and a silent auction; and Main Stage Revue’s comedy and burlesque show 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Omar’s Showbar.
Abrams Planetarium at MSU is showing “Skywatchers of Africa,” about different African communities’ historical uses of astronomy, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. It’s also showing its kid’s film, “Dinosaurs,” about a young girl who goes on a journey through time to see Earth’s evolution, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. In addition, MSU’s College of Arts & Letters is screening the Black musical “Stormy Weather” (1943), complete with a live jazz band, 5 p.m. Saturday at St. Stephen’s Community Church.
This week’s Travelogue, 7 p.m. Friday at Hannah Community Center, features Isle Royale National Park. Join R.J. Chulski for backpacking, camping and a no-cell-service journey through this UNESCO biosphere, 450-island archipelago, Native American cultural site and Lake Superior fishery.
MSU’s Broad Art Museum will host a museum tour 1 p.m. Sunday highlighting the building’s architecture and the work of Zaha Hadid, its designer. While you’re there, check out “Blind Spot,” by Stephanie Syjuco, which is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
“Do You Feel Anger?”, a comedy about an empathy coach at a debt collection agency, is running at Lansing Community College’s Black Box Theatre 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. At the Wharton Center, see “Detroit ‘67,” by Dominique Morisseau, 8 p.m. Friday. For the kids, the MSU Department of Theatre will present “Charlotte’s Web” at the Fairchild Theatre 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Finally, Williamston Theatre’s production of “Wild Horses” ends its run this weekend, with final shows 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
For the kids, the City of East Lansing is holding an African drumming concert with Kefentse Chike, who has studied, taught and performed African drum music for 40 years, 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hannah Community Center. Later, visit Harris Nature Center at 7 p.m. for an Owl Prowl Campfire with marshmallows, a lesson about Michigan owls and a guided walk through the nighttime woods to search for signs of the birds.
It’s the first Friday of Lent, so stop by the Mason Knights of Columbus’ fish fry any time from 4:30 to 7 p.m. for a hassle-free, fairly priced seafood dinner. If you’re looking for sweet treats, Haven House of East Lansing is hosting a Pancake Palooza 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at 2|42 Community Church in Okemos, with all proceeds helping shelter and rehouse homeless families in the community, and Bradly’s HG is holding a baklava baking class 1 p.m. Sunday.
That New Place, a pop-up restaurant at Williamston’s In KinD Bakery from the owners of The Ugli Pi Co., is open for breakfast and lunch 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. It closes after this weekend, so visit while you can to try elevated breakfast classics, soups, sandwiches, salads and delicious, homemade pastries.
The 2023 Michigan Nordic Fire Festival, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, has plenty of attractions, performances, demonstrations, vendors, food and beverages to offer, including spear and axe throwing, archery, Celtic bands, a recreation of a Viking camp and even a beard contest. Dress in your best Viking garb and prepare to sample a host of tasty meads and beers.
Finally, for plant lovers, the Greater Lansing Orchid Show and Sale, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the MSU Plant and Soil Sciences Building, will feature orchid photography and art, demonstrations on how to grow and care for the flowers and, of course, hundreds of orchids for sale.
Whatever you choose to do, I wish you the best of weekends.
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