An artsy weekend of activities


Whether you prefer film, music, theater, visual art, dance or comedy, Greater Lansing offers events for all arts enthusiasts this weekend. There’s also Impression 5 Science Center’s LEGOPalooza fundraiser, a euchre tournament, a few Friday evening fish fries and more.

For Friday evening’s live music, we have singer-songwriter Darin Larner Jr. at Harrison Roadhouse at 6, husband-and-wife cover duo Shelby & Jake at Lansing Brewing Co. at 7, folk singer-songwriter Seth Bernard with cellist and vocalist Jordan Hamilton at East Lansing’s University United Methodist Church at 7:30, country musician Cooper Johnson at the Peanut Barrel at 8 and classic-rock cover band Cloudhoppers at East Lansing’s Mash Bar at 10. Saturday evening, we have the final round of Q106’s Homegrown Throwdown battle of the bands contest at Grewal Hall at 224 at 6:30 pm., funk and R&B group Powerlight Band at UrbanBeat at 7, jazz-rock band Pajamas at Mac’s Bar at 8, cover band Geech at the Green Door at 8:30 and the bimonthly A Night at the Soul Lounge at the Avenue at 9. Ending the weekend on Sunday is a blues jam with vocalist Freddie Cunningham and the Johnny D Blues Band at Green Dot Stables at 3:30 p.m., ‘70s-rock cover band Roadside Attraction at UrbanBeat at 4 p.m., Red Cedar Spirits’ weekly Sunday Jazz show at 6 p.m. and folk-rock duo Wilderhoney with singer-songwriter Jeremy Porter at the Avenue at 7 p.m.

Struk Studio will host a closing reception for Bath artist Robert Park’s “Layers” exhibition noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Park will be in attendance to chat about his work. The exhibition is also open for viewing noon to 4 p.m. Friday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Other art displays on view this weekend include the Mid-Michigan Art Guild’s “Love Is in the Air” exhibition at Bestsellers Books & Coffee Co. in Mason, which is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; the Lansing Area Printmakers’ Collective’s “A Windfall of Linocuts” exhibition at Framer’s Edge in Okemos, which is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday; Art Scholarship Alert, a juried exhibition of work by Michigan high school students and participants of young-adult special education programs, at the Lansing Art Gallery, which is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; “Seeing in 360 Degrees: The Zaha Hadid Design Collection,” “DOOMSCROLLING” and the 2024 Art, Art History, and Design Faculty Triennial at the Michigan State University Broad Art Museum, which is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday; and “Realm of Daydreams - The Wonders of Fantasy Art” at the Art Williamston gallery, which is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

If you’d like to make some art of your own, local artist Steph Joy Hogan will lead a mixed-media visual storytelling workshop 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lansing Art Gallery, and the Broad will host its monthly Family Day 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, where guests can “link, fasten, and attach materials to create interconnected works of art.”

Owosso’s Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts wraps up its production of “Anastasia” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and Lansing Community College wraps up its run of "The Thanksgiving Play” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at its Black Box Theatre. Additionally, the Williamston Theatre continues its run of “Maytag Virgin” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and Ixion Ensemble Theatre begins its first production of the season, “Pipeline,” by Dominique Morisseau, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Stage One at Sycamore Creek Eastwood.

Events for the kids include Impression 5’s weekly Sparking Science program 10 a.m. Friday, which will focus on the human body; a leprechaun trap-making workshop 4:15 p.m. Friday at the Charlotte Community Library; a story time hosted by the East Lansing Public Library 10 a.m. Saturday at East Lansing’s Hannah Community Center, followed by an interactive children’s concert with children’s entertainer, songwriter and recording artist Kevin Devine at 11 a.m.; and LEGOPalooza 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Impression 5 Science Center, which features more than 20 LEGO-themed activities on top of regular science center admission.

For those celebrating Lent, fish fries on Friday evening run 4 to 7 p.m. at VFW Post 671 in DeWitt, 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Columbus Hall on Grand River Avenue in Lansing and 5 to 7 p.m. at Cristo Rey Church.

In this week’s Travelogue, 7 p.m. Friday at Foster Community Center, Carol Densmore will share photos, stories and items from her recent trip to the Shetland archipelago in Scotland.

Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing will host its monthly euchre tournament 7 p.m. Friday, with an optional potluck at 6:30 p.m.

Lansing comedian Louis D. Michael will host Pure Options’ comedy show 8 p.m. Friday at Grewal Hall at 224, featuring performances by New York City comedian Kerryn Feehan, Chicago comedian Aaron Putnam and Lansing comedian Nick Leydorf.

The Ten Pound Fiddle’s biweekly Contra & Square Dance runs 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Central United Methodist Church, with an optional dance lesson at 6:30 p.m. If you’d like a little more practice, the Grand Ledge Area District Library will also host a contra dance workshop 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Finally, the Lake Michigan Film Festival runs Friday through Sunday at Studio C! in the Meridian Mall, showcasing a slew of films made in or by filmmakers from the states surrounding Lake Michigan, including a few made by MSU students and faculty and another filmed at the Mayfair Bar in Haslett, which Chelsea Lake Roberts wrote about for this week’s issue. To view the full lineup, visit the website.

Whatever you choose to do, I wish you the best of weekends.

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