Your weekend outlook: new and different

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Nathan Christopher, Lindsay Marcy, and Randy Reyes star in Alan Berks’ Music Lovers at the Playwrights’ Center. Photo by Travis Anderson

There’s a lot of new work out there this weekend, so don’t tell me you’ve “been there, done that.” Why not take a risk on something completely unexpected?

Do you have fond memories of your first crush on a band? Are you still going from one musical love affair to the next? Workhaus Collective presents Alan Berks’ play “Music Lovers,” billed as “a witty, sexy comedy for people whose first love was a catchy pop hook, an obscure album by a forgotten band, or a musician they met at a bar who changed their lives.” Shows run at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis weekends in March, and this Saturday night the performance will be followed by a nice little set from Fan Fiction (a.k.a. Martin Devaney and Kate Murray).

The Southern Theater continues the celebration of its 100th birthday by returning to its roots with “The Vaudevillian.” Theater of Fools collaborated with local storyteller Kevin Kling to put together an evening that uses the Southern’s own history to examine the always theatrical pursuit of the American Dream. “The Vaudevillian” runs this weekend and next and features music by the Medicine Show Band.

Myron Johnson reunites with composer Steven Rydberg for two weekends of live music and dance performances titled “Our Way.” Johnson and Rydberg worked together for many years creating original works for the Children’s Theatre Company.

Nimbus Theatre presents the regional premiere of “Strike Slip,” in which a tragic shooting forces three diverse families to confront the way they perceive themselves, their community and their dreams. Performances run weekends in March at the Minneapolis Theater Garage.

Ragamala Music and Dance Theater joins forces with the Children’s Theatre Company to present “Iron Ring.” Rooted in the mythology of ancient India, the story follows the travels of young Tamar who loses a game of chance with a mysterious stranger and finds himself on quest to win back his kingdom.

Check back later for more in-depth looks at art exhibitions at CVA gallery in St. Paul and Chambers gallery in Minneapolis…

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