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Night & Day

January 7, 2010

30 entertainment ideas for the new year


20. Allentown Art Festival — An annual rite of summer in Western New York. (June 12-13)

21. “Toy Story 3” — It’s been a long time since we last saw Woody, Buzz and the rest of the crew, but no one’s complaining. The toys end up in a day-care center and must escape to find a new home. (June 18)

22. Taste of Buffalo — You know what to expect, but that doesn’t mean you won’t go. Yum. (July 10-11)

23. Lewiston Art Festival — Sure, you’ll visit Allentown, but Niagara County has its own hip art festival. Of course, most people know this by now. (It’s been growing for years.) (Aug. 14-15)

24. “The Expendables” — A throwback to the classic 80s blow-em-up action films, with as many muscle-bound superstars as could fit in one movie: Sylvester Stallone (who co-wrote and directed), Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke, Danny Trejo ... even appearances from Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. It’s the movie action fans have been waiting for, even if they didn’t know it. Why didn’t anyone else try this before? (Aug. 20)

25. Outdoor concerts — It’ll likely be months before we get word of just who will be visiting the area this year, but chances are, there will be something for everyone. (Summer)

26. Artpark schedule — Sure, the outdoor concert slate includes Artpark, but the Lewiston gem could bring a surprise or two along with its music and art events. (Summer)

27. “Inception” — The tagline intrigues: “Your mind is the scene of the crime.” The trailers look great. And Christopher Nolan hasn’t made a bad movie yet, so this Leonardo DiCaprio movie is firmly on this year’s must-see list. (Summer)

28. “Harry Potter And the Deathly Hallows, Part One” — The beginning of the end. The “Harry Potter” saga’s final installment will be told in two parts. The films have been up-and-down in terms of quality, but it would be nice to see the movie series end on a high note. (November)

29. “Tron 2: Legacy” — Your eyes do not deceive you. “Tron” is coming back. Jeff Bridges reprises his role as Kevin Flynn in the sequel, in which his son finds himself pulled into Flynn’s world. (Dec. 17)

30. “The Green Hornet” — Seth Rogen as a superhero? Indeed. The Michel Gondry-directed film also starts Jay Chou as Kato, Christoph Waltz and Cameron Diaz. (Dec. 22)

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