Comedy: The Rochester Comedy Festival, featuring Sheryl Underwood, Arnez J, Tony Rock, Don D.C. Curry, and Tommy Davidson will take place tonight, 7 p.m., at Blue Cross Arena (One War Memorial Square). Tickets are $55-$70, call 800-745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com. More info: bluecrossarena.com.
Music: Are you ready to kick summer off with a drummer battle? Tonight Nola’s (4775 Lake Ave., mynolas.com) is hosting a launch party with DJ Transcend and DJ Steve Lo tonight, featuring a drummer battle between Demitrio Drumzoo Albano and Cole Cooper. Doors open up at 10 p.m., and the event is 21+.
Film: "Iron Man 3" will open in wide release today. The Dryden Theatre will screen "The Conformist," "The Jerk," and "Reds" this week. "Renoir" opens at The Little Theatre, and "Unloyalty" will screen at The Cinema. For more films times, head here.
Music: Rochester metal fans: Tonight is the night to come out and wish a fond adieu to your very own Hate Machine, playing a farewell show at Montage (50 Chestnut St., themontagemusichall.com, rochesterentertainment.frontgatetickets.com). Doors open up at 7 p.m., and tickets run $8-$10.
Art: Many galleries and alternative spaces will host First Friday openings tonight, typically 6-9 p.m. You can check out the solo sculpture show, "One," by Aaron Benson (pictured) tonight at The Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery (713 Monroe Ave., 271-5183, geneseearts.org). For more shows and information, visit our calendar online at rochestercitynewspaper.com.
Music: No, that’s the theme song to “Funky Town!” If you want to get down and dirty with the funk tonight, head over to Tala Vera (155 State St., tala-vera.com) to check out Northeast Funk (N.E.F.) and Annex Society. Music starts at 8 p.m.
Music: William Weinert will conduct Benjamin Britten’s massive “War Requiem,” written to celebrate the opening of an English church destroyed during a World War II. A 90-minute work in six movements, the composition will require performances by the Eastman Rochester Chorus, Eastman Chorale, Eastman Philharmonia, and the Eastman Children’s Chorus, along with four soloists. Weinert described the piece as “the most important musical work ever written with an anti-war message.” “War Requiem” will be performed tonight, 8 p.m. at the Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St. Free. 274-1100, esm.rochester.edu.
Special Event: Join design collective, Spurse, at Rochester Contemporary (137 East Ave.) tonight for a free dinner with food gleaned from the streets of Rochester earlier in the day. "The Civil Appetites" dinner takes place 7-10 p.m. and will also serve as a book launch for the collective. for more information, call 451-7737 or visit thecivilappetites.org.
Music: When Dave Chisholm came up with the name Colossus he was waiting for the right group. Like its descriptive name suggests, Colossus is a rather large ensemble. It’s a big band that’s heavy on brass and dwarfs others in comparison. The 17-member orchestra is co-led by composer-performers Dave Chisholm (trumpet), Mike Conrad (trombone), and Levi Saelua (woodwinds), and among its missions — like the U.S.S. Enterprise — is to boldly go where no jazz band has gone before. Colossus offers up a cerebral modern jazz twist on the big-band sound. This concert is the group’s third gig at the Bug Jar. To paraphrase the big man on the TV, it’s gonna be huge. With Mr. Boneless, and The Reactions. Colossus performs tonight, 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $6-$8. bugjar.com.