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February 19, 2004 Edition

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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.

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Theater bus plans trips

MADISON -- Theater Bus for people over 60 has scheduled trips to the following productions:

The Man Who Came to Dinner - This comedy will be performed at the Middleton Performing Arts Center on Saturday evening, March 6. The show, transportation, and dinner at Fitzgerald's Restaurant are included in the cost of $33. Call 608-257-0003 for reservations before the Feb. 26 deadline or until full.

Guys and Dolls - This musical will be staged at the Fireside in Fort Atkinson on Thursday, March 11, preceded by a luncheon. Transportation is also included in the $67 package. Call 608-257-0003 for reservations before the Feb. 25 deadline or until full.

Mommy's Matinee

MADISON -- Marcus Theatres Corporation has announced that Mommy's Matinee, a new program that invites parents with young children to watch current films with other parents and children, began Feb. 10 at the Point and Eastgate Cinemas.

Mommy's Matinee showings will be presented every Tuesday at both locations in Madison. One auditorium at each theatre will be designed for moms, dads, or caregivers with infants or very young children.

In keeping with the family atmosphere, R-rated films will not be shown as Mommy's Matinee features.

For more information, visit Marcus Theatres' Web site at www.marcustheatres.com or The Marcus Corporation Web site at www.marcuscorp.com.

Youth art exhibit

MADISON -- The Wisconsin Art Education Association presents Youth Art Month, a celebration of the excellence of young art students in southwestern Wisconsin.

Fifty art teachers from Dane County as well as surrounding counties displayed their students' two-dimensional artwork at the Hilldale Shopping Center, in Madison from Feb. 10 through 15.

The 50 pieces selected at the regional show will also be displayed at the State Capitol Youth Art Month Exhibit from Feb. 29 through March 20 in the State Capitol Rotunda.

St. Patrick's parade

MADISON -- The St. Patrick's Day parade will be held Sunday, March 14, in Madison.

Mike McKinney, NBC 15 News anchor/reporter, is the grand marshal of the parade and Dawn Dark Mountain is the 2004 parade design artist.

A Parade Mass at St. Patrick Church (404 E. Main St.) will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m.

Participants are welcome to march in the parade as a family, a neighborhood, a work unit, or a group of friends. Parade check-in begins at 12 noon. Line up starts at 12:45 p.m.

For more information, contact the committee at its parade hotline: 608-283-3196 or its Web site: www.stpatsmadison.com

Retreat, dinner show

SINSINAWA -- A retreat on women of the bible will be held March 19-20 at Sinsinawa Mound.

Registration deadline is March 5, and a fee is charged. Retreat leader is Sr. Clare Wagner, a spiritual director and retreat leader living in Madison. The retreat will conclude with the dramatic production of "Women of the Bible" by Baltimore actress Anita Gutschick at 7 p.m. on March 20.

The Saturday evening show, with dinner at 5:45 dinner followed by the show at 7 p.m., is included in the retreat, but is also open to the public. There is also a dinner theatre for the general public on Friday, March 19, with the dinner at noon followed by the 1 p.m. show. Ticket deadline for the general public is March 12 for both shows, with tickets available for the dinner theatre or the show only.

For more information on the retreat, dramatic performances, or other events, contact Janice DeMuth at 608-748-4411 ext. 811, jdemuth@sinsinawa.org, 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 Route 11, about five miles northeast of Dubuque.

Sunday Afternoon Live

MADISON -- Sunday Afternoon Live from the Elvehjem welcomes the Oakwood Chamber Players on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 12:30 p.m. in Brittingham Gallery III at the Elvehjem Museum of Art.

The Oakwood Chamber Players are comprised of Anne Aley, horn; Marilyn Chohaney, flute; Carol Davick, bass; Nancy Mackenzie, clarinet; Jennifer Morgan, oboe; and Leyla Sanyer, violin. They join with guest artists Allyson Fleck, viola; Vincent Fuh, piano; and Benjamin Whitcomb; cello to perform a diverse program for a diverse group of instruments on this week's concert.

There will be a reception after the performance; a free docent-led tour of the Elvehjem Museum begins at 2 p.m.

Sunday Afternoon Live from the Elvehjem is a free weekly chamber music series presented by the Elvehjem Museum of Art and Wisconsin Public Radio, with the cooperation of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music.

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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, Feb. 22, 7 a.m., WISC (CBS) -- Mass. Celebrated by Msgr. Thomas Campion, sponsored by Apostolate to the Handicapped.

Sunday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m., EWTN (cable) -- Mysteries of the Rosary: "The Finding." This program brings to life an individual part of the rosary. Produced by Family Theater ministry founded by the late Fr. Patrick Peyton, these productions were filmed in Spain with a cast of thousands. Repeats noon Feb. 24 and 2 a.m. Feb. 27.

Sunday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m., WHA (PBS) -- Nature: "Holy Cow." Central to the culture and economy of Wisconsin, the cow is celebrated in this program that looks at this successfully domesticated animal throughout history.

Sunday, Feb. 22, 8:30 p.m., WYOU (cable) -- Christopher Close-Up: "From Fallen to Forgiven." Actress and author Jennifer O'Neill recounts how a renewed sense of faith helped her through a turbulent life which included several failed marriages and nine miscarriages.

Monday, Feb. 23, 8 p.m., WHA (PBS) -- Benjamin Franklin: Let the Experiment Begin/The Making of a Revolutionary. Benjamin Franklin is born the 15th son of a modest candle maker in Boston. Taken out of school at the age of 10, apprenticed to his brother as a printer he eventually becomes the most prominent newspaper publisher, almanac-maker, and civic booster in the colonies, creating Philadelphia's first fire department and the colonies' first lending library.

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m., WHA (PBS) -- Nova: "Crash of Flight 111." On Sept. 2, 1998, Swissair Flight 111 plummeted into the sea off Nova Scotia while en route from New York to Geneva. All 229 people on board died. In May of 2003, Canada's Transportation Safety Board published its final conclusions from an investigation that took more than four years and cost $30 million. NOVA's cameras were there from the beginning, revealing the inside story of one of the most baffling and intricate aviation investigations ever mounted.

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 10 p.m., WHA (PBS) -- Independent Lens: "Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew." Jimmy Scott's voice conveys a young boy's innocence, a soft sensuality, and the lessons of 76 hard-lived years of failure and redemption. Through concert footage and intimate interviews, rediscovered jazz legend Scott recounts his stranger-than-fiction odyssey through poverty and obscurity to worldwide recognition as one of the most distinctive vocalists of the era.

Saturday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., WKOW (ABC) -- Forrest Gump (1994). Inspired by the faith his mother (Sally Field) has in him, a slow-witted Southerner (Tom Hanks) becomes a football All-American, Vietnam hero, and millionaire entrepreneur despite intermittent rejection by his troubled, lifelong friend and sweetheart (Robin Wright). The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification of the theatrical version was A-III - adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating was PG-13 - parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Radio Programs of Note

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7 a.m., WHFA (1240 AM) -- Reviewing The Passion. Morning AirTM host Jeff Cavins and special guests discuss the new movie The Passion of the Christ and the extraordinary national discussion surrounding the film.

Throughout February, WHFA (1240 AM) -- Back to the Basics. Listeners will hear discussions on Lent and how best to prepare themselves and their families for this sacred time in the church calendar. Guest clergy will also comment.

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