MOVIES: Opening Friday, “42” (PG-13); coming April 19, “Oblivion” (PG-13), “Home Run” (PG-13).
CONCERTS: Brian Culbertson, 8 p.m. today, Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.
Tour Odyssey featuring the Dirty Heads, Shiny Toy Guns, Midi Matilda and Oh No Fiasco, 7 p.m. Friday, Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls.
Donna the Buffalo, 8 p.m. Friday, Tralf, 622 Main St.
Mindless Self Indulgence with Death Spells, 7 p.m. Saturday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.
10th annual Spectacle of Sound, 6 p.m. Saturday, Tralf, 622 Main St.
Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band with Sea Wolf, 8 p.m. Saturday, Asbury at Babe-ville, 341 Delaware Ave.
An evening with Sully Erna, 8 p.m. Saturday, Seneca Niagara Casino Bear’s Den, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls.
Dawn Upshaw with Gilbert Kalish, 8 p.m. Saturday, Fredonia State College Rosch Recital Hall, 280 Central Ave., Fredonia.
Great Big Sea, 7 p.m. Sunday, University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, North Campus, Amherst.
Andrew W.K., 7 p.m. Monday, Waiting Room. 334 Delaware Ave.
An evening with Roger McGuinn, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Hamburg Palace Theatre, 31 Buffalo St., Hamburg.
STS9, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.
Conspirator with Break Science, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.
Opeth with Katatonia, 7 p.m. next Thursday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band with Joe Walsh, 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, First Niagara Center.
POETRY & LITERATURE: Reading by Jennifer Campbell, 7 p.m. today, Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Community marathon reading of Emily Dickinson, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday (with musical performance from 1 to 1:30 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave.
“Me, Him, Them, and It” by Caela Carter; Bloomsbury, 320 pages, $16.99 (Ages 13 and up)
A new author offers an unforgettable narrator in Evelyn, a smart, funny teen whose plan to upset her uncommunicative, estranged parents by becoming a “bad girl” backfires when she ends up pregnant. After not-really-boyfriend Todd turns his back on her, Evelyn doesn’t quite know what to do. The book is a real page-turner, as Evelyn decides to hide her condition from nearly everyone, including her best friend, by leaving town to stay in Chicago with her aunt, a social worker at a high school with a support group for pregnant students. Carter does not gloss over the difficult choices Evelyn faces, about whether to have the baby, keep the baby or find a family to adopt the baby, or the fact that such choices are something she will have to live with forever. The book also highlights the importance of truly keeping lines of communication open, between parents, between parent and child, and the emotional havoc that results when those lines close down.
– Jean Westmoore
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Even though she can be really, really annoying – I truly enjoyed working with her and so did the artists.”
– Simon Cowell, on fellow “X Factor” judge Demi Lovato, who will return for Season 3 of the Fox reality competition, in a statement