Beats Antique with Too Many Zooz and Thriftwork, 8 p.m. Sunday, Bourbon Theatre. Celebrating its 10th anniversary with its 10th studio album, Bay Area trio Beats Antique brings its acclaimed dynamic live show to the Bourbon Sunday. “Shadowbox,” the new album, adds new layers to Beats Antiques “far east meets wild west” mix of acoustic and electric, beats and strings. And the show is always stunning, this time influenced by shadow puppetry.
Chiara String Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Kimball Recital Hall. Performing the first concert of the 2016-2017 Hixson-Lied Concert Series, the quartet's program, titled “The Big Fugue,” will include Beethoven’s visionary string quartet in B-flat Major (Op. 130) along with its original finale, the epic Grosse Fuge (“Big Fugue”). Britten’s short Three Divertimenti and Schubert’s lyrical String Quartet in A minor round out the evening.
Daniel Martin, 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Nebraska Union Centennial Room. Martin began performing at age 12 and has quickly become one of the most in-demand magicians in the industry. He has performed thousands of live events across the world, with performances on CBS, NBC, WGN, VH1 and ESPN. He is touring with shows "Magically Delicious" and "iMagish."
“The Hollars,” through Thursday, Ross Media Arts Center. This fractured-family comedy was held over for a week at the Ross for good reason. Showcasing the great Margo Martindale as a woman who’s been diagnosed with a brain tumor, director/co-star John Krasinski’s picture is down-to-earth, funny and touching.
Fearless Football Forecast
Nebraska vs. Illinois, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Memorial Stadium, ESPN2. No. 15 Nebraska starts the home portion of its Big Ten schedule with 1-2 Illinois, which isn’t as good as that record indicates, having lost to North Carolina and Western Michigan by 25 and 24 points, respectively. Former NFL coach Lovie Smith doesn’t have much to work with on either side of the ball in his first year in Champaign. This one could get out of hand. Let’s say Nebraska 42, Illinois 14.
-- L. Kent Wolgamott and Jeff Korbelik