Carrie: The Musical
Wharton Center, Lansing
whartoncenter.com, (517) 353-1982
The classic Stephen King horror novel, Carrie, comes to life on the Wharton Center stage this Halloween season. Just in time to deliver a requisite bloodbath and chill the bones of unsuspecting high school students… in the form of song and dance. One can only hope that Carrie White finds a dance partner in an outsized crucifix and that chorus girls don tampon-laden swing skirts for monstrous dance numbers, a’la Busby Berkeley style. Either way, plot elements like telekinesis, religious fanaticism and age-old schoolyard bullying will surely pluck the heartstrings of horror and send audiences into a crimson reverie.
Fennville Goose Festival
The annual Fennville Goose Festival is celebrating its 30th year this month with the usual shenanigans. The event kicks off with the Wild Goose Chase 5k and the Gosling Run for Kids. Other thematic activities include a goose calling competition and the Goose Festival Parade. Dive into the past at historical exhibitions, bring home handmade goodies from the arts and crafts show and take a gander (ha!) at the classic car show. A carnival midway will offer up dizzying rides and sugar laden treats, while live entertainment will be on hand to regale you with music.
Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship
Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids
Oct. 18- March 2015
$10-$17, children 2 and under free
grpm.org, (616) 929-1700
Take a trip down the gangplank and jump into the realm of authentic pirates who raised hell and sunk ships in the 1700s at Real Pirates, a new exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Learn the riveting tale of the slave vessel Whydah, which became a pirate ship and eventually sank off the coast of Cape Cod almost 300 years ago. Attendees can explore and even touch items from more than 200 artifacts on display like, “treasure cannons and weaponry,” said Kate Moore, vice president of marketing and public relations with the museum. “And, a real interesting thing that folks can connect with is that there were women pirates and children pirates [on the ship]." Other interactive elements include a life-size replica of the Wydah that visitors can walk through and a station where you can learn to tie naval knots. “It’s a little more gritty than the Titanic [exhibition] … and who doesn’t love pirates?” Moore said. Tickets are already on sale and advanced purchases are recommended to avoid lines.
Buster Keaton Society Film Festival 20th Anniversary
Frauenthal Theater, Muskeon
Oct. 4, 8 p.m.
frauenthal.org, (231) 722-2890
As the story goes, Buster Keaton, along with numerous other vaudevillians, regularly summered in Muskegon in the early 1900s. This makes for a perfect location to gather in honor the 20th anniversary of the Buster Keaston Society Film Festival and the International Buster Keaton Convention. In line with this year’s nautical theme, enthusiasts can enjoy screenings of Steamboat Bill Jr., The Boat and the Love Nest at Frauenthal Theater. The films will have live accompaniment and guest speakers. Other attractions include a walking tour of the famous Bluffton Actors’ Colony, a memorabilia auction, banquets and much more.