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The Arts
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Dylan Revisited

As with Elvis, most of us prefer the young Bob Dylan: floppy-hatted and crazy-haired, singing about civil rights and tambourine men. And so the traveling exhibition Bob Dylan’s American Journey, which pulls into the Weisman Museum on February 3, tracks the troubadour from 1956 to 1966, from Hibbing high-schooler to international celebrity—roughly the same period covered by Martin Scorcese’s hit documentary. Featuring 160 artifacts, from handwritten drafts of songs to an unreleased recording of his first concert, the show traces Dylan’s ascent, even as it leaves anyone hoping for tidbits about Dylan in the disco era blowing in the wind. • Weisman Museum, 333 E. River Rd., Mpls., 612-625-9494.

Photo by V. Paul Virtucio

The Revolution Will Be Danced

Buy those dancers a beer! The annual University Dance Theatre showcase turns 21 this year. Held February 2 to 4 and called Dance Revolutions (a cheeky reference to the popular arcade dance game?), the performances feature the creations of such well-known local choreographers as Uri Sands (including his lively new work Happy) and Ananya Chatterjea (head of Ananya Dance Theatre and described by Ms. magazine as being among the choreographers who are “still pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a woman and a dancer”).• Rarig Center, University of Minnesota, 330 21st Ave. S., Mpls., 612-624-2345.

Smooth Moves

What does a 9-year-old boy know about matters of the heart? Find out at the world premiere of The Ends of Love, performed by the Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theatre company from February 15 to 18 in the Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio. Referencing Plato’s Symposium, Nicole Krauss’s The History of Love, and Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, among other texts, the work examines the nature of relationships through innocent eyes. • Guthrie Theater, 818 Second St. S., Mpls., 612-377-2224.

Bach of Ages

The Brandenburg Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach are to classical-music radio what the repertoire of the Beatles is to classic-rock radio: universally loved staples. On February 10 at Sundin Music Hall, the Bach Society of Minnesota demonstrates exactly why this is the case. The concertos—balanced, beautiful, and compact—are note-for-note musical perfection. • Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Ave., St. Paul, 651-292-3268.

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