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April 1999

Michael Moore's new cable series The Awful Truth begins airing on Bravo network Sunday April 11th. Moore is responsible for Roger & Me, TV Nation, the Big One and Downsize This!. Darn, we thought. Bravo isn't on Cox Cable, it's only available through satellite dishes in our area. BUT guess who won a contest to get a free satellite dish to view The Awful Truth?! The Civic Media Center! CMC volunteer Chris Zurheide penned a precise word-limit essay explaining why we thought we were worthy to win one of the five dishes being given away to promote the show. He must've nailed it. Starting Sunday night, April 18, for 11 weeks, if all works out, the Civic Media Center will host "Awful Truth" watching parties at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8:30. Our first week, April 18, we'll watch both the April 11 and April 18 shows, so we'll start at 8:30 p.m. More info: 373-0010, CMC, 1021 W. University Ave.

The Civic Media Center is proud to host several oil paintings by Vladimir Novikov, a 48 year old artist from Zelenodolsk, Russia, near Moscow. There will be an opening reception for the show Sunday, April 25th at 7:00 p.m. A member of the union of Russian artists since 1990, Mr. Novikov will talk about his artwork and answer questions. The opening will feature various Russian foods. We especially welcome Russian speakers -- Mr. Novikov doesn't speak English and we'd like to make him feel welcome.

The Sexual Battery Committee of the Gainesville Commission on the Status of Women is holding Survivors' Art Exhibit '99, a showcase that "underscores the survivor's journey, from initial victimization to resolution." The committee sponsors the exhibit in conjunction with its 18th Annual Conference, "Intimate Backgrounds," to be held Tuesday May 4,1999. This year the art exhibit is free and open to the general public. The exhibit runs from April 26, through May 14 in the gallery of the J. Wayne Reitz Union on the University of Florida Campus. There will be an opening reception: Friday, April 30,7pm-9pm. Gallery hours: Mon-Thurs: 9am-9pm, Fri-Sun: 9am-6pm

Sixty people picketed Kash'n'Karry on NW 13th Street March 18, urging shoppers to boycott Mt. Olive pickles. The Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) called the boycott in order to pressure Mt. Olive to recognize workers rights in North Carolina, where Mt. Olive buys most of its U.S. grown pickles. Conditions/or Ohio and Michigan farmworkers were vastly improved after years of FLOC organizing, but unless North Carolina workers receive the same pay and benefits, the pickle companies will simply stop buying cucumbers in the unionized states, pressuring farmworkers wages downward.

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