Fall Arts Guide 2012


Cindy Sherman
November 10–February 17 • Walker Art Center

Earlier this year in New York, the Cindy Sherman retrospective was the must-see show of the season at the Museum of Modern Art. Critics unabashedly gushed over the disciplined, innovative, influential, prolific, and always surprising Sherman and her ever-changing body of work. For 35 years the artist has turned the camera on herself in ever-provocative explorations of women's inner lives and the cultural images that shape them, with humor, intelligence, and ferocity. She has created legions of characters drawn from high society, the silver screen, horror stories and fairy tales, the circus, and art history. By burying her physical features beneath layers of wardrobe and wigs, makeup and props, masks and prostheses, Sherman lays bare the stereotype at hand. The naked truth can be, simultaneously, laughable and disgusting, shocking and affecting. The 170 photographs in the show come from Sherman's groundbreaking "Untitled Film Stills" (late 1970s to 1980), the rococo history portraits (1989 to 1990); the aging-socialite pictures (2008); and her recent series of photographic murals (2010). 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.375.7600. —Camille LeFevre

The Human Condition: A Survey of Humanity
Mpls Photo Center

From The Human Condition: A Survey of Humanity • Andy Richter

Annie Griffiths-Belt, one of the first women to photograph for National Geographic and among its most renowned contributors, curated "The Human Condition" from hundreds of international submissions. Could the theme have been any broader or more generic? Nonplussed but ever compassionate, Griffiths-Belt wrote in her curatorial statement that, "I love the theme of the show, which is both timely and universal. It allowed each artist tremendous freedom to explore everything from breaking news to self-examination, from moments captured to figure studies." Unsurprisingly her three winning selections are, respectively, filled with rapturous light, resonant with timeless emotion, and a riveting vision of life that embraces innocence and horror. We've long explored the far reaches of the world through Griffiths-Belt's lens. Through this show we see how the eminent photojournalist, with her devotion to the environment and to women's issues, looks at the work of others. Nov. 10-Jan. 4. 2400 N. Second St., Minneapolis; 612.643.3511. —Camille LeFevre

The Myth of Utopia
October 4–28 • Rosalux Gallery

Terrence Payne

Dictionary definitions of "utopia" inspire despair ("an imaginary and indefinitely remote place"), cynicism ("a place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions") and hilarity ("an impractical scheme for social improvement"). In other words, pondering utopia — and the discord it produces — has long been rich fodder for intellectuals (Thomas Moore) and artists (Todd Rundgren). Utopia's mythical aspects get remarkable treatment in this exhibition, with work by John Diebel and Terrence Payne. Diebel's highly controlled, laser-sharp, color-block collages are largely devoid of humanity. Instead, the Lego-like buildings are an architectural foray into ideology and expectation. In his exuberant oil pastels, Payne uses pattern to humorously implode familiar iconography. Identity and the collective are the forces battling in his work. Together, Diebel and Payne invite viewers to examine their own notions of utopian ideals in this provocative exhibition. 1400 Van Buren Street NE #195, Minneapolis; rosaluxgallery.com. —Camille LeFevre

shadows traces undercurrents
October 16–November 17 • Katherine E. Nash Gallery

Wing Young Huie

Since taking the helm at the Nash Gallery as director, artist Howard Oransky has given a home to initiatives and collaborations that are fast putting the West Bank gallery on the map. Case in point: "shadows traces undercurrents," co-curated by art department faculty Christine Baeumler and Joyce Lyon, is occurring in conjunction with a sister symposium, "Mapping Spectral Traces VI," an international group of scholars, community leaders, and artists committed to socially engaged creativity. In the exhibition, more than 30 artists working in various media—including Jim Denomie, Jan Estep, Seitu Jones, and Rebecca Krinke—explore how undercurrents from the past inform the present. During the Mapping Spectral Traces symposium (October 18-19 in various locations), the focus is on "A Dakota Place," in honor of the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War. Through these multiple events, participants will formulate creative ways to address the challenges of the Dakota's contested history and compromised sense of place. Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; 612.624.7530. —Camille LeFevre

