Welcome to November! This Racine County weekend includes live entertainment, an unusual 5k run, an early shot at shopping and a last chance. Come along with Real Racine.
The Penguins are back. “It’s a Penguin Thing” is the new fall show from The Penguin Players opening Friday at the Eagles Club Ballroom, 316 Hamilton St., Racine. This local troupe presents a fast-paced revue that includes singing, dancing and comedy. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets at the door are $9. If you can’t make it this weekend, the Penguins will also take the stage Nov. 13-15.
A funny run. The second annual Nearly Naked 5k starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at John’s Dock, 303 Dodge St. At each kilometer, runners will shed a clothing item. All clothing will be donated to the Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization (HALO). There are pre-run prizes for the best dressed participants and raffle tickets for each package of new underwear or socks that are donated. After the run, runners can warm up at a post-race party and dress up in a plush bathrobe or hooded sweatshirt or sweatpants. There is still room available at $25 per person (not including the swag items). Visit www.nearlynaked5k.com
Laughs on Saturday. The Racine All-Star Comedy Show is set to deliver an evening of laughs on Saturday at Memorial Hall, 72 Seventh St. The lineup includes Charles Walden, Pierre, Shawn Morgan, Moka and TP Lukas. These comedians have appeared on such national TV shows as BET’s “Comic View” and “Who’s Got Jokes?” Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. General admission is $20. VIP tables are $35 per person. Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com or the Racine Civic Centre box office, 5 Fifth St. Call 262-636-9229.
Be First. November’s First Friday is 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday in Downtown Racine. More than 50 locally owned businesses will be open with shopping, food and drink specials all evening. The Racine Art Museum, 441 Main St., has free admission all day until 9 p.m. Be sure to stop by the Racine Heritage Museum, 701 Main St., to see the new exhibit on the rich history of the Racine Raiders football team. Visit www.firstfridaysracine.com
Your last chance. It’s the final weekend for the Racine Theatre Guild’s production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” This wacky comedy about a pair of sweet old lady serial killers is at the Theatre Guild stage, 2519 Northwestern Ave. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, call 262-633-4218 or visit www.racinetheatre.org
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