MOVIES: Opening Dec. 9, "New Year's Eve"; opening Dec. 23, "The Adventures of Tin Tin (PG).

CONCERTS: David Cook, 8 p.m. Friday, Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls.

Hit the Lights with the Dangerous Summer and more, 8 p.m. Friday, Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St.

The Rock the Vote for Liberty Concert Festival with Madeliene Haze, Ben Sheridan, Bloom/Carter, the Feast and the Mick Hayes Band, 1 p.m. Saturday, Club W, 199 Delaware Ave.

Easton Corbin, 7 p.m. Saturday, Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls.

Mannheim Steamroller, 4 p.m. Sunday, Shea's Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St.

Street Dogs with Off With Their Heads, Murder the Stout and the Chosen Ones, 8 p.m. Monday, Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St.

Kissmas Bash 2K11 with Big Time Rush, Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo and We the Kings, 6 p.m. Tuesday, First Niagara Center, One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza.

Kyuss Lives! with the Sword, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.

Big Sugar with Wide Mouth Mason, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls.

Javier Colon, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Mainstage Theatre, UB Center for the Arts, North Campus, Amherst.

POETRY: Poetics Plus with Rod Smith, 8 p.m. Friday, Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St.

James Longenbach, poetry reading, 2 p.m. Sunday, Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave.

THEATER: "Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells," 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Theatre of Youth, Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St.



Snooki, for better or worse, may have brought the pickle back to prominence, chowing down on the sour snack at all opportunities through four seasons (and counting) of "Jersey Shore." For those excited about pickles once again, it might be worth looking into the Pickle of the Month Club.

Pickle purchasers can choose either one or two random jars per month, hand chosen by the club. The company, according to its website, "rotate(s) varieties to include dill, sweet, bread and butter, sour, spicy, etc. so each month will be a new and unique experience."

Plans start at $49.99, for one jar a month for three months, and go all the way up to a year of two jars per month, which will run you $256.99. There are plenty of options that fall in between those two extremes, and plenty of pickles just waiting for you to bite into. To purchase, go to



The science lovers among us may go crazy for the Amazing Water Clock, a clock with an LCD display that doesn't run on electricity -- only liquid. And even though the name of the product lends itself to filling the clock's "fuel cells" with the clear stuff, the clock becomes something of a science project when you start filling it with other liquids.

See, developer Edmund Scientifics wants this product to be a little more than just a water clock, and urges its customers to try different combinations of liquid, most of which will work, though to varying degrees. And know that while you test out liquids, you'll be looking at a clean, modern and easy-to-see clock face.

The Amazing Water Clock can be purchased from It costs $13.99.



"It would be really easy to say, 'I'm 21 now, I do what I want, you raise your kids.' But it's not the truth of it, the truth of it is that every singer out there with songs on the radio is raising the next generation, so make your words count."

-- Singer/songwriter Taylor Swift, on "60 Minutes"