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Sunday March 26, 2017  
6:30 pm 17 Border Crossings
A trip around the world via storytelling is effortlessly fluent in 17 Border Crossings, which starts with an empty stage and ends everywhere but! The itinerary: a Communist-era train traveling from Prague to Belgrade; a transatlantic jet to Heathrow; and 15 other border crossings recreated with magnetic charm by director, designer, and storyteller/narrator Thaddeus Phillips (Red-Eye to Havre de Grace). Tickets from $34.50 (more)

Wharton Center (750 E. Shaw Lane, Wharton Center East Lansing, MI)
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Thursday March 30, 2017  
7:30 pm The Hot Sardines
YOU DEMANDED – SO, THEY’RE BACK! The Hot Sardines return with their unique recipe of hot jazz and sultry standards from the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s, rich New Orleans sounds, a dash of ’40s Paris flavor, and vibrant musical surprises. Steeped in salty stride piano and the music Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Fats Waller used to make,The Hot Sardines make straight-up, foot-stomping jazz with their own tap dancer as percussionist. Tickets from $20.50 (more)

Wharton Center (750 E. Shaw Lane, Wharton Center East Lansing, MI)
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Monday April 3, 2017  
6:30 pm Ta-Nehisi Coates
Over the last few years, Ta-Nehisi Coates has established himself as one of America’s finest intellectuals, a writer whose essays are so powerful and rigorously researched that he has forced many discussions on issues that would otherwise be ignored. His 2014 extended Atlantic essay, “The Case for Reparations,” stands as one of the most brilliant expose?s of recent history. He is also the author of two memoirs, The Beautiful Struggle and Between the World and Me, which are both brilliantly conceived. Coates continues the discussion on racism prompted by MSU’s Project 60/50 and One Book One Community. A special chance to see this in-demand author in a rare speaking engagement. Tickets from $13, FREE to MSU students and faculty (more)

Wharton Center (750 E. Shaw Lane, Wharton Center East Lansing, MI)
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Thursday April 6, 2017  
7:30 pm Brian Regan
A regular on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Regan made history on September 26, 2015 with the live Comedy Central broadcast of Brian Regan: Live from Radio City Music Hall, the first-ever live broadcast of a stand-up special in Comedy Central’s history. The special was critically-acclaimed with Vanity Fair calling Regan, “The funniest stand-up alive”. “He is one of my favorite, favorite stand-up comedians.” - Jerry Seinfeld “Brian Regan is one of my favorite comedians ever. He is unbelievably funny.” – Jimmy Fallon “Honestly, Brian Regan’s the best stand-up working today. Period.” – Patton Oswalt Tickets from $45 (more)

Wharton Center (750 E. Shaw Lane, Wharton Center East Lansing, MI)
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Friday April 7, 2017  
8:00 pm Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science
Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science, the follow-up to the smash Edible Inevitable tour, will hit the road in 2017. Fans can expect all-new everything including songs, multimedia presentations, talk-show antics, and bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations. (more)

Wharton Center (750 E. Shaw Lane, Wharton Center East Lansing, MI)
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Sunday April 9, 2017  
7:00 pm Rocktopia Live
ROCKTOPIA LIVE is a revolutionary performance celebrating the fusion of classical music with classic rock. The live concert features five world-class vocalists, five top notch rock musicians, an orchestra and choir. ROCKTOPIA LIVE delivers one-of-a-kind musical arrangements featuring the works of classical composers, rock bands and artists including Queen, Mozart, Journey, Handel, U2, Tchaikovsky, Heart, Beethoven, Styx, Foreigner, Rachmaninoff, Pink Floyd, Copland, The Who and more. Now a PBS special ROCKTOPIA LIVE IN BUDAPEST: A CLASSICAL (R)EVOLUTION. Support your local PBS station by pledging to receive the DVD and CD which features full length versions of these musical mash ups. Tickets from $42 (more)

Wharton Center (750 E. Shaw Ln. East Lansing, MI)
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Tuesday April 18, 2017  
7:30 pm Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
One of the world’s favorite dance companies, Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater grew from a 1958 New York performance and rejuvenated American dance – celebrating the African-American experience and the enrichment of modern dance globally. Judith Jamison, Ailey’s 1989 successor, selected Robert Battle to succeed her in 2011. The Washington Post declared he “has the troupe’s forward momentum well in hand.” The company is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts and is recognized by a U.S. Congressional resolution as an American “Cultural Ambassador to the World.” Through 30 extraordinary dancers, Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater celebrates a unified cultural experience. Don’t miss this exciting evening featuring the company’s signature masterpiece, Revelations. Tickets from $24, MSU student tickets $18 (more)

Wharton Center for Performing Arts (750 E. Shaw Lane, Wharton Center East Lansing, MI)
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Friday April 21, 2017  
8:00 pm Wayne Shorter Quartet
One of the most influential saxophonists and composers in modern music, at 82, icon Wayne Shorter is a jazz titan, a prolific visionary whose work is history making and astounding. Shorter’s trajectory has embodied continual exploration and unencumbered momentum. His past includes Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and the Miles Davis Quintet, followed by the formation of his own band, the Weather Report, in the ‘70s. Tickets from $29 (more)

Wharton Center for Performing Arts (750 E. Shaw Lane, Wharton Center East Lansing, MI)
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Tuesday June 6, 2017  
7:25 pm Fun Home
Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. The “groundbreaking,” “life-affirming” and “exquisite” new musical Fun Home was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards® including BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL and BEST SCORE awards for Lansing’s own Lisa Kron, as well as BEST MUSICAL – making history along the way. Tickets from $41 (more)

Wharton Center (750 E. Shaw Lane, Wharton Center East Lansing, MI)
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Thursday August 24, 2017  
7:30 pm Hockey--The Musical!
This is sure to draw theater and sports fans alike. When God decides there are too many sports in the world, he chooses to eliminate one of them - hockey. But that doesn't sit well with fans of the underdog game. So God says that if five pure-of-heart souls can plead their case to save their beloved sport, he'll reconsider. Watch the hilarity unfold as five misfits sing and dance their way toward saving hockey in this raucous, bawdy, foot-tapping musical, an Albom original. "I'm really thrilled about bringing the quirky, lovable elements of hockey into a comic musical," says Albom. "It's an underdog show for an underdog sport. The laughs and heart that the story is able to dig out, thanks to how much we all love hockey, has made for perhaps the most enjoyable creation I've ever attempted." Saturday matinee at 2:00 PM, all other showtimes 7:30 PM Tickets from $35, available at whartoncenter.com, 1-800-WHARTON, or at he the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office at Wharton Center. (more)

Wharton Center Pasant Theatre (750 E. Shaw Ln. East Lansing, MI)
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