Fri. Oct. 4
With the invention of the spectroscope in the mid-nineteenth century, humanity got its first shot at understanding the nature and composition of stars. The spectroscope allowed astronomers to observe and analyze the light emitted by stars. Find out how spectroscopy has changed the study of astronomy in this fascinating lecture. 6-8pm. Ticket Includes 7pm showing of Ooky Spooky Light Show. Get tickets online.
Longway Planetarium 1310 E. Kearsley St., Flint
At The Machine Shop 6-10pm. Admission: $30-plus.
The Machine Shop Concert Lounge, 3539 Dort Hwy., Flint
Fri. Oct. 4 – Sat. Oct. 5
Since 1983, the Holly Hotel Comedy Club has been one of the best venues for professional stand-up comedians from Los Angeles to New York. 8:30pm and 10pm shows. $15 cover charge, $12 for dining guests. For reservations, call 248.634.5208.
Holly Hotel, 110 Battle Alley, Holly
Join the Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille for Live Entertainment at the Piano Bar. Featured entertainers in October: Sean Caldwell and Friends.
Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille, 302 N. LeRoy St., Fenton
Memphis is set in the places where rock and roll was born in the 1950s: the seedy nightclubs, radio stations and recording studios of the musically-rich Tennessee city. With an original score, it tells the fictional story of DJ Huey Calhoun (based loosely on real life DJ, Dewey Phillips, who began playing black music as early as 1952), a good ole’ local boy with a passion for R&B music and Felicia Farrell, an up-and-coming black singer. Runs Oct. 3-Oct. 19. Admission: $5 per person. Friday: 7-9pm. Saturday: 2-4pm and 7-9pm.
The New McCree Theatre, 2138 W. Carpenter Rd., Flint
Get ready to have a spook-tacular time! Parents and children can come out to enjoy fun and spooky visuals created here in Flint by Longway Planetarium’s talented team of artists and programmers. This program is a perfect way to celebrate the season, and is sure to become a holiday classic for Mid-Michigan families. The fun starts Wed. Oct 2 and runs through Thurs. Oct. 31. Show times: 4pm daily, 7pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. No 4pm show Oct. 8. No 7pm show Oct. 31.
Longway Planetarium 1310 E Kearsley St., Flint
This Tony Award winning play pits the charming rogue, MacMurphy, against very tightly wound and controlling Nurse Ratchet. MacMurphy mistakenly thinks he can get out of a short prison sentence by faking mental illness and going instead to a mental institution. MacMurphy soon takes over the ‘yard’ and accomplishes what the doctors have been unable to do for 12 years – get the mute Indian Chief to talk. He leads the others out of their introversion however his antics soon lead to the horrifying climax. Friday and Saturday performance: 7-9pm. Sunday: 2-4pm.
Fenton Village Playhouse, 14197 Torrey Rd., Fenton
Sat. Oct. 5
Clarissa Shields, Flint native and two-time Olympic gold medalist in boxing wants to make history in her hometown. She will fight Ivana Habazin for the vacant WBO junior middleweight and WBC women’s super welterweight titles. 6pm.
Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Rd., Flint
Sat. Oct. 5 – Sun. Oct. 6
Make your way to Crossroads Village for one of autumn’s greatest traditions. Enjoy treats and tricks, cider and donuts, little monsters and big fun for the whole family. From an Enchanted Forest to the magic show at the Colwell Opera House or the straw maze and treat stops throughout the village, it’s sure to put all in the spirit of the season. Don’t forget to top off your visit with a 40-minute ride through the autumn countryside on the famous Huckleberry Railroad Ghost Train Express or a cruise around Mott Lake on the Genesee Belle. It is highly recommended that you purchase your train ride early as they often sell out in advance. 12-5pm.
Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, 6140 Bray Rd., Flint
Sun. Oct. 6
From People’s Republic of China, Hebei Province, Cirque Mei features traditional and contemporary Chinese circus acts in a colorful and lively celebration of the internationally renowned Chinese circus arts. The performance, featuring a company of 40 elite circus artists and acrobats, includes many of the most popular Chinese circus routines including: Hoops Diving, Lion Dance, Collective Bicycle Skills, Flying Meteors, Foot Juggling with Umbrellas, Female Contortion and Ladder Balancing Act. 3-5pm.
The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley St., Flint
Join the National Chinese Orchestra, Taiwan and the Shintrun Taiwanese Opera Group in the UM-Flint Theatre! The groups will perform “Formosa Roadside Wedding Banquet” — a unique Taiwanese-style musical. Don’t miss the chance to see this talented national Orchestra. Free admission. 2:30-4pm.
University of Michigan-Flint Theatre, 303 E. Kearsley St., Flint