We the Designers
September 28–December 30 • Goldstein Museum of Design

Timothy Goodman, Untitled (2008)

The Goldstein Museum of Design, an archival and exhibition gem nestled in the second level of McNeal Hall on the U's "cow campus," is fondly referred to as "the biggest little museum in the Twin Cities," and rightly so. With clarity and succinctness, the curators assemble revelatory shows that celebrate, explicate, and enlighten, whether the focus is feathers in fashion or the secretary in popular culture. This fall, the draw is the presidential election — or rather, the language used to persuade the electorate. For the exhibition, 23 graphic designers have added to the discourse — and maybe mudslinging — with work that analyzes the political language being used to uplift or dissemble issues facing the Obama administration. Contributors range from the iconic Milton Glaser to designers from the Winterhouse Institute and the young turks from Topos Graphics to the U's own Daniel Jasper and Steven McCarthy. 241 McNeal Hall, University of Minnesota, St. Paul; 612.624.7434. —Camille LeFevre



The BodyCartography Project
October 25–27 • Walker Art Center McGuire Theater

Gene Pittman, courtesy Walker Art Center

Part dance, part installation, Super Nature juxtaposes the primal and the civilized, the raw and the cooked. The Minneapolis-based, globetrotting duo of Olive Bieranga and Otto Ramstad create a rad dialectic between nature, red in tooth and claw, and the veneer of social interaction we so assiduously cultivate. You never know what these earnestly ecological, aesthetically freewheeling, thoroughly original artists will come up with, but some of the area's most consistently fascinating performers will be there, including Ramstad, Justin Jones, Emily Johnson, and Anna Shogren. Special guests from the Lyon Opera Ballet, where Ramstad and Bieranga created a work in 2010, should make for a wildly engaging evening of dance theater. With an original score by Bessie Award-winning composer Zeena Parkins, who will be performing live in an elaborate scenic installation by Emmett Ramstad. Oct. 25-27. $15-$22. 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.375.7600. —Linda Shapiro

Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People
September 19–22 • Walker Art Center McGuire Theater

courtesy of Walker Art Center

The audience surrounds the action in Miguel Gutierrez's And lose the name of action. Seated on the stage of the Walker Art Center's McGuire Theater, they get an up-close and personal experience of this many-sided New York dance artist. His adrenaline-junkie tendencies feed into work that is all heart, heralded by the New York Times as "smart and moving and full of questions." Gutierrez's company, the Powerful People, incorporates both young and mature dancers who often look a lot like the rest of us, including revered New York performers K.J. Holmes and Ishmael Houston-Jones. Commissioned by WAC, the work explores some heady ideas, including how we experience consciousness through séances, neurological processes, and the mysterious logic of improvisation. No matter what the underlying themes, Gutierrez's dances are always about bodies moving with the intensity and zeal of true believers. $15-$22. 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.375.7600. —Linda Shapiro

Voices of Strength: Contemporary Dance and Theater by Women from Africa
October 10–13 • Walker Art Center McGuire Theater

Nadia Beugre in Quartiers Libres courtesy of the artist

This ambitious mini-festival brings two programs focusing on dance theater by five fierce female director-choreographers from Africa. Program I features Kettly Noël (Mali and Haiti) and Nelisiwe Xaba (South Africa) in Correspondences, a duet that takes familiar themes (race, culture, gender) in raucous directions. In Sombra, Maria Helena Pinto of Mozambique explores the lives of "invisible" women with a bucket over her head. Program II presents Bouchra Quizguen's (Morocco) Madame Plaza, replete with guttural wailing and incantations by three Aïta vocalists, and Quartiers Libre by Nadia Beugré (Ivory Coast), a solo that illuminates the struggle between cultural boundaries and personal freedom. A great chance to witness the drive and diversity of contemporary African dance. Program I: Oct. 10 & 12. Program II: Oct. 11 & 13. $18-$22, or both for $30. 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.375.7600. —Linda Shapiro


