Sure, the economy sucks, but chances are, you can still flush the toilet whenever you want. Not so for the students of Escuela Xecotoj (say-co-tah) in the Guatemalan highlands. For the 90 kids between preschool and sixth grade and their five teachers, flushing is an option only during the one hour a day when running water reaches the toilets. "Shitty," you say, "but what does this have to do with me?" Well, if you would like to help some Guatemalan kids get a better school, local musicians Bob Walkenhorst and Jeff Porter are playing a benefit for the cause at Simpson House (4509 Walnut), next to All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. A reception with drinks and snacks follows the 7 p.m. piano-and-guitar concert. Tickets cost $25. Call 816-931-6044 to reserve yours.
— Crystal K. Wiebe Sat., Jan. 22, 7 p.m., 2011