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MSU Spring Arts and Crafts Show
The 44th MSU Arts and Crafts Show will be held at the Union on May 17 and 18.
East Lansing Art Festival
Once you’ve checked out the arts and crafts at the Union, head down the street to the East Lansing Art Festival, featuring more than 200 artists from around the state. Downtown East Lansing streets will be blocked off for the festival on May 17 and 18.
Works on Paper: Andy Warhol Photographs
The Art Museum at MSU will exhibit 150 photographs recently given to the museum by the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program. The exhibit runs from May 1 to Aug. 1.
La Traviata
This comedic opera follows the story of lovestruck Violetta, and it will be playing at the Wharton Center on May 22. For more information about the opera, read Katie Kelly’s story in this issue.
Colors of Salsa
Colors of Salsa is a Latin music festival on June 6, and will feature live performances and a salsa cook-off. The event takes place in Lansing City Parking Lot 56.
Festival of the Sun
Celebrate the summer solstice with an icy beer at Michigan’s largest beer and wine tasting event. The festival begins at 2 p.m. on June 21 in Old Town Lansing.

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Frontier Ruckus
Frontier Ruckus will be performing at Scene Metrospace on May 10.
Concerts in the Park: Yellow Submarine
Enjoy free outdoor concerts on Wednesdays all summer long! June 11 will feature Yellow Submarine in Frances Park in Lansing at 7 p.m.
Summer Solstice Jazz Festival
This free event celebrates jazz and the summer solstice all in two toe-tapping summer evenings. The music starts at 4:30 on June 20 and 21 in downtown East Lansing.
The Decks
The Decks will be playing at the Northern Lights Lounge in Detroit on June 28.
Common Ground
Join thousands on the banks of Grand River for the Common Ground music festival, July 7-13. Visit the Common Ground Web site for musical line-up and ticket information.

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Taste and Tour of Old Town
This event is a progressive food sampler and loft tour that gives you a chance to experience the culinary best that Old Town Lansing has to offer. The tour, which begins at the corner of Turner and Grand River Avenue, is from noon to 3 p.m. on April 6.
Habibi Dancers Spring Concert
The Habibi Dancers are celebrating 25 years of bringing Middle Eastern dancing to East Lansing. The performance will be at the Hannah Community Center on April 19 at 8 p.m.
Stuff Happens
The Peppermint Creek Theatre Company will be putting on this play by David Hare April 24-May 3. “Stuff Happens” is a historical narrative and human drama about power and diplomacy.

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Great Lakes Myth Society, Canada! and Frontier Ruckus
All three of these local favorites will be performing at Mac’s Bar on April 4 at 9 p.m.
Piano Pops
Pianist Rich Ridenour will perform pop piano classics, including Rhapsody in Blue, with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra at the Wharton Center on April 11.
Jazz Spectacular
April 17-19 will be MSU’s 28th annual Jazz Spectacular. These three days will be filled with jazz performances, workshops and events. See the College of Music Web site for more details.

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Transparent Exhibit
(SCENE) Metrospace is hosting an exhibit based around the word “transparent” that opens March 7 and runs through April 20. There will be a public artists’ reception Friday, March 7 from 6-9 p.m., featuring live performances from Dixon’s Violin and DJ FRESH:BACE.
Tchaikovsky Ballet and Orchestra
This world-famous performance company will be at the Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall on March 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $38.
East Lansing Film Festival
The 11th annual East Lansing Film Festival will take place March 12-20. Films will be playing at a variety of theaters in town. Visit the film festival Web site for a detailed schedule.

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SXSW in Austin, Texas
For anyone up for post-Spring Break road trip to Texas, check out these local favorites who are performing at South by Southwest (SXSW), a week-long music and film conference and festival: Frontier Ruckus, Canada, Chris Bathgate, Mason Proper, Great Lakes Myth Society and The Hard Lessons. For performance details, visit the SXSW Web site. The festival runs March 12-16.
Falcorps
Falcorps will be playing at the East Lansing Film Festival Party at Beggar’s Banquet on March 14.
That’s Him! That’s the Guy!
This talented duo will be playing at Mac’s Bar on March 19 at 9 p.m. Visit their Web site.

