After a couple big music Saturday nights, Rupp Arena turns to comedy this weekend with ventriloquist star Jeff Dunham. The comedian and his many characters — including Walter, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Bubba J, and Peanut — play the arena at 430 West Vine Street at 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $49 and available at the Lexington Center ticket office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 859-233-3535 or at rupparena.com.
Mary Todd: The Opera
Bluegrass Opera & Music Theatre will celebrate the 200th birthday of Lexington native Mary Todd, who later famously added Lincoln as her surname, with the new show “Mary Todd: An American Musical,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center, 141 E. Main Street. The show looks at Todd’s youth in Lexington, including her relationship with her father, stepmother and Lexington’s black community. Tickets are $15 and $20 and available by calling 859-425-2550 or visiting bgolex.org.
Improv music and art
The MS Rezny Studio Gallery’s current exhibit is “Interludes: Art Inspired by Music,” a show of work by Kathy Rees Johnson, Chris Brannock, Mary Louise Dean and Patrick McNeese ... and you? As part of the exhibit, the gallery presents an art and music improv session from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, where visitors can create original art from available mixed media supplies while Johnson plays a diverse selection of music. The gallery is in the Distillery District at 903 Manchester Street. Visit msrezny.com or call 859-252-4647.
Our fine, four-fendered friend
The School for Creative and Performing Arts is back on stage at the Lexington Opera House, 401 West Short Street, with its production of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr.,” based on the hit British musical about a fantastic flying car. Fun James Bond facts related to this show: It is based on a novel by Bond author Ian Fleming and the original 1968 movie was produced by Albert R. Broccoli who also brought 007 to the big screen. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $17 adults and $12 students and available by calling 859-233-3535 or visiting lexingtonoperahouse.com.
You’re not in Kansas ...
The Eastern Kentucky University School of Music brings the classic tale of Dorothy and the Wicked Witch of the West to the stage of EKU’s Gifford Theatre, 2396 Crabbe Street in Richmond, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets to “The Wizard of Oz” are $10 adults, $8 students and ages 62 and older. They are available at the door or music.eku.edu/events/wizard-oz-musical.