1. Steve Martin and Martin Short at Bass Concert Hall
7:30 p.m. Oct. 4, 8 p.m. Oct. 5. $84.50-$249.50. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org.
Can we talk about this bill? When is the last time you’ve had the chance to see two-thirds of the Three Amigos live on stage? Steve Martin and Martin Short team up for a night of comedy and self-reflection on two iconic careers, a night that is a stand-up/music/interview mash-up. Expect appearances by Short’s Jiminy Glick character and appearances by Martin's Grammy-Award winning bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers. Martin especially has eschewed live comedy in recent years for his music and literary works, so this evening is a treat. — Brently Heilbron
2. Clint Harp at BookPeople
7 p.m. Sept. 30. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Fans of the HGTV show "Fixer Upper" will know this name: Harp was once a self-taught carpenter who could barely make ends meet — until he met Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars at the center of "Fixer Upper," and made furniture for the houses they would renovate. Now, business is booming, and he has his own show, "Woodwork," on the DIY Network. He'll reflect on his inspiring story with the memoir "Handcrafted," signing it at BookPeople.
3. "Many Mini Murder Scenes" at Women and Their Work
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through Nov. 8. 1710 Lavaca St. womenandtheirwork.org.
Why is the murder mystery perpetually appealing to so many Americans? That's the question at the center of Candace Hicks' installation, which features a series of rooms constructed in miniature. A hybrid of an architectural model and a dollhouse, the domestic interior spaces double as crime scenes found in fiction novels. You'll feel like a detective searching for clues to Hicks' central query.
4. Garrison's Truffle & Wine Dinner
6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 2. $125. Fairmont Austin, 101 Red River St. eventbrite.com/e/garrison-truffle-prunotto-wine-dinner-with-emanuele-baldi-tickets-50329244124.
It's time to indulge, isn't it? You'll certainly feel like you have after this four-dish pairing dinner featuring wine from Italian winery Prunotto. Kicking off truffle season, the dinner incorporates truffles into every wood-fired course and includes duck liver tart, porcini mushroom, wagyu rossini and more. Plus, the estate manager for Prunotto Wine, Emanuele Baldi, is a special guest at the dinner who will help to share the harmony of combining wine with food — truffles especially.
5. Phoenix at Stubb’s BBQ
7 p.m. doors Oct. 3-4. $38-$40. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com.
The French pop outfit called their upbeat 2017 album “Ti Amo,” Italian for “I love you.” In Austin, the love clearly goes both ways; the band added a second show after the first swiftly sold out. It’s their first trip to Austin since an ecstatic “Austin City Limits” performance five years ago, setting the stage for a sunny synth reunion. The second night is already sold out. The Voidz open. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
6. House of Torment
7 p.m. Oct. 5-7 and additional dates and times through Nov. 10. $20-$99. 2632 Ridgepoint Drive. houseoftorment.com.
Get ready to line up for another Halloween season at Austin's biggest haunted attraction. The House of Torment has a new trio of scary sites filled with all manner of monsters: Blackthorne Penitentiary, Darkest Dreams and Trick or Treat. There are also three stand-alone, mini escape games that you win by figuring out how to escape from a room using hidden clues and riddles and Halloween-themed carnival games.
7. Outside the City Limits Festival
Noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 6. $25-$125. Vista Brewing, 13551 RM 150, Driftwood. vistabrewingtx.com.
Not into Austin City Limits Festival, which returns this weekend? Or just didn't get tickets in time? Either way, there's a more low-key alternative waiting for you in the Hill Country: the inaugural Outside the City Limits at Vista Brewing. Sun Radio is helping to produce it and is bringing in a lineup of country, western swing and bluegrass bands — all locally based — that include the Derailers and the Hot Texas Swing Band.