Sherman Alexie
November 12 • Plymouth Congregational Church

photo: Chase Jarvis

Outspoken indigenous poet, novelist, and short-story writer Sherman Alexie has won a host of awards, including the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Last year he defended young people and their literature when the Wall Street Journal complained that kids' books had become far too "dark." His response: "As a child, I read because books — violent and not, blasphemous and not, terrifying and not — were the most loving and trustworthy things in my life. And now I write books for teenagers.... I don't write to protect them. It's far too late for that. I write to give them weapons — in the form of words and ideas — that will help them fight their monsters. I write in blood because I remember what it felt like to bleed." He'll be reading from his newest book, Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories. Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.871.7400. —William Alexander


Erin Morgenstern
November 9 • Fitzgerald Theater

photo: Kelly Davidson

MPR's Talking Volumes series presents Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus. Pretty much everyone has gushed about this debut novel. Writer Audrey Niffenegger says: "Playful and intensely imaginative, Erin Morgenstern has created the circus I have always longed for, and she has populated it with dueling love-struck magicians, precocious kittens, hyper-elegant displays of beauty, and complicated clocks. This is a marvelous book." Morgenstern studied theater and studio art at Smith College. Both her stories and her paintings are usually fairy tales. She read Stephen King novels at 12 and J.K. Rowling at 21, and speculates that this speaks volumes about her own literary development. $25 ($23 for MPR members). Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul; 651.290.1200. —William Alexander

Zadie Smith
October 23 • Coffman Memorial Union Theater

photo: Dominique Nabokob

Zadie Smith is widely praised as one of the most intelligent, insightful, and incisive voices in contemporary fiction. She's also funny. Her wit can disarm dearly held weapons of prejudice and pretension. Most famous for her debut novel, White Teeth, Smith has since published The Autograph Man, On Beauty, the essay collection Changing My Mind, and most recently NW, praised by the Boston Globe for the rich immediacy of its characters and their London neighborhood. She'll be giving the Esther Freier Endowed Lecture at the U of M. A signing and public reception will follow. Free. Coffman Memorial Union Theater, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis; 612.626.1528. —William Alexander

Twin Cities Book Festival
October 13 • Historic Progress Center

Kate Bornstein • photo: Rob Casey

The magnificent Twin Cities Book Festival will return for the 12th time on October 13. This year the fest will celebrate a new venue capable of holding its vast collection of authors and books: the Historic Progress Center at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Local literary organizations will exhibit their wares, booksellers will sell books both new and used, readers will enjoy the Children's Pavilion, and novelists, poets, editors, comic creators, and historians of both sweepingly broad and intensely personal flavors of history will gather to read, sign, and discuss literature in all its wildly diverse forms. This year's author lineup includes Kate Bornstein, Chris Ware, Mark Z. Danielewski, and Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, legendary editors of The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories. Sponsored by Rain Taxi. Free. Historic Progress Center, 1265 N. Snelling Ave., St. Paul; www.twincitiesbookfestival.com. —William Alexander

Jane Yolen
October 23 • Magers & Quinn

photo: Jason Stemple

Jane Yolen will be exploring poetry and family history at Magers & Quinn on October 23. Yolen is the author of more than 300 books, including works of poetry, picture books, novels for children and adults, and collections of folklore and folklore-inspired fiction. Yolen has also won a roomful of awards, including two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, a Caldecott, the Golden Kite Award, three Mythopoetic awards, two Christopher Medals, the Jewish Book Award, the Regina Medal, the Kerlan Award, and the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. Her most recent book is Ekaterinoslav: One Family's Passage to America: A Memoir in Verse. Oct 23. Free. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.822.4611. —William Alexander


