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.). The event features food and adult beverages, and music by Steve Grills and the Roadmasters and Dog House. Tickets are $10, and the event is 21+. Limited parking is available on site, so carpooling (including a designated driver) is encouraged. Additional ZooBrew dates are set for June 21, July 19, August 9, and September 6. For more information, call 336-7200 or visit senecaparkzoo.org.
Art: Memorial Art Gallery's Lockhart Gallery (500 University Ave.) opens a new exhibition today, "Mortal: A Portfolio of Woodcuts by Kiki Smith," which explores the final stages of life through portraits of the artist's late mother. The 2007 self-published portfolio of a dozen woodcut prints by Smith was a 2011 gift of the Gallery Council to the gallery, and this exhibition marks the first time that the entire suite of prints will be shown at MAG. "Mortal" remains on view through August 25, and admission is included in general admission to the gallery ($5-$12). Gallery hours today are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 276-8900 or visit mag.rochester.edu.
Music: Rap rockers Hollywood Undead will be waking the dead tonight at the Main Street Armory (900 East Main St., rochestermainstreetarmory.com) at 7 p.m. Stellar Corpes, Beware Of Darkness, and American Fang open up, tickets cost $25.
Theater: MuCCC (142 Atlantic Ave.) will host one performance of "TALK/RADIO," a music and theater performance project by Eastman School of Music students featuring several different historical radio genre scripts, held tonight at 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the evening includes a casual post-show jam session featuring nostalgia and kitsch by The Weldon Ukelelists. For more information, visit muccc.org, and to support the production, check out kickstarter.com/projects/hidethemoon/talk-radio.
Music: CMAC(3355 Marvin Sands Dr, Canandaigua,, cmacevents.com) is celebrating its 30th anniversary tonight with a kick-off concert featuring The Tommy Brunett Band. The band will be playing hits spanning the CMAC’s stage history since 1983, and the event starts at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $5.
Special Event: The Wild West Showdown with Cancer takes place tonight, 5:30 p.m., at Burgundy Basin Inn (1361 Marsh Rd., Pittsford) to benefit the Lipson Cancer Center at Rochester General Health System. The event will feature a rodeo, complete with professional bull riding, a barbeque dinner, and access to other western-themed entertainment, such as mechanical bull riding and a hayride for kids. Tickets are $80, and kids 16 and under get in free with a parent. For more information, visit giveRGH.org.
Music: Sure, everybody has been to a happy hour, but sometimes you need to try the opposite, and tonight’s Sad Hour at the Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave., bugjar.com) just might do the trick. The event will feature all sad songs, played exclusively on vinyl. Music starts at 5 p.m., event is free, and also 21+.
Music: Looking for a musical act to sink into and kick your feet back with tonight? Check out The Chairs playing at the Thirsty Frog (511 East Ridge Rd., 1thirstyfrog.com) at 9:30 p.m. Cover costs $5.
Special Event: The historic Dentzel Carousel at Ontario Beach Park will celebrate its 108th consecutive season opening weekend Friday, May 24, through Monday, May 27, open noon-9 p.m., and will offer celebratory free rides today. The carousel will operate Fridays-Sundays,noon-9 p.m. until June 21, then seven days a week through Labor Day, then will be limited back to Saturdays-Sundays through Columbus Day. Single rides are $1, or you can get a 12-ride punch card for $10, and a ride-all-day wrist band is $5. For more information, visit cityofrochester.gov.
Music: Do you like your music shaken or stirred Mr. Bond? Well, it might not be the same Bond, but you can check out Brent Bond tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Pane Vino (175 North Water St., panevinoristorante.com).
Music: She’s swung sweetly with a gentle sepia coo for so long that all the antiquity is washed away. Though this Big Apple chanteuse’s sound is that of Tin Pan Alley on a Saturday night, it’s not a borrowed aesthetic from long ago — it’s her sound. She owns it. Miss Tess ably chops though the jazzy changes and sings stunningly behind the beat as her new outfit, The Talk Backs, provide a sensational groove to the sashay. Her new CD, “Talk Back,” is her first in three years. Miss Tess and the Talk Backs perform Friday, May 24, 9 p.m. at Lovin’ Cup, 300 Park Point. $5-$7. Lovincup.com.
Music: If ever it was a night to get your dub on, this will be it. Marto is bringing us the finest and freshest trap step Ontario has to offer, as well as all the DnB and dub we could ever want along with Ghettotronics and Bittle. Even better, now that the weather is holding out, it will be held in the Tilt Atrium, which has all manner of possibilities for mischief and light shows. Also appearing in the D&B Arena will be Killsound from Buffalo as well as Mr. Voss and several others, who will be going three tracks then passing it off. Marto is appearing Friday, May 24, 10 p.m. at Tilt Nightclub and Ultralounge, 444 Central Ave. $10-15, 18+. 232-8400, facebook.com/Tiltnightclub.
Music: You thought Spider-Man was finished with Rochester? You couldn’t be more wrong. Don those skin-tight suits and grab those bright capes; DJ Energon is celebrating his birthday with another Cosplay Friday; this event in the series focusing on your favorite doers of good deeds, savers of planets, and fighters of justice. Comic book, movie, or self-created super heroes are all welcomed to the party, just try to make sure your costume leads itself somewhat to dancing. And no, costumes aren’t necessary, but you don’t want to be a super villain and rain on everyone’s parade, do you? DJ Energon holds court Friday, May 24, 10:15 p.m., at Vertex Nightclub, 169 N. Chestnut St., $3-$8.