MOVIES: Opening Friday, "The Village" (PG-13, from "Sixth Sense" director M. Night Shyamalan and "Thunderbirds" (PG, Bill Paxton, sci-fi adventure); Aug. 6, "Little Black Book" (PG-13, Brittany Murphy, Ron Livingston romance); Aug. 11, "Princess Diaries 2"; Aug. 20, "Without a Paddle" (PG-13, comedy from Matthew Lillard, Seth Green and Dax Shepard).
NEW ON VIDEO/DVD: Arrived Tuesday, "Hellboy," and "The Whole Ten Yards"; coming Tuesday, "13 Going on 30" and "Hidalgo".
Tuesday, David Clayton-Thomas with Blood, Sweat and Tears (free), Tuesdays in the Park, Lewiston Artpark Outdoor Amphitheater, 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 10, John Mayer with Maroon 5, Six Flags Darien Lake
Aug. 18, Warped Tour, Darien Lake
Aug. 19, Clay Aiken, Erie County Fair
Aug. 22, Sarah McLachlan, HSBC Arena
Aug. 27, Slipknot, Darien Lake.
Sept. 4, Klear, Last Conservative and Juliet Dagger, Lafayette Square (free)
Sept. 4, Donnas, Gateway Park, the Tonawandas
Sept. 14, American Idol tour, HSBC Arena.
KINGDOM BOUND: Christian music festival features actor Stephen Baldwin ("Usual Suspects") with his "Livin' It" DVD documentary about extreme sports and demos by BMX bike riders. Also featuring Audio Adrenaline and Relient K. Aug. 1 to 4, Six Flags Darien Lake.
MOBILE SKATEPARK SERIES: Thursday to Sunday, Niagara Action Dome, 4333 Porter Road (next to the high school), Niagara Falls.
ERIE COUNTY FAIR: Aug. 12 to 22.
We've all had those embarrassing moments. (That time in seventh grade when you threw up in math class, for instance.) Now imagine writing down what happened and sending it to a national magazine for your peers to read. The good people at YM magazine came up with that brilliant idea years ago, creating a column called "Say Anything." Now YM offers "The Best of Say Anything" ($6.95, Bantam Books), some of the best -- or is that worst? -- moments from the column, including a chapter of "oldies" gathered from the '60s through the '90s. You're sure to feel better about your own humiliating experiences after taking this paperback for a spin.
Not ready for the commitment of a real pet? Think Geek, our favorite source for all things geeky and fun, offers a USB Mini Desktop Aquarium ($19.99, www.thinkgeek.com). You plug this sucker right into your computer after filling up the tiny tank with some water so your "fish" can swim. The USB port (the rectangular port where you plug in your digital camera or mp3 player) powers a mini-motor that produces a current to make your two lifelike tropical pets swim. A high-intensity blue LED lights up your tank, so you can check out the fish in the dark. The tank conveniently has separate switches for the motor and the light. And just in case you need to use the USB port for an actual piece of equipment (for, say, homework!), batteries also work to power the tank. Just remember, don't feed these fish!
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"People say, 'Are you Jessica's sister?' And I'm like, 'Yeah, I am! And she's MY sister.'"
-- Singer Ashlee Simpson, on how she copes with her sister's success, in People magazine.
-- Knight Ridder Newspapers