Movies: Opening Friday, "The Social Network" (PG-13); opening Oct. 8, "Life As We Know It" (PG-13), "Secretariat" (PG); opening Nov. 19, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I."

DVD: Released Tuesday, "Iron Man 2" (PG-13) and "Babies" (PG).

Concerts: The Static, Forever, Emily, Pointless Pursuit, Canoe and Aidan Licker, 6 p.m. Friday, Xtreme Wheels, 356 Hertel Ave.

Gavin Castleton, Happy Body, Slow Brain and Zak Ward, 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Under the Taps Club, Gallagher Center, Niagara University, Lewiston.

Justin Nozuka Band with Alex Cuba and Ry Cummings, 7 p.m. Saturday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.

The Toasters, 6 p.m. Sunday, Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St.

Envy with Trash Talk, Touche Amore and And So I Watch You From Afar, 7 p.m. Monday, Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St.

Four Year Strong with Comeback Kid, the Wonder Years and American Fangs, 5:30 p.m. next Thursday, Xtreme Wheels.

Lecture: Michael Conforti will present "Dreams, An Expression of Eternal Wisdom" at 8 p.m. Friday in CG Jung Center, 408 Franklin St.

Theater: "Almost Maine," 7 p.m. today, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Clune Center for Theatre, Clet Hall, Niagara University, Lewiston.

"Oliver!", 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda.

"Alice in Wonderland," 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. today, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda.



We are crazy for scarves this season. Luckily, there's Echo Design ( to help keep us sane. The clothing and home accessories site has a plethora of wraps, twists and mufflers for all weather conditions. Our favorites for fall are the Ombre Plaid Soft woven muffler in "leaf," ($38) and especially the burnout stripe infinity neck ring ($38). "Rings" are those scarves that have their ends sown together, creating a big oval that you can twist once or twice around your neck. They are great for people who like scarves, but never know how to wear them. You just wear it like a big necklace.

And for great tips on how to wear that scarf three different ways, or how bright colors in your room can raise your GPA, check out Echo's Design blog at



Guys, upgrade your shoes this fall with some of the coolest kicks out there -- Diesel's Exposure III W, are distressed black and white denim cotton with black metallic spikes sticking out all over. They look sort of like the rebellious cousin of the high-topped Chuck Taylor.

And they will instantly transform that boring old pair of jeans-and-T-shirt into the outfit of a rock star. They cost $150. Check them out at

Like something a bit more polished? Check out Diesel's Clawster or Tropical. Clawster is a varnished-looking high-top sneaker that comes in white and gray, or black on black. These futuristic-looking shoes are sleek and stylin'. They cost $125.

The Tropical looks like half duck shoe and half boat shoe in bright blue leather and aqua suede. A super-fly shoe you'd wear without socks with a pair of jeans or khakis. They cost $110.



"I feel fortunate surviving the Best New Artist (Grammy) curse -- you win and are never heard from again. We didn't fall into any traps because we didn't feel it was proof of anything other than we were popular."

-- Adam Levine of Maroon 5, in People magazine.

-- McClatchy Newspapers