Laughter and tears
Written by “Black Panther” co-star and Macalester College grad Danai Gurira, “Familiar” at the Guthrie plumbs issues of immigration and acculturation around a family of expatriates from Zimbabwe living in Minnetonka. The family is dealing with their daughter’s impending marriage to a good-hearted white fellow who runs a nonprofit. The play is uproariously funny and filled with poignant moments, with the nimble cast and artful director Taibi Magar navigating the transitions skillfully.ROHAN PRESTON
Tue.-Sun. Ends April 14. Guthrie Theater, Mpls., $29-$77, guthrietheater.org
Colin Currie is one of the world’s few classical percussionists with a thriving solo career. This hugely talented player will bring a phalanx of instruments for his Schubert Club concert, including drums, vibraphone and marimba. His commitment to modern composers is reflected in a program featuring Elliott Carter, Per Norgard, Toshio Hosokawa, Rolf Wallin, Xenakis and Stockhausen.
7:30 p.m. Tue. Aria, Mpls., $31, schubert.org
Wolf Alice has gone from the indie-rock buzz bin to mainstream-teetering status with its single “Don’t Delete the Kisses,” a mellower, backseat-makeout kind of tune that belies the London quartet’s grungier power. But it is indeed damn catchy. Lead howler Ellen Roswell and crew are hitting U.S. clubs before a summer of festival dates touting their second album, “Visions of a Life,” named NME’s No. 2 album of 2017.
8 p.m. Tue. First Avenue, Mpls., $20, eTix.com. Performance 6 p.m. Mon., Electric Fetus, Mpls., free, efetus.com
He barely says a word, but the title character in “Corduroy” slides in shaving cream, gets tied up in toilet paper and careens on a runaway escalator in the physical-comedy-heavy show. Based on Don Freeman’s books, this sweetly hilarious show tracks two stories: a little girl who longs for a teddy bear she calls Corduroy (because of his overalls, which are missing a button), and Corduroy’s search for the button in the department store where he lives.
7 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sat., 2 and 5 p.m. Sun., Children’s Theatre, Mpls., $15-$69, childrenstheatre.org
After more than five decades as the beehive blonde in the buoyant, new-wave B-52s, Cindy Wilson has released her first solo album, “Change.” There is plenty of synth pop but not the fun, frothy stuff of the B-52s; rather the music is moody, mature and emotional. Don’t expect any B-52s material; set lists have been drawn from “Change” and two solo EPs. Opening are Olivia Jean, Easter Island and DJ Jake Rudh.
8 p.m. Wed. Turf Club, St. Paul, $20-$22, etix.com
From his early conceptual art days in the late ’60s to his most recent installation made from stuff found in the Walker’s archives, Allen Ruppersberg’s artwork is a perpetual commentary on American pop and consumer culture. While weaving through the sprawling exhibit, be sure to track down the life-sized freestanding Scrooge McDuck cutout that, though made in 2010 from a 1950s comic strip that L.A.-based Ruppersberg loved as a kid, very much speaks to our current times.
Ends July 29. Walker Art Center, Mpls., $10-$15, walkerart.org
Delayed by a year as he dropped his “Obscenely Optimistic” ukulele album, Jeremy Messersmith’s “Late Stage Capitalism” is the big, ambitious orchestral-pop album intended as the follow-up to his 2014 national breakthrough, “Heart Murmurs.” At his release party, the great Twin Cities pop songsmith will show off the obscenely catchy “Monday, You’re Not So Bad” and “Purple Hearts” and the more dramatic “Once You Get to Know Us” and “Fast Times in Minnesota.”
9 p.m. Fri., First Avenue, $25 etix.com
The Harlem Globetrotters bring their antics and star-filled roster in their latest tour against the hapless Washington Generals. Witness the deft ball handling and hoops artistry that entertains all ages. The world famous Globetrotters will showcase basketball’s first four-point line, located 30 feet from the basket, which is 6 feet, 3 inches beyond the top of the NBA’s current three-point line. After the game, the team will stay for an autograph session with fans.
2 & 7 p.m. Sat. Target Center, Mpls., $21-$131, targetcenter.com.
Written in 1786 for a Good Friday service in Cadiz, Spain, Haydn’s “The Seven Last Words of Christ” is a series of musical meditations on the last sentences uttered by Jesus on the cross. A string quartet from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, helmed by artistic partner Jonathan Cohen on cello, gives three Easter weekend performances of this reflective masterpiece.
11 a.m. & 8 p.m. Fri., 8 p.m. Sat. Ordway, St. Paul, $12-$50, thespco.org