> WHAT'S HAPPENING
Movies: Opening Friday, "Life As We Know It" (PG-13), "Secretariat" (PG); Oct. 15, "Red" (PG-13); Nov. 19, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1."
DVD: Released Tuesday, "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (PG), "The Karate Kid" (PG), "Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back" (PG).
Concerts: Vampires Everywhere! with We the Betrayed, Put Down Wednesday, Shotgun Theory and Vanity Strikes, 6 p.m. Saturday, Xtreme Wheels, 356 Hertel Ave.
Jimmie VanZant, 9 p.m. Saturday, Ellicottville Brewing Company, 28A Monroe St., Ellicottville.
Bullet For My Valentine with Escape the Fate, Black Tide and Drive A, 6 p.m. Sunday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.
Five Finger Death Punch, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls.
Class Actress, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St.
Literature: Fiction reading with Eric Miles Williamson, 7 tonight, Medaille College, Academic Commons, Fourth Floor, Main Hall, 18 Agassiz Circle.
Fiction reading with Dennis Lehane, Canisius College, Montante Cultural Center, 2001 Main St.
Theater: Golden Dragon Acrobats, 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda.
"Oliver!", 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, New Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda.
"Almost Maine," 7 p.m. today, 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Clune Center for Theatre, Clet Hall, Niagara University, Lewiston.
"The Curious Savage," 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, ACTS, 1470 Church St., Alden.
> IT'S ABOUT TIME
No one really needs a watch these days, what with cell phones and iPods, but every once in a while, the battery dies and there you are: late.
The O'Clock is a fun solution to your need for time. This waterproof silicon watch is made in Italy and comes in a variety of colors, everything from bright orange to baby blue, and sizes (small, medium and large). At only $36 each, you could buy one in each of your favorite colors and go swimming with them, too!
The O'Clock can only be bought at www.oclock-usa.com.
> JUST A LITTLE LOUD
Big clunky speakers make it difficult to have an impromptu musical jam session in your garage, and that's probably how the neighbors like it. But really, we all know that it's more fun to live loud.
Tweakers Mini Boom Speakers by Grandmax can fill a room (or a garage) with your favorite new song, hilarious audio from a YouTube video or set the mood for an afternoon of studying (yeah, right). These tiny circular speakers, no bigger than 3.8 inches tall and 2 inches wide, have a clever design; twist the top up and sound can fill your ears, but twist them down, and they're silent.
They also have magnetic bottoms so they can connect to each other and travel with ease. The built-in rechargeable batteries are capable of providing five to seven hours of play. The speakers connect to most audio playing devices by a simple cord connector, and the batteries can charge while the speakers are in use via USB cord. Get a pair early at www.cambriacove.com for $38 and you'll be the only one of your friends with these tiny speakers ... at least until they catch on.
> QUOTE OF THE DAY
"As a kid I decided that a Canadian accent doesn't sound tough ... So now I have a phony accent that I can't shake, so it's not phony anymore. I'm going for the Madonna thing, the Lady Gaga thing -- a phony accent that becomes your trademark."
-- Ontario native Ryan Gosling, to W magazine