2018 Swan Songs Serenade. Austin-based nonprofit Swan Songs' annual signature fundraiser is back with a live concert by Austin-based country-soul band and Austin Music Award winner Shinyribs. The evening will also feature a seated dinner, a live and silent auction, and more. Swan Songs brings comfort, joy and a respite from illness through music to families during an emotional time, organizing personalized concerts for those who are terminally ill or nearing the end of life. 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 17. $150. The Community Center of Riverbend Centre for the Arts, 4214 N. Capital of Texas Hwy. swansongs.org/events/2018-swan-songs-serenade/.
Fall Music on Main. Round Rock's first installment of this family-friendly series in the fall (it's held annually each spring) continues with a show featuring singer-songwriter Jackie Venson. In addition to the live music, the cozy evening will have snow cones, food vendors from downtown Round Rock establishments, a face painter and balloon artist. Bring a lawn chair or blanket so you can lounge under the Texas sky while enjoying the tunes. 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17. Free. Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 East Main St. roundrocktexas.gov/event/fall-music-on-main/.
Chez Zee Author Series. Chez Zee's popular series is back for the fall with a new round of well-known writers in the literary and business world. For this event, local author Sarah Bird will discuss her new book, "Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen," the compelling story of Cathy Williams, a former slave and the only woman to ever serve with the legendary Buffalo Soldiers. Event admission includes appetizers, dessert bites, tea, coffee and a cash bar. 6 p.m. Oct. 17. $22-$55. Chez Zee American Bistro, 5406 Balcones Drive. eventbrite.com/e/chez-zee-author-series-fall-2018-tickets-49434011459.
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.
Mangia Italiano Festival at Central Market. Both locations are stocking their shelves with some of the best Italian-style ingredients from around the world, including the U.S., an unparalleled selection of Italian-style wines, meats and cheeses. Plus, cooking classes throughout the remainder of October will be Italian-themed. Starts Oct. 17-31. Free. 4001 N. Lamar Blvd. and 4477 S. Lamar Blvd. centralmarket.com.