> WHAT'S HAPPENING
Movies: Opening Friday, "Flight Plan" (PG-13, Jodie Foster stars as mom whose daughter disappears from her plane seat, Sept. 30, "The Greatest Game Ever Played" (PG, Shia LaBeouf stars as real-life golfer Francis Ouimet winning the 1913 U.S. Open), "Serenity" (PG-13 movie version of Joss Whedon's "Firefly" sci-fi TV series), "Into the Blue" (PG-13, thriller set in the Bahamas starring Jessica Alba and Paul Walker); Oct. 7, "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" (animated) and "In Her Shoes" (PG-13, comedy-drama starring Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette as sisters); Oct. 14, "Elizabethtown" (PG- 13, romance starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst).
New on video/DVD: Arrived Tuesday, "Robots" and "Lords of Dogtown"; coming Oct. 4: "The Interpreter"; Oct. 11: "Kingdom of Heaven," "Kicking and Screaming," "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"; Oct. 18: "Batman Begins"; Oct 25: "Herbie: Fully Loaded," "Bewitched"; Nov. 1: "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith."
Concerts: Sept. 28, Xtreme Wheels on Hertel, ($8), bands Kaddisfly, Ambry and more; Sept. 30 (Club Infinity), Klear with Agent Me and Spinning Images; Nov. 21 (UB Center for the Arts), Bright Eyes (with Feist and Magic Numbers).
Theater: Oct. 4 to 9, Shea's, "My Fair Lady.
On TV: Catch the season premiere of "Veronica Mars" at 9 p.m. next Wednesday on UPN.
> BE AWARE
Start a new trend at your school - AIDS awareness. According to YouthAIDS, every 15 seconds a young person between the ages of 15 and 24 becomes infected with HIV/AIDS. What's more, most don't even know they carry the disease.
That's pretty scary information. And that's the reason behind the awareness campaign launched by YouthAIDS. The global nonprofit group has a slew of stars who are promoting AIDS awareness to youth, including Christina Aguilera, LL Cool J, Elijah Wood and Penelope Cruz.
So how do you fit into this worldwide campaign? It's very simple: Buy a set of $5 dog tags. Not only is it a conversation starter, but all proceeds from tag sales benefit YouthAIDS and its education efforts. Dog tags are available at Aldo stores and online at www.youthaidsaldo. org, and come engraved with "Hear," "See" or "Speak" on one tag and an AIDS ribbon stamped on the other.
> SLIPPERY SOAP
Lush cosmetics, known for creative products like bath ballistics, shower melts and shampoo bars, turns 10 this year. To celebrate the occasion, Lush has introduced two new soaps: Shower Jellies and Butter Creams.
We immediately snatched up one of the jellies and high-tailed it to the fridge, since Lush suggests you try the jellies chilled or frozen. These suckers look just like Jell-O, so we were really curious how they were going to work out as a soap.
Turns out, very well. But, as one user on the Lush Web site pointed out: "Be careful about letting (the jellies) go down the drain."
The cherry-citrus infused Sweetie Pie left our skin soft and smelling great. We tried the soap both chilled and frozen. Chilled was quite refreshing; frozen was a little cold for our tastes, but having the soap a little more solid may be worth it (it never really hardens, though). The Jellies come in scents like Whoosh, Party On and Bada Bing Bada Boom. Buy Lush Jellies (ranging from $4.95 for 3.5 ounces to $11.50 for 7 ounces, depending on the cost of ingredients) at www.lush.com.
> TAPE TALES
Yeah, yeah. Back to school. We know. But this thankfully gives us the opportunity to take a trip to the stationery aisle of the store and stock up on all the latest goodies.
While not initially sounding exciting, one such item is the latest Scotch tape dispenser. This thing is one sexy little number, now sporting curves galore and all dolled up in four bright colors - berry (hot pink), lime, lilac and mango (a yellow-orange). Oh yes, the layman's Scotch tape dispenser has gone from whoop-de-do to wow, all in honor of the 75th anniversary of the creation of transparent tape.
So add some flair to your back-toschool stash with Scotch's contour dispenser (about $3) at drug, food and office supply stores, plus stores like Target and Wal-Mart.
> QUOTE OF THE DAY
"'Napoleon Dynamite'! My favorite line is, 'You gonna eat your tots?' I'm from Texas, and we love our tater tots." - Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt on her favorite cheesy movie, in InStyle magazine.
- Knight Ridder Newspapers