To celebrate his 70th year, Taj Mahal’s been touring as a back-to-basics solo performer. With a career that spans 50 years and began with his revitalization of traditional country blues, the Harlem-born guitarist expanded his musical palette to encompass African, Caribbean, Latin American, European, Hawaiian influences, and even jazz. The night before a Gruene Hall appearance, he’ll distill them together in an intimate showcase of his prodigious talent. 7 & 9:30pm. – Jay Trachtenberg
One of the most amazing theatre artists to ever set foot in this city returns to the Vortex with a new story – an American soap opera in six parts – and a whole new cast of characters, all played by Woodbury herself. Witness this creative powerhouse of a woman, directed by Michael Yawney, as she explores and explodes the headlines of our times with endangered frogs, whirling dervishes, desperate scientists, and evangelicals gone wild. Through Nov. 11, 8pm. Part Two: Thu., Nov. 1; Fri., Nov. 2. Part Three: Sat., Nov. 3; Sun., Nov. 4. Part Four: Wed., Nov. 7. Part Five: Thu., Nov. 8; Fri., Nov. 9. Part Six: Sat., Nov. 10; Sun., Nov. 11. $10-30 (but ask about those VIP passes!)
Ann Wood's fantastic art incorporates two- and three-dimensional pieces – entire taxidermied deer, for instance – into a rococo outcropping of landscape that references topiaries, floral bouquets, and pastry decorating. But, note: The death and decay lurking below the surface or hovering nearby is, you might say, more than just the icing on this complex cake. Recommended. Through Nov. 17.
Halloween is over, and even though the lights have been turned out the haunted house is still open. Groups get a glow stick to explore the otherwise pitch black spookery. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 9-10, 7pm-12mid, $25
Features an exhibition by artist Paul Pfeiffer and a display of James Naismith's 1891 document the Original Rules of Basketball. You won't want to miss this in-depth and historical look into the sport of basketball. Runs through Jan. 13, 2013.
Join hostess Arcie Cola for an all-you-can-eat buffet of barf bag babes and bawdy bathroom beauties. Performances by Bulimianne Rhapsody, Kitty Buick, Merci Killingspree, Althea Trix, Annie DePressant, and Lady Grackle. Poo poo pa doo. Fri., Nov. 9, 10pm (2012), $3