MOVIES: Opening Friday, “Man of Steel” (PG-13), “20 Feet From Stardom” (PG-13).
CONCERTS: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, 5 p.m. today, Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf.
Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson, 6 p.m. Friday, Outer Harbor concert site, 325 Fuhrmann Blvd.
WYRK Taste of Country featuring Darius Rucker and guest Sheryl Crow with Rodney Atkins, Gloriana and Jana Kramer, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Coca-Cola Field, 275 Washington St.
Johnny Juarez’s Better Tour with Lina Panzica and the Rock Zone House Band, 8 p.m. Friday, Tralf, 622 Main St.
Marianas Trench with Air Dubai, 6 p.m. Saturday, Artpark, 450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston.
Starry Night in the Garden featuring Sara Bareilles with Youngblood Hawke and Ginny Blackmore, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 S. Park Ave.
MGMT, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Artpark Outdoor Amphitheater, 450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston.
West of the Mark, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Buffalo River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St.
Lower, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Tralf, 622 Main St.
GRAB A GOOD BOOK
“The Testing” by Joelle Charbonneau; Houghton Mifflin, 325 pages, $17.99. Ages 12 and up.
Fans of “The Hunger Games,” “Divergent” and “Legend”: This one’s for you. On an Earth laid waste by the Seven Stages War, humans in scattered outposts are struggling to rebuild. The one chance for a college education and a role in future leadership lies with the Testing, an opportunity given to only a few through a highly secretive process. Cia Vale, 17, is thrilled to be chosen as a candidate for the Testing until her father warns her: Trust no one. Although candidates’ minds are wiped clean of any memories afterward, Cia’s father remembers enough to put her on her guard. She will need every talent, every aptitude for science and mechanics, every instinct for survival before the Testing is through. But what are the judges looking for? The will to survive, a dedication to the greater good or the willingness to do anything to eliminate the competition? This debut author, who trained as an opera singer, offers a thrilling dystopian novel, with nonstop action and a hint of romance. The few pages included at the end of the book of the next installment, titled “Independent Study,” whet the appetite for what comes next, in the fall.
– Jean Westmoore
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“He’s dashing with just a hint of danger.”
– Amy Adams, on her “Man of Steel” co-star Henry Cavill, to Details magazine