Movies in the Park: “Wayne’s World.” To celebrate Austin Parks Foundation’s 25th anniversary, the organization is screening movies from 1992 as part of its its Movies in the Park film series. The movie this month is “Wayne’s World,” a big screen spinoff of a “Saturday Night Live” skit. Rob Lowe plays a producer who wants to take the public access show of “Wayne’s World” to the world of commercial TV. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic to Pease Park. 8 p.m. Sept. 21. Free. 1100 Kingsbury St. austinparks.org/calendar/movies/.
Murder Mystery Dinner: A Bloody Dickens Christmas. Participate in this year’s Murder Mystery Dinner at the Pflugerville Library. Costumes and an air of mystique are encouraged, and anyone 18 and older is welcome to attend. The story features your favorite Charles Dickens’ characters from “Great Expectations,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Bleak House,” “The Old Curiosity Shop” and “Oliver Twist” — figuring out who murdered Miss Havisham’s fiancé’s 23 years ago. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Free. 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville. facebook.com/events/350906982028896/.
Theater & dance
Jarrott Productions’ “Prodigal Son.” Jarrott Productions takes on the latest play from John Patrick Shanley, the Oscar, Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. His “Prodigal Son” is the autobiographical tale of a young boy from the Bronx who suddenly finds himself in a private school in New Hampshire. The boy is violent, gifted, alienated and on fire with a ferocious loneliness. Is he a star or a disaster? Shanley has constructed this passionate portrait of a young man on the verge of either salvation or destruction. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 15. $15-$30. Trinity Street Theatre, 901 Trinity St. jarrottproductions.com.
“The Crucible.” Austin Shakespeare is producing this fully costumed staged reading with projections featuring the Arthur Miller story about the hysteria of the Salem witch trials in 1690. Written during the height of the McCarthy era’s Red Scare, “The Crucible” features themes as true and relevant today as they were 65 years ago — and, indeed, more than 300 years ago as well. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $25-$35. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-472-5050, thelongcenter.org.
Pollinator BioBlitz Kick-Off Party. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Texas Parks and Wildlife are teaming up to teach the wonders of pollinators, as well as to document and celebrate them. (Bees might have stingers, but they are also a necessary contributor to the ecosystem!) 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 23. $4-$10. 4801 La Crosse Ave. 512-232-0100, wildflower.org.