Your Weekend Outlook: Ready for take-off

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Shapiro & Smith Dance Company performs “Women and Men” at the Southern Theater.

These are the weekends I love, when just a little bit of everything is out there for the choosing. Want dance? We’ve got it. Theater? No prob! Poetry reading? Sure thing. Plus music, prints, parties and more. Read on…

Shapiro & Smith Dance Company returns to the Southern Theater in Minneapolis for its latest evening of choreography “Women and Men.” Through five different pieces (three company favorites and two new works) the dancers delve into the relationships and boundaries that exist between the sexes. Performances run April 1-4.

It’s Poetry Month! Poets Lightsey Darst and Greg Hewett read from their newly released collections (Find the Girl, and darkacre, respectively) tomorrow night at the Loft. The reading begins at 7pm.

The expression “Safe as Houses” doesn’t seem to carry the weight it used to now that the mortgage crisis has hit. Joking Envelope pushes the irony even further when a family buys a house located on the mouth of Hell. Performances run April 2 – 17 at Minneapolis Theater Garage.

Highpoint Center for Printmaking presents the work of 11 South African artists created in the David Krut workshop in Johannesburg. The artists find inspiration in their fraught social history, spirituality and music. The show runs through April 24.

Brazilian music legend and that country’s former Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil returns to Minnepaolis for the first time in nearly a decade. He performs Sunday night at Orchestra Hall.

For some music that’s equally exotic but in a more intimate setting, check out Lebanese Oud master Bassam Saba. In addition to performing with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, he conducts the New York Arabic Orchestra. Thursday he’ll be performing with leading classical Arabic percussionist April Centrone at the Cedar Cultural Center.

Rediscover the innocence of the 1960s with your kids; Walker Art Center celebrates the opening of its “1964″ exhibition with a Free First Saturday filled with dancing, prints and fun all with a retro feel.

Not sure what kind of art you want, but you know you want to party? Try out Ricochet Kitchen: Evolutionary Art Party at Bedlam Theater in Minneapolis. The get-together features all kinds of dance, spoken word, performance art and independent film. The party gets underway Saturday at 8:30pm, with a sliding cover charge of $5-10.

So tell me, what have you got going on this weekend?