Bryan Washington at BookPeople. The Houston writer will give a discussion, reading and signing of his debut book, "Lot," a collection of short stories. In the sprawling microcosm that is Houston, the son of a black mother and a Latino father is coming of age — and discovering he likes boys. The brilliant, soulful book chronicles others who live and thrive in the many neighborhoods around Houston, from a ragtag baseball team to a local drug dealer who takes a Guatamalan teen under his wing. 7 p.m. March 20. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Date Night at the DAC: Bollywood Nights. Need a night out just the two of you? The Dougherty Arts Center has an idea to make that happen. Burn off some midweek energy with a date night that isn't your typical dinner and a movie. With your partner, learn high-energy Bollywood dance moves (as taught by Agni Entertainment) and try them on our dance floor to favorite Bollywood tracks, all while indulging in modern Indian treats. 7 to 9 p.m. March 20. Free. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road. eventbrite.com/e/date-night-the-dac-bollywood-nights-tickets-57887587332.
"Crime and Punishment." Penfold Theatre presents a new, award-winning adaptation of Dostoevsky’s masterpiece using only three actors. As a police inspector investigates a gruesome murder, we journey through the mind of a criminal. What did he do? Why did he do it? And what would you be capable of in certain circumstances? This high-impact reimagining compresses all the tension and pathos of the novel into a powerful evening of theater. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through April 6. $15-$30. Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road #122. penfoldtheatre.org.
"Creative Expressions" with the Austin Symphony Orchestra. In recognition of National Women's History Month, the Austin Symphony celebrates the works composed women through the ages. The evening begins with “Overture in C Major” by Fanny Mendelssohn and continues with expressive works by “Lili” Boulanger, Clara Schumann, Vítězslava Kaprálová and award-winning American composer Jennifer Higdon. The symhony will be joined by the famed group Time for Three and prominent pianist Michelle Schumann. 8 p.m. March 22-23. $19-$75. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. austinsymphony.org.
The Butterfly Bar at the Vortex's 9th Annual Garden Party. The bar rejuvenates its nationally certified butterfly sanctuary with a day of art, planting, live music and renewal of the earth. Bring a butterfly vine or other butterfly-friendly plants, such as milkweed, lantana, zinnia and Indian paintbrush. There will also be hula hopping, a petting zoo for kids, aerial acts on the outdoor stage, and special garden-inspired cocktails on the Butterfly Bar's menu. 2 to 5 p.m. March 23. Free. 2307 Manor Rd. vortexrep.org.