SPECIAL EVENT: Get psyched for the ImageOut Film Festival, which takes place October 5-14, by attending the 5th Annual ImageOut Festival Fair tonight at The Strasenburgh Planetarium (Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave.). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a happy hour, followed by a programmer's preview of the fall festival with trailer screenings at 8 p.m., and a screening of "VITO" at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free; for more information, visit imageout.org.
FILM: New films opening in wide release today include "Finding Nemo 3D" and "Resident Evil: Retribution." Screenings at the Dryden Theatre (900 East Av.) include "The Lips," "Lord Love a Duck," "The Man with the Golden Arm," "Unforgiven," and "The Wrath of the Gods." The Little Theatre (240 East Ave.) will debut "Arbitrage" (also screening at Pittsford), and "Sleepwalk with Me." Also taking place is the Greentopia | Film series at several venues. For more information, visit rochestercitynewspaper.com.
FESTIVAL: Celebrate German heritage with authentic food, beverages, and music at the Irondequoit Oktoberfest, which takes place Fridays-Sundays through September 22 at Camp Eastman (1558 Lakeshore Blvd.). The festival is open today 4-11 p.m., featuring Holzhackern Tyrolean Band beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is $8, and free to kids under age 6. For more info, call 336-6070, or visit irondequoit.org/oktoberfest2012.
ART: One of the finalists for the Best Local Artist category in our Best of Rochester competition, Mark Groaning, will celebrate his 50th birthday with art, music, and treats tonight at ArtisanWorks (565 Blossom Road). Enjoy the artist's work, music by The Veins and live DJs, coffee, poutine, sushi, and chocolate by some of your favorite local businesses. There will also be a cash bar. The Groaning Man Art & Music Party takes place 6 p.m.-midnight, is a 21+ event, and admission is $10. For more information, call 288-7170 or visit groaningman.com.
MUSIC: For the past three years, the Exposed Music Festival has helped bridge the gap not only between band and fan, but band and band. This year's Rochester installment features local rockers like Bleed The Messiah, Low Flying Planes, and One Fate Remains with bands from all over the Northeast and Canada. While these bands form new coattail friendships, here's your chance to find your new favorite. Call the California Brew Haus (402 Ridge Rd. West) at 621-1480 for all the info.