> WHAT'S HAPPENING
MOVIES: Opened Wednesday, "Burlesque" (PG-13), "Tangled" (G); Dec. 10, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" (PG).
LITERATURE: Maxine Hong Kingston, part of Just Buffalo Literary Center's Babel series, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Kleinhans Music Hall, Symphony Circle.
TOURS: Queen City Downtown, 10 a.m. Friday, meet at Market Arcade, 617 Main St.
City Hall, noon Friday, meet in City Hall lobby.
Lincoln Parkway, 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, meet at Lincoln Statue in Rose Garden, Delaware Park.
CONCERTS: The Waiting Room, 7 p.m. Friday, Tralf, 622 Main St.
Sofia, 8 p.m. Friday, Alden Christian Theatre Society, 1470 Church St., Alden.
Bella Donna with Absence of Light and Don't Be a Hero, 6 p.m. Saturday, Xtreme Wheels, 356 Hertel Ave.
Kim Mitchell, 8 p.m. Saturday, Tralf, 622 Main St.
Barenaked Ladies, 7 p.m. Sunday, Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca.
Ra Ra Riot with Drink Up Buttercup, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.
Michael Buble, 7 p.m. Wednesday, HSBC Arena.
> PHONE BUNNY
There's a small cell phone icon at the bottom of the screen, and a sense of dread overcomes us when we realize it's there: a voicemail. Now, we'll have to go through the trouble of remembering how to access our voicemail and pressing all the 1s, 2s and 7s so we can listen to the message, all while our friendly caller tries yet again to reach us. Hello, call waiting?
If only we could realize our phone was ringing before the dreaded last ring.
Sad to say, the phone isn't always at our fingertips, and it's definitely not always in a straight line of vision, so on occasion, we'll miss a call and have to endure the hassle of voicemail.
Thankfully, Rinkya has the iRabbit-Handy Phone/Mp3 Holder. For $10.63, you can get this adorable little rabbit to suction to your phone and hold it up while you go about your work during the day. When the phone rings or lights up, you'll be sure to see it because it will be easily visible.
The rabbit is about 1-by-2-by-1.5 inches, and comes in three colors: pink, white and gray. For your sanity, protect yourself from all those hated voicemails, and get the rabbit at http://stores.rinkya.com.
> FANCY FLASH DRIVES
It's happened so many times -- a lost water bottle, a forgotten gray sweater, and the worst: a missing USB drive. Oftentimes, they're so small and plain that it's easy to forget them, to leave them and all your precious documents in a computer lab in some distant room.
Thankfully, Mimobot USB flash drives are far more extraordinary than your everyday, run-of-the-mill USB drive. And with a flash drive this outrageous, I doubt you'll forget it anywhere.
For one, they have ridiculous colors. In two patterns, Buddy Chubb is a two-headed smiling rainbow, while Bossy Bear is bright blue with a lopsided golden crown. Both have adorable smiles, and their feet light up when the USB drive is in use.
The USB flash drives, compatible with Windows and Mac, each come with a unique sound, icons, wallpapers and screensavers included. Buddy Chubb and Bossy Bear will make their noises when plugged into or out of your computer. At $34.95 at www.mimoco.com, these are the perfect pick-me-ups for a rainy day.
> QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I've got a soft spot for bad reality television. I got sucked into 'Jersey Shore.' But my rule is I have to be exercising on the elliptical when I watch." -- "How I Met Your Mother" actress Alyson Hannigan, on her guilty pleasure, in People magazine.
-- McClatchy Newspapers