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July 15, 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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Media/Arts Briefs

Brown bag series

MADISON -- "History Sandwiched In," a brown bag lunch series, will be held Tuesday, July 20, at 12:15 p.m. at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, 30 N. Carroll St.

"From Icons to Teacups: An Overview of the Elvehjem Museum of Art Collection" will be presented by Maria Saffiotti Dale, curator of paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts of the Elvehjem Museum of Art's permanent collection.

With a collection spanning from antiquity to the present, the Elvehjem is the museum for the University of Wisconsin-Madison and serves as a cultural resource for the entire state, as well as for the region and the nation.

There is a suggested donation of $2 per person. For more information, call 608-264-6555.

Blue Man Group trip

JEFFERSON -- The Council for the Performing Arts is inviting the community to experience the Blue Man Group in Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 9.

A coach bus will leave for Chicago at 7 a.m. and return to Jefferson around 6:30 p.m.

Three men painted blue bring the dimensions of the imagination alive. Their silence throughout the show coupled with their dynamic expressions produce a different kind of dialogue that is truly captivating.

Founded in 1988 by three struggling Manhattan artists, the Blue Man Group has become a creative organization that is dedicated to creating exciting and innovative work in a wide variety of media. They provide their audiences with a multi-sensory experience combining theatre, percussive music, art, science, and vaudeville.

The cost of the trip is $120, which includes a ticket to the Blue Man Group and bus transportation. The payment is due Friday, July 16. The bus will arrive on Michigan Ave. with enough time to see the sites before the show.

If you are interested in attending this show, call the council at 920-674-2179 or stop in the office at 100 N. Main St., Suite A, in Jefferson.

Rockwell exhibit

MADISON -- MassMutual and the Gialamas Company will present an exhibit of drawings by Norman Rockwell in the lobby of 8020 Excelsior Dr. in Madison from Monday, July 19, through Friday, July 23, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The exhibit is open to the public.

The featured drawings are from the 81 advertisements that Rockwell sketched for the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company in the 1950s and 1960s.

Rockwell considered himself a storyteller. His compositions for national magazine covers including Boy's Life, The Saturday Evening Post, and Look and the advertisements for MassMutual had to make an impact and be understood by the general public at first glance.

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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.

Saturday, July 17, 7 p.m., WKOW (ABC) -- The Miracle Worker. Young Annie Sullivan's struggle to unlock the mind of little Helen Keller is dramatized in this new version of the Tony Award-winning play. Adults who remember the 1962 film with Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke may not find this version nearly as memorable.

Sunday, July 18, 7 a.m., WISC (CBS) -- Mass. Celebrated by Msgr. Thomas Campion, sponsored by Apostolate to the Handicapped.

Sunday, July 18, 8 p.m., WHA (PBS) -- "Foyle's War II." From the Mystery series, Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) returns to fight his own battle against murder and mystery in England during World War II as an American millionaire, a German spy, an old flame, and a body on a deserted beach present him with his greatest challenge yet.

Sunday, July 18, 8:30 p.m., WYOU (cable) -- Christopher Close-Up: "A Christopher Primer." Msgr. Jim Lisante explores the relevance of the Christopher message in today's world and how people can apply Christopher principles in their daily lives.

Tuesday, July 20, 9 p.m., WHA (PBS) -- "Last Man Standing: Politics Texas Style." From the P.O.V. series, politics in Texas have become the blueprint for Washington, as Paul Stekler's film sets out to prove in its dissection of a pair of 2002 elections: one for state representative, and another, a polarizing race for governor.

Tuesday, July 20, 10:30 p.m., WHA (PBS) -- In Wisconsin. Patty Loew visits with Leotha Stanley, a former UW track athlete who has dedicated his life to celebrating black culture through music. Art Hackett follows along with members of the Sturgeon Patrol to find out why they dedicate their time to protecting sturgeon from overenthusiastic crowds and poachers during spawning season. A story from Iowa Public Television introduces Linda Farr and her golden retriever, Keeper, national champions in the sport of Canine Musical Freestyle.

Thursday, July 22, 7 p.m., WHA (PBS) -- In Wisconsin. This program looks into how the DNR monitors the health of Wisconsin's 120-head elk herd and explores other aspects of the future of elk in the state. Dave Redell of Dodge County is a bat ecologist whose research has already yielded some fascinating information about this petite predator that inhabits Wisconsin's nighttime skies. The Backroad Express Riders are bikers, mainly senior citizens who ride Honda Mopeds on the rural roads around Richland Center.

Thursday, July 22, 7:30 p.m., WHA (PBS) -- Wisconsin Gardener: "From Distant Shores." Shelley Ryan, producer/host, charts the gardening contributions from varied cultures.

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