Bathroom humor that really sings.
If you're in town (sorry, we couldn't resist) this weekend, you might want to whizz on over to see "Urinetown the Musical," which opens today at Actors Cabaret of Eugene.
Although it will cost you $16 for reserved seats and $12 for general admission, at least you won't have to pay to pee, unlike some of the characters in the show. If you didn't know the Oregon premiere of this hit Broadway musical - which also plays Saturday - was today, then you must not have used one of the portable toilets at the Lane County Fair last month.
If you watched "Saturday Night Live" during the Will Ferrell years, then you know about Janet Reno's dance party. But there's another dance party in town this weekend: the Lincoln Center's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra dance party at the Cuthbert Amphitheater in Alton Baker Park on Sunday.
Led by Arturo O'Farrill, this 18-member Latin orchestra, heavy on brass and percussion, was put together in 2002 at the suggestion of Wynton Marsalis, who calls the orchestra "firmly connected to the essence of Latin jazz."
As a bonus, you'll also get to see the Grammy award-winning Paquito D'Rivera, the Cuban saxophone and clarinet player known for his jazz, bebop and Latin work. Tickets are $24, and half of all proceeds from this weekend's ticket sales will help the American Red Cross's relief effort for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
If you really want to jazz up the weekend, you could head over to the coast today and catch the opening of the Jazz at Newport Festival, which runs through Sunday.
This year's theme is "Ladies of Jazz." Marlena Shaw, a featured singer with the original Count Basie Orchestra, is the headliner.
Other best bets this weekend include Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys today at the Shedd ; and Reignition Vol. 8, featuring the PF Flyers, F. Capone, Klementyne and No Looking Back, at the WOW Hall today.