MOVIES: Opening Friday, "Big Miracle" (PG); "Chronicle" (PG-13); "The Woman in Black" (PG-13); coming Feb. 10, "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" (PG-13); "The Vow" (PG-13); coming Feb. 17, "The Secret World of Arietty" (G).

CONCERTS: Foxy Shazam, 7:30 tonight, Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St.

Donna the Buffalo, 8 p.m. Friday, Tralf, 622 Main St.

Great Performers Series featuring Richard Marx with 20-piece string orchestra, 8 p.m. Friday, Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.

Brimstone Blondes with Victory for Poland, What Is This, Casey Bolles and Breckenwood, 6 p.m. Saturday, Xtreme Wheels, 356 Hertel Ave.

The Summer Set with the Cab and He Is We, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Xtreme Wheels, 356 Hertel Ave.

Authority Zero with Voodoo Glow Skulls and Skyfox, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St.

POETRY: Starcherone Weirdo Bookclub. Shane Jones will discuss his book, "Light Boxes," 5 p.m. Friday, 121 Humboldt Parkway (side door).

Poetics Plus at UB, Digital poetry in performance, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, University at Buffalo Art Gallery, Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, Amherst.

TELEVISION: "How To Rock," back-to-back episodes of new comedy series premiere, 8:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Nickelodeon.

THEATER: "Ben Franklin's Apprentice," 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Theatre of Youth, Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St.


Create your own original prom-night look with a few rolls of duct tape and some creativity. The 12th annual Duck brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest invites high school students to use duct tape to create one-of-a-kind formalwear for prom. For the first-place winners, each student will receive a $5,000 scholarship, as well as their school. Enter at between March 7 and June 6. For complete rules and more information, visit the website.


For: Playstation 3 and Xbox 360; from: TikGames/Square-Enx; rating: everyone 10-plus (cartoon violence, use of tobacco); price: $15.

Don't let the name fool you: Even though its namesake and star has the arms of an octopus and the face of a skeleton vinyl doll, Scarygirl -- and the game bearing her name -- is more cute than scary.

In fact, for those attuned to "LittleBigPlanet's" style, "Scarygirl's" presentation will be familiarly cute. Like "LBP," it's a 2-D platformer modeled with 3-D graphics that look like a diorama come to life. Throw in the narrator, who introduces each level as if a page from a slightly twisted bedtime storybook, and it's very obvious from whence at least some of "Scarygirl's" stylistic influence came.

With that said, don't let the kindly exterior fool you either. "Scarygirl" gets off to a pretty gentle start, and the levels that comprise the first two of its seven chapters aren't terribly imposing if your only goal is to clear them.

But then "Scarygirl" drops you into the Hairclump Spider Cave with the cave's namesake enemy almost immediately on your tail, and just like that, the kid gloves are off.

The branching, vertical level designs -- set in deserts, mountains, aboard airships, in a nightclub and elsewhere -- make excellent use of Scarygirl's arsenal, particularly if you're bold enough to pull off the tricky acrobatic maneuvers needed to get a perfect level score (no deaths, all collectibles found). You need not perfect a level to pass it, but "Scarygirl" keeps track and provides a leaderboard to motivate the best of the best.


"I just think she makes beautiful, smart, perfect decisions in her characters and roles she plays. She looms very large to me. If I get to re-meet her, I hope I say something that's not as jackass-y."

-- Melissa McCarthy told People magazine about fellow nominee Glenn Close after getting her Oscar news last week. She said she was flustered when she first encountered Close at the Golden Globes but is planning ahead for Oscar night

-- McClatchy Newspapers