Looking for fun to get you through the mid-week hump? Here are some options.
7:30 p.m. Oct. 10-12, 16-20, 2 p.m. Oct. 14, 20-21. $15-$26. Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, 300 E. 23rd St. theatredance.utexas.edu/event/matawan.
In the summer of 1916, a series of fatal shark attacks terrorized the New Jersey Shore. Farther inland, a polio epidemic plagued Philadelphia, and looming over the entire nation was the dark cloud of World War I. In "Matawan," as performed by the UT's Department of Theatre and Dance, these are the challenges characters slow to change must face. The Dan Caffrey play spans several cities, the infinite depths of the ocean and the point of view of the shark herself, examining how our internal anxieties are often just as terrifying as national catastrophes.
24 Diner's Austin Beerworks Beer Dinner
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 10. $48. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. eventbrite.com/e/24-diner-and-austin-beerworks-beer-dinner-tickets-50374843513.
It's one of the best deals in town as far as beer pairing dinners go: You can get a five-course, family-style feast paired with five local beers for less than $50. 24 Diner is enlisting Austin Beerworks to provide the brews for the October event. Courses include braised beef cheek with Black Thunder (once one of the core options, now a seasonal back in the market) and ginger soy pork shoulder with the Bloodwork Orange American IPA.
David Byrne at Bass Concert Hall
8 p.m. Oct. 10. $60-$175. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org.
Talking Heads were a launching pad but far from an endpoint to Byrne’s fascinating career, which this year has blossomed with the new album “American Utopia” and a creative stage show that has received raves everywhere he’s taken it. He’s playing both weekends of Austin City Limits Festival, but if you’re the type who prefers a seated theater environment to the crowded environs of Zilker Park, this show’s for you. — Peter Blackstock
Cider & Pastry Pairing with Austin Eastciders and Quack's Bakery
7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 10. $50. The Collaboratory, 979 Springdale Rd. Ste. 130. eventbrite.com/e/austin-eastciders-quacks-bakery-tickets-50704115374.
Austin Eastciders' next installment of its Collaboratory Pairing Series combines the ciders with a food item that often gets overlooked: pastries. The six-course dinner centers around one savory and one sweet pastry paired with one Eastciders cider per course — one of which will be a new offering only available at the taproom. Quack's has created the pastries to go especially with each of the drinks, and though many of them may seem familiar, the flavor combinations may surprise you.