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Marching to the beat of its own drum, convergence-continuum opens its season in the spring and runs through year's end, instead of following just about every other performing-arts organization's calendar season. But who cares when they do it, as long as artistic director Clyde Simon keeps on doing interesting stuff?

The new season opens March 19 with David Lindsay-Abaire's dark, coming-of-age comedy Kimberly Akimbo, the story of a suburban teenager who, in addition to the usual teen's family matters, has to deal with the fact that she's aging four times as fast as the rest of the world. Other scripts in the lineup include Len Jenkin's phantasmagorical jewel heist Dark Ride (May 21-June 19), Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's dinner-party satire Hunter Gatherers (July 16-August 14), Roberto Aguirre-Sacassa's dating horror show Say You Love Satan (September 3-25), Jose Rivera's drama Brainpeople (October 15-November 13) and, finally, Simon's "holiday show," Cleveland playwright Christopher Johnston's Aporkalypse (December 3-19).

Part of gearing up for a new season is raising cash. That's what the company is up to this week, with its Vegas Royale Spectacular. It's a celebration of Glitter Gulch in the '60s, complete with gaming tables and showgirls. Martini Five-O and Lounge Kitty should be in their element as they provide music. Food and drinks from local restaurants are included in the ticket price. It's at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 20, at the Liminis (2438 Scranton Rd., 216.687.0074, convergence-continuum.org.) Tickets: $15.

The Lit brings author Paula McLain to its monthly fiction workshop this week. Abandoned by both parents, McLain and her two sisters were raised in foster homes until they aged out of the system. McLain worked as a nursing assistant, pizza-delivery girl, auto-plant worker and cocktail waitress before diving into the world of words. Two decades later, she's racked up a long list of recognitions, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She's published a couple of poetry collections, a memoir about growing up in foster care and a novel. A second novel, her fictionalized account of part of Ernest Hemingway's life, is due from Ballantine Books in 2011. The John Carroll instructor will workshop participant's fiction from 6:30-9pm Thursday, February 18, at Trinity Commons (2230 Euclid Ave., 216.694.0000, the-lit.org). Suggested donation: $5-$10.

mgill@clevescene.com

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