‘Something Rotten!’
Tuesday, Oct. 10, to Oct. 15

Set in the ’90s — the 1590s — Broadway’s smash hit tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom (2015 Tony-nominee Rob McClure and Josh Grisetti), two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare (Tony-nominee Adam Pascal) keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. With its heart on its ruffled sleeve, sequins in its soul and 10 Tony nominations under its belt, including best musical, “Something Rotten!” is hailed by New York Magazine as “‘The Producers’ plus ‘Spamalot’ plus ‘The Book of Mormon.’ Squared!”

‘Something Rotten!’ -- Tuesday (10/10) to Oct. 15, various times, Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St.; $35 to $135, (515) 246-2300 or Desmoinesperformingarts.org

Anamosa Pumpkinfest
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7 and 8

Iowa’s “Pumpkin Capital” is gearing up in a BIG way for the annual Anamosa Pumpkinfest & Ryan Norlin GIANT Pumpkin Weigh-off weekend. The weigh-off awards will be presented at noon Saturday at the Lawrence Community Center, but the event’s festivities begin at 8 a.m. and continue there through 4 p.m. Other Saturday activities include a 5K run & walk, car show, pumpkin carving exhibit, craft and food vendors, kids’ games, entertainment, firefighters’ water ball tournament, pumpkin roll, horseshoe tournament, hay bale toss and the Main Street parade at 2:15 p.m. Sunday’s events include a pumpkin pancake breakfast, golf tournament and garden tractor pull.

Anamosa Pumpkinfest -- Saturday (10/7) and Sunday (10/8), Main Street and various other sites around Anamosa; Anamosachamber.org

Embracing Complexity: Author G. Willow Wilson
Sunday, Oct. 8

In fiction, non-fiction and comics, this American convert to Islam has distinguished herself as a writer of originality and insight. In her lecture titled “A Superhero for Generation Why,” she uses the challenges Ms. Marvel — a Pakistani-American Muslim teenager faces — as a parallel for the challenges of a misunderstood generation: the millennials. She’ll discuss the genesis of Ms. Marvel, her roots in the historical science fiction/fantasy tradition, and the significance of writing a superhero for a millennial (and wider) audience. This program is part of Hancher’s Embracing Complexity series focusing on contemporary Islamic cultures and Muslim identity. 

Embracing Complexity: Author G. Willow Wilson -- 2 p.m. Sunday (10/8), Hancher Auditorium, 141 E. Park Rd., Iowa City; free, no tickets needed; Hancher.uiowa.edu/2017-18/GWillowWilson