ART: Visit the Neighborhood of the Arts tonight, 4-9 p.m., for the NOTA & ArtWalk Extension Celebration, which will include performances, exhibits, open houses, music, and a look at the neighborhood revamp and new installations. The event is free; more info can be found at baviz.com/artwalkextension/index.html.
COMEDY: Comedian and actress Wanda Sykes will perform her stand-up comedy act tonight at 8 p.m. at Auditorium Theatre (885 E. Main St.). Tickets are $29-$69 (before fees) and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. For more information visit rbtl.org.
FILM: Tonight is opening night for the 20th ImageOut Film Festival, which will include a screening of "Cloudburst" at the Little Theatre (240 East Ave.) at 7 p.m., and a showing of "Naked as We Came" at 9:30 p.m., also at The Little. Both screenings are sold out, but rush tickets may be available at the door for $12. Also tonight is the Opening Party at Tilt Nightclub & Ultralounge (444 Central Ave.), 9 p.m.-1 a.m., and includes live musical entertainment and Tilt's world-class drag show. The festival continues through Sunday, October 14. For more information, visit imageout.org.
FILM: Movies opening in wide release today include the animated kiddie-horror flick "Frankenweenie" and the Liam Neeson revenge thriller "Taken 2." The Dryden will feature "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," and "She Married Her Boss." Also visit ImageOut.org for more cinematic events this week.
ART: The First Friday city-wide gallery trek takes place tonight, featuring a host of new art exhibit receptions around Rochester, including "Me Pix: Picturing Ourselves in Video and Photography" at Rochester Contemporary (137 East Ave.) and "Magnificent Africa" at the Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave.). Receptions generally take place 6-9 p.m., and most are free (RoCo asks $1 admission of non-members). For more information, visit firstfridayrochester.org.
LITERATURE: Zombie expert and author of "World War Z," Max Brooks will share "10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack," followed by a book signing tonight at 8 p.m. at Rochester Institute of Technology's Clark Gym (Lomb Memorial Dr., Henrietta). Admission is $6 for students, $8 for RIT faculty and staff, and $11 for the public. Doors open at 7 p.m. More information: rit.edu/cab.
THEATER: "Reasons to be Pretty," a play that tackles the complex issues of our obsession with physical beauty, the meaning of love, and the power of friendship, opens tonight at Tower Fine Arts Center (SUNY Brockport, 180 Holley St., Brockport). The show takes place 7:30 p.m., and continues through October 20. Tickets are $5-$10; more info: 395-2787, brockport.edu.
MUSIC: I'm not sure what it is with bands and the reoccurrence of the word "bear" in their titles lately, but Michigan-based Jack and the Bear wander in the forest of the increasingly popular folk-rock tradition, similar to groups like Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers. The group opened up at Abilene (153 Liberty Pole Way, abilenebarandlounge.com) in June and now return to headline its own show. Music starts at 6 p.m. with Watkins & The Rapiers, then Jack and company at 9:30 p.m., cover will run you $6-$8.
MUSIC: If music is good for the soul, then is music in a church twice as good? The Friday Jazz at Immanuel (815 Park Ave., immanuelrochester.org) series returns, this month bring out Tommy Gearhart and friends. The show runs 7-9 p.m., suggested donation of $10, and who knows, maybe some musical reconciliation on a Friday night will do you more good than you know.
MUSIC: And speaking of temples, sure, it may be a little early in the fall for snow, but it's never too early to check out local rock-meets-country-meets-blues outfit Lake Effect tonight at Temple Bar and Grille (109 East Ave., templebarandgrille.com). Head on down and grab a drink (Friday special: all bottles only $3) and enjoy some music out on the town before the real cold hits.
MUSIC: As part of the monthly First Friday celebrations, Bernunzio's Uptown Music (122 East Ave., bernunzio.com) is presenting Old Divide, a local bluegrass band. The show is free, starts at 9 p.m., and apparently they are also giving away free apples, so how can you say no to a First Friday like that?
MUSIC: We love birthdays here at City, and you all should make it out to celebrate The Lobby's first birthday party, Neon Grey, tonight at the Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave., bugjar.com) including myriad awesome events. A brand new art opening, live painting, and music from Dream Girls, Sparx & Yarms, CammyEnaharo, BC Likes You!, and PK will contribute to the good time, so head on down at 8 p.m., free entry until 9 p.m., and $5-$10 after.