What to See in October

Try a new PBS program based on the book The Botany of Desire, or visit Fredericksburg, Texas, for two great festivals.

Unusual mesquite wood yields a rugged cross.

Unusual mesquite wood yields a rugged cross.

iStockphoto.com/Nautilus Shell Studios

Content Tools

For the 17th year, the Texas Mesquite Association Art Festival finds a home in Fredericksburg, Texas. This year’s event opens its doors October 9-11. Click here for more.

Fredericksburg also hosts the 19th Annual Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest, October 24. Click here for more.

Set your DVR to catch PBS’s airing of The Botany of Desire, a new program based on Michael Pollan’s best-selling book. Check local listings for October 28 – many member stations will air it from 8 to 10 p.m. Narrated by Frances McDormand, the program explores the relationship between humans and plants, as seen from the plant’s point of view. The program focuses on four species – apple, tulip, cannabis and potato – and how they evolved to satisfy human cravings. Check out the website for more information.