Looking for a different night out right here in Riverside? The Riverside Recreation Department has scheduled an evening of dinner and a whodunit at the historic Riverside water tower, 10 Pine Ave., from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17.

If you have never attended one of these events, treat yourself, because they are fun and interactive. You are going to be able to help solve the mystery of “Bullets in the Bathtub.”

You will be introduced to characters with such unlikely names as Harry Hyde, Red E. Mix, Trixie, Larry the Rug and Joey the Lip. If you enjoyed playing the game Clue, you will really like taking an active role in investigating “Bullets in the Bathtub.” Or, if you like, you can just be a casual observer and enjoy the show.

The event is something new for the department and Recreation Director Ron Malchiodi. It’s part of the department’s effort to introduce some novel ideas into the programming for the residents of Riverside and to make those programs convenient by keeping them right here in town.

Malchiodi comes by this type of a program naturally, having studied improv at the famed Second City in Chicago. Active in college theater, Malchiodi also did some performing in Oak Park as well and taught classes in public speaking and acting through the Park District of Oak Park. His classes were both for children and adults. He says, “The principles of performance transcend the stage.”

In other words, the fundamentals learned in a speaking or acting class can be used to give you confidence and ability in many areas.

The mystery dinner is just one of the programs Malchiodi and his staff are looking into to expand on already established programs to help fill a niche for residents and do it locally. They are always open to new ideas and will welcome any suggestions.

For more information on “Bullets in the Bathtub” call the Riverside Recreation Department at 442-7025. Ticket prices for dinner and the show are $55 for residents and $65 for non-residents. Be a super sleuth for an evening!