"Urinetown" / Kushman does Napa / Reno River Festival

"Urinetown" in town  The hit musical comedy "Urinetown" is being performed by two local theater groups. Today on Insight, find out why this oddly named play is so popular, meet the directors of both the River State production and the UC Davis one, and hear some of the performers sing a song or two.

River Stage's production of "Urinetown" plays at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:00 p.m. Sundays starting April 21 and running through May 20, with discounted preview shows April 18-20, all at the Visual and Performing Arts Center, Consumnes River College, 8401 Center Parkway, Sacramento. Information: (916) 691-7364.

The UC Davis Department of Theater and Dance production plays at 8:00 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays May 24 through June 2, and 2:00 p.m. Saturday June 2 and Sunday June 3 with a discounted preview show May 23, all at the Main Theater, UC Davis. Information: (530) 754-ARTS.

Kushman does Napa   How does a TV critic write a book about wine? With a lot of humor, humility, and some help from local somalier and best friend Henry Beal.  Hear Kushman and Beal talk about "A Moveable Thirst: Tales and Tastes from a Season in Napa Wine Country," his experiences visiting all 141 public tasting rooms in Napa, and what he learned along the way.

Rick Kushman and Hank Beal will sign books at 7:00 p.m. May 10 at Borders in Sacramento, 2339 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento, and at 3:00 p.m. May 12 at Borders in Folsom, 2765 East Bidwell St., Folsom. Information for the Sacramento event: (916) 564-0168. Information for the Folsom event: (916) 984-5900.

Reno River Festival  The Reno River Festival is this week. Meet two of the world’s top kayakers who will compete this weekend, learn about the world-class Truckee River Whitewater Park, and find out what role the river is playing in Reno's revitalization.

The Reno River Festival takes place May 10-13 at the Truckee River Whitewater Park, downtown Reno.  Information: 800-FOR-RENO.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007