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April 22, 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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Sunday Afternoon Live

MADISON -- Sunday Afternoon Live from the Elvehjem welcomes the Wingra Woodwind Quintet, on Sunday, April 25, at 12:30 p.m. in Brittingham Gallery III at the Elvehjem Museum of Art.

Flutist Stephanie Jutt, oboist Mark Fink, clarinetist Linda Bartley, hornist Linda Kimball, and bassoonist Cynthia Cameron-Fix will perform with pianist Christopher Taylor. The program includes Divertìssement, op. 6, by Albert Roussel; Sextet for Piano and Woodwind Quintet, by Gordon Jacob; Schweizer Quintet, by Theodor Blumer; and more.

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.

The series, hosted by music commentator Lori Skelton, is broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Radio stations, including WERN, 88.7, Madison.

Concert at Edgewood

MADISON -- The Edgewood College Music Department presents the Edgewood College Wind Ensemble, Campus-Community Band, and Jazz Ensemble in concert. Under the direction of Walter Rich, Julie Dunbar, and Daniel Wallach, these ensembles will perform Sunday, April 25, at 2:30 p.m. in the St. Joseph Chapel at Edgewood College.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 608-663-2845.

Theater Bus

MADISON -- Theater Bus for people over 60 will hold its annual benefit luncheon to support the programs of Theater Bus at Blackhawk Country Club on Sunday, May 23.

A musical program of Broadway songs will be presented by Scott Foss and his daughter, Erika. Transportation, noon meal, and entertainment are included for $42.50.

Call 608-257-0003 for reservations before the May 4 deadline or until full.

Theater bus will also be traveling to the Fireside in Ft. Atkinson to see its production of Annie, the favorite orphan, on Thursday, May 27, preceded by lunch. The all-inclusive price is $67. Call 608-257-0003 for reservations before the May 5 deadline.

Nature walks

EAGLE -- The Friends of Old World Wisconsin are hosting their annual spring nature walks.

The Early Morning Bird Walk is set for Saturday, May 1, at 6 a.m. and the Wildflower Walk is scheduled for Saturday, June 5, at 7:15 a.m.

The two-hour bird walk will be geared for both the beginning birder and the serious enthusiast.

The Wildflower Walk hikers will learn to identify native plants and wildflowers.

After each hike, a continental breakfast will be served at the Clausing Barn Restaurant.

Tickets for each event are $10 per person or $5 for Friends of Old World Wisconsin members. Reservations are required. Call 262-594-2922.

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

Thursday, April 22, 9 p.m., WHA (PBS) -- Frontline: "Son of Al Qaeda." Growing up in the 1990s, Abdurahman Khadr's playmates were the children of his father's longtime friend, Osama bin Laden. How Khadr was raised to be an Al Qaeda terrorist and how he ultimately found himself working for the U.S. is the focus of this program. Through interviews with Khadr as well as his mother and siblings, the documentary recounts his incredible journey from terrorist upbringing to CIA informant, offering a revealing glimpse inside the mindset of an Al Qaeda family.

Sunday, April 25, 7 a.m., WISC (CBS) -- Mass. Celebrated by Msgr. Thomas Campion, sponsored by Apostolate to the Handicapped.

Sunday, April 25, 2 p.m., WHA (PBS) -- The Wisconsin Gardener: "Organic Gardening." Shelley explores organic methods for controlling pests, looks at safe gardening procedures, and how to grow apples organically.

Sunday, April 25, 5 p.m., WHA (PBS) -- Hometime: "Urban Backyard: Planting." Dean Johnson and Robin Hartl finish soil prep and planting as they wrap up the landscaping of a small backyard.

Sunday, April 25, 7 p.m., A&E (cable) -- Debutantes. Special following three young women from different parts of the country who participate in the tradition-steeped process of coming out in society as so-called "socially significant teens."

Sunday, April 25, 8 p.m., Hallmark (cable) -- Plainsong. Drama about a Colorado schoolteacher (Aidan Quinn) whose wife has left him to care for their two young sons and who strikes up an unlikely friendship with the town's quirky spinster.

Sunday, April 25, 8:30 p.m., WYOU (cable) -- Christopher Close-Up: "What Jesus Meant." Erik Kolbell, former Minister of Social Justice at New York's Riverside Church and the inspiration for the character of Eric Camden on TV's Seventh Heaven, offers insights on applying the Beatitudes in the modern world.

Tuesday, April 27, 10 p.m., WHA (PBS) -- The Weather Underground. The genesis and gradual demise of a notorious radical student group is recalled by its members and an FBI agent who pursued them in this program. In reaction to the civil rights struggle and the war in Vietnam, the activist group Students for a Democratic Society was formed and initially supported nonviolent means of protest. But at the 1969 Chicago SDS convention, a faction believing such tame tactics produced no results wrenched control and espoused the revolutionary overthrow of the government. The Weather Underground was born. Filmmaker Sam Green has fashioned a largely fascinating documentary that melds archival footage and FBI documents with contemporary interviews to present a picture of a truly turbulent era in American political history.

Wednesday, April 28, 8 p.m., WHA (PBS) -- Henry Luce & Time-Life's Vision of Empire. Documentary follows the professional and personal life of Time co-founder Luce and how his vision of America helped shape part of the 20th century.

Thursday, April 29, 7 p.m., WHA (PBS) -- Dr. Wayne Dyer: The Power of Intention. America's best-selling author and speaker on transformational wisdom, Dyer returns with a new special based on his new book, The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way. He transforms conventional thinking about how things happen in our lives into an exploration of the power of intention and an understanding of how each person possesses the power to co-create the life he or she desires.

Saturday, May 1, 7 p.m., WKOW (ABC) -- Remember the Titans (2000). Uplifting drama set in 1971 about the desegregation of two powerhouse high school football teams that learn to overcome racism and go on to victory under the leadership of their African-American coach (Denzel Washington). Aside from occasionally faltering with emotional manipulation, director Boaz Yakin's heartwarming, fact-based saga shows the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, fear, and societal prejudices. Racism theme and fleeting crass language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification of the theatrical version was A-II - adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating was PG - parental guidance suggested.

Radio Program of Note

Sunday, April 25, 9 a.m., WPVL (1590 AM) -- Lessons from Nature's Cathedral. Part II of CONTACT's Earth Day special offers advice for busy people on how to achieve peace and contentment through nature. School Sister of Notre Dame Sr. Carolyn Sur offers practical tips and daily meditations for applying lessons from ecology to today's world.

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