Special Event: Penfield Public Library (1985 Baird Rd.) will host the owner of Cocoa Bean Shoppe to discuss “Cultivating a Taste for Fine Chocolate,” complete with free samples of chocolates from around the world, tonight at 7 p.m. The event is free, but register by calling 340-8720 or visiting penfieldlibrary.org.
Music: In 1972 percussionist extraordinaire Kahil El’Zabar traveled from his home in Chicago to the University of Ghana. He returned with a mission: to fuse aspects of Black American music with traditional African music. El’Zabar, who was already a force on Chicago’s vibrant jazz scene, formed the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble. Since then he’s branched out to record and tour with Stevie Wonder and work with Julie Taymor and Garth Fagan on “The Lion King,” but he’s never left the EHE. When the ensemble takes the stage at Lovin’ Cup, El’Zabar will be joined by two of the brightest stars in the Chicago pantheon: saxophonist Ernest Khabeer Dawkins and the trumpeter Corey Wilkes who, on his last visit to Rochester, expertly played two trumpets at once. The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble plays Wednesday, February 6, 8:30 p.m. at Lovin’ Cup, 300 Park Point Drive. $18-$20. lovincup.com.
Lecture: Learn about “Chile Today” tonight at 7 p.m. at Downtown United Presbyterian Church (121 N. Fitzhugh Street) at the free program by The Rochester Committee on Latin America, featuring Jeff Nieznanski. For more info, call 325-4000 or email email@example.com.Music: A look at Eternal Summers’ Bandcamp page to see how the band describes its own music is revealing. Between “face melt” and “future punk” you get the sense of what’s in store when the newly minted trio takes the stage, having honed its live show opening for the likes of Nada Surf. The Roanoke, Virginia, band’s most recent release, last summer’s “Correct Behavior,” showcased the outfit’s ability to craft tight, contagious songs, which it will bring to its headlining show at Bug Jar. Local songwriter Josh Netsky, along with Spaceweather Shakes, both open the show. Eternal Summers plays Wednesday, February 6, 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar | 219 Monroe Ave. $10-$12. 454-2966, bugjar.com. Art: Check out "The Big Picture," a group photography exhibit at Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) today, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The show remains on view through February 17 and is free to visit. For more information, call 482-1976 or visit imagecityphotographygallery.com. Music: Looking for some hot piano? The Piano Competition Finals (playing Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3) will be taking place tonight at Kilbourn Hall (26 Gibbs St., esm.rochester.edu) for free at 7 p.m. tonight. Recreation: If the weather cooperates, head to Cumming Nature Center (6472 Gulick Rd., Naples) for some fresh air and exercise today. You can cross-country ski, snowshoe, or hike 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Admission is $3 or $10 per family. For more information, call 374-6160 or visit rmsc.org.