From Alewives to Witches at 4th Tap Brewing Co-op. One of the Austin Beer Week events to attend is a spooky, boozy look back at American history. Laura Christie, certified cicerone and owner of Hopsimath Beer Education, is hosting an evening all about the "alewives" of Renaissance-era England. Find out where the imagery of the classic witch came from — it might surprise you. An optional beer & candy flight will be available for purchase. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Free. 10615 Metric Blvd. eventbrite.com/e/hopsimath-presents-from-alewives-to-witches-at-4th-tap-tickets-51233129670.
Holy Roller Halloween: Circus Freaks. The owner of Holy Roller, a brunch-all-day diner, is pulling out all the stops for Halloween again and is becoming ringmaster to a circus of human oddities. Some of Austin’s top talent — including Nickel City's Travis Tober and Native Hostel's Jim Gilbert — will perform as a snake charmer, fortune teller, bearded lady, strongman, Siamese twins and a devil boy. Marvel at the sights and frights while enjoying carnival-inspired eats and drinks. Donations at the door go toward local organization SAFE. 8 p.m. Oct. 30. $15 suggested donation. 509 Rio Grande St. facebook.com/events/484966152003872/.
Theater & dance
"The Crucible." Texas State University's Department of Theatre & Dance produces the Arthur Miller play based on the Salem witch trials. Young girls, caught dancing in a heathen ritual, turn the blame onto others. Alliances between friends and family crumble in a frenzy of allegations. Those who won't confess will be hanged. A fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials of 1692-1693, this play takes a look at what happens when truth is twisted for personal and political convenience. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2 p.m. Nov. 4. $10-$20. Theatre Center Mainstage, 430 Moon St., San Marcos. txstatepresents.universitytickets.com/w/default.aspx.
"My heaven and hell are the same" at Gallery Shoal Creek. The rugged terrain of Iceland was the inspiration for Shawn Camp's exhibition. Camp recently returned from an artist residency at the creative center in Stöðvarfjörður, Iceland, an experience that took him in a new direction with a series of works on paper. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through Nov. 18. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512-454-6667, galleryshoalcreek.com.
Tuesday Twilights Featuring Fortlandia. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is extending its hours every Tuesday in October so that visitors can explore the new Fortlandia, a collection of unique forts by local architecture and design firms, individual artists and students from UT. Bring a picnic dinner, take a twilight stroll, swing into the sunset and check out Fortlandia in a whole new light. Each fort has been custom-built to evoke memories of childhoods spent escaping into nature and daydreaming outdoors. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays in October. $6-$10. The Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. facebook.com/events/318049645415279/.