The Trylon is justly acclaimed for its multi-film series devoted to one genre or artist. This November, it presents six features and blocks of shorts as individual "mini-series." Bad Bugs Bunny is a set of Warner Bros. cartoons from the 1940s that were removed from circulation due to their openly racist, violent, pro-tobacco content. The Connection is a cinéma vérité look at heroin addicts awaiting their pusher in this landmark 1961 independent feature by Shirley Clarke. The Mormon Church Explains It All to You doesn't offer drugs or tobacco, but plenty of good, wholesome life lessons in four short films produced by the LDS Church in the 1960s and 1970s. These will be presented on the eve of the 2012 election. Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Gremlins 1 and 2 complete the month. Will a Mormon president be lurking at the end of it? The Trylon, 3258 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis; 612.424.5468. —John Ervin


Laurie Anderson • Walker Art Center
Friday–Sunday, November 2–4

Emory Allen

Calling Laurie Anderson merely a cool musician is almost reductionist. The "O Superman" vocalist is one of the great pioneers of the avant and experimental realms of sound — and she's married to Lou Reed. Her Dirtday! production, set for three shows in early November, is a force of political commentary dense with content that deals with the upcoming madness of our 2012 election with a backdrop of strings and electronics. America, on the other hand, just got a lot cooler. All ages, $39, 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. on Sunday, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.375.7600. —Reed Fischer

Madonna • Xcel Energy Center
Saturday & Sunday, November 3–4

The last time Madonna rolled through our state for a show was on July 29, 1987. The Who's That Girl Tour — her second one, and in support of her third album True Blue — touched down at the St. Paul Civic Center. This time, she'll enrapture the crowds at Xcel Energy Center for a pair of dates. This go-around is in support of MDNA, an album that would require a miracle to be as impactful as her late-'80s material, but isn't hurting. Over the years, though, Madge has managed to refine and grow her craft as a controversial and satisfying stadium performer — with dancier beats to keep it feeling like 2012. With Paul Oakenfold. $90-$355, 8 p.m. 199 Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; 800.745.3000. —Reed Fischer

Morrissey • Orpheum Theatre
Monday, October 29

The only person able to be un-delighted about Morrissey's upcoming tour is Moz himself. Given his rep for a delightfully dour demeanor, no sweat for the rest of us. His most recent release is a hits collection, Very Best of Morrissey, and surely that sort of range of emotions and songs tracing back to his split with the Smiths will be on display. This could be one of the final times to see Morrissey live — if recent comments about retiring in two years when he turns 55 are to be believed, anyhow. Anyone who loves this marvelous, pompadoured legend isn't going to risk it, and there'll probably be more than a few fans trying to throw themselves at him, as tradition dictates. The unsubtle performance pop of Kristeen Young will be the Mozfather's opening act. $39.50-$75, 7:30 p.m. 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 800.745.3000. —Reed Fischer

P.O.S. • First Avenue
Friday, October 26

photo: Kelly Loverud

"We genuinely believe that all of your shit is fake," rapper-about-town P.O.S. yells on "Fuck Your Stuff." It's one of a ton of powerful cuts on his fourth solo album, We Don't Even Live Here, which will be released October 23. His larger goal on the track: scuffing up rap's long-held obsession with "the finer things." P.O.S. would not only prefer to live without material obsession himself, but he's coming after your stuff with a spray paint can, explosives, some bricks, and loads of lyrical mortar. The rest of the decidedly un-fake album is similarly potent, but the beats are a varied melange of twisted EDM, Lazerbeak-assisted boombast, and some weirdness courtesy of his Marijuana Deathsquads co-conspirator Ryan Olson. Aside from some lyrical assists from Doomtree pals, there's also a guest appearance by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, and it bangs. Judging by the white-hot warm-up P.O.S. had at Icehouse recently, this'll be a night the local music community will remember for a long time. 18+, $15, 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Reed Fischer

Bob Dylan • Xcel Energy Center
Wednesday, November 7

There are plenty of things we get to do 35 times in life, but are they all as meaningful as Bob Dylan's 35th album, The Tempest? At the ripe age of 71, the Minnesota native has kept a recent resurgence alive with another genre-defining album of rock, blues, and folk. The storytelling is as masterful as his throat is phlegmy. "Duquesne Whistle" in particular shows how easy this whole songwriting thing can still be for the guy. Plus, he's got one of the most versatile and evocative backing bands in the business. As you can say with any Dylan show, the hits will be in there, but hard to recognize. With Mark Knopfler. All ages, $47.50-$129.50, 6:30 p.m. 199 Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; 800.745.3000. —Reed Fischer

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