1. Theatre en Bloc's "Until the Flood"
8 p.m. Nov. 7-11. $15-$35. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. 512-478-5282, vortexrep.org.
Theatre en Block has taken on a timely and hard-hitting piece of theater. From Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith (Yellowman) comes an extraordinary theatrical production that explores the reactions of the St. Louis region to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. After conducting hundreds of interviews, Orlandersmith created a stunning play focused on eight real-life characters, all with interesting and all-too-human perspectives. "Until the Flood" is a one-woman show featuring Florinda Bryant.
2. Book Signing with Lidia Bastianich
3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7. Free. Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar Blvd. eventbrite.com/e/book-signing-with-lidia-bastianich-at-whole-foods-market-tickets-51266821443?.
Emmy award-winning television host, bestselling author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich is headed to Austin's flagship Whole Foods location to signs her new book, "My American Dream," in the bakery department of the store. Purchase her revelatory memoir on-site to get it signed. Plus, enjoy a wine tasting featuring Bastianich wines, tastes of fresh pasta and a newly cracked wheel of parmigiano reggiano and more. The event is free to attend, but register for it in advance.
3. Reel Women Movie Series: "Bridesmaids"
7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday. 506 West Ave. facebook.com/events/327458708065477/
Downtown bar Irene's is kicking off its new Wednesday movie series with the Kristen Wiig comedy. All November movies like "Bridesmaids," about a down-on-her-luck single woman who must pull it together to act as her best friend's maid of honor, showcase strong female leads. There will be free popcorn and themed drinks. Future movies include "Legally Blonde" and "Kill Bill." All of the December screenings are holiday-themed flicks.
4. Aziz Ansari at Bass Concert Hall
7 and 9:30 p.m. Nov. 7. $39-$65. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org.
Ansari, perhaps best known for playing Tom Haverford on the hit NBC sitcom “Parks and Rec” and two seasons of his own, often excellent series “Master of None,” has been keeping a lowish profile since January, when a woman using the name “Grace” wrote an article on Babe.net accusing Ansari of sexual misconduct during an encounter that Ansari has characterized as “completely consensual.” He's back in Austin with a stand-up comedy show. — Joe Gross