Special Event: Love Hate Tattoo will present the 5th Annual Roc City Tattoo Expo this weekend at Rochester Riverside Radisson Hotel (120 E. Main St.). The event takes place Saturday, 12-11 p.m.; and Sunday, 12-6 p.m. Admission is $10 per day, or $25 for a weekend pass. For more information, call 546-6400 or visitroccitytattooexpo.com.
Special Event: It's (one of) the most magical days of the year! Free comic book day takes place Saturday at local comic book shops. Get your adverture-y fix at Comics, Etc. (1115 E. Main St., 473-7150), Wonderland Comics III (1620 Penfield Rd., 248-045), Hammergirl Anime Inc. (376 Jefferson Rd., Jefferson Plaza, 475-933), 1st Print Comics (1548 Buffalo Rd., 978-9791), and All Heroes (4410 Lake Ave., 865-9113). For more information, visit freecomicbookday.com.
Music/Book Launch: A man who needs no introduction to Rochester, Foreigner lead vocalist and Rochester native Lou Gramm will be launching his autobiography “Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock ’N’ Roll,” Saturday night at his alma mater, MCC (1000 East Henrietta Rd., monroecc.edu). Attendees will get a signed copy of the book while Gramm waxes nostalgically, fields audience questions, and performs acoustically. Tickets cost $40, event starts at 7 p.m. and will be held in MCC’s theater, building 4.
Comedy: Mystery Science Theater 3000's creator, Joel Hodgson, will visit the Dryden Theatre this Saturday, at 8 p.m., to present his new one-man show, "Riffing Myself," a presentation of stories, photos, videos, and notebook pages, concluding with premiere screenings of newly riffed short films. Tickets for this special event are $20 for the performance only, and $50 for the performance and a post-screening meet and greet. Reserve your tickets by calling 271-4090, or visit the box office at the Dryden Theatre (George Eastman House, 900 East Ave.). For more information, visit dryden.eastmanhouse.org.
Music: Ever wondered just what 200 voices would sound like inside Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St., rpo.org)? Wonder no more as guest conductor Eric Townell leads the RPO Community Chorus as part of a special 90th season anniversary concert on Saturday. Tickets are free, with a $5 donation recommended. Concert starts at 8 p.m.
Dance: Check out "Decades of Bollywood: A Tribute to the Legends," to be performed Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at India Community Center (2171 Monroe County Line Rd., Macedon). Tickets are $15-$25. For more info, call 248-5982 or visit bollywooddancemania.com or iccrochester.org.
Music: The first annual "There’s No Place Like Hope" benefit concert will kick off Saturday at Lovin Cup (300 Park Point Dr., lovincup.com), featuring free hors d ‘oeuvres, drink specials, raffles, and music by Midnight City and Extended Family. All processed will benefit the Mt. Hope Family Center. Event kicks off at 6 p.m. and costs $20.
Art: Celebrate Rochester's rich culture with the Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave.) this Sunday with Asian Pacific American Heritage Family Day. The event takes place 12-5 p.m. and admission is a suggested $5 donation. For more info, call 276-8900 or visit mag.rochester.edu.
Music: New York City’s own VOWS (formerly known as WAZU) will be hitting up the Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave., bugjar.com) tonight, with local support from The Branch Davidians, Monoculture, and Little Spoon. Music starts at 9 p.m., cover runs $7-$9.
Sports: Roc City Roller Derby will hold a home bout on Saturday at 7 p.m. at The Fair & Expo Center (2695 East Henrietta Rd., Henrietta). Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are $5-$20. For more information, visit rocderby.com.
Music: Looking for some early morning music on Saturday? Head over to Hatch Recital Hall (26 Gibbs St., esm.rochester.edu) for some morning chamber music, featuring the Los Angeles Piano Quartet. Music starts at 11 a.m. and is free.
