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>WHAT'S HAPPENING

MOVIES: Opening Friday, "Skyline" (PG-13), "Unstoppable" (PG-13); Nov. 19, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1," Nov. 24, "Tangled" (PG).

"The Cameraman," silent film classic starring Buster Keaton, 2 p.m. Sunday, Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda.

DVD: Released Tuesday, "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" (PG-13), "Ramona and Beezus" (G), "Grown Ups" (PG-13), "Charlie St. Cloud" (PG-13).

CONCERTS: Gruvology with Reign, 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Niagara University.

After Dark presents Vanity Strikes, Born for Betrayal, Blackwash, Pink Flamingos and more, 6 p.m. Saturday, Xtreme Wheels, 356 Hertel Ave.

Brokencyde and Millionaires with the Hit, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Xtreme Wheels.

OPEN MIC: Register from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. Performances begin at 8. Alden Christian Theatre Society, 1470 Church St., Alden.

THEATER: "Songs I Wish I Were Cast to Sing!," 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Niagara University.

POETRY: Poetics Plus at UB with Aldon Nielson, 12:30 p.m. today, 420 Capen Hall, UB North Campus, Amherst.

The Write Thing with Horacio Costellanos Moya, 7 tonight, Main Hall, Medaille College.

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>OUT IN THE COLD

"Snow Play" by Birgitta Ralston; Artisan; $14.95, 112 pages.

If you like playing in the snow, this book is for you. "Snow Play" has very interesting ideas on things you can do with snow.

How to make forts, slides, winter campfires and 24 other brilliant projects you can do to keep busy in the Buffalo winters. On project pages, the book lists time-frames from 15 minutes to half-day projects, and degree of difficulty. This book tells you how many people are needed to create a snow project. "Snow Play" shows symbols of the tools you will need and a reference in the front of the book of what each one means, and step-by-step directions of how to build your project.

"Snow Play" is a good book if you have some free time during the winter. Most of the projects in this book should not be done alone; they can be dangerous for young kids. Some tools listed are knives and saws. I do not think preteens should be using such dangerous objects without parental supervision.

If you are into building and like using your hands or you just want something to do in the winter with family or friends, this is a perfect book for you. This book has ideas from how to make frozen fruit in ice cubes to creating ice slides and snow caves.

-- Keith Latta, freshman, Newfane High School

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>STICK THIS IN YOUR HALF-PIPE

Skatepunks rejoice! Because you have the whole winter stretched out in front of you but you also now have two new skateboarding video games to fill that void.

Activision's new Tony Hawk game, "Tony Hawk Shred," is available on Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3. It uses the same skateboard peripheral as Tony Hawk Ride, and promises to go bigger. The game is $19.99.

The second game is "Shaun White Skateboarding" from UBI Soft for Xbox 360.

The game allows you to create your own environments -- put handrails way up high and empty fountains to create bowls. You can also challenge people all over the world online. Game costs $59.99.

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>QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The path I was headed toward was self-destructive and negative. But it's learning to overcome those challenges that makes a champion."

-- Olympic speed-skater Apolo Ohno, on his childhood and being raised by a single father, in People magazine.

-- McClatchy Newpapers