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Seeking Scott Seekins

WHAT: This Time It’s Forever
WHERE: Gallery 13, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7 to 10 p.m.

He’s known at least as much for his ubiquitous appearances on the streets of Minneapolis (and his two clothing colors: white in warm weather, black in cold) as his art. With this show, you get both: portraits by Seekins and portraits by others of Seekins. Learn more at gallery13.com.

Friday, February 17

Telling tales

WHAT: Story/Time by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
WHERE: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
WHEN: 8 p.m.

Bill T. Jones retired from dancing, but the inventive choreographer hasn’t stopped telling stories. He’ll share several of them — one-minute autobiographical narratives — from the stage in this new work as his company dances to the music of John Cage’s 1959 composition “Indeterminacy.” Learn more at walkerart.org.

Saturday, February 18

Best of China

WHAT: Jin Xing Dance Theatre Shanghai
WHERE: Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis
WHEN: 8 p.m.

Jin Xing is China’s first legally recognized transgender woman in China. She also happens to be the country’s best dancer and to run its only independent (not state-run) dance company. At the Orpheum, she’ll present a retrospective of her 10 best works from the past 25 years under the rubric Shanghai Tango, by which she means a meeting of east and west, not actually tango dance. Learn more at ticketmaster.com.

Saturday, February 18

Return of the Goths

WHAT: Gothic Grandeur: Voices from the Great Cathedrals of Europe
WHERE: Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis
WHEN: 8 p.m.

The Rose Ensemble’s latest venture in early music finds it tramping through the gorgeous Gothic cathedrals, musically speaking, by candlelight. The concert features the ethereal vocal music of the time as well as a new composition reflecting the period. Learn more at roseensemble.org.

Sunday, February 19

Wear plaid

WHAT: Scottish Ramble
WHERE: Landmark Center, St. Paul
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The annual Scottish festival returns to the Landmark Center for performances by numerous Scottish bands (including the Minnesota State Police Pipe Band, house favorites), the Kirkin’ of the Tartans ceremony (a kind of Gaelic church service), and, of course, the Highland dance competition. Learn more at scottishramble.org.

Sunday, February 19

The art of sports

WHAT: The Sports Show
WHERE: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The natures of sports changed forever in the 1960s when professional football, baseball, and basketball married itself to television. Audiences expanded, players became icons. This new exhibition offers historic photographs and film of figures from Babe Ruth to Muhammad Ali, tracing the change from spectator sports to spectacle sports. Learn more at artsmia.org.

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