January 2 — Sick Science: All About Germs!, Lansing. Saturdays are made for fun at Impression 5, and we call them Super Saturdays! Each Saturday has a different theme, like Gross Super Saturday or Electricity Super Saturday, with exciting new activities to go along with it. You get to participate in these activities for just the cost of regular admission. Call (517) 485-8116 ext 32 or visit www.impression5.org.
January 6 — Open Knitting, East Lansing. Open knitting is expanding to every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at Woven Art, 325B Grove St. “Wannabes” to “marathon knitters” are welcome. We will work with you on a project or technique of your choice. Reserve your spot, $15 per session or $40 for four session punch card. Call (517) 203-4467 or visit www.yarnandfiberart.com.
January 10 — Lansing Bridal World, Lansing. Mid-Michigan’s largest and best-attended bridal event! Don’t miss an opportunity to meet more than 90 of the most sought-after wedding professionals and learn new and creative ideas. Many exhibitors will be offering samples, demonstrations and money-saving specials the day of the show. Event held at the Lansing Center. Show runs 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Fashion shows at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Visit www.bridalworldshows.com.
January 16 — Girl Scouts & Science, Lansing. Overnight adventure at Impression 5! The program begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 9 a.m. the following morning. Bring sleeping bags and purchase a badge from your council. Adventure includes multiple workshops and a journal, evening snack and light breakfast and hands-on experiments to earn a badge! Other dates are available and the fee is $25 per scout; chaperones are free. Call (517) 485-8116 ext. 32 or visit www.impression5.org.
January 23 — Harlem Globetrotters, East Lansing. In their 84th consecutive season of touring the world, the Globetrotters’ high-flying show features some of the most extraordinary athletes and entertainers on the planet, including Big Easy Lofton and Flight Time Lang, the always hilarious Special K Daley, dribbling magician Scooter Christensen and ball handling wizards Handles Franklin and Ant Atkinson. Call (517) 432-5000 or visit www.breslincenter.com.
January 23 — “Chili” Winter Evening, Lansing. Your family simply can’t miss this event. A donation entitles you to one horse-drawn sleigh ride, treats by the bonfire, barn dance, and one dinner including chili, hot drinks and dessert at the Woldumar Nature Center. Please RSVP by Jan. 22 and check event times and admission fees. Call (517) 322-0030 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 28 — Athena WIN, East Lansing. Join us for the official launch of Athena WIN (Women’s Interest Network) at a local dinner meeting (a Lansing location to be finalized). Keynote: Martha Mertz, founder of Athena International! This club is a new professional women’s organization created in Mid-Michigan for the women of Mid-Michigan. Our focus is networking, personal and professional growth as well as access to some of our region’s most influential women. Call Daphne at (517) 337-8182 or e-mail email@example.com.
February 6 — Owl Prowl, Lansing. Woldumar’s Annual Owl Prowl is one of our most popular community programs, and we are excited to have Louise Sagaert of Wildside Rehabilitation and Education Center join us from 5-9 p.m. with some of her owl friends. After the owl presentation, we will head out on the trails in search of these fantastic nocturnal hunters. Be sure to dress for the weather and practice your best owl calls! For admission fees call (517) 322-0030 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 8 — Moscow Festival Ballet: Coppelia, East Lansing. Wharton Center’s 8 p.m. engagement will feature Coppelia, a full-length sentimental comic ballet in three acts; music by Leo Delibes; choreography by Arthur Saint-Leon. The story of Coppelia concerns a mysterious and faintly diabolical inventor, Doctor Coppelius, who has made a life-size dancing doll so life-like that Franz, a village swain, is infatuated with it, setting aside his true heart’s desire. Call (517) 432-2000 or visit www.whartoncenter.com.
January 8-9 — Girls Night: The Musical, East Lansing. This musical has earned rave reviews and packed theaters. Hilarious and touching, it follows five friends in their 30s and 40s during a wild and outrageous girls’ night out at a karaoke bar. Friends since their teens, they have all had their fair share of heartache and tragedy, joy and success. Together, they reminisce about their younger days, celebrate their current lives and look to the future, all the while belting out 14 classic anthems. Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 & 8 p.m. Call (517) 432-2000 or visit www.whartoncenter.com.
