Special Event: Nowadays, Pittsford residents are faced with the ultimate culinary decision: are they Wegmans people, or are they Trader Joe's people? But the people of Pittsford, and every other part of Rochester, can put these differences aside for the Rotary Club of Pittsford's annual fundraising event, A Taste of Pittsford, which will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Otto A. Shults Community Center at NazarethCollege (4245 East Ave.). The event will have meals and desserts from several Pittsford area restaurants, wines from Finger Lakes wineries and breweries, and live entertainment through the night. Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club's service projects. Tickets are $45 and must be purchased in advance through tasteofpittsford.yolasite.com or by calling 242-8930.
Art: Recent SUNY Brockport graduate Emma Brooks will exhibit her BFA thesis, "Realms of Goddesses Divine," at the West Side Gallery on the Brockport campus (180 Holley St., Brockport). The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is free. Visit brockport.edu for more info and events.
Music: You shouldn't judge a band by its name, but if you do that kind of thing anyway, you're going to love the lineup of awesomely named metal bands tonight at the Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.). Behold...the Arctopus, an experimental metal band from Brooklyn that will headline a show that also features the local groups Beard Without a Mustache, Chaos Come to Be, and the decidedly less awesomely named BML. The concert costs $10 for general admission and $12 for under 21. Doors open at 7 p.m., music starts at 8. After you have beheld the Arctopus, you can stick around for the free Manic Monday Retro DanceParty, starting at 11 p.m., featuring C. Darren and DJ Marykate. Check out bugjar.com for more info and shows.
Special Event: Are you the kind of person who made fun of all the "anime kids" in high school? Well, congratulations for making fun of a Japanese art form that has a vast history and an impressive influence on global art and culture. Everyone can learn more about the cultural and creative impact of anime at "Re-Anime-Tors: Anime, Collaborative Networks and Creative Platforms," which continues today and Tuesday at the Rochester Institute of Technology (1 Lomb Memorial Drive). Today, a screening of the 2004 anime film "Mind Game" will be held in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science auditorium at 6 p.m., with an introduction by Elizabeth Goins, a fine arts professor in RIT's Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture. The school's anime exposé concludes Tuesday with "The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan's Media Success Story," a lecture by Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and anthropologist Ian Condry based on his new book of the same name, which begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Golisano Hall auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public. Visit rit.edu for more info and campus events.
Music: Who will be the Phillip Phillips of Rochester? For that matter, who will be the William Hung of Rochester? We'll get one step closer to the answers for such pressing questions after tonight's round of Lovin' Cup Idol, starting at 8 p.m. at Lovin' Cup (300 Park Point Dr., Suite #101). The theme for this week's free contest is Classic Rock vs. Top 40, and the guest judges include Megan Carter from 98PXY and the Church of Crowley from 96.5 WCMF. This is the third-last week for Lovin' Cup Idol, which will conclude on March 25 with a final competition judged by Daughtry band member and Rochester native ElvioFernandes. Visit lovincup.com for more info and events.
Film: The documentary “Two Who Dared” will screen for free at 7:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester (220 Winton Rd. S., rochesterunitarian.org). The film tells the story of a Unitarian minister, Waitstill Sharp, and his wife, Martha, who rescued refugees from Nazi-occupied Sudetenland in 1939.
Music: Get ready to swing your hips, and apparently, your gates, too. The Gateswingers headline as the featured band of this week's Big Band Dance Series, held every Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Roger Robach Community Center (180 Beach Ave.). Each dance costs $2 per person. See the rest of this year's Big Band Dance Series at ontariobeachentertainment.org.
Festival: What's your fetish? Whether you're into biting, stripping, or just the occasional role play, this weekend’s Erotic Arts Festival has only one rule: You've gotta do it in public. Today and Saturday, you can get your freak on at the Radisson Riverside Hotel (120 E. Main St.) with super sexy art, workshops,