'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.'Musical in which audience members are challenged at each performance. 8 p.m. today-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Prices vary; check Web site. Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey Road. 476-0541,

'Bell, Book and Candle.' Romantic comedy about a New York witch. 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 6. $8 to $15. Salado Silver Spur Theater, 108 Royal St. www.saladosilverspur

'Esther's Follies: Laughing with the Stars.'Comedy stimulus package with celebrity news fit to parody. 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 31. 525 E. Sixth St. $20 general admission. 320-0553,

'Evil Dead, The Musical.' This production takes creative liberty with the plot line of the cult film trilogy. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31. $12 to $25. Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Road.

'Farm to Market.' An original interactive play for ages 3-7. 11 a.m. Saturday and Oct. 31, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 7. $8. Whisenhunt Stage, Zach Theatre Playscape, 1510 Toomey Road.

'The Little Mermaid.' A new musical adaptation. 10 a.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays; check Web site for other days and times through Nov. 22. $3 to $10. Scottish Rite Theatre, 207 W. 18th St. 472-5436,

'Man of La Mancha.' The tales of Don Quixote by storyteller Miguel de Cervantes. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m Sundays through Nov. 1. $8 to $22. 810 S. Georgetown Palace Theater, Austin Ave. 869-7469,

'Murder by Poe.' Six Poe tales are woven together for a night of mystery. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 7. No show Oct. 31. $5 to $10. Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring St., Bastrop. 512-321-6283,

'Murder Mystery Dinner.' Audience interactive comedy based on Antiques Road Show. 7 p.m. Saturday. Spaghetti Warehouse, 117 W. Fourth St. $33.50 includes dinner and show. Reservations, 404-9123,

'Spring Awakening.'The musical set in 19th-century Germany explores teenage self-discovery. 8 p.m. today-Sunday. $25 to $69. Texas Performing Arts, Bass Concert Hall. Showtimes vary; check Web site. 471-2787,

'Staged by the Bell.' Presented by the Institution Theatre. 8 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 22. $10. The United States Art Authority at Spider House, 2906 Fruth St. 895-9580,


Austin Youth Orchestra Fall Concert. 3 p.m. Sunday. Free. Westlake High School Performing Arts Center, 4100 Westbank Drive. 463-9595,

'Faculty Recital.' Featuring cello and piano. 7 p.m. Monday. Free. Alma Thomas Theater, Fine Arts Center, Southwestern University, 1001 E. University Ave., Georgetown. 512-863-1504.

'Fireworks of the Baroque.' Presented by the Texas Early Music Project. 8 p.m. Saturday. $5 to $20. First English Lutheran Church, 3001 Whitis Ave. 371-7753.

'Monster Carnival & Concert.' Presented by the Austin High School Orchestra and featuring food, music and a haunted house. 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Performing Arts Center, 1715 W. Chavez St.

Texas State School of Music Concerts. Featuring guitar, opera, piano and more. Friday-Tuesday. Various times, prices and locations. Check Web site. 512-245-2651,

'Twas A Dark and Stormy Night.' Halloween music concert. 7 p.m. Monday. Free. Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Chapel, 100 E. 27th St.

'Westwood High School Choirs World Music Concert.' Featuring 150 singers with flute and percussion. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Free. Hope Presbyterian Church, 11512 Olson Drive. 512-494-2867.


'Poe Film Series: "Spirits of the Dead (Histoires extraordinaires)" (1968).' 7 p.m. Monday. Free. Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St.


Cap City Comedy Club. John Evans with Todd Merriman: 8 p.m. today, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 8 p.m. Tuesday: JR Brow with Tommy Ryman. 8120 Research Blvd. $5.50-$49.95. 467-2333,

ColdTowne Theater. 'Pgraph with The Draft' 8 p.m. today, 'Eye for an iPhone' 8 p.m. Friday, 'Boy Toy' 7 p.m. Saturday, 'Stool Pigeon' 8 p.m. Saturday, 'Cagematch' 9 p.m. Saturday, 'Improv City' 7 p.m. Sunday. 4803-B Airport Blvd. $5-$10. www.coldtowne

Gnap Theater Projects. 'Austin's Next Top Improviser' 10 p.m. Friday, 'Saturday Night Special featuring Junk' 10 p.m. Saturday. $5. Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Road.