January 9 — American Modernism Sneak Peek, East Lansing. Join Kresge Art Museum for an evening of highlights from the period between the two world wars, when America suffered through Prohibition but was tantalized by speakeasies and flappers, when the sounds of the Jazz Age flowed from nightclubs and new radios and “talkies” hit the big screen! Come dressed for the period and mingle with the likes of Charlie Chaplin or a 1920s flapper, learn the Lindy Hop. Music, food and drinks from 7:30-10 p.m. Call (517) 884-0659 or visit www.artmuseum.msu.edu.
January 11 – March 14 — “American Modernism, 1920s-1940s”, East Lansing. From Thomas Hart Benton and Arthur Dove to Frank Lloyd Wright and Helen Frankenthaler, American styles in the 1920s through the 1940s fluctuated between regionalism, contemporary European developments, and the beginnings of abstraction. This exhibition of paintings, prints and three-dimensional objects explores the variety of approaches taken by American artists at the time. Exhibit held at the Kresge Art Museum. Visit www.artmuseum.msu.edu.
January 12 — “Clothing: Clean Up Your Closet,” Lansing. Lectures are given by historian Dr. Laurie Catherine Perkins of the Michigan Historical Museum’s education staff. This year’s topic, “The More Things Change, the More Things Stay the Same,” looks at how the human needs of food, clothing and shelter have changed or stayed the same throughout Michigan history. Lecture fee $10 per person at the west wind of the Michigan Library: Lake Erie room. Call (517) 241-0731 or visit www.michiganhistory.org.
January 20 — Esperanza Spalding, East Lansing. If “Esperanza” is the Spanish word for “hope,” then Esperanza Spalding could not have been given a more fitting name. She will challenge and expand your perception of jazz. Blessed with uncanny instrumental chops and a multi-lingual voice that is part angel and part siren, and a natural beauty that borders on the hypnotic, the 20-something prodigy-turned-pro takes a completely fresh and refreshing approach to jazz. Show time is 7:30 p.m., Wharton Center: Cobb Great Hall, $35. Call (517) 432-2000 or visit www.whartoncenter.com.
January 21 — “Galaxies Through Many Different Eyes,” East Lansing. This lecture series held at the Abrams Planetarium surveys the latest developments in astronomy. Astronomical Horizons is offered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy through its astronomy group and Abrams. Each talk begins and 7:30 p.m. and is free. Visit www.pa.msu.edu/abrams.
January 21-24 — Book Of Days, Lansing. Riverwalk Theatre presents a mystery by Lanford Wilson, directed by Philip Himebaugh. In a small town dominated by a cheese plant, a church and a community theater, the plant owner dies mysteriously. His bookkeeper, Ruth, suspects murder. Ruth takes on the attributes of her role and fights for justice. Reservations recommended. Visit www.riverwalktheatre.com.
January 26 — Guest Lecture: Andy Shaw, East Lansing. Philadelphia-based potter Andy Shaw celebrates function in his meticulously crafted work. His tableware combines purity and simplicity with the complexity of pattern and texture. Shaw is the recipient of an Evelyn Shapiro Fellowship at The Clay Studio in Pennsylvania. Most recently, his tableware was in the 2009 Australian Ceramics Triennale. Join in from 7-8 p.m. in room 108 at the Kresge Art Center. Visit www.art.msu.edu.
January 26-31 — 101 Dalmatians, East Lansing. An experience for the entire family about what it means to be a family, canine and courageous. More than a simple story about good versus bad, the family bands together to overcome every hurdle and hardship in the most difficult times. 101 Dalmatians will transport audiences to a slightly topsy-turvy, exciting and altogether fantastic reality that gives grand license for song, dance and spectacle in a one-of-a-kind show that will leave everyone cheering. Call (517) 353-1982 or visit www.whartoncenter.com.
January 28 – February 6 — Altar Boyz, Lansing. A foot-stomping, rafter-raising, musical comedy about a fictitious Christian boy band on the last night of their national “Raise the Praise” tour. The boyz are five all-singing, all-dancing heart throbs from Ohio. As they perform their signature hits, the Boyz question their loyalty to each other and ask whether or not faith is really holding them together. See you at the Creole Gallery, 1218 Turner St. E-mail email@example.com.
