Special Event: Valentine’s Day is here! If you need an emergency date idea, check out our V-Day choice events listing right here. And watch out for flying arrows!
Music: If your significant other is a music fan (beside the fact you should never let go of them), there are a whole bunch of events tonight you can check out. Natalia Zukerman will be bringing her Dusty Valentine show to Genesee Community College (1 College Rd., Batavia, 7 p.m., $6-$12), Spot Coffee will be hosting a Valentine’s edition of its open mic night (200 East Ave., 7 p.m., Free), you can get your heart broken at Valentine’s Day Punk Rock heartbreak with the Timeshares, Declan Ryan, and Keeler at the Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave., 8:30 p.m., $6-$8), or grab dinner and some R&B with the Rhythm Dogs at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St., 9 p.m., Free).
For the single folks out there, there’s also the Singles Rule Love-pocalypse Concert at Lovin Cup with The Moon Zombies, The Alphonso Williams Bans, and DJ Tanner (300 Park Point Dr., $3-$5, 9 p.m.) or get your party on at Kiss 106.7’s 1st Ever Valentine’s Day Stop Light Party at Grotto (7 Lawrence St., 10 p.m.).
Art: "Totems and Other Tributes to the Earth: Ceramic Works by Peter Gerbic" is the current show at Williams-Insalaco Gallery at FLCC (3325 Marvin Sands Dr., Canandaigua). The free exhibit continues through March 15, and is open today 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. For more information, call 785-1369 or visit flccconnects.com.
Music: Someone told me recently that if you live in Rochester, and you’ve never heard of Mitty & The Followers, then you just haven’t been paying attention. Believe me, I am all ears. Eric “Mitty” Moore—a.k.a the Ambassador of Soul—leads this powerful, energetic R & B outfit with solid, sophisticated bass lines and a staggering vocal range. Stevie Lyons adds the right amount of spice with his edgy, Southern-rockish guitar work, while Sammy “G” controls the keys with a sound dripping with blues and gospel influences. Rounding out the mix is drummer Paul Mastriani whose unassuming but steady rhythmic approach is the perfect foundation for this funky and soulful reimagining of your Mama’s Motown. Mitty & The Followers perform Thursday, February 14, 8 p.m. at Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint, 830 Jefferson Road. $5. 292-5544, stickylipsbbq.com.
Dance: The University of Rochester's third annual "inspireDANCE Festival" opens today and continues through Tuesday, February 19, at the UR River Campus, and will offer nearly 30 workshops and a variety of performances. Festival Club Passes are available for $18 through February 14, and $25 afterward. For a full festival schedule, visit rochester.edu/college/dance/index.php/inspiredance. To purchase tickets and registration, or for more information, call 273-5150.
Music: If you’re looking to spice up your plans for Valentine’s Day, Tala Vera offers a line-up of three groups that are bound to wow your music-loving boo. The Results rock the continuum between typical band and super-awesome guitar-bass-drums combo. The quintet’s grooves are subtle while its tempos are energetic and the guitar solos blistering. The Results jump around and cite Jack White and Jet as influences. I hear that and some Meat Puppets, too. Grunge kings Anchorage Nebraska sure feel like one of the hardest-working bands on the local scene. Neither snow nor sleet nor rain keeps Anchorage Nebraska from the swift completion of its appointed gig. This Valentine’s Day show also features a set of solo acoustic serenades from members of both groups. With folk-punk singer-songwriter Cory Kesselring.It all goes down Thursday, February 14, 8 p.m. at Tala Vera, 155 State St. Free. tala-vera.com.
Theater: Edward Albee’s one-act play about isolation, social disparity, and dehumanization in a commercial world, "The Zoo Story," will be performed at SUNY Brockport’s Tower Fine Arts Center (180 Holley St., Brockport), starting tonight at 7:30 p.m. and continuing through Saturday. Tickets are $2.50, and more information is available by calling 395-2787 or visiting brockport.edu.
Music: Mike Kaupa is soft-spoken, but don't let that fool you. He's capable of unleashing furious upper-register runs during solos. And, although he is a hard-bop player, he occasionally explores new frontiers, mic-ing his trumpet and putting it through a vocal processor pre-programed to add harmonies and effects. You can check out the Mike Kaupa Quartet tonight at the Tower Fine Arts Center, 180 Holley St., Brockport, 7:30 p.m., $8-$15, 395-2787, brockport.edu