THEATER: Catch a staging of "[title of show]," about two struggling writers who vow to create an original work for an upcoming musical theater festival, at Blackfriars Theatre (795 E. Main St.) tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $27, and the show continues through September 30. For more information, visit bftix.org.
SPECIAL EVENT: The Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence will host an International Day of Peace event tonight, 5-8 p.m., at Cobbs Hill Park (100 Norris Drive). The direct-action training session and teach-in will focus on hydrofracking. The event is free and participants are encouraged to wear blue to honor the purity of our water and air. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPECIAL EVENT: Find out what unknown treasures are in store for you at the RMSC WomenÕs CouncilÕs Fantastic Findings Sale held at Rochester Museum and Science Center (657 East Ave.) today 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free, and the event continues Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. More information: 271-1880, rmsc.org.
SPECIAL EVENT: Celebrate all things sci-fi, comic book, gaming, and anime at the Roc Con, held 5-11:30 p.m. tonight at the Main Street Armory (900 E. Main St.). The convention includes celebrity guests, artists, gaming tournaments, and much more. Tickets are $8-$38, depending on age and how many days youÕd like to attend (the con continues through Sunday). For more information, visit roccon.net.
SPECIAL EVENT: This week marks 150 years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Join a discussion regarding the historic and continued significance and meaning of this important moment in time at Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave.) tonight at 7 p.m. The discussion is free to attend; RSVP at thebaobab.org.
ART: The Lockhart Gallery at Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave.) will host a show of works by a beloved Japanese master artist, which opens today. "Framing Edo: Masterworks from Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views" will be on view through January 13. TodayÕs hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and admission is $5-$12. For more information, call 276-8900, or visit mag.rochester.edu.
SPECIAL EVENT: Flour City Brewer's Fest takes place tonight at 6 p.m. (5 p.m. for VIP tickets) at Frontier Field (1 Morrie Silver Way). Enjoy more than 100 craft ales and lagers from dozens of breweries and live music. Tickets are $35-$75; for more information, visit fcbrewfest.com.
MUSIC: Claudio Sanchez ― Coheed and Cambriafrontman, prog-rock pioneer, and yes, comic-book author. The bandÕs sound follows a sweeping narrative arc incorporating elements of progressive and alternative rock, post-hardcore, and even pop, punk, and soul. If you have always wanted to experience the quirky thrills of a science-fiction rock opera, attending a Coheed and Cambria concert is probably a serviceable substitution. Check them out at Water Street Music Hall tonight at 8 p.m., $30-$35 tickets, waterstreetmusic.com
MUSIC: Alternative rockers The Rice Cakes will be hitting the Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight, with triple support from three local acts: Aminals, Buckets, and Cottage Jefferson will all be kicking the night off with Rochester pride. Tickets run $7-$9, music kicks off at 9 p.m., and bugjar.com has all the info.
MUSIC: Several styles of music -- folk, rock, jazz, and of course, blues, with upright bass, guitars, and mandolins -- lay the musical cornerstones of local acoustic trio Big Blue House. The group will be playing tonight at Lemoncello (137 West Commercial St., East Rochester). Music starts at 8:30 p.m., show is free, but grab dinner and a few drinks and have a good time. Check out lemoncello137.com if you need anything else.
MUSIC: Industrial metal quartet Powerman 5000 arrived in the early 90Õs just as hair metal was frizzing out and grunge and rap-metal were picking up. Taking cues from sci-fi themed B-movies and groups like White Zombie (PM5K lead singer Spider One and Rob Zombie are brothers), it hit a peak in Õ99 with metal you can dance to. Check them out at Montage Music Hall (50 Chestnut St.) Friday at 8 p.m., $20-$23, and frontgatetickets.com for your ticketing needs.
MUSIC: And best-named band of the week honors goes to Quazi*Mojo, a soul and funk band that will be jamming it up tonight at Abilene (153 Liberty Pole Way) during the free happy hour tonight (6-9 p.m.). Drink specials, free food, and music, what else can be better? And if you stick around, folk band This Way Home will be kicking off at 9:30, $4-$6, and abilenebarandlounge.com has everything you need.