USCCB Movie Reviews
The above link will connect you to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop's movie and video reviews. They contain a brief overview of many movies with the USCCB's classification and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rating. They may have a comment on any inappropriate language or violence in the film.
You may also want to check out the Catholic News Service capsule movie reviews.
Brown bag lunch lecture offered
MADISON -- "Timber Rafting: From the Pineries to the Markets" is the focus of a brown bag lunch lecture on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 12:15 p.m. at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, 30 N. Carroll St.
Wisconsin's Great Lakes and rivers played a vital role in the state's development and the nation's westward expansion during the 19th century.
The cultural and economic impact of the Great Lakes and the state's rivers together with the evolution of the ships and their cargoes was a major marker in Wisconsin's timber industry.
This lecture will explore these events and the lives of many people who made these events happen. Hank Whipple is a frequent lecturer on Wisconsin and Great Lakes maritime history.
He is also a member of the Board of Curators of the Wisconsin Historical Society, chairman of its Outreach and Education Committee, and is active in the society's Underwater Archaeology Program.
Admission to the museum is by donation: $4 for adults, $3 for children, $10 for families, and half price for Wisconsin Historical Society Members.
For more information, call 608-264-6555 or go to www.wisconsinhistory.org/museum.
Auditions to be held for choral singers
MADISON -- The Madison Choral Society, a new choir dedicated to performing large-scale choral masterworks with orchestra, announces auditions for choral singers interested in performing Beethoven's Mass in C, and Vivaldi's Gloria on Nov. 15.
Directed by Joseph Brachmann, the choir has rehearsals scheduled for Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. starting Sept. 2.
Auditions will be held by appointment and may be scheduled by calling Margaret Hadley at 608-576-7791. Singers should possess good reading and tonal memory skills and will be required to sing a prepared song.
Story-tellers program for children offered
MIDDLETON -- "Ready, Get Set, Go" is the back-to-school theme of the Hatrack Storytellers' program at the Middleton Public Library on Tuesday, Aug. 5
This reader's theatre group will share books with children ages five through nine.
This entertainment activity is presented for children only. Adults are allowed only during pre-school programs. Hats are being made by artist Catherine Boldt.
Schools, churches, or libraries interested in booking this reading incentive program may contact Sally Semmes at 608-662-9363.
Organ recitals during August
SINSINAWA -- The sound of music will be heard throughout August at Sinsinawa Mound, as it concludes its free Wednesday evening (7 p.m.) organ recitals in Queen of the Rosary Chapel.
The August lineup for the Summer Organ Musicale will be as follows: Aug. 6: William Tinker of Granville, Ill; Aug. 13: Karen Black of Waverly, Iowa; Aug. 20: Aaron Miller of Bowling Green, Ohio; Aug. 27: Kirstin Synnestvedt of Glenview, Ill.
For information on any Mound event, call Sheila Heim at 608-748-4411, ext. 869, or visit the Web site at www.sinsinawa.org/moundcenter. Sinsinawa Mound, the motherhouse for the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, is located in southwest Wisconsin on Cty. Rd. Z, off Hwy. 11.
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, Aug. 3, 7 a.m., WISC (CBS) -- Mass. Celebrated by Msgr. Thomas Campion, sponsored by Apostolate to the Handicapped.
Sunday, Aug. 3, 6 p.m., WHA (PBS) -- In Wisconsin. A Baraboo man is recycling Wisconsin's old-growth forests one barn at a time. Rick Bott transforms 150-year-old barn timbers and weathered siding into beautiful post-and-beam homes, furniture, flooring, and trim. This program also features Teen Court, which operates in about half of Wisconsin's counties. Instead of routing first-time juvenile offenders through the traditional juvenile court system, a jury of fellow teenagers hears their cases. Also on this program are Joe Bee Xiong, one of the first Hmong elected to public office in the U.S., and farrier Lia Sader of Milwaukee, a former bookstore manager who became one of only three full-time women horseshoers in Wisconsin.
Sunday, Aug. 3, 6 p.m., EWTN (cable) -- What is the Church? Regular panelist Dr. Regis Martin takes the guest chair for the Franciscan University Presents show, "What Is the Church?" based on his book by the same title. With host Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR, and Theology Professors Dr. Scott Hahn and Dr. Alan Schreck, Dr. Martin will discuss the Church as mother, the Church's mission, the role of the laity, and other questions from his perspective as a cradle Catholic. Repeats noon Aug. 5 and 2 a.m. Aug. 8.
Sunday, Aug. 3, 7 p.m., A&E (cable) -- "Paul Newman." From the Biography series, a profile of the esteemed Academy Award-winning actor and philanthropist who stayed far from the glitzy Hollywood lifestyle of shallow materialism.
Sunday, Aug. 3, 8:30 p.m., WYOU (cable) -- Christopher Close-up: "So Others Might Live." Author and journalist Terry Golway shares stories about the history and heroism of the New York City Fire Department from the original eighteenth-century volunteer force to modern times.
Monday, Aug. 4, 3:30 a.m., EWTN (cable) -- Speaking of Marriage. Fr. Ruben Tanseco, director of the Center for Family Ministries, has worked with couples for many years and shares his insights on marriage as a permanent commitment and sacrament of the church. Insightful and witty, this program is valuable for couples preparing for marriage, as well as for those living out their commitment to each other. Repeats 5 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 4, 7 p.m., Pax (cable) -- High Road to China (1983). Spoiled rich girl Bess Armstrong, 1920s vintage, hires hard-drinking, disillusioned World War I ace Tom Selleck to fly her from Turkey to China to find her father (Wilford Brimley), who has disappeared in the midst of a civil war. Jack Weston is good as Selleck's mechanic-sidekick and Brian Blessed scores as a vividly nasty warlord. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification of the theatrical version was A-II - adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG - parental guidance suggested.
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 8 a.m., EWTN (cable) -- Opening Mass of the 121st Annual Knights of Columbus Supreme Council Meeting. Knights of Columbus Supreme Council Meeting opening Mass, live from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Repeats 11 p.m.
Radio Programs of Note
Friday, Aug. 1, 2 p.m., WHFA (1240 AM) -- Live coverage of the Installation Mass for Bishop Robert C. Morlino at St. Raphael Cathedral, Madison.