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WHAT'S HAPPENING:

*MOVIES: Opening March 31, "The Ice Age 2"; April 21, "Hoot" (based on Carl Hiaasen novel).

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*NEW ON VIDEO/DVD: Arrived Tuesday, "Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story" (Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning), "Everything Is Illuminated" (stars Elijah Wood); coming Tuesday, "King Kong" and "Memoirs of a Geisha"; April 4, "Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"; April 11, "Fun With Dick and Jane" (stars Jim Carrey); May 2, "The Family Stone"; May 9, "Rumor Has It"; May 16, "The Ringer"; May 23, "Cheaper by the Dozen 2."

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*CONCERTS:

March 29, Motion City Soundtrack, Town Ballroom

April 2, Teddy Geiger, Club Evolution.

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.

Aug. 1: Warped Tour at Six Flags Darien Lake. (Bands include The Academy Is, Armor For Sleep, Bouncing Souls, Hellogoodbye, Less Than Jake, Motion City Soundtrack, Paramore, Plain White Ts.)

THEATER: Reduced Shakespeare Company presents "All the Great Books (Abridged)," a 90-minute course on 90 classic books including "War and Peace" and "Green Eggs and Ham," at Studio Arena Theatre, Friday to April 9.

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WEB SITE OF THE WEEK: THINK MTV

MTV has more to offer than vapid reality TV shows and the occasional music video. Under its "think MTV" initiative, the network explores social issues that affect American youth. The project's Web site, www.mtv.com/thinkmtv/, aims to provide teens and college students the information they need to make a difference in their communities on the topics they care most about. The site features five topical sections: discrimination, sexual health, education, environment and global issues. Each section offers news stories plus informative resources and practical ways to get involved. Think MTV also features profiles of high school and college students who have successfully made change at home. The site has partnered with VolunteerMatch (www.volunteermatch.org) to assist in finding volunteer opportunities in their area.

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GREAT GIFT

We don't know about you, but it's really hard for us to walk away from a freebie. And BeneFit Cosmetics has offered up another free gift to loyal readers when you purchase anything from their Web site.

New for spring are compact palettes, each including a powder eye shadow, lip gloss, cream blush and a mirror. The very portable palette ($22) comes in three options: pink petals (cools), dreamy peaches (warms) and sugar nudes (neutrals). You'll also want to check out Dallas ($26), a sheer color that will give you a rosy, sun-kissed glow. Included in the box is a natural bristle brush. Head to www.benefitcosmetics.com and buy anything to receive a free BADgal pencil, an $18 value. Enter promo code: KRTBADGAL at checkout. The offer is only good until April 9.

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A GREAT READ

"Fly on the Wall: How One Girl Saw Everything (Delacorte Press, $15.95, 192 pages) is another entertaining read from E. Lockhart featuring vivid characters plus the sharp insights and wry humor we loved in "The Boyfriend List." Gretchen Yee loves drawing comics, but her art talent is considered mundane at the elite Manhattan High School of the Performing Arts. In every way she considers herself ordinary. Titus won't talk to her, her best friend isn't really sharing with her either. Gretchen's world comes crashing down when she finds out her parents are getting a divorce, but an out-of-body experience as a fly on the wall gives her a whole new perspective about the males of the species and a different outlook about her own life, too.

-- Jean Westmoore

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"At a young age, I felt like I was living the life. It was a good feeling to go back home and hang out with my friends from high school and have a No. 1 song. Everyone was like, 'Wow, you made it!' And now, just a little bit later, I'm checking my 'bank' balance and it's negative $27."

-- Ashley Parker Angel (O-Town), in Entertainment Weekly.

-- Knight Ridder Newspapers

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