MOVIES: Opening Friday, “Gravity” (PG-13); coming Oct. 11, “Captain Phillips” (PG-13).
CONCERTS: Kool & the Gang, 10 a.m. Saturday, part of the University at Buffalo Tailgate Concert Series, UB Stadium parking lot, North Campus, Amherst.
Three Bad Jacks, 8 p.m. Sunday, Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St.
Bela Fleck’s NY Banjo Summit featuring Bela Fleck, Tony Trischka, Bill Keith, Richie Stearns, Eric Weissberg and Noam Pikelny, 8 p.m. today, Asbury Hall at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra: Falletta and Brahms with Music Director JoAnn Falletta and violinist Vadim Gluzman, 10:30 a.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle.
Fleetwood Mix, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster.
Blitzen Trapper, 8 p.m. Friday, Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St.
“Weird Al” Yankovic – the Apocalypse Tour, 8 p.m. Friday, Hamburg Fairgrounds Event Center, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg.
Billy Talent, 6 p.m. Sunday, Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls.
Soulfly with Havoc, Seven Faces and Skinbound, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave.
Lee Ranaldo and the Dust, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St.
Dopapod, 9 p.m. next Thursday, Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave.
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, 9 p.m. next Thursday, Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St.
COMEDY: Pablo Francisco, 8 p.m. today, 6:30 and 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Helium Comedy Club, 30 Mississippi St.
Sylvia Fletcher, ventriloquist, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster.
Tommy Davidson, 8 p.m. next Thursday, Helium Comedy Club, 30 Mississippi St.
THEATER: “The Secret Life of Girls,” 7 p.m. today, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday, Leary Theatre, Clet Hall, Niagara University, Lewiston.
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda.
“A Year With Frog and Toad,” 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Theatre of Youth, 203 Allen St.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I crave salty chocolate and/or onion rings – like every other 14-year-old boy.”
– Olivia Wilde, comparing her cravings to a teenager’s, to Allure magazine
CHECK THIS OUT
“Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell; St. Martin’s Press, $18.99. 448 pages. Ages 12 and up.
Cath is a twin sister, a fan of the best-selling “Simon Snow” fantasy book series and anonymous author of a hugely popular fan fiction site based on the Simon Snow books. She’s also a supremely miserable college freshman, terrified of her roommate Reagan, so terrified of going to the dining hall she spends all her mealtimes eating the Power Bars she brought from home. The only thing she really likes about college is the junior-level creative writing course she has talked her way into. This marvelous romantic novel from the author of best-selling “Eleanor & Park” explores the relationship between identical twins who look alike but are different in almost every way, their dysfunctional home life with their loving but bipolar father and a mother who abandoned the family on Sept. 11, 2001. It’s also a stirring coming-of-age tale of a young woman finding her voice and finding herself, interspersing MagiCath’s fan fiction entries with excerpts from Simon Snow.
– Jean Westmoore