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>WHAT'S HAPPENING

MOVIES: Opening Friday, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" (PG), "The Tourist" (PG-13); opening Dec. 17, "TRON: Legacy" (PG), "How Do You Know" (PG-13), "Yogi Bear" (PG); Dec. 22, "Gulliver's Travels."

DVD: Released Tuesday, "Inception" (PG-13), "Shrek Forever After" (PG),

ON TV: Nick Cannon hosts special that honors real-life teens who are "Helping And Leading Others" (HALO), 8 p.m. Friday on TeenNick.

THEATER: "A Christmas Carol," 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Alden Christian Theatre Society, 1470 Chruch St., Alden.

"Dance Theatre of Niagara," 7 p.m. today, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Niagara University.

POETRY: An Evening with Irving Feldman, 7:30 tonight, Hallwalls, 341 Delaware Ave.

CONCERTS: Sparks the Rescue with Amely, You Me and Everyone We Know and Chasing Adrium, 6 p.m. Friday, Xtreme Wheels, 356 Hertel Ave.

Larrabe with Venona, Keeping Quiet, I Am Angelo, Start the Fight, Rescue Dawn and Tonight Tonight, 5 p.m. Saturday, Xtreme Wheels.

Dimmu Borgir with Enslaved, Blood Red Throne and Dawn of Ashes, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.

Great Performers Series with Esperanza Spalding, 8 p.m. Saturday, Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.

Tom Stahl and the Dangerfield's X-Mas, Kwanza, Hanukah, Festivus Extravaganza, 8 p.m. Saturday, Tralf, 622 Main St.

Nashville Unplugged featuring Keith Anderson, Brady Seals and Aaron Benward, 9 p.m. Saturday, Page's Paradise Island, 4701 Transit Road, Depew.

Lorrie Morgan, 5 p.m. Sunday, Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca.

Pat Shea Christmas Show, 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster.

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>ROCK WITH SANTA

Rockin' with Santa provides Christmas presents for underprivileged children. The entry fee is simply one gift for a child anywhere between the ages of newborn to 16 years old. The party will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the Elks Club, 21 Main St., North Tonawanda. The event will feature music by Michael Bly, Envy and Inner Chyld. The gifts collected at the party will be distributed to children in the community on Sunday.

-- Allison Franz, Sacred Heart Academy

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>IT'S COOL TO BE WARM

Winter beanies are, by their nature, uncool. Even the word beanie is lame. If you can't make it through the cooler months without a cap, check out the AE Striped Mohawk Trapper. It's made from a chunky wool blend with a mixed yarn Mohawk down the center made out of colorful striped knit fabric. You can choose from black, red or blue.

With faux fur trim and lining, you'll definitely stay warm while looking super cool the whole time.

The hat is $29.50 at www.ae.com.

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>A DARING READ

If you were a fan of "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" (book or movie version), pick up "Dash and Lily's Book of Dares" by the same pair of authors, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. This book has already been optioned for a movie.

"Dash and Lily," (Random House, $16.99) their third book together (after "Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List"), is a treasure hunt through New York that begins when normally cautious, sweet Lily leaves a scavenger hunt in a red moleskin notebook on a shelf of the Strand bookstore. It's a ploy her brother devised to help her meet boys, but Dash, a much more cynical, "snarly" type, becomes intrigued and responds with his own puzzle.

The book is sweet and smart. Just like in their other books, their characters are sharply drawn and colorful. If you need something to read over your own Christmas break, "Dash and Lily" will get you through the holidays.

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>QUOTE OF THE DAY

"What an incredible position to be in, to be able to follow my own path and live my life just doing things I care about. It's liberating."

-- Emma Watson in Marie Clarie magazine, on the benefits of becoming internationally famous at such a young age for her work in the Harry Potter movies.

-- McClatchy Newspapers