Festival: The annual Kite Flight will be held Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at Ontario Beach Park (4799 Lake Ave.). The free event will include acrobats and entertainers. For more information, visit cityofrochster.gov. cityofrochster.gov
Music: The weather is nice, so nice in fact, it’s almost like spring is in the air. On Sunday it will be in the air, with the Benefit for the Brockport Ecumenical Food Shelf and BUUF presenting "Spring is in the Air" at the Brockport Unitarian Universalist Church (3723 Sweden Walker Rd., Brockport, brockportuu.org). Music starts at 2 p.m., and tickets are a $10 donation, with a maximum of $20 per family.
Music: Cinco de mayo! You’ve got plenty places in town to pick from to celebrate the holiday, be it at Mex (295 Alexander St.), that will be opening up at noon, Marge’s Lakeside Inn (4909 Culver Rd., margeslakesideinn.com) throwing a Cinco De Mayo Party at 3 p.m., no cover, 21+, or the Cinco de Grunge at the Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave., bug jar.com) featuring Anchorage Nebraska, Thoroughbred, Old Soul, White Woods, and Sexy Teenagers, music starts at 9 p.m., tickets run $6-$8.
Music: The Dady Brothers will perform at a benefit for the Aurora House on Sunday at the Aquinas Institute of Rochester (1127 Dewey Ave., .aquinasinstitute.com) at 3 p.m. Tickets costs $15.
Music: Rochester will join the world-wide celebration of World Organ Day on Sunday, with a performance by members of the Rochester Chapter, American Guild of Organists, who will play an all-French program at St. Anne Church (1600 Mt. Hope Ave., agorochester.org.). Music starts at 3 p.m., and is free.
Music: All you have to say is piano-driven schizoid pop and you’ve got my attention. Twenty One Pilots is actually two Columbus, Ohio, musicians, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. The sound is poppy and thoughtful with lyrics delivered with an astute poetry-slam kind of feel over a synthetic backdrop that is surprisingly and thankfully free of any throwback cheese. What you get is an epic sound that doesn’t overshadow the simple joy. For whatever it’s worth, Twenty One Pilots is a MTV Band To Watch in 2013. The band is blowing up so catch it in this intimate setting while you can. Twenty One Pilots plays Sunday, 7 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. $10. waterstreetmusic.com.
Music: On Sunday, Dearest Home, a folk ensemble from Gettysburg, will don Civil War-era attire to recreate a vespers liturgy from an 1862 worship book. The Civil War Vespers is presented to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The group features vocals, fiddle, concertina, guitar, bass, piano, reed organ, mountain dulcimer, pennywhistle, flugelhorn, trumpet, trombones, and tambourine. Reception to follow. Dearest Home will perform Sunday, May 5, 4 p.m. at The Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, 597 East Ave. Suggested freewill offering $10. 244-6065, MusicAtIncarnateWord.org/wp/.
Music: “Flow, River, Flow” is the title of the upcoming 30th anniversary concert of the Chinese Choral Society of Rochester. Founded in 1983, the group focuses mostly on Chinese repertoire to enrich its members’ cultural heritage. The group will perform in Mandarin with English translation. Performers at the concert will also include Ai-Ze Wang, soprano; Caleb Woo, baritone; Cherry Tsang, piano; a festival chamber orchestra, and the Park Road Elementary School Chorus. A reception will follow the program. The 30th Anniversary Concert of the Chinese Choral Society of Rochester will be performed Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at the Penfield High School Auditorium, 25 High School Drive, Penfield. $4-$6. 377-0063, ccsrMusic.com.
Music: Singer-songwriter Lindsay Mazza describes herself as being “a devoted advocate for self-expression”, and rightfully so — her music is an exploration of her inner-most feelings and thoughts. This is not at all surprising, as she cites Fiona Apple, Sarah McLachlan, and Alanis Morissette as some of her many influences. Mazza’s voice is strong and smooth, with a soulful depth and an impressive range. Mazza combines a definite pop sensibility with a gift for inventive chord structures and catchy melodies, making her music both familiar and completely her own. Due to its confessional nature, her music conveys a sense of intimacy that is rarely experienced in today’s pop music; Mazza’s tunes will draw you in, and you won’t want to be let go. Lindsay Mazza performs Saturday, 8 p.m. at Boulder Coffee, 100 Alexander St. Free. bouldercoffeeco.com.