Company Theater Latte Da
October 25–November 18

Dieter Bierbrauer plays Bobby • photo: Tom Sandelands

Theater Latte Da opens its 15th season by returning to one of the quintessential American composers and lyricists. Stephen Sondheim's landmark Company, in 1970, heralded his rise to the top of the musical-theater game, with its engaging music, clever lyrics, and adult storytelling (oh, and "The Ladies Who Lunch" as well). Sondheim — along with book writer George Furth — delved deep into the idea of relationships in the piece, which centers on Bobby, a single man on his 35th birthday. His married friends, who embody all that is good and bad about long-term companions, surround him. Then there are the songs, which also include "Side by Side" and "Another Hundred People." Dieter Bierbrauer takes on the role of Bobby, following his turn in Xanadu at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres this summer. Bierbrauer is a veteran of Latte Da's stage as well, having appeared in Floyd Collins, Violet, and A Christmas Carole Petersen. $29-$44. Ordway Center, 345 Washington St., St. Paul; 651.224.4222. —Ed Huyck

In the Next Room Jungle Theater
November 2–December 16


Christina Baldwin as Catherine Givings • photo: Drew Trampe

Sarah Rasmussen directs the 2010 Tony nominee from Sarah Ruhl. Subtitled "the vibrator play," Ruhl's tale takes place in the stuffy drawing rooms of Victorian-era New York. The dawn of electricity has not only brought the light bulb to the cities but given doctors treating women's "hysteria" a new tool to use. Rasmussen's long list of credits features several productions at Mixed Blood, including Crashing the Party, a delightfully profane comedy from earlier this year. The cast includes Christina Baldwin, Anna Enneking, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Bradley Greenwald, and John Middleton. $20-$38. Jungle Theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.822.7063. —Ed Huyck

Measure for Measure Ten Thousand Things
September 27–October 21

Suzanne Warmanen as the Duke • photo: Peter Vitale

Ten Thousand Things comes full circle with Measure for Measure, which was the first Shakespeare production by the company, 14 years ago. Director Michelle Hensley's vibrant interpretations of the Bard have been hits since then, even serving as an inspiration for the Public Theater in New York's co-production in 2010. Hensley is joined by a veteran company, including Luverne Seifert, Sonja Parks, Suzanne Warmanen, India Gurley, Nathan Barlow, Karen Wiese-Thompson, Zach Curtis, and Kurt Kwan. In the play, a duke puts another in charge of the kingdom and then goes about in disguise to see how the replacement does. As always with the company, the production will tour prisons, homeless shelters, community centers, and other locations to reach nontraditional audiences. Four weekends of public performances at Open Book are also part of the run, which expands to Thursday evenings this year to meet demand. $15-$25. Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 800.838.3006. —Ed Huyck

Next to Normal Mixed Blood Theatre
October 4–November 11

Aditi Kapil and Thomas Jones II • photo: Ann Marsden

Mixed Blood Theatre continues its efforts to broaden audiences beyond traditional theater-goers in the second year of "radical hospitality," in which a portion of every performance's tickets are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. The opening show of the 37th season also showcases Mixed Blood's key artistic mission of exploring the lives and experiences of people outside the "center." In the case of Next to Normal, the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, that person is Diana, a woman battling a bipolar disorder. Throughout the tough, rock-based show, we watch Diana try to cope with the demons in her own mind and see the damage it does to her family. Mixed Blood has brought Broadway down to its scale before — witness last year's terrific Avenue Q — and the top-notch cast, led by Aditi Kapil, Thomas Jones II, and Regina Marie Williams could easily do the same here. The show will also be part of the company's second Center of the Margins festival, which includes staged readings of four new works about disability and a production of Theory of Mind. Free, first come, first served ($20 to reserve tickets online). Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 S. 45th St., Minneapolis; 612.338.6131. —Ed Huyck

A Servant of Two Masters Guthrie Theater
December 1–January 20

The Yale Repertory Theatre’s production of A Servant of Two Masters • photo: Richard Termine

Steven Epp returns to the Guthrie stage for this production of Carlo Goldoni's farce about a servant who ... well, it's right there in the title. Epp stars as Truffaldino, the servant who attempts the deed in a bid to make more money — and keep his belly full. Epp is best known for his years with Theatre de la Jeune Lune, but he has branched out to a number of other companies in recent years, including turns at Ten Thousand Things and with the Moving Co. Christopher Bayes, a former Guthrie company member, directs the production, which has already played at the Yale Repertory and Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., to strong reviews. $29-$64. Guthrie Theater, 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis; 612.377.2224. —Ed Huyck


