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WHAT'S HAPPENING
Movies: Opening Friday, "K-Pax" (Jeff Bridges is a psychiatrist treating a patient, Kevin Spacey, who claims to be an alien); "Life as a House" (Kevin Kline and Hayden Christensen are father and son in family comedy/drama).

New on video: Today, "Dr. Dolittle 2," "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within"; next Tuesday, "The Animal"; Nov. 2: "Shrek"; Nov. 6: "Legally Blonde."

Concerts: Sunday, Stone Temple Pilots, Staind, Linkin Park at HSBC Arena.

Other: Today through Sunday, "Swing!", Broadway musical celebrating the music and dance of the '30s and '40s, Shea's; "Over the Falls," an original musical about Anna Edson Taylor, the schoolteacher who rode a barrel over the falls, Alleyway Theatre, through Nov. 18.

CHEAP CHIC
We've all been there before: You're reading your favorite mag, and you see an article with step-by-step instructions on how to accent your eyes. But when you start counting up all the products required to give you that glamorous look, you realize it would take about a year of working Saturday nights at the video store to pay for the stuff. Unless you head to the nearest drugstore and pick up some makeup from New York Color. Most of their stuff is less than $2, and it looks just as good as that pricey stuff.

Eye Cubes are single eye shadows in tons of colors, so you can create looks from doe-eyed to sultry. Eyeliner Duets let you mess around with two colors of eyeliner -- one end is black and the other is some other cool color, like bronze, orchid or turquoise. Since each one is only $1.99, you won't be blowing your whole paycheck. Look for the line at Wal-Mart and Kmart or in drug stores.

COMICS WITH COMMENTARY
If you're a fan of the comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes," then you know it's been five long years since the strip ended. Luckily, there are tons of books (16, actually) of the popular strip, so you can re-read your favorites over and over. The latest in the series is "Calvin and Hobbes: Sunday Pages 1985-1995" (Andrews McNeel, $12.95), a fab collection of full-color Sunday cartoons chosen by the artist, Bill Watterson.

The book is actually kind of scholarly, if you can believe it. (Don't get us wrong, it's not scholarly like a textbook, just more than you might expect from a book of cartoons.) It includes an introduction by Watterson about the process of drawing the cartoons, how he painstakingly colored each Sunday strip and what he's doing now that it's finished. And each strip is presented on a two-page spread -- one side shows the original black-line drawing, the other is the finished color version. Plus Watterson offers commentary on each strip, so you know what he was thinking when he drew each one. Or you can just ignore all that and read the strips.

FEEL-GOOD GLOSS
Want to do your part to help during Breast Cancer Awareness Month? (And get a really great lip gloss as part of the deal?) Head to www.sephora.com , and check out Tony & Tina's Cura lip gloss, named for the Roman goddess of health and healing. Shell out $14 for the very cool pink gloss, and half that will go to programs that provide breast-cancer screenings and treatment to low-income women. It's all part of a program called New York Fashion Cares -- check out www.newyorkfashioncares.com to learn more about the coalition. Then wear your gloss with pride, because you've done something to help make the world a better place. And that's beautiful.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
"When I sing my songs, I feel more exposed than I do as an actor."

--Actor Kevin Bacon, who toured with The Bacon Brothers this summer after the band released its third CD, in People magazine.

-- Knight Ridder Newspapers

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