SPECIAL EVENT: Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) will host its 4th Annual Masquerade Party tonight, 8-11 p.m., featuring food, games, readings, and a costume contest. All costumes are welcome, but especially those with a literary theme. This year's theme is "Something Wicked This Way Comes" in honor of the late, great Ray Bradbury. Tickets are $12-$15; for more information, call 473-2590 x107, or visit wab.org.
SPECIAL EVENT: The University of Rochester will host its Fall Drag Show tonight, 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), in the May Room of Wilson Commons on the UR River Campus, featuring performances by DeeDee Dubois, Kyla Minx, Notorious LEZ, and other Rochester favorites. Tickets are $9. For more info, call 727-6259 or visit rochester.edu.
MUSIC: Running a little on empty after a long work week? Why not head down to the Main Street Armory (900 E. Main St., rochestermainstreetarmory.com, $15) and get refueled? By whom, you may ask? Well, none other than Fuel themselves, with Velvet Elvis, Venrez, Bad Axis, and Sandlot Heroes providing support. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., music starts at 7:30 p.m.
RECREATION/FILM: Join the Rocky Horror Picture Zombie Walk hosted by Roc City Roller Derby tonight, which at 9 p.m. will depart from Java's on Gibbs Street to meet at The Little Theatre (240 East Ave.). At 10 p.m., The Little will screen a Wes Craven double feature of "Nightmare on Elm St., followed by "Scream" at 11:30 p.m. The walk is free, but movie tickets are $5 per film. For more information, visit thelittle.org.
THEATER: Rochester Community Players have adapted Shakespeare's "The Tempest" to include steampunk elements, and the production will be staged at MuCCC (142 Atlantic Ave.) through November 10. Catch the show tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $9-$19; for more information, call 244-0960, or visit muccc.org.
MUSIC: There's something to be said about record-store performances (besides how awesome they are). It's classy for a touring musician to reach out to the community by offering a free performance at a record store. Kind of brings the whole musical picture full circle. Tonight, you can check out Blanco Diablo at the House of Guitars (645 Titus Ave., houseofguitars.com), bringing its Charlotte, NC-based rock and roll starting at 6 p.m. And I mean, it's Halloween season, so who can say no to a band named after Beelzebub himself?
RECREATION: The Landmark Society will host a Ghost Walk tonight and Saturday, featuring chilling tales from Rochester's past. The first group departs at 6:30 p.m. from the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word on the corner of East Avenue and Goodman Street, and groups embark every 15 minutes until 9 p.m. Tickets are $17-$20. For more information, call 546-7029 x15, or visit landmarksociety.org.
MUSIC: It's Friday Fright Night as the official pre-Halloween weekend begins (since the calendar is lame and put the actual holiday smack dab in the middle of the week). There's more stuff going on than you can chuck a pumpkin at, but some highlights include roots-rock group Big Leg Emma at Sticky Lips (830 Jefferson Road, stickylipsbbq.com, 8 p.m., $10-$15), and the B-Sides Week #0002 Halloween Party at Decibel Lounge (45 Euclid St., facebook.com/DecibelLounge, 9:30 p.m., $5-$10), and local rockers White Woods with The Michael Vadala Trio, The Reactions, and Right Turn Racer partying it up Halloween style at the Bug Jar( 219 Monroe Ave., 9 p.m., $5-$7). Get those costumes ready and get ready to bring in Halloween all weekend long!
SPECIAL EVENT: One World Goods, the fair-trade marketplace in Pittsford Plaza, celebrates 25 years today, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., with a 25 percent discount on total purchases and tastings of fair-trade coffee, tea, chocolate, and Healthy Sisters Soup & Bean Works. Artisans will also demonstrate their crafts in the store (at 3349 Monroe Ave.). Admission to the event is free. For more information, call 387-0070 or visit owgoods.org.
LITERATURE: The Friends of the Pittsford Library Fall 2012 Book Sale kicks off tonight, 5-8:30 p.m. (though the first day of the sale is restricted to members only, you can join at the door), and continues through Sunday at the 24 State Street, Pittsford location. For more information, visit townofpittsford.org/library.