1. "Ann" at Zach Theatre
7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 8. $30-$189. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org
Tough as nails, funny as hell, "Ann" as produced once again by Zach Theatre is an intimate, no-holds-barred portrait of Ann Richards, the legendary governor of Texas in the early 1990s. This time, she'll be played by "Friday Night Lights" actress Libby Villari (rather than the Emmy Award-winning Holland Taylor, who also wrote the play and first performed it in 2011). Villari successfully brings to life a complex, colorful and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed.
2. Vampire Weekend at ACL Live
7 p.m. Aug. 21. $54.50-$99. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com
The Grammy-winning New York band's new album, "Father of the Bride," their first in six years, topped the charts on its first week of release earlier this year. Leader Ezra Koenig has said country sensation Kacey Musgraves helped inspire the record's songwriting direction, though early chatter has focused more on a rootsy jam-band vibe. However one pegs the album and the band, this two-night stand (the first show was Tuesday) will be one of the summer's hottest shows. Young Mississippi blues sensation Christone “Kingfish” Ingram opens. — Peter Blackstock
3. Easy Tiger's Adult Spelling Bee
7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21. Free. 709 E. Sixth St. facebook.com/events/666267150523003
This is no ordinary spelling bee — certainly not like the ones you might remember from your elementary school days. Find out if you can spell better than a fifth-grader at Easy Tiger's first Adult Spelling Bee, during which you'll grab a drink and prove your spelling mettle. There will be $5 Brooklyn Bees all night: Brokers gin, Brooklyn Lager, Canton Ginger, lemon and honey-ginger simple syrup. Easy Tiger will award prizes to first-, second- and third-place winners.
4. Paramount Summer Classic Film Series: "2001: A Space Odyssey"
7:30 p.m. Aug. 21. $8-$12. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org
Summer isn’t quite over yet, which means the Paramount’s Summer Classic Film Series isn’t, either. Next up is the 1968 Stanley Kubrick science-fiction drama that is considered to be one of the most influential movies ever made. From its startling depiction of our origins to its extraordinary imagining of our final evolutionary stage, this mind-altering journey to Jupiter is perhaps Kubrick’s finest achievement.