Kirk Hanna isn't your average cowboy. The ranch-born, boot-wearing Colorado native, and subject of this documentary, gained notoriety for his eco-friendly efforts to stop development and expansion on farms and ranches in the western U.S. Local indie synth-pop band BLSHS also performs at the screening at Discovery Green.
Oct. 9. 8. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. 713-400-7336. discoverygreen.com
ROCO Brass Quintet at MATCH
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra's offshoot group, the Brass Quintet, plays the first of a trio of special performances at MATCH. The five-piece band is noted for its wide array of song choices as well as its playful interaction with audiences.
Oct. 9. 7:30. $15-25. MATCH, 3400 Main St. 713-655-2700. rocohouston.org
Amy Stewart at Murder By The Book
The non-fiction writer, who typically writes botany-bent books, steps into the world of law enforcement with her latest book Girl Waits With Gun. The true story follows the life of Constance Kopp, a rural recluse who was recruited one of the nation's first deputy sheriffs.
Oct. 9. 6:30. Free. Murder By The Book, 2342 Bissonnet St. 713-524-8597. murderbooks.com
Texas Renaissance Festival
The 41st annual Ren Fest returns to Houston and kicks things off with an Oktoberfest-themed weekend complete with giant turkey legs, barrels of mead and most excellent jousting bouts. Kids get in free on Sundays through the festival's run, so don't be afraid to get the kids out to see some epic falconry.
Oct. 10–11. 8-5. $21-39; children 5–12, $14. Enchanted Manor Winery, 21778 Farm to Market 1774, Todd Mission. 800-458-3435. texrenfest.com.
Bonnie & Clyde
The infamous gun-toting lovers lived out a short spree of small-town crimes, blazing a trail through Texas that would later inspire movies, TV adaptations and, in 2011, a Tony-nominated musical that hits the stage courtesy of TUTS Underground.
Oct. 11. 7:30. $25–49. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St. 713-558-8887. tuts.com