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NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 27:  (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been processed using digital filters) Musician Chris Cornell performs at The Ryman Auditorium on October 27, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images) 588834627

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 27: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been processed using digital filters) Musician Chris Cornell performs at The Ryman Auditorium on October 27, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images) 588834627

Chris Cornell: The iconic Soundgarden rocker presents an unplugged, acoustic performance, including select songs from his latest release, Higher Truth. 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $33.50-$70.50. (727) 893-7832.

Mark Knopfler : Legendary musician and songwriter Mark Knopfler will celebrate the release of his new record, Tracker, with a 36-city North American tour that includes a stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $68.50-$158.50. (727) 791-7400.

Halloween at the Centro: Bring an appetizer and dress like a ghoul for this adult only party with DJ dancing, cash bar and a costume contest. 7 p.m., Centro Asturiano, 1913 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. $20. (813) 841-5714.

BlackStar: Crime, forensics, performance art, photography and historic projection techniques come together to create the exhibition inspired by crime scene photos from the 1920s. Performances take place at 9 p.m. 7 p.m., The Venture Compound, 2621 Fairfield Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free, donations accepted. (901) 619-1519.

Chris Porter: He was a finalist in season four of Last Comic Standing and has his own Comedy Central Presents special. The comic is a favorite on the college and standup circuit for his smart observations of everyday weirdness. 8 and 10:30 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $15-$17. (813) 864-4000.

Dracula: The vampire strikes back again in this British-style Panto production with music. Audience is encouraged to wear costumes. 8 p.m., St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. $15, $10 students, children 12 and younger, one free with each paid adult. (727) 866-1973.

Rocky Horror Picture Show 40th Anniversary Party: Come dressed as your favorite Rocky Horror character for a viewing on a giant screen with a costume contest for cash prizes and prop bags for sale. 8 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 565-0550.

Thomas Carabasi Samba Jazz Quintet: The drummer, percussionist and bandleader formed the Samba Jazz Quartet three years ago and has been performing this beautiful mixture of jazz and Brazilian music. 8 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $18 advance, $20 day of show; $10 students; $30 reserved. (727) 822-3590.

Florida Orchestra Pops: Halloween Pops: With spooky songs from Broadway shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Jekyll and Hyde and Sweeney Todd, as well as films like Jaws and more, with conductor Jeff Tyzik and vocalists, Lisa Vroman and Doug LaBrecque. Both the orchestra musicians and audience are encouraged to come in costume. 8 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337.

Helloween 12: Always one of the biggest costume parties in Tampa, this annual Halloween haunt at Jackson's this year comes with the theme "Twisted Fairy Tales," including three areas of DJ dancing and $5,000 costume contest prize money. 9 p.m., Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. $10 women, $15 men, $20 VIP. (813) 277-0112.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Scary Face Pancakes: Costumed kids ages 12 and younger can trick or treat for free scary face pancakes at any IHOP location. 7 a.m., IHOP, 5800 34th St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 527-7577.

TO WATCH

SEASON PREMIERE Grimm, 9 p.m., NBC. Nick (David Giuntoli) is in a major funk, and who can blame him? His mother was beheaded; Juliette died, and his once sworn enemy, Adalind (Claire Coffee), is pregnant with his child.

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