Trash Film Debauchery: Big Things Come in Small Packages
The Trylon • September 26-November 2

Dwarves • courtesy of the Trylon

The Trash Film Debauchery series pays tribute to film history's treatment of little people. Tod Browning's shamelessly exploitative but daring Freaks stars Harry Earles as Hans, a midget ringmaster who leads a troupe of real-life "freaks" in taking revenge on his trapeze-artist wife and her lover. Tiptoes is a black comedy in which Matthew McConaughey agonizes over being the only tall member of a family of small people, headed by a diminutive Gary Oldman. (The production of this straight-to-DVD feature was even stranger than the film. The director was fired and took revenge on the producers with a rant at the film's Sundance premiere.) Werner Herzog absolutely had to direct at least one film starring the height-challenged, and did so in 1970 with Even Dwarves Started Small. Here, a group of dwarves takes over an asylum and seeks revenge on those who abused them. There's a pattern to these movies. The Trylon, 3258 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis; 612.424.5468. —John Ervin


Woody Allen's 1970s: It Was Over Too Soon
The Trylon • October 5–28

Annie Hall (1977) • courtesy of the Trylon

If there was a time when Woody Allen "mattered" as a director and performer, it was the 1970s, when he evolved from a master of modern slapstick to a dark observer of life's absurdities. Bananas and Sleeper belong firmly in the first category and are the most carefree of his 45-and-counting films. Annie Hall and Manhattan introduced Allen's ability to deftly balance comedy, drama, and multi-star casts, which he would continue through the 1980s (though definitely not since then). The Front is a first-rate drama directed by Martin Ritt, with Allen giving a surprisingly effective performance as a proxy screenwriter caught up in Joe McCarthy's clutches. Interiors, on the other hand, is a drama directed by Allen that was laughed out of theaters. But give the guy credit for sticking his neck out in so slavishly copying the zany Ingmar Bergman. The Trylon, 3258 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis; 612.424.5468. —John Ervin

Twin Cities Film Festival
ShowPlace ICON Theaters • October 12–20

A Band Called Death • courtesy of the T.C. Film Festival

Sit yourself down in the leather recliners offered by the latest high-end Twin Cities Film Festival and enjoy your choice of 60 films — Minnesota-made, U.S.-made, and international — with several world premieres among them. Highlights include Nobody Walks, written by Lena Dunham, the star and creator of Girls; Problem Solving the Republic, a political comedy-action-musical made by Minnesotans; It's a Disaster, in which an L.A. apocalypse fails to distract a cluster of self-absorbed Sunday brunchers; A Band Called Death, a documentary on Death, the first all-black punk band, who were active in mid-'70s Detroit; and Lumpy, a locally filmed comedy about a wedding that turns into a funeral. Industry mixers, networking opportunities, and educational panels at nearby Shops at West End restaurants and the Doubletree Inn round out the glitz and glam. ShowPlace ICON Theaters, 1625 West End Blvd., St. Louis Park; 612.568.0375. —John Ervin

Feast for the Eyes: Food & Wine Film Festival
October 25–28

The Twin Cities' first film festival devoted to food and drink offers classic and new movies centered on our daily sustenance and pleasures. New entrees include Now Forager, a drama about two nomads who gather mushrooms and sell them to New York restaurants, and Three Stars, a documentary on 10 chefs who have achieved the coveted rating from Michelin and must deal with the responsibilities that come with it. Old favorites on the menu include Big Night, in which Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub rose to stardom playing restaurant owners who arrange a private party for some fictitious stars; Ratatouille, the Pixar saga of a rat who prefers gourmet meals to garbage; and Eat, Drink, Man, Woman, director Ang Lee's flagship film about a master chef whose triumphs are upended by the non-culinary appetites of his daughters. That last title could be a good subhead for the fest itself. St. Anthony Main, 115 Main St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.331.4723. —John Ervin

The Trylon • November 2–25

Gremlins director Joe Dante • courtesy of the Trylon

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

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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