'Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps'
Part of the "Morphologies: Queer Performance Festival," this new play asks the age-old question of what it means to be a man -- through the eyes of someone having a sex-change operation. Based on the true-life experience of Alaskan trans artist Scott Turner Schofield, "Becoming a Man" explores the emotional, dramatic process with a sense of humor through Schofield's dance, movement and words. In an interactive twist, the show's "choose your own adventure" format invites audience members to decide which of Schofield's many stories they will hear during each show, which promises to be as serious as it is irreverent. Friday's performance is followed by a party. (7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $12-$15. Ritz Theater, 345 13th Av. NE., Mpls. www.ritzdolls.com.) JAHNA PELOQUIN
'Don't Rain on My Panda Bear!'
Justin Leaf has an exciting double (or perhaps triple) life as a performer. The ballet star is a longtime member of Minnesota Dance Theatre but he also pines for the cabaret stage, which led him to a 2007 Sage award for "Broadway Bound ... and Gagged." With his Junkyard Theater, Leaf has given the world an original character, the divine Mistress Ginger. But this weekend Leaf plans a new direction in his show "Don't Rain on My Panda Bear!" He'll be singing tunes from the likes of Kurt Weill, Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman, Blossom Dearie and more, accompanied by ace jazz pianist George Maurer, and yes, a dancing panda. Not to be left out, expect Ginger to crash the show. 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $10-$15. Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Mpls. 612-825-8949 or www.bryantlakebowl.com.) CAROLINE PALMER
'Eartha ... The Whole Kitt & Kaboodle'
The late singing and acting star Eartha Kitt was known for her playful purr, especially after she memorably donned Catwoman's form-fitting black suit in the "Batman" TV series. Her songs include "Santa Baby," "I Want to Be Evil" and "Love for Sale." She also was passionately pro-gay rights and antiwar. Twin Cities singer/actor Regina Marie Williams celebrates Kitt in "Eartha ... The Whole Kitt & Kaboodle." This show of music and anecdotes, which also features pianist Dan Chouinard, is part of the Capri Theater's Legends series. (7 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. $25. Capri Theater, 2027 W. Broadway, Mpls. 1-866-811-4111 or www.thecapritheater.org.) ROHAN PRESTON
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