Comedy/Music: We love mash-ups. Whether it's chocolate and peanut butter or Jay-Z and The Beatles, the end result is usually more wonderful than weird. Blanket Fort Festival is a mash-up of sorts. This event combines an evening of music and comedy under a massive blanket fort held indoors at The Yards collaborative art space on the grounds of the Rochester Public Market. Imagine a night out that actually feels like a night in, or maybe vice-versa. Featuring stand-up by Mikey Heller, Colin Burgess, Lucas Gardner, Jon Schuta and more.Music by Josh Netsky Band and Evan Van Kouwenberg. Check it tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The Yards, 50-52 Public Market. $3. www.facebook.com/events/147628082063583.
Theater: The Jewish Community Center (1200 Edgewood Ave.) will present darkly comedic play "August: Osage County" tonight at 7 p.m. Read City's review of the show here. The show continues through March 24. Tickets are $18-$26. For more info, call 461-2000 or visit jcccenterstage.org.
Lecture: Attend a Focus 45 Lunchtime Lecture today at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.). Joe Struble will speak on "Daguerreian Studios of Rochester" 12:15-1 p.m. The cost to attend is $3-$6, and visitors may bring a lunch or purchase a boxed one. For more information, call 271-3361 or visit eastmanhouse.org.
Theater: Geva Theatre (75 Woodbury Blvd.) will present a reading of Bertolt Brecht's "The Exception and the Rule" 12:15-1 p.m. today as part of its Lunch Hour Play Reading Series. The play follows a merchant as he races across the desert to close a deal ahead of his competitor, and begins to suspect that his guide and porter are conspiring to kill him. Admission is $8, or $15 with a boxed lunch. For more information or to register, call 232-4382 or visit gevatheatre.org.
Music: Get a jump start on St. Patrick's Day weekend with the first night of the St. Patty's Massacre, running tonight through Sunday at the Montage Music Hall (50 N. Chestnut St.). The four-day hard rock/metal fest includes bands like Vanity Strikes, Burial Harbor, Aggressive Betty, Ghost Feeder, Hate Machine, The Dead Catholics (thematically appropriate for the holiday!), and Keaton, among others. Tickets cost $8/day or $25 for a four-day pass. For more info check out themontagemusichall.com.
Music: Burlington, Vermont-based group Gang of Thieves makes an in-store performance at the House of Guitars (645 Titus Ave.) at 6 p.m., and then heads to Sticky Lips Juke Joint (830 Jefferson Road) at 8 p.m. (with AudioInflux, $8-$10). For more details visit http://stickylipsbbq.com/stickylips/.
Music: As the Bee Gees told us, you should be dancing. So head to Brickwood Grill (250 Monroe Ave.) for Dance Madness tonight featuring DJ Skanntron. The set starts at 10 p.m. Click here for details.
Art: The Annual School for American Crafts Walkthrough event will be held today, 4-7 p.m., at the School for American Crafts (73 Lomb Memorial Dr., Bldg 7A, Rm 2514).
Film: New movies opening in wide release today include "After Earth" and "Now You See Me." This week, the Dryden Theatre will screen "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid," "Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters," "Magnificent Obsession," "The Rules of the Game," and "The Tree of Life." The Little will present "Kon-Tiki." For more information on film times, head here.