This week’s spotlights May 12-18

Guthrie Theater Dowling Studio, 818 S. 2nd St., Mpls., 612-377-2224 or May 12 — Jun. 5: In the Red and Brown Water A high school track star hopes to use her speed as a ticket out of the Louisiana bayou, but her decision to defer an athletic scholarship to care for her ailing mother determines her life’s course. Presented by Pillsbury House Theatre in a co-production with the Mount Curve Company Tickets are $18-$30.

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family Various metro-area theaters Madea’s niece struggles with a catastrophic illness, but the niece’s five grown children each have struggles of their own. Starring Tyler Perry, Loretta Devine and Shad “Bow Wow” Gregory Moss.

Radisson Plaza Hotel 35 S. 7th St., Mpls. Sat., May 14, 7 pm —1 am: Twin Cities Black Film Festival Presents “An Evening with Foxy Brown” Pam Grier, legendary film and television actress of Foxy Brown and The L Word fame, will be the special guest at this event. Also featuring a screening of Foxy Brown and a Groovy 70s party and contest Tickets are $25 for general admission and $65 for VIP, which includes a gift bag, a meet-and-greet with Grier, and much more. For tickets or more information, call 612-309-3818, email, or go to