Special Event: The 449th Birthday of William Shakespeare will be celebrated with a benefit event for MuCCC (142 Atlantic Ave.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. Pay what you can and enjoy a night of scenes, speeches, songs, and sonnets by William Shakespeare, presented by The Shakespeare Players of Rochester. More info: muccc.org.Music: Banjo? Check. Trumpet? Check. String bass? Washboard? Mandolin? Check. Check. And check. Kansas' own Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy will be bringing its punk bluegrass stylings to Abilene (153 Liberty Pole Way, abilenebarandlounge.com.) tonight. Music starts at 8:30 p.m., cover runs $5-$8.
Literature: The Plutzik Reading Series presents Peter Ho Davies tonight at 5 p.m. at the Rush Rhees Library on the University of Rochester River Campus. The event is free to attend. For more information, call 275-9255 or visit rochester.edu/college/eng/plutzik.
Music: Exodus...obilerate! OK, that might not work, but no one can destroy the metal, and tonight all you metal fans are up for a super serving at Montage Music Hall (50 Chestnut St., themontagemusichall.com) with Exodus leading the...well, charge. Holy Grail, Aggressive Betty, Poetry in Black, Maantrik and Neighborhood Fallout will also be there, so get down early and don't miss a beat. Things kick off at 7:30 p.m., tickets run $15-$17.