MOVIES: Opening Friday, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (PG-13), “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas” (PG-13); coming Dec. 20, “Walking With Dinosaurs 3D” (PG); coming Dec. 25, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (PG).

“Fahrenheit 451,” 5 p.m. today, Central Library, Lafayette Square.

“A Christmas Story,” 30th anniversary celebration with cast members Ian Petrella (Randy Parker), Yano Anya (Grover Dill), Zack Ward (Skut Farkas), Patty Johnson-Lafontaine (Higbee’s Elf) and Scott Schwartz (Flick) at the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Cast members will speak at 1 p.m. about filming the movie. A screening of the film will be at 3 p.m. After the movie, meet the cast, see the fire truck that rescued Flick from the flagpole – rides will be available for a small donation – and try to win limited edition Red Ryder BB guns. All proceeds from raffles will benefit the Sweeney Hose Company.

CONCERTS: Kissmas Bash 2013, 6 p.m. today, First Niagara Center, 1 Seymour H. Knox III Plaza.

The Cult, 7 p.m. today, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.

Hugh Cornwell, 8 p.m. today, Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St.

Spyro Gyra, 8 p.m. Friday, Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.

Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus, 8 p.m. Friday, Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda.

Drake with Miguel and Future, 7 p.m. Sunday, First Niagara Center, 1 Seymour H. Knox III Plaza.

American Legion Band Christmas Concert, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda.

THEATER: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Alden Christian Theatre Society, 1470 Church St., Alden.

“It WAS A Wonderful Life,” 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, chapel, Forest Lawn, 1411 Delaware Ave.

“Madeline’s Christmas,” 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Theatre of Youth, 203 Allen St.


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Students from Barker, Oakfield-Alabama and West Seneca West high schools will join the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for the Holiday Pops concert at 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Kleinhans Music Hall, Symphony Circle. For more information, visit


“Life is a series of disastrous moments. In between those moments, that’s when you savor, savor, savor.”

Sandra Bullock, who was named Entertainment Weekly’s 2013 Entertainer of the Year, reflecting on her career and dating life, to EW