MOVIES: Opening Friday, "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" (PG); "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace (PG); "The Vow" (PG-13); coming Feb. 17, "This Means War" (PG); "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" (PG-13); "The Secret World of Arrietty" (G); coming Feb. 24, "Gone" (PG-13); "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds" (PG-13).
CONCERTS: Umphrey's McGee, 7 tonight, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.
BBC Band, 8 p.m. Friday, Cardinal O'Hara Performing Arts Theatre, 39 O'Hara Road, Tonawanda.
Chris Webby, 8 p.m. Saturday, Club Infinity, 8166 Main St., Clarence.
Other Lives, 8 p.m. Monday, Ninth Ward at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave.
The Low Anthem with Other Lives, 8 p.m. Monday, Asbury Hall at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave.
The Pink Floyd Experience Presents Wish You Were Here, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mainstage Theatre, UB Center for the Arts, North Campus, Amherst.
THEATER: "Ben Franklin's Apprentice," 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Theatre of Youth, Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St.
TUNES TO GO
You carry your music with you everywhere you go, but if you are the sharing type, you may find yourself lugging around a lot of extra equipment -- speakers and cords -- in order to play music for more people than your earbuds can reach.
Check out Chicboom, a teeny tiny speaker/key chain that produces intense sound and just requires a bit of charging and an equally small cord. The speaker is just an inch square, but a 2-watt amplified speaker gives out four hours of quality sound. At the higher volume levels, the sound does get a bit tinny, but if you keep it reasonable, it sounds clear. With the built-in rechargeable battery, you don't have to replace a battery.
It is intensely girly, with a bedazzled heart on the front of the speaker and a furry animal print covering -- leopard or zebra. Colors are black, pink or baby blue. The price is right at $29.99. See more at www.chicbuds.com.
No doubt you've heard the xylophone-heavy breakup song featuring Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye, or seen the captivating video that features a graphic color-block painting covering, and then stripped from, the bare singers. The Australian artist, whose real name is Wally Debacker, and whose nickname is pronounced Go-tee-yay, has already released several albums, but "Making Mirrors" looks to be a big one for him. It has been out for six months in his native Australia, racking up the awards, but was just released Jan. 31 here in the States.
The rest of "Making Mirrors" doesn't have the showy passion or quirky melody of "Somebody That I Used to Know," but each song has an introspective, thoughtful quality, and sounds like an early-'80s pop hit, but with fewer keyboards and much less whining than that sentence would suggest.
The album has a little bit for everyone -- it is half fun pop album and half moody experiment with sound and color. Available everywhere that sells music. See more at http://gotye.com/.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I have learned lots of curse words from them. No, actually I learned how to be a better actor."
-- Nolan Gould, winner of the Screen Actor's Guild award for best ensemble TV comedy cast as a part of "Modern Family," on what the kids have really learned from the adults on the show
-- McClatchy-Tribune News Service