Arts, culture and entertainment events

LANSING, Michigan – Hello mid-Michigan!

Art, culture and entertainment is happening this week, and there’s plenty to choose from.

If you’re a Disney fan, you might want to visit the “Hero’s and Villains, The Art of Disney Costumes” exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. The exhibition presented by the Walt Disney Archives runs throughout the first of the year. It explores nearly six decades of Disney films, incorporates 79 costumes from 32 films, and depicts 24 different designers with clothing worn by 71 actors. Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume is a magical experience well worth the drive to Dearborn.

How about a quick weekend in Frankenmuth for a unique corn maze?

Frankenmuth’s Corn Maze has been voted the #1 Corn Maze several years in a row. It includes two miles of winding trails and strategically located observation decks with three interconnecting mazes. It runs until October 30.

Halloween is almost here, and central Michigan has an extraordinary number of haunted buildings. Jackson’s Zoerman Clarke Building was one of the first factories built next to Michigan’s first state penitentiary to use prison labor.

Beginning in the late 1800s, prisoners were moved through underground tunnels to the building, where they were sometimes worked to death making farm implements. The building has a great history and is said to be haunted.

You can experience it until November 6 at the Zoerman’s Zombies 3D haunted attraction. This is a joint venture between zombie woods and Art 364. It promises to be a terrifying 3D immersive art experience tied to the story of the Zoerman Clark building.

Speaking of fun things to do in Jackson this week, REO Speedwagon is playing Potter Center this Friday. Since 1972, REO Speedwagon has been entertaining crowds with its fantastic sound. The band’s hits include “Keep On Loving You”, “Take It On the Run” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling”. REO Speedwagon has sold 40 million albums worldwide, and you can see them in concert this Friday at the Potter Center.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Fenner Nature Center in Lansing hosts its annual Apple Butter Festival. This is an annual celebration focused on Michigan’s fall harvest and the traditions that come with it. The event features local artists, musicians and “celebrity stirrers” to help stir apple butter over a fire. It’s a fundraiser for Fenner and a perfect way to bring in the fall.

Here is a brief overview of the events unfolding this week. Whatever you do, I hope you succeed.

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Jennifer R. Strohm