Music: Rockers Shinedown, Three Days Grace, and P.O.D. will be hitting the Blue Cross Arena (One War Memorial Square, bluecrossarena.com) tonight. Tickets run $30-$40.50, show starts at 7 p.m.
Recreation: Bundle up and take a guided, haunted-by-hoots hike through the grounds of the Genesee Country Village and Museum (1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford) for the Owl Moon program, which takes place tonight and Saturday night, 6-8:30 p.m. Admission costs $8-$12, and reservations are required. For more information, call 294-8218 or visit gcv.org.
Music: Another Cosplay Friday is hitting Vertex Night Club (169 North Chestnut St.), and this one has an especially furry theme. Furry Friday will take place tonight, and dressing up isn’t necessary, but feel welcome to come dressed as your favorite fur covered animal. Starts at 10:15 p.m. and runs until 3 a.m.
Conference: St. John Fisher College (3690 East Ave.) will host a conference today, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., on “Frederick Douglass in Ireland: The Irish Influence on America’s Greatest Abolitionist and Its Continuing Relevance." The event is free to attend. For more information, visit sjfc.edu.
Music: Where in the world is Alberto Alaska? On Friday evening, you can catch this wintry five-piece at its “True North” EP release party at Lovin’ Cup. The Fredonia/Rochester-based group creates a meltdown of atmosphericand progressive styles that’s typical of the post-rock genre. Alberto Alaska is a young band that can build a song into a hazy climax and burn it with a mid-tempo groove. The guitars, the rhythm section, the vocals, and the harmonies add to the ambience. This band is neither hard nor heavy nor wrong. It’s like a wall-of-sound with chops on the side. With Barbarossa and There I Say Is Lightning.Alberto Alaska plays tonight, 9 p.m. at Lovin’ Cup, 300 Park Point Drive. $3-$5. 292-9940, lovincup.com.
Special Event: In light of the recent retirement of Pope Benedict XVI, conceptual artist John Borek will announce his candidacy for leader of The Holy See as Pope John the Last today at noon, at MuCCC (142 Atlantic Ave.). The event is free to attend. For more information, visit facebook.com/popejohnthelast.
Music: Birthdays! Parties! Birthday parties! Tonight head on down to the Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave., bugjar.com) to celebrate Caitlin Trabert’s B-Day Bash with music by Harmonica Lewinski, Crawl Babies, Gin & Bonnets, Bogs Visionary Orchestra, and Shana Falana. Music starts at 9 p.m., cover runs $7-$9, and limited entry for unders.
Theatre: Aggy Dune & Kasha Davis will once again bring their fabulous, glittering talents to Blackfriar’s Theatre (795 E. Main St.) in “Big Wigs Return Engagement,” held tonight and Saturday night, 8 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are $27. For more information, call 454-1260 or visit bftix.org.