MOVIES: Opening Friday, “Here Comes the Boom” (PG); coming Oct. 19, “Alex Cross” (PG-13).
CONCERTS: Propagandhi with Comeback Kid, 7 p.m. today, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.
David Liebe Hart, 8 p.m. today, Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St.
Spyro Gyra, 8 p.m. Friday, Tralf, 622 Main St.
The Whispers, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Tralf, 622 Main St.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor, 7 p.m. Monday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.
My Darkest Days with Otherwise and Surrender the Fall, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.
Bright Light Social Hour, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St.
THEATER: “1776,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday, Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda.
“Over the Tavern,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Alden Christian Theatre Society, 1470 Church St., Alden.
POETRY: Reading by Ann Tardos, 8 p.m. Friday, Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. at Mohawk Street.
FESTIVAL: Taste of Grand Island, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Grand Island Plaza, 2411 Grand Island Blvd.
EXHIBIT: “The Science of Sports,” through Jan. 6, Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway.
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK
The line between news and entertainment has been blurring since the advent of the Internet. Now any average Joe with a blog can pretend they’re a journalist without having to follow any journalistic protocols. This shift in values – news in a pretty package over straightforward delivery – is the reason that sites like BuzzFeed exist and thrive.
BuzzFeed (http://www.buzzfeed.com/) is the love child of Gawker and Cracked.com. There’s definitely some real news buried underneath all the fluff, but you’ll have to dig for it under mounds of stories, videos and lists. Once in a while you’ll find a simple news story.
BuzzFeed bills itself as having “the hottest, most social content on the Web,” and to its credit, the site does contain the most relevant stories of the day, along with plenty of snarky commentary to go along with them.
The site also knows its audience. Besides the occasional piece of real news, you’ll find articles on BuzzFeed like “What Katie Holmes Can Learn From Six Famous Divorced Women” and “41 Regrettably Tacky Photos of Famous People.”
As with most sites that mine the Interweb for content, there is also a healthy amount of cute animal stories like “17 Pugs with Broken Dreams” and “11 Animals that are Victims of Very Serious Tickle Fights.”
If you’ve been looking for a compilation of the Internet’s trashiest trends that also happens to deal with some real news once in a while, your search has ended. BuzzFeed has enough amusing content to make wasting time online even easier than before.
Be warned though: If you have a life and want to continue having one, stay away from BuzzFeed (and the Internet in general) at all costs.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I can’t foresee myself being regular.”
– Nicki Minaj, who has no plans of ditching her unique sense of style, to People magazine
– McClatchy Newspapers