Art: The first First Friday of the year is tonight. Take part in the city-wide coordinated night of art openings from about 6 to 9 p.m. Find out what galleries are hosting receptions tonight by searching tonight’s date on our calendar at rochestercitynewspaper.com, or visit firstfridayrochester.org for more information.
Sports: Get rowdy at the Monster Jam Thunder Nationals, which kick off tonight at Blue Cross Arena (One War Memorial Square) at 7:30 p.m., and continue through Sunday. Tickets are $10-$40. For more info, call 800-745-3000 or 758-5300, or visit ticketmaster.com or bluecrossarena.com.
Music: Ring in the New Year with some musical resolutions, and Prime Time Funk has a bash the whole year in the making ready for you. Check out the Post-Holiday bash tonight at Taylor’s Nightclub (3300 Monroe Ave.) at 9 p.m.
Film: New films opening today include “Hyde Park on Hudson,” “The Impossible,” “Promised Land,” and “Texas Chainsaw 3D.” For more information on these films and the ones continuing this week, visit rochestercitynewspaper.com and check out our movies section under entertainment.
Music: Beatles fans, fear not, as there always seems to be a place in town where you can go to hear some of the Fab Four’s fabulous tunes. Tonight that spot is the Greece Athena High school (800 Long Pond Rd., 966-4281) as it presents A Beatles Spectacular, featuring the Greece Athena Middle & High School Orchestras and the Greece Concert Band. Music starts at 7:30 p.m., tickets run $5-$8.
Theater: Take in a performance of "War Terrier," A Jingoistic Fantasy by Spencer Christiano, presented by John Borek tonight at the MuCCC (142 Atlantic Ave.). The show goes on at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are pay-what-you-will, with a $6 suggested donation. For more information, call 244-0960 or visit muccc.org.
Music: Today’s someone’s birthday, and we don’t mean just any somebody, but a certain somebody you all have probably heard of. Head on down to Lovin Cup (300 Park Point Dr., lovincup.com) tonight for David Bowie’s Birthday Bash, featuring Jenna Weintraub, Seth Faergolzia and many more. Music starts at 9 p.m., cover runs $3-$5.
Film: New movies opening in wide release today include "After Earth" and "Now You See Me." This week, the Dryden Theatre will screen "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid," "Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters," "Magnificent Obsession," "The Rules of the Game," and "The Tree of Life." The Little will present "Kon-Tiki." For more information on film times, head here.
Special Event: Preview the brilliance of the coming generations at the Finger Lakes Regional Invention Convention, hosted by Rochester Museum and Science Center (657 East Ave.) on Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The event is included in museum admission ($11-$13). For more info, call 697-1942 or visit rmsc.org.
Special Event: The 12th Annual Rochester Dachshund Parade will take place Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m.-noon, at Washington Square Park (Washington Square at South Clinton Ave.) Admission is free, and costumes are encouraged! For more info, visit dachshundparade.com.
Theater: The Regional Writers Showcase, featuring "Memories of a Revolution" by Jessie Atkin, will take place tonight at 6 p.m. at Geva Theatre Center (75 Woodbury Blvd.). Admission is free, but reservations are required. For more info, call 232-4382 or visit gevatheatre.org.
Film: "Star Trek Into Darkness" opens in wide release today. For film times head right here.