Nightlife

Pumpkin Carving Night at Jackalope South Shore. With Halloween right around the corner, it's time to start turning our pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns. The Jackalope celebrates the arrival of this spooky holiday with a pumpkin carving station with everything you might need. Well, mostly. There will be a limited number of pumpkins at the bar, so it's recommended to bring your own. Drink specials come courtesy of El Silencio Mezcal, Tito's Vodka and Slow & Low Rock & Rye. 8 p.m. Oct. 21. Free. 1523 Tinnin Ford Road. facebook.com/events/2357797244471052

Books

The Pie Who Loved Me with Austin Bat Cave. Local author Lara Prescott celebrates her lauded novel "The Secrets We Kept," which centers on Boris Pasternak's novel "Doctor Zhivago." Inspired by the novel, Austin Bat Cave has put together an interactive night of fun complete with spies, secrets and coded messages. Feel free to dress in full midcentury modern fashion, such as your best swing dresses and Teddy Boy velvet blazers. The book will be on sale. 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 21. $60. Bufalina, 1519 E. Cesar Chavez St., #200. eventbrite.com/e/the-pie-who-loved-me-tickets-74357391961

Bill Bryson at the Paramount Theatre. Best-selling author Bill Bryson ("A Short History of Nearly Everything," "A Walk in the Woods") shares his globe-trotting travel experiences, his forays into science and his latest endeavors, including the release of his newest book, "The Body: A Guide for Occupants." Bryson says "the idea of the book is simply to try to understand the extraordinary contraption that is us. ... There really is no story more amazing than the story of us." 7 p.m. Oct. 21. $35-$60. 713 Congress Ave. tickets.austintheatre.org/5354/5355

Art

Guzu Gallery's "History of Horror." Guzu has joined forces with a coven of 28 talented artists as they usher in the season of the witch with a terrifying new art show. The gallery will pay due respect to the spirits of yesteryear and the recent past, with 40 new art pieces inspired by imagery and icons from the last 100 years of the horror genre. All artwork is available for purchase. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday. 5000 N. Lamar Blvd. facebook.com/events/1757370967902950

Coming up

Tuesday Twilights at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Enjoy your happy hours with fall flowers starting this week. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has brought back its Tuesday Twilights series, during which it stays open late each week this autumn to offer live music, activities, signature cocktails from Tito's Handmade Vodka, garden tours and more. This week, Americana artist Jeff Plankenhorn provides the tunes. 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 29. $6-$12 admission. 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org