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Supporting Good Artists in Bad Times
The Federal Art Project runs through all of February at the MSU Museum Heritage Gallery.
15th Annual Dia de la Mujer Conference
Dia de la Mujer is an event where networking connections for employment, educational opportunities and empowerment for Michigan Latinas are made. It provides a much needed space for Latinas in Michigan to affect social change and to highlight their accomplishments in our community. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Kellogg Center.

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Latin Xplosion 2008
Culturas de las Razas Unidas is hosting the 2008 Latin Xplosion, a showcase for Chicano and Latino talent, at the MSU Auditorium on Friday, Feb. 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. The show will feature a performance by the MSU Breakdance Club. Admission is free.
MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine’s eighth annual Visiting Faculty Lecture Series
This year’s topic, “Slavery to Freedom: an American Odyssey,” will honor the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s death by highlighting persons who have become icons of the American struggle for civil rights. All presentations will be at 5 p.m. at the Kellogg Center, and are open to students and the public. Featured speakers:
Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., Senior Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago: Feb. 7.
Mr. Charles Sherrod, Co-Founder and Field Secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee: Feb. 14.
The Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, Senior Pastor, Friendship-West Baptist Church, Dallas, Feb. 21.
Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, Presiding Prelate, Thirteenth Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Church, Feb. 28.

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The Impressionist Era: Works on Paper
The Art Museum at MSU in the Kresge Art Center will have impressionist works from more than 55 artists on display from Jan. 7 until March 16.
Six Characters in Search of an Author
This play by Luigi Pirandello explores the distinction between fact and fiction. It will run from Jan. 29 until Feb. 3 at the Arena Theatre Auditorium Building. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for students.
Mailed In
(SCENE) Metrospace will host an in-depth investigation and exhibit of mail art, or art that has traveled by the postal system. The exhibit will take place from Jan. 11 until Feb. 24.
A New Brain
Peppermint Creek Theatre presents this comical play by the authors of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. It runs from Jan. 10 to Jan. 19.

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The Hard Lessons
This local favorite will be playing at The Blind Pig on Jan. 10 at 9:30 p.m.
Fox on a Hill Presents the (SCENE) Metrospace Folk Festival
This two-day festival features artists such as Jen Sygit, The Fabulous Heftones, The Winter Sessions, Michael Beauchamp, Drew Howard and Luke Winslow-King on Jan. 18 and 19 at (SCENE) Metrospace.
Jazz: Spirituals, Prayer, and Protest
The Jazz Orchestra will be performing “Let There be Peace on Earth” as well as other popular gospel tunes in memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Jan. 20. See Katie Kelly’s article for more information.
Mason Proper
Mason Proper will be performing with Via Audio, Eons and Everthus the Deadbeats at The Blind Pig on Jan. 25 at 9:30 p.m.

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Moonlight and Magnolias
This wacky play is a behind the scenes look at what goes into writing a script with a short deadline. It runs from Dec. 5 to Dec. 30 at the Boar’s Head Theatre. For tickets, call (517) 484-7805.
Monty Python’s SPAMALOT
Spamalot is the outrageous tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table on their quest for the Holy Grail. It runs from Dec. 4 to Dec. 9 at Cobb Great Hall. For ticket information, visit the Wharton Center Web site.
WinterFest: Ethnic Festival
The Michigan Historical Museum will be celebrating culture of all kinds with music, arts and crafts and dancing on Dec. 15.
Potter Park Zoo’s Wonderland of Lights
Thursdays through Saturdays throughout December, Potter Park Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of holiday lights.

