MOVIES: Opening Friday, "She's the Man" (PG-13, Amanda Bynes stars); coming March 31, "The Ice Age 2"; April 21, "Hoot" (based on Carl Hiaasen novel).
NEW ON VIDEO/DVD: Arrived Tuesday, "The Thief Lord" (PG, based on Cornelia Funke's book), "Chicken Little" and "Good Night, and Good Luck"; coming Tuesday, "Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story" (Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning); March 28, "Memoirs of a Geisha"; April 4, "Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."
Saturday, Xtreme Wheels on Hertel, bands Lorene Drive and Valencia.
Saturday: Polish classical pianist Igor Lipinski, 19, performs at Canisius College's Montante Cultural Center.
Monday, Xtreme Wheels, bands Yes I Have Pulson, Folly, The Sleeping.
Monday, MXPX, Town Ballroom.
March 29, Motion City Soundtrack, Town Ballroom
April 20, Alkaline Trio With Against Me, Dome Theater, Niagara Falls.
April 21, Fall Out Boy with All American Rejects and Hawthorne Heights, HSBC Arena.
FREE SAT PRACTICE
The April 1 SAT is coming up fast. And Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions is making its online SAT QuizBank available for free -- although you must register at the site to use it. Find it at www.kaptest.com/satquizbank. Here are insights from Kaplan about the longer SAT:
*Most colleges will look at the new SAT essay score as a way of reinforcing borderline applicants.
*The greatest challenge of the 3-hour, 45-minute exam may be maintaining concentration. Nearly 90 percent of respondents to a Kaplan survey of nearly 2,000 SAT-takers said the new SAT was the longest test they had ever taken. Some college counselors have petitioned to have the SAT split up so different sections can be taken on different days.
*Bring a snack. Official test administrator's policies allow for a snack and two five-minute breaks.
*Students may find the Critical Reading section harder than expected.
A GREAT READ
"Flashcards of My Life," a charming new novel for readers 12 and up by Charise Maricle Harper (Little Brown & Co., $15.99, 235 pages), is structured as a diary written on flashcards by a high school student named Emily and is full of little drawings and her hand-printed musings about friendship, romance, parents and the high school experience in general. "I wake up every morning and I don't know if I should be wearing armor or a sundress," is one nugget of wisdom. What could be braver than getting up every morning and going to school! Emily is a very appealing young lady, and this book is great fun,
-- Jean Westmoore
WEB SITE OF THE WEEK: Glam.com
The world of fashion has been known as an exclusive club for the rich and beautiful -- but not anymore. The Glam Blog Network has launched a community section to bring high fashion to the masses.
Glam Community provides a place for people interested in fashion to interact. The "Talk" section is a forum that allows users to ask questions, get advice or simply state opinions. And stay updated on the latest trends by reading the "Pulse" section. The site offers plenty of behind-the-scenes glimpses: Fashion designer Nanette Lepore published a blog to give users an inside look at Olympus Fashion Week. Or go to the "Blogs" section to read posts from fashion enthusiasts. Or check out pictures from runway shows in the "Photos" section.
-- Linh Bui, Knight Ridder Newspapers
When perusing the beverage options, the first thing you'll likely see will be the sodas. Then sports drinks, energy drinks, coffee drinks, fruit juice -- oh, and plain ol' water.
There's another option you may not have noticed: Vitaminwater. Not only is it packed with extras, like vitamin C, calcium and electrolytes, it's lighter and less sticky than sodas or sports drinks. Vitaminwater is not going to replace our favorite H2O, cause it's fruity and sweet. Vitaminwater comes in 13 flavors. Our favorites are Rescue (green tea), which offers extra vitamin B and chamomile, and Defense (raspberry-apple), with vitamin C and zinc.
Find Vitaminwater ($1.49 for 20 oz.) at convenience stores, plus mass retailers like Target and warehouse stores like Sam's Club.
Don't bring these along for the next English test! Unveiled at the American International Toy Fair: "Family Guy" talking pens, developed by a former NASA engineer for Kamhi World. There are four pens (Stewie, Peter, Brian and Quagmire), and each one says six different lines. For example, the baby Stewie pen says: "You will bow to me" and "Oh mother, I come bearing a gift. I'll give you a hint -- it's in my diaper and it's not a toaster." The pens are $7.95 apiece and can be found online at www.funtalking.com
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I burp so loud. I'm recording my sophomore record right now, and the producers are shocked when they come in and I'm in the booth burping this manly, ferocious burp that comes through the big speakers."
-- Kelly Rowland (Destiny's Child), in People magazine.
-- Knight Ridder Newspapers