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MOVIES: Opening Friday, "Eight Below" (PG, Paul Walker stars in fact-based story of rescue of a dog team); Feb. 24, "Doogal" (G, animated, voices include Whoopi Goldberg) and "Ultraviolet" (PG-13, Mila Jovovich protects a nine-year-old boy in sci-fi thriller); March 3, (PG, two girls find a mermaid in their neighborhood pool, based on Alice Hoffman book); March 10, "The Shaggy Dog" (PG, Tim Allen stars in remake); March 17, "V for Vendetta" (Natalie Portman stars, "She's the Man" (PG-13, Amanda Bynes stars).

NEW ON VIDEO/DVD: Arrived Tuesday, "Proof" (PG-13, Gwyneth Paltrow as a math genius); coming Feb. 21, "Rent"; Feb. 28, "Pride and Prejudice" (PG-13, Keira Knightly stars).


Feb. 18, Starting Line at Club Infinity

Feb. 23, bands An Angle, The Airview, As Good As New, A New Hope at Xtreme Wheels on Hertel.

Feb. 25, bands Folly, Boss Tribal, Flaming Tsunamis, Guns of Camden, Xtreme Wheels.

March 9, Nine Inch Nails, Blue Cross Arena, Rochester

March 11, Armor for Sleep at Showplace

March 29, Motion City Soundtrack, Town Ballroom

April 21, Fall Out Boy with All American Rejects, HSBC Arena.

May 12, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, HSBC Arena.



We're always in need of a good, bright light. Rather than fetching a flashlight and fumbling to hold it while you're hunting down a lost item, stick on a Sylvania DOT-it light where you know you'll need it and free up both hands. DOT-it lights feature a trio of white LED lights and are powered by three replaceable AAA batteries, which Sylvania says will provide about 100 hours of bright LED light. You just press the top to turn them on and off, and energy-efficient LEDs are brighter and longer lasting than incandescents. DOT-it lights ($9.99) come in six metallic cases -- red, silver, black, purple, lime and orange -- and stick using a 3M adhesive strip, which is handy because you can stick and re-stick your lights on nearly any surface. Unfortunately, to replace the batteries you have to "unstick" it, but at least the first set should last you a while.

Find DOT-it lights at automotive and general merchandise stores, like Advance Auto Parts or Wal-Mart, or order from



Looking for a good book? John Green has won the American Library Association's 2006 Michael L. Printz Award for his first novel, "Looking for Alaska," a "Catcher in the Rye"-type tale set at a boarding school in rural Alabama. Winning the ALA's Alex Awards for "Best Adult Books for Teens" were: "Midnight at the Dragon Cafe" by Judy Fong Bates; "Upstate" by Kalisha Buckhanon; "Anansi Boys" by Neil Gaiman; "As Simple as Snow" by Gregory Gallaway; "Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro; "Gil's All Fright Diner" by A. Lee Martinez, "The Necessary Beggar" by Susan Palwick; "My Jim" by Nancy Rawles; "Jesus Land: A Memoir" by Julia Scheeres; and "The Glass Castle: A Memoir" by Jeannette Walls.



Slow. Backward. Dumb. Those are some of the stereotypes associated with people from America's poor rural areas. The PBS documentary "Country Boys" challenges those misconceptions as it follows the life of two teenage boys from eastern Kentucky, Cody Perkins and Chris Johnson. Follow their ups and downs as they come of age by visiting the film's engaging Web site at The site features all six hours of the film, broken into five- to 20-minute segments you can watch on your computer at your own pace.


"People will say things, and I'll Scrabble what they say in my head. I'll think of triple word scores all the time."

-- Dominic Monaghan ("Lost"), on his Scrabble obsession, in People magazine.

-- Knight Ridder Newspapers

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