Texas Focus: "Tender Mercies." The Bullock Museum is hosting a screening and conversation about the Texas-based film. Written by Horton Foote, it was shot and takes place in the state and had the additional element of actor Robert Duvall's devotion to staying true to the main character, Mac Sledge, traveling many miles throughout Texas to develop an accent. The museum's Texas Focus film series highlights stories by, for and about Texans. 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11. $5-$8. 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.
Theater & dance
"Tryouts." Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's "The Virgin and Child with St. Anne" and Freud's debunked maternal psychosexual essay on the painting, "Tryouts" — the newest production of Salvage Vanguard Theater — casts a satirical gaze on womanhood, femininity and motherhood. The play centers on two mothers and three teenage girls who have to maneuver the confines of a prestigious and draconian high school. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Oct. 27. $10 online; pay-what-you-wish at the door. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road. salvagevanguard.org.
Esther's Follies. Political and Halloween sketches alike are igniting laughs this October. Esther's rolls out "The Trump Musical," the continuing saga featuring Manafort flipping, op-ed writers tipping, a scathing book by Woodward and more, filling Trump with dread. Plus, don't miss the "White House Monster Mash." On a spooky night at the White House, Trump is visited by spirits on both sides of the aisle, in this spoof on the Halloween classic. Magician Ray Anderson also has a new illusion: Magic Mirror takes the story of the haunted Driskill Hotel to the Esther's stage. 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October. $25-$35. 525 E. Sixth St. esthersfollies.com.
Fall Native Plant Sale. The Wildflower Center's seasonal sale features hundreds of species of Texas natives, including seeds, annual wildflowers, perennials and trees. Native plants aren't just beautiful, they have many useful benefits, too. They help to conserve water; reduce mowing costs; provide habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife; protect the soil; and save money on fertilizer and pesticides. Autumn is a smart time to plant, as temperatures and rain begin to fall. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13. $6-$12. 4801 La Crosse Ave. 512-232-0100, wildflower.org.
Native Texas Wildflowers, Lawns, and Ornamental Grasses at Natural Gardener. Want to create a beautiful and sustainable landscape despite the challenge of living in the hot, dry Central Texas climate? Would you like to create a piece of authentic Texas in your yard, but don’t know where to begin? George Cates will tell us just how to successfully prepare, plant and maintain our beautiful native wildflowers and grasses — as well as why it's important. 10 a.m. Oct. 13. Free. 8648 Old Bee Caves Rd. tngaustin.com.