ART: Check out interesting work by noted black artists at "Contemporary African American Printmakers," the exhibit currently on display at Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery (4245 East Ave.). The show features pieces by 13 living, renowned artists and will be on display through December 21. Gallery hours today are noon-5 p.m. For more information call 389-5073 or visit naz.edu/arts/arts-center-gallery.
MUSIC: When Portland jazz guitarist John Stowell takes a solo he aims high. Literally.Stowell's guitar sits on his lap at a 45-degree angle, aimed at the stars. This may be unconventional but it seems to allow the fingers on his left hand to zoom over the fret board with stunning dexterity. Stowell is a wonderfully melodic guitarist who has played with Milt Jackson, Art Farmer, Lionel Hampton and many others. When he takes the stage tonight at Bernunzio's Uptown Music (122 East Ave., 7 p.m., $10.) he'll be playing a duo concert with Rochester's world-class guitarist, Bob Sneider whose style and guitar position are both straight ahead. Check bernunzio.com for more information.
SPECIAL EVENT: Grab some great food and drink and raise money for a good cause at Hope Hour: RocHOPE's Cocktails Against Cancer. The event, taking place tonight 5-7 p.m. at Edibles (704 University Ave.), includes a $10 cover that gets you free appetizers and two raffle tickets which can be used to bid on a variety of items donated by local businesses. On top of that, 10 percent of the bar proceeds go to the young-professional organization that raises funds for the American Cancer Society and its Hope Lodge. For more information search for the event on Facebook.
MUSIC: Swamp metal reminds me of zombie films; it's slow and terrifying and still manages to overcome you no matter how fast you run. Enter Black Tusk from the swamps of Savannah, Georgia, a brutal three-piece band that is as much thrash metal as it is steeped in doom. Relentless and ominous, this band sets the bar for contemporary metal with a nod to its dark past. Run. To The Deep, Oceans of Insects, Night Terror add more to the spectacle and awe tonight at the Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave., 8 p.m., $10-$12). Check bugjar.com for details.
DANCE: Stretch out your muscles AND your funny bone tonight with "Dance and Movement Workshop: Laughter and Yoga" at the Spurrier Dance Studio on the University of Rochester River Campus. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free.
Special Event: If your happy hour is too tame, check out ZooBrew tonight, 5-9:30 p.m.,. at Seneca Park Zoo (2222 St. Paul St.).
Art: Head over to Hanlon-Fiske Studios (34 Elton St.) tonight at 7 p.m. for The Icarus Sessions, a series of informal enlightening lightning talks during which you can speak for 140 seconds about art you're working on, what inspires you, what's holding you back, or whatever.
Special Event: The Roc City Ribfest runs today, 5-11 p.m., through Monday, May 27, and includes live music, the YMCA kids zone, food and retail vendors, a variety of cook-off competitions featuring teams from across the nation, and even Canada, and the World Bacon Competition.
Theater: Check out a staging of "Les Miserables" tonight, 7:30 p.m. at the Rochester Auditorium Theatre (885 E. Main St.). Tickets start at $37.50 and the show continues through May 12. For more information, call 222-5000 or visit rbtl.org.