MOVIES: Opening Friday, "Hereafter" (PG-13); Nov. 5, "Fair Game" (PG-13); Nov. 19, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1."

DVD: Released Tuesday, "Oceans" (G).

ON TV: "The Boy Who Cried Werewolf," 8 p.m. Saturday on Nickelodeon.

"Nick News with Linda Ellerbee" will feature "Foster Care: A Reality Check," 9 p.m. Sunday on Nickelodeon.

CONCERTS: It All Begins with Rescue Dawn, Lunchbox Let Down and Alicia Obenauer, 6 p.m. Friday, Xtreme Wheels, 356 Hertel Ave.

Sleep Atlantic with Automatic Loveletter, the Graduate, He Is We and Start the Fight, 5 p.m. Saturday, Xtreme Wheels.

"Love, Hope and Prayer in Opera" with Danielle DiStefano accompanied by pianist Paul Hartley, 7 p.m. Sunday, Parkside Lutheran Church, Wallace and Depew avenues. Fundraiser for the 2010 Erwin H. Johnson Memorial Fund to promote opera in Buffalo Niagara region and build an opera house.

Michael Franti & Spearhead, 7 p.m. Sunday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.



Do you like live music? Social events? How about both?

Come join Mount St. Mary Academy on Friday for the third annual Battle of the Bands. This event, also known as Mountstock, features high school bands from all over Western New York.

"I look forward to Mountstock all year," says Elise Rahner, Mount St. Mary Academy senior. "It's a chance to meet people from all over while hanging out with our friends and hearing a great concert."

This year's event includes bands from five area high schools: the Raven from Niagara Catholic High School, the Static from Hamburg and East Aurora High schools, Canoe from Williamsville South, the Ways of Tom from Sweet Home High School and Tom Heubusch from St. Joseph Collegiate Institute.

At the end of all the performances, the audience members will vote for their favorite band. The winner will receive a 10-hour recording session with Robby Takac's GCR Audio.

So, come join us at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the student parking lot of Mount St. Mary Academy, 3756 Delaware Ave., Kenmore.

-- Maria Patnella, junior, Mount St. Mary Academy.



Before I actually begin talking about Lauren Conrad's new book, "Style," let me just say that I am not a fashionista. I am the kind of person who throws jeans and a hoodie on every morning, scratches sleep out of my eyes and gets some breakfast, hoping that my outfit will be comfy enough for the day to come.

So I felt slightly tentative about reading "Style." It's not that I doubted that this could possibly be a good book, but more that I doubted myself as someone who could read a book about fashion in an unbiased manner.

Conrad is the actress from the popular TV show, "The Hills." She also has her own clothing line and is the author of "L.A. Candy" and "Sweet Little Lies." "Style" (240 pages, $19.99, HarperCollins) is her newest book, released Oct. 5.

"Style" turned out to be a much better read then I had expected. I found it slightly dull at parts, but someone who is into fashion would probably love this book.

Pictures of Conrad modeling beautiful clothes grace most of the pages. She tells how to properly apply makeup and the dos and don'ts of almost every possible fashion scenario. Conrad even gives her own anecdotes about poor fashion choices she's made in the past.

I thought this book was written pretty well, however, some of Conrad's advice isn't a great fit for the Buffalo Niagara region. The California girl outfits she models would definitely not stand up to our 10-degree days with a foot of snow.

Although she's trying to give fashion tips without spending a lot of money, I felt that many of the clothing choices she makes would be too expensive for most people. She does warn about spending too much money, however, suggesting a $300 dollar dress you would wear 10 times, kind of negates the previous thought.

I'll admit it: I thought that this was a reasonably good book (I especially liked her section about the different kinds of jeans). Although I won't be reading it over and over again, I think this would be a good book for any girl into fashion who wants to make sure she's trendy.

-- Alissa Roy, sophomore, Springville Griffith Institute



"Look, I always wore panties and I never flashed the camera. I was never arrested for cocaine possession. To see excuses -- nonstop excuses -- from these girls, is crazy. When I made a mistake, I would admit to it. I'd be 'Wow, this is embarrassing, humiliating, and it'll never happen again.' These girls seem to make the same mistakes over and over and not learn from them."

-- Actress Shannon Doherty, about young celebrities today, on

-- McClatchy Newspapers