Theater & dance

Trouble Puppet's "American Blood Song." Trouble Puppet Theater Company, in collaboration with Mother Falcon, has put together an elaborately staged theatrical exploration of what happened with the Donner Party, a group of pioneers who famously resorted to cannibalism to survive the Oregon Trail. "American Blood Song" will use expressive puppetry, singing, live music and more to tell the Donner tale. Mother Falcon, a local symphonic rock band, created the original music. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through Aug. 17. $15-$35. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. vortexrep.org

Zilker Summer Musical: Disney's "The Little Mermaid." Zilker Theatre Productions takes us under the sea for just a couple more shows. The splashy musical adventure is sure to have audiences singing along with favorite Disney songs. "The Little Mermaid" is based on the animated 1989 film of the same name, which itself was based off the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. 8:15 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through Aug. 17. The Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive. zilker.org/mermaid

Film

"Apocalypse Now" 40th Anniversary Screenings. On the big screen, watch Francis Ford Coppola's award-winning classic on the 40th anniversary of its original release. Restored from the original negative, "Apocalypse Now: Final Cut" creates a truly visceral experience with enhanced colors, breathtaking realism and newly engineered sound. The film follows the journey of a U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam with a secret mission to assassinate a renegade colonel. 7 p.m. Aug. 15, 2 p.m. Aug. 18. $11-$14. The Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

History

Dan Carlin: "War Remains." This immersive experience takes viewers into the trenches of World War I using virtual reality, practical effects and a physical set. "War Remains" blends VR with a real set that people can reach out and touch. Podcaster Dan Carlin’s classic narrative style combined with moments of unfettered combat brings viewers closer to history than ever before. Only one person enters at a time; there is no late admission. The experience runs for 12 minutes. 1 p.m. Aug. 15 and additional dates through Sept. 1. $40. 500 E. Fifth St. todaytix.com/x/dallas-fort-worth/shows/16793-war-remains

Gardening calendar

Movies in the Wild: "The 'Burbs." Make the end of summer a lot cooler with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's outdoor cinema series, presented in collaboration with Alamo Drafthouse. Pack a blanket or enjoy the soft grass of the Family Garden Play Lawn and watch fun feature films under the open sky at dusk, such as this week's Tom Hanks film "The 'Burbs." Movies in the Wild runs just one more time this month. 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 15. Free with admission of $6-$12. 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org/event/burbs-movie

Intro to Herb Gardening Class. The Natural Gardener presents this workshop about growing herbs in Central Texas. Learn the fundamentals of herb gardening from soil and nutrient requirements, how and when to harvest, and how to preserve and store the resulting herbs at this introductory class, among other lessons from a Natural Gardener employee. 10 a.m. Aug. 17. Free. 8648 Old Bee Cave Road. 512-288-6113, tngaustin.com