Local artists tell holiday stories with drama, poetry and music

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Act I: LCC interprets a holiday tale

The holidays are an opportunity to create memories and to remember the old ones.

Students at Lansing Community College, led by Andy Callis, are giving two performances of a holiday memory game, “Mrs. Coney: A Tale at Christmas ”by Belinda Bremner.

Performing at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays at the Black Box Theater, Room 1422 of the Gannon Building, this free show features a narrator, James, bringing audiences back to Christmas of 1934 in Kentucky.

As a child, Jamie’s family lost their Oklahoma property to the Dust Bowl. So, for the winter of 1934, they went to live with his elderly aunt and uncle. Jamie goes looking for Christmas in the woods and finds an injured rabbit and a mysterious and bitter old woman. He treats her kindly and they exchange the real Christmas presents.

The song includes music – traditional Christmas carols and carols – and is designed to be a warm and humorous holiday story

Although the show is free, donations to the Performing Arts Scholarship Fund are welcome. Masks are mandatory regardless of vaccination status.

Act II: Feminists fundraise for the homeless with poetry

Words are powerful things, capable of starting revolutions and changing the world.

From 4 pm to 6 pm on Sunday, December 12, the Lansing Poetry Club and EveryBodyReads are sponsoring “Voices of the Revolution,” a poetry fundraiser for Loaves & Fishes ministries in Lansing.

In addition to an open mic, the program will feature a collective of feminist spoken word performers. They are Tari Muniz, Kim Griffin, Anita Skeen, Laurie Hollinger, Melinda Haus, Rina Risper, Susan Harris, Lisa Sarno and Ruelaine Stokes.

Fundraising is online. Reservations can be made at eventbrite.com/e/217008748007 and the event can be accessed through Zoom at us02web.zoom.us/j/86889475996. Participation is free, but donations are accepted.

Loaves & Fishes Ministries is a non-profit shelter that provides 10,950 emergency meals and 3,650 emergency shelter nights per year.

Act III: Ten Pound Fiddle leads a holiday song

Sometimes, just hearing other people play holiday music is not enough. Sometimes you want to participate in the game yourself and join in the singing. For these occasions, Ten Pound Fiddle has the event for you.

On Friday, December 10 at 7:30 pm, the annual Holiday Song with Sally Potter and her guests will open at the University’s United Methodist Church, 1120 S. Harrison in East Lansing.

For 17 years, singer and banjoist Sally Potter led the holiday song. This year, Doug Austin will play the grand piano and Doug Berch the hammered dulcimer. Ruelaine Stokes will offer oral creation performances. Potter will lead familiar selections around winter, solstice, peace, Christmas, and other holiday themes.

The annual holiday song is a fundraiser for the Ten Pound Fiddle. Lyrics sheets are provided for the seasonal songs. Most of them are secular, but some hymns are also included.

Tickets for the event are $ 20 for the public, $ 18 for Fiddle members and $ 5 for students. Proof of vaccination and masks are required for entry.

Bis!

● The Canadian Brass will perform a holiday concert at Cobb Great Hall in the Wharton Center at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 14. Tickets start at $ 24.

● The Lansing Symphony Orchestra will host its Holiday Pops concert at 3 p.m. on December 19 at Cobb Great Hall at the Wharton Center. The concert will feature traditional Christmas songs and carols.


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