Weekend outlook: pulling strings

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Master puppeteer Michael Sommers in action

Bring on the puppets! Open Eye Figure Theatre and Walker Art Center co-present Toy Theatre After Dark, two weekends of performances – some for kids, others for adults only – featuring some of the most talented puppeteers working… in miniature.

Get your dance shoes on for Beyond Ballroom’s latest work, with performances all this weekend at The Ritz in Minneapolis. The evening includes a reworking of the company’s 2007 production, “Spinning Wheel,” “The Nightingale,” and a new work, “Change of Hue.”

Like your news in the form of a quiz show? Then you’ll want to see Peter Sagal, host of “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me” on Saturday night at Bet Shalom Congregation in Minnetonka.

How good can you feel about being successful, if it’s at the cost of abandoning your family? Pillsbury House Theatre presents Broke-ology, the story of a loving family caught between the future they envisioned and the present they have. Note: all performances are pay what you can.

Imagine all the gods of all the world’s mythologies meet up at a saloon in the wild West. Add a live band and you have The 7-Shot Symphony. Live Action Set puts Odin, Gilgamesh, Hades, Orpheus, Thor and a host of others in cowboy hats and gives them finger guns – can you feel the fear? Performances run through March 27 at Loring Theater.

Take a journey through medieval Islam, and the scientific discoveries of a boy raised by gazelles in “Journey,” an English adaption of Hayy ibn Yaqzan (“The Self-Taught Philosopher”), considered one of the spiritual and scientific masterpieces of the medieval Islamic world. This weekend is your last chance to see the show at the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis.

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