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 www.bpchorus.org.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“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