This weekend, enjoy plenty of live music, art events, theater productions, an Ox Roast Festival, an LGBTQ+ camping trip, a waterless pool party and much more.
For Friday evening’s live music, we have Deacon Earl at Harrison Roadhouse at 6, Frog and Koop of Frog & the Beeftones at Lansing Shuffle at 7, Tiffany Gridiron’s “From My Heart to Yours” CD release party at UrbanBeat at 7:30, Seth Austin at The Peanut Barrel at 8 and Soulstice at The Green Door at 8:30. Saturday evening, we have Izzy Joy at Lansing Shuffle at 8, Atomic B00gal00 at The Green Door at 8:30 and A Rueful Noise, Royal Scene and The Gashounds at The Avenue at 9. Ending the weekend on Sunday is a benefit show for the Ukrainian Children’s Aid and Relief Effort beginning at 4 p.m. at The Green Door, featuring tribute performances to Grateful Dead bandleader Jerry Garcia by Saginaw-raised blues musician Larry McCray and Jerry’s Tone, a Detroit-based Garcia tribute band.
If that’s not enough, Saturday also offers two larger music events: the Bottom of the Hill Blues Festival from 4 to 11 p.m. at Twilliger’s Tavern in Laingsburg, featuring performances by Muskegon-based guitar and harmonica duo Blue Tone Two, mid-Michigan-based blues cover band Tad and the Fat Katz and Lansing-based blues group Gina Garner & the All Night Long Band, and Starfarm’s Rad Fest, an outdoor concert running from 7 to 11 p.m. in Old Town’s social district, featuring performances by Starfarm and Michigan State University alumnus DJ Day, plus full bar service, drink specials and food trucks. There will also be an afterglow event at UrbanBeat with Lansing-based DJ duo Moon Disco.
Visit Old Town 5 to 8 p.m. Friday for the Arts Council of Greater Lansing’s Arts Night Out, featuring a variety of activities at more than 10 local businesses, including art exhibitions, demos, performances and crafts.
The MSU Broad Art Museum is also hosting two events this weekend: a Fall Opening Party 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, allowing guests to explore new exhibitions while enjoying food and drinks, live music by the Spartan Alumni Marching Band and Impact 89 FM, photos with Sparty, screenprinting, glow painting, button making and more, and a guided tour of the newest exhibition, “Seeing in 360 Degrees: The Zaha Hadid Design Collection,” which “explores the life and creative practice of the MSU Broad Art Museum building’s architect, Zaha Hadid, and the work of her studio, Zaha Hadid Design.” While you’re at the museum, be sure to check out all the exhibitions on display, including “Shouldn’t You Be Working? 100 Years of Working from Home,” “As we dwell in the fold,” “Resistance Training: Arts, Sports, and Civil Rights” and “Beal Botanical Garden: Celebrating 150 Years of People, Plants, and Place.”
Other art displays on view this weekend include “Photography: NOW!” at the Neighborhood Empowerment Center on West Maple Street, which is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and
“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.
For theater buffs, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. opens its season with “The Minutes,” a dark comedy about small-town politics, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. If you’re down for a bit of a drive, Owosso Community Players’ production of “The Wizard of Oz” runs 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Salus Center’s Queer Scouts program is taking a trip to the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness this weekend, where attendees can choose to either car camp or beach camp and enjoy swimming, camp cooking, hiking and more. The carpool will depart 6 p.m. Friday from the Salus Center.
For local nature-themed fun, visit Harris Nature Center 7 p.m. Friday to roast marshmallows around the campfire, learn about Michigan trees and take a guided walk along the nature trails.
Lansing’s Church of the Resurrection is holding its annual Ox Roast Festival 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, featuring homemade food, a full-service pub, DJs, children’s games, a bake sale, hourly 50/50 raffle drawings and more.
Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 2|42 Community Church in Okemos. Tickets are $5, and proceeds benefit local scout units’ scholarship funds and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
The Fledge Foundation is holding a Garden Party Gala 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, with live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and alcoholic beverages for purchase. Attendees are welcome to dress as they wish, but formal attire is encouraged.
Holt’s Community Faith Church is hosting a Community Family Fun Fair 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, featuring food trucks, bounce houses, live entertainment, DJs, crafts, vendors, a touch-a-truck field, exotic animals, games and more.
Village Crafters’ Fall Festival runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Woodworth Elementary School in Leslie. The group will be selling handmade crafts, and there will also be free refreshments, a kids’ craft area and a school supply donation drive for the Leslie School District. Those who donate earn free raffle tickets.
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Moores Park Pool with a waterless pool party 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, featuring a silent auction, games and prizes, live entertainment, pool tours and more.
Capital Pro Wrestling is back at the Fledge 3 p.m. Sunday for a taping of the Great Lakes Professional Wrestling Showcase and a series of additional matches.
All grandparents receive free admission into Potter Park Zoo 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, so gather up the family and enjoy the summer weather before it’s gone.
Finally, there are two car shows happening this weekend: The 5th annual Shaheen Chevrolet Car Show 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, featuring door prizes, food trucks, corn hole, a DJ, League of Enchantment superheroes and more, and a Charlotte Cruisers car show 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Eaton County Fairgrounds, featuring a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, music, food vendors and a flea market.
Whatever you choose to do, I wish you the best of weekends.
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