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New Atlantic
Mac’s Bar will be hosting New Atlantic with Paper Rival, Charlotte Sometimes and Monument on Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m.
Chris Bathgate
Chris Bathgate will be performing at The Blind Pig on Dec. 6. Doors open at 9:30 p.m.
Ingrid Michaelson
Ingrid Michaelson will be playing at The Blind Pig on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.
Mittenfest
The second annual Mittenfest at The Corner Brewery features more than a dozen local bands. Ticket sales benefit 826 michigan, a non-profit tutoring and writing center in Ann Arbor. Dec. 22 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Arts OR Crafts
MSU’s own Rob Roznowski wrote this play for the Year of Arts and Culture at MSU, which will run from Nov. 11 until Nov. 18 at the Pasant Theatre at the Wharton Center. Performances are Tues-Thurs 7:30 p.m.; Fri -Sat 8 p.m.; and Sun 2 p.m.
Works on Paper Gallery
These iconic images will be on exhibit at the Art Museum at Kresge Art Museum from Nov. 7 until Dec. 14.
“I am My Own Wife”
This Pulitzer Prize winning play is the true story of a German transvestite who survives Nazi Germany. Performances run from Nov. 8 through Nov. 17 at the Peppermint Creek Theatre.
International Film Festival
Hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences, the film festival will focus on Latin America with music, food, dance and films from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba and Mexico. The films will be shown in the Communication Arts and Sciences building from Nov. 8 to Nov. 11. See the Web site for more information.

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A Story Told
This local favorite’s album release party is Nov. 9 at (Scene) Metrospace at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Bluegrass and Country Acoustic Jam
Every second Monday of the month, Magdalena’s Tea House comes alive with bluegrass players from across Michigan. 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 12.
Poetry Reading by Diane Wakoski
Hosted by the Center for Poetry in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, Wakoski will read on Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in room 449W of the Main Library.

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Orhan Pamuk
This 2006 Nobel Prize winner in literature will speak at the Wharton Center as part of MSU’s College of Arts and Letters Signature Lecture series on Monday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, and free to MSU students, faculty and staff.
Dinosaur Dash
Proceeds from the MSU Federal Credit Union Dinosaur Dash 5K run/walk/wheel benefit educational programs at the MSU Museum. Starts at 10 a.m. at the MSU Museum on Saturday, Oct. 7.
Cirque du Soleil’s Saltimbanco
The famed performance group will debut “Saltimbanco” at the Breslin Student Events Center on October 10, as part of MSU’s Year of Arts and Culture.
Haunted Cider Mill
An autumn favorite, the Country Mill’s Haunted Cider Mill is open Fridays and Saturdays in October. 4648 Otto Rd., Charlotte, MI, 48813

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Oktoberfest in Old Town
Celebrate all things German with polka bands and authentic German food and beer at the second annual Oktoberfest, which will take place at the intersection of Turner and Grand River Ave. on Saturday Oct. 6 starting at 2 p.m.
The Hard Lessons
This local favorite will play at Mac’s Bar on Friday, Oct. 12 at 10 p.m.
Breast Cancer Awareness Concert
Magdalena’s Tea House, Saturday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m.
Canada
This band from Ann Arbor will play at (Scene) Metrospace on Saturday, Oct. 6 with Paleo, Butane Variations, and another Ann Arbor artist, Chris Bathgate. Doors open at 7 p.m.

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Paper Sculpture Show at the Art Museum at MSU
Visitors get the chance to “complete the artworks” in this interactive exhibit. The exhibit runs from September 4 to October 14.
East Side Poetry Series
Listen to poetry at Magdalena’s Tea House, Tuesday Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m. This month’s host is Gianni “Tupaco” Risper, a Nu Poets Collective member.
“Fiction”
This play by Steven Dietz, directed by Chad Badgero, opens at the Peppermint Creek Theatre on September 27, and runs until October 6.

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Old Town Blues Fest
The intersection of Turner and Grand River Ave. will be filled with the blues on two different stages on Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22.
Frontier Ruckus w/ Great Lakes Myth Society
Both bands will be playing at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor on Friday, Sept. 28 at 9 p.m.
Calliope
This local band will play at (SCENE) Metrospace, Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.

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