Mid-October promises plenty of Austin events
1. "Jesus Christ Superstar"
8 p.m. Oct. 8-12, 2 p.m. Oct. 12, 1 and 7 p.m. Oct. 13. $45-$150. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org
The North American tour of this musical phenomenon launches in Austin, celebrating 50 epic years since the original rock opera concept album release. "Jesus Christ Superstar" is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, as seen through the eyes of Judas. The legendary score by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award winners Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice includes "I Don’t Know How to Love Him," "Gethsemane" and "Superstar."
2. Sunday Cinema: "Pride and Prejudice" at Harry Ransom Center
3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 6. Free. 300 W. 21st St. hrc.utexas.edu/events
On Sundays in October, those who love English novelist Jane Austen’s work can explore the "Austen in Austin" section of the Harry Ransom Center's "Stories to Tell" exhibition and also watch a lineup of films based on her enduring work. Kicking off the month of Sunday Cinema this weekend is the 1940s version of "Pride and Prejudice," starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier. Each movie screens after docent tours at the Prothro Theatre at the center.
3. Wu-Tang Clan at ACL Live
8 p.m. Oct. 7. $89-$165. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com
Real talk: Over the past decade, Wu-Tang shows have been hit or miss, depending on which members of the crew actually show up. But for this tour, celebrating the 25th anniversary of their genre-reshaping debut album “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers),” most of the surviving members of the Clan have been present at most of the dates. Old Dirty Bastard’s son, Young Dirty Bastard, has been handling his father’s verses. They still “Bring da Ruckus.” — Deborah Sengupta Stith
4. Yappy Hour at the Long Center
5 p.m. Oct. 9. Free. 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org
Austinites love our dogs as well as a good happy hour, so what happens when you combine the two? The Long Center's first-ever "yappy" hour is exactly what you get. Benefiting Austin Pets Alive, the event will have a live DJ, refreshing drinks from Tito's Handmade Vodka, local food trucks and Nulo Pet Food, which will be serving up fresh treats to order. Your own dogs are welcome but must be kept leashed.
5. Thinkery21: It Came from the Future
7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 10. $25. 1830 Simond Ave. my.thinkeryaustin.org/2094/2095
Communicator watches. Video calling. Self-driving cars. What do they all have in common? They once existed only in the realm of science fiction, but they're now part of everyday life. The next installment of the Thinkery's adult-only night is themed around this notion. At Thinkery21, listen to songs from sci-fi movies, learn about the feasibility of space travel from Astronomy on Tap and try your hand at a UFO cornhole game, among other activities.
6. "The Black Vault" at the Institution Theater
8 p.m. Friday through Oct. 26. $15. 3800 Woodbury Drive. facebook.com/events/661109434381629
"The Black Vault" is a fully improvised show that spins horror tales in the style of H.P. Lovecraft, the writer best known for his Cthulhu Mythos. The show’s stories incorporate many of Lovecraft’s themes, such as ancient unspeakable terror. Originally staged in autumn 2012, the new production will focus on stories about creeping alien horrors through the lens of the experiences of those not typically represented in Lovecraft’s work.
7. CraftHER Market Fall 2019
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12-13. Free. Fair Market, 1100 E. Fifth St. facebook.com/events/2256521567920295
Produced by #bossbabesATX, CraftHER Market is a biannual pop-up space, showcasing the talent of women and nonbinary makers in Texas. This fall, the market will expand across two full days for the first time ever to exhibit a diverse lineup of more than 160 different makers. Both days of the market will include installations by the featured CraftHER Market resident artist, Edith Valle; a curated food court; kid-friendly activities; a nonprofit raffle; a community weaving loom; and more.