The Basement Gallery, one of the stops that has expanded the monthly First Friday tour out of downtown proper, will be closed for the foreseeable future during construction in the gallery’s building on Jackson Avenue. A brief e-mail from gallery owner T. Michael Martin distributed last week announced that “all scheduled exhibitions are on hold” for a remodeling effort at 103 W. Jackson Ave. In the e-mail, Martin writes that future exhibits may be moved to the new Three Flights Up gallery space on Tyson Avenue in the Downtown North neighborhood. (A phone call and e-mail to Martin requesting details had not been returned as of press time.)
It’s Halloween again, and local bars and clubs are billing just about everything on Friday night as a Halloween party. Here’s a rundown of the night’s most notable Halloween-themed music events:
• The Old City will be blocked off to traffic at the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Central Street for the Old City Halloween Block Party featuring Brendon James Wright and the Wrongs, the High Score, and Roman Reese. Music starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free.
• Barataria, the new club in the former Blue Cats/Tonic space on East Jackson Avenue, will host the seventh annual El Deth Halloween, featuring Cutthroat Shamrock, the Brain Eaters (performing as the Misfits), 1220, DJ Simon Belmont, and Jon Warren. The patio opens at 6 p.m., doors at 9 p.m. Admission is $8 for those 21 and up, $10 for those 18-20.
• Pilot Light’s annual masquerade and benefit show features local bands performing as Jesus Lizard, Billy Idol, the Beastie Boys, the Damned, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Nirvana. Who’s playing who is still a secret. Admission is $5, 18 and up, and the show starts on Pilot Light time (the website says 10 p.m.).
• At the Downtown Grill & Brewery, local cover band Big Bad Jukebox will perform Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety. Show starts at 11 p.m., 18 and up.
• The Vibraslaps will perform as Spinal Tap at Preservation Pub on Market Square. Show starts at 10 p.m. and admission is $5. Twenty-one and up.
• artvandalay, Ga-Na-Si-Ta, and Arpetrio head World Grotto’s Nightmare on the Square at 10 p.m. for $8. The Halloween bash lasts all night long, with breakfast and free coffee after 3 a.m.
• Homemade Wine plays Sunspot’s Cumberland Avenue Halloween Bash starting at 10 p.m. Free, 21 and up.
• Knoxville’s longest-running Halloween dance night and freak-out, Freakers Ball, hits the Valarium for the first time at 7:30 p.m. More than $5,000 in prizes will be awarded in the Freakers Ball costume contest.
• The Fister Sisters Burlesque Show will be accompanied by DJ Phizzle at Sassy Ann’s starting at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10, 21 and up.
• Quartjar and Kevin Abernathy will scare up the ghosts at the Bistro, next to the Bijou Theatre, at 9 p.m. Free.
• Cheryl Renee and her Blues Band will preside over an early evening costume party at Knoxville Museum of Art’s Alive After Five series at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for KMA members, $9 otherwise.