MOVIES: Opening Friday, "Real Steel" (PG-13); coming Oct. 14, "The Big Year" (PG); "Footloose."

CONCERTS: Zeds Dead, 8 p.m. today, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.

Sinful Dark with All to End, What is Normal, Saints and Madmen and At World's End, 5 p.m. Saturday, Xtreme Wheels, 356 Hertel Ave.

Mushroomhead with Psychostick, Motograter, Ventana and Tenafly Viper, 6 p.m. Sunday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.

Get Scared with Dr. Acula, Girl on Fire, Castalia and A Future Corrupt, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Xtreme Wheels, 356 Hertel Ave.

Skrillex, 8 p.m. Monday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.

The Toasters, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St.

N'Dias (the Mix) with Diaspora Drumming (to benefit Young Audiences of Western New York), 8 p.m. Wednesday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.

THEATER: "Pinkalicious: The Musical," 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Theatre of Youth, Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St.

"Cinderella," 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda.

"Fiddler on the Roof," 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda.

LITERATURE: Fiction reading by Stewart O'Nan, 7:30 p.m. today, Grupp Fireside Lounge, Canisius College, 80 Hughes St.


We keep seeing women wearing necklaces with fat colorful links, almost like industrial-strength chain, or those outrageous gold chains that Run DMC flouted in the '80s -- but, you know, pretty.

There are all different versions out there this fall, so you can go real colorful and plastic -- something that almost looks like a child's plaything -- or go high-end, and get a gold-and-diamond necklace. The rest of us will be looking for something in the middle. For those folks, I direct you to Grayling Jewelry. Grayling has many different styles, but our favorite is the Falcon necklace and bracelet that features an adjustable lightweight mixed gunmetal chain. They are layered pieces of different sizes for a cool chunky look. Their pieces range from $89 to $145. See more at


Stand out from the crowd of black roller-bagged travelers with a stylish tote such as the Downeaster Sport Wool Plaid Bag. It is a duffle bag that comes in Deep Forest or Colonial Red. It is a wool-blend and fully lined in cotton twill. It has interior and exterior pockets and is $95 from The solid-colored canvas versions are a bit more reasonable, at $69 per pack.


"If you ever catch me in sweat pants in class, that's not good. I've tried not to dress like that." -- actress Dakota Fanning, on starting her first year at NYU, in People magazine.