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    Robert Blackburn


    Not grounded

    You’ll never look at a construction site the same way after you see Circus Oz: “From the Ground Up.” The daredevil acrobats, aerialists, riggers, and more from Australia’s National Circus suspend themselves from a huge swinging steel beam and fly through the air.
    The troupe was inspired by old black-and-white photos of workers on high steel girders.
    Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. (through Feb. 23). $30 and up. Citi Shubert Theatre,
    270 Tremont St., Boston. 617-482-6661.


    Music is the message  An improvised version of Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall” is one of the pieces on tap at  . . . “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall.” New England Conservatory faculty members and students present a musical history of protest music. 8 p.m. Free.
    Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-585-1122.

    A brush with the Bard  If you like what you see at “12 Nights,” show up the next night to see “Romeo Juliet,” and keep it up through Feb. 22 when The Hypocrites present both shows adapted from Shakespeare and other sources. Sean Graney directs the Chicago-based troupe. 8 p.m. (“12 Nights”). In repertory with “Romeo Juliet” through Feb. 22. $20. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300.


    A rose is a rose times five  We have no room to tell you anything but the names of some of the exhibits at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. “Chris Burden: The Master Builder,” “Mika Rottenberg: Bowls Balls Souls Holes,” “The Matter That Surrounds Us,” “Mall of America,” and “Collection in Focus: The Threshold of Recognition.” Tue-Sun noon-5 p.m. through June 8 (“Mall of America” ends March 16). Free. Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, 415 South St., Waltham. 781-736-3434.

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    Wicked true  The Panopticon Gallery exhibit “Wicked Winter” is fitting this year. Other shows are “Architectural Analysis,” “Emerging Artist: Sean Sullivan” (shots of classic cars), and several images of the Beatles by Rowland Scherman, Harry Benson, and Roger Farrington. Tue-Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through March 12. Free. Panopticon Gallery, Hotel Commonwealth, 502c Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-267-8929.


    Plates and bobsleds  Even if you aren’t competing in the Olympics, you need to keep up your strength as a spectator. At Reel Chefs: Olympic Sized Pairing of Food & Film, local chefs serve a three-course small-plate menu and a screening of “Cool Runnings.” The comedy is based on the story of the first Jamaican bobsled team to make it to the Winter Games. Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. $50 (advance tickets required). 21+. Theatre1 Boston at Revere Hotel Boston Common, 200 Stuart St., Boston. 617-457-2618.

    Almost a century The late former BSO conductor Serge Koussevitzky described Frank Glazer as “a most interesting and gifted young artist whose compelling, sane, masculine temperament affords great pleasure.” The pianist performed for the conductor in 1939 and is set to perform at “Frank Glazer’s 99th Birthday Concert Celebration.”
    The program includes Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel, and Chopin. Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. $25 (reservations required). Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., Boston. 617-227-0270.

    June Wulff can be reached at