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IOWAM Page 2E Sunday, March 7, 2004 Des Moines Sunday Register ST 1 MUSIC: Blues Traveler, 8 p.m. Friday at the Val Air Ballroom, 301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines. John Popper, the lead singer of Blues Traveler, may have slimmed down, but he still knows how to blow his fat harmonica riffs. Blues Traveler hit it big in the '90s with the hits "Run Around" and "Hook," and appeared with a bevy of blues stars in the film "Blues Brothers 2000." The band tours relentlessly and puts on an incredible live show. $25. (515) 226152. 2 DANCE: 'Project Unity,' 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. next Sunday at Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 woodland Ave. The Ballet Theatre of Des Moines will unveil its spring production this week, celebrating diversity in dance and music. The Isisirettes, Fusion, Gateway Dancers and an East-Asian classical group will perform with professional dancers Serkan Usta and Tara Hench. Taz of the Taz band will provide live musical accompaniment. $10-$30. (515) 244-0507. 3 THEATER: 'Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,' 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. next Sunday in Studio 55, Harmon Fine Arts Center, Drake University, 25th Street and University Avenue. Five bridesmaids all have a reason to avoid a a friend's wedding reception, and find themselves hiding together in an upstairs bedroom. One by one they discover that they have more in common than the dress they all wear. Alan Man's love for animals inspires shocking ads PETA, from Page 1E Several companies, including McDonald's, Burger King and KFC, have taken steps to change the treatment of livestock after being targeted by Friedrich and PETA. McDonald's, the first to institute the changes, denies it was influenced by PETA. But KFC, after it was targeted by PETA, reached out to the group: Its then-chief executive met with PETA officials at the group's Norfolk, Va., headquarters for several hours last year. PETA is the best known of a loose network of groups "working ' to change conditions in livestock farms and slaughterhouses. PETA and a related foundation also have funneled millions of dollars to animal-rights groups worldwide. PETA alone distributed $3.4 million in 2001, records show. PETA's ultimate goal, as Newkirk and Friedrich make clear, is to turn everyone into vegans people who don't eat any animal products, including eggs and cheese. "This guy will not be satisfied if you're treating chickens a little bit differently before they are slaughtered. He doesn't want people eating chickens. That's his eventual goal," said Rick Berman, executive director of the Center for Consumer Freedom, a research and advocacy group financed by food and restaurant companies. Berman's group recently began targeting PETA with a series of advertisements on cable TV, one of which featured Friedrich. Berman said PETA's campaigns rely on "bumper sticker accusations" that most people don't have the knowledge to evaluate. Friedrich is an intense, bespectacled college professor's son who could easily pass for a congressional aide in Washington except for the bike he rides around the city Our Branson packages are Central Iowa's best getaway! Branson's Hidden Treasures April 22-25, 2004 Dutton Family gospel, Wuegrass, pop, country, classical show (includes dinner) Dalena Ditto traditional country show with hip sophistication Hughes Brothers harmony, humor and dance variety show (includes dinner) Smoke on the Mountain - Hilarious antes and gospel music combine in this show Jim Stafford Show - one of Branson's best, long-running comedy shows also includes open air tram ride at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park -t Travel Ball, the Academy Award-winning writer of "American Beauty," wrote this play, which sparkles with wit. $5, students and seniors $3. (515)271-3841. 4 MUSIC: Leon Russell, 9 p.m. Friday at Hairy Mary's, 2307 University Ave. Leon Russell is the kind of rock star who has been far more influential than popular. George Benson's cover of Rus-sell's "This y Masquerade" i ' Wjr became a No. 1 l , - iui uu me jaz., pop and R&B No. 5: See Marilyn Monroe in the "The Seven Year Itch." Bruce Friedrich Director of vegan campaigns, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Born: Aug. 7, 1969, West Lafayette, Ind. Education: High school, Norman, Okla.; Grinnell College, 1996 graduate, Phi Beta Kappa in English and economics Family: Father Gustav Friedrich is dean of the School of Communication, Information and Library " Science at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Mother Erena Rae is a graphic artist Career: Left Grinnell before graduating to run a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C. Joined PETA in 1996. Founded in 1980, PETA claims a membership of 800,000 (people who have given at least $16 in the last two years.) Latest target: Kentucky Fried Chicken. Friedrich wants KFC to force its suppliers to change slaughtering practices. Ads targeted at African-American newspaper readers feature comedian Richard Pryor. Friedrich says PETA has organized more than 2,000 demonstrations against KFC, using activists in every state. bearing the bumper sticker "Pro-Life? Go Vegan." He started learning about animal rights when he joined a group at Grinnell called Students to Help the Homeless. Leaders of the group were all vegans. A Catholic, Friedrich also was inspired by a book he picked up by Mother's Day in Branson May 6-9, 2004 Broadway! Favorite tunes from Broadway shows (includes dinner) 50s at the Hop - Classic rock with poodle skirts, bobby socks and