- Arianna Auber American-Statesman Staff
1. “Singin’ in the Rain” at Zach Theatre
Based on the Gene Kelly film of the same name, Zach Theatre’s first production of its 85th anniversary season is a splashy song-and-dance valentine to the golden age of movie musicals. The joyous score features well-known songs like “Good Morning,” “Make ’Em Laugh” and, of course, the ultimate favorite of “Singin’ in the Rain,” which will especially soar with Zach’s full orchestra. And, yes, it’ll actually rain on the Topfer stage. The cast includes Luke Hawkins as Don Lockwood, Sasha Hutchings as Kathy Seldon and Blake Spellacy as Cosmo Brown.
2. Far East Fest
1 p.m. Oct. 1. $15-$100. Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave. fareastfest.com.
The first-ever Far East Fest encourages you to embrace Asian culture through one of the best possible ways to understand it: the diverse and glorious world of Asian cuisine, from Chinese to Indian. Taste your way through some of Austin’s best Asian restaurants at the festival, which will have bites from Wu Chow, Chi’lantro, Thai-Kun, Fukumoto, Kuneho and more. There are both general admission and VIP ticket options, and both provide you with all-you-can-eat food sampling for the day.
3. Geraldine’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Concert
The live music-centric restaurant in Hotel Van Zandt is hosting a show featuring acclaimed Austin musician Shakey Graves. The night of revelry benefits the Greater Houston Community Foundation’s dedicated Harvey relief fund, and there will be a table set up on-site to accept donations and a silent auction with exclusive prizes, including two guitars signed by Graves. General admission to the show is free, although Geraldine’s is selling a limited number of VIP tickets for $175.
4. Natalia Lafourcade at Emo’s
7 p.m. doors Oct. 3. $36. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. emosaustin.com.
A Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winner, Lafourcade is one of the top pop singers in Mexico. Her new album, “Musas,” is a collection of covers and original music created in tribute to the great songwriters of Latin America, artists like Agustín Lara, Margarita Lecuona and Roberto Cantoral. She told Billboard that she felt compelled to “investigate the history of our music and the folklore of our culture.” She says the process has made her music richer. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
5. “Get Out” Beer Dinner at the Alamo Drafthouse
Watch this runaway hit on the big screen again — this time, with three film-themed dinner courses complemented by three carefully chosen beer pairings. “Get Out,” comedian and horror fan Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, tackles the particularly relevant topic of racism, a monster that can be lurking in even the most bleeding hearts. The “Get Out”-inspired beer dinner features courses like tea-braised pork belly with Hi Sign Oktoberfest and White Cake with Left Hand Milk Stout.
6. Movies in the Wild: “Flight of the Butterflies”
The Wildflower Center, in partnership with the Alamo Drafthouse, is transforming the center’s Family Garden into a theater for one night only. Spread your blanket on the lawn and enjoy “Flight of the Butterflies,” a film about the great journey of migrating monarchs. In the documentary, a dedicated scientist searches for 40 years to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway. The film begins at dusk, but come early to enjoy fun and educational activities for the whole family.
7. “Elliptical Thinking” at Wally Workman Gallery
Wally Workman Gallery’s sixth solo show with artist Ellen Heck highlights her study of identity — its creation, variability, persistence and change. Her most often chosen medium of printmaking reflects and parallels these themes. This show will feature large-scale abstract works as well as intimate portraits. Heck, a young artist, is already accomplished and has seen her work in many notable collections.