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June 26, 2003 Edition

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Theater Bus trips

MADISON -- Theater Bus for people over 60 has two trips planned. The Fireside Theater in Fort Atkinson presents Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, a high-stepping musical, on Wednesday, July 30. Luncheon is included for the cost of $65. For reservations call 608-257-0003 before the July 7 deadline or until full.

The Middleton Players will present Jesus Christ Superstar, with a large cast and 25 musicians in the new Middleton Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Aug. 9. Dinner at Fitzgerald's Restaurant and transportation are also included in the cost of $39. For reservations call 608-257-0003 before the July 14 deadline or until full.

Organ recitals

SINSINAWA -- Sinsinawa Mound will continue its free Wednesday evening 7 p.m. organ recitals in Queen of the Rosary Chapel.

The July lineup for the Summer Organ Musicale will be as follows: July 2: Linda Morgan Stowe of St. Paul, N.H.; July 9: Sr. Patricia Gallagher of Sinsinawa; July 16: Mark Bauman of Iowa City, Iowa; July 23: Michael Elsbernd of Duluth, Minn.; July 30: James Machan of Waukesha.

For information on Mound events, call 608-748-4411 or visit the Web site at www.sinsinawa.org/moundcenter. Sinsinawa Mound, the motherhouse for the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, is located in southwestern Wisconsin on Cty. Rd. Z, off Hwy. 11.

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Programs celebrate America's independence

MADISON -- As Independence Day approaches, Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) is kicking off the month of July in patriotic fashion with special programming that will interest the whole family.

The Fourth of July programming begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, when WPT airs "Fireworks!" on Nova, which takes an in-depth look at fireworks and explores the science and spectacular art of those who play with fire for visual delight.

Later that evening, WPT airs Cincinnati Pops Patriotic Broadway at 9. Broadway stars Tom Wopat, a Wisconsin native, along with John Schneider and Denyce Graves join the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra in a celebration of American musical theater's great patriotic songs.

Ken Burn's American Stories airs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 2. The program takes a closer look at one of the nation's most famous monuments, the Statue of Liberty.

Washington, D.C.: Our Nation's Capitol airs at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, July 3. The program gives perspectives from air and ground capturing the sense of grandeur, history, and vitality that give Washington, D.C. its character.

At 2 p.m. July 4, the whole family can learn about the history of our nation's independence in the animated program Liberty's Kids.

Wrapping up WPT's patriotic programming, A Capitol Fourth airs on Independence Day at 7 p.m. Friday, July 4, with an encore presentation at 9:30 p.m. Dolly Parton, The Chieftains, Smokey Robinson, Kristin Chenowith, and the National Symphony perform from the west lawn of the United States Capitol.

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TV Programs of Note

Following are some theatrical movies and television programs of note. This information is being provided to assist people in making viewing choices.

Monday-Friday, 2:30 p.m., Inspiration Channel (cable) -- Catholic Mass.

Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 6 p.m., 11 p.m., EWTN (cable) -- Daily Mass. No 6 p.m. showing on Sunday.

Sunday, June 29, 7 a.m., WISC (CBS) -- Mass. Celebrated by Msgr. Thomas Campion, sponsored by Apostolate to the Handicapped.

Sunday, June 29, 5:30 p.m., WHA (PBS) -- The Wisconsin Gardener. This program takes viewers to admire alliums at Rotary Gardens in Janesville, looks at root rot with a University of Wisconsin-Extension expert and with a tree specialist in Blue Mounds, and discusses the Japanese beetle, a relatively new invader in Wisconsin yards and gardens.

Sunday, June 29, 6 p.m., EWTN (cable) -- A Prayer and A Promise: The Building of the Holy House of Nazareth in the United States. From groundbreaking in Morrilton, Arkansas to the grand opening ceremony, to the first Holy Mass this video takes the viewer through all the stages of construction of a replica of the Holy House of Loreto, the house Our Lady lived in while at Nazareth. Repeats noon July 1 and 2 a.m. July 4.

Sunday, June 29, 8 p.m., WHA (PBS) -- Maggie. How Margaret Thatcher made a remarkable life in British politics is the subject of this intriguing documentary. Director Nick London lays out her personal and political journey with ample archive footage and remarks from both disciples and detractors. It makes for a most interesting profile that may not offer deep insights but certainly does give a clear idea of the forces that formed her and of her own quite forceful personality.

Sunday, June 29, 8:30 p.m., WYOU (cable) -- Christopher Close-up: "Violence in the Holy Land." Israeli Ambassador Alon Pinkas discusses the roots of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and efforts at peacemaking in the Middle East.

Thursday, July 3, 7 p.m., Travel (Cable) -- Top Ten Patriotic Places. A journey to American historical sites such as the Statue of Liberty, Pearl Harbor, Mount Rushmore, and Gettysburg, among other locations.

Friday, July 4, 7 p.m., TCM (cable) -- Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). Born on the Fourth of July, George M. Cohan melded patriotism with Irish charm in his rise from song-and-dance vaudevillian to leading Broadway songwriter and producer in a career celebrated by this flag-waving musical.

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