The Sactown Weekend Update for Aug. 2-4

Courtesy of The Color Run

This weekend, a bloody good musical premieres at Big Idea Theatre, Drew Carey brings the funny to the Punch Line, fistfuls of pigment fly at The Color Run, and Chicago rocks out at Thunder Valley’s Outdoor Amphitheatre.

The Lieutenant of Inishmore
Described by The Guardian as “one of the greatest and most improbable comedies of the decade,” this play about revenge, violence and mental instability by Martin McDonagh makes its Sacramento premiere at Big Idea Theatre this weekend. The black comedy focuses on Mad Padraic, a crazed, tough-as-nails Irish freedom fighter, who discovers the mutilated body of his beloved pet cat Wee Thomas, launching him into a murderous rage to find and punish those responsible. $10-$20. 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Big Idea Theatre. 1616 Del Paso Blvd. 960-3036.

Drew Carey
The longtime star of The Drew Carey Show has been hosting The Price Is Right since Bob Barker retired in 2007, and comes to Sacramento for performances tonight and Saturday, just weeks after the network return of the popular improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which he hosted and produced from 1998 to 2004 (the reboot will be hosted by Aisha Tyler). $35. Friday at 8 p.m. Saturday at 7 & 9:15 p.m. Punch Line Comedy Club. 2100 Arden Way. 925-5500.

The Color Run
Race with flying colors this Saturday during this annual fun run touted as “the happiest 5K on the planet.” Over 7,000 runners will converge on Capitol Mall to traverse the three-mile trek through the streets of downtown and Old Sacramento, all while being pelted with handfuls of bright pigments. Still not feeling saturated enough? After crossing the finish line, head to a post-race party with live music and DJs counting down to massive “color throws.” A portion of the event proceeds will go toward Girls on the Run of Greater Sacramento, a nonprofit organization that teaches young women about health and exercise through activities like after-school runs. $50 ($45 per person for groups of four). 9 a.m. Capitol Mall. 855-662-6567.

The nine-member Grammy-winning band with a long list of hits like “You’re the Inspiration,” “Hard Habit to Break” and “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” comes to town this Saturday. Singing lead vocals will be Jason Scheff, who took over for Peter Cetera in 1985 starting with the album Chicago 18, which contained songs like “Will You Still Love Me.” Scheff-led ballads also include “What Kind of Man Would I Be” and “I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love.” $39.50-$92.50. 8 p.m. Thunder Valley’s Outdoor Amphitheater. 1200 Athens Ave. Lincoln. 408-7777.