Hideout Theatre. 'The Threefer' 8 p.m. Thursdays, 'Ka-Baam' 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 'Maestro' 10 p.m. Saturdays, 'Flying Theater Machine' 2 p.m. Sundays, 'Tuesday Jam,' 7 p.m. Tuesdays. 617 Congress Ave. $10. 443-3688,

Velveeta Room.Open mike with Gy Odom, 9:30 p.m. today. Comedy with John Ramsey, Doug Connolly and Gy Odom: 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 521 E. Sixth St. $5. 469-9116,


Art on 5th. 'The Art of Still Life.' 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays through Oct. 31. Free. 1501 W. Fifth St. 481-1111,

Art Palace. 'Use your Ilusion' by Sterling Allen and 'Rx Garden' by Jessica Halonen. 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday or by appointment through Oct. 24. 2109 E. Cesar Chavez St. 496-0687,

Austin Galleries. 'Juried Exhibition: Texas Society of Sculptors.' 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays or by appointment through Oct. 24. 1219 W. Sixth St. 495-9363,

Austin Museum of Art.'A Couple of Ways of Doing Something: Photographs by Chuck Close' and 'Collection Selections: Focus on Faces.' 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 8. 823 Congress Ave. Adults $5, seniors, students or military $4, 12 and younger free. 495-9224,

Bay6 Gallery. 'The E Word.' Recent works by Marilyn Fenn. 2 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment through Nov. 1. 5305 Bolm Road. Free. 386-5700,

Blanton Museum of Art. 'Paolo Veronese: The Petrobelli Altarpiece' through Feb. 7,'Jerry Bywaters: Lone Star Printmaker' through Nov. 8 and 'WorkSpace: Jim Drain' through Nov. 1. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Congress Ave. $3-$7, free Thursdays. 471-7324,

Big Medium. 'Mercury Retrograde: Animated Realities.' 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment through Nov. 7. 5305 Bolm Rd., Bay 9-12. 385-1670,

Creative Research Laboratory. 'Tell me everything, as you remember it.' Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Nov. 7. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 322-2099,

D. Berman Gallery. 'Bound' by Beili Liu. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays or by appointment through Oct. 24. 1701 Guadalupe St. 477-8877,

Dougherty Arts Center.'Drawing with Light.' 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 30. 1110 Barton Springs Road. 974-4025,

L. Nowlin Gallery. 'Bear Guerra Photography.' 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Oct. 31. 1201 W. Sixth St. 626-9301,

La Peña. 'Lula Marcondes and New Tales of a Storytelling Artist from Brazil.' 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, closed Sunday and Monday through Oct. 27.227 Congress Ave. 477-6007,

Lora Reynolds Gallery.'Contemporary Culture.' 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Oct. 31. 360 Nueces St., Suite 50. 215-4965,

Mass Gallery. 'Funky Junction Oracles: New Work by Dylan Reece.' 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 7. 916 Springdale Road.

Mexican American Cultural Center. 'Flutter.' New work by Connie Arismendi. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays, closed Sundays and Mondays through Nov. 28. 600 River St. 478-6222,

New East Arts Gallery. 'Caroline Martinez.' Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, Mondays and Saturdays by appointment through Nov. 15. 1601 E. Fifth St. 477-9438,

North Hills Gallery. 'Visual Journeys, Messages from 6 Lifetimes.' 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 1. 7050 Village Center Drive. 345-1743.

Okay Mountain. 'Devin Flynn: SuperStupid.' 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 31. 1312 E. Cesar Chavez St., Suite B.

Russell Collection. 'Pissarro: Four Generations.' 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Nov. 7. 1137 W. Sixth St. 478-4440,

South Austin Museum of Popular Culture. 'Bob Wade: 40 years of Blood, Sweat and Beers – A Retrospectacle.' 1 to 6 p.m. today through Saturday or by appointment. 1516 S. Lamar Blvd. 440-8318,

St. Edward's University Fine Arts Gallery. 'Borderland.' 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Nov. 5. Arts Building, St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress Ave.

Stephen L. Clark Gallery.Kate Breakey. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. 1101 W. Sixth St. 477-0828.

Studio2Gallery. 'Organic: Basic Inspirations.' Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 30. 1700 S. Lamar Blvd., Suite 318. 326-9102,

Texas State University Galleries. Gallery I: '9th Annual Alumni Invitational,' Gallery II: 'Jeanne Stern: Shadow Tiger.' Opens Tuesday. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekends through Nov. 19. Joann Cole Mitte Building, Texas State University, 601 University Drive, San Marcos. 512-245-2611,

Wally Workman Gallery. 'Will Klemm.' 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays or by appointment through Oct. 31. 1202 W. Sixth St. 472-7428,

Wimberley Valley Art League Gallery. Exhibition juried by Walle Conoly of St. Edward's University. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends through Dec. 7. Wimberley Community Center, 14070 RM 12.

Women and Their Work. 'Erin Curtis: Perspective Threshold.' 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 18. 1710 Lavaca St. 477-1064,