saddle shoes Shoji Tabuchi Show Branson's most famous show with something for everyone Brett Family Singers - Gospel, country, barbershop and patriotic music show 1 Andy WilliamsAnn Margret 2 all-time greats, one super show! (includes dinner) ALL packages include: - " J H Roundtnp luxury motorcoach transportation with professional, uniformed dnver Three nights hotel with entered continental breakfast each morning Tickets to the most popular shows (see specifics for each package above) Two dinners at great dmer afes and restaurants as listed above Luggage handling can toll-free IOWA TOP Cool things' to do this week Compiled by Josef Lawfer. ' (515) 284-8166, charts simultaneously, and his songs have become big hits thanks to artists like the Carpenters, Joe Crocker and B.B. King. Brother Trucker opens the show. $17. (515) 255-2456 5 MOVIE: 'The Seven Year Itch,' 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the . Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave. The Art Center kicks off its "Scenes from the 50s" film series with a showing of Billy ' Wilder's classic comedy "The Seven Year itch. lorn twell plays a reader for a publishing com pany who begins to fall for his beautiful neighbor, played by Marilyn Monroe, while his wife is away. The film's most famous moment comes when Monroe's character stands over an air vent. Free. (515) 2774405. theologian Andrew Linzey, "Christianity and the Rights of Animals." If Friedrich's tactics upset people, well, that is what it takes to get attention, he says. "I think these campaigns turn people vegan in addition to reducing these horrific practices," he said. One his most controversial campaigns was the "Got Beer?" effort targeting college students. For religious-oriented ad campaigns, Friedrich researches the number of Baptists, Catholics and people of other denominations there are in a particular area. Some animal-welfare advocates say PETA's tactics border on blackmail companies such as KFC face PETA-organized boycotts unless they force their suppliers to make changes in animal-handling practices and make it harder to get farm groups to negotiate changes in agricultural practices. "It's one thing to bring up the issue and make people aware of the issue," said Janice Swanson, an animal scientist at Kansas State University. "It's a whole another idea that I'm going to hurt you and hurt you bad if you don't do what I tell you." Berman believes the food industry is wasting its time changing farming practices to satisfy the complaints of groups such as PETA. "What businesses are coming to realize, some sooner than others, is that they will constantly be having the goal posts moved, that groups like PETA will not be satisfied until meat production is no longer part of the American diet," he said. Given the soaring popularity of the Atkins diet and other low-carb weight-loss programs that promote meat-eating, it doesn't look like PETA is having much success Father's Day in Branson June 17-20, 2004 Moe Bandy's great variety show (includes dinner) Braschler Music Show country, blue grass, gospel and comedy in one great show Country Tonite Show - exciting, nonstop country music revue Roy Rogers Jr. music and memones of his famous parents Dale Evans & Roy Rogers Presley's Mountain Music Show - from Branson's first family of music also includes admission to new Roy Rogers - Dale Evans Museum 877-694-8687 for information, reservations, c a free travel catalog, or stop by one of our ofices if Fct Dodge, Huxley or Wa!ex 6 COMEDY: Steve Hofstetter, 7 p.m. Monday in the Charles S. Johnson Wellness Center, Grand View College, 1331 Grandview Ave. Steve Hofstetter is one of the rising stars on the comedy scene, thanks to his work appearing in magazines like Maxim and ESPN Magazine. Only 24 years old, Hofstetter has already written a book, "Student Body Shots," and is on his second national tour. Josh Jacobs opens the show. $8. (515) 263-2806. 7 MUSIC: Doc Severinsen & His Big Band, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Civic Center ot Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St. Doc Severinsen spent 30 years leading "The Tonight Show" band on Johnny Carson's show, but he also had a prominent solo career as a trumpeter. In his spare time Severinsen wrote songs and movie scores, including the hit theme to "Last Tango in Paris." His current band is composed of some of his "Tonight Show" regulars, including Ed Shaughnessy and Snooky Young. $30-$40. (515) 243-1888. I ja ..w i vi forfait rueity PETA partners: Bruce Friedrich, 3 1 1 U.,Wt1 f i rcCrtiprrv.i.ui'1 formation to people outside a KFC restaurant in Washington, D.C last month. Helping Friedrich is Steven Cucolo, left. achieving its ultimate goal. There's plenty of evidence that the Atkins diet is here to stay. Wal-Mart says bacon and meat sales are soaring. Major restaurant chains have started offering menu items geared to Atkins dieters think steak and salad sans the baked potato. But animal-rights activists are quietly targeting the next generation of meat eaters school kids and there is some evidence they have had some success. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has been worried enough about meat consumption among young people that it recently started an education campaign aimed at teenage girls. At the animal-rights movement's latest annual convention near Washington, several sessions were given over to discussions of how Hawaii Packages Including Air out of Des Moines! Oaliu 6 Days from $923 Includes: airfare, airport transfers, accommodations at the ASTON Waikikj Sunset with a FREE Night, 2-for-1 luau & 'ASTONishing Deals' coupon booklet! Our biggest llauaiian Thank You'ei er! Book a 5-night stay or longer between March 1 & April 30, 2004 and receive up to $1 50 in activity credits!' 