10/1: First Thursday Specials, a Euro-Star and a Spelling Bee

BEE SEASON: The riveting competition of young minds in rows of folding chairs, with an oddball underdog among them, is an endearing premise in literature and film. But there's nothing like willing the right letters into your favorite contender's mouth at a live spelling bee. That's why The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Theatre Three is a good bet for language nerds: improvisation the core of the show, so you feel the high, sweaty stakes along with the characters. Call 214.871.3300 for tickets. 7:30PM.

STREET FAIR: Ready to invest in a Halloween costume for your pet? Want a free margarita? Could you use some sale prices on vintage jeans? The wealth of discounts and specials at Bishop Arts' First Thursday insures that you and yours can walk away with something cool, even if it's just the knowledge of a new shop you'd like to peruse again. (Or the excitement that accompanies any gathering of folks in a delightfully walkable area. (The "Save the Ta-Tas" swag you'll see on the sidewalks? It's Breast Cancer Awareness Night at Fete-ish.) Festivities start at 5PM.

CONCERTO: Join the throngs of Giancarlo Angioni's European fans in adoring the classical guitarist for his ability to sing in five languages as he stops at The Majestic Theatre tonight. Fun fact: Angioni once backed former Miss Texas Shillah Phillips. 7:30PM.

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