Wine, movies and more things to this week
Tapas and Texas Wine. October is Texas Wine Month, when wineries in the Hill Country and other parts of the state showcase the best of their vintages. The Texas Fine Wine group — comprised of Bending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Pedernales Cellars, Spicewood Vineyards and Duchman Family Winery — is doing that with this dinner of Texas wine and tapas. Each winery will showcase an award-winning current release paired with a bounty of small plates, such as chicken liver mousse and grilled octopus. 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 20. $75. Duchman Family Winery, 13308 FM 150 W., Driftwood.eventbrite.com/e/tapas-and-texas-wine-tickets-38416774607.
“Selected Shorts” at the Paramount Theatre. The hit public radio series Selected Shorts is taking the Austin stage with an evening of moving, comical and surprising stories. As with the radio show, the live theater show is themed and will focus on unexpected encounters in both far away and closer-to-home places. The tales will be performed by actress Melora Hardin, Tony Award-nominated Zach Grenier and Emmy Award-winning Michael Imperioli. 8 p.m. Oct. 21. $25-$35. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.
Austin Fermentation Festival. Fermentation is so magical, it’s a wonder we don’t have more festivals to celebrate it. Getting more people to appreciate and engage with the crazy world of fermentation is the purpose of the Austin Fermentation Festival, which returns with a dozen workshops on making everything from beer and cider to cheese and kimchi. The keynote speaker is Sandor Katz of Wild Fermentation, one of the most noted fermentation experts in the country, and you’ll also hear how to make cultured butter with Pure Luck Dairy, chocolate with Srsly Chocolate, kombucha with Buddha’s Brew and more. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 22. $25. Barr Mansion, 10463 Sprinkle Road. texasfarmersmarket.org/austin-fermentation-festival/. — Addie Broyles
America Ferrera’s “Out of Reach” at Alamo Drafthouse. A new film called “Out of Reach” follows actress America Ferrera as she travels to Texas in the final months of the Obama Administration to find out how key immigration policies were affecting the 1.65 million undocumented people currently living in the state. A new president in office has led to a sharp rise in ICE raids, a travel ban and the rescinding of a policy that allowed minors who arrived illegally to apply for a work permit. The screening will include a Q&A and discussion with local leaders. RSVP to attend. 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23. Free. Alamo Mueller, 1911 Aldrich St. Suite 120. facebook.com/events/705756736281328/.
Halloween Spelltacular. The Austin Parks Foundation is celebrating the season of witches with this Movie in the Park screening of “Hocus Pocus,” just in time for Halloween. But it’s much more than a film showing — the evening will feature a Halloween dance party in the park with pre-movie activities including a Halloween candy walk, pumpkin smashing, a witch’s cauldron photo booth, a costume contest and food trucks with spooky treats. The costume contest has special prizes for both kid and adult categories, and the party as a whole is BYOB. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26. $6.27-$22.09. Palm Park, 711 E. Third St. eventbrite.com/e/halloween-spelltacular-featuring-hocus-pocus-tickets-37950213109.