DANCE

Cambridge Dance Company: “Moxie”

Cambridge Dance Company kicks off its fifth season with a program that ranges, in their words, from “sensual to sassy, introspective to intense,” embracing jazz, contemporary, tap and hip-hop, with musical selections as diverse as Justin Bieber, Parov Stelar and Queen Latifah. “Moxie,” incidentally, is an early 20th century term suggesting verve, spunk and force of character.

Oct. 15, 8 p.m., Boston University Dance Theater, 915 Comm. Ave., Boston, $15-$20, cambridgedancemoxie.brownpapertickets.com

HAUNTED HOUSES

Boston Zombie Apocalypse

This suburban haunted house is more like a real-life video game, arming your team with toy guns to kill attacking zombies. The story behind the show is that a mandatory vaccination against a mosquito-borne illness has—whoops!—turned a bunch of people into zombies! For those without a car, it’s roughly a 20 minute walk from the local commuter rail stop.

October 14 through Oct. 30, Stronghold Ops, 1437 Bedford St., Abington, $20, bostonzombies.com

MUSIC

Philosophical Zombie

Local musician Ted Billings, formerly of the band Age Ring, started performing as Philosophical Zombie in 2015. On debut album “Loneliness Is Blue And Not Blue”, he sounded kind of like Jeff Tweedy fronting Weezer. His latest record, “Cotard’s”, drops Friday; preview track “Dream On” finds Billings successfully trying out a more psychedelic vibe. Babydriver opens this album release show.

Oct. 14, 10 p.m., Great Scott, 1222 Comm. Ave., Allston, $10, 21+, greatscottboston.com

Felabration Boston 2016

This multimedia mini-festival pays tribute to Nigerian composer and activist Fela Kuti, progenitor of Afrobeat and one of the 20th century’s most influential musicians, on the night of his birthday, with music from Uhuru Afrika and Federator N°1, live projections by SAMO, vendors, live painting and more. You can get a garment printed by hand, or bring your own to print on.  

Oct. 15, 8 p.m., Middle East Downstairs, 480 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, $15-$20, 18+, tktwb.tw/2dUTDgg

MOVIES

“Chinatown”

The Coolidge’s “Science on Screen” series continues with this classic film noir about a private eye in 1930’s Los Angeles who stumbles upon a nefarious web of sketchy dealings, based on the real-life “California water wars” of the era. Prior to the screening, Betsy Reilly of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority will discuss the issue of water quality and developed and developing countries. 

October 17, 7 p.m., Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard St., Brookline, $10-$12, http://bit.ly/2ecC8tr

Boston Terror ’Thon

This finely-curated series of horror movies—funny and/or scary, high and low budget, features and shorts, plus some classics like Roger Corman’s Poe movies, a 70 mm print of “Ghostbusters” and the all-important “Rocky Horror Picture Show”—ought to be all the fuel you need to light your Halloween fire. Each night features between three and five selections.

Oct. 13 through 16, Somerville Theater, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville, Prices vary, somervilletheatre.com

THEATER

“Memorial”

This new play by Livian Yeh tells the story of artist Maya Lin’s struggle to create the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. While the work is renowned today for its emotional power, Lin’s design initially faced harsh criticism from politicians, Vietnam vets themselves and even her own parents. Though forced to compromise, Lin held fast to her social message.  

Oct. 13 through 30, Boston Playwrights’ Theater, 949 Comm. Ave., Boston, $10-$30, bu.edu/bpt/our-season

FOOD

Comicazi Cookie Clash

Comicazi, one of the city’s best comic book shops, hosts this cookie tasting to benefit Boston Partners in Education. Yes, there will be milk on hand to wash it down—what do you think these people are, sadists?! You’ll get to vote for which cookie wins the People’s Choice Award. Kids, doubtless the most discerning critics, get a $5 discount.

Oct. 16, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Comicazi, 407 Highland Ave., Somerville $10, bit.ly/2e6OyiO

SPOKEN WORD

Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It

Since the end of the original “Star Trek” series, William Shatner has established a hammy and inimitable personal brand that’s pretty much overshadowed his proper acting, marked by stunts like his bizarre, talked-through covers of pop hits and his goofy late-career turn as a pitchman for Priceline.com. Expect a little bit of everything Shatner at this one-man show.

Oct. 16, 7 p.m., Lynn Auditorium, 3 City Hall Sq., Lynn, $47-$57, ticketmaster.com