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Roy Lichtenstein’s “Sandwich and Soda,” 1964

It’s 1964: The country is still reeling from the asassination of JFK, President Johnson orders the first bombings of North Vietnam, the fight for civil rights is underway, and the Beatles are invading America. So how is all this upheaval reflected in the art made that year? You can find out at the Walker Art Center’s new exhibition “1964.”

Interested in listening to some good tunes this weekend? Among your choices: Toki Wright celebrates the release of his new EP BlackMale at First Avenue Friday at 8pm. Brothers Matt and Dan Wilson pair up for an evening featuring music from their time with/as Trip Shakespeare, Semisonic, and The Twilight Hours, as well as their solo exploits (that’s also Friday at 8pm). And if you’re a night owl, on Saturday you can head over to Gallery 13 in Northeast Minneapolis for “Ahmed and The Creators” and the “Flat Foot Rollers” starting at 10pm. Kick up your heels, and while you’re there, check out the artwork by Louisa Greenstock.

Speaking of kicking up your heels, the Minnesota Opera is putting on an evening all about belly dancing in conjunction with its production of Salome. Learn how Middle Eastern dance inspires Richard Strauss’ drama, followed by the basics of belly-dancing technique taught by instructors of the Jawaahir Dance Company.

Looking for ballet? St. Paul City Ballet makes its first foray across the river to Minneapolis with “Reimaginings” at the Ritz Theater this Friday Saturday and Sunday. The program consists of four pieces that combine classical ballet with contemporary dance.

And Thursday night, Los Angeles performance company “Diavolo” takes to the Ordway Stage with its unique brand of physical movement. Diavolo specializes in creating large‐scale works that examine the absurd and sometimes frightening relationships people have with their environment.

So what are you doing this weekend?