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This weekend brings early chances to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as well as plenty of art exhibits, live music, movie screenings and more.

For Friday evening’s live music, we have The Swift Brothers at BrickHaven Brewing Co. in Grand Ledge at 6:30; Travis Faber at Eaton Rapids Craft Co. at 7; Deidre McCalla at University United Methodist Church at 7:30; The Further Adventures of FatBoy and JiveTurkey at UrbanBeat, Moth Duster at The Peanut Barrel, The Boy Banned Tour with Jonny Craig and Keep My Secrets at The Junction and The Corzo Effect, La’Ronand DJ E-Nyce at Mac’s Bar, all at 8; Fragment of Soul at The Green Door at 8:30; and The Plurals, PET ME, and LoLo at The Avenue at 9. Saturday evening, we have Matthew Adkins at Eaton Rapids Craft Co., Jarren Benton at The Junction, DownRiver Dan at Lansing Brewing Co., Roadside Attraction at Williamston Roadhouse and the Mason Symphony Orchestra at Our Savior Lutheran Church, all at 7; Stormy Chromer at Mac’s Bar at 8; Be Kind Rewind at The Green Door at 8:30; and Ganja Girl’s International Womxn’s Day Celebration at The Avenue at 9. Additionally, The New Rule will play at The Exchange, 9 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. Capping the weekend is UrbanBeat’s Karaoke Kickback One-Year Anniversary Celebration with Lucas Holliday and Mystur Love, 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Grand Ledge is holding a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration all day Saturday, featuring a party at the Grand Ledge Opera House with Irish dancers, bagpipers, corned beef and Guinness from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; a pre-parade party at the Grand Ledge Area District Library with stories and shamrock crafts at 12:30 p.m.; a parade on Bridge Street at 2 p.m.; and a post-parade Stew Cookoff at the American Legion on Clinton Street. In addition, BAD Brewing Co. will host a “St. Baddy’s Day” party, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, with live music from Pinter Whitnick and Matthew Shannon, and the Westside YMCA will have a “Shake Your Shamrock” celebration, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, with dance classes, door prizes and snacks.

“Blind Spot,” “DIEGEST” and “The Nightly News” continue at the Michigan State University Broad Art Museum, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, the Art Scholarship Alertexhibition at the Lansing Art Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, art from the Lansing Women’s Artist Collective is on display at CADL - Haslett Library’s Bookend Gallery noon to 4 p.m. Friday and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday,  “Reflections in Watercolor,” by East Lansing artist Sarah Eubanks, is open at the Hannah Community Center’s Public Art Gallery 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday and “Fringes,” a series of 95 portraits of underrepresented women from history created by students from Donley Elementary School in East Lansing, is on display at Impression 5 Science Center 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

“Kinky Boots” wraps up its two-week run at the Riverwalk Theatre, 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are sold out, but the theater says “there are always cancellations and changes,” so call the box office at 517-482-5700 if you haven’t purchased yours yet.

The Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing is holding showings of “Temple Grandin,” about the autistic author, public speaker and animal behaviorist who created a more humane system for slaughtering livestock, 7 p.m. Friday and noon Sunday. In addition, MSU’s Abrams Planetarium is showing “Imagine the Moon,” about humans’ relationship with Earth’s only natural satellite, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday and its children’s film, “In My Backyard,” 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

“Madeline the Ballet: Stories for Everyone,” an original show based on the beloved children’s books, is sure to bring nostalgia for parents and plenty of entertainment for kids. It runs 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hannah Community Center Saturday and Sunday.

Celebrate the East Lansing Public Library’s centennial with a party 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday featuring music, Maker Studio activities, face painting, cake and cookies, speeches from public officials and more.

Enjoy plenty of laughs with the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office’s K-9 Team Comedy Fundraiser, 7 p.m. Saturdayat Holt High School. It will feature comedian Heywood Banks, and all proceeds will help the team purchase equipment and attend specialized training. 

Finally, for budding photographers looking to discover new mediums, local photographer and activist Kevin Epling will host a toy photography workshop at Grand Ledge Area District Library, 11 a.m. Saturday. Attendees will learn about scaling, miniature set construction and more.

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

(Nicole Noechel is events editor. Have something special? Email her at for consideration as a highlight in the weekly Out on the Town section.)


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