The Williamson Museum's Salon Series. For this month's Salon, which brings in a range of leading professionals and researchers, Clark Wernecke will speak about the "Gault and the First People in the Americas." Wernecke is the project director for the Prehistory Research Project and adjunct faculty member at Texas State University as well as executive director of the Gault School of Archaeological Research, a nonprofit dedicated to research and education about the earliest peoples in the Americas. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10. Free. Wildfire Restaurant, 812 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. williamsonmuseum.org.
“Gumbo of Gravel” at Lora Reynolds Gallery. Single words and short phrases — the way they look when written, sound when spoken and their power in the imagination — have been a primary focus for Ed Ruscha’s reflections on American culture for nearly 60 years. The artist's work continues his exploration of words, which he considers found objects, in this exhibition of lithographs and sculpture. (Ruscha's pieces are also on display at the Harry Ransom Center, if you want to see a more extensive collection.) 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Nov. 3. 360 Nueces St. lorareynolds.com.
Theater & dance
"Once” at Zach Theatre. Based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning film, the musical “Once,” as produced by Zach Theatre, is an enchanting modern love story about an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant who are drawn together by their shared love of music. Their unexpected friendship turns into a romance heightened by the raw emotion of their songs. The production features breathtaking melodies by Glen Hansard of the Irish band the Frames that will have you falling in love at the very first note. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 28. $30-$153. The Topfer at Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org.
I Am the Waffle Beatles Brunch. Paul McCartney is in town for Austin City Limits Festival, and in honor of the former Beatle's presence, Trace at the W presents a special Beatles-inspired brunch featuring Beatles beats by DJ Dan Gentile, specialty cocktails and themed dishes including waffles. Cocktails include Penny Lane, Juicy in the Sky with Diamonds and SGT Peppers. Reservations are highly recommended. 10:30 a.m. to 3 pm. Oct. 12. 200 Lavaca St. facebook.com/events/2117694005149129/.
Second Saturdays with the Contemporary Austin. Laguna Gloria is the proud home of all sorts of trees, both natural and artist-made. For this kid-oriented art workshop, you'll make your own botanical work of art with unusual materials and learn about the on-site trees from the educators at TreeFolks. Reservations are requested in advance. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 13. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org.