January 28 – February 21 — The Nerd, East Lansing. A hilarious, slapstick farce about evicting a nightmare nerdy houseguest. Show times vary at the Boarshead Theater and tickets are $12-$30. Visit www.boarshead.org.
February 4 – March 7 — The Smell of the Kill, Williamston. Three women, their husbands and a deep freezer. With social commentary both hilarious and biting, this dark comedy about men, women, marriage and malice explores the dangerous desire to keep up appearances at any cost. Contains mature themes. Shows held at the Williamston Theatre, 122 S. Putnam. Call (517) 655-7469 or visit www.williamstontheatre.org.
February 5 — “First Fridays” – The Body, Okemos. Happendance Professional Company presents a sneak preview of The Body, an evening of original modern dance to premiere in March. First Friday events are free and open to the public with donations going directly to the performing artists. Call (517)333-3528 or visit www.happendance.org.
February 5-7 — Black History Special Event, Lansing. Riverwalk Theatre presents for three days only! Celebrates Black History in America. Reservations recommended at $20 per seat. Visit www.riverwalktheatre.com.
February 18-21 & 25-28, — The Cemetery Club, Lansing. Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves. Ida is ready to begin a new life, Lucille just wants to have fun, and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. Sam meets the widows while visiting his wife’s grave. Call (517) 482-5700 or visit www.riverwalkthreatre.com.
February 28 — Mama’s Night Out, Charlotte. You don’t have to be a mom to enjoy the hilarious comedy of these three ladies! The 7 p.m. show will leave you rolling in the aisles and features a southerner, a sassy Brit and a native New Yorker in an eclectic blend of standup comedy. Held at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center at $29 per seat. Call (517) 541-5690 or visit www.cpacpresnets.com.
Through September 5 — Unpacking Collections: The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, An African American Quilt Scholar, East Lansing. Cuesta Benberry of St. Louis, MO, was one of the 20th century’s pioneers of research on American quiltmaking and she was the pioneer of research on African American quiltmaking. Benberry was a founding member of the American Quilt Study Group and was inducted into the Quilter’s Hall of Fame in 1983. This exhibition is an attempt to understand the work of Cuesta Benberry, one of America’s important collector/scholars, through interacting with a selection of textiles, rare books, patterns, ephemera and samples of her personal journals, correspondence and extensive research files. Visit the MSU Museum’s Heritage Gallery. Call (517) 355-7474 or visit www.museum.msu.edu.
Through January 29 — 30 Years of Botanical Images: Lessons from the Garden, Lansing. Using a flatbed scanner as her image-making machine, Lansing artist Kim Kauffman has created botanical photographs of uncommon beauty. See the evolution of her style in this important exhibit which documents 30 years of her work in the field at the Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame, 213 W. Main St. Call (517) 484-1880 or visit www.michiganwomenshalloffame.org.
Through February 19 — Resourceful Women: 30 Who Worked to Preserve Michigan’s Water, Woods and Wildlife, Lansing. This engaging exhibit will examine the contributions of 30 courageous women who — through their work as politicians, policy makers, artists, activists, educators and scientists — helped protect and promote our natural resources and the environment in the 20th century. Hands-on activities for children include a design-a-state-park station, a take-home butterfly activity, and water purity testing. Free admission, tours of the museum and refreshments for all! Call (517) 484-1880 or visit www.miciganwomenshalloffame.org.
Through March 14 — American Modernism, East Lansing. From Thomas Hart Benton and Arthur Dove to Frank Lloyd Wright and Helen Frankenthaler, American styles in the 1920s through the 1940s fluctuated between regionalism, contemporary European developments, and the beginnings of abstraction. This exhibition of paintings, prints and three-dimensional objects from the Kresge Art Museum collection explores the variety of approaches taken by artists in search of a distinctly modern American identity. Sponsor: MSU Federal Credit Union. Visit www.artmuseum.msu.edu.