0 ! to IWt A S fitHhutdt1 W rf Of 'W ptr Itft flirt "ts! M .jtjmiwttC ft U 'S-W Om 'fedtftCnf 'W rinasoji! llu!IilniS. It' n-''. jitt our mme lttiurfr--mM 'M-y''' Visit your or click i ' w ii j.i5if ( No. 1: Blues Traveler plays 8 PERFORMANCE: Comedy Pet Theatre, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pella Opera House, 611 Franklin St., Pella. World-champion juggler Gregory Popovich has more than skilled hands; he has a big heart. Popovich, a star of the Moscow Circus has rescued dozens of animals from shelters and trained them to perform. Twelve dogs, 14 cats, 10 doves and six white mice make up Popovich's troupe, which performs acrobatic and comedy feats. $19.99-$21.99. (641) 628-8625. 9 MUSIC: Jessica Williams, 8 p.m. Saturday in Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main, Drake University, 25th Street and University Avenue. Jessica Williams began playing Tut f X Nt t t' JEFF FRANKO GANNETT NEWS SERVICE center, of PETA hands out in best to recruit children as young as elementary school. Activists were advised to talk teachers into letting them make presentations to classes, bringing along literature with semi-graphic photos, videos and animal traps. High school students can be espe cially effective at recruiting younger kids to the cause. "Once you get your foot in the door of the school," said Nicole Green of the American Anti- Vivisection Society, a group that opposes the use of animals in test ing and education, "you have the golden opportunity to be a voice for the billions of animals that are slaughtered for food, used for re search, hunted for sport and used for entertainment purposes. Reporter Philip Brasher can be reached at (515)284 8000 or Maui 6 Days from $1,092 Includes: airfare, economy car rental, accommodations at the ASTON Kaanapali Shores with a FREE Night, "ASTONishing Deals" coupon booklet & 2-for-1 luau! 422-52704 4 91-1Z'9. local AAA office, call 1 800 222-1333 com tor more details , Ames I West Oes Moines 226 S. Third St. 1500 - 30th St. 515-232 6165 I 515-223-4104 Travel W th Somjn You 7ysf at the Val Air Ballroom Friday. piano at age 4. By 17 she was performing professionally and moving up in the jazz world. Nearly 40 years later she is still going strong, performing solo jazz compositions and recording new music. Williams will conduct a workshop with local jazz students from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in Sheslow Auditorium. Tickets are $24.50, students $12.50. Attending the workshop is free. (515) 2804020. 4f) DVD: 'Dawn of the Dead,' in lU stores Tuesday One of the greatest horror films of all time, "Dawn of the Dead," has a brand new special edition. George Romero's zombie classic is a follow-up to "Night of the Living Dead." Four survivors barricade themselves in a mall while a zombie epidemic ravishes the world. Expect mob to make a power grab SOPRANOS, from Page 1E of "The Sopranos" beats an hour of nearly anything else on film. The four new episodes made available for review do more than introduce fresh turmoil into Tony's life. They introduce a welcome new theme enhancing last year's gloom: a sense of general befuddlement. Tony (series star James Gan-dolfinf), his wife (Edie Falco), and other key characters have lost their bearings. Too much has changed, too much is uncertain. Can they regain their footing before it's too late? That seems to be this season's prevailing question. One cause of shattered equilibrium is the arrival of several new mobsters who, jailed during the crackdown on organized crime in the 1980s, are out after serving their time. "Class of 2004," Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese) sums up sourly "old rats on a new ship." What will be the impact of these new "rats" on "The Sopranos"? "We could be looking at a period of potentially violent power struggles," declares a Mafia expert on a TV interview show Tony is watching to which Tony grumbles, "They gotta paint everything the worst, these TV news people." It isn't long before former mob boss Feech La Manna (Robert Loggia) is telling Tony, "Now that I'm out, I'd like to get back in the game." Tony warily agrees, but adds, "I don't want you stepping on anybody's toes." . "Me?" oozes Feech in his gravelly voice, "I'm Fred Astaire." Also back on the streets (in the second episode) is a cousin, Tony Blundetto (played by Steve Busce-mi), whom Soprano wants back in the family business. No thanks, says "Tony B." Once a rising star in the mob, he now intends to go straight. The life of Tony's nephew Christopher (Michael Imperioli) hangs in the balance: He has kicked booze and drugs, but how long can he hold out? And Christopher's fiancee Adri- ana (Urea de Matteo) remains caught between a rock and a hard place: The FBI is forcing her to inform on Christopher and the rest of the mob. How long can she recon cile her two conflicting lives, not to mention her guilt? Lven Tonys psychiatrist, Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), is confronting new issues, thanks to Tony, her longtime client who now wants to be more. Sunday's episode begins with a scene recalling previous openers: the morning newspaper in the Soprano driveway. But Tony, no longer living there, isn't fetching it. A bit later, the series adds to its gallery of odd and powerful images with a glimpse of raw poten tial violence that is all the more unexpected for its having no connection with organized crime. Message: More than ever before. everything is on the loose, and danger could be lurking anywhere.

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