MOVIES: Opening Friday, "The Incredibles" (PG, animated adventure about undercover superhero family); Nov. 10, "Polar Express" (G); Nov. 12, "After the Sunset" (PG-13, Pierce Brosnan); Nov. 19, "SpongeBob SquarePants" and "National Treasure" (PG adventure starring Nicolas Cage); Nov. 24, "Christmas With the Kranks" (PG).
NEW ON VIDEO/DVD: Arrived Tuesday, "Around the World in 80 Days"; coming Friday, "Shrek 2"; Nov. 16, "Chronicles of Riddick" and "Elf"; Nov. 23, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," "The Terminal" and "Sleepover"; Nov. 30, "Spider-Man 2" and "Hero"; Dec. 7, "The Bourne Supremacy"; Dec. 14, extended version DVD of "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King."
TV: Thursday, 9 p.m., season premiere of "The O.C."
Concert: Ron Spigelman will conduct the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in "I Never Saw Another Butterfly," at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, at Kleinhans Music Hall, commemorating the tragic events of 1938 Germany, which came to be known as "The Night of Broken Glass." Tickets are $25.
THEATER: Through Sunday, "The Hobbit," Theatre of Youth; Nov. 11 to 28, the Rockettes in Radio City Music Spectacular, Shea's; Jan. 4-9, "The Producers," Shea's; Feb. 24-April 3, "Disney's the Lion King" at Shea's.
A FUN READ
Francine Pascal, author of the Sweet Valley High and Fearless series, offers an over-the-top look at a powerful clique in "The Ruling Class" (Simon & Schuster, $14.95) set in posh Dallas suburb, Highland Park. Popular and evil Jeanette Sue rules the school, and newcomer Twyla Gay Stark, arriving from Lubbock, quickly becomes her target. In her frantic attempts to make even one friend, she ends up making a fool of herself and almost getting herself in trouble when Jeanette Sue tricks her into showing up at a mall late at night and leaves her there. But then Twyla Gay decides to get even, with very satisfactory results. We can already see a movie with Mandy Moore as Jeannette Sue. Or maybe Hillary Duff.
This is trash, but it's fun trash.
-- Jean Westmoore
Just in time for chapped lips and holiday trips (yep, Thanksgiving is practically around the corner!), Cargo has created a portable, throwaway gloss.
DailyGloss, a 30-day supply of gloss in three shades, comes packaged in tiny doses of individual tear-away pouches (it kind of looks like cold medicine -- but much prettier and without the "ick"' factor). Also included is a handy lip brush, but we found that using a finger works just as well. The gloss is made with shea butter and vitamin E, which means it's a little thicker, but leaves your lips nice and smooth when you take it off. But in this case, "thick" doesn't equal "sticky" -- just relief for chapped lips. The gloss comes in 10 each of "sweet cranberry," "shimmering pale pink" and "creamy petal pink," which translates to a reddish tint, a glittery pink and a near-sheer gloss.
Get DailyGloss ($10) at www.sephora.com.
The election is over, but voting isn't the only way to make a difference. Wrigley's has teamed up with Keep America Beautiful to give teens a chance to "greenup" a part of your community that needs some help.
That's where you come in: Pick an eyesore in your town that needs a facelift, fill out the submission form, include some photos and in 1,000 words or less, tell Wrigley's Greenup why your project should be picked. There will be 20 projects picked, with Wrigley's and Keep America Beautiful supplying everything you need to complete your project -- including your very own greenup coordinator to help with the makeover, plus tools, materials and supplies. What do you bring to the effort? Your friends, of course.
Grand prize is the possibility of a live concert by a "hot recording artist" -- this grand prize goes to the project with the biggest transformation and the most enthusiastic teens involved. Download everything you need to apply at www.wrigleysgreenup.com. The deadline to submit a project is Nov. 30.
This fall, you're bound to have the urge to wrap yourself in something warm and fuzzy. Something like a brand-new hand-knit scarf -- that you knit all by yourself.
Never mind that you've never knitted before. Pick up the Klutz guide to knitting: "Knitting: Learn to knit six great projects" and you'll be an expert in no time. While it may seem impossible when you first awkwardly hold the two knitting needles and try to twist and tangle the yarn into something cohesive, take it from us: It's possible. The kit includes a very detailed (lots of "show-you-how" pictures) book, yarn, needles, crochet hook, yarn needle and buttons so you can get started right away on the projects in the book.
Did we mention that being crafty is cool? And believe it or not, on college campuses and among adults even guys are getting into knitting. Join the knitting revolution with the Klutz knitting kit (at booksellers nationwide for $24.95).
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I have a new philosophy on clothes. Now I always wear whatever I'm wearing -- the same outfit -- for four days. And then I never wear it again."
-- Actress Cameron Diaz ("Shrek 2"), in J-14 magazine.
-- Knight Ridder Newspapers