1. ART: "1968," opens Wednesday, Sheldon Museum of Art, 12th and R streets.
Sheldon is reinstalling its permanent collection galleries to focus on the year 1968, with rooms dedicated to visions of life of the modern Civil Rights Movement, photographs related to "Prague Spring 50," rock posters, a portfolio titled “Artists and Writers Protest Against the War in Viet Nam” and United States Pavilion at the 1968 Venice Biennale.
2. FILM: "The Shape of Water," opens Friday, Ross Media Arts Center, 13th and R streets.
One of the most acclaimed films of 2017, this other-worldly fable from director Guillermo del Toro stars Sally Hawkins as a mute woman who discovers a secret program during the Cold War.
3. THEATER: "TBD (To Be Determined), 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Lincoln Community Playhouse, 2500 S. 56th St. One of the winners of the American Association of Community Theatre NewPlayFest gets its premiere in Lincoln. It's about two isolated sisters who take in a trans teenager and find their world completely upended. Performances continue through Jan. 28.
4. MUSIC: "Learning From the Master," Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Cornhusker Marriott, 333 S. 13th St.
Known for playing with big bands worldwide, trombonist Scott Whitfield joins NJO for a concert, which also features the select Young Lions All-Star Band.
5. MUSIC: "Anton & Tchaik 5," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Lied Center for Performing Arts, 301 N. 12th St.
Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra spotlights concertmaster Anton Miller on French solo violin works by Chausson and Saint-Saens and then performs Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64, famous for its ominous fate motif.