Tablet Life & Arts

Critics’ picks: Bob Dylan fans get a reason to celebrate

1 Bob Dylan, The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: Christmas comes early this year for Dylan fans. This massive, gorgeously realized six-disc set, in stores now for $120, brings to official light the seminal sessions Dylan cut in 1967 with the group of musicians that would become The Band. (A two-disc edition of distilled highlights is available, as is a three-LP, 180-gram vinyl set.) Long a widely circulated (and incomplete) bootleg, these restored songs, more than 130 in all, are presented in roughly chronological order and represent the most complete picture of what was only hinted at on 1975’s 16-track Basement Tapes double album.

— Preston Jones

2 The Sopranos: The Complete Series on Blu-ray: Seven years have passed since The Sopranos’ polarizing snap to black, and even now, series creator David Chase is still dealing with questions about What It All Meant. But, however controversial its conclusion, there’s no denying that the journey viewers took over the course of 86 episodes is what really counts. At last, the full run of The Sopranos has arrived on Blu-ray (previously only the first and last seasons were available in high-def), and the series (MSRP $279.98), in stores now, is spread across 28 Blu-ray discs. The handsome set includes ample bonus features, including audio commentaries, roundtable discussions, deleted scenes and more.

— Preston Jones

3 Urban Oases — Finding Water in the City: Fort Worth-based architect Joe Self will do his bit for the “Water Matters in American Art” lecture series at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art on Wednesday when he tells of his search for bodies of water in the city. The lecture series is in response to the Carter’s exhibitions, “Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River” and “Meet Me at the Trinity: Photographs by Terry Evans.” The hourlong talk begins at 3 p.m. Free. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth. 817-738-1933;

— Gaile Robinson