An easygoing post-holiday weekend


Following a busy Independence Day, this weekend will provide some time to relax with a schedule of events that’s much less crowded than usual. Those staying in town can look forward to a few concerts, two dance parties, a cruise-in, a euchre tournament, a comedy show and more.

Many venues are closed this weekend, but the Lansing Concert Band will perform 7 p.m. Friday at Lake Lansing Park South, with an opening set by singer-songwriter Gwen Doerfler at 6:15; country musician Dylan Raymond will perform 7 p.m. Friday at Lansing Brewing Co.; and Red Cedar Spirits will host its weekly jazz show 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Michigan State University Broad Art Museum will host a Family Day 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, featuring free painting activities. The museum will be closed on Friday, but it will resume its regular hours (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Saturday and Sunday if you’d like to check out the exhibitions on display, including “Eye Witness,” “Seeing in 360 Degrees: The Zaha Hadid Design Collection,”“DOOMSCROLLING” and the 2024 Art, Art History, and Design Faculty Triennial.

Other art displays on view this weekend include “Foreign Bodies” and “Always Different, Always the Same” at the Lansing Art Gallery, which is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and “Figuring It All Out: An Artistic Study of the Human Figure” 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 get creative yourself, the Charlotte Community Library will provide a 3D bookmark craft for adults 5:30 p.m. Friday.

For the theater buffs, Williamston Theatre continues its run of “Predictor” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. To learn more about the show, check out Chelsea Lake Roberts’ preview from this week’s issue.

It’s the first Friday of the month, which means the weekly cruise-in 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Holt Farmers Market will feature a food truck, a DJ and giveaways. It also means Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing will host its monthly euchre tournament 7 p.m. Friday, with an optional potluck at 6:30.

Both Mac’s Bar and the Avenue will hold dance parties beginning 9 p.m. Saturday. DJ Juannel will spin Latino music like salsa, reggaeton, bachata and merengue at Mac’s, while the Avenue will play electronic pop, alternative pop and pop punk.

Visit Albert EL Fresco in downtown East Lansing 10 a.m. Sunday for a free yoga class hosted by Yoga State. Attendees should bring their own mats.

Greater Lansing Area Drummers will hold its second-to-last outdoor drum circle of the season 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Lake Lansing Park North. Attendees should bring chairs and percussion instruments if they have them.

Finally, One North Kitchen and Bar will host its weekly comedy show with Three Sparks Comedy 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday.   

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

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