Saturday update

OK. Let’s do a quick rundown of everything I’m aware of that is happening Downtown today. To make things easier to find, I’m going to do this in alphabetical order. For more details about any of these events, visit the venue’s website or social media.

Atomic Rose – Drag show hosted by Bella DuBalle at 10, with special guest Minerva from Denver and final performance by Pristine Decay; costume contest 11 PM $300/$50 (bar tab)

AutoZone Park – Memphis 901 FC vs. Indy Eleven, 6 PM

Bardog – Costume contest at 11 PM sharp with cold, hard cash for the winners. $250/$100/$50

Bass Pro at the Pyramid – Trick-or-treating 4-8 PM

B.B. King’s – The Blues Trio 11:30 AM; Flic’s Pics Band 4 PM; The B.B. King’s Blues Club All-Star Band 8:30 PM

Blind Bear – Happening Halloween: Brimstone Jones plays 9 PM-1 AM. Costume contest, drink specials, food specials. The Bear has posted that they will celebrate “3 Days of Halloween Saturday-Monday.”

Blues City Cafe Band Box – Eskimo Brothers 8 PM

Brass Door – Wear your costume and get $1 off any local draft

Carolina Watershed – Live performances and a $300 costume contest

Cordelia’s Market – Trunk-or-treat and meet & greet 3-6 PM.

Earnestine &Hazel’s – Max Kaplan and the Magics 9:30 PM

Elmwood Cemetery – Tombs: A Mausoleum Tour noon-1:30 PM $20

FedExForum – Memphis Grizzlies vs. Miami Heat, 7 PM: Grizz-o-ween: Free Grizz face masks to the first 10,000 fans

Fire Museum of Memphis – Scavenger hunt, 9 AM-4 PM

Ghost River on Beale – Costume contest 8-9 PM

Ghost River on Main – Prizes for best costume handed out every hour, on the hour all day

Grind City Brewing Co. – 10% off for adults in costume; bring your child or fur child and receive a treat

James Lee House – The James Lee Hallow Masquerade 6:30-11 PM, tickets $100

Loflin Yard – Loflin Grave Yard: DJ in the Coach House, adult costume contest at 9 (singles, couples, and group winners) and spooky specials

Majestic Grille – CLOSED for brunch and dinner today due to a wedding; back open tomorrow

Max’s Sports Bar – All the games, all day long, on a dozen TVs. $2.75 PBR

Memphis Farmers Market – Final day of the Market’s regular season, 8 AM-1 PM

Moxy Memphis – Howling Halloween featuring House in the Midsouth, 6-9 PM

Mud Island – Kayak Memphis Halloween Sunset Tour, 5-7 PM (sold out)

Paula & Raiford’s Disco – Discoween: Doors open 9 PM-3 AM

Rumba Room – $300 costume contest; free salsa lessons with Edgar Mendez and the Salsa Memphis Dance Team 9:30 PM

Rum Boogie Cafe – Eric Hughes (solo) 4:30-7:30 PM; FreeWorld 8 PM-midnight

Silly Goose – $100 in house cash to the best costume every 30 minutes from 10 PM to 3 AM

Tin Roof – Nightmare on Beale Street costume contest $125/$50/$25

Wet Willie’s – Wicked Willie’s Halloween Bash: Costume contest 8-9 PM $250/$50/$25; $2 bloody finger shots; Halloween “Hocus Pocus” daiquiri special

Wiseacre Downtown – Left Unsung, a Grateful Dead tribute, in the outdoor beer garden 5-7. This show was rescheduled from yesterday due to rain. All 6-packs on sale for 20% off Friday-Sunday

Let’s get on to the other news…

The State Senate and House of Representatives both passed a bill yesterday which would limit the Shelby County Health Department’s authority. During a pandemic, no local official or health department would be able to supersede a governor’s health-related order.

I have mixed feelings about the bill. On one hand, people in Shelby County – not Nashville – should be the ones to decide when to implement or lift local mask mandates. On the other hand, the county health department is getting exactly what it deserves for implementing some of the incredibly stupid restrictions on restaurants last year – things like 2-hour max time for a table to dine and a rule that you must purchase food to order alcohol. I bet the preachy Facebook “health experts” who supported (and even seemed to look forward to) such restrictions are having a cow at this latest turn of events.

Penny says that Emoni Bates, Landers Nolley II, and Johnathon Lawson, all of whom sat out last Sunday’s game vs. LeMoyne-Owen, will play tomorrow’s exhibition vs. Lane College. Still out: Chandler Lawson, waiting for his transfer from Oregon to be completed.

For a list of college football games of interest to Memphians today, see my Monday update post.

ALSAC, the fundraising arm of St. Jude, invites the public to a community meeting Monday, November 1 from 5-6 PM to discuss the proposed 7-story parking garage along A.W. Willis Ave. in Uptown. To prevent the spread of COVID, they will hold the meeting outside, on the lot on Seventh St. north of A.W. Willis.

Hugging is one of many activities you can do with sheep, and today is Hug a Sheep Day.

FINALLY! The FDA has announced emergency use authorization of the Pfizer vaccine in kids 5-11.

That’s it for today. Halloween tends to be a very slow news day, so it may be Monday before I post again. Or maybe I’ll let the troll do a guest post tomorrow.