Through June 30 — Avelution: Birds in the Development of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, East Lansing. Naturalist Charles Darwin was strongly influenced by avian examples while he was developing the theory of evolution by natural selection. Birds are vertebrates in the class aves, so the coined term “avelution” in this exhibition captures the idea of this influence. The exhibition will showcase examples of birds from MSU Museum collections, including many species that Darwin encountered. Call (517) 355-7474 or visit http://museum.msu.edu.
Through August — Mother-Baby Study, East Lansing. Do you have a 9-12-month-old baby? We need women to take part in an interview about pregnancy, infant health and behavior and recent life events. Participate in this study about mother-baby relationships and you will be paid either $75 or $100 in cash. The interview takes place at MSU and all information is kept completely confidential. Call (866) 972-9551, ask for Dr. Bogat’s Study or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 1 — Open House: Meditation Healing Centre, Bath. Bring a friend, come explore the Centre and enjoy light refreshments from 2-4 p.m. Learn about affordable retreats, bed & breakfast, meditation, yoga for all levels and abilities, preventing burnout, natural spiritual healing, progressive counseling, classes, workshops, gift certificates, inspiring talks, opportunities to volunteer and much more! Call (517) 641-6201 or visit www.SelfRealizationCentreMichigan.org.
January 2 — A Day of Peace and Relaxation, Bath. Come spend a day at a quiet retreat centre, including a delicious, home-cooked vegetarian lunch and a class in Life Skills and Relaxation; $49 and pre-registration required. Call (517) 641-6201 or visit www.SelfRealizationCentreMichigan.org.
January 12, 19, 26 — Mom to Mom, East Lansing. Winter semester kick-off at the River Terrace Church, 1509 River Terr. Tuesdays meet 9:30-11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays meet 6:30-7:45 a.m. Biblically based parenting course offered to moms of all ages and all stages for fellowship, support, teaching and small group discussions led by experienced mothers. Child care is provided up to age three, as well as our kid to kid program of Bible stories, crafts, music and gym for the 3-5 year olds. Registration recommended. Call (517) 351-9059 or visit www.riverterrace.org.
January 16-17 — Preventing Burnout Course, Bath. Saturday and Sunday 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., this is a course for health care professionals, complimentary practitioners, parents, caregivers, teachers, volunteers and all others who wish to deepen their understanding and care for their own energy, thus enhancing both their work with others and their own personal lives. Practical ways of being in charge of your energy will be taught, as well as explaining the scientific reasoning behind these methods. The exercises taught can be used very effectively at work or at home. $225 for course, refreshments and home-cooked vegetarian lunches; $272 includes all plus lodging and meals. Pre-registration required. Call (517) 641-6201 or visit www.SelfRealizationCentreMichigan.org.
January 23 — On Target Living, Lansing. On Target Living is a health and fitness program created by Chris Johnson, a national speaker and author. Chris is making a rare Mid-Michigan appearance to support the efforts of the Greater Lansing Food Bank. The morning includes a health and wellness presentation followed by a host of healthy food and product samplings. Seminar is 9 a.m. to noon at the Lansing Center. Tickets are $25 per person in advance and $30 at the door. Call (517) 339-6909.
January 23 — Rock N Bowl, Lansing. Junior Achievement of Mid-Michigan will join Jackson National Life in hosting this event for Pro Bowl. This event raises money for our tri-county area K-12 students involved in JA work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy programs. Donations and sponsorships needed. Call (517) 371-5437 or e-mail email@example.com.
February 7 — Super Bowl 5K Run/Walk, Okemos. This road race will be timed using disposable RFID tags. Timing mats at start and finish. Unique medals in the shape of a football helmet to the top three places in each age group. Proceeds will support youth programs at Okemos schools and the Michigan Running Foundation Scholarship Fund. Race time is 10 a.m. at 4000 Okemos Rd. For fees and other details e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 20 — 6th Annual Bash for Cerebral Palsy, East Lansing. Dance the night away to support people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities at Walnut Hills Country Club, 2874 Lake Lansing Rd. from 7-11 p.m. Enjoy music by the Sea Cruiser Band, playing classics from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. A cash bar and valet parking will be available. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door and may be purchased by calling (517) 203-1200. WQTX radio and WSYM Fox47 personalities will emcee. Proceeds will help promote more independent living by people with disabilities. Visit www.ucpmichigan.org.