Theater & dance
“Some Humans Were Harmed in the Making of This Show.” There's a special Monday performance of this En Route Productions play featuring drag, puppetry and self-help testimony. In "Some Humans," Helen, a recovering alcoholic and Tony Robbins enthusiast, stages a dramatic journey about how she unleashed her inner elephant, seeking to inspire others to turn small lives into dramatic ones. The play was inspired by the 1903 public execution of Topsy the elephant. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, with additional 8 p.m. performance Oct. 1, through Oct. 6. $20. Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road. enrouteproductions.com.
"Many Mini Murder Scenes" at Women and Their Work. Why is the murder mystery perpetually appealing to so many Americans? That's the question at the center of Candace Hicks' installation, which features a series of rooms constructed in miniature. A hybrid of an architectural model and a dollhouse, the domestic interior spaces double as crime scenes found in fiction novels. You'll feel like a detective searching for clues to Hicks' central query. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through Nov. 8. 1710 Lavaca St. womenandtheirwork.org.
Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, Lucinda Williams at ACL Live. Plant turned 70 last month, but his artistic pursuits in his 60s, first with the Band of Joy and now with the Sensational Space Shifters, suggest that if anything, he’s becoming more creatively engaged in his autumn years. He’ll always be Led Zeppelin’s frontman to the majority of folks shelling out big bucks for these shows — the first two sold out, but tickets for Monday still remained at press time — but Plant has long since proven to have depth as a musician that extends well beyond his legendary first band. The icing on the cake here is an opening set from Americana great Williams, who, like Plant, lived for awhile in Austin. $77.25-$100.25. 6:30 doors Oct. 1. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — Peter Blackstock
Swift's Attic's Big-Ass Burger Night. There's nothing like staying up late to chow down on an enormous burger in downtown Austin. Swift's Attic has a new round of burger specials through Nov. 5 — each one a different, unusual burger — priced at $10. Burgers aren't served until 9 p.m. and are provided on a first-come, first-served basis, so guests are encouraged to get there early. This week's special is the Sloppiest Joe, with sesame seed bun, beef patty, cheddar, house-made sloppy Joe sauce, slow-simmered onions and peppers. 9 p.m. Oct. 1. 315 Congress Ave. Ste. 200. facebook.com/events/1962624607092066/.
The Austin Bar Spelling Bee at Spider House Cafe & Ballroom. Think you’re a spelling savant? Try out your skills by yourself or with a team of two to four people for the chance to win cool prizes. Trivia 512 is producing the competition and promises a wide range of words you’ll have to stumble through, from spelling bee go-tos like “amygdala” to more obscure terms such as Russian historical figures like Dostoevsky. 8 p.m. Mondays. Free. 2908 & 2906 Fruth St. facebook.com/events/205558653383862/.