From books to brews


As we head into October, this weekend offers an Oktoberfest party, a Halloween-themed burlesque and comedy show, a Muslim cultural festival, a charity golf tournament, a daylong literature and writing event and much more.

For Friday evening’s live music, we have Tony Thompson at Harrison Roadhouse at 6; Darin Larner Jr. at One North Kitchen & Bar at 6:30; the Drifter Kings at Lansing Brewing Co. at 7; Asamu Johnson & the Associates of the Blues at UrbanBeat at 7:30; the Wild Honey Trio at The Peanut Barrel and the Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra at the Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall, both at 8; Grady Hall & the Disciples of Funk at The Green Door at 8:30; and Narc Out the Reds, M. Sord and the Counter Elites at The Avenue at 9. Saturday evening, we have Deacon Earl at Lansing Shuffle and the classic-rock band Monsters of Rock at Gravity Smokehouse & BBQ in Holt, both at 7; “The Magic of Motown,” a tribute to Motown legends, at Cobb Great Hall at 7:30; the Groove Council at The Green Door at 8; and Little Things, LoLo and Soccer at The Avenue at 9. Ending the weekend on Sunday is Red Cedar Spirits’ weekly Sunday Jazz show at 6 p.m.

Art displays on view this weekend include the Shiawassee Artists’ Guild’s “Potpourri” exhibition at Framer’s Edge in Okemos, which is open noon to 4 p.m. Sunday; “Wholly Integrated” at the Lansing Art Gallery, which is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; the Mid-Michigan Art Guild’s Fall Member Art Show at the Neighborhood Empowerment Center, which is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; Chance Liscomb’s “Where ART Thou?? Playful Reflections on Religion and Scripture” at The Peoples Church of East Lansing, which is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday; “Shouldn’t You Be Working? 100 Years of Working from Home,” “As we dwell in the fold,” “Beal Botanical Garden: Celebrating 150 Years of People, Plants, and Place,” “Resistance Training: Arts, Sports, and Civil Rights” and “Seeing in 360 Degrees: The Zaha Hadid Design Collection” at the Broad Art Museum, which is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday; and impressionistic Michoacan landscape paintings by Mexican artist Jaime Vanegas Castro and a collection of calaveras, whimsical art figures of skeletons joyously living life, made by Michigan-based Hispanic and Latinx artists at Casa de Rosado Galeria & Cultural Center, which is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

If you’d like to make some art of your own, the Lansing Art Gallery wraps up its three-session Cosmic Smashbook collage and mixed-media workshop series 10 a.m. Saturday, and Casa de Rosado is offering drop-in sugar-skull-decorating workshops 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For theater buffs, the Williamston Theatre continues its run of “On the Market” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and the MSU Department of Theatre offers “Love Is the Greater Labyrinth” at the Arena Theatre in the Auditorium Building 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For the kids, the Charlotte Community Library is holding a graveyard-scene-making workshop 4 p.m. Friday and a showing of “Beetlejuice” with free popcorn noon Saturday.

If you didn’t get enough horse competitions last weekend, the All-American Buckskin Horse Congress runs Friday through Sunday at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education.

Pet parents and their furry friends can visit Harris Nature Center 7 p.m. Friday for a 3-mile dog walk through the nighttime woods. Dogs need to be on a 6-foot, non-retractable leash.

PeaceQuest 2023 wraps up with the Salaam Peace Festival, a celebration of Muslim culture, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Islamic Center of East Lansing. The festival features food from local restaurants, cultural exhibits, craft and souvenir exhibits and sales, calligraphy, henna, face painting, balloon twisting and more.

The Lansing Area AIDS Network is hosting its annual AIDS Walk Saturday morning at Edgewood United Church in East Lansing. The event begins with vendor and community resource tables at 9 a.m., followed by a 2-mile walk at 11 a.m. to remember those who have died from AIDS and celebrate those who continue to live with HIV.

The Lansing Book Party runs 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at various bookstores and venues throughout the city, offering a book crawl, writing activities, author visits, live readings and more. For a full schedule of events, visit the website.

Visit Lansing Brewing Co. 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday for its Brewtoberfest celebration, featuring a stein-holding competition, keg bowling, boot pong, performances by Da Frankenmuda Fratz’n German dancers, DJ sets by DJ face and more.

The Ishi Odamtten Foundation is hosting a charity golf tournament 8 a.m. Saturday at Prairie Creek Golf Course in DeWitt. Registration includes 18 holes of golf and lunch, and proceeds benefit homeless shelters in Michigan and orphans in Ghana.

New Beginnings Salon & Spa will celebrate its reopening at a new location on East Michigan Avenue 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, with chances to meet the staff and view the new building, free refreshments and a raffle for a $500 self-care package.

Unity Spiritual Center is having a Circulation Day 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, where attendees can donate items in good condition that they’re no longer using and pick up new items for free.

Volunteers can help Keys to Manifestation clean up the Lansing River Trail 11 a.m. to noon Sunday. Trash bags, hand sanitizer and gloves will be provided, but volunteers are welcome to bring their own gear or extras to donate.

Finally, Main Stage Revue is back with a Halloween-themed burlesque and comedy show 7 p.m. Sunday at Omar’s Showbar.

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

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