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The Weekend Plan-It: Knoxville Horror Film Festival, Band of Heathens, and Diarrhea Planet

Good morning! And happy Friday! We made it through the week! Just hang in there till 5, and we're all home free. And boy, oh boy, is there plenty going on this weekend. Take a look and make some plans.

FRIDAY
At noon in the visitor center, hometown boys the Black Cadillacs will play for WDVX's Blue Plate Special with Year of October. As always, it's free to attend.

Also at noon, City of Knoxville urban forester Kasey Krouse will talk about his first year here at UT's weekly science forum in Thompson-Boling Arena. It's absolutely free to attend and open to the public. For more info, call (865) 974-8156 or email littmann@utk.edu.

At 5 p.m., Freaky Friday Fright Nite in Mayor Bob Leonard Park gets started. Kiddos 12 and under can go trick or treating through the park, and participate in some games and activities. It's absolutely free to attend! The event goes until 7 p.m.

The Knoxville Horror Film Festival returns at 8 p.m. in the Relix Variety Theater. Tickets are $10-$40. 18+ only. For more info, check out the festival's website.

Nashville singer/songwriter Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors will return to the Bijou Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17. Buy them here. If you're a big fan, or can't make the show later, the band will be at the Disc Exchange at 6:15 for a free acoustic performance.

The Knoxville Opera will kick off its 2013-2014 season with a performance at 8 p.m. of Offenbach's supernatural romantic fantasy "Tales of Hoffman." Tickets are $10-$95. Buy them here.

Also at 8, Austin, Texas Americana outfit Band of Heathens will perform at the Bowery in support of their fourth album, Sunday Morning Record. Tickets are $12-$15. Buy them here.

Wrap up the night at the Pilot Light, where Shriek Operator goes on at 10 p.m. with Spirits, and the Melchizedek Children. Cover's $5. 18+ only.

SATURDAY
Get up and get moving at an 11 a.m. belly dance class for beginners at Alexia's School of Middle Eastern Dance. It's $12 to participate. For more info, call (865) 898-2126 or email alexia@alexia-dance.com.

Got an animal-loving kiddo? Take them to Horse Haven's Boo at the Barn, where they can trick or treat, get their faces painted, and play games. It's $10 to attend, and it gets started at 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.

If you're looking for a good scare, check out the Dungeon of Darkness in Maryville's Alnwick Community Center. It's open from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $13-$20. Buy them here.

At 8 p.m., Houston indie-soul band the Tontons will return to the Preservation Pub to play a free show. 21+ only.

And at 10 p.m., rockers Diarrhea Planet will play at the Pilot Light with Zach and Kota's Sweet Life. It's $10 to attend. 18+ only.

SUNDAY
Quaker Steak and Lube will host a Paws on the Patio Halloween party and costume contest for people and their doggies from 1 to 6 p.m. It's free to attend, and donations will benefit the Union County Humane Society.

Marshall University professor Marc Spencer will be at the Frank H. McClung Museum on campus at 2 p.m. to talk about the Southeast in the time of dinosaurs, including which kinds populated our area. It's free to attend!

R.B. Morris will be at Union Avenue Books at 3 p.m. to read from his new book of poetry, The Mockingbird Poems. It's free to attend!

And wrap up the evening at the Pres Pub's Upstairs Underground Stand-Up Comedy Show, which starts at 8 p.m. There's no cover. 21+ only.

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