1. MasterChef Junior Live!
7 p.m. Oct. 12. $29.50-$79.50. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org
Feel inspired by the young chefs who try to dominate the kitchen in the Gordon Ramsay show "MasterChef Junior"? Watch it play out live at this new production based on the culinary TV hit. It will feature head-to-head cooking competitions with past "MasterChef Junior" all-stars and fan favorites and an overall immersive experience for people of all ages. So bring your whole family to see the action. VIP tickets are available as an add-on to event admission that will get you a meet-and-greet with the cast, among other perks.
2. Texas Focus: "The Faculty" with Robert Rodriguez
7 p.m. Oct. 10. $5-$8. The Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com
Filmmakers Robert Rodriguez and Elizabeth Avellán will join a screening of the 1998 sci-fi horror film "The Faculty" for a discussion and Q&A. The film screens as part of the Bullock Museum's Texas Focus Film Series, presenting films filmed by, for and about Texans. "The Faculty," directed by Rodriguez and produced by Avellán, is about a group of students who suspect their teachers are aliens after a series of bizarre occurrences.
3. Penfold Theatre's "Ghost Quartet"
Opens Oct. 11. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 27. $16-$31. Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport Blvd. penfoldtheatre.org
The happily haunted musical about love, death and whiskey features four friends who drink and spin yarns about two fairy tale sisters, a treehouse astronomer, lazy evil bear, subway tragedy and the ghost of Thelonious Monk. The narrative threads interweave into a centuries-long tale of encounters with the otherworldly. A couple of additional performances on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 will take place at the historic setting of the Driskill Hotel.
4. Operation Steingräbber
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 12. Free. 1701 E. Sixth St. facebook.com/events/967892753546912
Not yet tired of Oktoberfest? We didn't think so. Keep the fall festivities going with an all-day Oktoberfest event at Zilker Brewing. Proper attire is, of course, encouraged. There will be music you can dance to from Off the Grid Band, which will come before the smooth sounds of DJ Markus With a K. Enjoy beer from Zilker and food from on-site truck Spicy Boys. Plus, of course, the UT and OU football game will play on the big screen.
5. Songs from Sondheim’s "A Little Night Music" with Austin Shakespeare
7:30 p.m. Oct. 13. $45-$50. Parker Jazz Club, 117 W. Fourth St., Suite 107B. alittlenightmusic.brownpapertickets.com
Austin Shakespeare has created a cabaret with music and lyrics from Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece "A Little Night Music." Eight of Austin’s finest singers and actors are led by acclaimed music director Austin Haller at the piano. Award-winning actor Marc Pouhé will narrate the story of romances young and old, new and rekindled. The all-star lineup performs the musical’s most memorable solos, duets and ensemble pieces, including “Send in the Clowns.”